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Back country snow
Ten truck and trailer units were
delayed in the Craigieburn Cutting
area near Arthur's Pass after
some 15 centimetres of snow fell
on Sunday night between Castle
Hill and Lake Pearson. Transport
Agency spokesman Barry Stratton
said contractors were on site on
Monday at 6am to clear the snow
and grit the road so the trucks
could continue on State Highway
73. However, the gritted snow
turned to ice at daybreak so
further work was needed.
School ground injury
A 13-year-old Methven boy was
flown by Westpac rescue
helicopter to Christchurch Hospital
last week with a back injury after
being kneed during a physical
education session at Mt Hutt
College. The boy was immobilised
on a scoop stretcher and flown to
hospital as a precaution, a
spokesman said. The accident
happened about 1pm Monday
Plains water cash
Backers of a $150 million central
Canterbury irrigation plan look set
to seek government funding to
start construction of the Central
Plains Water Scheme. Central
Plains Water general manager
Derek Crombie confirmed a
$140m debt and and equity fund
would be sought, with a
substantial capital raising needed
for the first third of the scheme.
This funding would be a mix
between farmers, banks or other
lenders and possibly a mezzanine
fund which could be the
Government if they were involved.
The company had already secured
$10m for the design of the first
stage of the scheme that would
cost nearly $150m. The canal
project would run 56 kilometres to
the Waimakariri River.
Young singer off to world
champs in Los Angeles
By MAT KERMEEN
studios. She will
take it to Los
THOUSANDS OF performers have chased
fame in Los Angeles but a teen from White-
cliffs might have a better shot than most.
Ashy Batchelor has won a life-changing
opportunity to compete in the World Cham-
pionships of Performing Arts Championships
in Los Angeles.
The St Margaret s College student submit-
ted an audition tape she had recorded of her-
self playing the guitar and singing but hardly
gave it another thought.
As far as she was concerned it was a pipe
dream at best and she had enough on her plate
to forget about it.
Between recording an original four-track
EP, recording an album with her band, 16
Seconds, writing more music and singing in
choirs, she does not have much time for con-
We decided that this year I was going to
take up every opportunity that came and when
But the 14 year old s life got tipped upside
down one day in April when she received an
email informing her she was headed for
I was freaking out when I found out; I was
so excited -- it was awesome, Ashy said.
I didn t think I would have been chosen.
Steve Fowler from Clevetown Studios has
been recording Ashy s album and said it was
an awesome opportunity regardless of how
well she did.
Success would not surprise Mr Fowler,
The thing with Ashy is she s good, really
The two-week competition is intense.
The first week is described as a performing
arts boot camp .
Competitors from 40 different countries will
spend time with industry professionals such as
producers, managers and choreographers.
Ashy said being mentored by music industry
insiders was going to be a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity. That week is going to help me so
much with my performing, stage presence and
how you should come across on stage.
Armed with her sample discs, Ashy will be
able to provide an example of her work if the
right opportunities come up.
She will compete in five different singing
genres and three while playing guitar -- all of
which need to be practised separately.
Although still trying to fundraise the $6500
dollars to make the trip, Ashy is confident she
will make it.
Since the day she knew she had been
accepted, Ashy has been busking anywhere
and everywhere to make her target and has a
fundraising concert next month.
If the girl from Whitecliffs can impress the
right people, it may be an investment that
pays off very quickly.
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