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FROM Page 1
'Villages are neglected'
produced it. Dr Webb said she had a
proven track record in business
success and was no stranger to
implementing change in a large-
When I am mayor, we will review
the way we do business, plug the
growth of this deficit and reflect true
Campaigning for the little guys is
another passion, putting more of a
focus on the smaller towns of
She said the district had a rich
heritage, but its villages were tired
Places like Leeston and Hororata
need help to regain their beauty.
Dr Webb said if her bid was
successful, the people of the villages
and townships would be partnered
with the council to recover and
reclaim their importance in Selwyn.
Made an Officer of the New
Zealand Order of Merit in 2008, she
has lived in Selwyn for more than 40
years, and said the district s infra-
structure needed a major review,
with a clear, innovative, practical
and affordable plan vital.
Darfield is the largest town in
New Zealand without a sewage sys-
tem, and we are too familiar with
boil water instructions.
It s unacceptable.
The high-profile candidate is con-
fident she can get the support to
become the Selwyn mayor.
Firemen go sky high
HEADING UP: Steven and Hamish
Maw will be part of a Southbridge
team that will run up the Sky Tower
wearing about 25 kilograms of gear.
will confront the tallest chal-
lenge in the country on
For the second year running
the brigade has entered a team
to run up 51 flights of stairs of
Auckland s Sky Tower in full
firefighting gear to raise money
for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer
The Southbridge team of Ed
Love, Craig Clark, Wayne, Ham-
ish and Steven Maw have been
raising money for several weeks
in the leadup to the event.
It has been a busy few weeks
for the brigade, after featuring
prominently at the 2013 Natio-
nal Firefighter Combat Chal-
lenge in Wellington on April 19
The team finished third in the
two-man tandem event, and
Steven Maw was fourth out of 95
entries in the individual event,
earning him the right to com-
pete for New Zealand at the
World Championships in the
United States later this year.
New sign goes live
CAUTION, SLOW: Colin Knaggs, NZ
Transport Agency regional manager,
switches on the South Island's first rural
intersection-activated warning signs at
the Buchanans Rd-State Highway 73
intersection on Monday.
ELECTRONIC WARNING signs
have been installed at the intersec-
tion of Buchanans Rd and State
Highway 73 as part of a two-year
trial to improve safety at the inter-
section where there have been 19
crashes in 10 years.
The intersection west of Christ-
church is one of two crash hotspots
chosen for the NZ Transport Agen-
cy s trial.
The other is SH1 and Route 56 at
Himatangi, north of Foxton.
The warning signs are designed to
reduce the severity of crashes at
high-risk rural intersections by
reducing speed on the main road.
Of the 19 recorded crashes at the
Buchanans Rd intersection from
2003 to 2012, one was fatal and four
resulted in serious injury.
Canterbury/West Coast State
Highway manager Colin Knaggs said
safety improvements on high-risk
rural roads and at high-risk
intersections were a key focus of the
agency s safer journeys strategy.
The greatest proportion of inter-
section crashes within high-speed
environments are crossing or turning
crashes between two vehicles, Mr
We know that the risk of serious
injury or death from side impact
crashes increases significantly above
As a vehicle on Buchanans Rd app-
roaches the intersection, the elec-
tronic signs on SH73 -- about 150
metres each side of the intersection --
will flash and display a 70kmh speed
limit. If there were no vehicles on the
Buchanans Rd approach, the open
road speed limit of 100kmh would
apply, Mr Knaggs said.
By MAT KERMEEN
DESPITE SOME councillors voicing strong con-
cerns over performance and quality of work,
Selwyn District Council has voted to stand by one
of its biggest contractors.
At Wednesday s meeting the council extended
the contract of HEB Construction for maintenance
and renewal of roads, bridges, kerbs and channels,
signs and footpaths in Selwyn for a further two
The decision came despite several councillors
questioning the performance of the roading giant
before the vote, but after much debate, the con-
tract was accepted and extended on the rec-
ommendation of a staff report.
The company was first awarded the contract in
May 2010. It was agreed the contract would have
a rollover clause, and could be extended for a
further two years subject to satisfactory perform-
ance and agreement by both parties.
Councillor Sam Broughton raised concerns
about the quality of the roading maintenance, say-
ing he was disappointed with parts of the com-
pany s services. Cr Nigel Barnett was another who
Cr Mark Alexander said there had been con-
siderable community feedback that was critical of
the current arrangement.
Cr Pat McEvedy said the contract should be
rolled over as HEB Construction had always
listened to concerns from the community and had
always fronted up to the council to discuss con-
cerns when required.
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