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ROSES ARE RED: Joan
Whillans of Kaiapoi Florist
with a mass of
Black Magic roses for
ARE NORTH Canterbury people
Absolutely,'' says Joan
Whillans of the Kaiapoi Florist, in
People are so wonderful and
it's such a positive time of the year
on Valentine's Day. They want to
send flowers to the ones they
Joan will be at work tomorrow
about 5am, getting ready for Val-
entine's Day orders.
It's such a lovely atmosphere
and we are well organised to
supply them with flowers. They
are so happy to be giving.''
This year, she says, people can
place their order by ipad or
iphone, which has proved popular,
but many still come into her flor-
ist shop in person or order their
flowers via the website.
Red roses are the most popular
flowers to give to loved ones on
Valentine's Day, she says.
That's the traditional flower to
give and we're finding many peo-
ple like to present their loved one
with red roses on Valentine's Day.
But we can supply a dozen red
roses or just a single rose in a
bouquet. It depends on what they
wish to spend.''
Chocolates are also popular
gifts at Valentine's Day.
And we have a great range of
Flower auction prices tend to
dictate what retailers can charge,
so it's a matter of supply and
demand, she says.
But we still have the best qual-
ity flowers and it's such a tremen-
dous, happy day.''
New school for
-- with dialogue
By CATE BROUGHTON
NEWS OF a proposed new school
in Rangiora West came as no sur-
prise to principals of primary
schools in the area.
But they are hoping to be con-
sulted on details of the proposal
before it goes ahead.
Education Minister Hekia
Parata announced last week that
building would start on the new
Waikuku School at Pegasus and
the re-build of Halswell school in
She also revealed ministry
plans to build another four schools
in Canterbury, including one in
Ashgrove School principal Chri-
stine Chadwick said there was no
doubt schools in Rangiora were
Ashgrove's roll was sitting at
523, whereas it would normally
start the year at 450-480
students, she said.
The school was in discussions
with the ministry about how
many more students it could cater
for, with an expectation the roll
could grow beyond the current
capacity for 560 to 580 students.
We've had to close our zone to
anyone else outside the zone, and
it is becoming difficult to house
our children on our school site.''
While the idea of another school
in the area was not new, she did
expect to be consulted about how
it would be developed and where a
new school would be located.
This is something which we
need to be assured we will have
some consultation on.''
Rangiora Borough principal
Alan Sutton said this year's cen-
sus may provide a better guide on
what the requirements for school-
ing are and will be.
However, he said already the
new subdivisions in west Ran-
giora were driving roll growth for
Rangiora Borough has started
this year with 506 pupils, and Mr
Sutton said it would probably
reach 550 by the end of the year.
By the end of last year the roll had
The school's capacity was 650
students, which he expected
would be reached as the planned
subdivisions to the school's west
He was happy with the proposal
of a new school, but also expected
consultation, which he said was
necessary for existing schools to
plan for the future.
Tenants to speak up
THE EXPERIENCES of North
Canterbury renters are being
sought for the Tenant's Protection
Association's 2013 rental survey.
The organisation is surveying
people about the realities of their
rents and housing conditions. We
want the facts and we are not get-
ting them from anywhere else,''
TPA manager Helen Gatonyi said.
Tenants wanting to help can
phone 03 379 2297, email tpaout
firstname.lastname@example.org, or get a copy of
the survey from the TPA office.
The survey is also at tpa.org.nz or
on the TPA Facebook page.
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