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Thursday December 17, 2015 | Issue 680

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Contrast . . . The hills to the west of Hawarden tinged with green thanks to Nor’west rain, while the hills to the east are parched.


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Farmers continue to destock By ROBYN BRISTOW AND AMANDA BOWES North Canterbury farmers still reeling from drought conditions are sending stock north as they prepare for another dry summer. Hurunui Mayor and chair of the North Canterbury Drought committee Winton Dalley says there has been huge destocking over the past 12 months and he is in constant touch with farmers offering grazing for livestock, particularly in the North Island. ‘‘There is still lots of commercial offers coming from the North Island for people and there has been quite a number of unit loads of stock heading to the lower North Island in the past few weeks,’’ says Mr Dalley. ‘‘There is still opportunities to make decisions and move stock around. The door is not shut. Southland has just started to come right and by January there could be opportunities for grazing down there,’’ he says. The drought committee acted as a point­of­contact for grazing offers and contacted farmers in North Canterbury who might interested. It was then left to the two farmers to negotiate a commercial deal. ‘‘I am very impressed particularly, with the younger farmers, who are making positive decisions that has put them in a stronger position over all and averted more serious issues for them.’’ Mr Dalley says he is in constant touch with the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy on the situation and has been impressing on him how much people are doing for themselves and how communities are rallying to help out where they can.

‘‘MPI are very happy as there has been virtually no animal welfare issues relating to drought because of farmers being proactive. ‘‘Farmers have done a great job preventing animal welfare issues by selling stock, grazing them out and buying in feed and making good decisions which all came at a cost,’’ says Mr Dalley. Mr Dalley says there will be long term issues with the reduction in capital livestock, which would take a long time to rebuild, and with the reduction in revenue reducing the spend in the district. The tentacles of the drought were now reaching out to affect the wider community, particularly the service industry with the huge drop off in the use of contractors and conveyers who did tailing and other stock work. ‘‘Farmers are going back to doing a lot themselves so there is less work,’’ says Mr Dalley who says retailers in towns were also being impacted. The situation is ‘‘grim’’ in spite of the ‘‘odd shower’’ of rain which has helped a few farmers in pockets of the northern region. ‘‘But the rain is really random,’’ says Mr Dalley who received 7mm on his farm at Waikari a couple of weeks ago, while 25mm fell at Motunau. He says in his view the region is in the same predicament as it had been during last summer, with the exception of the few pockets that had caught some precious rain. In the Hawarden area (within 20km of the foothills) rainfall for the past 12 months has been 317mm (unofficial source) compared to the annual average rainfall is 650 to 700mm a year.


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On the higher western hills of the Hawarden Basin ­ towards Lake Sumner ­ there is still green thanks to nor’west rain but to the east it is brown. Federated Farmers is swinging in behind farmers and urging those who need to shift stock to look outside the regions they normally sell to. Federated Farmers National Meat and Fibre Chairman Rick Powdrell says likewise, if farmers have surplus feed and can assist those who are struggling with drought by taking on stock, ‘‘broaden your search ­ there are bound to be farmers who need a hand’’. ‘‘This is an industry issue, we all need to think about assisting these farmers, to maximize the potential of these animals while keeping their welfare front of mind,’’ he says. There was a new alternative method to livestock grazing and selling emerging such as Stock X, a secure online trading platform. Those with stock to sell can create listings and potential buyers from anywhere in the country can browse the listings. Stock X has pledged a fifth of their commission to support drought affected farmers in Canterbury. Both Mr Dalley and Mr Powdrell encourage farmers, friends and neighbours who have concerns about the welfare of people impacted by the drought to contact the North Canterbury Rural Support Trust. ‘‘The Trust is doing a fantastic job in looking after the welfare of farmers,’’ says Mr Dalley. Early in the New Year members of the committee and the Trust plan to visit every farmer in the northern region and to go back to banks to chat to update them on the drought.

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HWP clears yet another hurdle made its way through the Courts. ‘‘We got the High Court decision last Tuesday and we are already back planning to get the project element back under way and we will be seeking to raise funding in the early part of next year,’’ he says. This could include looking to get some funds from existing shareholders in specific circumstances and we will be looking at other funding sources as well,’’ he says. This would include getting its dollar­ for­dollar grant back on track with the Irrigation Acceleration Fund. HWP first applied for consents to take, store and use water in the Hurunui catchment in 2009. Following consultation with environmental, recreational and local interest groups, revised consents were applied for in 2011, granted in 2013 and subsequently appealed. The consents are based on the Waitohi River which flows into the Hurunui River at the State Highway 7 bridge. The HWP consents cover a 58,500 hectare command area that also covers other catchments in the district.

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As drought conditions continue to bite in North Canterbury and stock is moved off­farm for grazing, there is small light beginning to glow for some farmers in these difficult times. The Hurunui Water Project (HWP), which is behind the $400 million Waitohi Irrigation Scheme that will supply water to drought­stricken areas of North Canterbury, has just cleared another hurdle. The High Court has allowed appeals by HWP and Environment Canterbury (ECan) against an earlier September Environment Court decision. And although it will be some time before water begins to flow on to parched pastures, planning can at least start again on the scheme that had become bogged down in the Court process. HWP Chairman Lindsay Lloyd welcomes the High Court decision which puts the project back on stream and in a position where it can raise more funds to develop the scheme. ‘‘It is also good news for our farmer

shareholders in the Hurunui area who are again having a very tough time with droughts,’’ he says. HWP Chief executive Alex Adams says HWP can now look forward to Environment Canterbury granting a suite of consents based on the Waitohi River, to take water, store water, use water for irrigation and change the land use. The consents were appealed by the Amuri Irrigation Company, concerned abut the newly­introduced nutrient loads specified in the HWP consents that could affect its scheme to the north of the river. Ngai Tahu Property also appealed on similar grounds. An agreement was eventually mediated and put before the Environment Court but its decision was appealed to the High Court by HWP. Amuri Irrigation and ECan also disagreed with the decision. While a long Court battle loomed HWP halted development expenditure seven months ago as it kept a close eye on its diminishing funds. Mr Adams said it was important to keep the company viable as the project

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RHS not required to buy new farm legal opinion original ­ in this case farm ­ land. ‘‘As the original land was held for the purpose of generating income for the The $7.7 million in the Rangiora High benefit of Rangiora High School’s School coffers from the sale of 20 schooling operations, any replacement hectares ­ half the school’s farm ­ eight years ago does not have to be used to buy land ­ or replacement prescribed investment ­ should generate income for another farm. the benefit of Rangiora High School’s Searches have revealed there are no schooling operations,’’ the opinion says. caveats registered against the titles ‘‘For example, it could be commercial/ requiring funds from the sale of the land industrial land that generates rental to be used to buy a new farm. income, as long as the income generated Rangiora High School commissioner continues to be used for the benefit of Bev Moore in a letter to parents and Rangiora High School’s schooling caregivers, available on the school’s operations,’’ says Ms Sheppard. website, says she sought information Mrs Moore says about the caveat this means the from the school’s ❛ If analysis shows that school has some lawyers Wynn discretion over Williams. additional land would have what it can spend A legal opinion its resources on to from Annabel education value for its ‘‘best meet the Sheppard showed students, then this would be needs of its no registered students’’. caveats on the considered. Conversely, ‘‘If analysis land requiring the shows that funds from the however, if it was felt that it additional land 2007 sale of a re­ was in the best interests of would have zoned parcel of education value land, south of the students to have for its students, Kippenberger upgraded facilities or then this would be Avenue, to be used considered. to buy a farm. additional resources in other Conversely, Mrs Moore says however, if it was she also consulted areas of the school then this felt that it was in the Ministry of would need to be considered the best interests Education and of the students to found it had no ❜ too. have upgraded legal record of the facilities or caveat, but it had additional resources in other areas of asked the school for documentation the school then this would need to be around the caveat on a number of considered too,’’ she says. occasions since 2012. ‘‘Regardless I would like to reassure ‘‘While the existing farm and land­ you that no decisions on the use of this based studies continue to be a highly multi­million dollar asset will be made valued part of this school community over the next few months and that the and the school’s special identity, this funds will continue to earn interest in means that the significant funds that the the school’s account with that interest school holds are not legally tagged for supporting the school. spending on more farmland. ‘‘Additionally no decisions will be ‘‘However, I want to stress that this made without full analysis of what does not mean that they can not be spent would benefit current and future on a new farm,’’ she says. Rangiora High School students, which is The legal opinion from Annabel what all decisions need to be tied to,’’ Sheppard, a partner in WynnWilliams Mrs Moore, who was unable to be Lawyers, also included an opinion from contacted by The News, says in her open the Ministry of Education on how the proceeds of the farm land could be used. letter. Several former pupils are upset the The Ministry advised that section 11 of school could put the proceeds into the Education Lands Act 1949 did not require the proceeds from the sale of the bricks and mortar rather than schooling students to work in the agricultural farm land to be used to buy a farm. industry. They say procrastination by ‘‘The relevant purpose that is former boards has meant the $7.7 required to be maintained relates to the million would only buy half the farm it use of the investment income, not the could of eight years ago. specific activity carried out on the


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on Smith Street about to open, another 7.5 hectares of land ready for commercial development and the red zone recovery plan being worked on, Kaiapoi has huge opportunities ahead, Mrs Warwick says. ‘‘Business is booming in Kaiapoi. The latest town business plan document shows that Kaiapoi is outperforming many other towns throughout New Zealand, so it really fits with ENC moving to Kaiapoi.’’

Late submissions Patience has been a virtue of the Hurunui District Council as it strives to get its District Plan operative. Closing dates for submissions at important times during the document’s birth have either been overlooked or completely missed by some whom are affected by rules in the plan. The Hurunui District Plan has been under review since 2011 and the procedural milestones of the notification process so far has been the public notification of the proposed plan in May with the closing date for submissions being early July. There were 108 submissions, 10 of them late, which the council decided to accept to show the goodwill it has in trying to create a plan where everyone has the opportunity to have buy in to. The submissions were then summarised and the Summary of Decisions Requested publicly notified on September 17 with a closing date for submissions of October 9. A further 46 submissions were received.

However three late submissions were received which have tested the patience of councillors. Cr Dick Davison said at a council meeting he was of a mind to vote against accepting the submissions, notice of which had been sent to rating addresses and had not been returned. ‘‘I am extremely reluctant to accept them,’’ he said. Cr Jim Harre ´ agreed, as did Cr Marie Black. However, Cr Black said in the greater interest of the Hurunui community the council should accept the submissions in the ‘‘interests of having the best document at the end of the day’’. Chief executive officer Hamish Dobbie said there was little harm in accepting them even though it was a bit ‘‘annoying’’. Council officers are now preparing reports analysing the submissions received to assist the hearing panels in their considerations of submissions. It is hoped to have hearings in May 2016.

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End of year a good time for reflection Parliament has wrapped up for the year and like many I’m looking forward to spending some time with family and friends over the Christmas break. I always find the end of the year a good time to reflect on the year; what’s gone well, what’s gone less well and how we can improve things. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who sent well wishes on the recent arrival of my son James. On behalf of my wife Viktoria and I, thank you for your kind messages. It has been an honour and privilege to represent the people of Waimakariri. There have been tough times since the earthquakes but we’ve had a fantastic year of new beginnings and openings. We’ve celebrated the opening of the Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre, the new Ashley Bridge, the new Rangiora Health Hub and reopened Oxford and Rangiora town halls, and $300 million worth of roading projects for our region. When you look at the new retail developments on our high streets, you can see the vibrancy of our town centres coming back to life.

An eventful year As this will be my last Waimakariri Focus column of 2015, it is an opportunity to look back over an eventful year. The District started with a series of openings and re­openings: the Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre, the new bridge over the Ashley River / Rakahuri and the Rangiora and Oxford Town Halls. All, of course, were a result of natural events, three because of the earthquake and one because of the action of the Ashley. Nevertheless, the Council took the opportunity to build better facilities than we had before. Those are the big things, but there has been a lot more ‘‘coming back’’ from the earthquakes and in response to growth, with investment from both public and private sources. New playgrounds, sports facilities, shops and businesses have appeared. Both the large town centres have seen new buildings completed or on the way ­ from the Coastguard building in Kaiapoi to a new dog park in Rangiora, from new supermarkets in Oxford and Southbrook to a new intersection in Rangiora, from new shops in Kaiapoi and Rangiora to a museum extension

I am grateful for the continuing cross­ party support of Parliament for Canterbury. The rebuilding of Canterbury remains one of the Government’s top four priorities. The Rangiora health hub is part of a $900 million hospital rebuild programme in Canterbury ­ the largest we’ve ever seen in New Zealand. We’ve also got the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill moving us from the response stage to recovery into regeneration. There is a lot to be proud about in Canterbury as it rebuilds. What we are building in Christchurch is the best new small city in the world. Lastly, I want to acknowledge all hardworking Waimakariri residents who in 2015 contributed to the country returning back to surplus, GDP growth that’s the envy of other countries internationally and the highest work­ force participation rate on record in New Zealand. From my family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I look forward to working for you as your local MP in 2016.

in Oxford. And everywhere there are a lot more places to drink coffee! 6 a sign of how New Zealand society is changing. Even our heritage is coming back to life. The righting of the former BNZ in Kaiapoi is wonderful and the former Junction Hotel in Rangiora now looks like a building rather than just a facade. The owners of the land that has been remediated by EQC in Fuller Street Kaiapoi must be excited that their new houses are, after years of waiting, finally being built. Theirs are not alone as house rebuilds have been continuing around the District. Ahead of us in the coming year lie decisions on the Kaiapoi and Pines­ Kairaki lands that were ‘‘red­zoned’’ by the Government back in 2011 and these decisions will allow better progress to be made on infrastructure replacement. There is also substantial work to be done in both town centres, particularly Kaiapoi. With Christmas approaching, Marilyn and I join the Council in wishing you all a very happy Christmas and all the best for the coming year.

Enthusiasm appreciated Dear Editor, It is good news that freshwater mussels have been found in Dry Stream on a Culverden dairy farm. The other good news is that the presence of the mussels means that the native Climbing Galaxias fish or Koaro is also present. This is because the completion of the lifecycle of the mussels is dependent on their larval stage attaching to these fish. These are positive signs of healthy waterways. However this success story is not a result of the Hurunui Waiau Regional Plan as claimed by zone committee chairman John Faulkner. Through our native planting work over the past 15 years we have found freshwater mussels on a number of dairy farms. This has not been public knowledge as farmers were worried the publicity might attract unwanted attention. We are also noticing more fish, insects and bird life. All of this is the result of the many voluntary efforts of farmers in fencing off waterways over the past 20 years & was happening well before the regional plan or fencing of waterway rules. Yours, Jamie McFadden, Cheviot

the post by the black, blue and white flag in the final wash up. Just the winner and our current flag remained, although today they were looking a bit limp after a rainy night and no wind. It is great to see someone taking such a keen interest, particularly after some of the conversations I have had in recent weeks about it all being a waste of time. Thank goodness 546,734 people exercised their democratic right to have a say, even if they spoiled their vote or their vote was invalid. I am really looking forward to the run­off between the winning flag and our current flag in March. Meanwhile, please take care out there. We are all getting tired and

By THE EDITOR, ROBYN BRISTOW It is great to see the enthusiasm and professionalism for the flag referendum being displayed by our mystery person at Leithfield. After the provisional results were announced down came the flags that didn’t get the thumbs up from voters ­ and wasn’t there a good turn in spite of people spoiling their votes and thinking they would make a point. The winning flag, the runner up and our current flag remained on their own poles. Today as I drove past, the runner up ­ the black, white and red number ­ had gone, including the pole, having just been pipped at

when we get behind the wheel we need to give ourselves a bit of a wake up call and really concentrate on the job in hand. A plea from me. Don’t turn out of your rural driveway on to the 100kph highway and then proceed to check your hair or what is happening over the fence before checking in your mirrors to see who is nearly in your boot! I am travelling at 100 kph so if you are going to pull out you really need to be putting your foot to the peddle to avoid any issues and raising my ire. The News team wishes you a safe Christmas, a joyous festive season and a prosperous new year.


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Making friends . . . Oxford Area School Peer Mediator co­ordinator Julie Evans with a group of Year 6 Peer Mediators who helped create the friendship bench for their school.


Friendship Bench By SHELLEY TOPP A special project designed to foster friendship has been completed at the Oxford Area School by a group of Year six students. The Friendship Bench project was instigated at the school by Julie Evans, a Cool Schools Peer mediator and teacher. Julie read about the idea in a Cool Schools magazine and thought it would be an ideal project for some of the Year 6, Peer Mediators. The school is involved in the Peace Foundation’s Cool School’s Programme which aims to teach essential life skills for peaceful resolution by way of empowering pupils to build positive, caring relationships with others, particularly during conflict. The Peace Foundation is a not­for­ profit New Zealand organisation set up in 1975 with a goal to create peaceful communities. Julie’s students were enthusiastic about building a Friendship Bench, with each of them drafting a design. The end result is a mix of ideas from those original designs, after consultation with Trevor Scott, a former technology teacher at the school. Once the final design was decided, a white elephant stall was held at the school to help fund the project. ‘‘We promoted it with Year 1­8 classes, and they supported it very

well,’’ she said. Materials and paint were paid for by raising $165. Mitre 10 Rangiora donated a sheet of plywood for the project, and the bench was cut out and put together by Trevor, and men from the Oxford Menz Shed. Resene colour Shop, in Rangiora, helped Julie select paint for the bench. ‘‘Mr Graeme Chisnall assisted us by showing how to do the stripes, and use masking tape to paint each block,’’ Julie said. ‘‘We had fun putting the primer undercoat paint on the whole bench trying not to get any on us.’’ Painting the main colours was more difficult. ‘‘One colour would have been easy, but we really wanted a rainbow effect,’’ Julie said. ‘‘The teachers and students have been really interested and shared lots of encouraging comments in what we achieved each day with our project.’’ The new Friendship Bench was shared with pupils at the Year 1­6 assembly, on November 27. The bench will have a special place in the school’s ‘‘new build’’ area. It is hoped that the bench will become a place where friends can sit together for a chat, or where pupils who may be feeling lonely can find friends, with help from the peer mediators. ‘‘All in all, an awesome learning project for the students involved with valuable experiences to use in the future,’’Julie said.

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An impressive line up of 149 cars ­ From Minis to Cadillacs ­ took to the roads around North Canterbury for the North Canterbury Classic Christmas Picnic. The tour raised $1678 for the Amberley St John’s Youth division. It started at the Amberley St John headquarters along a route which took in historic places and sites from Amberley, Waikari, Hawarden and Great Valley. The tour stopped at Motunau Beach for lunch. The drivers came from the West Coast, Canterbury and Kaikoura and although a Southerly change threatened the lunch stop, it soon passed and the temperature rose again. After a walk around Motunau and a rest, drivers made their way back to Leithfield and Pukeko Junction. Organised by Trevor Stanley­Joblin, who has been running rallies for 44 years, the Christmas Picnic was a born when Trevor shifted to Amberley after being red zoned in Christchurch. He had been organising the North Canterbury Classic Tour held each

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A family business on the south side of Cheviot provides a great place to stop off and enjoy a huge variety of food to eat in or take away. The Magpies Rest Cafe ´ at 13 Hall Street, is a licensed cafe ´ which caters for international and national visitors along with locals who can enjoy everything from steak and salad to sandwiches, pies and cakes. The doors open at 6am and the cafe ´ does not close until 6.30pm seven days a week, providing a welcome stop off for weary travellers and for locals to enjoy a sit down meal. Owner Marie Sorensen has owned the cafe ´ for 16 years which is known for its fresh, home made fare made and baked daily. There are sandwiches, cakes, pies,

fried food, fish and chips, chicken, steak, salads and sushi. Vivace Ultimate Espresso coffee adds a finishing touch to snacks and meals that can be eaten inside the cafe ´ , in the outdoor area or taken away. There is a large carpark for customer’s use with around two busloads stopping daily to enjoy the dining experience at Magpies Rest Cafe ´. The cafe ´ also caters for small functions and carries a range of souvenirs and basic grocery items for visitors to the town. For anyone wanting to get in touch with the cafe phone (03) 3198793, fax (03) 3198115 or email zorroandco@amuri.net.

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Waimak schools growing By DAVID HILL Rural schools in the Waimakariri district are continuing to grow. Schools spoken to by The News say they are set to end the year with record numbers of students and more growth is anticipated in 2016. Swannanoa School’s new principal Brian Price says the school is set to finish the year with a record 285 students and expects to begin 2016 with 270 students. ‘‘Our new entrant roll is looking quite high ­ we estimate there will be in the mid­ 30s in the starting group. ‘‘I’ve come out from Christchurch. ‘‘I was principal at an intermediate school and we were the only one with roll growth. ‘‘They’re (Ministry of Education) not predicting to see roll growth in Christchurch in the near future, but it’s certainly different out here in North Canterbury.’’ Mr Price says Swannanoa School is due to get two new roll growth classrooms next year and he is negotiating for a third as the roll moves towards 300 students. The classrooms are likely to be mobile transportables like the ones recently opened at Kaikoura Primary School. ‘‘They (Ministry of Education) have approved two, but it makes sense to build three because we are obviously going to need them.’’ Fernside School principal David Taylor says his school will also finish the year

with a record 285 students and he expects to reach ‘‘peak roll’’ next year. ‘‘The way things are looking, our roll will probably plateau at around 280 to 290 students over the next couple of years, which is a lot more than it was five years ago.’’ Mr Taylor says the proposed new Rangiora west school is unlikely to have an impact on the Fernside School roll as few out of zone students are accepted due to the roll growth in recent years. ‘‘There’s plenty of children around North Canterbury to keep everybody full.’’ Fernside School opened a new two classroom block last year to cope with roll growth and a block of three classrooms is set for renovations in 2016. Cust School principal Robert Schuyt says his school roll is ‘‘pretty stable at the moment’’, however he is anticipating an increase in new entrance students next year ­ ‘‘but you never know, things might change’’. North Loburn School principal Simon Green says the school has 130 students and is expecting to begin next year with 126 students. ‘‘We’re not getting the growth that Swannanoa and West Eyreton are getting, but we are expecting mild growth. ‘‘I’ve been here for seven years and we’ve gone up by 40 kids in that time from 90 and we expect to finish in the mid­130s next year. Mr Green says the school recently appointed a roll growth teacher, bringing the staffing up to six teachers.

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Casting for a prize fish . . . Fishers at last year’s Amberley Beach Surfcasting competition. PHOTO: AMANDA BOWES

Fishing for a prize By ROBYN BRISTOW Fishermen will be hoping to lure a big fish to take a share of $4000 prize pool at the Amberley Beach Surfcasting competition on January 17. Keen surfcasters can begin fishing from 8am and have until 3pm to hook a winner at the annual event run by the Amberley Lions Club. Many will be trying to emulate the efforts of young fisherman Devon Stainton who used his local knowledge and local bait to carry off the four top prizes in the junior section. Lions organiser Geoff Shier says Devon outclassed every fisher in the contest catching the greatest number of fish on the day, simply by using his local experience to

gain his ‘‘competitive advantage’’. While there are a series of prizes for junior fishers, every junior registered will receive a prize regardless of the size of their catch or even if they don’t catch a fish. There will be a sausage sizzle, coffee cart, raffles and spot prizes for fishers and supporters to enjoy at the popular beach contest where the main sponsor is Hamills, North Canterbury. Tickets are on sale now at Arthur Burke Amberley, Hamills North Canterbury, Rangiora, Fishermans’ Loft, Christchurch or at the Amberley Beach Domain Hall from 7am on the day of the contest, Sunday, January 17. Entry fees are $20 for adults and $5 for children under 13 years.

Improved navigation The Cust Volunteer Fire Brigade has benefitted from the Cust Community Network’s work in helping improve the amenities and services in the Cust area. It has presented the Cust Volunteer Fire Brigade with an iPad Air, with 32Gb data capabilities for improved navigation, information and recording purposes. It will run newly developed software specific to first responders. Funding for the iPad mostly came from the Cust community and a donation from FMG insurance. Peter Clements and Sean Jackman of the Cust Volunteer Fire Brigade accepted the iPad from Maria Cassin and Wendy Wakefield of the Cust Community Network. The iPad has a cover with the inscription ‘‘Donated by the Cust

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Community Network to the Cust Volunteer Fire Brigade to assist in, and in recognition of, all the work they do to keep our community safe’’. A large thank you card, organised by Kate Powell, which many Cust Community members had signed, was also presented to the brigade. The need for Rapid numbers on letter boxes and up driveways was discussed following the presentation, a spokesperson from the two organisations said. ‘‘One of the greatest difficulties facing first responders is identifying the right property when houses don’t have their own number on the gate up a long drive. ‘‘We would urge everyone to put reflective numbers on the fence at the house entrance,’’ the spokesperson said.

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Big night for xmas celebrations in Oxford By SHELLEY TOPP It was billed as a big night out from 6pm until late, in Oxford’s Main Street. And the town’s Big Night Out last Thursday was a big success, with late­ night shopping, a wide variety of market stalls and displays, a school choir singing carols, and other entertainment. Santa Clause and his helper, made an appearance. Stephanie Hunter’s Santa Paws, was also there, with his canine assistant. They were pulled in a sleigh on wheels by some other well­behaved, English pointers decked out in reindeer headgear, and in training for Oxford’s Santa parade this Sunday. There was also a goat called Esther who was helping her owner, Andrea Gauland, of Oxford, at the Little Farm Cheese Company’s stall. A big crowd took advantage of the warm, sunny night to have a look around the shops and markets in the town. Main Street was lined with cars, and all the shops seemed busy, especially the many cafes. The market stalls also seemed to be busy, particularly Shirley Farrell’s stall featuring a toy singing Santa on a motorbike which had everyone, young and old, stopping by for a look, and a laugh. The stall run by Linda Pocock and her Enterprise Club, a group of pupils from Oxford Area School also had a great night, raising $290 for victims of the earthquake in Nepal during April this year. The club was formed by Linda, a retired helper at Oxford Area School, and they do a great job helping different charities by making bears, unusual hats and other items from recycled materials found in opportunity shops. They have raised $600 altogether this year for the Nepalese quake victims.

Say cheese . . . Andrea Gauland, of the Little Farm Cheese Company, in Oxford, with one of her milking goats, Esther.

Santa on wheels. . . Matilda Hart, aged 4, enjoys the Big Man during Oxford’s Big Night PHOTOS: SHELLEY TOPP Out last Thursday evening.

Dogs night out . . . Santa Paws and his canine helper.

Hats on for charity . . . Jill Stephenson and her daughter Lucy Stephenson, aged 7, from Cust, show off their new hats, bought to support the Nepal earthquake victims at the Enterprise Club’s stall.

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Sunday 13th December

Big sunny welcome . . . Santa arrives in Rangiora just as the sun peaks through after a fierce storm.

Santa arrives

Mayoral welcome . . . Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers welcomes visitors to town.

The heavens opened and delivered rain, hail and sleet on hundreds who lined Rangiora’s High Street to watch the annual Santa parade on Sunday. But by the time the big man himself arrived the sun had broken through and smiled down on him as he proudly rolled into town to signal the festive season had well and truly arrived. Most taking part in the parade kept smiling through the storm that also delivered thunder and lightening with many in the huge crowd finding shelter wherever possible under eves and brollies that some had brought just in case the weather turned. Dayna Burton from The News braved the weather to capture some of the parade action.

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In brief Birthday bash The Amuri Agricultural and Pastoral Association will celebrate a very special event in March. The association turns 100 and it is hoping ex­residents and locals will come along and join in the centennial celebrations and enter into the spirit of competition on the day. The birthday bash takes place on March 5 and officials are calling for people to support the event by entering in classes such as photography, vegetable animals and wearable arts competition as well as the livestock classes. Enter on line at www.showdayonline.com or contact the secretary, Kate Boyd for a schedule. Entries close February 5. Lost and found The following property has been reported as lost to the Rangiora Police ­ have you seen it? A large set of five keys, a press button remote with about six keys and shoes on the tag, a colourful keyring with three keys, a black fliptop Vodafone, 12+ keys with garage remote, a Samsung Galaxy in blue pink and white striped case, a multicoloured wallet, four keys on red plastic tag,a black leather wallet, an iPhone 4S in red lifeproof case, a black leather handbag, one key on blue lanyard, keys with map of Australia tag, a black iPhone 5S in pink flower case, a grey/black Galaxy Ace 4 phone and a black mountain bike. The following property is looking for a home: A Sticky Bumps surfboard (Cheviot Station), a ladies Asama bike (Kaiapoi Station), female’s two silver rings (Oxford Station), a blue and white iPod (Oxford), a metallic tool chest containing heavy machinery tools (Oxford), a gold coloured ring with clear stones and a key with money keyring (Rangiora).

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Tourism building in Waimakariri Recent regional tourism spending figures paint a positive picture for the Waimakariri district. The district has seen a consistent growth in tourist spending since 2009. It is estimated the spend for 2015 will hit $136 million, an increase of $14m on last year when recorded spending reached $122m. Visit Waimakariri District Promotions Manager, Sarah Waldron, says the result shows Waimakariri is consistently proving itself to be a serious contender in the tourist attraction market. ‘‘And we achieve this without the lure of ski­fields or a particular icon product,’’ she says. Sheryl Johnson, of Silverstream

Alpaca Farmstay, who has been operating in the district since 2002, says they had enjoyed a good season and were already heavily booked through December and into January. ‘‘We get excellent feedback from our guests, they love the space and the countryside. ‘‘Things have changed over the years, when we started up we used to get a lot of European and Australian visitors and now almost 80 percent of our bookings are from the Chinese market and we haven’t even advertised in that area at all,’’ says Sheryl. Tourism supports one in six jobs (18.3%) in the Waimakariri district, higher than anywhere else in New Zealand. The Hurunui district with

Hanmer Springs and its many rural attractions also plays a large part in the attraction of North Canterbury as whole. Heather Warwick, chief executive of local economic development agency, Enterprise North Canterbury (ENC), says the team at Visit Waimakariri works tirelessly to promote the district. ‘‘Visit Waimakariri and the Kaiapoi i­SITE, a division of ENC, are also about to join us in our new premises in Kaiapoi. This will provide them with a higher profile site in the town and maximize their opportunities to promote the district to visitors,’’ she says. Good news for tourism industry meant good news for the local economy.

Being connected helps wellbeing ‘‘Connecting’’ with people over the Christmas holidays is good for your well being. Wellbeing North Canterbury manager Deirdre Ryan says Christmas can be a lonely time for many people, including the elderly and for young people who do not have family nearby. ‘‘Connect’’ has been identified as one of the five ways of well being by the Mental Health Foundation to help people stay mentally well, along with give, take notice, keep learning and be active. ‘‘Christmas is a time when people can experience loneliness and isolation. We are wired to connect, so it can be a really hard time of year, especially if you don’t know your neighbours. ‘‘So I would be encouraging people to connect with someone, even if it’s

just to say ‘gidday’. If we all talk to each other, it’s powerful ­ and can be just as beneficial as going to see a professional.’’ She says connecting can be a challenge for many young people, particularly if they’re on their computers. ‘‘It’s a way of connecting, but it can also be very isolating’’. Ms Ryan encourages people to get out in the sun and go for a walk. ‘‘Moving is another really good thing. ‘‘There’s a lot of scientific research that shows that moving is a good thing and that’s not just for moving the Christmas pudding. ‘‘It gets the blood moving and it’s an opportunity to connect with other people. ‘‘That’s what I would be

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encouraging, walking and talking and being active. It’s the simple stuff that really matters.’’ Ms Ryan says there are organisations people can contact over the Christmas holidays if they need someone to talk to or are feeling down. Youthline can be contacted on free phone 0800 376 633, 24 hours seven days a week, or by free text 234 between 8am and midnight, or by email talk@youthline.co.nz. Warm line Canterbury operates from 1pm to midnight seven days a week and can contacted toll free on 0800 89 warm (0800 89 9276). Kids line operates 24 hours a day seven days a week. It can be contacted on 0800 kids line (0800 5437 5463). Life line offers 24 hour counselling by calling 0800 543 354.

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Job hunting . . . The long queue of people in Victoria Street, waiting to be interviewed for a job, outside Winnie Bagoes, a new gourmet pizza, family­friendly restaurant being PHOTO: SUPPLIED developed where The Blue Rooster restaurant used to be.

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History is made . . . Waipara School students took centre stage at the opening of the new eye­catching sculpture at the intersection of State Highway one and State Highway 7 in spite of gale force winds. Sculptor Raymond Herber explained to the gathering the stylised ‘‘wind­swept’’ grapevine had taken six years to become a reality at the intersection. But now it had arrived the stainless steel construction would not rust and would help define the Waipara environment for many, many years. The children would also one day be able to tell their children they had watched the sculpture being installed.

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Team work . . . The owners of Route 72 Cafe Bar Emporium, Annette and Steve Thomson, centre, with head chef, Juliet Edwards, at left, and Gracce Stewart, last Sunday.


Gem in a little village By ROBYN BRISTOW Travel website, TripAdvisor New Zealand reviewers have recently been singing the praises of Cust’s Route 72 Cafe Bar Emporium. They say it is a ‘‘gem in the little village of Cust, with an Aladdin’s cave of gifts’’. However, North Canterbury people have known that since the owners Annette and Steve Thomson opened the cafe in December 2006. It’s a one­stop shop for fabulous food in the cafe, with an eclectic range of goods for sale in the Emporium. The cafe, situated at 1697 Cust Road, on the Inland Scenic Route 72, specialises in vegetarian food, and also provides food­ allergy options with gluten­free, and dairy­ free food available.

‘‘Our (executive) chef, Jonny Ward, is a vegetarian and he creates extremely tasty vegetarian food,’’ Steve says. However, there is also a wide range of other food on the menu also, including chicken, venison, and steak dishes, pasta, gourmet burgers, pizzas, eggs kiwiana, seeduction bread, french toast, and fluffy pancakes, plus many tempting desserts, and great coffee. The business is open 6 days a week, closed Mondays and public holidays, with casual family dining on Friday nights, and there is an upstairs dining room. Saturday night a la carte dining is available at the cafe on request for larger groups. Over in the Emporium it’s a shopper’s paradise. There is a huge range of goods on display, which often surprise and delight, both indoors and out.

A two­hour busker concert is being organised in Rangiora, to be held on Tuesday, December 22, during the town’s only late­shopping night before Christmas. The winner of the Rangiora Christmas hamper will be drawn at 6pm in the Good Street walkway on December 22. The concert will also be held in Good Street during the two hours leading up to the draw, and will feature Phil Minton, Claire Buckley, Mike Smith and Brian Pearson. The Christmas hamper will be packed with groceries and other goodies donated by Rangiora retailers including Rangiora New World, Rangiora Shoelines, Accessory Shoppe, The Gingerbread House, Floorpride Rangiora, Manne Quinn Preloved Clothing, Life Pharmacy Rangiora, Sparks Menswear Rangiora, The Good Street Deli, Coffee Worx, The Wool Shop, The

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Sefton’s Harvest Market is fast becoming ‘‘a Canterbury Christmas tradition’’. Organiser and market host Cam Booker says he is anticipating a big crowd at the 3rd annual Sefton Christmas Harvest Market, being held on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24, from 9am to 1pm. ‘‘Last year we had more than 3000 people and we are making our appropriate prayers to the weather gods. ‘‘We have just over 50 stalls and we are expecting a big crowd. Certainly the feedback from last year and on Facebook indicates it’s going to be a big one. ‘‘Last year we got quite a few people coming out from Christchurch. Our aim is to build it into a Canterbury Christmas tradition.’’ Mr Booker says the market is a good day out for the whole family. ‘‘It’s that time of year where parents don’t know what to do with the children, but they can all come out here and have a part in getting their Christmas dinner together. For more information contact Cam on 027­4457876 Where else can you go out and pick you own or email info@grown.co.nz, or go to Christmas peas and spuds. www.seftonchristmasharvestmarket.co.nz or like ‘‘The children especially love this as we www.facebook.com/grown/family/events.

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Awards . . . Loburn students at their recent William Pike Challenge awards night.

Model railway . . . Thomas the tank engine and friends were the star attractions at a model PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP train open day recently.

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Loburn School pupils have tramped, kayaked, walked, biked and climbed through a number of challenges throughout the year to complete the William Pike Challenge Award (WPCA). A variety of goods, including model The students, all year 8 students, have also done 20 hours community service each railway, plants, soft toys, wood­work, clothing, art and crafts, and recycled school and taken up a new skill or hobby. desks, were on sale at the market. William Pike is an inspirational New However, the children’s favourite, Zealander who, while mountaineering on Thomas the Tank Engine and friends, was the most popular stall, with many children and their parents queueing up to have a turn driving the little train around the charming English village diorama.

Mt Ruapehu back in 2007, was caught in an eruption while over­nighting in the Dome Shelter and ended losing his right leg below the knee. The accident led to William, who was on hand at Loburn to award trophies to students, setting up the WPCA for young people ­ a programme for 11 and 12 year olds and based around a pre­ determined set of outdoor activities that are completed within one school year.

Thomas and friends popular Thomas the Tank Engine was the star attraction at the North Canterbury Model Railway Club’s buy sell and exchange Christmas gift market last weekend. The market was held at the Rangiora A&P Showgrounds in Rangiora, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The club held the event to help raise funds for a club house it hopes to build once a suitable site can be found.

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Exchange of land complex An exchange of land between the Cheviot Hills Reserve and a landowner may not be as simple as it looks. The reserve committee has asked the Hurunui District Council to investigate the transfer of reserve land which has recently been deforested with land owned by Peter Montgomery known to locals as Rabbit Meadow or Carriage Paddock. However the council is concerned the survey costs and a proposed valuation of the land could prove too expensive. While

The Regional Business Partner Programme, in which Enterprise North Canterbury (ENC) is involved in, has been extended. The Government and Canterbury the concept was accepted by councillors, Cr Regional Business Partners have Jim Harre believed a lease arrangement committed to supporting small businesses may be the more feasible option. through the programme for a further five Chief executive Hamish Dobbie said he and a half years, Economic Development believed a staged process needed to be Minister Steven Joyce and Minister for taken including getting a quote for a Small Business Craig Foss announced this valuation which would be required as week. ‘‘Crown derived’’ land was involved in any Regional Business Partners are centres of swap. business development know­how and Council staff have been asked to research and development expertise for investigate the possibility of exchanging companies. A key change in the programme the land on a staged approval basis. is a partnership with Business Mentors New Zealand to make its full suite of services

available through the Regional Business Partner programme. Canterbury Regional Business Partners will work with various organisations across Canterbury, including ENC to deliver the programme. ENC business support manager Miles Dalton says the extension is great news and secures ongoing support for North Canterbury businesses. ‘‘In the last year the Regional Business Partners programme has meant we’ve been able to directly provide free business assessments and advice to 122 local businesses. We also distributed over $55,000 worth of vouchers to local businesses to assist with training and coaching costs.’’





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Christmas services Barnabas ­ Candlelit Christmas Eve service and Eucharist. Friday, December 25: 9.30am St Barnabas ­ Christmas Day family service. Kaiapoi Anglican: Thursday, December 24: 5pm St Bartholomew’s, Cass Street ­ Christmas Eve family service. 7pm St Alban’s Chapel, Ohoka ­ Christmas Eve service. 9pm St Bartholomew’s ­ Christmas Eve candles and flowers service with communion. Friday, December 25: 8am St Augustine’s Chapel, Clarkville ­ Christmas Day service. 9.30am St Bartholomew’s ­ Christmas Day family service. 9.30am St Thomas’ Chapel, Eyreton ­ small Christmas Day country service run by locals. Sunday, December 27: 9.30am St Bartholomew’s ­ combined service, Kaiapoi Anglicans and Kaiapoi Co­ operating Parish. Kaiapoi Co­operating Parish: Sunday, December 20: 10am Kaiapoi Co­operating, Fuller Street ­ Nine readings and carols service. Thursday, December 24: 7.15pm Horrellville Church ­ Christmas Eve carols, light supper to follow. Friday, December 25: 9.30am Kaiapoi Co­operating ­ Christmas Day service.

Big year ahead for youth Waimakariri district youth are gearing up for busy 2016. Planning is already under way for the third instalment of the popular teen talent contest, Centre Stage, and professional vocal coaching and dancing will be offered, and other events are being planned to kick 2016 off in style, Waimakariri District Council youth development co­ordinator Tina Curry says. ‘‘WaiYouth and the Waimakariri Youth Council would like to thank the community for all their support this year. We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and to let you know we will be starting the new year with a bang. ‘‘Valentine’s movie in the park, yes that’s right on Sunday, February 14, we will be having a free movie in Victoria Park.’’ Movie in the park is set to start at around 8pm, with a free sausage sizzle. If you are a teenager interested in music production, vocal coaching and dance, some special programmes are being planned for next year, including professional vocal and dance coaching, with a chance to record your own music in a recording studio. ‘‘Watch out for Centre Stage part 3, party in the park and much, much more. Stay tuned to The News for more information

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Christmas Hamper to be won by shopping Rangiora

Here is all you need to do: Just by shopping at any of these stores you could be the winner:

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The winner of the hamper must be present at the time of draw to collect their prize. The winner will be anounced on Tuesday, 22 December, at 6.00pm at the Busker Beat Venue (Good Street Walkway). This is the only late shopping night in Rangiora during the lead-up to Christmas.

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Tina Curry or facebook WaiYouth and the Waimakariri Youth Council,’’ Tina says. ‘‘Last but not least we would like to remind all young people to stay safe over the holidays particularly when swimming as there are already too many deaths related to our beaches and please please please do not drink and drive. Have a great, safe holiday.’’


Anglican Parish of Amberley Sunday, December 20: 9.30am St Paul’s Leithfield Village ­ Holy Communion. Thursday, December 24: 5pm Holy Innocents, Church Street Amberley ­ Christmas Eve Nativity Play and Carol Service for Families. Children invited to dress as angels, shepherds etc. 11.15pm: Holy Innocents, Church Street ­ Christmas Eve Holy Communion. Friday, December 25: 8am Holy Innocents, Church Street ­ Christmas Day Holy Communion. No service Sunday, December 27. Rangiora­Woodend Methodist: Thursday, December 24: 7.30pm Trinity Methodist, King Street, Rangiora, combined Christmas Eve service with John Knox Presbyterian. Friday, December 25: 9am Oxford District Union, Main Street ­ Christmas Day service 9.30am Trinity Methodist ­ Rangiora and Woodend combined Christmas Day service. Woodend­Pegasus Anglican: Thursday, December 17: 7pm St Barnabas Church, Main Road ­ Blue Christmas service. Sunday, December 20: 4.30pm St Barnabas ­ Christingle / Nativity Service. Thursday, December 24: 11.15pm St

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Exhibition ‘out on a limb’ Some of the framed pictures are the acme of vague suggestions but well worth John Turner’s new Gallery exhibition is quiet reflections and simply entitled called ‘‘Out on a Limb’’ ­ how ‘‘working drawings’’ but complimenting appropriate! the tall installations. This strange and most unusual This is pure John Turner and exhibition was opened in the Rangiora interestingly enough, as Brian Hoult Chamber Gallery last Sunday. mentioned, an interesting new I have reviewed John Turner before. development for what is actually the He is a former Art Teacher of Rangiora gallery’s 183rd exhibition. High School and studied art at Ilam in One viewer said it was a very ‘‘strange the 1960s. exhibition’’. This current exhibition is much more ‘‘But it really does deserve a second peculiar in its form. As he told me, this look because the quality is not time he is trying some experimental immediately obvious and a second look is works to break the boundaries and certainly enlightening and rewarding, ’’ parameters to give him lots of freedom to they said. develop tall art creations in different A leading member of the Art Society ways. committee summed it up by saying they The floor of the gallery is dominated by had never seen a poor exhibition in the two very different tall installations while Chamber Gallery. experimenting in mixtures of steel and ‘‘I may not have personally liked every paper. The Snakes and Ladders in a exhibition but the combination of the Garden is dominating and more quality of each exhibition in the gallery thoughtful than immediately clear, as is environment and the artful hanging of the Large Contorted Elder Tree. John each exhibition always ends up with an grew up in nor’westers and his northern amazing result.’’ wall creation with its never ending This is a thoughtful exhibition to add to wagging windy tail certainly reflects that. your holiday­time explorations. By WARWICK RATHGEN

Nativity . . . A nativity scene outside Woodend’s St Barnabas Anglican Church.


Xmas stable at Woodend A Christmas Nativity scene has been attracting attention outside the St Barnabas Anglican Church in Woodend. Woodend­Pegasus Anglican vicar Rev Lynnette Lightfoot says creating the nativity scene and stable was a lot of fun for the people involved. ‘‘It is the first time we have done the stable and it’s eye­catching. It was made by some of the families at the 4.30pm service.’’ The Sunday afternoon service was introduced just two years ago to cope with a growing congregation and has proven a hit with local families. Rev Lightfoot says the final 4.30pm service for the year will be a Christingle / Nativity service being held this Sunday, December 20. According to Wikipedia, a Christingle is a symbolic object used in Advent services in the lead up to Christmas. The word Christingle is derived from the German world Christkindl, meaning ‘‘Christ child’’.

A Christingle consists of an orange to represent the earth, a red ribbon to represent the ‘‘blood of Christ’’, dried fruits skewered on cocktail sticks pushed into the orange to represent the fruits of the earth and the four seasons, and a lit candle pushed into the centre of the orange to represent Jesus as ‘‘the light of the world’’. ‘‘Any youngsters can come and join in. Last year it was packed out with 130 people, so come early,’’ Rev Lightfoot says. The Woodend­Pegasus Anglican Parish is also hosting a ‘‘Blue Christmas’’ service this evening, Thursday, December 17, from 7pm. ‘‘A ‘Blue Christmas’ service is for people who have lost someone, but we are opening it up this year for people who are concerned about the violence in the world today,’’ Rev Lightfoot says. On Christmas Eve St Barnabas will host a candlelit service, complete with mulled wine and Christmas mince pies from 11.15pm, before a family service on Christmas Day at 9.30am.

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m 24 December 2015, Christmas Eve 12.30pm-4pm 25 December 2015, Christmas Day Closed 26 Deecember 2015, Boxing Day Closed 27-30 December 2015, 12.30pm-5.30pm 31 Decem mber 2015, New Year’s Eve 12.30pm-4pm 1 January 20016, New Year’s Day Closed 2 January 20166 Closed From 3 Januaryy 2016, normal hours resume - 12.30pm-5.30pm

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Reflecting on Christmas. During the Balkan war, images of refugees escaping with just the clothes on their back and the frailest family member on a donkey, brought to mind the first Christmas and pictures of Joseph and Mary escaping to Egypt with baby Jesus ahead of the unspeakable cruelty of King Herod. Reading or watching the news, we could be forgiven for wondering what has changed. Here, tiny children who cannot speak up for themselves, are mistreated and killed. Overseas, cities are under threat of terrorist attack and families are leaving home and country in their hundreds of 1000s to escape war, persecution or famine. We live in a land of plenty, blessed in ways others can only dream of, and yet

suffering is all around us. Last year a child asked why ‘Santa’ gave all the best gifts to the rich kids. My heart broke. This Christmas is another opportunity to give the very best gift ­ telling others, especially the children, about Jesus who was sent from God to demonstrate His love, to live and die for all the sin and suffering in the world, and to rise again to empower those who receive Him to move the hand of God in prayer and make a difference by helping others. A man seeing injustice shouted at God, ‘‘Why don’t you do something?’’ The reply came: ‘‘I did. I made you!’’ May God bless you this Christmas and each and every individual and organisation work to ‘do something’. Pastor Rae Graham Waipara New Life

Support for special needs Young children with special education needs in Kaiapoi are to benefit from extra support to help them transition into school, Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says. This follows last week’s release of the Special Education Update findings by Education Minister Hekia Parata and the announcement that 22 improvement projects throughout New Zealand will get under way during the coming weeks. ‘‘These projects will better support children with special education needs. The Canterbury project will aim to ensure a smoother transition for these

children from early education centres into school,’’ Mr Doocey says. ‘‘Making that important transition into school can be difficult for some children and it’s important we give them support so that they enter their new environment with positive learning attitudes. ‘‘As a new dad, I know how important this is for families.’’ The Canterbury project is aimed at five to six year olds. The new transition framework will increase engagement with parents and whanau, and provide a better understanding of educator needs.

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Historic Churches by Linda Burgess Following on from the success of Historic Houses, writer Linda and photographer Robert Burgess travel the length and breadth of New Zealand visiting over 60 historic, unique, quirky, architecturally significant, weather­beaten, downtown, and back­of­ beyond churches. Along the way they encounter the architects, ministers, missionaries and personalities with a story to tell. Nadia Lim’s Fresh Start Cookbook by Nadia Lim Lose weight in 12 weeks by eating delicious food? It’s true! Nadia Lim’s Fresh Start Cookbook is a no­ fuss approach to losing weight, getting fit and feeling your best. With over 100 nutrition­packed, calorie­ controlled, deliciously satisfying breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks and treats, Nadia will help you lose weight and keep it off. Maggie Smith: a Biography by Michael Coveney She remains an enigmatic figure, rarely appearing in public and carefully guarding her considerable talent. Michael Coveney’s absorbing biography, written with the actress’s blessing and drawing on personal archives, as well as interviews with immediate family and close friends, is therefore as close as it gets to seeing the real Maggie Smith. A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George The unspoken secrets and buried lies of one family rise to the surface in Elizabeth George’s newest novel of crime, passion, and tragic history. Real Modern: Everyday New Zealand in the 1950’s and 1960’s by Bronwyn Labrum The decades of the 1950s and ’60s continue to exert a powerful fascination, as seen in the lasting popularity of Mad Men, Crown Lynn collectables and mid­century design. In New Zealand, these years have been remembered in popular culture as a ‘golden age’ of God, Queen and Country, full employment, the baby boom, Sir Edmund Hillary and ‘Ladies, a plate!’ ­ as well as the birth of the teenager and the seedbed of later change. But what was life really like? 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.

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Fonterra optimism improves North Canterbury dairy farmers will have some Christmas cheer, with an improved milk price. Fonterra Co­operative Group Limited last week announced its forecast farmgate milk price at $4.60 per kgMS, after it slumped to $3.85 in August, and further improvement is possible in the New Year. Last season’s payout was $4.40 after the record high of $8.30 two years ago. Farmer shareholders are set to receive an additional 45­55 centres per share and Champions . . . Culverden sharemilkers Justin and Melissa Slattery were big winners in the eligible farmers may also receive an FILE PHOTO interest free loan of 50 cents per kgMS, with 2015 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards. repayments triggered when the payout exceeds $6 per kgMS. However, sharemilkers, who are often the worst affected by a low payout, are not eligible for either the share price or the loan. A total of 452 entries have been received in attract the entries and are rapt with the the 2016 New Zealand Dairy Industry quality of entrants and that all three Fonterra chairman John Wilson says the competitions will be run in all 11 regions. stable forecast reflects the board and Awards. management’s view that international The awards have also undergone ‘‘A really positive factor is that there is a significant change for the 2016 awards good balance between the three prices will continue to improve in the first programme, with entry criteria changing competitions ­ in that the entry numbers in half of next year. ‘‘We are looking out over the next nine for all three competitions resulting in two each competition are much more even than of the competitions sporting new names. they have been in the past. This means that months and basing our forecast on the view General manager Chris Keeping says the some of our changes have produced one of that current, unsustainably low prices will continue to impact production levels result is pleasing with a good balance of the results we were after. entries across all three competitions. ‘‘There will still need to be some globally. tinkering as the awards programme ‘‘We support the consensus view in the There are 119 entered in the share farmer, 164 in the dairy manager and 169 in continues to evolve, but overall we are very market that an improvement will take the dairy trainee competitions. happy with the result given the changes place, but the market remains volatile. Entrants compete in one of 11 regional and economic climate.’’ While there are signs of a recovery, particularly in China, we still need the competitions being held throughout the The Canterbury/North Otago region country in February and March next year received 46 entries. Most regions will now imbalance between supply and demand to initially with the 33 winners of those hold an entrant event so they can gain a correct. ‘‘That imbalance is starting to reduce competitions progressing to the national good understanding about what to expect finals in May. and how to prepare for judging. with year to date production in the United Judging will take place in late January States up by only 1% and slowing, and New Mrs Keeping says the entry numbers are Zealand volumes expected to be down by at down on the 539 received last year and are and throughout February. the lowest received since 2010. ‘‘It’s also an opportunity to meet other least 6% over the current season. In the ‘‘The regions have worked very hard to entrants in a social environment.’’ European Union, however, farmers are

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Christmas cheer . . . Fonterra’s forecast farmgate milk price is looking more positive FILE PHOTO as Christmas approaches. continuing to push production, currently up 1%.’’ Mr Wilson says the board’s scheduled review weighed up the improved farmgate milk price and higher earnings per share forecast since the loan was launched, when the milk price was at $3.85, and the need for financial discipline from the co­operative. The board had decided not to continue the co­operative support loan for milk collected after December 31, but will monitor conditions and assess the need to continue the support if market conditions changed later in the season. ‘‘We will provide some $390 million in support to around 75% of our farmers through the most productive half of the season, including the peak. Farms typically produce 60% of their milk in the first half, with production beginning to taper off from December, so we have provided support when it is needed the most.’’

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Beware of Tb threat Celebrating our soil By MALCOLM GILBERT

CANTERBURY TBFREE COMMITTEE CHAIR With El Nino on everyone’s mind we have a lot to think about, making sure we look after ourselves and our stock. If you are thinking about grazing off­ farm and farm in a movement control area, book your pre­movement Tb test early. The committee wants to make sure Tb does not add to your worries. Plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to pre­movement Tb test to avoid a stressful situation. Once you have completed a clear Tb test you can move stock within 60 days of the test date. Malcolm Gilbert This will mean you are prepared for the weather to come. Remember welfare is always the top priority so if you find yourself in a bind, give the OSPRI contact centre a call on 0800482463. The good news is the number of Tb infected herds is still down nationally and Canterbury has a handful of infections compared to over 200 in the 1990’s. Although the number of infected herds is low, there are still areas with Tb infected wildlife. The risk is ever present. OSPRI ­ which runs the TBfree programme ­ can only continue the work with farmer support. During the tough time we would like to Tb free . . . Farmers are being warned to be say thank you to all farmers for their FILE PHOTO aware of the threat of Tb. commitment to the TBfree programme.

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Christmas cheer . . . North Canterbury Anglican Archdeacon Rev Lynnette Lightfoot (right) hands over baking from parishes in the Waimakariri district to Cheviot Anglican PHOTO: SUPPLIED priests Rev Helen Ensor (left) and Rev Jessie Moffitt.

Xmas cheer for farmers Anglicans have been spreading Christmas cheer to drought­stricken Cheviot farmers. North Canterbury Anglican Archdeacon Rev Lynnette Lightfoot says two car loads of baking were recently delivered from Rangiora to Cheviot, where the local Cheviot Anglican Parish distributed the

goodies to local farmers. Fresh new potatoes and vegetables from a local church’s community garden are also due to be distributed to Cheviot before Christmas. Rev Lightfoot says the baking was donated from members of the Oxford­ Cust, Kaiapoi and Woodend Anglican parishes.

Food security a priority A global agreement giving priority to food security is a good result for farmers. Federated Farmers has welcomed the successful conclusion of the Paris Agreement on climate change, which for the first time includes developing countries. The agreement also prioritises food security and food production, recognising the dual challenges of controlling global temperatures and feeding a growing population. Federated Farmers, through national president Dr William Rolleston, who attended the talks in the first week, worked with the World Farmers Organisation and the New Zealand delegation at the Paris talks to ensure agricultural countries were considered in the negotiations. ‘‘It was significant how New Zealand’s position was taken up by many of the agriculture dominant countries. The New Zealand delegation deserves significant credit for this outcome,’’ he says. ‘‘Including food security as a priority, as well as flexibility in implementation and the provision of assistance to developing countries, was instrumental in getting developing countries on board and the key to a comprehensive deal which sets all countries on the same journey.’’ The Paris Agreement is a high level agreement, but provides scope to consider various technical responses. Dr Rolleston says New Zealand will play a role in finding solutions for biological methane to mitigate climate change, which has been keenly debated recently. Federated Farmers climate change spokesman Anders Crofoot says

Dr William Rolleston methane breaks down in a much shorter timeframe than carbon dioxide so, while it is considered the more potent of these two greenhouse gasses, ‘‘it doesn’t accumulate as rapidly and that’s something that has to be considered.’’ ‘‘The Paris talks will provide new momentum to discussions around this, but they also recognise the vital importance of food security and the role agriculture plays in feeding a growing global population. ‘‘It’s important to remember that New Zealand farmers are already among the most carbon efficient animal protein producers in the world, and have been reducing the carbon footprint of our products by 1.2% per year every year for the past two decades. ‘‘Ongoing improvements in productivity, as well as the investment we have made into research through the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium and the Global Research Alliance, will continue to show that we are playing our part in this global challenge,’’ says Mr Crofoot.

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Banks supporting farmers Research helps environment A farmers survey suggests banks are supporting the rural sector through tight times. The latest Federated Farmers Banking Survey shows a virtually unchanged level of farmer support for banks over the past three months of low dairy prices, with 80.5% satisfied with banks regarding mortgages compared to 80.7% in August. Federated Farmers’ second banking survey was conducted in late November as a follow up to the inaugural survey which followed Fonterra’s forecast milk price slumped to $3.85 back in August, after a high of $8.30 two years ago. The latest survey also found a slight drop in satisfaction with the communication from banks over mortgages, from 81% to 78.8%, while the percentage of farmers feeling they had come under undue pressure from their bank increased from 5.5% to 6.4%. Those seeking support with their budget from an accountant was up from 38.7% to 43.2%, but banks remain the most common source of external advice and assistance on budgeting at 50.7%, up from 49.5%. ‘‘This has been a difficult few months for our farmers, particularly in the dairy industry, so it is extremely pleasing to see the banks are standing by them,’’ says Federated Farmers national president Dr William Rolleston. ‘‘We’re staring down the barrel of an El Nino summer and it seems there are more difficult months ahead for the dairy

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industry, so we need these high levels of support to continue.’’ New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief executive Kirk Hope says the survey by Federated Farmers once again shows banks are continuing to work closely with farmers through continuing difficulties. ‘‘With the potential impact of El Nino, banks are working to ensure farmers are aware of the measures available across the sector, and will continue to provide assistance according to the particular circumstances involved. The Federated Farmers Banking Survey was completed by 1,100 farmers around New Zealand.

Leading New Zealand scientists met at Lincoln University recently to discuss research they hope will strengthen the country’s agriculture sector and help protect the environment. The symposium, organised by the Bio­ Protection Research Centre, brought together experts from across the country to share their vision for tackling present and future threats from plant diseases, insect pests and weeds. ‘‘We have united some of New Zealand’s best research minds in innovative and integrated research projects,’’ says centre director Professor Travis Glare. ‘‘The government recognises the importance of this work for our primary sector, environment and society and we are now funded until 2020.’’ The symposium focused on the latest research into natural, sustainable methods to protect plants. These methods take advantage of beneficial microbes, which are already present in the environment. Understanding how these microbes work is essential, and will help to identify the best new pest, disease and weed treatments and management strategies, Professor Glare says. The research is already yielding some promising results, with new strategies being developed to combat economically important insect pests, such as grass grub, porina, black beetle and diamondback moth, and diseases, such as Psa and kauri dieback. In addition to working on known threats

to our farmed and native ecosystems, the researchers are also using the latest computer modelling techniques to predict the arrival, spread and impact of future invasive species. ‘‘Changes in the agricultural landscape, climate, and international trade and travel all influence the complex interaction networks between plants, insects and microbes in our environment. One of the key aims of these projects is to help us prepare for future pest and disease challenges,’’ says Professor Glare. Melanie Mark­Shadbolt, a keynote speaker at the symposium, highlighted the importance of this research to Maori and explained how Maori knowledge (matauranga) will be integrated throughout its research programmes. ‘‘As kaitiaki, Maori are and have been for a very long time acutely aware of the interactions between the various plant and insect systems. ‘‘We now need to understand how changes in our climate and trade will affect these systems and our role as protectors,’’ says Ms Mark­Shadbolt. Maori are the largest landowners in New Zealand and their efforts and involvement are vital for building a sustainable future for New Zealand’s agriculture and economy. The symposium included 30 speakers from three Crown Research Institutes (AgResearch, Plant & Food Research and Scion) and five universities (Lincoln, Massey, Auckland, Canterbury and Otago).

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Burrows’ team ready to race By SHELLEY TOPP Fernside trainer Phil Burrows hopes to have five horses at the Rangiora Harness Racing Club’s meeting at Rangiora on Sunday. He took two of them to the Akaroa Trotting Club’s meeting last Sunday, but he had to bring them home again without racing. The Akaroa club abandoned their meeting, after one race, when lightning strikes during a big storm caused power outages on course, and a fire nearby. He’s looking forward to the Rangiora meeting, which is closer to home. ‘‘It’s good when the racing is just down the road. You want to make the most of it,’’ he said. Two of his Rangiora runners, Courtney John, and Onedin Highlander, looked sharp during a fast run at home last Monday morning. Both worked well, but a race at Addington tomorrow night (Friday) is also being considered for Courtney John and she may race there instead of Rangiora. Although Courtney John hasn’t raced since early October, when she finished sixth on the all­weather track at Rangiora, in a race won with ease by her stablemate, Flyin Heather, she ran second at her start before that on the grass­track at Motukarara. Onedin Highlander, with two seconds in his last two races, including one on the grass track at Geraldine, will be one of the favourites for Race 5 at Rangiora. He will race against his stablemate, Toot Toot, who missed a start at Akaroa, and also ran second in her most recent start, at Addington. Mach’s Terminator, who also missed a

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Bridge results Rangiora Bridge Club results: Grey Pairs: North/South: Noel Grigg / Des Steere 1, East/West: Jeanette Chatterton / Gaynor Hurford 1. Monday Afternoon Three Day Match: N/S: Glenda Frapwell / Jeanette Chatterton 1, Mary Fenwick / Brian Stewart 2, Denise Frater / Judith Calder 3. E/W: Jan Roose / Judith Driver 1, Sylvia Younger / Brian Tomlinson 2, Gil Saunders / Linley Thomas 3. Wednesday Evening Three Night Match: N/S: Hilary Lakeman / Joyce Gray 1, Barry Smart / Lynda Cameron 2, George Scott / Peter Quirke 3. E/W: Richard Luisetti / Jack Lyon 1, Suzette McIlroy / Robin Hassall 2, Peter van Leeuwen / Ian Brash 3.

In training . . . Fernside trainer Phil Burrows warms up Courtney John before a training run last Monday morning in preparation for a race start at Rangiora this Sunday, or at Addington PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP on Friday night. race at Akaroa, but ran second in a tight finish on the grass track at Methven on October 18, and Miss Lilac, who ran third at Addington on September 17, will both run in Race 6. The Rangiora club will be hoping for better weather for their meeting, than the Akaroa club had. It’s their popular Christmas at the Races meeting with racing on the big grass track, and they have also have a host of other activities organised. A live band will be playing throughout the day.

There will also be a horse­shoe tossing championship, lucky draws, including a $100 voucher from Rangiora New World, the sponsor of the day’s pacing feature, the Summer Cup, and the chance to experience the thrill of race driving out on the grass track, with double­seated sulky rides available on course. For the children, Father Christmas will stop by, and there will be four bicycles to be won on course, with pony rides, face painting, and the Pirate Show also available. Entry is $10. Under­16 free.

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Waiau to host trials Canty riders dominate By DAVID HILL The Waiau Collie Club is set to host the Canterbury centre sheepdog trial championships. President Mike Pedley says the club is looking forward to the challenge of hosting the annual centre championship during February 13­15 at three local Waiau properties. ‘‘We are a bit nervous, but we are planning a good event. Everybody is doing their bits and pieces, so I am confident we will put on a good event. ‘‘We have been trying for a couple of years to get it (Canterbury centre champs) here, so to finally get to host it is just wonderful.’’ Mr Pedley says he expects dogs from all over Canterbury and Marlborough to compete across the four courses for huntaway and heading dogs. The courses will be on three properties on Chaffeys Road ­ hosted by Ben Chaffey, Grant Barbara and the Williams family. With entries set to close on January 15, Mr Pedley is expecting to top the usual 300 to 400 dogs which compete in the club’s annual trials. He expects to enter three or four dogs himself, including a heading dog and up to three huntaways. ‘‘A lot of guys rock up with two to three dogs each. ‘‘Every year we are getting better, the sheep are getting better worked and the course is getting smoother. We are always trying to improve and give people a good run for their money.’’ Despite being a small area, Mr

Sheep dog . . . Canterbury’s best dog triallers are set to converge on Waiau in FILE PHOTO February. Pedley says the Waiau Collie Club is a very strong club which is well supported by the community, with a number of volunteers expected to come out to help during the three days. He says the venues will be well sign posted for members of the public to come and watch some of the best dog triallers in Canterbury. ‘‘It’s something you get along and enjoy. If you have a good run at the time, so be it, but there’s so many elements ­ the sheep, the dogs and if it all comes together, it’s great. But it doesn’t always work like that.’’ For more information about the Canterbury centre sheepdog trial championships being held at Waiau in February, contact club secretary Karen McKenzie­Phillips (03) 3156686 or Mike Pedley on (03) 3156608.

Canterbury riders dominated many of the events at the Puhinui International Horse Trials last weekend in Auckland. Lincoln’s Lucy Turner not only won the Devi Heating Junior National Three Day Event title on Carbon, she also was second on her pony, Tallyho Mystic. Another Canterbury rider, Elizabeth Wylaars, of the Eyreton Pony Club, was placed third on Wairoa Ruby, and sixth on Wairoa Ruskyn to finish a South Island whitewash of the coveted title. Lucy was delighted with the result. ‘‘I am always in it to win it. It was a long time sitting in the truck to get here, but it certainly has been worth it. We are now heading down to Taupo to do a showjumping show there before going home.’’ Amberley’s Giles Gormack was fifth in the main class, the Honda NZ CCI3*, a very good result for his first attempt at the highest level of eventing available to equestrians in New Zealand. ‘‘I really enjoyed it,’’ he said on completing the difficult cross country course which took out a good proportion of the competitors. ‘‘My horse was a bit puffed at the end, there were a lot of different jumps for him but he seemed to love it. He was bold and keen.’’ Auckland rider Virginia Thompson won the class on Star Nouveau narrowly from Manawatu’s Katharine Van Tuyl. Emily Cammock from West Melton did not fare so well in the same class

Giles Gormack when the judges made a controversial ruling that her horse Lewis was lame in the dressage, meaning the end of the competition for the pair. However she did have some consolation in the results achieved with two of her younger horses. Cammock came second and third in the Veterinary Associates CCI1*, with Ngahiwi Frostie second and Cavorts in third spot. The class was won by Donna Smith. Cust’s Brent Jury was 8th in the iSpyHorses CCI2* on his young horse SE Hedging, a good indicator of the promising future this horse has. Christchurch school physical education teacher Kirsty Sharapoff was in 10th place on Shoot the Breeze in the same class.






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Properties for sale throughout North Canterbury

73 Garrymere Road, Okuku Price By Negotiation For more information please contact Malcolm Garvan on 027 231 4425 or view online www.farmlandsrealestate.co.nz – property ID RA1570

Do You Want A Lifestyle Change? Free range egg producing business with 2,000 birds plus 1.2HA (1,000,000 corms approximately) in Saffron (one of NZ’s largest). Situated on 7.3 hectares, 140sqm (built 1999) home, three bedrooms, en suite, main bathroom, separate toilet and laundry. Open plan living/dining with new log fire (wetback). All set on an established, sheltered environment. Purpose built shed for egg and saffron processing with attached flat. Four bay shed, two large half round sheds with concrete floors, one lockable, two laying sheds with manual feeders, automatic drinkers and roosting areas.

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One shed is 9m x 28m with power and roll away laying boxes. 2,000 free range laying hens are split into two age groups. The birds are kept for 12 months then on sold. The eggs are highly sought after, sold locally and the current owners would purchase them under contract. The egg business has a bio security and risk management programme in place. The hens are rotated around the areas with a high fenced boundary, with shelter on free draining soils. The saffron is situated on 1.2 hectares with huge potential to on sell corms with an estimated number of 1,000,000.

The market for corms is strong with local and overseas demand. Picking of saffron is weather dependent. There is local labour available for corm and saffron harvesting. A sheltered property with woodlots and trimmed shelter set in a peaceful environment on quiet country road. This is a well run operation with genuine income generated from both businesses, with financial information being available on request. An opportunity to work at home, be rewarded financially, enjoy the wonderful lifestyle and have leisure time with minimal stress.

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For Sale


Oamaru | 1589 Kakanui Valley Road 4.1 Hectares


Your Very Own Piece Of Paradise. Peaceful lifestyle living on 4.13 hectares in this comfortable sheltered spot with trees around the majority of the property and further enhanced by your own river boundary with great spots for swimming, kayaking, fishing and duck shooting all at your fingertips. The three bedroom, well maintained house and the majority of the near flat land is well elevated several metres above the floodplain. The home features spacious open plan modern kitchen/dining/living, large separate lounge with good indoor/outdoor flow to expansive covered deck area. Three large bedrooms, main with walk-in wardrobe, two bathrooms, office or forth bedroom, laundry and lots of storage. Heated by wood burner, heat pump and heat transfer system guarantees maximum warmth all year round. Includes standard 3-bay lockable shed, woodshed, large tunnel house and is further complemented by an assortment of fruit and nut trees. Positioned well for the Alps To Ocean cycle trail with B&B opportunities and approximately 15 minutes’ drive from Oamaru. | Property ID TU10609


New Listing | 9 Bankview Place, Amberley 496m2

Look No Further. Are you looking for a home on a small section close to all amenities? Look no further. This tastefully refurbished home includes three bedrooms, open plan kitchen/dining/living room, family bathroom, double garage with an attached large fully insulated sleep out/gamesroom or home office space. The living room has ranch slider access to a deck and the secluded sheltered garden. With a heat pump and new under-floor insulation, this home will be cosy in the winter months. Viewing will impress. | Property ID AM1038

James Murray 027 436 8103

Jenny Rouse 027 314 6119

Malcolm Garvan 027 231 4425


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Exciting Commercial Land Development. Ignore Previous Pricing - Invest in this fast growing region, great access, no commute worries here. Adjacent to SH1, reticulated Council water, Council sewerage, three phase electricity. Suit agri-business, retail storage, light industry, professional offices, cafe and 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 2 and 3 to follow. 14 sections in total. | Property ID RA1635

Emily Newell 027 472 0409

Barry Keys 027 434 7689

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For Sale Greta Valley





Offers over $1,200,000


plus GST (if any) on or before 6 January 2016

1701 Cust Road 17.5 Hectares

218 Greta Road 2,486m2

Jenny Rouse 027 314 6119

Contact Emily Newell 027 472 0409

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

Your Choice Of Town And Country. Spacious 355m2 family home plus attached two bedroom selfcontained flat complete with separate garage. Property is currently used to run horses and finish cattle. Round pen, calf-rearing facilities. cattle yards and large hay barn/implment shed. An abundance of fire wood for the log burner or a possible source of income. Ideal for lifestyle property, landbank, income, extended family or bed and breakfast with services closeby. | Property ID RA1668






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Emily Newell 027 472 0409 Maurice Newell 027 240 1718

Emily Newell 027 472 0409

372 Two Chain Road 10 Hectares

South Eyre Road 4 Hectares

Country Elegance. Five bedroom, three living area home. Formal lounge adjoins the large open plan dining/family room, media room - complete with a bar and its own outdoor entertainment area. The master bedroom has an en suite and large walk-in wardrobe. The log burner is equipped with a wetback and solar heating, and there is a separate zoned underfloor heating system. Fertilised, good quality pasture and includes cattle yards with loading ramp and 3-bay shed. | Property ID RA1658

Maurice Newell 027 240 1718

Aviation Opportunity. With the potential for a 520 metre runway, with a 07/25 vector surrounded by farmland rather than lifestyle blocks, this is an opportunity not to be missed. The 290m2, architecturally designed, sawn Oamaru Stone home is classically elegant. Two living areas with Oregon cathedral ceilings, four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large upstairs games room and a triple internal access garage, paved barbeque area and expansive gardens. | Property ID RA1647


Motunau Beach







Jenny Rouse 027 314 6119

Jenny Rouse 027 314 6119

13 & 15 Moore Street 834m2

17 Hall Street 887m2

View Affordable Sections. If you have ever dreamed of building your new home in a small rural village in North Canterbury, here is the perfect opportunity. On offer are two affordable sections in the heart of the Hawarden village. Both sections are a generous 834sqm, located within an easy walk of the local Area school, village pub and grocery store, and a short drive to the golf course. Approximately 1 hour travel time to Christchurch. | Property ID AM1036

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





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Allan Gifford 027 226 2379

Chris Abbott 027 435 2872 Totaras, Tuis And Bellbirds. Four hectares in Pine trees, the remaining four hectares for grazing sheep, cattle or whatever you desire. Five minutes’ drive to Picton for the Sounds, and just 20 minutes’ to Blenheim. Coupled with a substantial brick home, four bedrooms, two living areas, a spacious farm-style kitchen and a delightful covered outdoor relaxing area. 120m2 of shed heaven, five/six-car garaging perfect for restoration, hobbies - or anything you want. Don’t dilly dally. | Property ID BL1175

James Murray 027 436 8103

Jenny Rouse 027 314 6119

Malcolm Garvan 027 231 4425

Maurice Newell 027 240 1718

Bag A Bargain! Habode style two bedroom home with wood burner sited on 8.54 hectares of gentle, rolling land. Property currently grazing cattle, however, small horticulture development possible with irrigation consent. 3-bay shed including tack shed and housing water system. Chook house and run and pig stye. Very rare to find 8.5 hectares close to Blenheim. This is an opportunity for a new owner to utilise the land to their liking. Some Code Compliance work still to be completed. | Property ID BL1142

Emily Newell 027 472 0409

Barry Keys 027 434 7689

Kathy Thompson 021 229 0600

Allan Gifford 027 226 2379

Chris Abbott 027 435 2872

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For Sale CARAVANS for sale. UK imports. Good selection. Phone Ken 027 434 1260. North Canterbury Cara­ vans. PYO peas and spuds $2.50kg at Sefton Christ­ mas Harvest Market 818 Marshmans Rd Sefton, 24th Dec, 9am ­ 1pm. Also in attendance 50 + stalls of Canterbury’s finest artisan food producers. Ph 027 445 7876 www.facebook.com/ grownfamily/events.


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FLAT to rent. Central Amberley. 2 bedroom, very sunny, garage attached. Suit retired couple, no pets, no smoking. Phone 027 957 8030.

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.

AMBERLEY new sunny 3 bedroom, 2 living, separate dining, large internal access double garage. Fully furn­ ished, gated, dates nego­ tiable, includes Broadband, landline plus. References essential. Ph 03 314 8726 or 021 039 4716. OXFORD warm sunny 2 Bedroom house in Main Street, close to shops and school, log burner, easy care sunny garden. $250 a week. Contact Stephen Howard on 022 6353 792 or s_howard@xtra.co.nz for information and an application form.

SHEARER Sheep Shearer available, fully mobile setup for lifestylers. Also available for one stand work. Ph 021 0864 0372.

Matt Smith

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

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



Rangiora Anglican Life


Got more to give? Work for us. 1690983

We wish the Amberley Lions Club every success as the continue running this event. Thank you. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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

Please contact Katrina on 03 314 8153 or Girl Guiding NZ on 0800 22 22 92.

Free Quotes 027 2299 454 Wanted

NORTH Canterbury his­ torian / collector, wants to buy any old named, local ginger beer bottles, glass or pottery, soft drink / brew­ ery containers. Phone Ross on 021 651 212.



Sefton area. Ready to pick up off the paddock this weekend. $8 per bale. Pre orders available.

Phone 027 251 0125


Arthur Burke Ltd Repco Rangiora Compass FM Combined Freight

Trades SHEARER Mobile Sheep Shearer available for Life­ style Blocks. Over 30 years experience. Phone Stuart 027 315 6916.

Amberley Girl Guides require leaders for 2016, working with girls aged 5+.


Amberley Lions Club Kaiapoi Model Aero Club Amberley Fruit & Vege Amberley Four Square Brian Olin & The Rubber Band

Situations Vacant Situations Vacant Situations Vacant Situations Vacant


Amberley Girl Guides wish to thank the Amberley Community for their support particularly for the Rock 'n' Wheels meet. Special thanks to:

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

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Public Notices

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

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


Easy access for trailers, caravans & boats For Vehicle Servicing phone Allan


Mainland Conveyor Services MCS


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

Ring Mark 027 229 7310 for a free quote

• Licensed Building Practitioner • Registered Master Builder

23 High Street Rangiora 03 3 13 6096

For all your Conveyor requirements


www.longsilver construction.com

Tyre Services Ltd

Agricultural Services



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



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



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

Civil and Drainage

Driveways Landscaping Retaining Walls Earthworks Foundations

Wastewater Septic Tanks Treatment Plants Drainage Irrigation

Registered Clinical Dental Techncian

Phone (03) 313-9192


38a Ashley Street, Rangiora

Wilson Decorators Ltd

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


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

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

Ph: 027 313 0161

Brent Noye alias “Brent the Butcher”

Repairs alterations & Manufacture

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

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


~ FREE QUOTES ~1670945

Computer Repairs


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

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

“If it’s broke, let’s fix it”



HOURS HOURS 8.30am 8.30am - 12noon 12noon Monday to Monday to Friday Friday

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




Home Kill & Wild Game Butcher


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

Ph 027 212 3880 Ritchie



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


Allan Pethig For all your electrical needs. Residential & Commercial Phone 03 313 7144 027 432 1534 Fax 03 313 2144 rgrantelectrical@gmail.com m PO Box 69, Rangiora



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

PLEASE CALL 0800 277 822 Fencing

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

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

GOSCUT CONCRETE CUTTER LTD 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

• 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



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Massage Therapy


Sports, Injuries, Trigger Point, Relaxation, Deep Tissue

Phone 027 6266 6566



Landscape Architect available for Professional Garden Design

Painters / Decorators

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.



Spider & Fly Control

Picture Framing

Approved Handler

0800 500 442


or 03 313 1443 pestcontrollers@xtra.co.nz

Domestic, Commercial & Rural



Providing custom framing for all artwork including needlework and memorabilia 6 MAIN NORTH ROAD, PAPANUI By the SBS Bank - Parking at rear

OPEN: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm


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

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

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

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

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


Septic Tank Cleaning


Bill’s Liquid Waste





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

Canterbury owned and operated for over 60 years

“Fine Arts Guild Commended Framer”

PHONE 352 7594


Wasps • Spiders / White Tails Rodents • Silverfish • Fleas Ants • Flies / Cluster Flies Borer • Pest Control Products


Master Plumber of the Year 2010

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

Picture Framing

For Sharp Prices & Fast Turnaround


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

Cleaning throughout North Canterbury

Phone Amberley (03) 314-9669


Craig & Bridget Hughes




Combined Pest Control


03 312 6278

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

Timber Sales

Locally owned and operated

Quality Timb ber at discounted prices 15518909

We have a wide range of timber

Mobile 0275 379-694

Water Blasting


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


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


Cleaning Drains


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

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





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

Waterblasting Ltd Servicing Canterbury Commercial & Residential

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

Decking from $0.97 cents



Thursday December 17 2015

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

341e Flaxton Road, Southbrook, Rangiora

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Rangiora & Kaiapoi Toyota


2012 TOYOTA YARIS 2012 TOYOTA HILUX D/CAB 2WD 1300cc, auto, just 52,000km and in lovely 3.0 turbo diesel, towbar, tuf-deck. Great buying at



4.0 diesel, 2-tonne capacity, 5-spd. Must see



condition. Great value.

1.8, auto, 51,000km, great value here




12-seater, 3.0 t/diesel, auto, low kms


2012 TOYOTA AVENSIS S/W 2.0 auto, luxury wagon travelled just 15,000km



L O S 2009 TOYOTA PRADO VX LTD Fully optioned, priced well at



Stunning 7-seater, very highly spec’d, Crisp Silver Pearl. Just 46,000km



1300cc, auto, safe & so economical! stunning colour







2.4 auto, alloys, very tidy example



2.0L, auto, very well optioned, Lustre Pearl


3.0 t/diesel, auto, good buying at



2015 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER GXL; 3.5 V6, leather, just 9,000km, be quick!..........................................$53,995 2013 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER LTD; just 44,000km, stunning in silver with leather trim.........................$41,995 2014 HILUX SR5 D/CAB 4WD, 3.0 turbo diesel, auto, canopy.............................................................. $44,995 2009-2014 TOYOTA HILUX S/CAB, E/CAB, D/CAB 2WDs. Enquire today!................................ From $16,995 2009 TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO VX LTD, 3.0 t/diesel, 7 seats, leather.......................................$42,995 2005 TOYOTA AVENSIS, 2.0L, auto, very well optioned, Lustre Pearl, low km....................................... $9,995 2012 TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO, 7-seater GX, 3.0 t/diesel, auto, low km .................................. $49,995 2008 TOYOTA DYNA VAN, 4.0 diesel, 5-speed, 2.0-tonne capacity..................................................... $19,995 2007 TOYOTA HILUX SR5 4WD D/CAB, 5-speed, 3.0 diesel, canopy & racks, value here .................. $25,995







*Offer is available from 1 October 2015 to 31 December 2015 (subject to stock availability) on any new vehicle from participating Authorised Toyota Dealers in New Zealand. The Service Plan covers parts and labour costs of scheduled service items for five years / 75,000km (whichever occurs first under normal operating conditions). The Warranty Offer provides cover for five years / 150,000km (whichever occurs first under normal operating conditions). The W.O.F Check Offer does not include the costs of any repairs required to pass the W.O.F inspection. For full terms and conditions visit our website, www.toyota.co.nz.


2016 HILUX


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

(Kaiapoi After Hours: John Mellor 027 478 7685) www.rangiora.toyota.co.nz • • www.kaiapoi.toyota.co.nz Robin Illingworth 027 435 5105 • Ben Wood 027 566 0013

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