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NORTHERN OUTLOOK, NOVEMBER 17, 2012
2012 Kaiapoi Santa Parade
Saturday, 1 December 2012.
Assembly time 12noon
Leaving ARL Storage, Hilton Street at 1pm.
Left Turn into Hilton Street upto Rich Street.
Right turn into Rich Street to Raven Quay.
Right turn into Raven Quay finishing at
Raven Quay / Williams Street Corner.
From this point Parade Vehicles
can either return to
ARL Storage via Raven Quay / Bowler Street
or left turn over Bridge
Murphy Park Access:
Adderley Terrace, Smith Street,
Raven Quay, Charles Street
Swing Bridge via stop-bank
Music & more
Hymn hits wrong note
HAVE YOUR SAY
Do you think God Defend New
Zealand is an appropriate anthem
for our country? Letters should be
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ON SONG: David Smith
at his songwriting desk.
A CANTERBURY man is on a mission to
change the national anthem to some-
thing more New Zealand''.
David Smith is critical of God Defend
New Zealand, saying it is a religious
hymn that is totally unusable as this
country's national anthem.''
Mr Smith is not some weekend warrior
who has suddenly decided New Zealand
needs a new national song. He has been
penning songs for over 70 years and writ-
ten more than 1000 -- 50 of which have
His biggest hit so far, A Mother as
Lovely as You, was recorded in the United
States, Australia, Britain and in New
Zealand by more than 20 artists.
But no song makes the former
chartered accountant prouder
than New Zealand! New Zea-
He is proud of where
he is from, has respect
for the monarchy
and those with
beliefs -- but cannot understand why New
Zealand has a hymn as a national
God Defend New Zealand was com-
posed as a religious hymn in 1876 by
Irish immigrant Thomas Bracken and
Australian immigrant John Joseph
Woods. Shouldn't we have something
written about New Zea-
land that is uplifting
argues that God has
defended New Zea-
land in its time of
We had World War I where we lost
40,000 soldiers, we lost many more in
World War II, we had the earthquakes in
Canterbury. God did not defend New Zea-
He would love to see his song become
the national anthem, but he knows that
is a big ask.
Even if we could just have it acknow-
ledged as a national song, rather than the
anthem. Most countries have national
songs -- look at Australia with Waltzing
Matilda and I call Australia home.''
In 1976, with the permission of Queen
Elizabeth II, the government adopted
God Defend New Zealand as a national
anthem of equal status with God Save
Last month, Mr Smith teamed up with
Burnside High School's award-winning
choir Bel Canto and Orange Studios to
record the song he hopes New Zealanders
will embrace -- and hopefully replace God
Defend New Zealand.
The song can be heard at online at
Borough School is
one of 40 North
taking part in the
Paper into trees
NORTH CANTERBURY schools have
contributed towards two nationwide
The Paper4trees organisation has
announced it is now working with 4000
schools and preschools throughout New
Zealand, and the number of native plants
it has awarded since the programme's
inception in 2001 has topped 100,000.
In the Waimakariri District, there are
28 schools and preschools taking part --
most joined at the end of 2008. They have
recently been rewarded with 483 native
plants for their grounds or to donate to a
Twelve Hurunui schools are involved,
and recently received 162 native plants.
Paper4trees provides schools and
preschools with 30-litre green plastic
recycling bins for every room where paper
and cardboard is generated. Teachers
around New Zealand have raved about
how these bins are keeping recycling
separate from the waste, which in turn
increases recycling rates and often saves
money on disposal fees.
Paper4Trees is managed by the
Environmental Education for Resource
Sustainability Trust (EERST), a not-for-
profit organisation based in Bay of
EERST also provides schools and
preschools with an incentive to recycle,
free native plants. Paper4trees rewards
them with one native plant for every two
cubic metres of paper and cardboard they
recycle or divert from landfill, hence the
EERST does not collect any of the
recycling, it is up to the school or
preschool to organise this.
Between 2009 and 2011, Waimakariri
schools and preschools earned 1281 trees
and recycled more than 2500cum of paper
and cardboard -- enough to fill 70 20-foot
shipping containers. In weight, this is
more than 300 tonnes -- the same as 50
Over the same period, Hurunui schools
earned 427 native plants and recycled
more than 850cum of paper and card-
Thanks to Paper4trees, North Canter-
bury kids are getting hands-on experience
with reducing, reusing and recycling
waste. They are also learning about nat-
ive plants and gardening.
All of these resources and rewards are
free to schools and preschools thanks to
support from sponsors, including the Wai-
makariri and Hurunui district councils.
Due to the continuous growth of Paper-
4trees, EERST needs more Paper4trees
sponsors in the Canterbury region.
If you want to know more about
Paper4trees contact Cayley Manson from
the EERST team on 0800 727 4873 or
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