Archive for January, 2009

Corners of Waimakariri: the Pou at Pegasus

29 January 2009

080607-pegasus-pou-unveiling-3aThe six pou at the entrance to Pegasus make an impressive statement: linking a new town with the rich Maori heritage of this area. The location is close to Kaiapoi Pa, Ngai Tahu’s central pa in this part of the South Island.

Council Tied Up …

27 January 2009

The Waimakariri District Council managed to tie itself up today, when in front of a large gallery of local residents, it failed to reach a decision on funding anything for performance centres in the District.  A tied vote, according to standing orders, meant that a motion to investigate centres in at least two places, was lost.  Now there is nothing going into the draft 10-Year Plan.

It also means the portacom hasn’t got through yet, either, so maybe some good has come out of it so far.

However, we are going to have another go tomorrow.

Coming to a Neighbourhood Near You?

23 January 2009

nuremburgMr Kyle Chapman wants to establish a white-supremacist base somewhere in North Canterbury.

Well, it’s a free country and people have a right to their views …

… but let’s not forget what similar views led to in the past century – and let us not forget that most of the people in the picture on the right started out as ordinary people.

Vulnerability …

20 January 2009

Below is a black-fronted tern nest in the Ashley riverbed.  As you can see, it is a mere scrape on the surface and hard to see.  If the parent stays too long off the nest, the chick inside the egg will either freeze or bake.


Weaving at the Chamber Gallery

20 January 2009
Table Runners woven by Wilson Henderson of Loburn

Table Runners woven by Wilson Henderson of Loburn

A new exhibition at the Chamber Gallery in the Rangiora Library features work from the Professional Weavers’ Network of New Zealand.  This is a travelling exhibition and the District is fortunate to have it – it has come here from the North Island and is heading for Timaru after us.  Here it is supported by the D A Lewis company, who have provided furniture to help set off some of the displays.

Amomgst the featured artists is Loburn’s Wilson Henderson, a sample of whose work is pictured above.

Endangered Gull Species Nesting Successfully in Ashley

18 January 2009

A large colony of black-billed gulls is successfully nesting in the Ashley riverbed.  Nearby, black-fronted terns are also nesting.  These two birds, along with wrybills are the species that the Ashley-Rakahuri Rivercare Group is trying to protect.

So far, only one wrybill chick has been spotted this year.

If you are in the riverbed, please encourage people to stay away from the gull colony – it’s obvious where it is.

Black-billed Gulls and chicks, Ashley River, January 2009

Black-billed Gulls and chicks, Ashley River, January 2009

We Can Do Better than This

4 January 2009

Canterbury Road Toll Press release

46 people died on Canterbury roads during 2008. ‘This is a massive impact on Cantabrians’ said Inspector Derek Erasmus, Road Policing Manager for the District. ‘While it is 10 less than last year, which is a small blessing, the fact that so many people can be killed on our roads is a tragedy!’

In the vast majority of these crashes a driver has done something wrong with disastrous consequences. They are not accidents.’

The road toll of 46 compares with –

56 in 2007

33 in 2006

44 in 2005

40 in 2004

52 in 2003

41 in 2002

44 in 2001

32 in 2000

Canterbury Police spent the first six months of the year concentrating on seatbelt enforcement. Over 9,300 seatbelt tickets were issued in this time. During the year 10 of those killed were not wearing seatbelts as required. 9 of those would have or may have survived if they had been wearing belts. However this compares to 20 people killed in 2007 who were not wearing belts, 15 of whom would have survived if they had.

For the second 6 months of the year Canterbury Police concentrated on breath testing as many drivers as possible. Over 250,000 (106,000 in the same period in 2007) drivers were tested in this period. 6 people were killed as a result of alcohol compared to 21 in 2007.

Speed was an increasing factor in road deaths during 2007. 23 died as a result of travelling too fast for the conditions compared to 15 in 2007. Canterbury Police will be having a focus on speed during the first half of 2009.

Other issues of note were, 3 deaths were associated with mobility scooters (an aging population means this could be an increasing trend), 8 deaths were motorcycle related, and 5 had fatigue as a contributing cause. There were 7 deaths in Selwyn compared to 16 last year.

The total number of crashes reported to Canterbury Police for 2008 was  3,136 compared to 3,265 in 2007.

Inspector Erasmus is contactable after midday on 1 Jan through the Christchurch Police Operator on 363 7400.

$10,000 for the Aquatic Centre – from jam!

3 January 2009


A humble jar of home-made kiwifruit chutney – but jars and bottles of jam, chutney and sauces just like this one have raised over $10,000 so far for the Dudley Aquatic Centre.  What a magnificent effort!

2009 …

1 January 2009


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