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Thursday December 3, 2015 | Issue 678

Water shortage: District­wide water restrictionsinHurunui.

Oxford­Cust: Happenings from the rural townships.

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Real Estate: Nth Canterbury property sales. — pages 49 ­ 50.

An enchanting Christmas story By SHELLEY TOPP The Rangiora couple responsible for many of the enchanting Christmas­story windows at the Ballantyne’s Christchurch department store are creating similar magic in Rangiora. The first of the three Rangiora window displays was installed in the front shop window of the old Harcourts building in High Street, next­ door to the Rangiora Pharmacy, last Saturday morning by artist Caroline Trevella and her partner Pete Tyson. The Christmas animated window displays are always a popular attraction in the city, drawing large crowds to the Ballantyne’s store. It is hoped the Rangiora shop­window displays will prove just as popular. ‘‘We wanted to create something for the community, something to bring people into High Street,’’ says Caroline who owns Bizzart International, a Rangiora firm, which creates sculptures, paintings and masks for animated Christmas window displays, character costumes, theatre props, puppets, and animatronics. Caroline does the artwork and creates the characters for the Christmas displays. Another Rangiora woman, Fran Gardner, makes the costumes for the characters, and Caroline’s partner, Pete Tyson, who owns PC Support Services, in Rangiora, does the animatronics that bring them to life. Earlier this year Caroline and Pete got together with a friend, Rangiora pharmacist,

Christmas story . . . The first of three Christmas­themed windows in Rangiora which tells the story of a young girl dreaming of a white Christmas PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP in New Zealand so she can go ice skating. Greg Knight, owner of Rangiora Pharmacy, and decided to bring Christmas to Rangiora through the creation of displays in Rangiora shop frontages.

The first tells the story of a young girl dreaming of a white Christmas in New Zealand so she can go ice skating. The props for the display were in

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Thursday December 3 2015

In brief Lost and Found The following property is reported as lost to the Rangiora police ­ have you seen it? A four stone diamond engagement ring, wallet, a silver zig zag style brooch, a black Huawai smart phone, a Smart I phone with black and white spotted jelly cover, a white Samsung tablet, a black wallet and a purple NZP scooter engraved ‘‘Pippa’’. The following property is at the station looking for a home: A red and white Kona Mountain bike with lock (Kaiapoi station), a sack barrow, a lizard charm, a black cigarette pouch, a stud zircon earring and a black and silver Telecom cellphone.

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Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa is crediting an increase in international visitors and excellent summer weather for a record­breaking financial year. The complex has just reported the results for its 2015 financial year ­ July 2014 to June 2015 ­ to its owner, the Hurunui District Council. Revenue from the complex’s pools for the period sat at $7,490,000 ­ six percent higher than the previous financial year. An additional $3,326,000 in revenue was collected by the complex’s Spa, iSITE and Cafe ´. Overall, the complex made a profit of $2,504,000 ­ up 4% on the 2013­2014 year. All of the surplus has been returned to the Hurunui District Council. General Manager Graeme Abbot says it is an excellent result. ‘‘It’s a record in terms of both revenue and profit and a sign that Canterbury’s tourism sector is bouncing back from the impact of the earthquakes and evidence that New Zealand tourism in general is in excellent shape.’’ Hurunui District Council chief executive Hamish Dobbie says the council is pleased with the result. ‘‘The success is a tribute to the foresight of the pools’ board and the daily efforts of Graeme and the team. The profits from this asset support a wide range of activities across the entire Hurunui district and I look forward to future success as tourism in the entire Canterbury region continues to grow.’’

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Mr Abbot says there are two main reasons for the complex’s outstanding financial results. ‘‘The work we have done in the international market is starting to pay off with a modest increase in international numbers and the domestic summer market was very strong.’’ The complex recorded 101,500 international visitors during the year­ a 2.5% increase of on the previous financial year. The just­reported results also show that revenue for The Spa operation was 5% down on the previous year. Mr Abbot says that was due to a workforce supply issue. ‘‘We faced a real shortage of massage therapists in the first six months of 2015 which impacted our ability to meet demand from customers. We’ve managed to address that and revenue from The Spa is currently excellent.’’ He is looking forward to an even brighter future for the complex. ‘‘Extra flights this summer will see more than 206,500 seats into Christchurch Airport from Asia. ‘‘We are working hard to ensure many of these arrivals head north to experience the delights that the Hurunui and Hanmer Springs have to offer.’’ Mr Abbot says the complex is determined to lift its financial performance even higher. ‘‘We’ve never been a business that rests on our laurels and there are enormous opportunities for us to grow.’’

Christmas Party Amberley residents aged 65 and over are being urged to support the Amberley Lion’s Senior Citizens Christmas party to ensure its future. The party is being held at the Amberley Pavilion on December 12 from 2pm until 4.30pm and those attending the function can enjoy a host of entertainment and an afternoon tea. Admission is $5. Deliver the form in The News to Arthur Burke in Markham Street, indicating your support. Club spokesman Len Smith says unless the traditional event is supported its future is in doubt.

Christmas Carols Parish Farm, near Hawarden, will host a community Christmas Carol service in the farm’s barn on December 11. The Filipino Choir will sing and there will be a joint adult and children’s pantomime. Children are welcome to bring their pet lambs along as part of the ‘‘barn experience’’. The carols will begin at 6.30pm and a blanket or chair to sit on is advised. A non­perishable food item to give to those who are struggling at this time of year and a wrapped Christmas gift for a child would be appreciated. Write on it if is suitable for a boy or girl and the age suitability.

Sunflower Party Sunflowers Preschool, near Hawarden is holding a community preschooler’s Christmas party on December 10 at 10am. All preschoolers in the Hawarden­Waikari area are invited to the family event. Bring a plate, hot drinks are available. There will be a Santa sack so a $5 gift with your child’s name can be left at the gate for Santa to collect. A bouncy castle will be on site for the children.

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Thursday December 3 2015

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Community garden on the move By DAVID HILL

B Book your last minute C Christmas Functions New beginnings . . . Rangiora Community Garden manager Sandra Heerink (left) and 2IC PHOTO: DAVID HILL Adele Mulder are looking forward to some changes at the garden next year. ‘‘Absolutely we are getting quite international. We have playcentre Mums, we have Americans, a Cuban, Zimbabweans and a Dutch helper who have all settled in the district and the ABC Pre­School has a little garden here. ‘‘IDEAL Services (IHC) comes to help and we have a barbecue with them on Fridays, served with salads made with produce from the garden.’’ A retired polytechnic gardening tutor has also been lined up to come and work

with the volunteers on a regular basis, starting with the playcentre Mums. As well as growing fruit and vegetables, the garden also has baby chickens running round and a turkey, which is no longer destined for the Christmas dinner table. ‘‘We will continue to do our fruit and vege co­op and to offer the wrap around care and social support that still goes on through the Hope Trust,‘‘ Mrs Heerink says.

Dry conditions force restrictions By AMANDA BOWES As drought conditions start to bite in North Canterbury, the Hurunui District Council has been forced to apply water restrictions across the district. The continued lack of rain has put water supplies in the high risk area forcing the council to adopt a level one restriction in townships and on rural water supplies. The restrictions mean residents are being asked to conserve as much water as possible by only watering gardens in the evening or early morning to limit the amount of evaporation, taking three minute showers and making sure washing

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washing machines are doing a full load. It says its important for people to conserve water in any way possible as every little bit of effort will help. Other ways to conserve the water supply include: ­ Not watering when it is windy and not leaving hoses unattended as more than 2700 litres of water can be used in just a few hours if hoses are left running. ­ Put mulch on gardens. ­ Repair leaks. ­ Half flush the toilet. ­ Keep drinking water in the fridge. Running the tap to get cool water wastes it. ­ Use water in buckets etc for

gardens, don’t tip it down the drain. ­ Use a bucket of soapy water if cars have to be washed, then just use the hose to rinse. Fire restrictions have also been imposed in both the Hurunui and Waimakariri districts as conditions dry out and make it increasingly dangerous to light fires. A permit is needed before any fires are lit. Council team leader customer and information services Naomi Woodham says with more dry weather in the forecast it won’t be long before a total fire ban is enforced. ‘‘When that happens, the water restrictions are also likely to go to the next level,’’ she says.

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Volunteers at the Rangiora Community Garden are looking forward to a ‘‘new beginning’’ in 2016. After nearly five years operating on land made available by the Rangiora High School, the community garden, which is run by the Rangiora Baptist Church’s Hope Trust, is looking for a new site to move to when the five­ year lease runs out in the second half of next year. Manager Sandra Heerink says the volunteers appreciate the support they have received from the school and the wider community over the last five years. ‘‘We are enjoying our last season in the garden and we are looking forward to our new beginnings. ‘‘We can make a lovely oasis anywhere. It will be a new part of our journey, but we are grateful to the school for the opportunities that we’ve had.’’ With a move in the pipeline, Mrs Heerink says the garden is looking for sponsorship and volunteers to help with the move, as well as help looking for a new site. ‘‘It’s a chance for small businesses to do something in the community.’’ She was thrilled to receive a generous donation from RE/MAX VIP Realty recently, which will allow a new sign to be made for the frontgate. RE/MAX’s Lynette Colton says she was pleased to be able to support the garden. ‘‘I believe in community and we like to support our local community. We believe the garden volunteers are doing a great job and it’s a small way we can give back. Sandra’s doing a brilliant job.’’ Mrs Heerink says the community garden is providing opportunities to a wide­cross section of the community.

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Thursday December 3 2015

Fun time ... Costume maker, Liza Devlin, centre, with Maddison Dunn, left, and Lily Hoskin, PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP pupils at Jenna McKenzie School of Dance, in Rangiora.

Costume making a joy By SHELLEY TOPP

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Does water quality matter to you? Whether you drink, wash, swim, fish, or irrigate – water quality affects everyone The Waimakariri Water Zone Committee invites you to get involved in local water management by attending one of five community meetings around the district. The community meetings will provide an update on the water management planning process (as part of the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan) that will begin for the Waimakariri District in 2016. This process will help establish the community’s water management priorities and determine how to protect and maintain local water quality. The plan will affect everyone and this is your chance to be involved early in discussions.

Creating special costumes for the pupils at the Jenna McKenzie School of Dance, in Rangiora, is a pleasure for Tuahiwi dressmaker Liza Devlin. ‘‘I love the creativity and the resourcefulness involved. It’s just a privilege,’’ she said. She became involved with costume making at the school through her daughter, Elizabeth, aged 13, a ballet student at the school. ‘‘She volunteered me. Jenna needed some spider costumes. I really enjoyed getting involved. I thought the students deserved lovely costumes because they all work so hard,’’ says Liza. She also has three young grand daughters at the school. ‘‘Two do ballet and one does hip hop.’’ The pupils at the school ‘‘are all great kids, with great discipline, and well mannered,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s a fantastic school.’’ Originally from Luton, near London, in England, Liza has lived in New Zealand for 18 years. She loves collecting fabrics and is well known in second­hand clothing shops sourcing materials and outfits for redesigning into costumes for the school’s end­of­year productions. This year the school’s production is the ‘‘Showcase of Dance & Second Star to the

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Right’’. It opens in the Rangiora Town Hall on Saturday December 5 and runs through to Sunday December 6. It’s a busy time for Liza, and the other costume makers who help Jenna, including Debbie Constable, whose daughter Caitlin is also a pupil at the school. Debbie has made a ‘‘beautiful tutu’’ for Tinker Bell this year. Some costumes are purchased ready made but Liza makes the unusual costumes that cannot be obtained that way. ‘‘Liza makes the costumes I cannot source, and they are always incredible. I’m very lucky to have Liza she is super talented,’’ Jenna said. This year she has created many gorgeous costumes including a minion, a character from the animated family movie, Minions, and others for characters from J.M. Barrie’s magical story, Peter Pan, including a crocodile, Captain Hook, Native American Indians, Tiger Lily, Peter Pan, and the Darling children, Wendy, Michael and John. Liza enjoys watching the children transform into their characters once they step into their costumes. Jenna’s end­of­year productions were always magical and exciting. ‘‘It’s like watching a fireworks show. There are always so many surprises,’’ she said. NOTE: Tickets for the show are available at Rangiora Showcase Jewellers.

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Thursday December 3 2015

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Santa’s grotto attracts a big crowd

Sleigh ride . . . Troy (6) and Faith (9) Blakemore, of Loburn, sit in Santa’s sleigh.

Snow scene . . . Brothers, Callum (7) and Lachlan (5) Black, of Rangiora, admire the snow scene.

A crowd flocked into the Rangiora Showgrounds on Friday evening for the gala opening of Ashgrove School’s Santa’s Grotto. The News journalist David Hill popped along to snap some of the action at the gala and to check out Santa’s Grotto. Santa Claus will be available to hear your Christmas wishlist until Sunday, December 6, and photos with Santa can be purchased. The Santa’s Grotto, organised in partnership with Rangiora Promotions, is open in the Rangiora Showgrounds Pavilion today and tomorrow (Friday) from 10am to 12pm and 4pm to 8pm, and on Saturday and Sunday 10am to 8pm. Entry is $3 per person.

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Thursday December 3 2015

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Minister sees impact A generous community of drought first hand The recent visit by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Hon Bill English to the Hurunui District was a good opportunity for him to see the impact of the drought first hand. While the minister has been keeping close tabs on the effect of the ongoing dry in this area, nothing compares to seeing the parched land in person and speaking to the people on the ground. From the top of a hill at Horsley Downs, Hawarden, the minister was able to survey a good part of the 42,000­hectare command area for the Hurunui Water Project and hear directly from the project directors, who talked him through the difficulties of the consent process. The view from the top of the hill was stark evidence as to why the water project is so important to farmers and growers in this area. The site visit was followed by a public meeting at The Stables where the minister addressed a gathering of about 50 people. Afterwards, he was able to meet most of those people in person during morning tea. His next engagement was at Nevins Farm, Cheviot which we reached via the Scargill Valley. At the farm, about 60 people had gathered and Jamie McFadden and Linda

many times over the generations and is why we have so much social amenity and community infrastructure that we are all able to enjoy. A number of community assets have been completed recently while several are still progressing. To name a selection, the Waipara Valley and the Leithfield/Amberley Cycle/Walking Trails and the fabulous new Amberley Fitness Centre are all now being used and enjoyed. The new Amberley Swimming pool, the BMX Cycle Track, the Men’s Shed, Eastern Sports Reserve, and various Walking Tracks and Trails are on the drawing board or in various stages of progress. Anyone who has been involved in voluntary Community Projects will relate to all this and will have experienced the ups and downs, the frustrations and doubts they will have had to confront the knockers and critics and they will have worried about the funding. However they will also know that the payback is huge and the satisfaction of success is priceless and miraculously the doubters disappear. Thank you to those with the vision, those who give and congratulations to those who have and are persevering, you will be rewarded.

As we unveiled the fantastic Grapevine Sculpture at the SH1 and SH7 intersection in Waipara last Friday my mind was drawn to think about the generosity of businesses and individuals, who along with Charitable Trusts are constantly making substantial donations to all manner of good causes within our community. The imposing Grapevine Sculpture will, I am sure, bring due recognition to our substantial and high quality Waipara Valley Wine Industry and it’s associated visitor attraction, it should inspire those in the local industry to continue to work together to take their rightful place as a New Zealand wine producer of significant importance. This new landmark of course required considerable funding and an immense amount of work behind the scenes to deal with the inevitable regulatory issues and convince people that the project was worthy of their financial support. Not surprisingly all that work fell to a small group of tenacious and dedicated individuals. Fortunately support was forthcoming in the form of donations of money, labour, machinery, and encouragement, ensuring that their vision became a reality. This scenario has been repeated

Murchison gave very good speeches on the Resource Management Act and its implications on their lives. Another interesting speech was given by Bryan Harris, co­owner of Harris Meats in Cheviot, who discussed the difficulties of finding workers for his family’s business, which employs about 45 staff. The Hurunui district has a very low unemployment rate of just 1.7 per cent: I think it would be virtually impossible to get any lower than that. Attracting workers is an issue many rural areas face. Incentives like more points towards residency for skilled migrants as recently introduced by the Government, and improved high speed broadband in rural areas, are steps towards aiding this problem. Following this great event at Nevins Farm, the minister enjoyed a barbecue and Q&A session with locals in Cheviot. I know that he found it incredibly rewarding and enlightening to meet so many people in the space of one visit and hear how things are progressing in this part of the country during such challenging times. I wish to thank all those who attended the meetings with Mr English and myself, and in particular those who hosted us with fantastic North Canterbury hospitality.

Getting off to work each day can be trying yoghurt to add to my porridge. Now as anyone who suffers from arthritis knows the tabs on yoghurt, or tops on anything for that matter, cause all sorts of angst. I broke the tab, the tub of yoghurt shot across the bench, hit the freshly microwaved bowl of porridge which took flight and landed upside down on the floor. I decided to ignore the mess, start afresh and wait until I and the mess on the floor cooled down. Lids are a whole different story. If anyone had seen me sitting in my arm chair with a cushion against my chest wrestling with a white gadget and a jar, they would have wondered what on earth I was up to the other night.

By ROBYN BRISTOW, EDITOR OF THE NEWS It began like any other morning, but it wasn’t long before things started to go awry. The dogs were first to upset the apple cart when they discovered the door open and my sock, discarded from the night before. They soon discovered that tearing around the lawn with a sock stretched between them was great fun and even funnier when I joined in to try to get it off them. Eventually they got the message that I wasn’t actually enjoying being party to sock snatching. Next it was opening the new tub of

Quite simply I was trying to open a bottle of pasta sauce. The lid wouldn’t budge and it was too uncomfortable trying to get more leverage by holding it to my chest standing up. So I sat in my chair, got the cushion, put it against me and the jar against it, put the gadget on the lid, shut my eyes and hoped I wouldn’t end up covered in pasta sauce. Fortunately it all ended well. Most mornings on my way to work there is something to smile about. Thank you to the fellow at Ashley who trains his bay trotter around land beside the railway line every day. Tied on the back of his sulky ­ this morning harnessed in the sulky ­ is a skewbald. The incongruity of it brings a smile every day. Further on I marvel at the commitment

of a Leithfield resident who has gone to the trouble of mounting all six flags ­ yes six including our present flag ­ in the backyard for the thousands of people travelling daily on State Highway One to see in full flight most days. Here is someone who is prepared to take their democratic rights to a whole new height instead of jumping on the social band wagon and finding all sorts of reasons for not participating in the process. Just get on with it, exercise your democratic right and one day you might be proud enough to tell you children or grandchildren, or their children, you had a say in what the flag looks like ­ a symbol of who we are.


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After a high standard of workmanship? Looking for a unique design? First Health Hub baby . . . Klaartje Torfs with her husband, Scott Newbie, their daughter Ruby, aged 3, and their newborn son, Mason who is the first baby to be born at the New PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP Rangiora Health Hub.

Baby makes history By SHELLEY TOPP When Klaartje Torfs and Scott Newbie’s son Mason was born it was a historic moment, because he was the first baby born at Rangiora’s new $7 million Health Hub. While Mason’s birth on October 30, will give his family an historic link with the new health facility, the Newbie’s also have a connection with the old Rangiora Hospital which is where Scott, and his father, were born. Klaartje, who was born in Belgium, said the atmosphere at the Health Hub was ‘‘very relaxing’’. Her lead maternity carer, Catherine Rietveld, of Your Choice Midwives, was also ‘‘really helpful’’.

Scott, Klaartje, and their daughter Ruby, aged 3, returned to Rangiora earlier this year after living in Australia, including Perth, where Ruby was born. They are now staying with Scott’s parents in Rangiora, while they wait for their own home to be built next door. They didn’t have far to go to get to the Health Hub for Mason’s birth as the River Road facility is just around the corner from where they are living in Ashley Street. It has been a busy time for the family since their return to New Zealand with Mason’s birth, and setting up their business Opposite Lock New Zealand, in Christchurch, offering four­wheel drive vehicle services, selling accessories, doing upgrades, and building vehicles.

Busy tourism season expected in Kaikoura Kaikoura is gearing up for another busy tourist season. Speaking after last week’s Kaikoura District Council meeting, Mayor Winston Gray says figures provided from Kaikoura’s i­Site visitor centre indicate the tourist spend is up for this spring, compared to this time last year. ‘‘All indications are that Kaikoura can look forward to a busy tourist season with solid bookings coming in. ‘‘In the weekend I was amazed at the number of campervans in the town. The rental companies must be doing well at the moment.’’ He says the number of tourists visiting Kaikoura is set to grow and the district needs to be prepared. ‘‘Recent statistics suggest Chinese visitor numbers across New Zealand will exceed one million per year by 2020 and last year we had 230,000. This is a massive increase and we need to continually work on upgrading the Kaikoura experience as we are a popular destination.’’ One way of supporting the tourism

growth in Kaikoura is embracing ultra fast broadband (UFB). Mr Gray says broadcasting minister Amy Adams visited Kaikoura last week to promote the benefits of UFB. ‘‘It’s what I’ve been banging on about for a while, but if we get a digital strategy up in our regions there’s huge potential. It’s just come so far in recent years. I don’t know if people appreciate how fast the changes are coming in technology.’’ Another spin­off from the growing tourism market in Kaikoura is rising prices of houses and holiday homes, with particularly strong demand in South Bay. ‘‘Talking to the agents, the demand is mostly coming out of Canterbury ­ certainly Christchurch, as it has always done. But we also have quite a strong contingent of North Canterbury buyers ­ there’s quite a few rural North Canterbury buyers looking for holiday homes or looking to retire. ‘‘While Christchurch is recovering, it probably makes it easier for people coming here.’’

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Children’s art . . . Children from St Patrick’s Catholic School in Kaiapoi pose in front their artwork on display at Kaiapoi’s Art on the Quay as part a new exhibition ‘‘A Kiwi PHOTO: SUPPLIED Christmas’’.

‘A Kiwi Christmas’ artwork exhibition Small artworks make great Christmas presents and this is the purpose behind the latest exhibition at Kaiapoi’s Art On The Quay, entitled ‘‘A Kiwi Christmas’’. The 15cm square canvasses will be on sale for $20 each. Proceeds from the sale of each artwork will be divided between the artists and their school. Thanks to the generosity of the Kaiapoi Club and Kaiapoi’s Take Note, which sponsored the purchase of 200 small canvasses, all Kaiapoi schools including Kaiapoi High School, Kaiapoi Borough, Kaiapoi North, St. Patrick’s and Clarkville School have been involved. A Kiwi Christmas will be on show until December 11. Simultaneously, a project led by Tanya Iniguez with students at Kaiapoi Borough School will be on display. Called ‘‘Through our eyes. Be yourself because everyone else is already taken’’, it is a photographic display in the form of a blanket. Ms Iniguez is highly qualified, with a PhD in ‘‘children’s literature under

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Rangiora’s Barbara Mackie, has been made a Life Member of Keep New Zealand Beautiful (KNZB). She received the presentation at the KNZB annual conference, held in Christchurch. The honour is in recognition of many years of volunteer work Barbara has contributed to Keep Rangiora Beautiful (KRB). Barbara’s husband, Ron, a talented artist, and former deputy principal of Rangiora High School, is also a Life Member of KNZB. They are part of a small team of community­minded volunteers working for KRB, who have made a huge difference to the look of Rangiora, picking up litter, cleaning graffiti, and planting more than 10,000 shrubs and trees in the town, since the group was established in 1989. Rangiora has around 40 green­space garden areas that began life as a KRB project, including the Lineside Road plots, and the Ashley River bridge picnic area. KRB also run sustainability education programmes in Rangiora schools, passing on the importance of a healthy environment to pupils. Their most recent project has been the development of a big, beautiful garden at the new Health Hub in Rangiora, with help from Rangiora Rotary, and Rangiora Lions. One of the KRB members, Grant Edge, a landscape gardener from Fernside, designed the garden and joined volunteers from the three groups, including Waimakariri District Mayor, David Ayers, and his wife, Marilyn, during working bees to do the planting. KNZB is an environmental charitable trust which began life in 1967 as the Anti Litter Council. Their aim is to foster environmental awareness and help keep New Zealand communities clean, safe and beautiful. KNZB’s educational campaigns Be A Tidy Kiwi, and Do The Right Thing were established nearly 50 years ago and have achieved a great deal during that time promoting, protecting and enhancing the New Zealand environment. The KRB group was formed after a meeting organised by a former Rangiora Mayor, Trevor Inch, who also became the first elected Mayor of

Life members . . . . Ron and Barbara Mackie at their Rangiora home last Saturday. Both PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP are life members of Keep New Zealand Beautiful. the newly formed Waimakariri District, in 1989. Mr Inch, who died in 1995, recognised the success KNZB volunteers were having in other areas around New Zealand, particularly in nearby Kaiapoi, and wanted the same for Rangiora. He organised a meeting of community­minded Rangiora people, including Ron and Barbara, and invited an inspirational speaker from KNZB to attend. Keep Rangiora Beautiful is the result of that meeting. Barbara and Ron joined the inaugural group and have been members ever since. These days KRB receives $3000 annually from the Waimakariri District Council to help fund their work. But initially they were self­

funding, and raised $11,000 annually through an innovative newspaper and cardboard recycling scheme. Although they spend many hours working for KRB, helping the group establish, and maintain, community gardens, in Rangiora, Barbara and Ron have also created a lovely flower and vegetable garden of their own. Their garden includes a 100­year­old pear tree still providing beautiful fruit, and they used to have two lemon trees. ‘‘We had a competition to see whose tree produced the most fruit,’’ Barbara said. Barbara won in the end. But it was only by accident. She unintentionally killed Ron’s tree by feeding it with turkey manure which is too rich for citrus plants.

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Mulch now to keep moisture in your garden By SUSIE SHORE El Nino is here as predicted ­ it is so dry, for so early in the season. When watering make sure it is a deep watering to help draw the roots down to cooler earth and perhaps more moisture. In a year like this, gardens benefit from mulch, which ideally should be spread in the winter. Mulches come in various forms ­ peastraw, lucerne hay (old), pine needles, shredded bar ­ and helps reduce the evaporation of precious moisture. Now that the ground is warm, you can plant seeds like beans ­ and there are many varieties ­ carrots etc almost anything you fancy. Seed potatoes can still be planted, if you have a space,and preferably early ones ­ Jersey Bennes, Rocket, Cliff Kidneys ­ are the early maturers. Aphids need to be kept in control. If you spray, use Maverick which controls a broad range of insects and mite pests. However, spray in the evening when the bees are not flying so it gives the spray time to dry and so it does not kill the precious honey bee. About Christmas time leek plants can be planted in a trench and kept damp while bedding plants like petunias, impatiens and lobelians or anything that will give a good show of colour can also be planted.

Thriving . . . Barbara Jackman, a hybrid clematis, is thriving after the PHOTOS: ROBYN BRISTOW hard frost of winter. Roses Roses should be deadheaded and fed with a granule feed although sometimes a liquid fertiliser is beneficial. Vegetable gardens Keep vegetable gardens weeded, watered and thin the carrots and beetroot and apply liquid fertiliser which is good for

young plants. Spring bulbs Don’t cut off the straps (leaves) as these feed the bulbs for next year’s flowers. It also stops narcisy fly from making a home in the bulbs. When the straps dry they are easily removed ­ they may look unsightly but that is gardening ­ everything isn’t

Phacelia . . . An attractive blue plant which is good to have in your garden as it attracts a hover fly which eats aphids. always perfect. Weeds Last but not least and of course very important, is keeping on top of the weeds by pulling them out, hoeing or spraying them, whatever suits. Some weeds are hosts for aphids so try to keep on top of them.

Peachy . . . Phyllis Bide, a climbing rose has also enjoyed the winter conditions. This winter past, although so very cold, with hard frosts, are conditions some plants like. My roses are looking so lovely and my delphiniums also appear very sturdy, with lots of long, strong flowering stems. And remember your lawn should be mowed on a higher blade when it is so hot and dry.

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Some herbs for the bees and some for you Kristina Jensen highlights great ways to grow bee-attracting herbs when space is at a premium. Bees have been heralded as an indicator of environmental health for some time now and there is growing concern that the increasing decline of these small furry flyers could spell disaster for our own survival as a species. No other animal plays a more significant role in producing the fruit and vegetables we humans take for granted, so how can we encourage more bees? One way is to grow herbs. Herbs have many uses: in cooking, for medicinal purposes, for their unique range of fragrances and as food for bees and other beneficial, pollinating insects. When you start looking at the nectar content of the flowers of some herbs, it seems as though herbs and bees were made for each other. One exceptional example is borage, which refills with nectar every two minutes. Comfrey is another popular herb with the bees, refilling every 45 minutes on average. These plants are abuzz with bee activity at the height of flowering. You may not have space for a large kitchen herb garden, but it is possible to squeeze in a few herbs somewhere. By accommodating bee足friendly plants and flowers into your immediate environment, you will create a sanctuary for honeybees and other beneficial pollinators. Ideally, when you are positioning

Comfrey . . . Bees love these little comfrey bells that refill themselves with nectar every PHOTO:SUPPLIED. 45 minutes.

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Pet Vaccinations In this article we will try and demystify some of the confusion around the subject of vaccinations and touch on why different protocols are necessary as opposed to a blanket approach of vaccination for every pet. What are vaccines? The majority of vaccines we use in our domestic pets are modified live vaccines (MLV), these are vaccines capable of stimulating an excellent and rapid immune response after one injection but have been modified so they do not cause disease in healthy animals. They come in a freeze dried form that we add a diluent to before administration. Modified live vaccines reach their peak immunity 10-14days post vaccination which is why in young puppies or kittens we ask you not to expose them to potential infection until this period of time has lapsed. Killed vaccines are used to vaccinate against diseases such as feline aids and leukaemia in cats and leptospirosis and canine kennel cough in dogs. These vaccines do not confer such a powerful immunity to disease compared with live vaccines so require multiple boosters and the timing of vaccination becomes super important.

Why do puppies need to be vaccinated? All neonates born to vaccinated mothers receive antibodies via the colostrum, these protect the young animal from infection if it becomes exposed to disease during the first few weeks of life. These maternal antibodies wear off, somewhere before 12 weeks of age, and unless we blood test each and every puppy/kitten in the litter, we can’t tell when this occurs. Therefore we must vaccinate at regular intervals until the pup or kitten is over 12 weeks, this way we catch every animal as its maternal immunity wears off. Waiting until the puppy or kitten is 12 weeks of age to ensure just one vaccination is an extremely

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risky practice as it leaves that animal potentially unprotected and vulnerable to life threatening disease.

Do I need to vaccinate my pregnant bitch? It was once common to recommend that breeding bitches receive a killed parvovirus vaccination when pregnant. When bitches are vaccinated so close to whelping they produce strong, persistent levels of maternal antibodies, which interfere with the puppy’s vaccination well beyond 12 weeks of age. Therefore a final vaccine at this time may result in an unprotected puppy. These puppies have to be vaccinated until 16-18weeks of age and then wait the 10-14 days before they can risk any exposure, thus they miss out on their crucial socialisation period which is between 8-16 weeks.

What diseases are we vaccinating our pets against? Dogs: Core vaccines in dogs prevent

Parvovirus (still seen regularly at NCVC and often fatal), Distemper, Hepatitis and Parainfluenza (the viral part of canine kennel cough).

There is also a vaccine available for the bacterial part of canine kennel cough or as it is really called Infectious Tracheobronchitis. Canine kennel cough is spread via direct contact with infected dogs or contaminated objects such as watering bowls, car tyres, or by airborne means. Many clients falsely believe that they only need to vaccinate their dogs for canine kennel cough if they will be going to boarding kennels. While it is compulsory for dogs going to boarding kennels the reality is, that


We can also by request provide leptospirosis vaccine for dogs that will be travelling to at risk areas of the country, as we do not routinely administer this vaccine.

Cats: Core vaccines are given against

Panleukopenia, Feline Herpesvirus I and Calicivirus. Panleukopenia is similar to parvovirus in dogs and a member of the same viral group. Transmission is by cat to cat or human to cat contact with high mortality (death) and unfortunately like parvovirus this virus is highly persistent in the environment. Feline Herpesvirus 1 and Calicivirus are commonly known as cat flu or snuffles and cause sneezing, conjunctivitis, discharges from the eyes and nose and loss of appetite. It is spread in a similar way to Panleukopenia but infected cats can often remain as carriers. These carriers do not always show signs of disease but are the main source of spread to other cats. Both Calicivirus and Herpesvirus are highly mutagenic (change their genetic form similar to human influenza) so vaccinating against these diseases does not necessarily prevent disease but will markedly reduce the severity of disease and shedding. Feline Aids (Feline Immunodeficiency virus) is a big problem in our region, mainly due to the high prevalence of the disease in the feral cat population. It is caused by the same group of viruses that causes Aids in humans but is NOT transmissible to humans. The virus attacks the cat’s immune system making it susceptible to other secondary illnesses. It is transmitted by saliva, blood and via an infected mother to her kitten in milk. Cat

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fights are a major source of infection. We test cats regularly and find large numbers of cats positive to the Aids virus, But rarely do we find cat positive to the leukaemia virus. We can also vaccinate against feline leukaemia virus.

Rabbits: Only one vaccination is available in New Zealand for rabbits against Calicivirus/ Viral Haemorrhagic Disease. This virus was introduced to assist with control of the wild rabbit population and causes rapid death in rabbits. It is spread from contact with wild rabbits or by vectors such as insects. Rabbits under 12 weeks get a vaccine every 4 weeks until 12 weeks of age, over 12 weeks just one. An annual vaccination is recommended. A few years ago I was judging at our school pet day and we had an unvaccinated rabbit die from this disease-disaster, lots of tears and I highly recommend you save yourself this trauma and get your bunnies vaccinated well in advance of this key yearly event! We will be holding regular rabbit vaccination days throughout the year.

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Oxford Club offers a fine dining experience Oxford’s High Street has a hidden treasure. Tucked behind the hallowed walls of the Oxford Club an exciting dining experience awaits members, affiliate members and their guests. New, plush, modern surrounds now greet diners following a complete makeover of the restaurant to meet the demands of a growing membership and the discerning diner. The de ´cor, sympathetic lighting and tasteful layout of the area, which seats 100, makes the restaurant a great place for that intimate dinner, a casual meal, a family gathering, a group or club celebration or a formal function. The refurbishment includes full bar facilities and barista coffee with seating available at the bar for those who enjoy a drink and a chat before sitting down for a meal. Four booths ­ one more than previously ­ provide privacy or a great place for families to dine. Thursday evening dining is being introduced along with lunches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including the return of the popular Sunday roast. Those preferring to eat their lunches or meals in the club’s bars are welcome to do so with the new menu providing for busy farmers, farm staff, contractors and business people. The evening a la carte menu available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings

is being revamped, a lighter menu introduced as an option, particularly on Thursday evenings, and a new bar menu introduced to provide more options for those on the run or for people wanting a light snack, particularly when the restaurant is closed. The Oxford Working Men’s Club executive is grateful to the contractors who upgraded the facilities in a three week window and to its staff, led by chef Stephen McCullough, who ensured meals were still available in difficult circumstances. The upgrade was led by project manager George Wall (Linovo Projects) with the design by Chris Wheeler (Heirachay), the build by Derek Scott Builders, joinery, Gary Altenburg (MWF), electrical work, Roddus Electrical, plumbing, Malcolm’s Plumbing, carpet, Floor Pride, alarms, Chubb, interior design, Town and Country Interiors, and Coffeeworx (Ian Riac). Club trustee, Peter Mehrtens, says the restaurant was badly in need of an upgrade to meet modern day dining expectations and to attract more people to use the club facilities which include a public and lounge bar, a sports room with pool and a billiard table and an outdoor bowling facility. He said the refurbishment had gone without a hitch with the old restaurant being completely gutted and the new one emerging after three weeks.

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Bar facilities . . . Trustee Peter Mehrtens who led the renovation committee takes time out at the new bar facility in the PHOTO: SUPPLIED restaurant. to move to Australia with her husband Gary to be nearer family, says it is hoped to get the new opening hours up and running in the near future so holiday makers and people travelling through the town could enjoy the new facility and extended hours. The fully serviced bar, barista coffee and lighter meals were a great addition to the area making it self­sufficient.

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Steeped in history . . . The Oxford Working Men’s Club and Mutual School of Arts on High PHOTO: ROBYN BRISTOW Street, Oxford.

Club has rich history The Oxford Working Men’s Club and Mutual School of Arts is one of the oldest clubs in New Zealand. Founded in 1887 the club was granted a charter in 1888 ­ one of the earliest grants in New Zealand ­ and like others of the same era, was referred to as a Royal or Queen’s Charter. It was one of 48 permanent Charters, all granted before 1908 and of which five ­ Christchurch, Richmond, Kaiapoi, Ashburton Working’s Men’s club and the Oxford Working Men’s Clubs and Mutual School of Arts ­ were in Canterbury. The charter document, granted by the Colonial Secretary, is recognised and held in the same esteem as the Treaty of Waitangi. The original building was located on its present site in rooms rented from Mr Mitchell, in what was known as Mitchell’s Temperance Hotel. After a short time the whole property was bought from Mr Mitchell, who it is believed was the first bar manager. The original two­storey building later became a single storey structure and was replaced by a larger weatherboard

Dining out . . . Club president Ivan Stubbs and his wife Colleen enjoy a meal in the PHOTO: ROBYN BRISTOW comfortable surrounds of one of four booths in the refurbished restaurant. building which burnt down in October, 1931, just after extensive repairs. Stables were part and parcel of the early life at the club as members were able to stable their horses while they visited the club or caught the train to Christchurch from the East Oxford railway station nearby. Despite the setbacks of fire, finance and staffing difficulties in its early years, 128 years on the Oxford Working Men’s Club and MSA continues to provide a safe, secure venue, rich in tradition yet modern in facility for socialising and providing inexpensive forms of entertainment. As the facilities have grown it continues to form an integral part of the community providing hospitality, friendship, sporting, meeting and dining venues. It has its own lawn bowling green ­ the home of Oxford Club Bowls ­ and ten other sporting section ­ darts, golf, cards, racing, claybird shooting, vintage, travel and fishing. Members can join these sections at any time, with many competing in competitions all over New Zealand.

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Festive season heralded into Oxford Dec 10 Festive season celebrations begin in Oxford next week with the annual Big Night Out on Thursday, December 10. The celebrations will be held in Pearson Park and Main Street with all shops open until 9pm with shoppers able to kick back, relax and enjoy refreshments in the town’s cafe ´ s and bars.

Santa will be strolling the streets and there will be plenty of street entertainment, including children’s face painting, a bouncy castle and a puppet show. The Big Night Out gives everyone a chance to do their Christmas shopping all one place and support their hometown businesses.

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A hard working trust is ensuring the Oxford community is in good health. And this month the Oxford Health Charitable Trust celebrated its 10th birthday with a small gathering. It was a fitting farewell for Jill Blatch, who after 13 years on the Trust, retired from the Board of Trustees that oversees all aspects of the local community health centre, which the Trust owns and which is run by a practice manager. The Trust’s work has ensured 24­hour medical care for the Oxford district and developed and ensured the health centre is equipped to meet the growing demands of the Oxford community. The trust grew from a committee originally set up in the late 1990s to extend the medical centre. Its efforts foundered, however, and it went into recess. When the district’s 24­hour medical service was in jeopardy due to the pressure on its one remaining doctor, the committee came out of recess to look at ways of supporting Dr Nigel Kim and securing an after­hours service so

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Grand Prix exhibition star attraction at Cust By SHELLEY TOPP A stunning exhibition of the New Zealand Motorcycle Grand Prix is the showstopper at the Cust & Districts Museum, in Cust. There are thousands of other fascinating items exhibited at the museum, all depicting early rural life in the area, but the Grand Prix memorabilia brings the most visitors to the museum. The New Zealand Motorcycle Grand Prix was held on gravel roads around Cust every Easter from 1936 to 1963, with the exception of the war years, between 1941­1946. It was a unique annual event in New Zealand at the time. People travelled from all around New Zealand for the Grand Prix, and it was attended by huge crowds. In 1950 there were more than 20,000 lining the course. However, by 1964 the gravel roads around Cust were no longer considered safe to race on, and the waste motoring oil spread on the roads, to keep the dust down, had become a health and safety issue, so the event was moved to Ruapuna, in Christchurch, which had a sealed track. Many famous names in New Zealand motorcycling history competed in the race, including the legendary Burt Munro, immortalised in the popular 2005 film, The World’s Fastest Indian, starring Sir Anthony Hopkins. The museum president and archivist, Bernard Kingsbury, said Burt Munro raced at Cust 6 times and came 2nd in 1938 on his Velocette. The winners of the Cust race were automatically selected to represent New Zealand at the famous Isle of Man TT motorcycle race, subject of the thrilling 2011 British documentary TT3D: Closer to the Edge. ‘‘A local hero Jim Swarbrick (The Flying Milkman) was first selected to represent New Zealand for this race in 1948,’’ Bernard said. ‘‘He rode at Cust from 1939 to 1958 and won the Senior race 3 times.’’ The museum opened in 1990, and is housed in the old Waimakariri Ashley Water Supply Board building at 1725

Cust Main Road. Although the Grand Prix exhibit is a firm favourite with visitors, there is a huge range of other high­standard exhibits, all meticulously detailed, including early Maori history, a selection of gorgeous wedding dresses, sewing machines, fabulous crockery, telephones, a willow wooden peg leg, found in a dump, an exquisite collection of dolls, and an extremely rare, solid­silver pocket communion set. The museum is also home to hundreds of local records including minutes from club meetings, and an extensive collection of genealogy records which brings many visitors researching family histories to the museum. There is also hundreds of black and white photographs on show, depicting all manner of early rural life in the Cust area. It’s a fascinating step back in time with something to delight everyone, young and old. The museum even has a skeleton ghost peeking out through a crack in the wall, near the Red Cross and St John exhibits. The ghost was installed for the amusement of children visiting the museum. There are many other items sure to pique their interest, including Custard, the friendly dinosaur near the front door of the museum. Bernard helped set up the Cust and Districts Historical Records Society in 1988, and was also a key figure in establishing the museum. The museum owes much to Bernard, whose lifelong interest in the history of Cust, and wealth of local knowledge, is an invaluable asset to the community. Bernard is the fourth generation of Kingsbury’s to farm at Cust, where his great­grandfather purchased land in 1868 called Ingleside. He was awarded the Canterbury History Foundation’s Rhodes medal in 2007 for his work as a community historian, and in 2010 he was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for community service. He’s also a Justice of the Peace.

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Captive space . . . Oxford police station an inviting place to PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP stop for awhile. Head students 2016 . . . Jeremy Kilgour (left), Thomas Graydon, Rhiannon Moore and Aimee Frahm. Photo: Supplied

Student leaders at Oxford Oxford Area School’s dux for 2015 is April Jones. The year 13 co­head student has been awarded the dux prize for the top academic student at the school. April was presented with the dux scholarship from Otago University worth $3000 and a prestigious Young Leader of Tomorrow scholarship from Otago University worth $6000 at the school’s annual prize giving. Principal Mike Hart said April aimed at excellence in everything she did. As a head student, she led the student body ably in a consultative style, Mr Hart said. April will attend Otago University and study Health Sciences and complete a degree which will allow her to be involved in medical and

scientific research. Head students Rhiannon Moore and Thomas Graydon have been appointed head students at Oxford Area School for 2016. The deputy­head students are Aimee Frahm and Jeremy Kilgour. Their appointments were announced by principal Mike Hart at the recent senior school prize giving. Rhiannon, who is a leader of Kaka house, says she will focus on strategies which will help all students to feel safe and happy at school. She believes that peer support, mentoring and encouraging senior students to take on these roles will play a part in this. She plans to join the army on leaving school, with the aim of becoming

an officer and a paramedic. Thomas also leads Kaka house. He is looking forward to making the school the best possible through role modelling and will encourage the senior students in this. Thomas plans to complete a commerce degree once he leaves school. Aimee is house leader of Weka house and plans to help bring students together to create a whanau feeling at school. She would like to be a cinematographer and film director in the future. Leading the bonding of the junior and senior school through the promotion of house activities is the plan of Tui house leader, Jeremy Kilgour. He is not certain of his future direction, however farming is one possibility.

A quiet place to rest By SHELLEY TOPP A police station is generally a good place to avoid, but that’s not the case in Oxford. It has a beautiful garden with a special seat, creating an option to linger. The garden is a Keep Oxford Beautiful (KOB) initiative and it’s winning high praise from locals and visitors. Sandra Townsend, spokeswoman for KOB, said they were asked by police to do something with the uninspiring space in front of the police station a few years ago and decided to transform it into a rose garden after attending a Heritage Roses New Zealand meeting and learning the organisation funded heritage roses for public plantings. They submitted a plan to Heritage Roses New Zealand, who donated the roses they considered would be most suitable for the project. The garden was opened on September 28, 2012, by the president of Heritage Roses New Zealand, Sally Allison, of Rangiora, who won the prestigious World Rose Award at the World Rose convention in France earlier this year. Only some of the roses are scented, but all of them are heritage roses. Oxford woodworker Brian Christie created the garden’s unique wooden seat and a plaque recognises the input Keep Oxford Beautiful had in the project, and the generosity of Heritage Roses New Zealand. It also carries an important message: ‘‘This garden space has been created for the enjoyment of all.’’

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New community centre on track An innovative new community centre in Kaiapoi is on track to open early next year. Riverside Christian Fellowship’s (RCF) new building is coming together on the Charles Street site and the church’s project liaison Alan Warman says the congregation hopes it will be ready to open in March. ‘‘It’s very difficult to predict accurately, with Christmas coming ­ but it’s very exciting. There’s going to be some new and exciting things happening in the new building. ‘‘Things have continued, of course, in our hall, but it’s a very limited space. ‘‘It’s particularly difficult on Sunday, although we do have a room we rent across the road for children and young people. ‘‘We have kept a youth group going and an old people’s lunch group which attracts up to 30 elderly folks, specifically those who live alone. But only one thing can happen at a time ­ when we get the new building we are hoping it will be used by local people for any number of community events.’’ The church’s main building, the former Rialto Cinema building, was destroyed in the September 2010 earthquake. The new community centre, which covers a 647 square metre footprint, was designed by Ahead Buildings Limited in Auckland, and is costing just over $2 million. The overall complex, including the existing hall will be about 1200 square

metres when complete. ‘‘I can’t speak too highly of Mark Cullen (Ahead Buildings director) and his team. They work long hours and it isn’t just about their experience and skills. You get the feeling their hearts are in the job. ‘‘I was an architect for 28 years in the United Kingdom and I can’t speak highly enough of them.’’ The complex will include a 240 seat auditorium with a stage, along with a foyer, smaller meeting rooms, office space and a commercial kitchen. There will also be a small kitchen upstairs. Mr Warman says the auditorium will be able to cater for up to 300 people at funerals and weddings, once the doors are opened up, and it will have a sweep out front for the hearse and wedding cars. About 340 timber piles were vibrated five metres into the ‘‘silty, sandy ground’’ back in March to provide stability for the new building and to resist lateral movement in any future seismic event. In the meantime the RCF is continuing to support its local community. A weekly Friday barbecue is allowing the church to connect with young skaters in the neighbouring Trousselot Park skateboard park. The Peke Yake (Swahili for ‘‘people on their own‘‘) group meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month providing lunch, games and laughter for people who live alone. In recent months RCF has started up ‘‘Aroma Mums’’ ­ a mums and children’s playgroup on Tuesday mornings in the church hall from 9.30am to 11am (contact Carol 021­0423377).

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Musician supports pool

Talented violinist . . . Harikoa Bronsdaughter­George at the Rangiora Town Hall last month, during the first night of the North Canterbury Academy of Music’s annual end of year PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP Showcase Concert.

Year ends on high note By SHELLEY TOPP

The North Canterbury Academy of Music has ended the year on a high note with their End of Year Showcase concert in the Rangiora Town Hall. The concert was held over two nights, on Friday November 20, and Saturday November 21, and showed the huge depth of extremely talented pupils at the academy. The musical director at the academy, Jacqui Baddock, said it was a variety concert for all the pupils, and she was ‘‘absolutely overjoyed,’’ with the standard achieved. ‘‘It takes a huge amount of planning and organisation, over a long period of time. We have a great committee and helpers. And then, on the night everyone performed brilliantly,’’ All the students, of every level, were invited to play solo at the Friday night concert. ‘‘Then at our main concert on Saturday

we had all our ensemble groups perform, along with some guest items for variety,’’ she said. The groups performing were the Academy Choir, Vivace Violins, the school’s beginner violin class, the Guitar Ensemble, the Cello Ensemble, the Celtic Group, the Junior Orchestra, which is the school’s students’ first orchestra experience, and the Academy Orchestra, the most senior group. The soloists’ concert is for the earliest beginner to the most senior. The last item was a massed choir, accompanied by the Academy orchestra, which performed ‘‘Do You Hear the People Sing?’’ from Les Miserables. Guest artists included two harpists, Nina Krauss and David Glennie, who performed with the Celtic group, along with Irish dancer, Alexandra Bidwell and included National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art personnel Anneliese Nelson, and Ben Robertson, who sang solos, and with the massed choir.










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The generosity of an Amberley musician is benefitting the community’s Pool project. Kevin Frewer, a professional musician who moved to Amberley eight years ago, is calling on organisations he plays gigs for to donate money funds toward the Amberley Community Pool project to help it build a new modern­ day pool. The public’s share of the new indoor swimming pool and leisure centre is $1.75m. Kevin says instead of people paying him for entertaining at ‘‘gigs’’, Christmas break ups and other functions in the community, they can donate funds toward the pool. He says the fee for playing is not discussed with him and it is left entirely to the organisation or person that has hired him, to donate an amount to the pool project. ‘‘It came about when I started receiving my pension over the last couple of weeks and decided to take the view I was getting paid by the government and didn’t need the extra money I get from entertaining. I also wanted to give something to the community,’’ he says.

Kevin Frewer Kevin plays quality music, both instrumental and vocal from the 1960s to the 1980s, and is well known throughout Canterbury and beyond, with many years experience performing in some of New Zealand’s top recording bands. Over the next week he will be playing at rest homes in Amberley and is happy to play at any other functions or events in the community. Kevin will provide details on how to support the pool project. He can be contacted at frewer@xtra.co.nz.

Xmas hamper competition Four more Rangiora retailers have given their support to 7400 Upgrade’s Rangiora’s Christmas hamper. The Accessory Shoppe, Sparks Menswear Rangiora, The Good Street Deli, and Coffee Worx have now joined Rangiora New World, Rangiora Shoelines, Floorpride Rangiora, The Gingerbread House, Manne Quinn Preloved Clothing, and Life Pharmacy Rangiora in the promotion. Each contributing retailer will have a competition entry box in their store. Customers can enter into the competition to win the hamper by simply writing their name, address and phone number on the back of their receipt, and popping it into the box provided.

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North Canty store doubles in size Shop for bargains at Hunting and Fishing store opening Hunting and Fishing North Canterbury is opening a new and bigger store to serve a growing local clientele. After just four years trading in the region, and following an expansion in June 2013, Hunting and Fishing New Zealand, North Canterbury is on the move to 343B Flaxton Road, Rangiora, just 300 metres down the road from the existing store. With the expansion, the store will be double the size of the old store, at 1150 square metres (plus office space upstairs) to bring to the North Canterbury region ‘‘a magnificent facility for outdoor enthusiasts to extend their passion’’. ‘‘The extra space will allow for a larger range of all our existing product lines, plus the introduction of new premium brands of everyday lifestyle clothing and footwear,’’ Hunting and Fishing North Canterbury says. ‘‘A feature of our new range we are particularly excited about is the great selection of gear for women and children. ‘‘While catering even better for the hard core hunter, fisher and diver, there will also be a dedicated area within the store for more casual adventurers whether it be camping, tramping, hiking or simply urban / rural living.’’ Staff are looking forward to being able

brands like Under Armour, Lowa and GriSport. All this means there will be something for everyone at the new store. When you visit the new store, you will be greeted by the same passionate staff who are ready to help with your enquiries and offer expert advice in each of their specialist areas, whether hunting, fishing, diving, camping or whatever your requirements are. Staff say to ‘‘watch out for our opening sale dates as the deals will be awesome and it’s a perfect opportunity to gear up for summer while checking out the new custom fit­out’’. ‘‘Our mission is to provide a shopping experience not available anywhere else in North Canterbury.’’ And with Christmas fast approaching, what better excuse is there to get along to the new Hunting and Fishing New Zealand, North Canterbury store at 343B Flaxton Road, Rangiora, to buy those perfect Christmas gifts for the discerning hunter, fisher, diver and camper in your family. Specialists . . . The friendly team at Hunting and Fishing New Zealand’s North Canterbury Store opening hours are Monday to store are specialists in their own fields ­ hunting, fishing, camping and diving. Friday 9am to 5.30pm, Saturday 9am to PHOTO: HUNTING AND FISHING NEW ZEALAND 4pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm. For more information contact (03) to display more camping gear in store, New brands set to be unleashed in the 3131313 or email rangiora@huntfish.co.nz. thanks to the extra space ­ particularly new store include The North Face Product information can be found at new inflatable tents from Zempire apparel and Merrell footwear, to Freedom Camping. complement the existing and popular www.huntingandfishing.co.nz.

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Look the part with the right clothing Hunting and Fishing New Zealand, North Canterbury has a dedicated outdoor clothing section which features the most popular brands in the New Zealand outdoors. Stoney Creek, Huntech, Hunters Element, North Face, Merrell and Under Armour to name a few, with even more announcements to come in the near future. However the most popular brand of them all has to be Hunting and Fishing New Zealand’s own in­house clothing brand. ‘‘Having complete control of this range has enabled us to maintain the high quality and ensure innovation and new designs are introduced constantly,’’ Hunting and Fishing New Zealand’s Andy Tannock says. ‘‘Without doubt our fleece garments lead the market and these are available in plain colours and in camo patterns we have developed for New Zealand using actual high resolution photographs of native vegetation. If last season is anything to go by, the hi­ visibility fluro camo range will again be hugely popular this summer. ‘‘There are some cool colour options all of which are vibrant

Fishing . . . Be prepared to catch salmon on the Waimakariri River, with Hunting . . . The latest hunting gear, clothing and accessories are on the latest fishing gear on sale now at the new Hunting and Fishing New sale at the big new Hunting and Fishing store on Flaxton Road, PHOTO: FISH AND GAME NEW ZEALAND Southbrook. PHOTO: HUNTECH Zealand, North Canterbury store. enough to enable the wearer to be that little bit safer whether on a hike in the bush or crossing a road.’’ Contrasting the warm fleece range this season is the introduction of cool wearing new styles manufactured from quick drying sports performance fabrics. With colours and styles for all the family, here is a great way to

keep comfortable on hot days and look smart at the same time. Value is a feature with a polo, plus tees and singlets from $19.99 and performance shorts from $24.99. The moisture management features make them ideal for beach, boat or barbecue. Hunting and Fishing New Zealand invented the kiwi

fleece clothing ‘Six Packs’ in the mid 1990s. These comprise a clothing system of singlet, Tee, 1/4 Zip Bush Shirt, trousers, socks and beanie ­ all for $99.99. ‘‘It is often copied, but the quality in ours sets it apart. These days we’ve expanded our clothing pack range to include camo packs, three colour options for women (Chick’s

Pack), and two options for kids,’’ Mr Tannock says. ‘‘We have some red hot specials organised for the North Canterbury store grand opening. In fact our clothing team and the guys from Huntech will be in attendance. Apart from our winter sale, this will be the one and only time we are able to offer discounts of up to half price. See you instore.’’

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Innovative Kiwi clothing made for hunting When planning a hunting trip it is important to make sure you have the right clothing for whatever weather conditions Mother Nature throws at you. Hunting and Fishing New Zealand, North Canterbury stocks an extensive range of hunting wear and among them is the popular Huntech brand. We spoke with Huntech’s managing director David Icke who informed us that Huntech is actually Australasia’s oldest and original hunting clothing brand. The Huntech brand was first released in 1988 by keen hunter Steve Richards, who enjoyed getting out into the bush and on the mountains as much as he could. At that time most of the hunting gear available was woollen farming and lifestyle garments which didn’t cut the mustard. Adamant that there was better option Steve researched and made the first polar fleece hunting garments in Australasia from his back garage. Even today fleece would be one of the biggest used fabrics in the industry. A lot has changed over the years but the same principle and drive that started the company and the innovation still continues to this day. Huntech continues to research and release the latest fabrics to the industry that are the best suited to our rugged New Zealand style of hunting.

Decked out . . . The Huntech bus will be decked out with the latest Huntech hunting clothing and accessories. On tour . . . Come and check out the Huntech bus onsite during the Hunting and Fishing New Zealand, North Canterbury store opening from at the opening all weekend so PHOTOS: HUNTECH it back and we will do our best to today. patch it and get your lucky shirt come on in, have a chat with the Global Velocity Group, a New technology and style. back to you.’’ experts that will be on site and maybe take away a free sticker Zealand­owned company, took The Huntech goal is to With the much larger foot over the Huntech brand in 2012 produce the highest quality print available in the new North for the truck. The Huntech bus and has expanded the brand’s functional performance hunting Canterbury store you will now be has become a bit of an icon popularity through its ties and clothing and accessories able to view and browse through around the country as it has production contracts with possible for the market. the entire Huntech range. The made its way around to different ‘‘We pride ourselves on our range consists of everything events. leading brands throughout Australasia. quality and our gear and that is from entry level fleece through The bus is fully kitted out as a The acquisition of Huntech why everything we manufacture to high tech fully waterproof and mobile store and fully camo has allowed Global Velocity’s comes with a full Huntech two­ breathable garments. wrapped in High Country Camo. It has even been featured on the design and technical team to year minimum guarantee,’’ Mr During the opening week you combine its talents in leading Icke says. can take advantage of some Hunting Aotearoa television outdoor clothing and technical ‘‘We even have our hardman’s great opening deals with 20% off show where the guys were sportswear together to push the warranty where if you rip your the entire Huntech range. shooting out of the skylights as a boundaries of innovation, favorite old bush shirt just send The Huntech bus will also be mobile Mimai.

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Good catches reported by local fishers North Canterbury fishers are reporting some good catches for the new season. Fish and Game New Zealand South Island communications advisor Andrew Currie says he has heard plenty of positive reports so far. ‘‘Weather wise it’s been a good start to the 2015­2016 sport fishing season. There have been some good heavy and well­conditioned brown trout caught, particularly in the Waimakariri and Ashley Rivers and reports are beginning to come in of the odd salmon in the Waimakariri and Hurunui Rivers. ‘‘And they will only increase in the coming weeks and months as the salmon season reaches its peak in February. ‘‘With the northwesterly winds, fly fishing has been a bit trying, so making the most of early morning conditions is advisable.’’ Mr Currie says the predicted El Nino weather pattern this summer is likely to lead to water levels being reduced and hotter temperatures ‘‘so make the most of the early season conditions, while there’s a good flow in our rivers’’. However, he is optimistic of a good salmon fishing season. ‘‘All indications are pointing towards a good salmon run this season, given there’s plenty of smolt around and we’ve just had a good whitebait season, particularly on the Waimakariri.’’ Mr Currie also encourages

Early morning . . . Local fishers having begun rising early to catch a Trout . . . There have been plenty of trout caught on the Ashley River so PHOTOS: FISH AND GAME NEW ZEALAND far this season. salmon on the Waimakariri River. people to get out and fish on the region’s lakes ‘‘where the water flows are more consistent and there is plenty of shelter’’, and taking ‘‘every opportunity to maximise your license’’. Mr Currie says Fish and Game New Zealand is offering several new fishing license categories which offer more flexibility ‘‘to encourage people to get back into sport fishing’’. ‘‘We really are encouraging people to get in early and get your licence. And if people are wondering what licence to get I would recommend getting the full season licence and getting out as

often as you can. ‘‘A full season family licence works out at 46 cents a day. For a whole family to go fishing over the summer at that price it’s pretty cheap.’’ A booklet with local fishing regulations is provided when you purchase a fishing licence, so Mr Currie encourages people to refer to this if they are unsure of local catch limits, which can vary for different rivers and lakes and local areas. Fishing licences can be purchased from Hunting and Fishing North Canterbury. ‘‘We are very excited for [store

owner] Phil [Skurr] as a valued licence agent and who also sells fishing gear and hunting gear. ‘‘Phil has been a great retailer and the new store is going to be one of the biggest in Canterbury.’’ Fish and Game New Zealand oversees game bird hunting ­ ‘‘everything but geese’’ ­ as well as sport fishing. A full season family fishing licence costs $161 for a couple (either the parents or grandparents) and up to four children under the age of 18. For an individual the cost is $124 and juniors $25, while a senior licence (65 years and over)

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Dive gear . . . Call in to Hunting and Fishing New Zealand’s North Canterbury store for FILE PHOTO the latest diving gear before you take a dive this summer.

Purchase the latest dive gear in store now Getting the right equipment is essential when going diving. The New Zealand Underwater Association says water normally contains dissolved oxygen, from which fish and other aquatic animals can extract all the oxygen they require through their gills. ‘‘Sadly, humans lack gills and do not otherwise have the capacity to breathe underwater unaided by external devices. This is where SCUBA equipment comes in.’’ SCUBA stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. ‘‘The famous ‘‘Aqualung’’ that was first created by Jacques Cousteau and Emile Gaganan consist of three major parts: air cylinder, harness and regulator. ‘‘The cylinder is made out of steel or aluminium, and carries the oxygen supply. The regulator is the device that controls the pressure to be the same amount as the pressure in the water. The harness is the way in which the device is carried on the diver’s back.’’ At Hunting and Fishing New Zealand’s new North Canterbury store, divers can purchase the latest SCUBA equipment from specialist suppliers including Cressi. Diving suits such as wet, dry and semi­dry suits are used depending on the water temperature. ‘‘In addition to keeping the diver warm, they also help prevent skin being damaged by rough or sharp underwater objects, marine animals, or coral,’’ the New Zealand Underwater Association says. ‘‘A wet­suit is designed to trap water inside the suit, allowing your body temperature to heat it. ‘‘A dry­suit does exactly that ­ keeps a diver dry. The suit is sealed so that frigid water cannot penetrate the suit. This means the air inside must be equalized by inflation and deflation. Dry­suits fall into two main categories: neoprene and membrane and both systems have their good and bad points.’’ Membrane means a ‘‘high level of diver manoeuvrability due to the

thinness of the material, however that also means that a heavier weight belt may be required if diving in cooler water’’. Neoprene means a ‘‘low level of diver manoeuvrability due to the material being considerably thicker than membrane material (even when dealing with compressed neoprene) however the neoprene provides a higher level of insulation for the diver’’. Dry­suit undergarments are often worn under a dry­suit and help to keep layers of air inside the suit for better thermal insulation, the New Zealand Underwater Association says. ‘‘Some divers carry an extra gas bottle dedicated to filling the dry suit. Usually this bottle contains argon gas, because it is a better insulator than air.’’ A diving mask is another essential item ‘‘to ensure clear and constant vision underwater’’. ‘‘The required features for the mask include a surface that cannot shatter or scratch, and a waterproof seal that molds around the diver’s face. Tempered glass is usually used to guarantee no scratching or shattering, and silicone rubber is used for the waterproof seal.’’ Fins are worn on the feet and are used to help accelerate the diver more quickly through the water. ‘‘They are made up of two major parts: The blade, which needs to be firm to promote more power when the diver kicks, and the shoe, which needs to be made of softer rubber for comfort,’’ the New Zealand Underwater Association says. A snorkel allows a diver to swim on the surface and have the ability to breath while face down in the water. ‘‘It is made out of a mouthpiece consisting of rubber or silicone type materials and a tube pointed upward that allows the diver to breath.’’ Weight belts come in different styles and types. ‘‘The weight belts are designed to compensate for the positive buoyancy created by wearing a diving suit, thus allowing the diver to sink.’’

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New products are testfired to inform readers, plus tips and advice from the specialist store owners are included. Of course deals and specials are profiled. Amazingly, subscription for the Hunting and Fishing New Zealand catalogue is free. Even the cost of posting it out to customers is covered by the local store owner. To become a recipient, simply go to our website http://www.huntingandfishing.co.nz/ and enter your details. You can use this site to change your address if you move. When providing your details, add your email address to receive our monthly email newsletters. These often contain up to the minute information on issues important to the outdoors and generally have information on new gear and hot deals.


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Camping still popular with Kiwi families The good old kiwi tradition of camping is alive and well. Zempire Freedom Camping owner Richard Knauf says indications are the summer tradition of New Zealand families spending quality time under canvas is undergoing a resurgence. ‘‘We do get news reports of camping sites closing down, but all indications are the tradition of camping is alive and kicking and if anything I think people are coming back to it as a nice priced option for families. ‘‘It’s changing a little bit. Now it seems to be for shorter trips. Families used to go for three weeks on end, but now they go for a little bit shorter. ‘‘If anything people are camping out a bit later, in January and February when the weather settles down and it’s warmer and not in December like it used to be. We are so busy at the height of summer.’’ Mr Knauf says there are still plenty of camping grounds around the South Island which are booked out over the summer. ‘‘This summer has been good for us. It’s not so good for farmers, but the El Nino summer should give us some nice weather across January and February.’’ Mr Knauf says Zempire supplies Hunting and Fishing New Zealand with everything from camping furniture to large

Inflatable . . . Zempire’s inflatable tents are proving a hit with campers. family tents, with the focus on family camping. Zempire has a large range of tents, with the new inflatable tent the star attraction. The inflatable tents are set to feature in the new Hunting and Fishing New Zealand, North Canterbury store at 343B Flaxton Road, Southbrook, near Rangiora. ‘‘That’s our main push this season. Instead of having poles, you have inflatable tubes and you just pump it up in minutes.

‘‘It solves the heartache of working out how the tent goes up. You can just pull up at the campsite at night and in five minutes you can lay it out and pump it up.’’ Mr Knauf says Zempire supplies everything from single person dome tents to large foam tents with four rooms ­ three bedrooms and a living room in the middle ­ which can sleep six to nine people. ‘‘The bulk of our market is for

Making a comeback . . . The kiwi tradition of camping is ‘‘alive and PHOTOS: ZEMPIRE FREEDOM CAMPING kicking’’. families ­ Mum, Dad and two kids with a bit of room to move. We do have some smaller adventure stuff, but most of our business is in the families market.’’ Mr Knauf says Zempire had inflatable tents on display at the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Show last month as part of a Hunting and Fishing New Zealand display. ‘‘From a marketing point of

view it was great for us. There was huge interest in the inflatable tents and there were crowds watching them going up and down and taking videos on their phones. ‘‘It’s something people don’t expect to see, so it definitely grabbed some attention. It’s nice to have a product that’s inter­ active ­ it’s a good change for us and it’s pretty impressive to watch.’’

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Wind forces stalls indoors Conway Lane retail opens By SHELLEY TOPP High winds forced some of the outdoor stallholders indoors at Rangiora’s inaugural Mill Cottage Christmas Gala recently. The gala was held at the Rangiora Showgrounds in Ashley Street on Friday, November 19. One of the event’s organisers, Larina Tiffen, of Miss Lilly’s Mobile Boutique Cafe, said about 500 people attended the event. High winds during the day had put people off, she said. There were 50 stalls set up around the grounds and indoors, with a wide selection of goods for sale including gourmet food, wine, craft beer, clothing, hand­kitted babywear, merino children’s clothing, sunhats, plants, Christmas decorations, table linen, candles and even a range of pure goat’s milk soap. There were also some workshops held at the event, and Larina said they had been ‘‘very successful’’. The busiest time for trade was between 1pm and 3 pm, she said. It was the first time the event had been held. ‘‘We were here to trial it,’’ she said. ‘‘We have learnt some lessons today.’’. The organisers had spoken to stallholders to get their feedback on how to improve the event for next year. The event was likely to be held closer to Christmas, next year, Larina said.

Atawhai Farm . . . Stallholder Jackie Anstiss with her daughter Atawhai (6) at the Mill Cottage Christmas Gala held at the Rangiora PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP Showgrounds recently.

Businesses have started to trade in the new retail and business development at Conway Lane in Rangiora as temporary retail units outside the Waimakariri Council buildings on High Street begin to empty. The development is a joint public/ private project, with the council creating and owning the public laneway, and private landowners developing commercial buildings on either side. The project was initially triggered by development opportunities that presented themselves following the earthquakes, and was a strategic direction in the Rangiora Town Centre Strategy 2020. The strategy, developed in September 2010, seeks to increase land use north and south of High Street, enhance pedestrian connections between High Street and Blake Street, and provide increased retail and office floor space within the town centre. A lot of work highlighted in the strategy has already been completed, including the road realignment and traffic light installation at Cenotaph (Red Lion) corner and the reconfiguration to two­way traffic and parallel parking on High Street, between Ashley Street and Percival Street. Councillor Neville Atkinson says there is more work to be done yet, and Conway

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Fairy face . . . Hannah Trounson (4) looks pleased with her new fairy face painted by Jane Beattie (Rainbowlily) at the Mill Cottage Christmas Gala held at the Rangiora Show grounds recently. PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP

Minister visits Kaiapoi Initiatives developed by the Kaiapoi Borough School to help ensure the wellbeing of students are a great example of communities finding solutions locally, says Waimakariri MP Mat Doocey. The solutions were showcased to Health Minister Jonathan Coleman when he visited the school with Mr Doocey last week. The school has developed several initiatives, including an arts­based programme, on­site counsellor and pastoral care, to provide wrap­around support for students dealing with anxiety and stress. ‘‘When I met with Principal Murray Overton as a new MP, it was at a time when the school was looking for further funding to extend their arts­based programme and on­site services of the school counsellor. The initiatives were bearing fruit and I was glad to be able

Lane’s finishing touches are still being applied. ‘‘A key feature of the laneway is lighting, which has been funded by the Rangiora Community Board. Lighting features will include up­lighting a specimen tree and seating, and hanging ‘festoon’ style lights will be fitted over the northern end of the laneway. We want to create a safe and interesting space for people to enjoy at night, and the lighting is a great way to do that,’’ he says. Fi’s Flowers ‘n’ Art, So You!, Wee Kiwi Children’s Boutique and Life Pharmacy are now open for business. FOD (Fools of Desire) cafe ´ and restaurant will be opening shortly and will have a licensed outdoor seating area. Ray White will soon occupy an upstairs tenancy and Mediterranean Foods, also planning an outdoor dining area, is due to open before Christmas. Paper Plus and Toyworld are scheduled to move in mid­ January. The temporary retail units will be removed once the remaining retailers have moved to their new premises in the New Year. Once the units have gone, the remainder of High Street will be reconfigured to two­ way traffic and parallel parking, and further street improvements will be made.

to write a letter of support for funding to extend those programmes,’’ says Mr Doocey. Around 30 to 40 students are now being helped by the different agencies involved in the initiatives to ensure students’ wellbeing which indicated students were being reached through the wrap­around approach. ‘‘Research that has just been released now shows that years three to seven are the most important for psychological and social recovery. But it’s not just the earthquake events. Anxiety, difficulty in making friendships and adjusting to blended families are impacting on our children’s learning. ‘‘This greater interface between health and education can improve not only students’ learning but will help them reach their future potential,’’ says Mr Doocey.

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The Stripper that gets it off, everytime! Once Simon developed his own stripper, the word got out and today, over 30 years later, Simon’s products and methods are now known as Cooper’s Strip Club; a owned and operated, available throughout New Zealand and Australia. conventional strippers in so many ways. The main ones being that it will strip any

You can do it By Simon Cooper

how do you do it? Most people have tried sanding, a time consuming, to repeat.

norm than the exception and I know what I’m talking about, I ran a dip stripping bath… not a good experience. By this point we might just think it would be easier news is, that isn’t needed, stripping is easy and you hen the person Why sand when e chair, who made the

achieved,” he says. With Cooper’s having been used on well over 70,000 homes, Simon says anyone can easily strip anything covered in paint mouldings, or even weatherboards and years. I also asked Simon about the current

“Because there is no lead dust created through sanding, or lead vapour generated by heat guns, lead poisoning is no longer a concern”

Simon Cooper from the Cooper’s Strip Club By Dave Hare, Coopers was started by Simon Cooper in the early 80’s. At that time, Simon was a cabinet maker with a boutique shop in Wellington

chemistry, Simon set about making a stripper that was easy to use and actually worked. I asked him what on earth possessed him to try and change the norm.

Simon says.

product that was easy to use and made sanding obsolete.” and George will be at the Rangiora Simon is Kiwi-born and bred and as a dairy Stripping Expo this weekend showing the public just how easy stripping can be. to work things out, rather than to accept things as they are. check out how easy stripping can be.” I say, it sounds like it strips it all then!

pper then with my Stripper rinse it clean with my Flusher, it really ally is that easy.

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the windows that won’t open or shut. The tricky corners with all that built-up paint that seems impossible that we grind into dust with sandpabreathe; it’s all very daunting. Well not anymore, Simon Cooper Simon says their stripping system makes stripping your windows the easy-to-use products and methods will remove any paint or varnish windows without the need to use sandpaper.

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We’ll show you how By Darryl Carke I asked Simon what the Stripping Expo is all about and he said, “The Stripping Expo is a DIY paint and varnish stripping exhibition travelling regionally throughout New Zealand.”

Simon says this months Stripping Expos are in the Canterbury region and are being held in Timaru, n Ashburton and Rangiora, “We have on exhibition

or varnish to strip with you.” But what Simon really wants you to do is actually bring along your project, no matter how big or small. Bring a Chair, a drawer, or skirting board, even bring your project car or boat and the Cooper’s will really show you what outside, so impress us with what you bring along”.

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IHC recognises volunteers By DAVID HILL IHC North Canterbury has celebrated its volunteers, ahead of International Volunteer Day on December 5. A function was hosted at Northbrook Museum on Sunday, November 22, to thank the 10 volunteers who have been active in the one­to­one friendship programme, where volunteers are matched with people with an intellectual disability according to their shared interests. Volunteer co­ordinator Jackie Cronin says the programme has been a success, but IHC North Canterbury is looking for more volunteers. ‘‘The ideal number would be 20 to 30 volunteer friendships ­ that’s my goal, based on my part­ time hours.’’ Most of the active friendship are based in Rangiora, where IHC North Canterbury’s IDEA Services is based, but there are also clients looking for a volunteer friend in Kaiapoi, Woodend and Amberley. ‘‘Ideally we would like to grow it and reach out into rural areas, like Culverden and Waiau. ‘‘I think there is a need, but it’s a matter of being able to identify those gaps and then find the volunteers.’’ Thanks to local businesses donating vouchers and food, including Couplands, Hellers, Pak’nSave, Countdown, Trade Aid and The Warehouse, Ms Cronin says IHC North Canterbury was able to thank volunteers in style on Sunday.

a Duke of Edinburgh award or those interested in a career in the health and disability sector and seeking some experience. She is keen to talk to local secondary schools and has met with the Hurunui Youth Council to explore ways of getting young people involved. While she tries to match volunteers with someone of the same gender and similar age, she is finding there is a growing number of young men with a disability seeking a ‘‘friend’’, but few young men volunteering. ‘‘It’s an important part of the whole process to match people with similar interests and who Jackie Cronin we think will enjoy each others company. That’s not to say we can’t match a male with a ‘‘These dedicated volunteers are coming in every week for one female, but I find that most of to two hours and some have been them want to do bloke things.’’ doing it for years, which is a big IHC North Canterbury is also commitment to make.’’ looking for volunteers for a skill A police check and reference based programme, where checks are required for people share a skill with a prospective volunteers. person with a disability who Volunteers need to be aged at wants to learn something new. least 17­years­old and training is This can require a two to three provided including first aid, month commitment and could understanding intellectual include something as simple as disability and training relating catching a bus, shopping for to the specific needs of the clothes or learning how to use an individual, which could be iPad. autism or epilepsy. Anyone interested in ‘‘My role is to support that volunteering can fill in an process from the beginning and enquiry form on the IHC website, call 0800 IHC IHC make sure volunteers are well supported.’’ (0800­442442), phone Jackie on Ms Cronin says being a 027­5313579 or email volunteer could be a good jackie.cronin@ihc.org.nz or call opportunity for senior high in at the IHC North Canterbury school students looking to office in Durham Street, complete community service for Rangiora.

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High powered talks . . . There were plenty of bargains to be had at Rangiora’s John Knox Presbyterian Church’s annual fair on Friday afternoon. Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers and John Knox Church minister Rev Alan Missen discuss cemetery maintenance, options for the future of the church site and the significance of being born in 1946, during the John Knox Fair on Friday. PHOTO: DAVID HILL

Early Xmas service Those who are working on Christmas Day will get the chance to mark the big day early. Rangiora’s St John’s Anglican Church is hosting an early Christmas service on Wednesday, December 16, from 10am. Church member Janet Cornelius says the church has been running a Wednesday morning service for several years for elderly people who either cannot get to Sunday services or prefer not want to

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Gift of giving . . . Kaiapoi Community Support co­ordinator Nicki Carter (left) and volunteers Leonie Venter and Nikki Hampton are looking for food donations for the Kaiapoi Community PHOTO: DAVID HILL Pantry to meet a growing need this Christmas.

Food donations needed now wrapped up, as they will be checked and wrapped before being distributed to Food donations are urgently needed as families in need before Christmas. Christmas approaches. She encourages people to get their Kaiapoi Community Support (KCS) co­ donations of food, gifts or money in early, so ordinator Nicki Carter says support is KCS can begin dispensing to those in need needed as her office moves into its busiest two weeks before Christmas. time of the year. ‘‘It’s all very well donating on Christmas ‘‘There’s so much need out there, that Eve, but everything has gone out by then. once again our food bank is going to be Everything is wrapped by December 23. stretched in the lead up to Christmas and ‘‘We get it and give it out as quickly as we the lead up to kids going back to school next can so people know where they are at. year,’’ Ms Carter says. Families can’t plan ahead otherwise, so we ‘‘We are really wanting people to think try and get it out two weeks before ­ by about those less well off at this time of year. December 14. Anyone can make donations of food and ‘‘We certainly aren’t going to turn money.’’ anything away ­ it will go out in the end. But This year KCS benefitted from the Toot it’s run by volunteers and we are all doing for Tucker collection on Tuesday, with all our best to help the community ­ any the food collected in the town going to the support we can get is gratefully received.’’ Community Pantry in Williams Street. KCS will close at midday on December 24 KCS is once again running its annual and will reopen on January 5. Christmas Giving Programme and presents Over the Christmas period the phones for adults and children in need can be will be checked and urgent needs will be placed under the Christmas trees at met as best they can. Westpac Bank and New World in Kaiapoi KCS is always looking for volunteers, and to the KCS office in Williams Street. especially in the lead up to Christmas and Ms Carter says the gifts need to be age people can contact (03) 3278945 or email appropriate and new, but do not need to be tl.kcs@wellbeingnc.org.nz to find out more. By DAVID HILL

Christmas Day cheer is once again being offered in Kaiapoi. The Waimakariri Community Christmas lunch will once again be held at the Kaiapoi Rugby Club rooms in Smith Street, Kaiapoi, from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Friday, December 25. This year the Christmas lunch is being organised by the Reflections Trust, in conjunction with Riverside Christian Fellowship in Kaiapoi. Pastor Jon Hailes says the Reflections Trust ran the event jointly with Wellbeing North Canterbury and Kaiapoi Community Support last year, with a view to taking it over fully this year. ‘‘It’s for everybody, but particularly for those who are lonely, isolated and looking for a community, and it could be a whole family. ‘‘It’s like a big family ­ we had 88 people last year and we are hoping for more.’’ Tickets can be purchased from Kaiapoi Community Support for $20 for adults, with children under 13 free, for a fully catered meal, including Christmas desert, prepared by a professional caterer who is doing it at cost. The meal is also sponsored by Mainpower. People can also sponsor a ticket to help someone out. Activities are also being organised to keep children amused. ‘‘It’s a great event and has a real good community feel to it,’’ Mr Hailes says. ‘‘It’s great for parents. A lot of people and families come because it’s not only about connecting with the community, it’s easy and relaxing for everybody.’’ Mr Hailes says the Reflections Trust has a group of helpers, but if anyone wants to help out, either with the set­up on December 23, serving the food or the clean up on the day, they can get in touch with the Riverside Christian Fellowship. Last year Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers spoke at the event, helped serve lunch and dined with the people, he says.


Christmas cheer . . . The Waimakariri Community Christmas Lunch is full of good PHOTO: SUPPLIED cheer for all ages. ‘‘The truth is for many people in the community, Christmas is not a happy time ­ it can be a very painful time, so this is somewhere they can go to gather together. ‘‘We get quite a cross­section of people and it’s inter­generational ­ singles, couples, families, young and old, and across different socio­ economic levels.’’ This will be the sixth community Christmas lunch held in Kaiapoi. The Rangiora Anglican Parish previously organised a Christmas dinner for Waimakariri residents for four years. Bookings, payments, donations and request for assistance can be made to Kaiapoi Community Support on (03) 3278945 or email kcsreception@wellbeingnz.org.nz. Bookings need to be made by December 18. Volunteers can contact Jon Hailes at the Riverside Christian Fellowship on (03) 3276917.


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Stories flow at Ohoka garden party By DAVID HILL The Ohoka community came out in force to remember the former Methodist church at a garden party on Sunday. The Ohoka Methodist Church building was opened on December 23, 1865, with 100 parishioners, before being deconsecrated in the 1980s when the building was no longer needed. Former parishioners and others who have a connection with the former church gathered to share memories. The garden party and celebration was organised by the building’s present owners Brian and Shirley Minnis, who have converted it into a private home and wedding chapel. Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers, who also serves on the Methodist Church’s national property committee, said it was good to be celebrating a building’s birthday, given the region has lost a lot of heritage in the earthquakes. ‘‘We have lost so many buildings, so this celebration reminds of the heritage we still have. And this building has been important to the surrounding area. ‘‘Parts of North Canterbury have very strong links to the Methodist tradition, and this church in it’s early days was very much a part of a strong North Canterbury Christian tradition.’’ Mr Ayers noted he had four Methodist great­great­grandparents who settled in the Woodend area. Margaret Flintoft (nee Orchard) spoke about her ancestor George Clist, who came to Ohoka in 1857 and purchased land between Bradleys and Wrights Roads and the middle branch of the Ohoka stream in 1860, and donated the land where the Ohoka Methodist Church was built. She attended Sunday school in the old church and was later married there.

Cutting the cake . . . Margaret Flintoft, whose ancestor George Clist donated the land, cuts the birthday cake during 150th anniversary celebrations of the former Ohoka Methodist Church. ‘‘It was also opened for my mother’s funeral in 1977. It hadn’t been used for sometime, but they opened it up specially.’’ Noel Dalley recalled that after World War 2 there were several large families in the area, including his own family ­ he had seven brothers and sisters, who attended the Sunday school. Due to the high numbers of children in the area, the church was even used as a school during the week at one stage. ‘‘We used to play out in the hay paddock next door flattening the hay for the farmer. ‘‘Because there were a few large families, we needed the 100 seats when they all turned up.’’ Mr Dalley remembered the Sunday school picnics at Pines Beach during Labour Weekend and harvest festivals. He later returned to preach on several

High tea . . . Waimakariri Mayoress Marilyn Ayers (left) was among the guests at a garden party to mark the 150th anniversary of the former Ohoka PHOTOS: DAVID HILL Methodist Church. occasions after becoming a lay preacher. Kate Banks moved to Ohoka when she got married in 1971 and soon after was invited to teach Sunday school to ‘‘up to 20 children who attended once a month’’. She returned to the former church when her daughter was married there eight years ago. Glen Walls spoke about going to Sunday school with his siblings and he still has ‘‘cradle cards’’ which carry memories of his time at the old church. Attendees enjoyed a pleasant high tea in the idyllic garden, prepared by the hosts, while Mrs Flintoft had the honour of cutting the 150th celebration cake.

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Country carols A Kaiapoi parish is to thank the Clarkville community with a ‘‘Country Carols’’ evening next week. A ‘‘Country Carols’’ evening will be held in the small St Augustine’s Chapel in Clarkville on Sunday, December 13, to say thank you to the ‘‘amazing’’ volunteers who have stepped up to maintain the chapel and grounds. Earlier this year the Kaiapoi Anglican Parish, which comprises three rural congregations as well as St Bartholomew’s Church in Kaiapoi, made an appeal to the Clarkville community to help maintain the St Augustine’s Chapel. After an article ran in The News, the parish was overwhelmed with offers of help, vicar Rev Felicity Whitcombe says. ‘‘We have an amazing group of wonderful people and we just want to say thank you. With having four churches, it was just impossible for us to maintain all four of them. You wouldn’t recognise the grounds now, they’re so neat and tidy.’’ Rev Whitcombe says one neighbour is allowing the chapel to pipe water from a well, meaning the chapel has running water ‘‘for the first time in 150 years’’. Windows have been donated for the hall, while volunteers are helping maintain the grounds and paint the outside walls. Other Christmas services are being held across the four communities. A Christmas Eve service centred around children will be held at St Bartholomew’s at 5pm, led by Neil Shaskey, while a candles and flowers service with communion will be held at 9pm. St Alban’s Chapel in Ohoka will also host a Christmas Eve service at 7pm. On Christmas Day St Augustine’s will host an 8am service led by Rev Rob Thompson, St Bartholomew’s will host a service at 9.30am and a small country service run by locals will be held at St Thomas’ Chapel in Eyreton. On Sunday, December 27, the Kaiapoi Anglicans will host the Kaiapoi Co­ operating Parish in a joint service.

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The dramatic decline in the lamb schedule and store lamb prices so early in the season is alarming sheep farmers. We were expecting prices to be better this season given the weaker New Zealand dollar and the promises made at processor roadshows. These prices are unsustainable and not good for lamb as a product or the industry. While New Zealand’s sheep meat exports to the UK are similar to last year, to date, volumes of chilled lamb are back 10 percent. To make matters worse, UK sheep farmers have increased production by 7% on last year and the pound has strengthened against the Euro, making British exports to the continent less competitive. Consequently the UK market has been over­run with British lamb, farm­ gate prices are operating at a low 33.50/ kgCW while costs of production sit at 34/kgCW (much higher than our NZ$3.25/kgCW, or 31.50/kgCW at a 0.42 exchange rate). We also have a younger generation emerging that won’t eat lamb, let alone cook a roast. The fact you can buy twice the amount of white meat as red meat for the same price also affects beef and lamb sales. In the western world, consumers are seeking cheaper food and spending a smaller percentage of their take­home pay on food each year.Interestingly in China, there is no differential between sheep meat and goat meat, it is all sold as ovine. By 2050, the world’s farmers will need to produce enough food to feed 9­10 billion people. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that by 2050 the demand for

food will grow by 60% and that between 2010 and 2050 production of animal proteins is expected to grow by around 1.7% per year. Meat production is projected to rise by nearly 58%, aquaculture by 90% and dairy by 55%. We have been hearing these stories for a number of years, but we really need the returns from the increased demand for food to flow back to the producer. New Zealand sheep and beef farmers are particularly well­poised to take advantage of that increased demand, especially given our grass­based farming systems that differentiate our product in high­value markets. While 2015 is shaping up to be one to forget for sheep farmers, particularly those of us in North Canterbury and Marlborough, beef prices have remained relatively strong. As we head into Christmas I really urge you all to take time out to spend with family and friends. The combination of poor returns and ongoing drought is putting huge pressure on all of us. Keep talking and please­ don’t be afraid to ask for help­ there is plenty of support out there.

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AgResearch scientists will give an update of Chilean needle grass research, at a field day to be held at Cheviot in North Canterbury on Tuesday, December 8, from 10am to 3.30pm. Environment Canterbury biosecurity staff and landowners will also speak at the field day, starting at the Cheviot Community Hall at 10am. Participants will then bus to two properties where Chilean needle grass grows, to discuss identification and management of this pest plant which covers 3,700 hectares in the Cheviot area of Canterbury, Marlborough and Hawkes Bay with the potential to spread. Cheviot Area School students will give a short presentation and provide a sausage sizzle lunch, with donations going to their prize­giving fund. To attend, contact Environment Canterbury’s needle grass awareness programme co­ordinator, Hannah.Eastgate@ecan.govt.nz or 027­8393878.

Focus on pest . . . A field day in Cheviot on Tuesday will give farmers an update on the FILE PHOTO pest Chilean needle grass.

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Beef Calves, junior (years 1­4): reserve champion: Sophie Lilley (Ohoka School). Beef Calves, senior (years 5­8): champion Jack Drage, reserve champion Marshall Stokes (both Oxford Area School).

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Preparing for a dry summer Dairy farmers are bracing themselves for a long dry summer. Federated Farmers North Canterbury dairy chairman Cameron Henderson says he has been using irrigation on his Oxford farm for the past two months in a bid to generate some moisture. ‘‘We are normally only just starting to irrigate now, but we’re two months into it already because it has been so dry. It’s a worry, it could make for a very long summer. Everyone seems to be a little bit short of grass and the soil temperatures are still quite low. ‘‘Particularly for the farmers on ground water, like we are here, the risk is if we irrigate too much now we could be low on water later in the season, in March and April. ‘‘It’s about making good use of water and keeping the moisture levels up all through the season.’’ However, Mr Henderson says he is feeling slightly more optimistic as November brought warmer temperatures and some drizzle. He says farmers need to brace themselves for a ‘‘double hit’’, with the prospect of another dry summer and a low milk payout. ‘‘I’m always optimistic, but I think people are realistic with the way the GDP is looking at the moment, that there won’t be any big shifts in the milk price this year. ‘‘It’s about ‘bum up and get things done’ and hope the drought doesn’t eventuate. But realistically both the drought and the low payout are

Be prepared . . . Cameron Henderson warns dairy farmers to hope for the best, but FILE PHOTO prepare for the worst. definitely possible.’’ Mr Henderson says farmers need to be making decisions based on what their forecast income is now and not what it might become if the price does improve. ‘‘The payout was originally forecast a bit higher last year, so some farmers were buying in more feed options to try to maximise they’re returns. But that’s just not a viable option this year. ‘‘This is the time of the year when we are incurring the most cost and we have very little income, so people just need to be a little cautious.’’ Overall milk production for most farms is down, which is not surprising

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given most farmers have reduced their herd sizes and the dry conditions, Mr Henderson. ‘‘We are actually milking more cows so our production is up a wee bit, but most farmers are milking less cows. ‘‘At the end of the day it’s a balancing act. If you cut back on cows too much you could end up having to cut more grass silage and just sit on it until you need to feed it out. ‘‘To me it’s money not being used.’’ Mr Henderson says he is aware of several farmers exploring new winter crop options this year including fodder beet and turnips to make sure they have enough winter feed.

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Sefton ‘Carols in Domain’

Sefton’s ‘‘Carols in the Domain’’ is back. This year the annual community event will be held on Monday, December 21, at the Sefton Domain from 6pm. The North Canterbury Musical Society singers will once again lead the singing.

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Darth Vader supports St John Darth Vader’s Storm Troopers are gearing up for the Kaiapoi Carnival and Santa Parade on Saturday. The carnival takes place between 9am and 3pm with the main carnival venues being The Crossing Carpark and the CERA red zoned land opposite


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Bring along a family picnic and enjoy a quiz, a small Christmas Grotto and, for the first time this year, get dressed up for the Christmas fancy dress competition. Last year around 100 people attended, so it is an event not to be missed.

He made the top seven finalists before being sent home by the judges after a Tom Batchelor brought a touch of the nerve­jangling elimination contest with X­Factor to Rangiora last Saturday, Benny Tipene, who eventually finished busking in High Street outside the Coffee third. Culture cafe. Tom was persuaded to come to Tom, who is from Leeston, was one of Rangiora and try his hand at busking by the stars in the 2013 X­Factor New Anna Walsh, whose father, Murray Zealand competition, won by Jackie Walsh, owns the Rangiora Coffee Thomas, of Greymouth. Culture.


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Sefton on top in cricket A Lance Taylor knock of 79 has kept Sefton on top of the ladder after the seventh round of CRV Ambreed Canterbury premier country cricket competition. His innings, along with 40 from Brent Fleming, was good enough to chase down Greendale’s 190. Greendale could have racked up a bigger score, if not for the economical bowling of Andrew Laffey who picked up two for eight. He now has 17 wickets for the season, the most in the competition, one ahead of Southbrook’s Darryn Boyle. Close on Sefton’s heels is Southbrook after it also had a win over Weedons. Weedons was bowled out for 168 in the final over of their innings. Kane Meyerhoff top scored with 40 with the rest of the runs shared around. For Southbrook, Dean Power picked up four for 20 while Boyle continued his good form with the ball taking three for 27. In reply Southbrook had an early wobble losing two quick wickets, but regrouped to canter home by five wickets. Matt Brine notched a half­century while Jonty Brown made 42 and Tony Hancox finished off the run chase with 41 not out. South Malvern kept the pressure on the other middle of the table sides with a win over Leeston­Southbridge. They now have a four win, four loss record with six rounds to play before the semi­finals. Batting first South Malvern put up a defendable total of 183. Mike Pauling top scored for South Malvern with 51 while Mike Stott was the

pick of the Leeston­Southbridge bowlers picking up three for 35. Leeston­Southbridge’s top and middle order crumbled in the run chase and were reduced to 60 for six on the back of four for 28 from Mike McCaughan. Tim Field, batting at number seven, then staged a big comeback. He scored 75 and combined with the lower order to claw Leeston­ Southbridge to within touching distance of their target. However, it fell eight runs short to be left at sixth on the ladder. Lincoln was too good for bottom­ placed Oxford easing past them by seven wickets. Oxford batted first and could only muster 118 all out. Simon Clark and Jamie Chapman both grabbed three wickets each while Reuben Craw and Ben Harper each picked up two. Lincoln never looked in trouble chasing down the small total. Opening batsmen Nico Lerm and Arthur Paterson put 50 for the first wicket before Lerm was dismissed for 23. Paterson then batted through the innings and finished with 54 not out to give Lincoln an easy victory. Short scoreboard:

South Malvern 183 (M Pauling 51; M Stott 3/35) beat Leeston­Southbridge 175 (T Field 75; M McCaughan 4­28) by eight runs at Glentunnel. Greendale 190­6 (A Laffey 2/8) lost to Sefton 192­4 (L Taylor 79, B Fleming 40) by six wickets at Greendale. Oxford 118 (L Waghorn 32; S Clark 3/33, J Chapman 3/8) lost to Lincoln 119­3 (A Patterson 54 not out) by seven wickets at Oxford. Weedons 167 (K Meyerhoff 40; D Power 4/20, D Boyle 3/27) lost to Southbrook 170­5 (M Brine 52, J Brown 46, T Hancox 41 not out) by five wickets at Weedons.

Success . . . Eugene Dickie, Wills Graham and Talisker Dougan with the Yaldhurst Shield.

N Canty Swim Club success A memorial swimming meet at the Selwyn Aquatic Centre gave young and new athletes from the North Canterbury Swim Club a place to sample success. The club sent 29 swimmers to the meet who achieved some great times for future events with one division two, six Canterbury championships, 14 South Island Country and Town qualifying times. A club team ­ Bonnie Smith, Talisker Dougan, Noemie Savry, Wills Graham, Emily Woodward and Eugene Dickie ­ took home the Yaldhurst Shield. The competition ranks six swimmers from the club in certain races and a relay. A male and female from the 10­years­old and under group,11 to 12 years and 13 to 14

years made up the team. Results:

Cassie Taylor: gold 200m backstroke, silver 50m butterfly and 200m individual medley. Jessie Kelliher: silver: 200m freestyle. Wills Graham: gold:100m backstroke, silver 100m freestyle. Noemie Savry: silver 50m breaststroke, bronze 200m breaststroke. Rose Smith: gold 50m breaststroke, bronze 200m individual medley, 100m butterfly, 100m individual medley. Emma Schroder: gold 50m butterfly, 50m and 100m backstroke, silver 100m individual medley, bronze 50m freestyle. Virginia Higgs: gold 100m individual medley. Jessica Campbell: gold 100m individual medley. Emily Woodward: gold 100m butterfly, 100m breaststroke. Cameron Pellett: gold 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle, silver 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle and 50m breaststroke. Jacob Webb: silver 200m freestyle and 50m butterfly. Riley Stewart: gold 100m individual medley. Eugene Dickie: gold 100m butterfly, 200m breaststroke, silver 200m butterfly, 100m backstroke, bronze 200m freestyle. 13 year and over freestyle relay: third ­ Eugene Dickie, Emily Woodward, Renee Woodward and Cameron Pellet.

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Properties for sale throughout North Canterbury

1701 Cust Road, Cust Offers over $1,200,000 + GST (if any) For more information please contact Emily Newell – 027 472 0409 or Maurice Newell – 027 240 1718 or view online www.farmlandsrealestate.co.nz – property ID RA1668

Your Choice of Town and Country 17.5 Hectares Lifestyle, land bank, income, extended family or bed and breakfast. What other large lifestyle property provides complete privacy, a café at the end of the driveway, a great primary school two paddocks away, a pub four doors down, a service station closeby and rubbish and recycle collection at gate? This 355sqm spacious four bedroom, two bathroom family home includes an attached self-contained two bedroom flat, complete with separate garage. It is


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It is currently used to run horses, finish cattle, rear calves and includes a round pen, calf rearing facilities, cattle yards and large hay barn/implement shed. The property provides an abundance of firewood for a wood burner plus extra as a source of income. It supports self-sustainable living with a 5.6Kwh back to grid solar system which is wired to add additional panels easily, a wetback log burner,

Although there is the option of connecting to town supply water, the property is supplied by its own private well. Option of purchasing as a going concern.


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For Sale New Listing

644 Depot Road Oxford Price Offers over $595,000


Emily Newell 027 472 0409 Maurice Newell 027 240 1718 Horse Haven. Three bedroom 158m2 home complete with en suite set on four hectares in close proximity to Oxford. Set up perfectly for running cattle, calf-rearing or continuing with horses, this property is ready for you to make it your own. Fenced into 13 small grazing paddocks and one large hay paddock. Nine stock sheds along with a 150m2 American-style barn complete with wash-down facilities and miniature horse stables/calf-rearing pens. | Property ID RA1671

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Emily Newell 027 472 0409 Maurice Newell 027 240 1718

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Country Retreat. This secluded property has many impressive features such as fertile soil, some of which has recently been re-grassed, cattle yards and own well. Relax under the stars in the luxurious outdoor bath. Fenced family garden, complete with green house. A 300m2 shed will impress. Shed includes 42m2 lined entertainment room, currently being used to run a home business. A four bedroom villa recently renovated with modern kitchen, log burner and heat transfer system. | Property ID RA1666


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Contact Malcolm Garvan 027 231 4425 Malcolm McNaughton 027 297 4297 Exciting Commercial Land Development. Ignore previous pricing. Invest in this fast-growing region adjacent to SH1, reticulated Council water, Council sewerage, three-phase electricity. Suit agri-business, retail storage, light industry, professional offices, cafe or medical facilities. Situated between Courage and Pound Roads. A major national rural servicing company have already established their business in the development. Vendor motivated to sell Stage One now, Stages Two and Three to follow. | Property ID RA1635

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Retreat To The Country. Charming 1930s modernised, weatherboard cottage. Open-plan kitchen/ dining/family room, two double bedrooms, family bathroom and separate mudroom/laundry with shower. Large, 2,483m2 section with beautiful mature trees sheltering the outdoor barbecue area. The 12 metre long garage is ideal for stowing the cars and boats. Located close to Motunau Beach and the Hurunui River, ideal for weekend getaway or permanent residence. | Property ID AM1032

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Oxford bowler leads in black Special Olympics at Omihi The Blackjack women’s triples bowls team has had a strong start in their chase for a medal at the Asia Pacific Championships at the Burnside Bowling Club. Oxford’s Katelyn Inch, the youngest member of the team, plays in the lead position for her team and is responsible for setting up the game for the players who follow her. After the first two days of section play the side has picked up wins from all four games and are hoping that their good fortune will continue so the end at the top of their section so they go straight through to Thursday afternoons semi­finals. Katelyn says that if they continue to play as consistently as they have been and don’t let the weather or their opposition influence their play they will have done everything possible to end the round on top.

Overall this second week of the championships has been a good one for the male members of the Blackjacks team, their singles player Mike Kernaghan and the fours team are unbeaten after the first two days. However Jo Edwards and Val Smith had a hiccup against an experience Malaysian team on Monday afternoon. During the first week of competition New Zealand has one team in the finals, the mens triples team of Paul Girdler, Mike Nagy and Christchurch’s Andrew Kelly. The men’s pairs, Jo Edwards the women’s single player and the women’s fours will have to settle for a bronze medal. For all team members this has been the motivation for to ensure they are playing in the finals and in contention for a gold. The final games are all being played at the Burnside Club from Friday from 9am. See www.worldbowls2016.com.


Twenty riders competed in the 2015 Special Olympics Canterbury Equestrian Ribbon Day at the Sandow Riding School, at Omihi, recently. Eleven riders came from the Canterbury branch, one from the newly formed North Canterbury branch and eight from Wellington. Riders competed in a dressage test and a working trail, the trail having a similar layout as the stock and station events at A&P shows. Special Olympics Equestrian caters for adults and children who have been born with a learning disability, rather than a physical one ­ physical disabilities come under the para­Olympic umbrella ­ and at Sandow, competitors ranged from nine­ years­old to 30 years of age. Sandow supplied the horses and riders were matched to the one that suited them best. Different levels were catered for and the competition adjusted accordingly so Canterbury Marching hosts the South defending their titles at the everyone had an equal chance at success. The three levels had those that could Island Marching championships at the championships. Rangiora Showgrounds this weekend. The marching will consist of three phases confidently ride their horse at a walk, those who could trot and those who could canter. Local marches take centre stage on ­ review and inspection, technical and Annette Marr, the equestrian co­ Saturday, December 5 with the main event display. The combined points between on Sunday, December 6. Review and Inspection, along with the ordinator for the Canterbury Club, says it was particularly challenging for the Marchers taking place range in age from technical points, determine the technical four­years­old to anyone over the age of 30 champions. Canterbury will be represented Wellington riders as they had only ever with the event divided in to Open, under 12, in the Under 12 section by Eclipse, ridden in an indoor arena. ‘‘Most were from urban back grounds, under 16, seniors and masters. Skellerup and Pioneers of Canterbury and not familiar with with a farm situation. The Otago Onyx Militaires in the Under while its teams in the under 16 grade are 12 and Under 16 grades are defending Eclipse, Skellerup and Pioneers. Senior There was some anxiety about riding champions but will be looking out for their teams are Eclipse, Skellerup, McVicar and outdoors which they had to learn to cope with as well as getting used to their horses.’’ opposition such as the Eclipse and Pioneers of Canterbury. Pioneers of Canterbury in their bid to Competition begins at 1pm on Saturday The dressage tests were set by the National Office according to the riders’ retain their titles. Pioneers of Canterbury and 9am on Sunday with the public ability and Anthea Dickson was the judge. Seniors and Master teams are also welcome to attend.

Rangiora hosts marching

Special Olympics . . . A competitor in action in the working trial. ‘‘She is a wonderful judge and also judges para­Olympics,’’ says Annette. Rachael Anderson judged the working trail and was also an asset to the competition. Competitors had to ride their horses through a set of obstacles and complete tasks like opening and shutting a gate on horse back, posting a letter, walking over a wooden bridge, negotiating a maze of plants in pots and halting their horse inside a square laid on the ground. The riders enjoyed their time at Sandow and as it was the first time Wellington had travelled to Canterbury, it was particularly special. ‘‘These Special Olympic riders are actually better riders, as they have to adapt to all sorts of different horses rather than being used to one horse all the time,’’ says Annette.

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The News

Thursday December 3 2015

Egg & spoon to high jump at Waiau athletics day

Kew on a Plate by Raymond Blanc The best dish on Raymond’s menu, according to Raymond, is the ‘one that’s in season’. Raymond’s unparalleled expertise is drawn from three decades of experience in his own restaurant kitchen garden. He brings with him a lifetime’s passion about fruit and veg, knowing exactly which apple is the perfect variety for his Tarte Tartin and which potato makes the perfect Sunday roast. Petals and Bullets by Mark Derby Petals and Bullets is based on the vivid, detailed and evocative letters written by Dorothy Morris to her family in Christchurch, while she was serving in often dangerous circumstances in Spain and other European countries. The Animal Sanctuary by Shawn Bishop Shawn and her husband Michael own a substantial block of land north of Auckland. But that’s where the similarity with other rural landowners begins and ends, because Shawn had a special purpose in mind when they bought their property: to establish an animal sanctuary. Over the last 10 years she and her husband, aided by a dedicated team of volunteers, have invested huge energy and resources to rescuing and rehabilitating a wide variety of animals in need. These titles are available in both Waimakariri and Hurunui libraries. Find out more about recent additions to the library collection by going to the library catalogue at waimakariri.kotui.org.nz or hurunui.kotui.org.nz or contact your local library.

Waiau Primary School students showed off their athletics skills recently. The students competed in events ranging from the hilarious egg and spoon race to the high jump at the annual athletics meeting. Support from the parents was outstanding and an above average turnout of grandparents and other community members was welcomed extra. The children put all their effort into turning on a great show for their families and especially for their respective houses. The house relay was a hotly contested affair with Annan coming out the eventual winner. The day was rounded off with the much anticipated preschoolers race and then the eight fastest children took on the parents in a race. The Mr and Mrs C G Gardner Cup for the best girl athlete was presented by Mr A Gardner and was won by Madeline Scarlet. The J L Macfarlane Cup for the best boy athlete was presented by Mr J Macfarlane and was won by Jack Harding.

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OTHER COURSES/LICENCE ENDORSEMENTS AVAILABLE ARE: Class 3, 4 & 5, Passenger, Vehicle Recovery, Wheels, Tracks, Rollers, Dangerous Goods, Forklift, OSH & F Driving Related Health & Safety Training


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Public Notices

Public Notices


Situations Vacant Situations Vacant

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL Waimakariri Council Foyer 9am - 4.30pm 8th - 17th Dec Come and vote for the best tree Raffles & Prizes


• Must be 11 years or older • Earn extra cash while staying fit • Must be enthusiastic, honest and reliable • Distributing The News / Flyers to residential lett bo letterboxes

Phone 027 807 2251 for more details or email val.genet@thenewsnc .co.nz • Please include your address, suburb and contact details



Proceeds to CCS Disability Cancer Society - Rangiora Rural Group

Class 1, Own Transport Pass Drug test Civil, Industrial. Please call Murray on 021 921 981


Required in Loburn, must supply own cleaning products. 3 hours on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please text or phone Jess on 027 712 6572. LOOKING for work? We have a variety of roles in a variety of industries. Come in and register with us. Jade Resourcing, 66 Ohoka Road, Kaiapoi or telephone 03 327 0656.

The lighting of fires in the open air in the Hurunui District is restricted as from 5.00 pm, Tuesday 1 December 2015 until further notice. While this Restricted Fire Season Notice is in place fires in the open air are n ot to be lit without an authorised Fire Permit from the Principal Rural Fire Officer, phone 03 314 8816. Crop residue burns will be permitted under certain conditions. Please enquire to the Principal Rural Fire Officer. This notice is given pursuant to Section 22(2) of the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977. Notwithstanding this notice, Department of Conservation and Ashley Rural Fire Committee have legislative authority to impose fire control measures within their jurisdictional areas. Please refer any relevant queries to them on: Department of Conservation, ph: 03-313 0820 Ashley Rural Fire District, ph: 027 480 9279

The News

• Tenders close for the internal fit-out of the museum on 15 December and fit-out will start early January. • The total budget for completion of the project as per design is $4,922,000 excluding money spent on replacement of the roof which we hope to recover and the claim is with our solicitors. • The CEO and the project manager are working closely to ensure the project is completed as close to budget as possible. • The product used for the roofing insulation is a very reputable product but unfortunately it appears there was a bad batch which has led to delays in the project. We understand there are concerns about the lack of information. With any build such as this issues can arise which may become the subject of legal action. The Council has to ensure that all the information has been provided and is correct before coming to any decisions and before releasing such information. The Council is working through those processes as quickly as possible and in accordance with its obligations under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act. Once the scaffold is removed, the stairs are completed and entrances are clear an open day will be held for people to look through this fabulous building. Keep an eye out for when this will be. 1684477

Free Breastfeeding Support

Rangiora Plunket Rooms Albert Street Tuesday 8th December 10am Meet other breastfeeding mothers Ph Jan 03 980 4707

RANGIORA Revival Centre Church invites you to come and hear Mr Peter Benton this Saturday 5th December, 1.30pm. War Memorial Hall, cnr High and Albert Street, Rangi­ ora. Peter has his own Ministry ( Kingdom Embassy Ministries ), and ministers powerfully in the prophetic, healing & deliv­ erance, and has Ministered prophetically to many hun­ dreds of people over the past 15 years , with verified accurate personal pro­ phecies also. An offering will be taken. Enquiries Phone 03 313 3537.


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

LICENSED Builder. Over 30 yrs exp. High standards, low overheads. Decks, alterations, restorations. No job too small. Phone Andrew 03 975 5691 or 027 318 4400.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced persons to Select and Coach, and to Manage our Senior and Colts Representative Teams for the 2016 Season Job descriptions and any other information available from and applications to The Secretary, CRSU, 194 Davidsons Rd, Greenpark, R.D. 4, Christchurch 7674 or email countryrugby@clear.net.nz Applications close 13th December 2015

NORTH Canterbury Painters. Reg Tradesman. Interior, exterior painting. Free quotes. Covering North Canterbury, Oxford, Kaiapoi, Rangiora, Amber­ ley. Phone Robin Driver 03 327 7899 or 027 432 3520.

Chimney Cleaning


& Decorating Services

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


Scrap Metal Wanted SCRAP METAL Wanted. Cash paid for scrap metal, old cars, farm equipment etc. Ph Wayne 027 749 9736 or 03 323 6610. Licensed Dealer.

DO YOU NEED help in the school holidays? Responsible 15yr old student avail from 4th Dec and wanting to help out. Please ph 027 360 7777.

SUMMERFIELD Fencing Ltd in your area now. Lifestyle or farm, sheep, cattle, horse, all types of animals. Fences, yards, sheds, arenas, shelters, runs. 27 years contract fencing. John is available to To Let help with your design and planning. Ph Carol or John WOODEND 4 Bdrm, 2 storey, colonial home, large on 03 312 4747. double garage, fully fenced, back section. $500 pw. Available now. Telephone 022 137 9209 or 03 313 FENCER Available for all 0261.

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

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

For Sale

SCREENED Soil for sale. Waipara area. Can deliver. Phone 021 115 3689.

Ohoka Netball Club AGM

CARAVANS for sale. UK imports. Good selection. Phone Ken 027 434 1260. North Canterbury Cara­ vans.

at Mandeville Sports Centre. All welcome. Enquiries to Ohokanetball@gmail.com

1999 Classic Coronet Cara­ van, external length 6 metres, self contained, full bathroom, full awning plus porch awning with zip in ends. Phone 022 601 0373.

Wed 9th December 7pm


Trades • Subdivisions • Hot Chip Sealing • Horse Arenas • Driveways • Shingle Supplies

Darwin Earthworks Ltd Rangiora Ph Rob McAlister 027 434 0315 A H 03 313 2276


027 315 6916

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

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

Tree Services

NORTH Canterbury Tree Care. Specialising in big trees in small spaces, long term tree plans, advisory service, fully insured. Free quotes, prompt service. Phone Mike Gilbert 0800 873 336. STUMP REMOVAL Ser­ vicing North Canterbury for prompt professional ser­ vice. Phone Tim 0800 178 867.

CRAIGS Trees (03) 327-4190

Agricultural Services

Mainland Conveyor Services MCS For all your Conveyor requirements

• Baler Belting • Mower Belts • Firewood Conveyor Belts • Fasteners • Belting Repairs & Maintenance • Installation / Fitting of Belting Onsite Service - Over 20 years experience

Interior Plasterer Renovations and repairs, new houses, paint finish, coving. Free quotes. Superior workmanship. 25 years experience. Ph 027 436 1112

Ph 027 212 3880 Ritchie



Easy access for trailers, caravans & Wanted boats STANDING HAY wanted. Sefton and surrounding For Vehicle Servicing areas. Ph 03 312 9018. phone Allan

WANTED to buy 3 point linkage back tray / crate for tractor. Must have remov­ able sides so can be used as a tray. Ph 0277 555 980. OLD RIMU BEDS wanted for kitchen ware and furni­ ture. Willing to collect from any destination. Ph Len Smith 03 314 8687.




POSTCARDS, Photos, Stamps, Collections. Wanted. Call 03 312 3105, 021 388 949, 03 428 6587.

Matt Smith


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

Free Quotes 027 2299 454


Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced persons to Select and Coach, and to Manage our – Under 48kgs Primary Schools, Under 65kgs Primary Schools, Under 13, Under 14, Under 15, Under 16, Under 17 and Under 18 Representative Teams for the 2016 season Job descriptions and any other information available from and applications to The Secretary CRSU JAB, 26 Kennedys Bush Road, Christchurch or email thebakers21@hotmail.com Application close 13th December 2015


BRIAN’S Tree Services. Situations Wanted Tree felling, topping, shaping, firewood cut, rub­ CARER, Companion bish removed, stump grind­ available for Elderly. Days ing, branch chipping. and hours negotiable. Ph 03 Affordable rates. Phone 03 310 7381 or 021 713 149. 327 5505 or 021 124 4894.

ABEL & Prestige Chimney Cleaning. Nth Cant. Owned and operated. Professional guaranteed service. All your fencing and post drivneeds. PH: Karlo White firebox repairs. Ph Ken & ing 03 314 7654 or 027 351 3295 Trish 312 5764.


DRESSMAKING. Alter­ ations, and dressmaking from $10. Hems to wed­ ding dresses. Free quotes. Ph Bianca 027 345 8900 or 03 313 8528.

SHEARER Sheep Shearer available, fully mobile TOP SOIL, screened and setup for lifestylers. Also unscreened at Woodend available for one stand Landscape Supplies. Open work. Ph 021 0864 0372. 7 days. Phone 03 312 2003. SHEARER Mobile Sheep Shearer available for Life­ style Blocks. Over 30 years experience. Phone Stuart 027 315 6916. Pets TWEED Decorating for your painting and STAINWORKS and AMBERLEY wallpapering needs, painting. All surfaces, interior or exterior. Based PRECIOUS PETS fence and deck coatings. in Hawarden covering the Incl exterior & interior Boutique Boarding Hurunui area. Call Phil on painting. No job too big or Kennel for small 027 558 9333 or 03 314 small. Phone 027 245 5149. 4110. dogs. PLUMBING Craftsman Ph 03 314 9669. Plumber. Specialising in ALL your decorating www.amberleyprecious repairs & maintenance. For prompt service. Telephone pets.co.nz requirements, private and Michael 022 321 2468 or commercial, competitive 03 313 2468. rates. Free quotes. 25 years + experience. Phone Steve GAS, PLUMBING, 03 312 5515, 027 576 0585. Raffle Results Drainage & Heating, 24/7 service. Ph Mike Cairns NORTH Canterbury Fed­ Gas & Plumbing 021 132 PAINTER Top quality eration of WI. Raffle 8929 or 03 326 7949. work. No job too big or Results. 1st, 316 Doreen small. We stand by Canter­ Batt, 2nd, 353 Brenda PROPERTY MAINTEN­ bury. Telephone Wayne Twose, 3rd, 716 June John­ ANCE. Lawns, gardens, son, 4th, 423 Joan Keast. hedges, chainsaw work, 027 274 3541. All prizes are claimed. pruning, painting and Thank you for your sup­ minor home alterations. TOWN AND COUNTRY. port. Pride & Quality Painting Phone Mike 03 313 0261.

NORTHEND FENCING LTD is in your area. For all fencing requirements eg; dairy conversions, vineyards, deer fencing, lifestyle blocks, post and DISMANTLING and buying all models of rail, quality workmanship competitive Falcons now. Please phone guaranteed, rates. Phone Mike 027 313 03 3125 064 . 1872.



Hire TEMPORARY Fencing. New hire business based in Amberley, servicing all trades in North Canterbury. Ph 027 430 4348.


• The building is set to get a Code Compliance Certificate.

MAKKS Roast & Chinese. Lunch from $5, 11 ­ 3pm. Dinner Buffet from $9, 5­8pm. Call today for weekly specials. Phone 03 313 9119. 90 High St, Rangiora. A Lady Paperhanger and Painter, all work guaran­ teed, free quotes. Phone Carol 027 435 9165 or 03 3127 327.

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For all of your Trades and Classified enquiries, please contact Amanda at The News on 03 313 2840


• It is anticipated the building will be finished early in 2016.

Trades TILING J.A.S Tiling Services Ltd. Professional, prompt, friendly service. For all your tiling needs, kitchens, bathrooms, splashbacks, hearths, entranceways. Ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles, stone veneer, slate. Please phone Andy or Jo 027 322 7191, 03 310 7640 or email andy@jas­tiling.nz.


• Landscaping around the outside of the building is due to start.

Health & Beauty HOMEOPATHY. Are you struggling with your health? Maybe a homeopathic remedy could help? First consultation free. Ph Jennifer Mackinder (Dip.Hom) 03 314 8046.


• The roof has been replaced and good progress is being made on the rest of the building with the scaffolding set to come down over the next two weeks. The craypot will then be put in place.

Decorating AVAILABLE now quali­ fied tradesmen. Roofs, exterior and interior, com­ mercial painting. In North Canterbury for 20 years. Quality workmanship. No job too big or too small. Phone Mike Watts for a free quote 027 931 1876 or 03 327 5388.


Kaikoura Civic Building Update

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


Public Notices


Public Notices

Thursday December 3 2015

Tyre Services Ltd

23 High Street Rangiora 03 313 6096

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

Thursday December 3 2015




Oxford Butcheery r Shane and Leanne Frahm m We can kill & process your stock Four Generations of Frahms since 1957

Numb ber one

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

See us for your processing needs Specialising in Sausages,, Bacons, Hams, Salami and more... Gluten Free & Special Diet needs

Ph: 027 313 0161

Brent Noye alias “Brent the Butcher”





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


We can arrange to kill and process your Beef, Pork, Lamb, Venison and Game Meat NOW! Open Saturday Mornings Phone (03) 327 8219 A/H 027 306 3874

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




Civil and Drainage

Driveways Landscaping Retaining Walls Earthworks Foundations

Wastewater Septic Tanks Treatment Plants Drainage Irrigation

Phone (03) 313-9192 38a Ashley Street, Rangiora



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

Paul Berg 57 Wesley St, Kaiapoi Phone (03) 338-1112 canvasco@xtra.co.nz 0274 381-871

Wilson Decorators Ltd




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

PLEASE CALL 0800 277 822

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


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

Free quotes (will travel)

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



HIGH COUNTRY FENCING High Country Specialist

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

• Specialist bulldozer and side mounted post driver • FCANZ Accredited Contractor


GEOFF ROGERS 021 640 748 or 03 317 8028 www.highcountryfencing.co.nz

Sports, Injuries, Trigger Point, Relaxation, Deep Tissue

Phone 027 6266 6566



Massage Therapy


Landscape Architect available for Professional Garden Design

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

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

Allan Pethig For all your electrical needs. Residential & Commercial


• Local Small family Business • Qualified Tradesman • 30 + Years Experience • Painting • Wallpapering • Waterblasting • Roof Painting • No Time Wasted • Free Quotes



Landscape Design

~ FREE QUOTES ~1670945



• All Farm Fencing • High or Down Country • Dairy conversions • Subdivisions • Post & rail fencing • Yard building • Security • Explosive license



“If it’s broke, let’s fix it”

We provide • Domestic and Commercial • Wiring and Maintenance • Security Systems No job to small • Fujitsu Heat Pumps • Caravan Electrical Warrants

Tarpaulins Sidecurtains Awnings - Sunblinds Marquees & Canopies Boat Covers Outdoor Furniture recovers Umbrellas

Computer Repairs

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

Registered Clinical Dental Techncian

Repairs alterations & Manufacture



Home Kill & Wild Game Butcher

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



The News


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Pest Control

Are you sick of being Pestered?


All work guaranteed!


Contact your Locally Owned & Operated Pest Experts today for a free quote and advice.



Combined Pest Control Spider & Fly Control





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

0800 500 442


Northh Cant Canterbury's bu 's Most M t EExperienced x ri Custom Picture Framer Needleworks, Memoribilia, Originals, Prints, Canvas Mounting, Medals, Computerised Matt Cutting etc Forget the rest - come to the best. 10 Cone Street, Rangiora Ph 313 5474 sales@cameofinearts.co.nz www.cameofinearts.co.nz

Septic Tank Cleaning


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



Bill’s Liquid Waste


Order Products Online at: www.plumbingshoponline .co.nz

Phone: 0800 374 737 or (03) 310 8206 Email: plumbers@clyne-bennie.co.nz Web: www.clyne-bennie.co.nz 331B Flaxton Road, Rangiora 1604188



By the SBS Bank - Parking at rear

PHONE 352 7594

artworkspapanui@xtra.co.nz www.artworkspictureframing.co.nz 1575771

OPEN: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm


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

Cleaning throughout North Canterbury

Phone Amberley (03) 314-9669

Specialising in Renovation Work • Plastterb board d Fixiing & S Stopping toppiing • Stipple & Skim Coatin ng • Cornice & Cove • Fireplaces n Registered Tradesman


Canterbury owned and operated for over 60 years


Domestic, Commercial & Rural


or 03 313 1443 pestcontrollers@xtra.co.nz Wasps • Spiders / White Tails Rodents • Silverfish • Fleas Ants • Flies / Cluster Flies Borer • Pest Control Products



Approved Handler

Master Plumber of the Year 2010


“Fine Arts Guild Commended Framer”

Providing custom framing for all artwork including needlework and memorabilia 6 MAIN NORTH ROAD, PAPANUI

Picture Framing

Craig & Bridget Hughes

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Picture Framing


Call Mark 027 438 0665. AH 03 313 5102. 5102

Printing For Sharp Prices & Fast Turnaround


■ business cards ■ invoice forms ■ colour flyers ■ letterheads ■ rack cards ■ cartons ■ invoice books ■ labels ■ envelopes Contact Peter Jordan 16668671

Painters / Decorators

Thursday December 3 2015

03 312 6278

Email LGRAPHIC@XTRA.CO.NZ 469 Mill Road, Ohoka www.lgraphic.co.nz


Locally owned and operated

Mobile 0275 379-694

Shoe Repairs

Timber Sales

Water Blasting

The Village Cobbler


Waterblasting Ltd Servicing Canterbury Commercial & Residential

At Hammer Hardware Ashley Street, Rangiora

• Graffiti Removal • Blocked Drains • Pre Paint Cleaning • Moss & Algae Removal

Quality Timb ber at discounted prices

We have a wide range of timber


Decking from $0.97 cents

Glenn 027 314 5789

Cleaning Drains



Open Monday to Friday 7.30am - 4.30pm and Saturday 8am – 12 noon Call David on 029 770 9204 or Amy 021 650 609 99 Mairehau Road, Burw rwood, w just off Marshlands Road 1633843


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

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


Come and see us or give us a call for a free quote or visit our online store for more details www.royaltimber.co.nz


For all your shoe and bag repairs and accessories • Same day repairs • Pair of heels from $18

Furniture - Cars - Boats Caravans - Canvas - Repairs Fabric Showroom Ph Brent 027 724 6000

341e Flaxton Road, Southbrook, Rangiora



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

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Thursday December 3 2015

Massive Holiday Run-Out Your Trusted Suzuki Dealer HUGE RANGE OF USED QUADS

# 4047 2008 Suzuki LTF400 4x2

# 400059 2010 Suzuki LTA450 4x4 # 400185 2013 Suzuki LTF400 4x4



# 40103 2008 Suzuki LTA450 4x4

# 400218 2011 Suzuki LTF400 4x4

# 400249 2014 Suzuki LTA750 4x4

# 40139 2008 Suzuki LTF400 4x4

# 400238 2012 Suzuki LTF400 4x4 # 300062 2014 Suzuki LTA400 4x4

$4,500.00 $4,500.00 $5,800.00

$5,895.00 $6,000.00

$10,900.00 $9,995.00



# 7 2013 Suzuki RMZ450


# 300180 2013 Suzuki RMZ450


# 300252 2014 Suzuki RMZ250

Sales Phone James 03 314 0132 or Craig 027 220 2341 Service Phone Ryan 03 314 0134 Markham Street, Amberley www.arthurburke.co.nz




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