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SIGNING ON: Rangiora Lions Club president Rob Duggan with one of the new Rangiora
AFTER AT least three years of lobbying
and organising, the Rangiora Lions Club
has finally erected the new Rangiora
signs at each entrance to the town.
The bid to get the town new entrance
signs began after a previous sign on
Southbrook Rd was taken down after a
vehicle hit it about three years ago, said
Lions Club president Rob Duggan.
From that moment on we wanted it
The Lions Club has not only been the
driving force to have the signs approved
but has also built the signs and installed
Made of sturdy aluminium with macro-
carpa posts and Ashley River stone bases,
the design and installation of the signs
was a result of submissions made by the
club some years ago.
Sustained and persistent lobbying by
the club through the council annual plan
process, then with the Rangiora Com-
munity Board saw a working party estab-
lished to come up with a design.
Club member Quentin de Hamel has
seen the project through from the begin-
ning and was instrumental in the final
I started out with concepts and made
six to eight models and took them to the
working group, and they made some
tweaks and adjustments,'' he said.
The design chosen incorporates a swirl
pattern that represents the main fea-
tures of the area -- the braided and wind-
ing Ashley River, the foothills and the
By CATE BROUGHTON
AN EXPERT in violence among young women and
girls has been invited by the North Canterbury
branch of Soroptimists International to speak in
Rangiora at the end of the month about her
Dr Donna Swift conducted research over two
years in the Tasman Police District -- investigat-
ing attitudes and behaviours of teenage girls
involved in violent and anti-social behaviour.
The research identified a range of damaging
behaviours used and normalised'' by some girls,
and has made a significant contribution towards
understanding the reasons behind girls' violence,
developing prevention strategies and identifying
effective means for aiding intervention.
Dr Swift says teenage girls under the age of 17
make up approximately 30 per cent of youth com-
ing to the attention of police for violent offending
in New Zealand.
Often offences are preceded by relation
aggression'' such as backstabbing, bullying and
belittling at school.
Rangiora Youth Aid officer, Senior Constable
Simon Gulland, agrees the problem of bullying,
particularly through texting or social media is rife.
I think young people use texts as throw away
comments and a lot of it is just dealt with in-house
between those people, so it never gets reported.
A lot of it is dealt with by deleting texts or de-
friending people, but when it becomes on-going,
persistent or there is a very real concern that the
person can carry out that threat, that is when it
typically comes to our attention.''
Mr Gulland said although violent offending by
girls under 17 had not increased significantly in
North Canterbury, not all violent or abusive
behaviour was reported to police.
Not every matter gets reported to police, but
there are other systems to deal with it, for
If they are able to deal with the issue them-
selves, if victims and parents are happy that a
good process has taken place and their daughter
will be safe and the offending person is held to
account, then that is fine. But if they want to come
to the police that's fine, we're happy to deal with
it. It's entirely up to the victim.''
Although police have dealt with physical acts of
violence by young women, most offending was ver-
bal, often via texts, he said.
A large percentage is when friendships go sour,
and there are other examples of when boyfriends
move in -- that type of adolescent turmoil that
occurs from time to time.''
Most of the offending by girls was dealt with out
of court with an alternative action process'' which
could include counselling, mediation, community
service and apologies.
Ms Swift's public seminar will be held at 7pm on
October 29 at the Rossburn Receptions, Spark Rd,
Rangiora. Contact Naomi Woodham on
03 314 0024 or email
A 24-year-old North Loburn man was
spotted by police driving at 168kmh in a
100kmh zone on Loburn White Rock Rd
He was charged with dangerous driving
and had his licence suspended for 28
Trade fair success
A mini-trade fair and auction evening held
by Woodend Preschool raised $600.
The trade fair showcased 11 local
businesses, and parents participated in
the auction for vouchers, products and
paintings the children had made.
Half the money will be spent on new
technology for the centre and half was
donated to Rangiora St John Ambulance,
said centre manager Jen Hall.
The Old Waimakariri Bridge reopened on
Monday evening following a closure on
Saturday afternoon due to heavy rainfall.
It was closed from about 4pm on
Saturday due to rising river levels.
Big Band sound
The Mainland Big Band will be
participating in the Big Band Festival
being held over Labour Weekend -- the
first one for a couple of years, following
the earthquakes. The festival kicks off
with a dance at the Kaiapoi Club in Raven
Quay, on Saturday at 7.30pm. Entry is
open to all for just $10 each person at
the door. The band will perform again,
alongside several others, in the foyer of
the Court Theatre, Addington, on Sunday
between 1pm and 5-30pm. Drinks and
finger food will be available.
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