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HABITAT RESTORATION: Halswell
Residents Association president
Ron Fensem with students Jett
Wiersma-Richards, Reuben Kinney
and Devon Neale, plant the first
trees in the restoration project.
Reviving habitat is
SEVEN OAKS School pupils are
joining forces with the Halswell
Residents Association to help an
They will work together to
restore the natural habitat of the
Canterbury mudfish on the Hals-
The paddocks bordered by
Quaifes and Murphys roads where
the students will move in 2016
when the school relocates from
Opawa, have a stream running
through them and a spring.
We're planning ahead,'' princi-
pal Owen Arnst said.
At the moment the school
operates out of the polytech's for-
mer horticulture site in Opawa,
which is brimming with native
trees and many of our students
are passionate about the environ-
ment. They've worked hard to
research why the spring on our
new site has deteriorated and
with the help of the Halswell
Residents Association, we intend
to see it flourish again.''
He said by restoring the head-
waters of the Halswell river there
would be a flow on effect all the
way out to Lake Ellesmere.
I was horrified to see how
muddy and smelly this natural
spring has become,'' 11-year-old
Anna Carson said.
We want to restore the water
system so that mudfish and may-
flies can live in it again.''
Anyone can join in the native
planting at the Quaifes Rd site on
May 17 at 10am.
Councillors want more
sister city relationships
SELWYN COUNCILLORS voted
to increase the district's family of
sister cities from three to five at
Wednesday's council meeting.
They agreed to establish
relationships with Indonesia's
Toraja Utara in Sulawesi and
America's Coventry in the State of
Selwyn already holds sister city
relationships with Japanese cities
Akitakata-shi in Hiroshima and
Yubetsu-cho in Hokkaido, plus
China's Shandan County Govern-
ment in Gansu Province.
Members of council have been
quick to point out the arrange-
ments are for useful purposes and
are not overseas junkets''.
Councillor Nigel Barnett said
he could see nothing negative''
about the sister city arrange-
Cr Barnett said travellers to the
sister cities pay their own way
and the only cost to the council is
Any costs for the proposed new
sister city relationships will be
met from the existing sister cities
Cr Barnett, who travelled to
Japan at his own expense as part
of a sister city exchange last year,
said the exchanges opened up a
pathway of opportunity for people
to experience another culture.
Darfield High School principal
James Morris was supportive of
the sister city programme after
having many students travel on
exchanges and host visitors.
Deputy Mayor Sarah Walters
was a little sceptical at first, but
after more research is supportive
of the new sister cities.
Crs Barnett and Walters could
see possible future economic ben-
efit -- including tourism for Sel-
wyn -- from the exchanges.
SELWYN DISTRICT Council is
inviting applications for the 2013
Gansu International Fellowship
The programme provides one
Selwyn resident the opportunity
to visit Lanzhou in the Gansu
Province of China.
Any Selwyn resident aged
under 45 who is in good health, a
university graduate and willing to
present information about Selwyn
District is being encouraged to
apply for the trip to China.
The Gansu government is cover-
ing travel and accommodation
costs. Shandan in Gansu Province
is a sister city of Selwyn District.
The province is in north west
China and has a population of
more than 26 million.
The fellowship recipient will
learn Chinese and be immersed in
the local culture for two months.
Applications close on May 23.
Include a CV, application form
and letter of recommendation.
Further information: bernadet-
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone
03 347 2830.
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