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The Hurunui District Council
website has been ranked ninth out
of all 78 local government
websites in New Zealand, in the
Association of Local Government
Information Managers (ALGIM)
annual online services awards.
Community and information
manager Naomi Woodham said
the council does not employ a
website administrator, as the site
is updated by customer service
and technical officers.
A dispute between two Sefton men
turned ugly when one of the men
allegedly stabbed the other with a
hunting knife at about 6pm on
Monday. Police were called to the
incident and a 20-year-old man
was charged with injuring with
intent and possession of an
offensive weapon. The man
appeared in court yesterday and
was bailed to May 28.
Three vacancies need to be filled
on the Rangiora High School
Board of Trustees. Nominations
close at noon tomorrow, Thursday,
May 16. Nomination forms are
available from the school office.
The poll closes at noon on May
30. For more information, contact
the secretary, Mrs Barbara Horne,
by telephoning the school on
03 311 8888 or
Rangiora New Life School is
holding its annual open day/
evening, tomorrow, May 16,
between 1.30 and 8.00 pm.
Principal Brian Seatter will speak
to parents at 2.30pm, 4.30pm
and 7pm, and a tour of the new
events centre will take place at
5pm. Visitors can see school
classes in action from 1.30 to
3pm and be taken on guided
tours with senior students from
1.30 to 7.30pm.
More ready to 'just go'
By CATE BROUGHTON
ESCAPE ROUTE: House of Travel consultant Jane Cousens with clients
Maxeen Hampton and Laura King.
A BUCKET list mentality is
driving more North Cantabrians
to put their well-earned cash into
travel, says House of Travel
Rangiora owner Jonathan Prager.
There s a much shorter time
between booking and travel --
much more of a mindset of want-
ing to just go, just living for
And as they spend that cash,
many are returning to travel
agents they trust to do the book-
ing for them, despite the online
booking option, he said.
A lot of people still want the
security of an agent, because it s a
lot of money they are spending,
but that s only if you can deliver.
The store s performance has
recently earned it the company s
top-performing outlet award for
the second year in a row.
Mr Prager said this was a result
of his team s focus on customer
service and the demand for travel
spurred on by the Canterbury
earthquakes, the population
growth in North Canterbury, and
the strong New Zealand dollar.
Local hardship has resulted in
a more aspirational mentality in
the community, where people are
more inclined to book holidays.
The award had come despite the
store losing its prime High St
location when the building it
operated from was demolished.
Loyal customers had followed
the service to its new location
upstairs in the Gables Arcade.
Like everyone else, we want to
return to High St, Mr Prager
said, but he would wait to see
what opportunities arose.
Another trend in travel was a
desire for more excitement off the
beaten track -- especially among
the 50-plus age group.
People are wanting more
adventure. They don t just want to
go and sit on the beach, Mr
This had led to many more trips
to Africa and South America,
booked by fit, older people who
had the funds to realise their
House of Travel Rangiora client
and florist Maxeen Hampton,
62, said the travel bug had hit
her in the last five years -- some-
thing that had been encouraged
by her partner.
She had just booked another
trip, this time going to Singapore
I love Singapore Airlines, and
trying different things, eating dif-
ferent foods. I just love it.
It s time to travel now that
I m older.
Fellow florist Laura King, 33,
was off to Hawaii with a couple of
friends on Saturday.
She said the trip was spurred
on by the need to have a break
from a very busy job.
Youth are focus of Lioness Club
By CATE BROUGHTON
THE FUNDRAISING efforts of
the Rangiora Lioness Club have
helped to support local youth
throughout the region over the
More than $8000 will be distrib-
uted to 29 individuals and groups
after a successful fundraising
year, second vice president
Yvonne Tait said.
This year, local youth were
identified as the group s focus for
The club s 30 members, women
aged between 50 and 80 years,
were involved in a variety of fund-
raising activities, including cake
stalls and raffles.
However, the bulk of the funds
were raised with two very success-
ful events. Both the antiques
roadshow and the club s fashion
show, held last month, raised
about $3000 each, Mrs Tait said.
Among those to benefit from the
club s efforts were Cust School s
Agrikids, who put the funds
towards a trip to Auckland to com-
pete at the national Agrikids
event this weekend.
Having won the regional event
at the Oxford Show in March,
the group had approached the
Rangiora Lioness Club for help.
Mrs Tait said funds were
allocated to individuals who wrote
to them for help, and to organis-
ations which they were aware
A large number of knitted goods
were donated to Age Concern for
distribution in Christchurch s
The recipients of funding from
the Lioness Club for 2012-2013
are: the Hart Walker Appeal, Day
of the Older Person, Spirit of
Adventure Trust, YMCA Camp for
two boys, Waikuku Life Saving
girls team, Charlie Gamble (ath-
letics), Ice Trampolining, Conrad
Fell (motocross), Rangiora High
School Maadi Cup rowing team,
Becky Gibbons Students Against
Drink Driving (SADD), Women s
Refuge, Lloyd Morgan Trust,
Citizens Advice Bureau, Plunket
Rangiora, Mothers Supporting
Mothers, Diabetic Youth, Ran-
giora Stroke Club, Camp Quality,
Williams Syndrome, Association,
Lucretia Taylor (soccer), Rangiora
Hospital, Cust School Agrikids,
Blake Murch (BMX), Tahlia Han-
sen (BMX), Rangiora High School
Shoes for Students scheme, Nata-
sha Boon (dance), St John Ambu-
lance Youth, North Canterbury
Riding for the Disabled, Salvation
Army food bank.
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