Hurunui District , Amberley

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What would you add to this list of budget-boosting crops?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours,

Have you grown these veges and fruits, and what's on your list of money savers and budget boosters?

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6 hours ago

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15 hours ago

Selling

Leen from Hurunui District

Rimu table . Mulcher..badroom set stool plus to complete with taps

Price: $20

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21 hours ago

Work Wanted

Martin from Rangiora

Need any small jobs done around your home ? I am a retired builder looking for work ,I have an advert in the Business section on here .
Reasonable rates .

Contact Martin 02102732152

1 day ago

Nominations flood in for North Canterbury elections

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Northern Outlook

From local democracy reporter David Hill:

Nominations have flooded in for North Canterbury’s local government elections.

While there has been a shortage of candidates nationwide, a last minute rush kept electoral officers busy in Hurunui and Waimakariri.

Hurunui mayor Marie Black has … View more
From local democracy reporter David Hill:

Nominations have flooded in for North Canterbury’s local government elections.

While there has been a shortage of candidates nationwide, a last minute rush kept electoral officers busy in Hurunui and Waimakariri.

Hurunui mayor Marie Black has been re-elected unopposed, while her Waimakariri counterpart, Dan Gordon, has a challenger: Miles Stapylton-Smith, of Rangiora.

Black said the interest in this year’s local government elections in Hurunui was ‘‘wonderful’’.

“It’s wonderful to have such interest, particularly in the South Ward (around Amberley).”

She said she was delighted to have the opportunity to lead the district for second term.

“I think it’s sound recognition of the work we’ve done on behalf of residents to date.

“I’m looking forward to forming a new council, and taking on some of the challenges which are facing us.”

Deputy electoral officer Naomi Woodham said nominations had been “a slow trickle” until a late rush in the last few days, before nominations closed at 12pm on Friday.

“It just went a little bit nuts. It’s the busiest I’ve ever seen it.”

Woodham said one nomination was confirmed only 30 seconds before noon, after a nominee was found to be not on the electoral roll, and had to enrol quickly online.

The South Ward is leading the way with a whopping 10 nominations, and elections will be required in the East Ward and for the Cheviot Licensing Trust.
The West Ward and the Hanmer Springs Community Board have enough nominations to fill their vacancies without an election.

Four sitting councillors, Nicky Anderson, Mary Holloway, Geoff Shier and Michael Ward have not sought re-election, so there will be at least four new faces around the council table.

“I think we’ve had an exceptional team this term and I look forward to the next term,” Black said.

“We’ve had some retirements from councillors that have given two terms service and they will be missed, but it will be good to have some fresh voices.”

A last minute rush saw 25 nominations received before Friday’s 12pm deadline for the Waimakariri district’s local government elections.

Elections will be held for all positions across the district, including mayor.

In all, 80 candidates will compete for 35 available positions, including mayor, 10 councillors and 24 spots across four community boards.

Deputy electoral officer Sarah Nichols said she was pleased to see a high level of interest from candidates.

“It’s been great to see the increased interest from locals who are passionate about Waimakariri and want to serve their communities in this upcoming term.”

Gordon said seeing so many candidates standing was good for democracy.

Voting documents will be posted from September 16, with special voting available.

Election Day is on Saturday, October 8, with voting closing at 12pm.

Hurunui District Council nominations:

Mayor: Marie Black. (Elected unopposed)

West Ward (4 vacancies): Karen Armstrong, Ross Barnes, Tom Davies, David Hislop. (No election required)

East Ward (2 vacancies): Vincent Daly, Dean Eades, Gail Grant, Fiona Harris. (Election required)

South Ward (4 vacancies): Robbie Bruerton, Ken Chaney, Sharon Earl, Stewart Henry, Garry Jackson, Jonathan Kruse, Sharon Macarthy, Nic McPherson, Vanessa McPherson, Pauline White. (Election required)

Hanmer Springs Community Board (5 vacancies): Mary Holloway, Chris Hughey, Michael Malthus, Alice Stielow, Richard Tapper. (No election required.)

Cheviot Licensing Trust (6 vacancies): Stephen Coleman, Murray Crampton, Geoff Denton, Sue Harrison, Glen McNabb, Kait Murray, Kate Nicol, Kate Sims. (Election required)

Environment Canterbury North Canterbury/Ōpukepuke Regional Constituency: (2 vacancies) - Grant Edge, Shaun Lissington, Claire McKay, Rachel Vaughan. (Election required)

Waimakariri District Council:

Mayor: Dan Gordon, Miles Stapylton-Smith. (Election required)

Rangiora-Ashley Ward (4 vacancies): Joan Ward, Padi Nistala, Steve Wilkinson, Paul Williams, Robbie Brine, Gordon Malcolm, David Harnett, Jason Goldsworthy, wayne Linton, Stephanie Waterfield, Sam Fisher. (Election required)

Kaiapoi-Woodend Ward (4 vacancies): Philip Redmond, Brent Cairns, Neville Atkinson, Stephen Bell, Al Blackie, Sandra Stewart, Joel McLachlan, Tim Bartle, Shona Powell, Natalie Leary, Russell Keetley, Vicki Payne, Phil Shaw. (Election required)

Oxford-Ohoka Ward (3 vacancies): Tim Fulton, Niki Mealings, Colin Wightman, Thomas Robson, Cole Gillman. (Election required)

Oxford-Ohoka Community Board:

Ohoka-Swannanoa Subdivision (3 vacancies): Sarah Barkle, Jarrad Allen, Ray Harpue, Michelle Wilson, Julie Tapp. (Election required)

Oxford Subdivision (3 vacancies): Thomas Robson, Tim Fulton, Pete Merrifield, Mark Brown. (Election required)

Rangiora-Ashley Community Board:

Rangiora Subdivision (6 vacancies): Steve Wilkinson, Jim Gerard, Grant Harris, Murray Clarke, Burce McLaren, Liz McClure, Paul Williams, Robbie Brine, Jason Golsworthy, onique Fleming, Morris Harris, Kelly Bisset, Eve Mullins. (Election required)

Ashley Subdivision (2 vacancies): Kirstyn Barnett, Duncan Lundy, Ivan Campbell, Guy Porter. (Election required)

Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board (5 vacancies): Shayne Dear, Jackie Watson, Aaron Lovelace, Tracey Blair, Al Blackie, Hannelle van der Linde, Sandra Stewart, Tim Bartle, Natalie Leary, Russell Keetley, John Lee, Janet Morrison, George Smith. (Election required)

Woodend-Sefton Community Board (5 vacancies): Shona Powell, Rhonda Mather, Steven McMillan, Andrew Thompson, Mark Paterson, Rachel Clark, Vicki Payne, Ian Fong, Mathew Potter, Liam Quinn. (Election required)

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7 days ago

Rangiora Bowling Club “ Have a Go Days”

Trish from Rangiora

If you have ever thought about playing Lawn Bowls, come and give it a try. For the next 2 Saturdays 13th and 20th August. 10am to 12noon and 1pm to 3pm. We are on the corner of Blackett Street and Good Street. The entrance is up the drive on Good Street. Just wear some comfy clothes and Sports … View moreIf you have ever thought about playing Lawn Bowls, come and give it a try. For the next 2 Saturdays 13th and 20th August. 10am to 12noon and 1pm to 3pm. We are on the corner of Blackett Street and Good Street. The entrance is up the drive on Good Street. Just wear some comfy clothes and Sports shoes and we have the Bowls to give it a go.
Our Opening day for the season is Saturday 27th August.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Any Enquiries ring Trish 027 668 6778

4 days ago

Books by NZ authors donated to Kaiapoi school

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Northern Outlook

From local democracy reporter David Hill:

Kaiapoi High School and the Karanga Mai Young Parents’ College have received a generous donation of 150 books.

The books were donated by Laura Caygill, from Waimakariri Libraries.

Laura was part of the judging panel for the New Zealand Book Awards for … View more
From local democracy reporter David Hill:

Kaiapoi High School and the Karanga Mai Young Parents’ College have received a generous donation of 150 books.

The books were donated by Laura Caygill, from Waimakariri Libraries.

Laura was part of the judging panel for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and was given a copy of each book to read as part of the role.

‘‘You could definitely say I had a summer of reading,’’ Laura says.

All books entered in the awards are written by New Zealand authors and Laura says she was very impressed with the calibre of entries.

‘‘It was fantastic. There certainly were a lot of books, with such a diverse range of themes and perspectives.

‘‘We are so lucky to have so many talented authors in New Zealand and these awards are a fantastic way to showcase that talent and engage young people in reading.

‘‘We had some wonderful discussions on the judging panel and I know we were all really impressed with the books coming through for our young readers in New Zealand.

‘‘Many of these books would easily stand up on the international stage,’’ Laura says.

Waimakariri Libraries, in collaboration with the community have created online virtual storytimes to celebrate the awards.

They have also produced a Books Alive digital event showcasing one of the Young Adult Fiction finalists - Learning to Love Blue by Saradha Koirala.

Students from Kaiapoi High School have been involved in the Books Alive event, reading chosen excerpts from the book.

This was made available to view online on August 9.

Kaiapoi High School principal Jason Reid, librarian Heather McCorquodale and Karanga Mai English teacher Carola Crawford were delighted to receive all 150 books.

‘‘We are very grateful for the generosity. It’s amazing to see the wealth of knowledge laid out on this table,’’ Jason says.

‘‘They are all new and fresh and written by New Zealand authors, which makes them very relevant and engaging for our young people.’’

The category finalists were announced on Thursday, June 2.

The awards ceremony and announcement of winners of the 2022 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults was held on August 10.

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5 days ago

Love your compost? Pimp it up to win great prizes for your garden!

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours,

To celebrate National Gardening Week (October 17-25), Yates have partnered with NZ Gardener to give away some fantastic prizes to some of the most inspirational compost builders in the country. Show us your compost setup, whether it’s tiny or huge, and the best looking compost … View more
Dear neighbours,

To celebrate National Gardening Week (October 17-25), Yates have partnered with NZ Gardener to give away some fantastic prizes to some of the most inspirational compost builders in the country. Show us your compost setup, whether it’s tiny or huge, and the best looking compost wins 1 of 9 Compost Kits (RRP $319 each).

So email through your best tip for successful compost and one photo of your composting setup to loveyourgarden@yates.co.nz by August 26, 2022 to be in to win.

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5 days ago

What's On: Waste-free workshops

Nicole from Christchurch Central

Kate Meads is running free workshops on reducing waste at Amberley Library (1-3pm) and Hanmer Springs Hotel (6.30-8.30pm) on August 31. Register online: https://katemeads.co.nz/collections/all
Waste-free workshops
  • Amberley Library, Hanmer Springs Hotel
5 days ago

Hanmer Springs losing out as DOC stalls on repairing Great Ride bridge

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Northern Outlook

From reporter Debbie Jamieson:

Hanmer Springs looks set to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in visitor spending this summer unless a damaged St James cycleway bridge undergoes a $350,000 repair.

St James Cycle Trail manager Mark Inglis said the swing bridge crossed the Waiau River about … View more
From reporter Debbie Jamieson:

Hanmer Springs looks set to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in visitor spending this summer unless a damaged St James cycleway bridge undergoes a $350,000 repair.

St James Cycle Trail manager Mark Inglis said the swing bridge crossed the Waiau River about halfway along the 59km Great Ride track.

It was damaged in flooding in July 2021 and had to be removed.

The trail is managed by the Hurunui Trails Trust, but the trust works in partnership with the Department of Conservation (DOC), which owns the assets on the trail.

Inglis said no progress could be made on the repair work unless the department gave the trust permission to proceed or did the work itself.

So far, the department had committed to neither.

“A partnership takes two people and at the moment we’re not seeing that,” he said.

The repairs would likely cost $350,000, but he was confident the trust could secure that money from the government and via its own fundraising.

Currently, cyclists could not complete the trail or would have to cross the Waiau River, which was almost always not safe, he said.

The delay in undertaking repairs was coming at a huge cost to the local business community, Inglis said.

The trust had expected up to 2500 cyclists to complete the full loop track last summer, but there were probably less than 100.

Using government data on cycle tourism, Inglis estimated that equated to lost earnings of between $500,000 and $750,000 for Hanmer Springs businesses.

“We need it fixed before summer.”

Inglis said many people still completed the shorter Homestead Loop.

A government evaluation in 2021 found the St James Trail had the smallest number of users of the Great Ride trails with 6139 cyclists and walkers, but the highest growth rate at 237%.

Inglis said he had not formally met with DOC staff on the issue since November.

“The intention is always great. Huge ups to DOC, they really try hard and the individuals just work so hard. They’re just not resourced.”

DOC North Canterbury operations manager Leeann Ellis said replacing the bridge was a big job with significant costs due to the location and site conditions.

Despite the community agreement with the Hurunui Trails Trust, the department was responsible for structures such as bridges, she said.

“Because this is unbudgeted work, it needs to be considered against other capital budget priorities.

“We have begun this process, but don’t have a timeframe on when a decision will be made,” she said.

Businessman and outgoing Hurunui Trails Trust chairman Jason Fletcher said the negative impact on the accommodation and hospitality businesses was significant.

Looking at one year of missed visitor expenditure provided a conservative estimate as the cycle trail regularly attracted first-time visitors to Hanmer Springs.

“The impact is not just this year, it’s for years to come because we’ve missed out on those people who won’t come back.”

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5 days ago
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Your whole retirement is our consideration

Ryman Healthcare Limited

With the 75+ population projected to double in 20 years’ time, it’s more important than ever to choose a retirement village that is equipped to support you when you’re fully independent as well as if you need care.

That’s why Ryman villages plan ahead by offering independent living in … View more
With the 75+ population projected to double in 20 years’ time, it’s more important than ever to choose a retirement village that is equipped to support you when you’re fully independent as well as if you need care.

That’s why Ryman villages plan ahead by offering independent living in apartments and townhouses, assisted living in serviced apartments, resthome care and, in most villages, hospital and specialist dementia care.

We offer a higher ratio of care in our villages so that if your needs change, you have priority access to our care centres.
Find out more

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7 days ago

Support our Yuri Bear Project

Charles Upham Retirement Village

Knitting needles are clicking across our villages and the wider community for the Yuri Bear project🐻❤️.

We’re aiming to knit 20,000 teddy bears for children displaced as a result of turmoil in their country.

We’ve been overwhelmed by the response so far, but 20,000 bears is no … View more
Knitting needles are clicking across our villages and the wider community for the Yuri Bear project🐻❤️.

We’re aiming to knit 20,000 teddy bears for children displaced as a result of turmoil in their country.

We’ve been overwhelmed by the response so far, but 20,000 bears is no small ask!

If you can knit, know someone who can or would like to find out how you can help, please click on the link below.

7 days ago

Did you start gardening in school?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours,

How many of you remember gardening in school? Hopefully, more students and teachers will be inspired by the great work being done at this amazing school.

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8 days ago

Kidz Magnesium & Boron Oil Spray (Restful Sleep + much more)

Rae from Reiki with Rae Certified Practitioner & Natural Beauty Products

Kidz Magnesium & Boron 50mls (with calming Clary Sage, Orange & Jasmine, smells divine) $22.50

SOOTHING | RELIEVES PAIN | SUITABLE FOR BABIES | RUB ON FEET, STOMACH AND LOWER LEGS

Safe for all from new born and older.

For blessed sleep for your little one (and you of course!) … View more
Kidz Magnesium & Boron 50mls (with calming Clary Sage, Orange & Jasmine, smells divine) $22.50

SOOTHING | RELIEVES PAIN | SUITABLE FOR BABIES | RUB ON FEET, STOMACH AND LOWER LEGS

Safe for all from new born and older.

For blessed sleep for your little one (and you of course!) Magnesium is needed by the body for the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone.

For growing pains and sports and play injuries. Magnesium relaxes the muscles and the nerve sheaths and speeds up the healing and recovery process.

Boron extends the half life of vitamin D in the body and supports optimum bone growth and development. Magnesium assimilate the vitamin D from the sun and converts it into calcium in the bones.

Calms and balances moods so great for ADHD, tantrums, anxiety. Magnesium is needed by the body for the production of serotonin, the anti-stress hormone. Clary Sage and orange are calming and also boost confidence and courage. Jasmine is very calming and soothing.

Magnesium improves cognitive function, and also has a positive effect on more than 300 functions of the body. Supports overall wellness.

Size: 50ml (Diluted to half strength with water and it mists on in a very fine layer, for a dose you can easily control ) Contains Water, Magnesium (50 mgs per squirt), Clary Sage essential oil, Orange essential oil, Jasmine essential oil and Boron (.3mg per squirt).

Babies 0-3 Spray 1 squirt onto soles of feet and gently massage in, preferable before bed.

Children 4-6 Spray 2 squirts onto soles of feet and rub in.

Children 7 and over Spray 3 squirts onto soles and rub in.

For growing pain and injury, spray directly and gently rub in.

If you have any pain eg arthritis we have magnesium oil spray full strength just for you $33.50

Shop here, Pickup welcome or courier available www.immersioncosmetics.co.nz...

Price: $22.50

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8 days ago

Ukraine Fundraiser: Art Exhibition and Silent Auction

Kathy from Rangiora

Over 100 original artworks to view at an Exhibition in the Hall and Visitor's Centre of St John's Anglican Church, High St, Rangiora. All works will be auctioned and 100% of the profits will go to Ukrainian Refugees and the Food Crisis in Africa. Exhibition viewings are Tuesday … View moreOver 100 original artworks to view at an Exhibition in the Hall and Visitor's Centre of St John's Anglican Church, High St, Rangiora. All works will be auctioned and 100% of the profits will go to Ukrainian Refugees and the Food Crisis in Africa. Exhibition viewings are Tuesday afternoons, Wednesday and Thursday mornings and any time the Art sign is out. Bidding can be done at any time by writing in the bidding book with final silent bids taken at the Auction Closing Party, 7.30pm on September 10th. All welcome.

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