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Drought hits A winning smile farmers’ pockets hard in Nth Canty By ROBYN BRISTOW It wasn’t what farmers had come to hear from Primary Industry Minister Nathan Guy ­ that the red meat sector was going ‘‘incredibly well’’, the beef outlook was incredibly strong, that wine and the horticultural industry were also going well. Added to this was a low dollar, the lowest interest rates in 50 years, the Government working hard on free trade agreements and manufacturing and ICT being up. They had come to the Foxdown woolshed at Scargill to hear what he had to say to farmers hit hard by the drought in the north east of the Hurunui district. They had gathered to update him on the effects of the drought and to hear of any assistance the government might be able to give to help them through until the rain came and sun shone to promote pasture growth. Mr Guy arrived at 10am and was met by a media scrum before he disappeared on a farm tour, returning about three­ quarters of an hour later to the group left in the woolshed to enjoy a cuppa and a sumptuous morning tea. Farmers were eventually told there would be an extension to the medium scale drought event until February 2016 and another $30,000 would be made available to Rural Support North Canterbury . Prior to that three farmers told the Minister about destocking, attempts at regrassing and sowing feed, their future plans and described the cost of the

drought to them and their families ­ which in one case had soared to $322,000 due to the cost of stock feed and loss of income. They outlined abysmal lamb scanning percentages, having to sell stock early at a lower price than they normally would if they had feed to finish them and spoke of having to buy in feed and send stock to grazing. They pointed out a lot of what they were doing was applying ‘‘band aids’’ in the hope of better times soon. Cost cutting included no fertiliser being spread and track and other maintenance being deferred. One farmer’s ewes are just starting to come home, but ‘‘we are still very, very short of feed,’’ he said. Rain was badly needed. ‘‘If it doesn’t rain in the next few weeks we will have to sell a lot of stock because we won’t have the feed for another season. ‘‘I am planning for the worst but hoping for the best,’’ he said. The cost to him had been $160,000 and growing, with extra to come through lost income from lambs. Another farmer says the next couple of weeks will be defining with the drought already costing him $220,000 in feed, grazing and loss of income. ‘We run 4200 stock units normally. We are going into the spring with 1000 ewes, 700 singles and 50 cows,’’ he said. They had few positives, but could still manage to inject a bit of humour into their dialogue such as being able to drive their family car around the farm

Mud splattered . . . Ricky May, driver of Western Art, is all smiles and mud after the Art Major­Western Legend gelding won Race 6 at the Rangiora Harness Racing Club’s meeting at Rangiora last Sunday. Western Art is trained by Greg and Nina Hope at PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP. Woodend Beach. property when it would usually get bogged. Mayor Winton Dalley described the effects the Hurunui district was suffering due to the prolonged drought, particularly in the north east of the district and the drop in dairy payouts. The hard times would have a flow on effect into the service industries in the Hurunui. ‘‘It is a double whammy for us,’’ he said. He outlined the work of the voluntary group, loosely called a drought response committee, which now also included a

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dairy representative due to the hard times being experienced by that industry also. ‘‘We have no authority but we are just there to try to assist the community through issues, ‘‘ he said. The group was the conduit to provide a vehicle to help people have conversations with stock firms, financial institutions and animal welfare experts. He said the group had representatives from MPI, North Canterbury Vets, Federated Farmers, local farmers and himself. Continued Page 2

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Help needed to get irrigation Hurunui farmers left Minister of Primary Industries Nathan Guy in no doubt they need Government help to get the Hurunui Water Project up and running. They told Mr Guy at a woolshed meeting near Scargill last Friday, where he announced an extension until February 2016 for the medium scale drought event, the scheme had become bogged down and the efforts of those backing a scheme based on the Waitohi River were having problems ‘‘getting it over the line’’’.

They said the were trying to get water for the community, but three parties ­ Amuri Irrigation, Ngai Tahu and the Hurunui Water Project ­ needed to be working together but not all were ‘‘working for the benefit of the whole community’’. One farmer said if there was anything the Government or the Ministry of Primary Industries could do to exert pressure for the benefit of all it would be much ‘‘appreciated’’. ‘‘We need more pressure and it can only come from a high level.

Bar too high for assistance By ROBYN BRISTOW The chairman of Rural Support North Canterbury Doug Archbold is calling for the criteria for Rural Assistance payments to be eased for those facing extreme hardship. He warned the Minister of Primary Industries Nathan Guy that there would be more demand for assistance as North Canterbury farmers affected by the drought used up funds gained from the sale of their capital stock. But he said the criteria to gain a payment were difficult to reach and many of those who needed help often failed to meet the threshold required.

‘‘The criteria is really tight,’’ he says. Mr Archbold said the trust had organised farm visits to 530 farms two months ago to see for itself how farmers were coping with the drought and its economic and emotional impact. Mr Guy announced an extra $100,000 for Rural Support Trusts on the east coast where farmers are continuing to battle drought conditions. Of that $30,000 was for the North Canterbury Trust to provide on the ground support for those suffering through the drought. ‘‘This will provide support and guidance to farmers. Rural Support Trusts have been organising community events, visits to banks, rural

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professional meetings, one­on­one support and helping with applications for Rural Assistance payments,’’ he said. Mr Guy also extended the declaration for a medium scale event through to February 2016 to enable farmers to benefit from rural assistance programmes and taxation flexibility. ‘‘Many rural people can be reluctant to ask for help, but they need to know there is support. As well as Rural Support Trusts, Inland Revenue can also offer flexibility with tax obligations and there are Rural Assistance Payments for those facing extreme hardship,’’ he said.

Group a helping hand Open soon From Page 1 Mr Dalley said the group had organised meetings with rural professionals and others aimed at helping farmers to plan and prepare for when the drought began to ease. ‘‘We are trying to bring people together for the best result. ‘‘We meet regularly and have met with banks and organisations and rural professionals,’’ said Mr Dalley. Mr Dalley heaped praise on those who had donated feed, those who had helped arrange cartage, farmers who had helped disperse it and local vets for their professional input into animal welfare. ‘‘It is a whole network of fantastic people. Without your efforts the community and farmers would be struggling a lot more than they are,’’ he said. Mr Dalley said he was not prepared to predict the outcome of the season ahead

for the farming community, including dairy farmers. ‘‘The journey might be quite a long one yet.’’ Mr Guy told farmers banks had assured him they would stand ‘‘shoulder­to­shoulder’’ with farmers through these tough times. He said the drought in North Canterbury was different from other adverse events the government had to work through because it had gone on longer than anticipated. Personnel would be working in the community in the area of mental health and providing assistance with animal health along side the huge amount of work being done by North Canterbury Vets already. While there was a green tinge beginning to show there was no moisture in the soil. ‘‘What you need is a soaking rain to get things moving,’’ said Mr Guy. He promised to keep coming back to support farmers.

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‘‘There is a lot of foot dragging. We are stuck in the doldrums,’’ another said. Hurunui Mayor Winton Dalley said the last time the community was in much the same situation was 1998­1999 and this was the catalyst for the Hurunui Water Project being mooted. But the drought that the irrigation scheme was supposed to protect farmers from had not become a reality. ‘‘Sixteen years on we should not be in this situation in this district,’’ says Mr Dalley.

Kaiapoi’s new museum is expected to open soon. While an official opening date is yet to be announced, Waimakariri District Council community and recreation manager Craig Sargison says it is likely to be late August or early September. The opening of the new museum, in the Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre, has been delayed due to a series of mishaps, including ‘‘an accident with a sprinkler’’ and underfloor heating fuses ‘‘blowing up’’. The Kaiapoi District Historical Society, which runs the museum, 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. Society secretary Jean Turvey says ‘‘everyone is looking forward’’ to the opening as it has been a long journey.





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Arrest following firearms theft A 34­year­old man has been arrested after firearms, fuel and other items were stolen from rural properties in Amberley, Glasnevin and Rotherham late last Friday night. It followed a police pursuit which started in Kaiapoi and finished in bush on the Leader Road. Sergeant Colin Stewart, from the Rangiora Police says information received from the public about suspicious activity and a report of a vehicle being seen in Kaiapoi led to the pursuit. The driver failed to stop for police and

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Minister makes whistle-stop tour Craig Foss, the Minister for Small Business, Statistics, and Veteran’s Affairs, made a whistle­stop tour through Waimakariri last Monday. He was accompanied by Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey with their itinerary including a visit to The Learning Staircase, an innovative, award­winning small business employing six people in Fernside. The Learning Staircase is owned by Mike and Ros Lugg, who created their company in 2001 to provide quality literary resources for learners of all ages. Their philosophy is that learning should be effective and fun. ‘‘We want to stop children failing,’’ Mrs Lugg said. Their Steps programme is now being used in more than 600 New Zealand schools, and in Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, India and Dubai. The system caters for learners from five years to adult with starting points based on literacy, not age. It is particularly helpful for people with dyslexia. The Lugg’s son David, a gifted software engineer, who has dyslexia, is information technology manager at The Learning Staircase. He was the initial inspiration for their business and has a huge influence in the design and production of The Learning Staircase products. Dyslexic children typically have a different way of learning, and so they often struggle to cope with traditional teaching methods of reading, writing and numeracy. The Luggs moved The Learning Staircase to their lifestyle block in Fernside, after their Christchurch office was closed because of the February 2011 earthquake damage and they couldn’t be happier with the move. ‘‘The commute (a short walk from their home to the office) is a lot easier,’’ Mr Lugg said. Ideally their business should be in the North Island, where most of their customers were, Mrs Lugg said. But technology meant that was no longer necessary. Mr Foss was impressed with the

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Together Hurunui Volunteers are being sought to head up a group in the Hurunui district which will focus on community safety and strong community connections. Together Hurunui already has several initiatives under way and funding has been provided to support the development of community connectors in the district. It is now looking for volunteers to sit on its board and provide leadership and support for Together Hurunui. The group is looking for people with established local networks who already have experience in setting up and running a not­for­profit group and who are keen to be involved in ensuring that all people in the Hurunui are ‘‘valued and connected’’. Together Hurunui, a local alliance of community groups passionate about improving connectivity in the Hurunui, has grown out of a Wellbeing survey

and needs identified in the district following the Canterbury earthquakes. The quakes caused rapid change, as people moved into the Hurunui following the quakes leaving some experiencing isolation and not knowing their neighbours. A need to work collaboratively, provide leadership, co­ordination and support of activities across the district was recognised. In time it is envisaged that Together Hurunui can apply for funding to support local initiatives and perhaps act as an employer were there is no other appropriate group to take that on. Initiatives could be district­ wide or community­based. For more information or to send an expression of interest, contact Ange Davidson at together.hurunui@gmail.com or 027 524 7332. The closing date is Monday, September 14.

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A North Loburn School student took advantage of family holiday to help schools in Vanuatu. After hearing of the recent cyclone which devastated the island nation, Campbell Richardson (11) decided to do something to help the children, his father Matt Richardson says. ‘‘He got up at his school assembly and asked for donations of stationery to help the schools over there which are rebuilding. ‘‘He’s a good kid. He’s one of those kids who thinks of others.’’ North Loburn School principal Simon Green says staff had a bit of a clean out of the school’s stationery cupboard to help the cause. ‘‘That was quite a cool little thing that he did ­ we are pretty proud of him.’’ Mr Richardson says with donations from North Loburn School and Rangiora Baptist Church, they ended up with 50kg of stationery. ‘‘The main island was not badly affected ­ it was mainly in the outlying areas so we were referred to the (Vanuatu) Ministry of

Education, which had a process to prioritise where the biggest need was,’’ Mr Richardson says. ‘‘Campbell got to meet ministry officials and had his photo put on the ministry’s Facebook page, which was pretty cool.’’ The Vanuatu Ministry of Education’s Facebook page says: ‘‘Thank you Campbell Richardson (11), of North Loburn School in New Zealand, for the initiative to share for Vanuatu children during your short holiday recently. ‘‘Campbell appealed to his school and community to give support to Vanuatu children who were stricken during Cyclone Pam. And during his recent visit to the country with his parents, he donated four cartons of stationery. ‘‘Thank you young heart for supporting Vanuatu children.’’ Campbell says the people in Vanuatu are very poor, ‘‘an average child will have maybe a ball and that is it’’. ‘‘The stationery that was donated went to outer islands like Tana who are rebuilding schools again, but have no stationery. Even though the land is devastated and the people have very little, they still keep smiling.’’

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The Oxford Area School’s fabulous Wearable Art Awards keep getting bigger and better. Last Saturday a packed, enthusiastic crowd at the school hall showed just how much the community loves this event, which is held every two years. Adults and students were eligible to enter, and this year there were two main prizes, for the Supreme Student winner and the Supreme Adult winner. Both winners received flight tickets to Wellington for the World of Wearable Art Awards Show in the capital between September 24 and October 11 this year. They also received tickets to the show. The prizes were sponsored by the Oxford Farmers’ Market. One of the market committee members, Kathi Knowler, said it was important to support the awards because it gave something back to the community. The show contained a large collection of wild and wacky costumes. It was great family entertainment with all funds raised going back to the school. Organiser, Jane Anderson, said she thought all the pupils who entered the awards were winners. ‘‘Their costumes were all absolutely fabulous and the confidence they gained from taking part was enormous,’’ she said. The Supreme Adult section winner was Michael Turner with his design, ‘‘Hairy Styles Headed in One Direction’’ while the Supreme Student section winner was Paisley Austin with her design, ‘‘The Aviatrix.’’ Other section winners were: Years 1­3 ­ Back to the Future: View Hill Junior Class 1, Zoey Anderson 2. Years 5 & 6 ­ Back to the Future: Sophie Lafleur 1, Casey Anderson 2, Rory Sloan 3. Years 7 & 8 ­ Back to the Future: Paisley Austin 1, Jamie Cameron 2, Heather Hamilton 3. Years 7 & 8 Open: Delta Pedler and Dharma Pocock­Johansson 1, Charlotte

Wearable art . . . Michael Turner with his winning design in the Adult Avant Garde section worn by Oxford Area School senior pupil Dayna Percival, at the Oxford Wearable Arts show in Oxford last Saturday evening. PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP. Thomas 2, Tia Warwick and Beka Hunt 3. Years 10­13: Brittany Glassey 1, Bernadette Simpson and Lily Norris 2. Adult ­ Avant Garde: Michael Turner 1, Kathi Knowler 2. Adult ­ Open: Susan Gunn 1, Jane McKay 2, Gisela Garvon 3. Adult ­ All Things Bright and Beautiful: Jan Osborne 1, Lee Leonard 2, Annette Knowler 3.

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Earthquake inspired art will be on display in Oxford from this weekend. ‘‘Shimmer’’, an exhibition of abstract works painted by Christchurch Wayne Seyb from 2010 to 2015 will be on display from Saturday, August 22, to September 16. An exhibition opening will be held on Saturday at 3pm. ‘‘After the September 2010 earthquake, I began making charcoal rubbings of cracked streets on canvas,’’ Mr Seyb says. ‘‘I then squirted oil paint on to them and stamped on the paint with bare feet. These paintings are literally walks through a different kind of landscape where what was solid had disappeared. ‘‘From the summer of 2012, until the autumn of 2013, my house in Linwood was undergoing earthquake repairs. I spent this time in Halswell. It was like a holiday with the clatter of bulge leaves all around me and a beautiful summer that was far removed from the brokenness that I had been immersed in. I responded with a long series of lyrical paintings.’’ Mr Seyb says last year he enjoyed ‘‘flinging handfuls of oil paint at canvases around the walls’’. ‘‘Eventually my aim got pretty good and I painted what I felt to be a new kind of space ­ an internal space that represents my sense of nature.’’

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Skilled migrants vital Voluntary service Attracting skilled migrants to North Canterbury is vital to maintaining a healthy and vibrant economy. Skilled migrants bring valuable experience, labour and capital, which is of great benefit to the region. To date, most skilled migrants arriving in New Zealand are drawn to the major centres, in particular Auckland. That is about to change. The Government’s immigration reforms, announced last month, encourage new migrants to live, work and set up businesses in regional New Zealand. From November 1, 2015, skilled migrants who receive a job offer based in regional New Zealand, rather than a main city, will receive more points towards residency. In return, they will be required to commit to living in their chosen region for a minimum of twelve months, rather than the current three. This extension of time will give new migrants more time to put down roots and fully experience the great lifestyle that areas such as Hurunui, Kaikoura and Waimakariri have to offer. They will make connections in the local community, their children will attend a local school, and they will join local groups, organisations and

clubs. After twelve months, the chances that they will stay in the area are likely to be higher than they would be after just three months. In addition to migrants in the Skilled Migrant category, the reforms assist Entrepreneurs who choose to establish, or take over and commit to growing existing businesses in the regions. These migrants with high­level business experience not only bring their skills and experience, but also their valuable cultural and business links. Evidence suggests that first­ generation migrants do really well where they settle. They are motivated and bring vibrancy to the business community, they present different views and ideas on how businesses run: They drive business, and isn’t that what we want? As new endeavours grow and develop, the demand for other goods and services is likely to increase, leading to the creation of opportunities in other sectors. Demand for services will initiate supply and improvement, which in turn will lead to more jobs and new opportunities. In providing these migrants with new opportunities in New Zealand, we will in turn gain from the new opportunities that they bring.

Rock’n’Wheels meet: This annual event is happening again on Sunday, September 6, at the Amberley Domain. Swap Meet / Craft Fair ­ 8.30am to 4pm $10 per site. Classic Wheels Show ­ 8.30am to 4pm $10 per wheels registration. Public Choice Prizes, Live Music, Food and Refreshments, Entertainment. Gate Entry : $5 per adult, children 5 to 15 years gold coin. For more information and registration contact rocknwheelsmeet@yahoo.com or phone Katrina or Les on (03) 3148153. If it’s wheels and you love it, bring it along! All Proceeds to the Amberley Girl Guides. Self­care with Better Posture and Breathing: Belinda Meares will show you how to alleviate aches and pains, reduce tension and gain more ease and energy using the Alexander Technique on Saturday, August 22, Amberley, 10am to 2pm. Cost: $20 or 4 time­bank credits. Register at tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com or call (03) 3143406. Raising Poultry Naturally: Visit Sinclairs’ poultry set­up in Scargill and learn about feeding and housing your flock, breeding, egg production and healthcare on Saturday, August 29, 1.30 to 3.30pm. Cost: $10 or 2 time­bank credits. Register at tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com or call (03) 3143406. Spanish Cuisine: Jesus Latorre, from Madrid, will show people how to cook simple

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Recently members of our community were presented with Community Service Awards. Annually the community is given the opportunity to identify and nominate people in their community who have given outstanding voluntary service. The rich variety and substance of their voluntary service never fails to amaze. For some it is the accumulation of almost a lifetime of voluntarily accepting the responsibility of taking on roles and positions in their community. There is often a natural progression through the different phases of one’s life, probably starting through young family and youth community service, moving on to community wide interests and possibly on to more senior citizens focused service. For others they simply pour their whole life into one organisation or area of volunteer service and become a rock that the community respect, value, and rely on. The beauty of our Community Service Awards is that they provide opportunity’s to not only recognise those whose service is visible and may have a public profile, it also has the ability to acknowledge those whose service goes under the public radar, those whose service is often unseen and private but contributes hugely to individuals and community

well­being. Whatever the circumstance every voluntary contribution is valued and essential for a healthy and well functioning community. At the Community Service Award ceremony, Encouragement Grants for Environmental and Heritage protection and restoration are also presented. Recipients of these awards are entitled to acknowledgement for their community service. The protection and restoration of our Natural Environment and the protection of our Heritage also enriches our Communities. The recipients of these Awards include individuals with projects on private property, and community groups who are taking responsibility for community projects. The significance of all this is, we have people who daily and over their lifetimes are voluntarily taking responsibility and accepting leadership to ensure that the overall wellbeing of their Community is maintained and improved. Generations over time also face serious challenges, wars, depressions, man­made disasters, climatic disasters or cyclical financial downturns. At these times the same voluntary leadership and acceptance of responsibility will see the community through. Now in our District is such a time.

and tasty dishes on Saturday, September 5, 1.30 to 4.30pm, Amberley. Cost: $20 or 3 time­bank credits, plus extra cost for ingredients. Register at tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com or call (03) 3143406. Benedict Lim in concert: The Waimakariri Community Arts Council presents young violinist in concert Benedict Lim, in collaboration with Tim Emerson, piano, at the Chamber Gallery on Saturday, September 5, at 7.30pm. The Arts Council is presenting this fundraising concert to assist with the costs of Lim’s musical education. Tickets cost a minimum contribution of $20 Adult and $10 Student, including refreshments afterwards. Any further donations would be very much appreciated. Tickets available from the Rangiora Library. Ph (03) 3118901. Rangiora RSA variety benefit evening: The Rangiora RSA is hosting a variety benefit evening on Saturday, August 29, from 7.30pm, presenting country recording artist Danny McGirr and also featuring country artists Grant Guinn, Ernie Andrew, Don White, Silverados, Kevin May, Greg and Deb, Greg Colquhoun, Paul and Kaye Easterbrook. Raffles are also on offer, with proceeds going to Special Olympics North Canterbury. Tickets available from the Rangiora RSA or Ngaire Harpur (03) 3136057.

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Live-stream brings the world to Waikari By AMANDA BOWES A group of Hurunui residents watched in fascination as Mr Jani Korpela spoke to them live from a small island near Helsinki in Finland. It was 6am on the island, 3.30pm in Waikari. The group gathered at the Waikari Health Centre after the Waikari Friends of the Hospital annual general meeting to see technology which allowed live­ streaming from Finland to North Canterbury. Mr Korpela, who in Finland is the boss of Jarkko Saramaki, a GP at the Waikari Health Centre, is also the head of Nuovo Nordic Health Care Services. With support from ‘‘Tekes’’ the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, Mr Korpela is looking to create new, global health services, linking individuals with the masses via live­ streaming. To achieve this, the first small steps have involved taking elderly Finnish people who are in care, on virtual trips to art galleries, zoos and even the French Riviera. With the help from Teddy Grenman, the Director of Technology at Nuovo, Mr Korpela made his first live­stream to the other side of the world ­ all the way to Waikari. The live­stream was clear most of the time, but as Mr Korpela said in his introduction, ‘‘The 4G technology doesn’t work all the time!’’ Despite a few hiccups, he managed to share a packet of Tim Tams that had been sent over from New Zealand and a cup of tea with the group watching from the Waikari Health Centre. They were able to see all around the island, its flora and fauna, which in some cases were similar to our own.

Because technology has developed faster than Finnish laws regarding health care and E­Health in particular, simple technological innovations are in some cases impossible to test and put into action as the old laws forbid ‘‘everything’’ because the laws were written years before the internet was even invented. To get around this, taking elderly people on virtual tours has been a safe way to test the new technology without breaking the law. ‘‘That’s why it is sometimes easier to develop a service on a social work sector, like our tour for the people in Waikari, because that sector is not so regulated. Laws on the health care sector need to be re­written in the near future,’’ says Mr Korpela. The ultimate aim of using the live­ streaming technology will be incorporating it into health care, where one person, whether it be a doctor, surgeon or teacher, can talk to hundreds of people at one time in multiple places around the world. An example of how it may work is one person giving a lecture to students at different universities around the world at once. Medical practices, hospitals, clinics and rest homes could all hook into a live­stream, with one person sharing the information. ‘‘Two years ago this wouldn’t have been possible, the technology was there in theory but not in practice. Until 4G came along, we couldn’t stream to the masses, the ability was nonexistent.’’ Thanks to Dr Saramaki leaving Finland to work as a GP in Waikari, the first live­stream from the other side of the world has been received in a small rural medical practice, in Waikari, North Canterbury 18,000kms away.

Live from Helsinki . . . Jani Korpela talks to a group in Waikari from an island 18,000 km PHOTO: AMANDA BOWES. away near Helsinki in Finland.

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Kaikoura Whale Run popular By DAVID HILL

Entries are pouring in for the Kaikoura Whale Run. Organiser Michelle Ormsby says around 200 entries have already been received for the 9th annual event which will be held on Saturday, September 12, and she hopes to top 400 this year. A record 460 runners and walkers lined up in last year’s Kaikoura Whale Run. The Kaikoura Whale Run includes a half marathon run and walk, a 10km run and walk and 2km ‘‘marafun’’ for primary school­aged children. ‘‘The runs are very popular so far.

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‘‘There’s some very fit people out there,’’ Mrs Ormsby says. While the majority of competitors come from Christchurch and North Canterbury, entries have so far been received from the West Coast and Wellington. The Whale Run is the Kaikoura Suburban School’s major annual fundraiser, and has been supported by WhaleWatch Kaikoura, Dolphin Encounter, More FM Marlborough and Andrew Spencer Photography. ‘‘A sub­committee has been getting out and about putting up posters throughout Canterbury and Marlborough. We’re just hoping it will be a beautiful day

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because it makes it so much more enjoyable,’’ Mrs Ormsby says. While the funds from this year’s event have not been earmarked for any particular project, the school has plans to develop a new playground. ‘‘We have also asked the school community, pupils, teachers and staff to come up with a wish list. ‘‘So we will need to keep the Whale Run going for a few more years yet to make sure all the things on the wish list happen.’’ Entries can be made online at kaikourawhalerun.co.nz or by contacting the Kaikoura Suburban School. Like Kaikoura Whale Run on Facebook for regular updates.

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Hurunui ‘chefs’ remain in the top 11 in contest By AMANDA BOWES

Welcome home . . . Craig and Katrina Adams, with their children Molly, aged 11, (left back), Georgie, aged 7, (right back), Isaac, aged 9, (front left), and Andre, aged 7, at home in Rangiora last Monday. Molly and Georgia are holding the 2015 Texas Sounds International Male Vocalist of the Year trophy won by Craig in Jefferson, Texas earlier this month.


Singer wins big in Texas By SHELLEY TOPP Rangiora country music singer Craig Adams has taken a big step towards international recognition, winning the 2015 Male Vocalist of the Year Award at the Texas Sounds International County Music Awards Festival in the United States. The win at Jefferson in Texas, on August 7, was a dream come true for Craig and his wife, Katrina. They returned home last weekend still not quite able to believe it happened. ‘‘We are still pinching ourselves.’’ Katrina said. ‘‘It was an awesome trip.’’ Craig said it was really exciting to win the award. ‘‘Just to be invited was great, but to do so well was really the icing on the cake.’’ Many people at the festival were curious to know where New Zealand was. ‘‘They thought it was somewhere in Europe. They didn’t even know who the All Blacks were,’’ he said. ‘‘It was really cool to be able to put New Zealand on the map a little bit.’’ Their journey to Jefferson for the awards came after organisers discovered Craig’s music online and sent him an invitation. ‘‘Your music brings to mind the real American country music of the 1950’s,’’ the festival promoters said. While in the United States, Craig and Katrina visited, the Grand Ole Opry, a

famous country music theatre, in Nashville which is known as Music City. It was an amazing experience visiting a place where country music was so popular, they said. ‘‘It’s part of the culture there,’’ Craig said. They also met with music industry officials during their trip which had opened up opportunities for the future. ‘‘The US is such a big market,’’ Craig said. Meanwhile back home it’s back to work as commercial manager at the New Zealand Merino Company, in Christchurch, for Craig. He is back on stage tomorrow night though, supporting Suzanne Prentice during her concert at the Howick Club in Auckland. Then there is his Texas Homecoming Concert at the Hornby Working Men’s Club, in Christchurch, on Saturday September 5 to prepare for. ‘‘We had a fundraiser to help pay for the trip. It sold out pretty quickly, so a lot of people missed out. We thought it would be good to have a homecoming concert for people who supported us,’’ Craig said. There is also a new album in the pipeline. Last year, Craig released his debut album, Country High, which sold well. His big win in Jefferson has increased interest in the album which is a mix of his own songs and covers. The new album is also likely to be a similar mix.

Two Hurunui contestants remain in the running as TV3’s Masterchef New Zealand hots up. Leo Fernandez from Waikari and Richard Harris from Cheviot have made it into the top 11 after continuing to impress the judges with their dishes. For two nights in a row, Leo earned the second highest placing for his dishes, with Monday night’s dish a reinvention of the Kiwi trifle. On Sunday night the contestants were faced with two boxes each, with ingredients for a meat dish under one and dessert under the other. They had an hour to prepare a dish using the ingredients under the box. In a twist, once they had completed the task, they then had to use the ingredients from the other box to prepare another dish. While it was

Still cooking . . . Richard Harris (left) and Leo Fernandez. intense, it allowed all the contestants to cook both a dessert and a meat dish. Richard’s reinvention of roast lamb didn’t titivate the judges quite as much as his previous dishes, but they liked the flavour of his stock. Next week remaining contestants work in the first team challenge cooking Indian food for selected guests.

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Three poets evening of poetry By SHELLEY TOPP Three North Canterbury poets have been invited to help Waimakariri residents celebrate National Poetry Day on Friday, August 28. Rangi Faith, of Rangiora, Doc Drumheller, of Oxford, and Edward Sakowski, of Kaiapoi, will each give readings of their work at Three Local Poets, a free concert at the Rangiora Library that night. The celebration is being organised by Waimakariri Libraries and Friends of the Library. Earlier in the day, from 11.30am, staff at the Rangiora and Kaiapoi libraries will be doing poetry readings for visitors. There will be more readings from 5.30pm to 6.30pm during the regular Family Night at Rangiora Library, before the main event begins there at 7.30pm. Waimakariri People and Places Co­ordinator, Mark O’Connell, said the celebration would provide a fantastic opportunity for people to discover the joys of poetry. ‘‘We are thrilled to be hosting these three acclaimed poets as part of the national event. Together, they will create an evening not to be missed,’’ he said. Rangi who writes poetry for children and adults, has written four poetry books, a collection of poems for students, and a book about the early Maori people. He loves the outdoors and many of his books are about the environment and why we should take care of it. ‘‘I write mainly about New Zealand, its animals, people and

Welcome . . . Students from Junten High School, Japan, and their teacher Nick Repsher enjoyed their powhiri / welcome at Rangiora PHOTO: DAVID HILL New Life School on Friday.

Welcome impresses Invitation . . . The three poets ­ Doc Drumheller, Rangi Faith and Edward Sakowski, who will read their work at a free poetry evening to be held at the Rangiora Library, as part of National Poetry Day, on Friday August 28.


history, and the poems show how lucky we are to be living in such a beautiful country,’’ he said. Rangi hopes to inspire other people to write their own poetry. Doc Drumheller, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in the United States, but has now made New Zealand home. He has published 10 collections of poems, which have been translated into more than 20 languages. He has performed in many places around the world, and in New Zealand. He also edits and publishes the

literary journal Catalyst, and teaches creative writing at the School for Young Writers, a not­ for­profit organisation based in Christchurch and founded in 1993. Edward Sakowski is a Polish­ born poet who has lived in New Zealand for 30 years. His most recent work WAR.COM evolved over several years and was first published in Poland during 2013. The work is his response to the ‘‘growing phenomenon of war as a popular and universal spectacle in our daily lives’’.

A group of Japanese students was impressed with the Maori welcome they received in Rangiora on Friday. Sixteen students from Junten High School in Tokyo arrived at Rangiora New Life School and were greeted with a powhiri and haka. The contingent also includes 15 students who are spending time at Oxford Area School. Teacher Nick Repsher, an American who has lived in Japan for nine years, said he was impressed to see students learning about the indigenous culture. ‘‘For me, the idea of American students performing an Iroquois or Cree welcome or learning about the language and culture, I don’t think it would ever happen.’’ He said in Japan an island to the north, Hokkaido, which is

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Growth . . . Kaiapoi Community Garden co­ ordinator Debbie Nelson and volunteer Karen Gentry work on one of the new garden PHOTO: DAVID HILL plots. support from Woodend Nursery and funds from the Rangiora Earthquake Express. The Kaiapoi Community Garden is holding an open day on Saturday, October 31, with seedlings and preserves on sale, cooking demonstrations and music.

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Colour and style . . . Use personal touches to put your stamp on your home ­ it should reflect you and the way you live. schemes provide gorgeous tones that can please anyone. Simple and safe, you can add any colour touch to a black and white colour scheme. One of the best interior design trends 2015 allows the creation of impressive spaces on even the smallest budget. Industrial style accents and combinations of textures, antique brick, concrete, plastic and metal, produces a surprisingly chic and livable environment. To complete the modern look try using furniture of clear plastic or glass teamed with wood or metal. Fabrics The mood of any room can be easily altered by the flick of a paint brush or change of fabrics. If you have leather furniture and stark lines try adding a colourful upholstered chair and some bright scatter cushions. A well chosen fabric will make the room and soften the harshest living space. Carefully mix stripes, florals, checks and patterns but keep to the same colour palette. Use satins with velvets or plain linen weaves with plush pile patterns or self stripes for contrasting textures. Bright colours and busy patterns add life and vibrance to a room. Use soft shades and gentle textures for calm tranquility. Accentuate warm (yellow based) colours in cold rooms and cool (blue based) colours in hot rooms. Have a spare set of scatter cushions and throws in the cupboard and you can change the mood with the season. You can break all the rules you choose but the one that always holds true is simple. If YOU like it ­ it’s good. If YOU don’t like it ­ it’s bad, just don’t go there. It’s YOUR home.

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a wide range of colours to suit any colour scheme. 4. Update the Bathroom As with the kitchen, the aim here is a modern appearance. A bathroom that looks old will instantly date the entire property in the minds of prospective buyers. Updating your bathroom needn’t be expensive or difficult; simply replacing the fixtures like cabinet fronts and faucets, as well as the lighting, can quickly modernise the entire room. Replacing stained grout will undoubtedly modernise the room. For those with the know how, a DIY refit of the bathroom can be very cost effective. 5. Create curb appeal The greatest house in the world is still going to be hard to sell if you can’t get people in the door. As the saying goes first impressions last; creating curb appeal, or a desirable entryway is one of the best ways to add value or help sell your home. A prospective buyers first memory of the house is often the one that sticks and a little can go a long way in this area of the property. The first thing to do is make sure any garden or lawn areas are looking great; make sure they’re tidy, adding plants to the front of the home can really liven it up. Painting the entranceway is one of the best ways to blow the cobwebs off the front of the house. Painting the entrance door a bold colour can really make your house stand out, just be careful not to go for something too ‘interesting’. Renovations are something that cannot



Renovations, whether big ­ adding a new room ­ or small ­ new light fittings ­ can be a great way to increase the value of your home. Significant value can be added to a property through relatively minor changes. However, carefully choosing what kind of renovations to undertake is crucial. Carrying out unnecessary work can incur huge expense while adding little to the value of your home. Here’s a list of the top five renovations tips that will add value to your home: 1. Insulate! Insulate! Insulate! The value this adds to your home cannot be overstated. Today, this is considered an absolute necessity by many homebuyers, in fact not having insulation can easily create the perception of an unhealthy home. With the EECA Energywise programme subsidising the cost of insulation, there really is no reason not to. For more information on the subsidy head to: www.energywise.govt.nz/funding­available/ insulation­and­clean­heating 2. Add a Deck If you have the room adding a deck is one of the simplest ways to increase the value of your property. A deck is one of the best ways to create the much­desired ‘indoor­ outdoor flow’. They’re also great for entertaining, something potential homebuyers will want to visualise when inspecting properties. 3. Refit the Kitchen Prospective buyers know they’re going to spend a lot of time of the kitchen of any house that they buy. A tidy, modern looking kitchen can seriously improve the value of a home; when it comes to updating there are two options: replace or recover. The state of your current kitchen, budget and end goal will determine which is the right option for you. Whether your looking to replace or recover, your key targets are benches, cabinets, drawer fronts, skirting; handles, whether door, drawer or cabinet are noticed more than most people realise and new or cleaned handles can make a big difference at little cost. One addition to your kitchen that can really bring a modern feel is splashback glass, it has a very clean look and comes in

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Grow your greens? . . . Kaiapoi Borough School students prepare micro greens, which they will grow in their classroom, before preparing them to eat as part of the ‘‘from the garden PHOTO: DAVID HILL to table’’ programme being run with the Kaiapoi Community Garden.

Students learn to grow their greens A new vegetable growing programme is giving students new learning experiences. The ‘‘garden to table’’ programme, being run by the Kaiapoi Community Garden, is giving Kaiapoi Borough School students new life experiences. Volunteer Rachelle Horan says the programme teaches the children how to plant vegetables, see them grow and prepare them to eat, as well as being ‘‘a part of the community garden’’. ‘‘They seem to be really loving it and thriving on it. It’s teaching them life skills. I grew up with a vegetable garden, but lots of these students didn’t even know carrots grew in the ground or what they looked like with the greenery out of the ground. ‘‘It’s a skill to put a plant in the ground so it grows.’’ As well as planting vegetables in the community garden, students were also preparing micro greens to take back to grow in their classroom. Teacher Tracy Rintoul says so far just one classroom with 25 year 3­4 students is participating in the programme, four

times a term. During each session they plant vegetables and take some food from the garden and prepare it to eat. ‘‘It’s brilliant, absolutely brilliant. It’s been really interesting to see some of the things they come up with and what they remember from one week to the next. ‘‘One of the really great things I’ve found is the experience is spilling over into heaps of other areas. We use this as a basis for a lot of their writing and in maths ­ it’s a huge life experience.’’ She says she asked the students at the beginning of the year to think of fruit and vegetables they could eat for morning tea. ‘‘One little boy said he only ate strawberries, but now he likes other fruit and vegetables because he is growing them.’’ Several of the children also come back to the garden during morning tea and lunchtime offering to help, she says. Nash Bracken (7) and Connor Lynn (8) say they enjoy digging holes and planting things, while Zanda Nutbrown (8) says he enjoys ‘‘everything’’ from planting, to cooking and eating.

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Historic homestead for sale By AMANDA BOWES A few kilometres north of Amberley, on the left side of State Highway One, stands a historic homestead ­ Ardross House. The building stands sentinel to what was once a 404 hectare farm in the late 1800s which straddled both sides of the highway, but now the property is only five hectares. It was bought nine years ago by Michael and Kathryn Ward who turned it into a Bed and Breakfast. The servants rooms upstairs had been turned into big games rooms which the couple converted into guest accommodation with en­suites for guests. Michael and Kathryn both worked as well as running the B&B and when they retired recently, they decided to put Ardross on the market. Built in 1870, the original house was added on to by Hugh McLean in the 1880s. He had not long finished extending the house when after fighting a fire on the farm, he caught pneumonia and died. The house had been built in a fashion of an English estate and contained servants quarter upstairs and four large reception rooms. Native timbers, mainly Kauri, featured strongly and a peculiar touch was the use of concrete for skirting boards. Hugh’s wife was left with a large house, farm and two sons to look after. When the sons turned 21, one ran Ardross while the other farmed some land on Glasnevin Road where Pegasus Bay Winery is now. Over the years, Ardross changed hands many times until 1959 when it was bought by Evan Upritchard. When Evan took over the farm, it had been renamed Swinton Park. The farm across the road which had been part of Ardross and still bore the name, had its name changed so Evan did away with Swinton Park and took back the Ardross name. He says the house needed a lot of work, particularly the end where the kitchen was. ‘‘There had been a staircase from the


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New era . . . Historic homestead Ardross PHOTO: DAYNA BURTON House is up for sale. kitchen to the maids’ quarters, but that had been pulled down. Because there was no stairs, the end sagged and the kitchen roof leaked like a sieve.’’ As there were four sitting rooms, it was decided to convert one of them into a new kitchen area. A new bathroom and laundry were added and the old kitchen area became defunct. In 1999, Evan began selling off some of the land as lifestyle blocks ­ it had been 150 hectares. It was too small to be economic ­ the dairy grazing boom had not yet arrived, so subdivision seemed the best option. By 2001, Evan had retired from the farm and shifted to Leithfield. Over time he had collected a large amount of historical records about the property, including original deeds. Ardross is now waiting for new owners to put their own stamp on the five hectare property. Until then, it stands as it has done for the past 145 years, watching out over Mt Grey and the plains of Amberley.

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Rural broadband rollout Rural homes, workplaces and schools in North Canterbury now have access to faster, more reliable broadband. The latest results for the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), as at June 30, were released recently, including the rollout into North Canterbury. ‘‘By 2016, 90 percent of New Zealand homes and businesses outside the Ultra­ Fast Broadband phase one footprint will have access to better broadband,’’ Spring lambs . . . Lambing is under way in North Canterbury, but farmers are wondering PHOTO: SUPPLIED if they will have enough feed.

New season lambs bring new optimism By DAVID HILL North Canterbury farmers are feeling optimistic as lambing gets under way. Hawarden farmer Mark Zino says his ewes are coming through winter in good nick and now he just needs a warm spring to feed his lambs. ‘‘The biggest thing is, my pasture cover is not where it should be. We are lambing on covers of 700kg of dry matter, but it should be 1300kg to 1400kg. ‘‘Luckily they’ve fed well during the winter, but now we’re just hoping the frosty weather goes away so we can get some spring growth. The grass is coming ­ it looks like it wants to grow, but we just need some heat.’’ Mr Zino says scanning percentages were about 170% ­ about 25% down on normal, which is a mixed blessing. Around 120 ewes scanned as bearing triplets, compared to the usual 500, and there are a lot more single bearing ewes than normal. ‘‘You need the multiples to make the money, but it’s a blessing in disguise when you don’t have the food.’’ Mr Zino and his brother Sam are fortunate in having several income sources, including meat and wool from sheep, beef from cattle, dairy grazing and velvet and venison from deer. This year they have locked in ‘‘some good contracts’’ for the velvet and venison, but they are already behind after only being able to graze 300 dairy cows over winter instead of the usual 800. ‘‘It meant we could spread out the ewes a bit more, but we didn’t have the income

from the dairy cows.’’ However, for now Mr Zino needs to consider what to do with 40% of his pasture which has been decimated by ‘‘the drought that keeps on giving’’. ‘‘I always like to think of the glass being half full. It’s about learning, so when these events happen again farmers can be more resilient and hopefully more profitable.’’ Tom Burrows, who farms at Horrelville, near Oxford, says his black­faced ewes have finished lambing, but he has little grass to feed them. His other ewes are due to lamb in the coming weeks, with his twinning ewes grazing on what pasture he does have and his single bearing ewes being fed on supplements. ‘‘Those early lambs were born three weeks ago and are doing real well, but the next three to four weeks will be telling. We’ll just take it as it comes.’’ Farm advisor Wayne Allan says he has been advising farmers to grow as much feed as they can so they have some options, because ‘‘spring might be short’’, and to have contingency plans. Options to cope with feed shortages could include weaning lambs early or selling ewes with lambs at foot. ‘‘Weaning lambs at 50 days of age was something farmers did in the North Island following the drought up there, so it’s something that people might look at.’’ He says the rain in July will have helped some farmers get some moisture, ‘‘but we are nowhere near capacity’’. He advises farmers to monitor their soil moisture to ‘‘see where you are at’’.

Communications Minister Amy Adams says. ‘‘The rollout of better rural connectivity in Canterbury is progressing well and will provide the community with significant social, educational and economic benefit.’’ In North Canterbury, under the RBI new cell towers are now live in Ohoka, Leithfield, Waiau, Swannanoa Central, Cust, Waikuku Beach, Fernside and Clarkville.

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are self­employed on a dairy farm and who are responsible for all aspects of the farm business. They can own up to 50% of that farming business. It means contract milkers, whose income is received on an agreed cents per kilogram of milk solids produced, are eligible to enter. Percentage sharemilkers, equity farmers and lessees are also eligible. Regional winners of the previous farm manager contest (which may include some contract milkers) are eligible to enter the share farmer of the year competition, but regional winners of previous sharemilker or sharemilker / equity farmer contests are ineligible. The judging process remains the same, with contest judges spending two hours on each entrant’s farm looking at how the entrant manages their finances and farm business, pasture, livestock, farm environment, staff, farm safety and health, and dairy hygiene. They will also consider how they maximise the property, their role in the community and communication skills. Entries in the 2016 share farmer, dairy manager and dairy trainee of the year competitions open on October 20. More information is available at www.dairyindustryawards.co.nz. The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards are supported by national sponsors Westpac, DairyNZ, Ecolab, Federated Farmers, Fonterra, Honda Motorcycles, LIC, Meridian Energy, New Zealand Farm Source, and Ravensdown, along with industry partner Primary ITO.

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The 2016 Share Farmer of the Year competition has big boots to fill, taking over from the highly regarded sharemilker competition. New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards executive chairman Gavin Roden says the share farmer of the year is a hybrid of the sharemilker competition, with changes that better position it within the dairy industry’s evolving farm ownership and employment structures. ‘‘We think the changes will make the contest better and enable more people to enter and gain the benefits from entering. ‘‘The sharemilker competition has a special history and aura about it due to its 26­year longevity, the thousands that have entered over the years and how it has helped people take the next step in their farming careers.’’ Mr Roden says the number of sharemilking positions is falling as dairy farm ownership and employment structures evolve. This is creating new opportunities for people in the industry to progress through other employment structures, such as equity partnerships, leasing or contract milking. ‘‘With the share farmer contest, and all the changes we have made to the 2016 awards programme, we have tried to ensure that those in similar positions, doing similar work and with similar responsibilities will have an opportunity to participate and gain the benefits from entering one of our competitions.’’ He says the share farmer of the year competition will be open to all those that

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Rangiora boy sets his sights on NBA By SHELLEY TOPP Life is busy for Woodend School year 6 student Ty Grabowski (10), of Rangiora. Ty was recently selected for the Canterbury Primary Development Boys (Under 13) hockey squad, and will be playing in tournaments in Christchurch and Oamaru in September and October this year. As a Rangiora Hockey Club player, Ty has also won Most Valuable Player trophies for his relevant teams in 2011, 2013 and 2014. He loves hockey, the speed of it, the different skills required, and the team spirit. He hopes to make the Black Sticks one day. However, his main aim is to become a professional basketball player. He wants to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA), in the United States, like Kiwi Oklahoma City Thunder star Steven Adams. He’s also learning martial arts and enjoys athletics. But basketball is his favourite sport. Dribbling, passing, blocking, and shooting... ‘‘Pretty much every little part of the game,’’ he said. Ty is hoping to be offered a scholarship to college

basketball in the US on his way to the NBA, and he is already on the right track to achieve those ambitious goals. He played for the North Canterbury Year 5/6 team in a South Island tournament earlier this year and was awarded the Most Valuable Player for his team, one of three North Canterbury teams in the tournament. He has also been selected for the North Canterbury Year 5/6 ‘‘All Stars’’ team playing in the Christchurch club league on Sundays, and the North Canterbury U13 Representative team taking part in the Nationals in Invercargill in October. He began playing hockey as a 5 year­old at Otatara Primary School, in Invercargill, when his family lived there. But, he had been hitting a ball around on the turf at Porritt Park, in Christchurch, with his Dad, Carl, since he could walk. He was inspired by his elder brother Kyle, who played representative hockey for Canterbury, and his old school, Christchurch Boys High, and is now in his final year of medical studies to be a doctor. Ty’s interest in basketball came much more recently when he began playing for the Woodend School team during

his Year 5. He was attracted to the sport by the team spirit, ball skills and tricks, many learnt from NBA Play Station games. Participating in two sports at this level means an extremely busy training schedule. ‘‘I train basketball on Monday evenings (NC All Stars), Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) on Tuesdays, Rangiora Club hockey (on the new turf) on Wednesdays, Canterbury Hockey, at Nunweek Park, followed by MMA on Thursdays, free day on Fridays, Rangiora Club hockey matches on Saturdays and NC All Stars games and NC U13 training camps (now once a month) on Sundays,’’ he said. ’’In summer, I also play basketball for the school in the Friday league, with training squeezed in somewhere in the week, and I also enjoy participating in athletics,’’ he said. ‘‘I have a pretty busy sports agenda.’’ The new multi­sport training facility at Dudley Park in Rangiora has provided some help. ‘‘I love the new turf. It is much better than training on the concrete floor in the shed at the Rangiora Showgrounds,’’ Talented . . . Young hockey and basketball player Ty Grabowski with PHOTO SHELLEY TOPP his father Carl at their home in Rangiora last week. Ty said.




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Touch competition in doubt Hanmer, Cheviot make final urgently needed, ‘‘otherwise it is likely the club will fold’’. Rangiora touch competitions involving Ms McClung says the club has just five around 1000 players are in jeopardy unless committee members, including a secretary volunteers can be found. and a junior co­ordinator, who organises a Southbrook Touch, which has been in Wednesday evening competition for the existence since the early 1990s and caters children. A senior co­ordinator is needed to to around 700 children and 300 adults in run the senior competitions held on weekly competitions during the summer Wednesday and Friday evenings. months, is set to fold unless a committee ‘‘The Friday night competition is quite can be formed. social, as families often come along and Committee member Rachel McClung have tea while watching the games. says the club’s annual general meeting, ‘‘It’s not a big workload to be on the held on Wednesday, August 12, failed to committee as it only meets every six weeks, elect a new committee after three long­ but five people can’t run the show for 1000 standing committee members stepped people as we all have other commitments. down and no new volunteers came forward. ‘‘There’s so many people who enjoy A special general meeting has been taking part in touch each week, so I hope called on Thursday, August 27, at 7.30pm at people realise if they don’t come forward it the Southbrook Community Sports Club. won’t happen.’’ A new president, treasurer and a co­ For more information about Southbrook ordinator for the senior competitions are Touch, like the club’s Facebook page.

Hanmer Springs hosted the semi finals of the Hurunui Netball competition. The weather was cold and drizzly but compared to the rest of the country there was no heavy rain. Hanmer A took on Waiau A in a well fought semi­finals match between both teams. The defensive efforts of Waiau kept the Hanmer Springs shooters on their toes, keeping the score within three goals for the first two quarters. Waiau picked up some lovely rebounds and converted them to points. Both teams made some changes at half time which saw Hanmer open up both offensively and defensively, moving the ball through the court well and taking

Hockey returns to Rangiora

North Canterbury representative rugby scores: North Canterbury Under 15 17 Ellesmere U15 17; North Canterbury U14 10 Ellesmere U14 10; North Canterbury U13 0 Ellesmere U13 55; North Canterbury U12 19 Ellesmere U12 36; Nth Cant U11 North 14 Nth Cant U11 South 34; North Canterbury U65kgs 15 Ellesmere U65kgs 12; North Canterbury U48kgs 8 Ellesmere U48kgs 17. Rangiora Smallbore Rifle results: Robert Dalzell 97.8, Alistair Brosnan 192.6, Suzannah Smith 191.6, Sam Vincent 190.5, Paul Widdowson 188.8, David Cain 185.2, Thomas Warming­ Smith 183.4, Michael Anderson 180, Matthew Ham 165.1, Matthew Little 98.2, Brian Lunn 97.5, Paul Widdowson 95.1, Brayden Smith 92.3, Georgina 89.1, Destarnia Smith 88.2, Sam Kershaw 85.2, Cody Barriball 85.2, Matthew Ham 84.1, Dave Ham 83.4, Barry Brown 83.1, Sam Plows 82, Rebbeca W. 81.1, Henry Quirke 81, Cullum Barriball 80, Tim Chapman 76.1, Dave Ham 74.2, Petra 71, Flynn McShane 51. Rangiora Bridge Club results: Saturday Afternoon Oxford Pairs: North/South: Stephanie Galbraith / Linda Hanham 1; East/West: Roger Harding / Ann Harding 1. Monday Afternoon Individual Pairs: N/S: Judith Driver / Jan Roose 1, Pauline Miller / Linda Hanham 2,

History was made on Saturday when the first club game of hockey was played in Rangiora in 19 years. The boys mini sticks team played Harewood on the new turf finishing with a 2­all draw. The women’s division two team made it through to the final with a 4­1 win over Hornby. Several games were called off due to poor weather conditions.

Rangiora Hockey Club results: Men: Division 2: Rangiora 2 University 2. Player­of­the­ day: Simon Thomson. Division 3: Rangiora 2 Southern 2. Player­of­the­day Fergus Schroeder. Under 18: Rangiora 0 Malvern 8. Player of the day Matthew Greenwood. Kwik Sticks 11­a­side: Rangiora 4 HSOB 7. Goals scored by Justin Meyer 2, Ty Grabowski 2. Player­of­the­day Ty Grabowski. Kiwi Sticks 6­a­side: Rangiora 2 Southern goals 3. Goals scored by Brodie Simpson 3, Hugh Smith.

Player­of­the­ day Monty Culling. Mini Sticks: Rangiora 2 Harewood 2. Goals scored by Patrick Kirwin and Jaren Blanchett. Player­of­the­ day Patrick Kirwin. Women: Division One semi final: Evergreens 1 Hornby 2. Division Two semi finals: Rangiora 4 Hornby 1. Goals scored by Kylie Forrest, Krystalena Roberts 2 and Stacey Flay. Player­of­the­day Rosalie Calder. Under 18 Division 1 semi final: Rangiora 0 Harewood 1. Player­of­ the­day Rose Hurley. Under 18 Division 2: Rangiora 0 St Margarets 2. Player­of­the­day Kate Campbell. Kwik Sticks Gold: Rangiora 1 Carlton 4. Goal scored by Emma Schroeder. Player­of­the­day Emma Grafton. Kwik Sticks Green: Rangiora 1 St Margarets 3. Goal scored by Iona Main. Player of the day Shontae Simpson. Kwik Sticks 6 a side: Rangiora 1 Carlton 10. Goal scored by Effie Beaglepole. Player­of­the­day Mia Doherty. Mini Sticks Division 2: Rangiora 0 Cathedral Grammar 6. Player­of­ the­day Olivia Win. Mini Sticks Division 8: Rangiora 4 Carlton 4. Goals scored by Odette Lieshout, Sophie Ward­ Martin 3. Player­of­the­day Macey Barnes.

opportunities as they arose. Hanmer fought back hard to take the win 45­24. Cheviot A played Hawarden A with Cheviot winning 49­13. Hanmer and Cheviot will now meet in the Senior A final which will be played at Cheviot on Saturday, August 22. Results were: Senior A Shield semi finals: Hanmer A 45 Waiau A 24, Cheviot A 49 Hawarden A 13. Senior B: Culverden B 35 Hawarden B 27, Waiau S 26 Waikari 14. Senior C: Hawarden S 38 Hawarden C 38, Waiau C 24 Cheviot B 21. Primary A: Cheviot PA 21 Waiau PA 11; Culverden PA 42 Hawarden D 18. Primary B semi finals: Glenmark PA 44 Waiau PC 3, Hawarden PA v Waiau PB to be replayed. Primary C: Hawarden PB 22 Hanmer 0.

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Thursday August 20 2015

Boxer off to youth games By DAVID HILL A Rangiora student is hoping to box his way to a medal next month. Hosea Watson (16) has been selected as one of just three boxers to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa during September 5­12, competing in the light welterweight (60­64kg) class. ‘‘I was selected two months ago, just after the North Island golden gloves. It was a pretty cool feeling. The hard work has paid off, but there is still more to do.’’ The Rangiora New Life School student has been boxing since he was 10 and previously represented New Zealand at the junior world championship in Ukraine in 2013 in the 52kg class. ‘‘It was a good experience, but I lost in the first fight against the guy who got silver.’’ This time he is aiming for a medal, but says it is ‘‘all about the draw’’, which is done at random. Hosea trains before and after school and says ‘‘school is kind of my rest’’. He plays basketball and soccer for fun, but says he prefers boxing because of the individual nature of the sport. ‘‘I like the training and when you’ve done the training and you win it’s a good feeling. It’s an individual sport so you’ve got to push yourself.

Selected . . . Cheviot students selected for Top of the South teams: Girls ­ Left to Right ­ Julia Maxwell, Shannon Denton, Yvonne Mitchell and Emma Maxwell. Boys ­ Left to Right ­ Brody Aldersley, Henry Leef (front), Jonathan Nikolaison (back), Jim Fitzgibbon and PHOTO: SUPPLIED Brayden Crown (looking right) (Riki Pugh ­ absent).

Students selected Sparring . . . Rangiora New Life School student Hosea Watson is preparing to compete in the Commonwealth Youth Games next month.


His father Nick Watson, who started the Waikuku Boxing Club, is his coach. At school he enjoys science and maths and in the ring he enjoys the science of boxing at international level. ‘‘When you start off it’s about throwing as much punches as you can, but when you get up there it’s about out­thinking your opponent.’’ Using the front hand effectively for jabs is the key to a successful fight, he says. At the Commonwealth Youth Games bouts will comprise of three rounds of three minute

each, with a break of one minute between each round. Knockouts are rare at youth level because the gloves are well­padded, Hosea says. If Hosea is looking for inspiration, he can look to his cousin Kololo Fiaui who won a bronze medal for New Zealand at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in the lightweight (57­60kg) class. Other role models include New Zealand professional heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker and 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist David Nyika.

Ten Cheviot Area School students represented the Top of the South at the Area Schools’ National tournament in Whanganui. Shannon Denton (volleyball and basketball), Riki Pugh (rugby, volleyball), Brody Aldersley (ki orahi and basketball for South of the South Island), Yvonne Mitchell (netball and basketball), Brayden Crown (basketball and ki orahi), Henry Leef (rugby), Jim Fitzgibbon (ki orahi and rugby for South of the South Island), Emma Maxwell (netball and basketball), Julia Maxwell (netball and basketball) played through sunshine, rain, hail and sleet. From the initial round of

games the following students were selected for South Island teams ­ Riki Pugh ­ rugby and volleyball, Jonathan Nikolaison ­ rugby, Brody Aldersley ­ ki orahi, Yvonne Mitchell ­ netball and basketball, Brayden Crown ­ basketball and ki orahi, Henry Leef ­ rugby, Jim Fitzgibbon ­ ki orahi, Emma Maxwell ­ netball and basketball and Julia Maxwell ­ netball and basketball. From these games against their North Island counterparts, the following students were then selected for New Zealand teams to play invitational games ­ Jonathan Nikolaison (rugby) and Emma Maxwell, Julia Maxwell and Yvonne Mitchell (netball).

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The meeting will be held at: THE HERITAGE HOTEL On Tuesday 25th August

Night out . . . Kaye Doherty (left) and Therese Knowles (right), both from Christchurch, enjoying a ‘‘girls’ night out’’, while auctioneer Richard Leech, from Rangiora, conducts the bidding at the ‘‘Last of the Winter Wine and Art Auction’’ in the West Eyreton Hall PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP. last Saturday night.

Last of winter wine goes down a treat

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF TIME: Now commencing at 7:30pm If you have any questions please contact: Graeme Abbot graeme@hanmersprings.co.nz

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Through the invaluable support of employers, Waipara Volunteer Fire Brigade and other volunteer fire brigades throughout New Zealand can continue to protect o our communities.

Thank you

Mount Brown Estates, from Waipara, Omaka Springs, from A special auction of wine and art was Marlborough, and Te Awanga Estate, held at the West Eyreton Hall last from Hawkes Bay, also offered free tastings to guests on the night. Saturday night. The inaugural Last of the Winter There were also four specialty Wine and Art Auction was held in items donated for auction, including association with the Black Beech the last ever bottle of Havill’s Mead, Wine Bar, in Oxford, to raise funds aged 10 years old. for the West Eyreton School. The hall is also a popular venue for Guests were treated to a light weddings and the annual West supper and wine tasting, with all Eyreton Hall theme parties. proceeds going to the West Eyreton This year’s theme party, on September 5, sold out within three Parent Teachers Association. The auctioneer on the night was days. Richard Leech, from Rangiora, who Judging by the popularity of works for Rural Livestock Ltd. Saturday night’s function, the Last of There was a big selection of art and the Winter Wine and Art Auction wine donated for the auction by many could become another favourite on artists, wine buffs, and the three the North Canterbury social wineries represented on the night. calendar.


The Annual General Meeting of the above society will be held at the Hospital on Monday 31 August at 7.30pm. This will be followed by the normal bi-monthly meeting. All welcome.

Grapes wanted for Vintage 2016 and onward.



Licensed Class, WTR, Pass Drug test. Please call Murray on 021 921 981 Coverstaff.

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Saint Clair Family Estate are looking to secure supply of Grapes especially Growers of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, for the 2016 vintage and beyond 1633307

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The New Zealand Fire Service officially acknowledges the following Employers of Volunteer Firefighters:

Invites you to a public meeting to:

• Update you on Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa business activities • Present an opportunity for the possible redevelopment of a Luxury Day Spa in the Chisholm Ward

Thursday August 20 2015

Please contact Chloe 021 159 6984 email hamish@saintclair.co.nz for further details

Invites you to a public meeting to:

• Update you on Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa business activities • Present an opportunity for the possible redevelopment of a Luxury Day Spa in the Chisholm Ward which forms part of the Queen Mary Hospital in Hanmer Springs

The meeting will be held at: Hurunui District Council Chambers, Amberley On Tuesday 25th August Commencing 5pm

If you have any questions please contact: Graeme Abbot graeme@hanmersprings.co.nz

MAKKS Roast & Chinese. Lunch from $5, 11­3pm. Dinner Buffet from $9, 5­8pm. Call today for weekly specials. 03 313 9119. 90 High St, Rangi­ ora.


CASH 4 CARS and 4WD'S Phone Automotive Parts 03 313 7216 AUTO & MARINE UPHOLSTERY Cloth and vinyl seats repaired / recovered. Ute seats / Tractor seats, Ute / Boat covers repaired / replaced. Boat / Caravan squabs and cushions, 2 and 4 wheel bike seats, Floor mats / carpet replacements etc. Heavy machinery covers, Tramp mat repairs / replacements. Same day service by qualified tradesman. Ph Robbie Boyd 027 424 1876

The Union Jack Withh the current debate on changing our flag; do we know the history and significance of the Union Jack part of our NZ flag? A small 16 page colour booklet can be purchased for $10, explaining it's unique history. Write to Union Jack Flag, PO Box 488, Rangiora; or email Michael at Feijoaman1@gmail.com, please provide your name, address and phone number. CLAIRVOYANT medium, clear accurate readings with Holly. Phone 03 314 9073.


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DRESSMAKING. Bev’s Sew Good Services, still open for all your alter­ ations, repairs, dress­ making, curtains. Phone 327 5535. (formerly from Tamara’s).


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

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Garage Sales WOODEND / Tuahiwi 109 Te Pouapatuki Road. Sat 29th Aug & Sun 30th Aug, 10am ­ 4pm. House­ hold Goods, Gardening Tools, Tools, etc.


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

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2.5 AWD, auto, low kms, silver

Now $35,995


*Offer ends 30 November 2015 (or while stocks last). The advertised 2.9% (pa) finance rate is available on any new current generation Hilux that is purchased and delivered between 1 July 2015 and 30 November 2015 from participating Authorised Toyota Dealers in New Zealand. The advertised 2.9% (pa) fixed finance rate is only available on a ‘Classic Finance Loan’ through Toyota Financial Services with a minimum of 10% deposit for terms up to 36 months. Offer is subject to Toyota Financial Services normal lending criteria. Up to $350 establishment fee is payable. For full terms and conditions, visit our website: www.toyota.co.nz

QUALITY USED VEHICLE SELECTION 2013 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER LTD; just 44,000km, stunning in silver with leather trim.........................$48,995 2014 HILUX SR5 D/CAB 4WD, 3.0 turbo diesel, ex-demonstrator, 7,000km .......................................$47,995 2010 TOYOTA HILUX SR5

5-speed, 3.0 t/diesel, canopy, alarmed, 124,000km



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

Now $47,995


2012 TOYOTA COROLLA GX H/B, 1800, auto, stunning in Wildfire, 34,000km....................................$17,995

Now $35,995

2009-2014 TOYOTA HILUX S/CAB, E/CAB, D/CAB 2WDS. Enquire today!................................ From $19,995

3.0 t/diesel, t/bar, very tidy truck

Was $36,995

2010 TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO VX, 3.0 t/diesel, 7 seats, leather..............................................$54,995 2005 TOYOTA AVENSIS, 2.0L auto, very well optioned, Lustre Pearl ...................................................$11,995 2012 TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO, 7-seater GX, 3.0 t/diesel, auto, low km ..................................$49,995 2010 TOYOTA HILUX 2WD D/C, 2.7L, 5-speed ................................................................................... $19,995

2014 TOYOTA YARIS (new shape)


1300cc, auto, safe and so economical! Stunning colour

3.0 t/diesel, 5-speed, tonneau, bullbar






3 to choose from, highly spec’d low-km examples, be quick.

2008 TOYOTA DYNA VAN, 4.0 diesel, 5-speed, 2.0-tonne capacity.....................................................$22,995


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

(Kaiapoi After Hours: John Mellor 027 478 7685) www.rangiora.toyota.co.nz • • www.kaiapoi.toyota.co.nz John Glubb 027 432 1610 • Dale Clark 027 424 1422 • Robin Illingworth 027 435 5105 • Ben Wood 027 566 0013

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