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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, DECEMBER 12, 2012
Actor aims to stimulate arts scene
ACTING ON ART:
Poudel wants to
see more of an art
scene in Selwyn.
A ROLLESTON based profes-
sional actress is looking to make a
difference to what she sees as a
paucity of creative outlets for Sel-
wyn residents, despite a resurgent
art scene down the road in Christ-
Heidi Poudel appeared in the
recent Christchurch production of
the play The Visitor and hopes to
be touring the North Island with
the production next year. She has
trod the boards since the late
She hopes to start offering some
form of drama lessons in the town
next year to invigorate the Selwyn
Ms Poudel moved to Rolleston
in early 2010 and has watched the
Christchurch theatre community
recuperate after being hit by the
She sees, with the growing
population, the same opportun-
ities existing in Selwyn.
I have children attending Sel-
wyn schools and I enjoy the grow-
ing township (Rolleston) and look
forward to seeing its further
development. The downside I cur-
rently see is that there is very lit-
tle on offer for arts lovers or kids
who want to participate in artistic
Selwyn residents in particular
are isolated from the vibrant arts
scene which is fighting an uphill
battle (in Christchurch) to stay
afloat in the damaged landscape
of the city.''
She said there were many chal-
lenges for artists in the city, such
as venue space, access to funding
and making people aware that
many places are in fact open and
running despite being amongst a
street still full of rubble''.
The irony is that Selwyn is
relatively unscathed, but the
inner city still offers far more
entertainment and cultural pur-
She thought a lot of people who
moved from overseas might feel
the lack of cultural entertain-
I would love to start something
in Rolleston for school-aged kids
I have even been asked by local
parents if I will be doing drama
classes here. The more I think
about it the more viable it seems.'
I hope I can contribute to a cul-
tural renaissance in Rolleston.
The more people we have support-
ing the arts whilst Selwyn devel-
ops, then definitely it is going to
benefit residents greatly and
future generations who live here''.
SUMMER WATER restric-
tions started in Akaroa at
the weekend, but should be
lifted in March or April
The level one restrictions
mean people with odd-
numbered street addresses
can water outside on odd-
numbered days, and those
with even-numbered street
addresses can water on
City water and waste manager Mark Christison
said that with more visitors heading to Akaroa in
summer, a huge'' seasonal strain was placed on
the township's stream-fed water supply.
The water restrictions apply to Akaroa, but
Banks Peninsula residents and visitors are asked
to conserve water in general and be mindful of
water use when washing cars and boats and
Water levels were being monitored on Banks
Peninsula and, like other years, restrictions could
possibly be tightened, Mr Christison said.
Police to target
road work sites
A POLICE warning to motorists to be extra care-
ful'' when driving through works sites on rural
roads follows an incident in North Canterbury last
week when a 22 year old unlicenced woman
driver was checked at 129kmh and still accelerat-
The woman was charged with dangerous driv-
ing and breaching her learner licence.
Senior Sergeant Phil Newton said the woman
overtook another vehicle on State Highway 1 near
Cheviot at around 1.45pm last Thursday while
travelling through a busy 50kmh road works site.
Construction workers were on-site at the time.
Police have received a number of recent com-
plaints from road works crews who fear for their
safety,'' Mr Newton said.
Some motorists completely ignore temporary
speed reductions or in some cases traffic lights
that are set up through the work sites.
Drivers who ignore the warning signs while
driving through road construction sites put every-
one in danger.''
Police would come down hard on transgressors
this summer and rigorously enforce the road rules
for road work sites, he said.
That no-one was injured in the latest incident
was pure luck.''
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