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Hororata lake gains traction as attraction
AN AMBITIOUS plan to invigorate the Hororata
township is being investigated, after the second in
a series of three community meetings.
Residents have indicated they are keen to see a
large lake formed on the Hororata Domain site to
attract people to the township.
The Hororata Charitable Trust held the meet-
ings to bring the community together and see
how they wanted the township to take shape in
Trust chair Olive Webb said they had dared the
community to dream in terms of what they
thought could be possible, and the lake had come
out as one of the more favoured options.
Ms Webb said the idea had been around for
some time, with many in the Hororata community
believing it would offer a point of difference and
attract visitors to the region.
The Selwyn mayoral candidate said it was very
early days'' for the lake idea, but described it as a
watch this space'' opportunity.
Ms Webb said the majority of people at the
meeting appeared to be in favour of a lake, and
with the Central Plains Water irrigation scheme
looking for storage lakes, the idea appeared to be
Ms Webb said in order for a town to survive, it
needed commerce, and Hororata residents were
determined to attract visitors who would keep the
town's businesses prospering.
A third meeting will be held in the middle of
August, at which residents will be encouraged to
David relishes council role
By MAT KERMEEN
AN OPPORTUNITY to be at the
helm of the fastest growing district
in the country has proved an irresist-
ible challenge for David Ward.
Mr Ward has stepped down from
his role as chief executive at the
Horowhenua District Council to take
the Selwyn job.
He replaces acting chief executive
John Christensen, who stepped in
after Paul Davey made a premature
exit in February.
The new Selwyn District Council
chief executive started on July 1
after moving south one week earlier.
Mr Ward said a booming post-
quake Selwyn was full of opportun-
ities and challenges.
Selwyn holds the tag of fastest
growing district in New Zealand over
the last five years, and last year also
experienced the strongest economic
growth in New Zealand, which
excites the new chief executive.
With a financial background, Mr
Ward had been in his previous role
at Horowhenua since 2007.
Before that, he was corporate
services manager at Tasman District
Council from 1991 to 2007.
As a child, he spent much of his
younger years in Ashburton, but
also lived in the Selwyn District and
spent some time as a student at
Lincoln Primary School.
Mr Ward feels he is coming to the
job at a good time.
He started his role at Horowhenua
at a similar time -- about three
months before local body elections.
It gives time to adjust to local
issues, get a feel for the way it all
works, and then you can really hit
the ground running once [the] coun-
cil is elected.''
As chief executive of Selwyn, Mr
Ward has two principal goals on
Big on transparency, he hopes to
make sure he fully understands
what the community wants from the
council and that there are strong
lines of communication between the
ratepayers and the council.
It's important to appreciate and
respect that everyone holds different
views on issues in the community.''
He said one of his biggest achieve-
ments at the helm of Horowhenua
was improving communications
between the council and the com-
munity, and he hopes to further
develop that kind of community inte-
gration in Selwyn.
Mr Ward puts a strong focus on
delivering on the ratepayers' expec-
tations of the annual plan.
That will be the measure of my
performance every year.''
He said it is important the council
delivers on infrastructure projects to
improve the district and supplies
facilities that are designed to meet
the needs of the community.
Mr Ward believes the council is
well placed to meet the strong
demand of growth, but said the
council would need to work hard.
We really need to keep ahead of
Budding Einsteins on display
By MAT KERMEEN
McMillan, to see
what was the best
soother after hot
GREENPARK SCHOOL students
celebrated their biannual science fair
on Friday -- facing the prospect that
it would be the last one in the
With the school marked for closure
at the beginning of next year in the
course of the Ministry of Education's
shake-up of Canterbury schools, the
science fair was likely the last of its
kind for Greenpark.
Not feeling the pressure of being
the last Greenpark group to contest
a science fair, students delivered
impressive assignments to ensure
the event ended on a high.
Judge and Greenpark parent Sam
Carrick, from Lincoln University,
told the children the standard of
their work was very impressive''.
The Greenpark principal, Andrea
Klassen, said the students had
achieved some excellent results after
working hard on their projects for
much of the second term.
Twelve-year-old Stacey McMillan
won the senior section with her
experiment on growing crystals at
different temperatures. She said her
biggest lesson was learning about
the effect of evaporation.
Charlie Jessop won the mad scien-
tist award for his work on finding the
best cure to soothe the palate after
consuming hot food.
Charlie fed three classmates on
ground chilli pepper before testing
them with soothers such as water,
milk and bread, but canola oil proved
the most effective.
Jody Hardick won the junior sec-
tion with her experiment on how
best to remove permanent marker
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