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POLICE HAVE interviewed the owners of a
property where a large wild fire started in Janu-
ary, destroying homes and ravaging large areas of
farmland in Selwyn.
They now have to make other inquiries before
they decide whether to lay charges over the
destructive blaze, which began in Broadfield, near
Prebbleton, on January 10.
Fuelled by high winds and tinder-dry
conditions, the fire burned across 69 hectares of
land and destroyed two houses, multiple sheds
and buildings, vehicles, farm equipment shelter
belts, fences, power supplies, water and irrigation
supplies and telephone connections. A district fire
ban had been in place since December 24.
A Selwyn District Council report released in
April said the fire began in a rubbish and slash
pile in a paddock at the rear of a Selwyn Rd
property and alleged people living at the address
were responsible for the blaze.
Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Farrant said
police interviewed the owners of the property last
Other inquiries stemming from the interview
would need to be followed up before a decision
could be made, Farrant said. That was likely to
happen before the end of the month.
Missing man's car found
POLICE WERE scouring a remote area in
Arthur's Pass National Park following the dis-
covery of the vehicle belonging to missing Christ-
church man Peter John Crowther.
The vehicle, a 1996 Mitsubishi Galant, was
found by a member of the public in remote bush
near the Mount White bridge, close to the Hawdon
Shelter, on Sunday afternoon.
Police were notified of the discovery around
9.30am on Monday.
A search team comprising three police dogs and
handlers, six police search and rescue unit
members and 15 volunteers were searching an
area around the vehicle.
Constable Gavin Jeffs of Christchurch CIB said
Mr Crowther's vehicle appeared to have been at
the site for some time. Nothing of significance had
inside the car.
is in a remote
in an area of
bush,'' he said.
we have now
would like to
hear from any-
one who may
have seen the
car in this
area, or on
roads into the area, or who can help us to estab-
lish its movements.''
Mr Crowther was last seen at about 4pm on
Friday, June 14 at his workplace in Addington. He
has not been in contact with family since that
time, and no sightings have been reported.
Anyone with information about the vehicle's
movements should contact Christchurch Police on
(03) 363 7400.
Deputy wants top job
By MAT KERMEEN
NEXT STEP: Sarah Walters wants to become the mayor of Selwyn.
If they want the status quo they
can have it, but I think its
important to give ratepayers the
choice of change.
CHALLENGERS TO Kelvin Coe's
third term as Selwyn mayor keep
coming -- with his deputy the latest
to thrust her name into contention.
Deputy mayor Sarah Walters has
confirmed her intention to run
against Mr Coe and two other con-
firmed candidates -- Dr Olive Webb
and councillor Sam Broughton.
Ms Walters agreed with specu-
lation that two other experienced
campaigners in local politics are
likely to confirm they will also con-
test the top job before nominations
close on August 23.
The 45-year-old mother of two
entered council when she won a seat
as a Selwyn Central Ward councillor
She enjoyed a rapid rise up the
ranks when she was voted into the
deputy mayor position after just one
term on the council.
The deputy said it was a little
awkward'' running against the
incumbent, but ultimately it was a
decision built around giving rate-
payers a choice.
If they want the status quo they
can have it, but I think its important
to give ratepayers the choice of
Ms Walters said she had already
advised Mr Coe of her intentions.
With Selwyn experiencing the
fastest growth of any region in the
country, Ms Walters said it was obvi-
ously an exciting time to be a part of
If elected mayor, she said there
would be a focus on looking forward
and thinking strategically.
The moment you stop innovating
you're actually going backwards.''
A council representative on the
Greater Christchurch passenger
transport advisory group, Ms Wal-
ters wants to focus on improving
public transport in Selwyn.
The Aylesbury resident describes
herself as having sound local govern-
ment knowledge and experience,
resulting from regular attendance at
local government zone and sector
The passionate supporter of the
Selwyn Aquatic Centre was also
chair of the aquatic facility steering
Ms Walters believes she has an
excellent understanding of the chal-
lenges and issues facing the council.
The deputy mayor believed the
council was largely in a good place,
but that significant improvements
could be made with a bit of tweak-
Passionate about putting more
focus on the youth of Selwyn, Ms
Walters said bringing more balance
to the council was essential.
She hoped to focus on council
services, representation, financial
and environmental issues -- and the
current and future needs as the dis-
trict continues to grow and develop.
She also acknowledged Selwyn's
constant water issues needed work.
If elected, Ms Walters wants to
increase the levels of communication
across the board.
She wants the council to be more
accessible for ratepayers, so the com-
munity feels it has a voice, as well as
putting a focus on maintaining and
building relationships and personal
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