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to be booked
HOW IT WORKS
How the North Canterbury Mini Bus
Trust Woodend to Rangiora service
There are up to four runs per
week day between Woodend and
Rangiora. If there are no bookings
the mini bus will not run.
It is a ''Dial a Ride'' door to town,
or town to door service, and
passengers will be picked up from
their homes in Woodend and taken
to the bus stop in Ashley St,
Return trips will run from the bus
stop in Ashley St, Rangiora, and
take passengers to their homes in
The trips will leave Rangiora at
approximately: 7.45am, 10.30am,
These times are estimates only
due to the buses performing other
Bookings must be made in
advance at least the day before
the service is needed. Bookings
can only be made between 9am
and 4pm. The contact number is
03 313 8588
The charge per ride is $3 per
There is no provision for the use
of Metro or Gold Cards, or any
By CATE BROUGHTON
CONFUSION AND false expecta-
tions about the North Canterbury
Mini Bus Trust service from Wood-
end to Rangiora have resulted in dis-
appointment for some customers,
says the trust s chairman.
Don Fairbrother said the trust
stepped into the breach when
Environment Canterbury cancelled
the Woodend to Rangiora bus service
at the end of last year.
However, the trust cannot provide
a direct replacement for the previous
Metro bus service.
We are a volunteer organisation
and we are using volunteer drivers,
so we have to advise them when and
where they are to go, so we need
some time to prepare that.
The trust provides a limited ser-
vice of four runs a day between
Woodend and Rangiora, but com-
muters need to book their ride the
Some residents did not understand
how the service worked, Mr Fair-
brother said. Some people think
they can ring up like a taxi and say
come and pick me up, I want to go
and do my shopping .
The dial a ride service costs $3
per trip and commuters are picked
up from their home, but if no book-
ings are made the service does not
NEW TROUPE: Members of the Black Peach Theatre Company with supporter Dale Hartley-Brown. From left,
Bryony Jamison, 18, Sophie Wells, 16, Tegan Patrick, 21, and Ciaran Searle, 20, and Dale Hartley-Brown.
form new group
By CATE BROUGHTON
As tutors we don't
have a lot of
opportunities, so we
wanted to organise
something where we
could do our own thing.
IN TRUE theatrical style, Ran-
giora s young stars have not let
the town s lack of performing
spaces deter them from taking
their talents to the stage.
A group of tutors from the
Dale Hartley School of Speech
and Drama decided to take
advantage of the small perform-
ance space at the school and
form their own theatre com-
In September last year the
Black Peach Theatre Company
came to life, with president
Ciaran Searle at the helm.
As tutors we don t have a lot
of performance opportunities, so
we wanted to organise some-
thing where we could do our own
Gifted in writing, directing,
acting and music, the 20-
member group has already put
on theatre sports performances
and ended the year with a musi-
cal, Rudolf, the Untold Story.
The company also performed
for about 70 Harcourts staff at
their end-of-year party.
Members of the fledgling
theatre company have had the
full support of their landlord, ex-
teacher and employer, Dale
Ms Hartley-Brown said she
was pleased the group had been
able to maximise the use of the
performance space and create
new opportunities for them-
selves -- and some of the senior
students at the school.
Though not an incorporated
society, the theatre company is
well organised, with members
filling the necessary official
roles including president, sec-
retary, treasurer and morale
officer , Mr Searle said.
The group was happy with the
current theatre at the school,
but would like to be able to give
public performances -- when a
suitable space becomes avail-
Both Mr Searle and Ms
Hartley-Brown were keen to see
the Town Hall rebuild get under
way as soon as possible.
Taser needed in arrest
POLICE SAY officers were forced to
use a taser on an 18-year-old man in
Culverden on Saturday night after
he threatened one of the officers with
a bayonet and large knife.
The man was arrested and
charged with possession of an illegal
weapon and assault, said Senior
Sergeant Malcolm Johnston.
The incident began with a routine
door knock to find the owner of a dog
wandering on the road.
Police allege the officers were
immediately confronted by the man
when they arrived at the property.
The taser allowed the officers to
disarm the man and prevented him
from inflicting serious injuries.
This guy is alive because of
tasers, Mr Johnston said.
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