Home' Northern Outlook : July 31st 2013 Contents 4 NORTHERN OUTLOOK, JULY 31, 2013
In winter, tiny particles
called PM10 hang in our
air and are harmful to our
health. Most of winter
PM10 in Canterbury is
due to smoke from home
heating. A daily PM10
reading over the national
standard is considered a
high pollution day.
"My chimney was
smoking a lot
more than most.
I've cleaned up
Kaiapoi Rangiora High pollution
days so far
Beloved Jedd missing
WHERE IS HE?: Cust's Karyn Jackson (inset pic) is desperate to have her canine companion, Jedd, returned home.
By PETER HIDE
CUST WOMAN Karyn Jackson is almost
beside herself with grief after the theft of
her precious family dog, Jedd, on July 20.
The little one-year-old bichon/shih tzu
cross, with a caramel-coloured collar,
went missing from the family s farm
while they were splitting wood a week
ago on Sunday. She says he went after
some rabbits and was immediately called
back, but while the family s other two
dogs returned, Jedd did not.
Surely somebody must know what s
happened to him, Karyn says. He has
health issues that will start to affect him
soon and I m really concerned.
She says the family circulated flyers
at the Saturday Cust farmer s market
and the Oxford market on Sunday, and
the leaflets have also gone out in a
rural delivery maildrop. The police are
now involved as well, which she hopes
She says the pup s disappearance has
affected everybody in the family.
My house looks like a tip and there s
no food in the cupboards, she says
tearfully. The only good thing is that,
being the holidays, the children were not
in school, where they would have to con-
centrate on what they were studying.
A Facebook page she has set up has
gone viral and a listing on TradeMe s
Lost and Found section has received hun-
dreds of visits.
But there s still no go with finding
Jedd, she said yesterday. You would
think somebody would have seen him or
knew where he was by now.
Jedd was last seen on the Oxford Rd,
just outside Cust, heading to Rangiora.
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In your July 24 issue, it saddened me to read
Angela Pollard s letter about power/heating at
her new Kaiapoi address costing so much more
than her weekly food allowance for their family of
I hope someone has told her that at 116
Williams St, we have our Kaiapoi Community
Services. Also a foodbank. The ladies there read
her letter and will happily help with some of the
items on her grocery list, until she can turn off
that heat pump. To the left is our Save the
Children shop, with good cheap clothing and
household bric-a-brac. Hope this helps. Jos Baker
Having been forced to cope with last year s rates
increase of more than 18 per cent, I was foolishly
pinning my hopes on this year s increase being no
more than the advised 5 per cent overall increase
forecast in the 10-year plan, but here we go again.
This year, my rates will increase by 6.77 per cent,
which raises some questions such as what the
actual overall percentage and dollar value
increase in the Waimakariri District Council rates
take are for this year, what number of ratepayers
enjoyed no increase, how many had a less than 5
per cent increase, and the number who had a
greater than 5 per cent increase?
Of interest also is the difference between the
central versus local government expectations of
likely increases, as illustrated by the increase of
the maximum rates subsidy on offer this year.
Last year s maximum was $590, compared to this
year s $595 -- a negligible increase of 0.84 per cent
-- totally out of sync with what is really happening.
If local government and its various officials
really and truly have any concern for the hapless
ratepayer, it has the choice of significantly
reduced spending, or better, to broaden the tax
base to include every person or entity that benefits
from what is provided.
Jingle all the way
CHRISTMAS CHEER will be back on Rangiora s
High St this year, with the return of the Santa
Parade to its traditional route.
Despite fences remaining around some closed
buildings, council staff have indicated there is
available space to manage the parade along the
High St/Victoria St route, Rangiora Promotions co-
ordinator Kirstyn Barnett said.
News of the parade route sends a message to the
community that Rangiora is reclaiming its central
business area, Ms Barnett said.
In addition to the parade, the day will feature
entertainment, stalls and fun children s activities.
To book your float in this year s parade, please
email Kirstyn at: email@example.com
or phone 021 312 230.
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