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Town centre update
The Waimakariri District Council is holding a
Kaiapoi Town Centre update evening on Monday at
the Kaiapoi Workingmen's Club in Raven Quay. The
programme for the evening will run from 5.30pm to
7.30pm and includes updates on town centre
progress, facilities, buildings, projects, business
support and residential developments in and
around Kaiapoi. There will be opportunities for
questions followed by an open discussion.
Sewer work starts
Work to relocate the existing sewer main, in the
centre of Rangiora's High Street is due to start on
May 13 and will take approximately eight weeks.
The new pipe will be constructed along the centre
line of High St within a trench about two metres
deep. The contractor will be working within a
restricted margin as close to the centre of the
street as possible to allow freedom of traffic
movement both ways.
Bus route survey
Following complaints from Woodend residents
regarding the new bus route through Woodend
residential streets, and the dropping of a direct
service from Woodend to Rangiora, the Woodend
Community Association is surveying households.
The survey asks for feedback on bus use and
whether the bus should travel down residential
streets to collect users, or if a service up the main
street would be sufficient.
A day for health
A ''Healthy Mind -- Healthy Body -- Healthy You''
day will run in the St John Hall in Amberley from
10am till noon on May 11. Speakers will include
physiotherapist Sarah Sidey, with ideas on getting
a good night's sleep, and raising your energy and
vitality. Registered mental health nurse Kate
Brandram-Adams will address alcohol myths and
misconception, while Tracy Croft, a therapeutic
sports masseuse, coach and fitness trainer, will
offer advice on keeping moving.
New residents to the Rangiora area are welcome
to join the Newcomers Network, says founder
Sylvia Temple, of Fernside.
Mrs Temple was recently recognised for her
many years of work in helping new residents feel
part of the district.
Eighty people gathered for her surprise 80th
birthday party, to celebrate her contribution.
Mrs Temple, originally from England, was
inspired to found the group because she knew how
it felt, like flotsam'', emigrating from England
herself and how hard it could be meeting new
In a recent story about the group she was incor-
rectly quoted as attributing that feeling to all Eng-
lish immigrants. The Northern Outlook regrets
Newcomers get together each month for coffee,
rather than dinner as reported, as a means of
meeting new people and making friends.
Anyone wanting to make contact with the group
can do so through the website newcomers.co.nz.
Serving your community a given
By RACHEL MacDONALD
GRAND DAME: Culverden's
Judith Hoban has reached the
top echelon of the Order of St
CULVERDEN and St John
stalwart Judith Hoban has
become one of only a handful
of New Zealanders to be elev-
ated to the highest rank of the
She will be accepted at the
end of the year into the order's
Grade 1, as a Dame Grand
Cross, in recognition of her
utmost integrity, loyalty and
devotion to the order through
exceptionally successful and
Judith has lived in Culver-
den since the mid-1960s and
joined the order the year after
she married husband, Pat, in
1975. In doing so, she was fol-
lowing in family footsteps, she
said, with both her parents
and her husband having been
involved before her.
I had been raised in an
environment where service to
the community was a given.
It wasn't something you
left to other people, it was
something you participated
in.''She first joined the St John
area committee and was then
invited to stand for the
regional committee in 1990.
She became involved on a
national basis in 1993 and
today works as priory hospi-
taller, advocating, overseeing
and arranging New Zealand
support for the St John eye
hospital in Jerusalem.
Asked why St John inspires
such dedication in its
members, she cites the sheer
range of opportunities avail-
able within the order.
St John is different things
to different people. There are
governance and volunteer
support roles, and there are a
lot of youngsters who go
through our youth develop-
ment programme and choose
to keep on giving, even if they
do other things first,'' she
The training we offer our
ambulance operational teams
is tough, it's really demanding
and is a huge achievement
when they qualify but then
there is a chance to become
fulltime paid staff later.
It just never seems to leave
you; we have all these won-
derful people who know they
can make a difference.''
Judith will travel to Nelson
in November for her investi-
Barnardos is back
SIZZLING IN THE RAIN: Annette Tomlinson (left) and Gemma Walker met a hungry
horde as they sizzled sausages and fried onions at the Barnardos relaunch in Rangiora.
BARNADOS WAS welcomed to Rangiora --
along with the rain -- this week, as the early
childhood service opened its doors at the War
Memorial community centre in Albert St.
The organisation's North Canterbury head-
quarters in the Hansen's Building in Kaiapoi
was damaged in the September 2010 earth-
quake and had to be abandoned. Now, more
than two years later, Barnardos has a new
office in Rangiora, from which two staff will
administer its home-based care and education
In celebration of the occasion, Barnardos
staff wore T-shirts announcing they were
Inspired to Teach'', while banners and flags
proclaimed Nurturing dreams, inspiring
Barnardos joins Mothers Supporting Moth-
ers, the Rangiora Budget Advisory Service, Big
Brother Big Sister, Plunket and other social
support groups working out of the building.
The manager for Barnados' Early Learning
Services, Carol Willetts, said the home-based
programme was individual to New Zealand.
Visiting teacher Janice Sword, who has given
25 years to the organisation, said more
educators were needed and she would like to
branch out into Ohoka, Clarkville and
If there is anybody keen to operate a home-
based service catering for children in their own
home, we'd be pleased to help them.''
Along with a sausage sizzle and balloons,
pirate Long John Knickers -- aka New Brighton
magician Kerry McCammon -- kept the chil-
dren entertained with his music and box of
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