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Presbyterian Support Upper South Island's older
Presbyterian Support's Enliven Positive Ageing Services aim to support older people wanting to remain
as independently and socially connected as possible in their own homes and communities.
The Totara Club is a warm, friendly programme where elders come to Presbyterian Support to enjoy
socialising with peers, have a meal together and engage in meaningful activity. The aim is to provide
mental and physical stimulation while alleviating social isolation. They are picked up by the North
Canterbury Minibus Trust vehicles and are greeted by the lovely smell of morning tea baking. Volunteers
are a major contribution to this service. Volunteers drive the Minibus/transport, assist people on and off,
and help with meals and activities. These volunteers enhance their day.
Transport service volunteers take older people from the community to medical appointments and
back again. Volunteers give their time freely and clients donate towards petrol costs.
Volunteer visitors regularly visit older people for social interaction. Some great friendships have
been formed this way.
Shopper's bus (again the North Canterbury Minibus Trust vehicles) run each Tuesday and Thursday in
Rangiora picking up people from their home and taken to the supermarkets and about 12 midday are
picked up from the Rangiora Library to be taken back home. Friday Shopper's Bus runs in Kaiapoi.
Percival House is a Mental Health Recovery programme for adults. Volunteers support this Wellness
Recovery Action Plan either by driving or assisting with the programme.
HomeShare is another service where volunteers are involved in driving people to and from the 'host'
home, and also can assist with the programme to support the host. This programme was first developed
rurally where the host is trained and has up to 4 people in their home for the day, and is ideally
suited to those who require a smaller group. In Christchurch this model is being flexed due to limited
availability of hosts and suitable homes.
Volunteer-led Falls Prevention is another service where volunteers visit an older person and work
1-1 with them on specific exercises aimed at improving strength and balance in order to reduce the risk
Other Enliven Services for the North Canterbury area include some Social Work, Modified Otago
Exercise Falls Prevention Programme, Kai Awhina support, and one support worker that assists the day
programme, and HomeShare.
Our Family Works services can offer counselling for children and younger adults.
To become a volunteer call Kaye Vessey Regional
Volunteer Co-ordinator or for any of the above
services please call 03 313 8588 Ngawi Thompson
Centre, 258 High St., Rangiora.
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WHITE OUT: Pete Turnbull and Cruise, on a farm on the Inland Rd between Waiau and Kaikoura.
Photo: JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON
Farms damaged as
heavy snow falls
By CATE BROUGHTON
FARMERS IN Waiau and Lees
Valley continue to struggle with
the aftermath of the massive
snow dump last week.
Some Waiau residents have
reported snow drifts of up to 9
metres, collapsed barn roofs and
Hurunui District Council
spokeswoman Naomi Woodham
said the inland road between
Waiau and State Highway I was
still closed after an avalanche in
the area on Tuesday.
Staff from council contractor,
Downer, had assessed the area
and hoped to have the road re-
However, this was highly
dependent on the weather.
The use of explosives to make
the area secure was ruled out, as
sunny conditions had caused the
snow to melt, Ms Woodham said.
The Waiau branch of the
North Canterbury Rural Sup-
port Network was working to
support about 15 families left
isolated in Waiau.
About 20 volunteers from
Oxford went to help on a Lees
Valley farm still affected by the
Waimakariri District Council
Civil Defence personnel also set
up a base camp for volunteers in
The Lees Valley road
remained closed due to snow and
ice. A tree had also fallen over
Milder weather is forecast for
next week, which could make it
possible for staff to assess and
repair damage, a Waimakariri
By CATE BROUGHTON
NZ TRANSPORT Agency funding for a new Ash-
ley Bridge may not have been made available
until 2015, had the current bridge pier not col-
lapsed, a Waimakariri District Council roading
On Wednesday the decision was made to bring
the funding forward.
The NZTA will fund 60 per cent of the estimated
$11 million construction cost.
Before the collapse the construction cost was not
included in the current National Land Transport
Without that [the pier collapse] I guess NZTA
would have still had questions about whether its
priority was high enough, but I think we all
learned from that, Ken Stevenson said.
The pier was washed away after torrential rain,
causing the indefinite closure of the bridge 11
Mr Stevenson said the pier s collapse made a
huge difference, in terms of demonstrating the
vulnerability of the bridge .
NZTA regional planning and investment man-
ager Mark Yaxley said the funding was made
available due to the urgent need to replace the
bridge to ensure there was a resilient network to
the north of Christchurch .
Efforts to repair the old bridge were progressing
well, Mr Stevenson said.
The council is holding public meetings on the
status of the old bridge, and the design for the new
bridge. The meetings are at the Ashley School hall
from 7.30pm on Wednesday; and Rossburn Recep-
tions, Rangiora from 7.30pm on Thursday.
Waimak's woes continue
By TONY SMITH
NORTH CANTERBURY football club Waimak
United has been fined $4000 for a deliberate
course of deception and has had a senior player
suspended for 10 playing days.
Mainland Football chief executive Mike Coggan
yesterday confirmed the fine, the largest in the
football federation s 13-year history, and said
Brad Stewart s ban took effect immediately.
The punishments relate to an incident after a
Christchurch division 1 match between Waimak
United and Universities on May 18, in which
referee Marc Anderson was pushed.
Stewart was initially banned for nine months,
his coach, Dave Lay, suspended for two weeks,
and the club stripped of three competition points.
The club appealed the penalties, but the com-
mittee met on Wednesday and found them guilty
of a serious breach of conduct. Waimak can appeal
against the latest decision and penalties.
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