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Mobile coverage and broadband options for some
residents in Selwyn District have got a boost with
Vodafone switching on a newly built cell site at
Springfield as part of the the Government's Rural
Broadband Initiative (RBI). The site is the first to
be built in Selwyn by the company. Other new sites
planned for the area during the five year
programme include Southbridge -- expected to be
live before the end of the year -- West Melton,
Glentunnel, Bankside and Castle Hill. A 30-metre
monopole tower will provide new coverage to more
than 300 households in the Springfield area.
Youngsters from Kidsfirst Kindergartens Lincoln
passed on their green knowledge -- by singing their
care-code song about how to care for the
environment -- at the recent Enviroschools
Canterbury Award Ceremony at the Lincoln Events
Centre. The kindergarten has a Green-Gold
Enviroschool Award and was sharing with others at
the ceremony, which honoured other students'
environmental efforts from the region. Tai Tapu
School and Banks Peninsula Plunket Community
Preschool were among the recipients of Bronze
Awards, as part of the student-led programme
where they plan, design and take action to create
a more sustainable community.
Bad weather last Friday saw parts of Tai Tapu and
Lincoln lose power when trees fell on power lines.
Orion lines company confirmed a power blackout
on Lincoln-Tai Tapu Rd about 2pm, but the power
was restored within an hour. Canterbury was hit
with the heaviest rainfall in the country on Friday.
Metservice weather forecaster Ian Gall said the
rain had been falling at a rate of four to five
millimetres an hour from late morning. The soaking
continued at that rate until the mid-afternoon.
The Leeston Christmas Parade will be held on
Friday, after bad weather forced its postponement
Lincoln Farmers' and Craft Market are holding a
special Twilight Christmas Market on December
20 with festive live entertainment, Christmas
decorations and a special visit from Santa. Full
details are on facebook.com/lincolnmarket.
Sniffer bees are being trained at the Food and
Plant Research laboratory in Lincoln to detect the
scent of apples which have been infected by light
brown apple moth caterpillars, so the trees can be
dealt with. "There's compounds in caterpillar spit
that causes apples to release other compounds,"
project head and science group leader Max
Suckling said. "We train the bees to smell where
the caterpillars have been feeding. We can
potentially use this for improving pest
QUESTION TIME: Christine Peters,
with the brain-teaser book on the site
the facility will be built.
Put your mind to the
future of kids' facility
A SMALL book of brain-teasers
may have a big impact on the
youth of the district.
The quiz book, organised by
Christine Peters, is a Christmas
fundraiser with the goal of help-
ing provide a dedicated youth
orientated facility in the district
through the Selwyn Wairewa
The booklet is not just discar-
ded when finished -- it is the
entry into a quiz competition
with cash prizes.
The trust has already secured
a place to build -- in the grounds
of the Lincoln Baptist Church in
Mrs Peters hopes more than
doubling the number of books
printed, from 400 last year to
1000 in 2102, will help towards
There are 400 questions in the
book, divided into 20 categories,
which include famous eyes, song
lyrics, sport, history, word puzz-
les and the living world. The
questions have been put
together by Little River s Fay
Giddy and Tim Norman.
Some can be Googled, but oth-
ers will take a bit more brain
power. Once completed, the ans-
wers can be sent back in to be
marked -- with a $100 prize at
Quizzers have until the first
of March to send their book back
for marking and winners will be
notified by the end of April -- a
quick turnaround for marking
1000 books, she said.
Ms Peters works as the art
coordinator at Lincoln High
School and is aware of the inter-
est in the building project
among the students.
It would let them have a
space of their own to do things --
to go and hang out.
The trust already has youth
workers in Lincoln High School
and runs youth groups in Lin-
coln and Little River. The build-
ing would be a base.
She said the facility would let
the youngsters mix with good
positive role models at the trust.
Trust chairman Craig Steven
said it was champing at the bit
to get the building up .
The books are available from
from the Little River and Aka-
roa service centres, Lincoln
Library, Allure of Lincoln, and
Little River Gallery and Cafe.
They are also available from
Mrs Peters. Phone 325 1099.
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