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New Life pupils pan for gold
By RACHEL MACDONALD
ALL WASHED UP: There's a real art to panning for gold, as Rangiora New Life pupils
THERE'S GOLD to be found in
Rangiora -- or there was earlier
this week, when four Rangiora
New Life primary-aged classes
conducted a gold-panning activity in
the school stream.
Experienced gold-panners Norma
and Eric Pearce spent a morning at
the school helping pupils from years
4 to 8 find out what it really takes to
pan for gold. The activity was part of
the pupils' social science unit on
gold-mining in New Zealand.
The Pearces, grandparents of New
Life year 8 student Lee Tolson, have
spent years gold-panning in New
Zealand and Australia.
We've found enough gold to shout
ourselves some really good cups of
coffee,'' Mrs Pearce said.
She brought along a small bottle
of real gold flakes, which were
planted in the children's pans. If
the panning procedure was
followed properly, each child knew
they would discover'' gold at the
bottom of their pan.
Students stood in the stream with
their pans, sluicing layers of gravel
away with water to uncover the elu-
sive specks of gold. They also quickly
gained an appreciation for the chal-
lenges of earning a living this way.
The water was really cold and my
back started to ache after only a cou-
ple of minutes,'' year 8 student
Michele Nicholas said.
New Life teacher Duncan Webb
said the experience had sparked a lot
of discussion about the difficult life-
style and conditions endured by
early gold hunters.
And that, of course, is what it's
Company gauging expressions of interest
before deciding on plans for new building
By CATE BROUGHTON
THE NEW owners of the empty site at
206 High St in Rangiora are gauging
interest from potential tenants before
committing to plans for a new building.
The site was previously occupied by the
Northern Outlook, Albanys and Don
Rob Yates, from Rangiora Holdings
Ltd, has put up signs asking for interest-
ed parties to contact him.
If there is interest in the town to build
on it and it's economic, we will build.''
He said there had already been a
strong response from a number of busi-
nesses, but could not say who they were
at this stage.
I haven't got around to having any
meetings with anyone -- I have to set
Tenant requirements would be dis-
cussed, such as the size and type of build-
ing they were looking for.
And if that's what we want to do, we
will probably go ahead and do it.''
Mr Yates said the company wanted to
use the whole site.
The Northern Outlook office, Albanys
and saddlery were demolished earlier
Mr Yates said Rangiora Holdings
wanted to work with the council to
achieve something that would link with
the area to the north of the site.
We hope to work with the council and
have a nice concept.''
The council's plans to redevelop the
land it owns at the rear of the land,
currently used for car parking, were piv-
otal in the company's decision to buy the
property, he said.
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