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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, JULY 17, 2013
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Man tampers with ex-girlfriend's car
By CATE BROUGHTON
A ROLLESTON man could face
up to 14 years' jail after allegedly
removing the wheel nuts from his
The 21-year-old had allegedly
loosened all four of the car's wheel
nuts and then removed them com-
pletely a week later.
The man has been charged with
endangering transport and
unlawfully interfering with a
motor vehicle. He entered no plea
when he appeared in court this
week, and was bailed to reappear
on August 1. Sergeant Chris Jones
said the man faces a maximum
sentence of 14 years, if convicted.
The woman had only driven 50
metres when at least one of the
car's wheels came off and she lost
control of the car.
Mr Jones said she was not
injured, but was very concerned
about what could have happened.
He said the woman usually
drives to and from her workplace
at the same time as school starts
It has got the potential for
NATIONAL FIRST: Super moto rider Dean Beard, and event organisers Shane Raitt and Dean
James, are excited about hitting New Zealand's first super moto track on Saturday.
Super moto set to take off
By MAT KERMEEN
TWO FRIENDS' desire to provide
something different has resulted
in a prominent Templeton race-
track boasting the first ever
purpose-built super moto track in
Longtime friends and motorbike
enthusiasts Dean James and
Shane Raitt were aware of how
popular super moto was overseas,
and were keen to develop a track
in Selwyn that would cater for the
entire South Island.
Super moto is a cross between
tarmac racing and motocross. Part
of the racetrack is on tarmac, with
the other section raced on dirt,
with jumps similar to those on a
The pair have landed a major
milestone ahead of this Saturday's
second national round, to be held
at Powerbuilt Tools Raceway.
It has now been confirmed that
the Templeton track will host the
inaugural Oceania super moto
championships in December,
which will feature some of the best
international riders in the world.
The super moto track -- con-
structed on the infield of the tar-
mac track -- will get its first big
test this weekend, after the first
official round was rained out.
Saturday's round will feature
local riders racing against visitors
from all over New Zealand. Dean,
who lives near the Templeton cir-
cuit, said that the support of
Powerbuilt Ruapuna Raceway has
been critical to the sport getting
off the ground.
Lloyd Procter (Powerbuilt
Tools Raceway) and his team have
been awesome. They believe in the
sport. They are keen to see it take
off in Canterbury.''
Dean and Shane believe there is
a lot of interest in super moto, but
until now the lack of a permanent
track has prevented the sport
Dean said they had been reach-
ing out to community groups to try
to involve them on race days.
He said one of the big appeals
for riders when it comes to super
moto was to go outside their
comfort zone and test themselves
on something new.
Most motocross bikes would
only need a set of slick tyres and
they would be ready for super
Convenience also played a big
part, with the close proximately of
Ruapuna a big attraction.
When you go riding offroad,
sometimes you will have to drive
for an hour and half to get there
and then the same distance home
at the end of the day.
Here we are only 10 minutes
out of town.''
Tap water salty
The high salt content of drinking
water at Birdlings Flat is being
investigated. The Christchurch City
Council has brought in a tanker of
drinking water for residents in the
Banks Peninsula settlement while
it gets to the bottom of the
problem. Residents say the water
is unpleasant to drink and boiling
it does not change the taste. The
council has assured them it is not
a health risk. In a statement, the
council said it was fine to use the
water supply for showering,
flushing and other general
household purposes. The tanker is
at 157 Poranui Beach Rd.
A hypnotist show is being held at
the Hornby Working Mens' club on
Saturday night to help get Steven
Maw to the World Firefighting
Combat Challenge in October. The
Southbridge firefighter has been
selected to represent New
Zealand at the Las Vegas event.
Transportation to and from the
Brian Gee Hypnotist show is
available, with a bus leaving
Southbridge at 6.30pm, with
various stops along the way. The
show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets
are $15 and transportation is $10.
More: phone Amanda Hansen
027 435 4688 or 3242 365.
Apprentice butchers Tristan
Wilson, from Rolleston New World,
and William Meatchem, from
Greendale Butchery, will be taking
on the best in the trade from the
upper South Island in the Alto
Young Butcher and Competenz
Butcher Apprentice of the Year in
Christchurch on Saturday. Trips to
Europe are up for grabs. Each
entrant in the regional event will
complete an exam, an interview
and a practical cutting test. The
winners of each category will then
go onto the grand final on August
16 in Auckland.
Footy in Japan
Limited spaces are still available
for a football tour to Japan to
celebrate 40 years of the sister
city relationship between
Christchurch and Kurashiki City.
As founder of Prebbleton Soccer,
Shannon Gilmore has been
selected to lead the party on the
cultural tour. The side will play in a
three-team round robin
tournament. Contact Mr Gilmore
on 027 579 8811.
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