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A Swannanoa farm worker, charged with a series of
assaults in Rangiora on January 5, will remain in
custody until January 17. Daniel Laws, 34, was
unable to appear in Christchurch District Court on
Thursday as he was undergoing surgery. The
charges included assaulting a woman, assaulting
a 4-year-old child and threatening to kill three
The Department of Conservation is calling for
people with any information about the stoning of
black billed gull chicks on the Ashley River
(Northern Outlook, January 5) to get in touch.
Anyone who may have seen or heard anything
suspicious that may help identify who was
accountable for the attack can call the Waimakariri
Area Office on 03 313 0821. The department says
the car damage to nests and eggs in Ashburton
was still ''under active investigation''.
While the Hanmer Springs water supply has been
cleared of E. coli, the boil water notice remains in
force for Waiau township, which is yet to achieve
three clear tests after high rainfall and increased
flow in the waterways. Reservoir levels in Amberley
are being monitored and drinking water from the
Kowhai River Rd intake is being provided to the
scheme as required. People are asked to be
careful with water use, such as lawn watering.
Fire prohibition is in force until further notice for
the whole of the Waimakariri District Council area.
During the prohibited fire season it is an offence to
light any fires in the open air. Gas barbecues lit in
approved containers and in an area served by a
domestic water supply are not deemed to be fires
in the open. For details contact Tim Sheppard,
principal rural fire officer, 03 311 8900.
Try a tri
The Contact Tri Series, a seven-race series held
nationwide, comes to Pegasus on Sunday. The
event, in its seventh season, is a chance for
beginners to elite athletes to take part in a
triathlon. Racing starts at 8am.
Mum thanks community
after big Christmas drive
THANKFUL: Hope Pearce, with (from left) Cheyenne, 3, Shawnee, 4, Alaska, 1, and
Dakota, 6, said the kindness of her children's preschool had been overwhelming.
By CATE BROUGHTON
CHRISTMAS WAS set to be a sad affair for
Kaiapoi resident Hope Pearce and her four
young daughters -- until the children s new
preschool stepped into the breach.
New to the area and dealing with the
breakdown of her marriage, Ms Pearce, a ful-
ltime mother and beneficiary, was preparing
her children for a Christmas without pres-
On hearing of the family s plight, staff at
ABC Kaiapoi bought and wrapped presents
for all four children.
Their incredible act of generosity reduced
Ms Pearce to tears, and enabled her to make
Christmas day special.
Four days before Christmas she went to
pick up Alaska, 1, Cheyenne, 3, and Shawnee,
4, from preschool and was asked to go to the
There she was presented with a large box
full of presents from the staff.
She was also given a big jar of lollies and a
$230 supermarket voucher from Villa Maria
I just cried and said thank you .
Ms Pearce said the kindness she was shown
by ABC Kaiapoi warranted a more public
acknowledgement and led her to contact the
I just want to say thank you for taking us
in like part of your family.
I mean how do you thank someone for giv-
ing you Christmas?
On top of financial pressures, Ms Pearce
has also been dealing with concerns for her
youngest daughter s health.
At only one year, Alaska has already had
three operations to remove tumours from her
Ms Pearce was hoping another one would
not reappear after the previous surgery, but
this was not to be the case as she discovered
another growth on Christmas day.
Alaska was operated on again on December
28 and the family are awaiting the results.
KAIAPOI GREENING: Red-stickered front windows and overgrown gardens in part of Kaiapoi's Courtenay Drive have given way to 21G2 hectares
of wide-open green space as Cera moves to tidy up a neighbourhood hard hit by liquefied silt and ground damage in the September 2010
earthquake. Tim Pow, Cera contracts manager for the residential red zone programme (pictured), says this is the largest red-zoned area cleared
to date, with demolition works completed in November, and grass sown and fencing installed by Christmas. The project cost $75,000 and
the question now is what use the land will be put to in the future.
Photo: STACY SQUIRES
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