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Vets plan modern new centre
MOVING VETS: An artist's impression of the new Rangiora Veterinary Centre, expected to be built on the corner of Oxford and Lehmans roads before spring.
Centre is on the move, relocating
to custom-designed premises on
the corner of Oxford and Lehmans
roads, which should be completed
Our current site was zoned
residential three years ago, and
anyway, we're full up here -- we've
outgrown the building,'' veterin-
arian Ben Davidson said. We've
added on four extensions since
Lindsay Fraser built this place, so
it's time we move.''
He will own the new clinic
alongside business partners Dave
Martin and Andrew Bailey.
The practice is 50 years old
and since the original move from
Victoria St to its present site at 55
Kippenberger Ave, town has come
to meet it.
Horncastle Homes intends
building 200 further houses
around the Kippenberger Ave
property, and the Rangiora
clinic is already bursting at the
seams as it is, with 14 vets,
including two who job share at the
The new centre will be built to
hospital standards, with three
surgeries and six consultation
rooms -- one of which will be
exclusively for cats. There is also
space set aside for a memorial
garden for pets.
The practice has always had a
good mix of clients, with lots of
cats and dogs, but the influx of
lifestylers means that there have
been more horses coming through
Cedar weatherboards will clad
the front of the twin single-storey
blocks, with corrugated iron cover-
ing the sides, Mr Davidson said.
The water race will be redirected
to become a feature, and the
entrance will run off Lehmans Rd.
Essentially, we've pulled
together the best ideas we have
seen nationally and on the inter-
net, to create the most modern
clinic in the country,'' he said.
Former transport company workers reunite
By PETER HIDE
OLD FRIENDS: Trevor Duncan, Kevin
Nortman and Roger Rusbatch.
HUNDREDS OF former staff of
Transport North Canterbury
(TNC) and their partners recently
attended a reunion of the general
carrier company, which went out
of existence about 30 years ago.
Before then, the firm was one of
the biggest employers in North
TNC ceased to exist about 1985,
when it was was taken over by
Australian company Transpac.
This in turn went into insolvency
a couple of years later.
TNC was established in the
1930s by Bob Grant snr. His sons
Roy, Bob jnr and Roland followed
him into the business, and TNC
operated in North Canterbury for
more than 50 years.
In its heyday, the company had
about 250 trucks and employed up
to 300 staff. Many combinations of
fathers and sons, brothers and sis-
ters, and in-laws worked for TNC,
and in some cases, third genera-
tions worked for the company.
TNC had depots in Christ-
church and most towns in North
Canterbury, as well as Grey-
mouth, Murchison and Blenheim.
Most of these centres had at least
one person representing them at
Today, the only firm still pain-
ted in the livery of TNC -- the
green and gold -- is Christchurch
Ready-Mix Concrete Ltd, which
was bought from Transpac by Bob
jnr and Roly Grant.
Bob's son, Brian, is a director of
the Ready-Mix Concrete firm, and
he and his mother attended the
reunion. Roy left TNC at the time
of the Transpac takeover and
bought Ellesmere Transport.
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