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And the Churches of Kaiapoi,
Rangiora and Woodend
To all the donors, sponsors and
volunteers who have made the
2012 Waimakariri Light Party
the success that it was.
Many people benefited from your
generosity and willingness to help to
put on an event that has become a
fun and safe alternative to Halloween.
LIST OF SPONSORS AND
The Canterbury Community Trust
The Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Trust
Kaiapoi Community Board
Person 2 Person Help Trust
Blakeleys of Kaiapoi
Blackwells Department Store, Kaiapoi
Collins & Co, Chartered accountants, Rangiora
Harvey World Travel, Kaiapoi
Kaiapoi Vehicle Testing Station Ltd
Pier Law, Solicitors, Kaiapoi
Patience and Nicholson Ltd, Kaiapoi.
Seedling Transplants Ltd, Kaiapoi
Corcoran French, Soliciters
Larsens Art + Signs, Kaiapoi
The Ark Preschool, Kaiapoi
The Rainbow Childcare Centre, Kaiapoi
And of course a big thank you to all those firms who
donated prizes for the competitions held during the
evening, and to the volunteers who helped make it
all run smoothly.
You are all appreciated.
Business park idea moves step closer
A PROPOSED district plan
change to rezone 8 hectares of
land in Kaiapoi -- bounded by
the motorway, Smith St and the
river -- from rural to business
use has been notified by the
Waimakariri District Council.
The notification is the result
of more than 21G2 years' work by
Jed Pearce and Mark Reviss, of
The pair envisage a business
park, complementing services
available in the town, rather
than competing with them.
Proposed definitions include
automotive and marine supplier,
farming and agricultural sup-
plier, garden and landscaping
supplier, and office furniture,
and systems supplier.
Public submissions need to be
lodged with the council by 5pm
on December 7. The proposal
can be viewed at any council ser-
vice centre or library, or at
75 years of service by trio
By CATE BROUGHTON
GOLD STARS: Rangiora Fire Service
volunteers Ian Mackintosh, Chief
Officer Hamish Peter and Kerry Ealam
have each served for 25 years.
LIFE-LONG friendships and the
shared experience of helping oth-
ers -- these are the highlights for
three firefighters who have just
celebrated 25 years in the Ran-
giora Fire Service.
Ian Mackintosh, Hamish Peter
and Kerry Ealam all joined up for
different reasons, but say their
experiences in the service have
created a special bond.
The most striking experience
was their effort after the February
22 quake last year, which was still
It was a massive effort, as we
were coming home to our families
and our jobs as well,'' Mr Ealam
The experience was profound
and bonded the brigade's com-
When aftershocks rattled the
town, and the men were called
out, families came to the brigade
to be with one another.
It reinforced that life is pre-
cious,'' Mr Peter said.
The trio never contemplated the
post-earthquake experience when
they signed up as 18- and 19-year-
For Mr Ealam, the fire service
was in the genes, with his father
and grandfather having served as
chief fire officer at Methven.
He is proud his son Hayden has
now continued the family tra-
dition and joined himself.
For Mr Peter, the Oxford area
fires of 1986 prompted him to join
the following year.
Everyone wanted to help, but
they said you had to join up.''
Mr Mackintosh was prompted
to join when a customer in his bar-
ber shop suggested it.
The men have seen changes to
the appliances, equipment, com-
munications technology -- and
expectations over their tenure.
There is more accountability
and more responsibility -- particu-
larly in the area of health and
safety,'' Mr Ealam said.
Work had expanded to include
all types of rescues, along with the
traditional focus on fire preven-
tion, Mr Peter said.
With many more demands on
people's time, attracting volun-
teers was getting harder.
We used to have a waiting list.
People are keen, but sometimes
when they see what a commit-
ment it is -- one night a week with
training and five to six calls a
week -- they are not so sure.''
All three men were quick to
point out the commitment their
families had made to the service
over the period, putting up with
absent husbands, fathers and sons
on many occasions when the men
were called out to attend jobs.
We could not do what we do
without that family support,'' Mr
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