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Parata grilled at Pegasus
By CATE BROUGHTON
MEDIA SCRUM: Education Minister Hekia Parata, accompanied by Waimakariri MP Kate Wilkinson, was swamped by
the media as she arrived at Pegasus yesterday.
Both Waikuku School
and Halswell Primary
School will showcase
the kind of modern
learning facilities that
and parents can look
THE NEW Waikuku School will
showcase the flexible, technologi-
cally advanced and energy-
efficient style of schooling to be
rolled out throughout greater
Christchurch, according to Edu-
cation Minister Hekia Parata.
She chose to announce the April
start date for the building of the
new school on site, at Pegasus
The Halswell School rebuild
will also begin in April and both
schools will be completed in time
for the start of the 2014 school
Ms Parata was swamped by
media when she arrived, with the
news quickly overtaken by ques-
tions about the next phase of the
Christchurch school restructure,
the ongoing Novopay debacle and
impending NZEI strike action.
The $1 billion restructure of
schooling in greater Christchurch
was part of the Government s
rebuild of the region following the
earthquakes of 2010 and 2011,
Both Waikuku School and
Halswell Primary School will
showcase the kind of modern
learning facilities that school com-
munities and parents can look for-
ward to for their children in
This includes new facilities
with flexible spaces, access to
ultra-fast broadband, and energy-
efficient buildings, with plenty of
natural light and fresh air.
These schools are designed to
reflect the advice of education
experts, to ensure that students
can be taught using the latest
techniques and technology.
She said the rebuild of Waikuku
School will cost about $15 million
and cater for up to 600 children.
In addition to Waikuku School
and Halswell Primary School, we
also have current plans to build
four brand-new schools in Canter-
bury over the next 10 years, Ms
Century since flume
By RACHEL MACDONALD
TURNING 100: The Cust River main
water race flume was once integral
to farming in the area.
CUST RIVER S main water race
flume turns 100 this year and is
looking very much worse for the
wear, compared to its heyday
when it was an essential com-
ponent in delivering vital stock
water to Fernside and Rangiora.
The flume was built as part of
the Waimakariri-Ashley Water
Board stock water race scheme.
A date marked in the concrete
on the bypass gate side of the
structure shows that it was com-
pleted on March 6, 1913, while
an article in The Weekly Press
announced that the main race
was officially transferred to the
new flume over the Cust River
on July 9 of that year.
Its 30-metre-long span was
constructed from steel-lined jar-
rah, supported by ironbark piles
on concrete abutments, and
anchored with steel ropes.
All this at a cost of 79 pounds,
10 shillings and 4 pence -- the
price of water that was, and is,
the lifeblood of agriculture in
Its length protected it from
the river in spate, and it was
also taller than the first flume,
which was built in 1898.
The hardwood channel that
carried the water from the stock
race over the river was at some
time sealed with tar or pitch,
and then more recently with
polythene, to stop it from leak-
ing. A catwalk along the centre
gave access for the Water Board
ranger, and then more latterly
to a nearby farmer, who used to
use it to cross the Cust River
when it was in flood.
The flume became redundant
in 2000, when the entire scheme
was upgraded and enlarged to
carry both stock and irrigation
water, via a syphon running
deep under the river.
Today, it is rickety, its steel
wires broken and it is at risk of
collapse under the weight of the
debris that has gathered at its
While local conservators have
suggested it should become
recognised as a historic struc-
ture, its future rests with the
Waimakariri District Council,
which now administers it.
Electronic option taken
by three councillors
THREE HURUNUI district council-
lors have swapped book-like paper
copies of their minutes and agendas
for an electronic version on their
council supplied iPads.
Councillors Gary Cooper, Dick
Davison and Jim Harre have all
opted to make the change and no
longer receive hard copies.
Until late last year Cr Cooper had
retained most of the paperwork he
had accumulated during his time in
When you see it all bundled
together like that you realise just
how much paper gets used to carry
out the council s democratic proces-
Cr Jim Harre said the iPad ver-
sion was easier to navigate.
It also allows me to find the rel-
evant information when I need it and
gives me the ability to take a photo
of a problem and email it directly to
the relevant council officer.
Council information and tech-
nology manager Scott Linton said
that considerable research had gone
into the decision to provide the elec-
We were incredibly fortunate that
both Cr Harre and Cr Davison had
been using their personal devices for
some time before we made the
decision, and their very successful
trial was definitely an influencer in
He also said that with email use
the council no longer supplied coun-
cillors with fax machines.
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