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10.6km Run & Walk Starting at 9.30am
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Rangiora - Kaiapoi
Schools to push safety
Children starting the new year at
Swannanoa and Loburn schools
next week will find road safety top
of the agenda, as the
implementation of variable speed
limits on the main roads in each
location gets under way. This
follows approval last year by the
NZ Transport Agency for the
installation of variable speed
limits for both schools following
lobbying by parents, the
community and local MP Kate
Needle grass found
The Chilean needle grass search
programme currently being
undertaken by Environment
Canterbury Biosecurity has
discovered a new infestation of
the noxious weed on a property in
the Spotswood area. This latest
discovery of a small number of
plants is important and the ability
for early intervention is critical,
says Ecan principal biosecurity
advisor Laurence Smith.
Racing driver Aaron Rowlands
produced a stunning drive on for
his fans on Saturday night. His
was one of 46 cars racing for the
New Zealand Super Stock Grand
Prix at AmPro Tools Woodford Glen
Speedway on the day.
Clock tower up for grabs
By PETER HIDE
Not informed: Kaiapoi RSA archivist Jamie Morton, left, and president Kevin Brown in front of the war memorial building
in Charles St, Kaiapoi.
THE KAIAPOI War Memorial,
including the historic clock
tower, is to be demolished.
But the Waimakariri District
Council has decided to see if
there is any interest from public
or private entities in rebuilding
the tower with the existing clock
The council will put the option
out for consultation as a separ-
ate item in the annual plan.
To this end, the council plans
to put the clock mechanism into
storage for potential reinstate-
It would cost considerably
more than the insured value of
$592,000 for the building to be
rebuilt, said manager of com-
munity and recreation Craig
But the council decided to
seek expressions of interest from
private or public partnerships to
rebuild the clock tower.
Why have they not told the
Kaiapoi RSA about this? Kaia-
poi RSA president Kevin Brown
He said plans seen by the
Kaiapoi RSA executive defi-
nitely showed a clock tower,
even if they did not include a
war memorial building.
He was supported by Jamie
Morton, archivist and executive
member of the Kaiapoi RSA,
who said the clock mechanism
came from the former post office
building on the corner of Wil-
liams and Charles streets when
its own clock tower was demoli-
shed during World War II.
We used to start the Anzac
Day parades from here (at the
War Memorial) and march to the
cenotaph on the other side of the
river, Mr Morton said.
He said there was a lack of
consultation with the RSA over
the War Memorial Clock Tower,
although he admitted the coun-
cil had much on its plate in the
wake of the earthquakes.
Mr Morton said Kaiapoi
It would be great if, like a
phoenix from the fire, the RSA
could have access to the bricks
to sell to supporters he said.
Mr Brown said that the new
building and clock tower would
no longer be a war memorial.
Therefore the Kaiapoi RSA
would have to sever its affili-
ation with the building and
RANGIORA S EVA Nemetz is the
lucky winner of a double pass to
the More FM Summer Vineyard
Eva will join other Cantabs at
the annual favourite at Christ-
church s The Groynes on February
22 from 4pm till 10pm.
Op Shop will be up there along-
side Australian artist Missy Hig-
gins, and Kiwis Che Fu and
The afternoon concert is shap-
summer with relaxed music, wine,
picnics, and family-friendly enter-
Tickets are still available at
Top cop plans on retiring in district
Senior Sergeant Malcolm Johnston
I VE BEEN living here for more
than two years now and I love it
here, said Rangiora s new top
cop, Senior Sergeant Malcolm
It s a lovely part of the country
and there are plenty of great
walks for us to go on.
And the lakes, Taylor and
Sumner, they re great to explore
Just back from climbing Mt
Oxford with his wife, Mr Johnston
was previously in charge of the
Christchurch South police district,
including the Sumner, Hornby,
Akaroa, Lyttelton, Lincoln, Lees-
ton, Darfield and Arthurs Pass
A big restructuring of police
command in Canterbury saw his
I was asked to apply for vari-
ous positions and I took about 10
seconds to decide to apply for the
vacant position of senior sergeant
There were a lot of eyebrows
raised about a senior sergeant
applying for an existing position
but I m loving it here.
He has taken over from Senior
Sergeant Mike McRandle who was
relieving in Rangiora.
Mr Johnston enjoys the wide
open spaces of North Canterbury
and said he liked getting stuck
in to the job and getting around
so he is known in the community.
After 33 years in the police
force, he has been around a bit --
Hamilton, around Auckland and
postings to Tokoroa, Mangakino,
Rotorua, Tauranga and Gisborne
before time at the Christchurch
and Sydenham stations.
I ve got 3 to 4 years here and I
will probably retire here because I
like the area so much. But it s not
a retirement job for me. I like to
fit in as much as I can.
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