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Poo count over limit
Two North Canterbury freshwater sites exceeded
the acceptable levels of E.coli (less than 260
E.coli per 100ml) in recent Environment Canterbury
tests. Kaiapoi River at the boat ramp was tested
on December 11 and measured 687 E.coli per
100ml. Otukaikino Creek was tested on November
30 and measured 272 E.coli per 100ml.
The hearing for the liquor licence application by
Hardeep Singh for a Super Liquor store in Rangiora
has been set for March. Mr Singh said he has
begun fitting out the old Blockbuster building on
the corner of High and Albert streets and said he
''decided to take a chance and go ahead with the
fit out'' before the hearing.
Police look for man
Rangiora police would like to hear from anyone
who saw a man interfering with a car in Willock St,
Kaiapoi about 1.30am on Thursday. Police believe
he may also be connected with the theft of a
Subaru. He is described as European male about
, 167 centimetres (5ft 6in) and was wearing dark
trousers and a black hoody.
A burglar targeted a sleep out in Smith St, Kaiapoi,
on Monday night. Senior Sergeant Mike McRandle
said a PlayStation and another electronic item
were taken while the owners were in the house.
Rangiora police would like to hear from anyone
who may have witnessed the person entering or
leaving the property.
Rangiora Borough school had a mufti day on
December 7 to help the Rangiora Salvation Army
Food Bank, collecting 12 boxes of non-perishable
food. Food bank representative June Lang said it
will be a godsend, as many families are struggling.
High St demolitions
A strip-out of the old Northern Outlook building on
High St has been completed. It will be demolished,
along with the neighbouring Albany building, by late
January, when the drop zone fencing will be
removed. The contractor is a certified asbestos
removal handler. Heavy works will be undertaken
during the evenings as much possible to minimise
disruption to adjacent businesses and pedestrians
in this area. Demolition work on the earthquake
damaged Pulley Building in Rangiora will begin in
Goodbye Williams St shops
In Kaiapoi, demolition is under way to clear
earthquake damaged shops on the North West
side of Williams St, and this work will be
completed by mid-January. Pedestrian access in
this area has been re-routed on to the road area,
with the necessary safety measures in place, and
there is no disruption to vehicles travelling in this
Party was closed after gun threat
By CATE BROUGHTON
A security guard at the Eyreton party
closed down last weekend says the event
was well run despite recent media
The party, which attracted about 400
people, launched a new events business
called Unchained Events.
Former Rangiora High School student
Ben Brakenridge,19, and a business part-
ner have set up the company to provide
entertainment for young North Cantab-
Mr Brakenridge said he was planning
another event for January and was
pleased with his first effort.
We wanted to provide a party atmos-
phere that is controlled and safe -- and an
alternative to out-of-control house par-
The owner of North Canterbury Secur-
ity, Robert Hancox said police were called
to the event because a man evicted for
fighting had threatened to go home to
get a gun .
Mr Hancox said the threat prompted
his staff to contact the police.
He said police arrived and spoke to the
man who had made the threat -- who was
still nearby in his car.
However Sergeant Colin Stewart of
Rangiora police said the security firm cal-
led police because they had lost control
of the party.
About eight local police were backed up
by about 20 officers from Christchurch
team policing unit to help control some
intoxicated and aggressive people.
Mr Stewart said despite the majority
behaving well, the actions of a minority
caused police to become involved.
Police arrested six people on fighting
and disorder charges.
The party ended in a reasonably
orderly way due to the co-operation of the
They had what you would have
thought was adequate organisation and
security did the right thing.
Mr Hancox said organisers had arran-
ged for security -- including eight security
guards -- the venue included noise bar-
riers and a fence around the perimeter,
and the flow of people in and out of the
venue was well monitored.
Tickets were sold on site and pre-sold
via a Facebook page.
People put on things for the young
people and, okay, you do get a couple (of
fights) in there but even in high school
you get fights, Mr Hancox said.
Mr Hancox said it was good someone
was offering young people some enter-
tainment, and something to do , and the
organisers should be supported.
'Why all the fuss?'
were there for
By RACHEL MACDONALD
December 12, 2012, wasn t just the last recur-
ring calendar date of the century, it also mar-
ked the turning of a century for Rangiora resi-
dent Joan Parker.
She was joined by family and friends for her
100th birthday at the Holmwood Retirement
Home, where she has lived for the past 17
years. The candles flickered on the cake, the
cork was popped on the sparkling grape juice,
and there were cards from the queen, the
governor-general and a hand-written one from
the prime minister.
Mrs Parker, however, couldn t really see
what all the fuss was about. She agreed it was
nice to get a card from Buckingham Palace,
but I imagine they have a great pile of them
already filled in, sitting there waiting to be
Born in Christchurch as one of six children,
Mrs Parker lived in Leithfield before moving to
Rangiora 25 years ago. She rapidly garnered
something of a reputation in the town for her
escapades on her red mobility scooter. This
included turning it over several times on the
pavement and managing to demolish a display
stand in Farmers in a moment of lapsed control.
She was a terror on the road! daughter
Anna Clapham said.
Mrs Clapham will be hosting a family cel-
ebration for her mother s birthday this week-
end, with Mrs Parker s children, grandchildren
and 13 great-grandchildren on the guest list.
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