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Earth Hour events
EARTH HOUR celebrations kick
into full swing tonight in Selwyn
with a debate and an unusual
challenge from one of its youth
leaders. The event, which involves
turning off the lights at 8.30pm for
an hour on Saturday as part of a
global environment movement,
has a series of activities organised
by Lincoln Envirotown.
A Kim Hill-led debate called
Ultimate Balancing Act'' -- look-
ing at how food is produced --
will be held tonight at Lincoln
University, while youth event
facilitator Rachel Cottam has
pledged not to speak for a week if
100 people attend our Earth Hour
Acoustic Concert'', Lincoln Baptist
Church Hall, tomorrow night.
On Saturday, there will be a
candlelit barn dance at the
Rolleston Community Centre and
for a slower pace the day after,
the Tai Tapu Earth Hour walk
and picnic starts from the new
planting beside the Lincoln Tai
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By MAT KERMEEN
RAIN DANCE: Kieran Stone says Canterbury is not in dire
straits, but does need more rain.
THIS WEEK'S rain
on rooftops might
have been the
sweetest song farmers
have heard all year,
but it is the encore
they really want.
Rain started falling
late on Saturday
night, with light
Sunday, but it was
later that night and
Monday when the
real liquid gold
Stone, said he was
hearing that just
under 30 millimetres
seemed to be the average rainfall
being reported throughout the region
by Monday afternoon.
He stressed that while the rain
was indeed much needed, it was
important to get some warm, sunny
conditions to follow the moisture,
to encourage growth for crop and
Ideally, we would get a few days
of fine weather and then some decent
rain later in the week or on the
weekend. If we don't get more rain in
the next 10 days to two weeks, it
could mean this week's rain will
have little effect.
If we can't get it while there is
still warm weather around, it can
actually be detrimental.''
Mr Stone said the current situ-
ation was not good, but he did not
believe Selwyn was close to the
drought conditions seen in some
parts of the country.
We're definitely not dying in the
ditch here. We are only a week or so
of favourable weather conditions
away from getting back to roughly
where we would expect to be at this
time of year.''
Mr Stone said too much rain later
in the season, with not enough sun-
light, could effectively rot grass,
meaning farmers end up with less
than what they had in summer, so it
was important to get more rain in
the coming weeks.
Selwyn Mayor Kelvin Coe said this
week's rain had been a huge relief.
He said the rainfall had been
ideal, as it had been consistent and
not too hard, meaning it would soak
into the ground.
Much of the Selwyn District had
ground irrigation, so still had access
to some water, but it was those who
did not that Mr Coe felt for.
Farmers who relied on river run
water would have been struggling
before Monday's rain.
Some of them have been turned
off for more than a week, so
Monday's dump would have been
crucial for them.''
MOVING ON: Barry Simmons from North Canterbury with his Super Duper
Pooper Scooper at the 2011 South Island Agricultural Field Days at the
Lincoln University Farm. The event is back in Lincoln today, running until
Friday, but for the last time. Held every second year, it attracts between
20,000 and 25,000 visitors, and has been at the Lincoln University Farm for
32 years. It was announced last year that a larger site was needed to ensure
there was room for up to 80 exhibitors a day to demonstrate machinery and
equipment. The Field Days theme for 2013 is Ag-Technology.
Photo: KIRK HARGREAVES
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