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Irish dancers do
a jig around town
KNEES UP: Kaiapoi's Cashman School of Irish Dancing brought the St Patrick's Day
spirit to ABC Rangiora on Friday. Six dancers aged between five and 12 showed off
their slip reels and reels, before teachers and the children gave it a go. Here,
Courtney Fraser gets ready to show little Lucy the steps to The Walls of Limerick. The
school also went on to entertain Waikuku School and an audience at the Darnley Club
later in the day.
Festival back after
THE WAIPARA Wine & Food
Festival is back after two years on
hold, firstly due to earthquake dam-
age in Glenmark, and then after an
impending weather bomb put paid to
2012 s plans to hold it at the Mud-
If it hadn t been for those glitches,
2013 would have been the event s
21st birthday, and nothing is going
to get in the way of it this year, says
chairman Richard Murchison.
We ve been organising this one
since August last year, and it s all go.
We re really pleased at how it s sha-
ped up, he said.
Because of the damage to the
Glenmark church, we ll be holding it
under the trees in the Glenmark
Domain for the first time, but there s
no way we re getting rained out
again -- happily, there s no sign of
wet anywhere in sight on the long-
This year, there s a huge line-up of
entertainment on offer, as well as
tastings from Waipara s renowned
wineries and lots of food stalls.
The Food Challenge is back as
well and that s going to be very inter-
esting, Mr Murchison said.
We ve got Two Rivers, Waipara
Springs and Isobel s from The Heri-
tage. The three restaurants are com-
peting to prepare two mains, which
will be assessed by three judges. The
food will have been judged by the
time most people arrive, but the
dishes will be able to be sampled.
The gates will open at 10.30am on
Sunday, March 24, with wine tast-
ings and sales until 4.30pm. Pre-sold
tickets, from: dashtickets.
co.nz/event/4ky9qvnc8, cost $27.50
plus booking fees, or you can buy tic-
kets from the gate for $35.
The Northern Outlook is giving
away five hampers to festival-goers.
Each contains free entry tickets for
the day, and free bus transport to
and from the event.
To go into the draw, text ''WINE'' to
3444 for 20 cents, or visit:
press.co.nz/win. Entries close on
Monday, March 18, at 10am. For more
information, visit: waiparavalleywine
EEL GRAVEYARD: Dead and decaying eels at the Ashley River.
Ashley eels die in drought
EELS ARE becoming a threatened
species in the Ashley River and may
have to change their habitat long
term, a Department of Conservation
Kingsley Timpson, area manager
of the Waimakariri conservancy, said
this was not the first time the Ashley
had gone dry, and I suspect it won t
be the last .
Serious concerns were also held for
the future of inanga (a native fish
species), and bullies (small fresh-
water fish), Mr Timpson said.
This season s drought may well hit
the next whitebaiting season in the
Ashley, too, he said.
Rangiora resident Randy Wadman
found clusters of dead eels in the
Ashley River bed this week, and took
photos of the dismal scene.
I was on my walk and smelled,
well, rotting death, and went looking
for the source and found more than
30 dead eels, he said.
I thought these were on the
endangered list. Does anyone know
Mr Timpson said Fish & Game
had examined the river but the fate
of the eels could be part of a natural
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