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Get fit to help Parks
A FUNDRAISER to support a Rolleston child will
put people through a tough test on Saturday, but
nothing like the challenges the Park family are
Three-year-old Charlotte Park was diagnosed
with leukemia in August, and family friends are
pulling together to do whatever they can to make
the Park family s journey as smooth as possible.
This weekend, two businesses -- JD Homes and
MicFit -- have organised a fitness circuit between
9am and10am at Firsby Dr, West Melton.
Green balloons from the BP in West Melton will
lead keen athletes to the event.
The circuit will cost $10, with every cent of the
money raised going to the Park family.
To register for the circuit, you can email
firstname.lastname@example.org or text Marcaela
027 426 1227 or Michaela on 021 256 6737 with
your name and address.
Special celebrations held
Treasured heirloom returned to Lincoln University
By MAT KERMEEN
PIPE RETURN: Lincoln University Chancellor Tom Lambie and Bernard Ogilvy inspect
the pipe gifted back to the university.
Mr Ivey's work helped establish the
first course in agricultural
education and sought to show --
through research and teaching --
the importance of agricultural
science in New Zealand.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY celebrated
a special birthday on Friday, with
the added bonus of a special piece of
history returning to campus after a
A large crowd gathered in front of
Ivey Hall to celebrate the 175th
birthday of William Edward Ivey,
after whom the hall is named.
Mr Ivey holds iconic status in the
history of the university.
He laid the foundation stone for
agricultural education in New
Zealand when he came to Lincoln
to set up the School of Agriculture
The university s special guest was
Bernard Ogilvy, a direct descendant
of Mr Ivey.
In a move that shocked even the
Lincoln chancellor, Tom Lambie,
Mr Ogilvy presented the university
with one of Mr Ivey s favourite
It had been originally presented to
the agricultural pioneer by Lincoln
students on campus for his 50th
birthday, 125 years ago.
Mr Ogilvy had discussed the move
with his family, and although the
pipe was a treasured heirloom, the
family decided that it really belonged
at the university.
Mr Ogilvy said it was a proud day
for his family to see the pipe return
Mr Ivey s work helped establish
the first national course in agricult-
ural education and sought to show --
through research and teaching -- the
importance of agricultural science in
He implemented an experimental
farm and set up New Zealand s -- and
possibly the Southern Hemisphere s
-- first agriculture programme, for 16
students, in 1880.
Lincoln s courses were ground-
breaking at the time.
Finances were stretched due to the
1880s depression, so Mr Ivey took on
the role of chief lecturer, academic,
administrative head, caterer, farm
manager, housemaster -- and still
managed to carry out his experimen-
He regarded large-scale cropping
in Canterbury as unsustainable and
believed it would be replaced by
what he termed scientific farming.
Mr Ivey is long gone from Lincoln,
but in principle, his model still
survives in Lincoln University s sci-
ence and agriculture programmes.
Mr Ivey died on campus in
1892 and was buried at Springston
After Friday s events, Mr Ogilvy
and university staff laid a wreath
on his grave to finish a special day
Selwyn ticks all boxes for newbies
SELWYN IS an easy place to settle
in for nine out of 10 people who move
to the district, according to a recent
survey of the district s residents.
As part of its annual residents
survey, Selwyn District Council
asked local residents who had moved
to the district how they had found
Many new residents said that they
found Selwyn to be a friendly place,
with comments like, Everyone was
nice and friendly, everything was
close by , and, Really nice people in
the district, very welcoming .
Others who had moved to Selwyn
liked the peaceful rural lifestyle,
local facilities, the space, and being
close to friends and family.
The most common reasons people
moved to Selwyn were because they
liked the rural lifestyle or the quality
of life (20 per cent), for marriage or
family reasons (19 per cent), because
they were born in Selwyn (19 per
cent) or for work (16 per cent).
People who had moved to Selwyn
most often came from Christchurch
(55 per cent), or other areas of
Canterbury or the South Island (28
People participating in the survey
were also asked whether they
thought their neighbourhood was
safe and whether they felt a sense of
community where they lived.
Eighty-nine per cent said they
usually felt safe and 77 per cent felt
a sense of community.
Selwyn Mayor Kelvin Coe said the
survey results confirmed that Sel-
wyn is a great place to live and that
local residents do a good job of mak-
ing others feel welcome.
Selwyn has been the fastest grow-
ing district in the country over the
last five years.
It also experienced the strongest
economic growth in New Zealand in
the 2012 year.
Last year, around 1200 new jobs
were created in the district.
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