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NORTHERN OUTLOOK, OCTOBER 27, 2012
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Oxford's Bright Horizons Preschool took first place
-- and prize money of $2500 -- in the Mother Earth
Rewards schools competition. The competition
rewards school projects which promote
wholesome food and healthy eating in families and
communities. Bright Horizons impressed the
judges with its sustainable vegetable garden
project. ''The kids are learning about the soil as
well as the plants that grow in it, and they're
learning about how to use what they grow''. Centre
manager Justin Fletcher said the prize money
would be used to build a fence around their
DOC invites hunters to barbecue
The invitation is out for the North Canterbury
hunting fraternity to come together around a
barbecue at Rangiora's Department of
Conservation (DOC) office for an informal meet-
and-greet evening over sausages. The gathering is
part of a twice-yearly hunting information initiative.
DOC Waimakariri area manager Kingsley Timpson
said he was hoping newcomers would feel more
comfortable with a less formal structure. Go to the
DOC Waimakariri area office, on the corner of
Cones and River roads in Rangiora, at 7pm on
Monday, October 29.
Stalls in the Park benefit Plunket
Support Rangiora Plunket by going to Stalls in the
Park, in Victoria Park, Rangiora today. A variety of
stalls selling a wide range of new and second-hand
goods will be on offer, as well as a sausage sizzle,
candy floss and a bouncy castle. The stalls are
open between 10am and 2pm.
School fete a great day out
Ashley School Fete is offering a great family day
out at the school from 10am till 2pm tomorrow.
The fete will feature stalls with books, food, car
boot sales, face painting, kids' blankets and much
Variety bikes on offer
Children's charity Variety is asking schools and
communities to nominate deserving children for
the chance to receive a new bike as part of this
year's Bikes for Kids tour. The tour visits nine
Heartland destinations, including Kaiapoi. Variety
chief executive Lorraine Taylor said every child
should be able to experience the thrill of having
their very own bike. ''Riding a bike is a child's
prerogative, something that provides them with a
sense of independence.
''However for many Kiwi kids certain
circumstances mean they miss out.'' Nominees
need to be aged between 7 and 9 and between
111cm and 135 cm tall. They also need to be
socio-economically disadvantaged. Nominations
close on November 2 and forms can be
downloaded from variety.org.nz, or call
09 520 4111 for more information.
Council sets up housing group
A housing working group has been set up by the
Waimakariri District Council in response to the
growing accommodation crisis in the region
following the earthquakes. Part of its role will be to
look at successful housing business models
developed by community housing providers
elsewhere in New Zealand, and make
recommendations on initiatives the council could
advocate for or support. The council already
provides housing for the elderly with limited means
-- at no cost to ratepayers.
REFRESHING ICON: Year 12 student Meghan
Corby with her fountain design.
MEETING PLACE: Year 12 Rangiora High
School student Laura Illingworth with her plans
for a new performing arts centre
MOVABLE HOME: William Roberts with his portable house model.
Bold visions for town
By CATE BROUGHTON
RANGIORA HIGH School
students relished the chance
to contribute ideas for earth-
quake recovery initiatives and
a revamped town centre in a
unique school project.
Ideas from the town's
future designers and archi-
tects included glass-roofed
verandas and planters, smart
or LCD windows, town icons
such as a massive steel-
framed fountain and a 4WD in
a muddy ditch, a performing
arts centre and cafe com-
munity facility, and a pull-
apart portable house.
On Thursday the students
displayed their projects at the
school before they were sent
to Wellington for assessment.
Presented with some of the
faced by the Waimakariri Dis-
trict Council, the students
produced a host of new ideas,
said head technology teacher
Year 11 students were
tasked with designing port-
able buildings for the trans-
itionary period, while year 12
and 13 students focussed on
designs for a performing arts
centre, a town icon or a road-
ing plan for the area.
Council staff showed the
students plans for a retail
development linking High St
and Blake St, and asked them
to consider incorporating
aspects of the town that had
made it popular in the past.
The brief was quite broad,
to encourage creativity.
Year 12 student Meghan
Corby was inspired to design
a massive steel-framed foun-
tain as a new town icon.
I remembered the
Refreshingly Rangiora theme
and I thought we could bring
Laura Illingworth, also in
year 12, designed a two-storey
wood and brick performing
arts centre with a lofty foyer
and cafe and a large land-
scaped outdoor area. The proj-
ect inspired many of the stu-
dents to consider design-
Year 12 student Olivia
Hamilton incorporated ele-
ments of the past and future
in designs for High and Blake
streets, and said the exercise
had sealed her decision to
It's cool because you know
this could actually happen.
Ms Johnson said it was
important to listen to young
Kids have got that inno-
cent, unpolluted, unpoliticised
honesty that we need to tap
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