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Make way for the pony express
racing was a hit in
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She is hoping the sport will
start to gain some more trac-
tion here after she and Alan
were invited to showcase
scurry at this month s Ride
The Rhythm Equestrian
Extravaganza, the first inter-
national horse event to be
held at Dunedin s Forsyth
Barr Stadium. Alan took their
tried and tested family pony,
Draytown Corona down for
the day, while she got behind
the reins of Becky Pocock s lit-
tle grey, Dingmac Holly.
We didn t make a top four
finish, but it was brilliant to
pull off the organisation of the
scurry element of such a big
night, Jill said. With 7000
tickets sold, it was the largest
crowd we ve ever faced, and
the stadium environment took
it to a whole new level. It was
great to be part of the big
show atmosphere and to be
able to compete on the hal-
lowed turf of the rugby
stadium, and it really showed
us that scurry has the poten-
tial to provide great entertain-
ment at big occasions.
The foursome are organis-
ing upcoming scurry races at
the Temuka and Geraldine
A&P show on March 2, the
Scurry NZ championships on
March 30 at the Oxford A&P
show, and at the Lincoln
Country Fair on April 6 and 7.
Census time looms
By CATE BROUGHTON
COUNTING DOWN: Census collector
Ashleigh Alberts with Rangiora area
supervisor Francis Paul.
CENSUS AT A
When? From this Saturday,
February 16 until March 5.
How long? Eight minutes online
and 12 minutes with a pen.
Who? Every person who is in
New Zealand during the census.
Those under 18 must have a
parent or guardian complete it
Why? To give the government
accurate data for planning of
Legally required? Yes. Legal
action could result in a $500
fine, with a further $20 a day for
each day after conviction until
the person completes the
IF ASHLEIGH Alberts turns up
at your door this weekend don t
turn her away.
The 21-year-old university
student is one of about 100 census
collectors hitting the streets of
North Canterbury from Saturday.
North Canterbury area man-
ager John Tyler says the official
count of how many people and
dwellings there are in the country
has never been more important.
It s certainly important for the
greater Canterbury region
because so many people have been
Mr Tyler said the census data
would give councils, governments
and other organisations clear
information for future infrastruc-
ture investments, such as schools.
The 2011 census was aban-
doned due to the February 22
earthquake. This year s would be
the first for seven years.
New to the job, Ms Albert said
she applied to become a census
collector to earn some extra
money and because she wanted to
help her community.
The psychology student said she
was impressed with the training
provided and felt ready to visit
homes in her area of Sefton from
We have covered every kind of
scenario we re likely to
The biggest challenges would be
catching people at home and rea-
ching the required target of hav-
ing 60 per cent of her deliveries
done in the first week.
For the first time, residents
could complete their form online --
but would need to receive a special
code from a collector, Mr Tyler
He hoped at least 35 per cent of
people would take the online
option, as this would cut down on
the workload for census staff.
Ohoka competitor: Two North Cantabrians have a lot to be proud of in the wake
of the Speight's Coast to Coast on February 8 and 9. Brendon Ross of
Mandeville came in first in the two-day veteran men's section and 10th man
over the line, in a time of 13 hours, 26 minutes. Ohoka's Tania Leslie (pictured)
came in first in the longest day women's section, in 15 hours and 48 minutes.
She was the 13th woman home.
And how did she feel crossing the finish line in Sumner? ''I was so ecstatic
and pumped that my support crew, including my husband, told me I obviously
hadn't worked hard enough.''
Test case centre to help
support families in need
ONE STOP SHOP: CYF manager
Rachel Campbell and Work and
Income manager Tina Robinson say
the new Rangiora Centre will allow
them to provide more cohesive
support for the region's families
A NEW government initiative is
being tested in Rangiora, with the
opening of the Rangiora Centre.
The new building brings
together the town s branches of
Work and Income, and Child,
Youth and Family (CYF) under
one roof, along with part-time
desks for the Social Service Wai-
makariri facilitator, and the
Housing New Zealand regional
manager. The idea is to deliver
more seamless access for families
to Ministry of Social Development
(MSD) services, said Tina Robin-
son, Work and Income manager,
and Rachel Campbell from CYF.
The ministry is watching our
progress with interest to see if
this is a model that might work
elsewhere as well, they said.
The pair emphasise that the
two departments remain com-
pletely independent of each other,
but having them housed side-by-
side should make it easier to
identify and recommend greater
support for families where it s
This is an MSD concept that
we hope will strengthen the
services we provide to our famil-
ies. Our Work and Income staff
and the CYF staff have different
skill sets, but they re definitely
complementary, they say.
This is particularly the case
when it comes to our senior
clients, whether they re needing
help for themselves or are grand-
parents raising young members of
the family. The people we re here
for range in age from 0-100 and
this is one way of being able to
consolidate our support for them,
whatever their circumstances and
needs. It s about finding the
touch-point that will allow us to
provide a stronger, more inclusive
and easier service.
No information is shared
between the departments, but
where a client asks for joint help,
that capacity is now readily avail-
able for the first time, with every-
one able to sit around the same
desk to find the best solutions for
a family s situation.
We re also looking at more
opportunities to extend the
facility to better address other
family issues, such as violence
support, they said.
There is potential for other gov-
ernment departments to get
involved, further down the track.
The Rangiora Centre can be
found at 4 High St, between the
new Warehouse Stationery and
the seafood shop. The building
also houses a number of meeting
rooms, which are available for
community use at no charge.
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