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SCORCHER: Fire crews from Rangiora, Cust, Swannanoa and Pines Beach battle a riverbank scrub fire that burnt about a hectare of scrub in Swannanoa on Monday
afternoon. The cause of the blaze was unknown, but it could have been deliberately lit, or the result of hot exhaust from motorbikes, Waimakariri principal rural fire officer
Tim Sheppard said. In the hot, dry conditions strong winds blew the fire down a shingle track towards the Eyre River and the flames were seen to ''climb trees'', he said.
The fire has been reported to police but would not be investigated further.
Hot winds fan
Court order needed
to move school
By CATE BROUGHTON
TALKS BETWEEN the boards of
Rangiora High School Nursery School
Trust and Rangiora High School have
broken down, the nursery school board
The two boards have held a number
of talks to solve the dispute over the
location and ownership of the Nursery
School on Wales St, Rangiora.
However a mutually agreed outcome
could not be reached, nursery school
trust chairman Richard Bullen said.
The high school continues to insist
on eviction of nursery school, and the
nursery school remains committed to
protecting its interests,'' he said.
A court order would now be required
to move the nursery school from its cur-
rent site, Mr Bullen said.
We have communicated to the high
school on a number of occasions that we
will not vacate our building in the
absence of a court order, because we
have no other choice.''
Moving to a new site would be finan-
cially untenable for the pre-school, and
a forced move would see it close.
We remain committed to occupying
the building that we fundraised for and
The nursery school board had sought
legal advice and was confident it had a
secure legal interest in the building
and beautiful gardens and play area we
have constructed over many decades'',
The Rangiora High School board of
trustees chairman could not be reached
Danger blooms again
in summer waterways
NORTH CANTABRIANS are
being told to avoid the Ashley
River, after potentially toxic blue-
green algae were found in the
The Canterbury District Health
Board yesterday issued a health
warning after the algae, known as
Benthic cyanobacteria, were found
in the river.
Humans and animals --
especially dogs -- should avoid the
river upstream of State Highway
1 until the health warning is
Canterbury medical officer of
health Dr Ramon Pink said the
algae look like dark brown or
black mats and could produce tox-
ins harmful to people and
The algae occur naturally.
But they could increase rapidly
during warmer months.
Exposure to the algae could
cause skin rashes, nausea, sto-
mach cramps, tingling and numb-
ness about the mouth and fingers.
Anyone who experienced such
symptoms should visit their doc-
tor immediately, Dr Pink said.
Reticulated town water supplies
were safe, but no-one should drink
water from the river at any time.
Even after boiling the water
from the river, it does not remove
the toxin [and] therefore should
not be consumed.''
Animals which came into con-
tact with the river should be
taken to a vet immediately.
Environment Canterbury would
monitor the site and advise of any
changes in water quality.
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