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Keep pooling resources
Broadfields School and Selwyn residents have
been asked to keep their pools full of water and
uncovered to allow helicopters and fire crews to
scoop water for any further fire emergency. District
council chief executive Paul Davey said the
capability of the chopper pilots and ground crews
to ''do such a fantastic job'' protecting as many
houses and structures as they did, was down to
their ability to scoop water from a number of pools.
Mr Davey said the authorities were thankful to
those who allowed the water takes.
Rural business awards
Rural Women NZ is introducing new categories to
its annual Enterprising Rural Women Awards for
2013, which recognise women running small rural
businesses. The supreme award will go to the
winner of one of; ''Love of the Land'', covering all
land-based businesses, from animals to
agriculture; ''Help! I Need Somebody'' sponsored
for businesses with a service-focus; ''Making it in
Rural'' -- for women involved in manufacturing or
creative enterprises and ''Stay, Play Rural''
covering businesses engaged in rural tourism and
To enter the awards, women have to own and
operate a small business with fewer than 10
fulltime equivalent staff, based in a rural area, for
at least two years, or be an active partner owning
50 per cent or more.
Entries close on March 15 and entry forms are
available on ruralwomen.org.nz. The awards will be
presented at the Rural Women's national
conference in Christchurch on May 23. Each
category winner will receive $1000 in prize money
and a trophy, with a further $1000 going to the
More than two million census forms are expected
to be completed online in the 2013 census.
General manager 2013 census Carol Slappendel
said Statistics New Zealand was aiming for 35 per
cent this year compared to seven per cent in
2006, the last census. Filling census forms online
requires an internet access code and paper forms.
Census collectors will deliver these to every
dwelling in New Zealand between February and
census day on March 5. See census.govt.nz.
TOP STUDENT: Governor-General Sir Jerry Mataparae, left, Rachel Cottam, and Dean Schmidt, general manager
corporate affairs at Genesis Energy at Realise The Dream last month.
Photo: COLIN McDIARMID
Pig study paves way
to university dream
NEW LINCOLN University
student Rachel Cottam, heading
into a four-year degree in
may need a breather before lec-
tures start after a busy 2012.
The former Lincoln High
School student has a long list of
academic achievements behind
her. She won the regional Can-
terbury/Westland Science Fair
in August and was named as an
outstanding student by her
school and attended the week-
long Royal Society Realise The
Dream'' event in December.
The financial headaches
which afflict some students
might not be a problem however
-- she also notched up five
scholarships along the way, one
a Lincoln University Scholar-
ship Award, which pays for her
The Realise the Dream' takes
20 students who have underta-
ken an outstanding piece of sci-
ence research or technology
development'' on an all-expenses
paid trip around the North
Along the way students are
hosted by science organisations
and are given the opportunity to
see some of New Zealand's cut-
ting edge science first hand.
Rachel's investigation These
Little Piggies Went to Market'',
which took out the science fair
award, earned her entry.
Rachel said she researched
different living environments of
pigs (indoor and outdoor) and if
the conditions affected the taste
of the meat. She studied free-
range and indoor intensive pig-
geries and compared behaviours
over 24 hours in both environ-
She said there were no signifi-
cant stress behaviours observed
in either group, but there was a
variation of normal behaviours
due to the living environments.
A taste test by her fellow Lin-
coln High students last year
proved the difference between
the meats was insignificant.
Realise the Dream''students
were hosted by the Liggins Insti-
tute, Massey University,
DairyNZ and Niwa.
Rachel said her favourite visit
was to Genesis Energy at
Tokaanu and a team exercise
where they had to come up with
a proposal to prevent ash enter-
ing the water intake system
after a volcanic explosion.
That was really neat as a vol-
canic eruption could easily be a
possibility'' she said. Her group
won a prize for the most
Her involvement in the event
and her work last year had
altered her perceptions: I no
longer see issues as black or
white but understand that there
are shades of grey in everything
It had given her a greater
understanding of the challenges
we face in the world today''.
Through her degree she intends
to work toward encouraging
sustainable business practices.
EARLY EXIT: Departing Selwyn District Council chief
executive Paul Davey will be released from his contract
early to take up another job. Mr Davey was due to leave
at the end of June, but will now leave on February 22.
He signalled he intended to leave last year and his
position has been advertised by the council. Until it is
filled, environmental services manager John
Christensen will be acting chief executive.
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