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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, OCTOBER 31, 2012
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STILL FUN: Emily Richards has her face painted at the Hororata Spring Fair, which
was affected by bad weather.
Fair must go on to
restore St John's
BAD WEATHER affected numbers
at Labour Day s annual Hororata
Less than expected was raised for
the local parish, which is still coming
to terms with the aftermath of the
September 4 quake.
The parish has relied on income
from the fair since St John s Stone
Church was severely damaged in the
earthquake. It is no longer used.
Parish vicar Jenni Carter said
people may not be aware that the
parish has been affected in more
ways than imagined .
The parish used to generate a
good income from different events,
such as weddings which were held in
the St John s Stone Church.
Since the church was damaged
and rendered unusable events such
as the Spring Fair have become the
Parish s main source of income.
A Twilight Christmas Fair will be
held on December 7 at the St John s
Church grounds, from 5pm.
The fair will feature Christmas
carols, stalls, kids entertainment, a
barbecue and the Spring Fair s post-
poned Country Auction.
Hardy locals turned out for the
Labour Day event in the rain and
about $5000 was raised.
While this is a good outcome con-
sidering the conditions, it is under
half of what the event was expected
to achieve, organisers said.
For information about the Christmas
fair go to hororataparish.co.nz.
Forest haven is
By ANNA PRICE
WILDLIFE MAGNET: Darfield High students stacked with native plants for
their long-term native forest island project.
THE EASTERN corner of a dis-
used gravel pit 3km from the
Waimakariri River will spring to
life as a lure to native forest
birds in an ambitious Darfield
High School project.
The long-term project has
been recognised with a $2000
environmental grant to create a
native forest island for birds
and other native wildlife in the
Darfield High was one of only
two South Island schools to
secure a grant from The NZ
Glass Environmental Fund,
sponsored by O-I New Zealand.
Principal James Morris wel-
comed the cash boost.
It is pleasing for the project
to be recognised and in particu-
lar for the students who have
shown a lot of leadership with
environmental projects they
have been running, he said.
Students impressed the back-
ers with hard facts and their vis-
They voiced concern that at
only 1 per cent, the amount of
remaining native vegetation in
Canterbury was one of the low-
est in New Zealand and that
most of the region had been
classified as either acutely
threatened , at risk or criti-
cally under-protected .
The outlook was even more
dire in the Selwyn district,
where less than 0.5 per cent of
native vegetation remained.
There is a need to create a
network of patches and cor-
ridors for native wildlife that
spans the Canterbury Plains
from the mountains to the sea,
created by the people who live
here and for the benefit of pres-
ent and future generations,
moving between the coast, the
river, forest remnants and lar-
ger blocks of conservation land,
the students said in their fund-
The Selwyn District Council
set aside the site, 3km from the
Waimakariri River, as reserve.
The 0.36ha eastern corner
had been levelled and cleared.
The site, halfway between the
mountains and the sea, seemed
an ideal place for a forest island.
Some 200 native plants were
put in last year to start the
Funding committee chairwo-
man Nicky Wagner MP said this
round has seen a new range of
We have observed an
impressive level of initiative and
broad thinking. Whole schools,
families and communities are all
working together on these pro-
jects and it s great to see every-
one so engaged and excited, she
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