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KITSET FARM SHEDS
rather keep the
land her family
has farmed for
Hydro scheme will
By CATE BROUGHTON
MARJORIE SPENCER says the
Waitohi Irrigation and Hydro
Scheme would decimate the land
her family have farmed for 32 years.
At 88 years old, she said it prob-
ably wouldn t affect her, but her son
and grandsons would lose out.
It will mean that parts of the
farm are just islands attached to
other people s farms -- with no access
of our own, the long-time Hawarden
Mrs Spencer and her husband Neil
own 1214ha of farmland on Lake
The Waitohi scheme includes the
construction of four dams built
along the length of the upper
Mrs Spencer believed they would
lose about one third of their property
after the dams were established.
It would just wreck the farms
between Lake Sumner Rd and
Hurricane Gully -- they will just be
isolated blocks -- we can t work as a
No one from the scheme had
approached them about compen-
sation, Mrs Spencer said.
You would think they would
approach the landowners first -- but
they haven t.
She didn t really want to sell.
We re not very happy at all really.
We d rather have the land -- it s
beautiful farming land.
Hurunui Water Project manager
Amanda Loeffen said about half a
dozen landowners directly affected
by the project would be compensated
for any loss of production or land.
We ve always said negotiations
with them would start once we get
I wouldn t say they are thrilled
about it, but they have accepted it.
Everyone has been wonderful and
they realise it s for the benefit of the
Making a splash to
save Amberley pool
Pooling resources: Ingrid Davis is resplendent in her
Sally Macs gown, all ready for the Spring Ball fundraiser
for the Amberley pool refurbishment. The pool currently
spends seven months of the year out of use.
By RACHEL MACDONALD
AMBERLEY S NEWLY formed Save Our Pool
Society will launch itself -- and its fundraising
goals -- in style on August 31, at 7.30pm, with a
Spring Ball at the town s Tin Shed.
The society has been formed in a bid to raise
$700,000 towards the refurbishment of the
Amberley swimming pool, to see its facilities imp-
roved and hopefully get the pool heated so it can
be used year-round. If it reaches its fundraising
target, the Hurunui council has said it will match
the amount, as will Hanmer Springs, society
spokeswoman Kirsten Eggleston said.
The whole question of renovating the pool has
been taken off the council s long term plan and we
really want to see it back in the pipeline. she said.
I know people from Cheviot who drive all the
way down to the Dudley Pool in Rangiora to take
their children swimming, so there is definitely a
call for an upgraded pool here in Amberley. The
current one has a limited life and we want to work
with the local council to ensure that we develop
the best facility we can for our growing area -- one
that encompasses all the needs of our community,
both in Amberley and beyond, into the entire
She said the Save Our Pool committee realised
that achieving its goal was going to take a major
fundraising effort over the next few years, and
was looking forward to kick-starting the project
with the Spring Ball. This will be a black tie
evening, featuring spring cuisine and a cash bar,
with entertainment provided by the Decoy Ducks.
We are decorating the Tin Shed and it will look
spectacular on the night, Kirsten said.
A bus home will be provided for $10 for anyone
living within 15 kilometres of the venue, but pre-
bookings for this are essential.
Tickets for the Spring Ball can be purchased
from Napawalla s Barber Shop or from the Super-
liquor Amberley in Markham Street. They cost
$50 a ticket, which includes the band and supper;
or $550 for a table of 10, which includes a table for
you and your friends, and some complimentary
drinks to start with.
Call Kirsten on 027 229 3000 or email: kirstyegg
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