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selling our dream -- we are just getting too old to
be fighting mean, selfish people, Diana said.
They are going through the process of trying to
regain the outstanding rent, but don t hold out
much hope, given that the tenant already owes
more than $5000 to a past landlord, according to
just one tribunal hearing.
The sad thing is that you don t just lose the
money and the property -- you lose your faith in
people. Our dream died because we were kind and
Fish back in deep water
SAVED: Fish & Game's Tony Hawker and Andrew Currie rescue a 10-pound (4.5-kilogram) trout from a rapidly drying pool on the fringes of
the Ashley riverbank. The equipment on Mr Hawker's back emits a pulse that attracts the trout and briefly sedates them so they can be netted.
The pair were contacted by a local resident who walks his dog on the riverbed and was concerned at the fast-falling water levels in the pools.
As well as trout, one flounder and more than 20 eels were also given a lift to the relative safety of the river.
Waimakariri ban lifted
It's just in time for arable farmers
who want to get their crops in the
principal rural fire officer for Waimakariri
THE TOTAL fire ban in the Waimakariri
district has been lifted and replaced by a
restricted fire season.
It means the Selwyn, Waimakariri and
Hurunui districts have similar rules in
place to deal with fires in the open, par-
ticularly stubble burning.
It s just in time for arable farmers who
want to get their crops in the ground,
principal rural fire officer for Waima-
kariri Tim Sheppard said.
Selwyn district had a total fire ban for
several weeks but had since gone to a
restricted fire season.
This irked some Waimakariri District
farmers, he said.
They would see smoke across the river
and would think it was a wild fire.
But conditions were too dry and the
amount of fine fuel around made it too
dangerous to lift the total fire ban in Wai-
makariri District before now, Mr Shep-
Moisture levels were starting to creep
up, so the time was right for a restricted
fire season to come in.
We appreciate farmers patience. Now
I expect an influx of calls from farmers
wanting to burn off their stubble. I ll
have to inspect every application for a
permit. At some stage I ll have to see
every applicant face to face.
Hurunui district has a restricted fire
season that has been in force since before
Principal rural fire officer for Hurunui
Allan Grigg said more sensible use of
fire by residents meant a total fire ban
had not been needed for at least the last
We don t get so many visitors from
town up here who don t realise how
quickly a fire can spread once it is lit, Mr
Gas barbecues lit in approved con-
tainers and situated in an area served by
a domestic water supply are not deemed
to be fires in the open.
Band rock out for school
Loburn School is holding a fundraiser with a
difference on March 2. Called Concert in the
Playground, the school has booked the band
Assembly Required to rock the joint folk and blues,
rock and reggae So, bring your own seats, rugs,
friends and something to drink, and come along to
enjoy the music, sausage sizzle, raffles and
auctions. The gates open at 6.30pm, and tickets
-- $15 for adults, $5 for children, or $35 for a
family pass -- can be purchased from the school,
Special Occasions on Rangiora's High St, or at the
Brownlee tackles with talks
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee
visited Kaiapoi and Rangiora yesterday,
accompanied by MP Kate Wilkinson. ''Many
owners of our buildings in the central business
districts of Kaiapoi and Rangiora are still locked in
discussions with their insurers. We need to tackle
urgently any and all deadlocks that are hampering
the recovery of our town centres,'' Ms Wilkinson
said. The two politicians met with Waimakariri
District Council staff.
The ladies of the Waimakariri Gorge Golf Club
posted some pleasing results on Thursday. Stroke
and Putting, 0-29: J. Blatch nett 61, P. Rivers nett
67, A. Roberts nett 69; 30+ L. Scott nett 61, S.
Gillespie nett 62, C. McKenzie nett 67. Nearest
Pin: A. Judson E. Steele. Longest putts: C.
McKenzie P. Anderson. Putting: J. Jenkins L. Scott
Dragons battle over Pegasus
The dragonboats will be taking to the water at
Pegasus lake tomorrow, February 24. The first race
-- one heat of 250 metres -- will kick off at around
9.30 am, with the fastest eight teams progressing
through to two finals. The sprint finals will follow,
preceding the tug of war, in which each team
nominates a four-person crew to pull the other
team across the line. After lunch, the rounds 3, 4
and 5 500 metre heats will lead up to the 500
metre finals, with the Open A final at 4pm.
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