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The 16-year-old driver of a 4WD with two
passengers which skidded on gravel and flipped on
Plantation Rd, Darfield, on Friday night, was on his
learner licence. The Toyota Hilux came to grief on
a newly gravelled road, but the driver and his
passengers, aged about 17, were not badly hurt.
Liquor was not a factor, police said. Family
members towed the Hilux back to their home at
An electrical fault is believed to have sparked a
caravan and van fire at a rural Prebbleton address
in the early hours on Saturday. The police said no-
one had been living in either vehicle.
Lincoln residents are urged to be diligent about
mailbox security and locking their houses following
a burglary on Thursday at a Boundary Rd address.
Constable Liz Johnson of Rolleston said an
intruder alarm ''was the saving grace''.
Distinctive caravan stolen
NAIL THEM: Police are urging the public to keep their eyes peeled for this distinctive
German Burstner caravan stolen from a Wainui property last weekend.
By ANNA PRICE
POLICE ARE keen to track down a
distinctive German caravan stolen
from a Wainui property while the
owners were absent last weekend.
The $50,000 six-metre long, four-
berth Burstner is believed to be one
of only two in the South Island. It
has a blue and gold strip on both
Owners Gary and Rana Simes
bought the caravan seven years ago
at the Christchurch A & P Show.
Aside from touring, the couple use
the caravan as an extra apartment
when the family comes to the farm
We re really desperate to get this
back again. We use it a lot. We re
absolutely devastated, Mrs Simes
There s probably only one or two
of them in the South Island. You
can t buy them here.
The caravan, parked in their barn
off Bossu Rd, was towed away along
a lesser-used route.
They didn t take the main road,
Mrs Simes said. The caravan was
towed away probably by a very
good strong 4WD vehicle over a
shingle road around the back of Mt
The escape route was clearly
marked. The jockey wheel had not
been lifted, and scraped along the
It would have had to be a very
good 4WD to pull it, Mrs Simes said.
The couple had only just returned
from Spain five days before the theft,
and left for Christchurch last Friday
for a week for Mr Sime s birthday.
All our personal gear is in it. It s
our family home, Mrs Simes said.
The couple have a holiday cottage
they rent near where the caravan
You could easily see the caravan
from the road. Anyone who came to
look at the cottage would have seen
it. It had to be two men at least. One
person would not have been able to
manoeuvre that caravan on their
The couple do not believe the
offenders were local people.
Akaroa Police Senior Constable
Lyle Pryor is appealing to peninsula
residents and people further afield to
call with any information, however
minor it may seem. Call Mr Pryor on
03 304 1030.
sends prices up
By MAT KERMEEN
NEW HOMES: Councillor Sam Broughton is hopeful new housing will soon ease the
property shortage in Darfield.
RENTAL SHORTAGE: A high demand for
rental properties is starting to ramp up
A SHORTAGE of housing could see
prices soar as the squeeze goes on
the Darfield housing market.
A constant flow of Christchurch
residents heading west and the
Fonterra milk plant bringing work-
ers to the Malvern town is starting to
stretch local housing capacity.
Selwyn Mayor Kelvin Coe said last
week he believed housing was start-
ing to tighten up in the area, and
he has been backed by property
insiders and one of his councillors.
Chris Abbott, of CRT Real Estate,
said business was flat tack and
they were unable to find enough
properties to fill the demand.
There is currently very strong
demand for properties, it s the most
sold stickers I ve ever seen.
We ve just had three houses go
under offer in three days, and they
had only been on the market for a
very short time.
Mr Abbott said CRT had buyers
waiting in the wings .
He was constantly being
approached by potential clients.
Malvern councillor Sam Brough-
ton said he was aware there was a
high demand for housing in Darfield
and that some families were strug-
gling to find suitable accommodation
in the area.
It s not only hard for new people
coming into the area. Families rent-
ing are now facing increased prices,
which can be tough.
Rebecka Gallagher, of RE/MAX
Initial Realty Ltd said she had
turned clients away as the demand
for rental properties exceeds what is
The property manager said the
Fonterra plant was having an effect
on what was an already busy market
and she expects the situation to
Property values will continue to
climb in the area. It s a desirable
place to live. It s a nice country town,
yet it s only 30 minutes from Christ-
Ms Gallagher said rents had gone
up about $20 to $30 a week in the
last year, but so far she had not seen
cases where landlords were charging
ridiculous prices .
Cr Broughton said there are large
amounts of land zoned for residential
development which he expected
would ease the burden once water
and insurance issues became clearer.
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