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The Darfield, Leeston, Lincoln and Rolleston library/service centres will be closed
on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 April to enable a new IT system to be installed.
Our mobile library will also not be operating on these days. However the Council's
main office in Rolleston and the Rolleston Community Centre will be open on these days.
The new IT system will allow us to be able to purchase and loan e books, it will also have
an improved search function and other benefits to library users.
While our libraries are temporarily closed on these two days, you can still:
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home but you won't be able to use the library catalogue or visit our libraries in person
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Building consents soar in district
By MAT KERMEEN
BUILDING STAFF at Selwyn Dis-
trict Council are stretched, as the
full force of the post-earthquake
boom grips the district.
Building consents reached record
numbers in February and acting
chief executive John Christensen
said the building team was cer-
tainly under pressure .
Selwyn building staff had forecast
numbers to increase significantly in
February but had still been caught
out by the level of activity.
Building manager Ian Butler said
building consent numbers were
expected to be about 200 -- with
roughly half of those to be new dwel-
lings -- but numbers comfortably
exceeded those estimates.
More than 250 applications were
received and almost 170 were new
dwellings, surpassing records from
the building boom of 2003-2004.
The high numbers are forecast to
continue throughout 2013.
Selwyn Mayor Kelvin Coe said the
district had always been a desirable
place for people to live.
We can offer spectacular scenery,
a great lifestyle, affordable proper-
ties and lots of space for growing
families -- all within an easy com-
mute of Christchurch.
Selwyn has experienced the
strongest population growth in the
country during the past five years.
Mr Coe expects that population
growth to continue, with land avail-
able to accommodate more than
12,000 new sections.
Mr Christensen said building
services staff were pulling out all
the stops to process the consents as
quickly as possible. They were work-
ing overtime two nights a week to
meet the demand.
He said a new system recently
implemented for processing consents
had improved productivity.
Compounding the problem for the
council were consents previously
contracted out to Auckland and
Queenstown now being processed in-
The council is in constant contact
with both agencies to try to restart
the arrangements as quickly as poss-
Councillors asked Mr Christensen
if the building team would be em-
ploying extra fulltime staff to help
meet demand but the chief executive
said finding staff was no easy feat.
When asked about the likelihood
of more work being contracted out,
Mr Christensen said the council
would seriously consider entering
any arrangements to help with
Mr Butler said that before Canter-
bury s September 2010 earthquake,
new dwelling consents were averag-
ing about 40 a month -- with the 2012
average closer to 50 a month.
NEW HEAD: Irwell farmer and new
Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral
Association president Mark Fleming.
CRUSADING ROLE: Mark Fleming, right, as a Crusaders horseman in 2001.
Photo: DEAN KOZANIC
IRWELL FARMER, Crusader horse-
man and Lord Of The Rings actor
Mark Fleming is taking the reins at
the Canterbury Agricultural and
He was welcomed as the incoming
president at the association s recent
annual general meeting.
The position follows a long family
involvement with the association. Mr
Fleming has also had an 18-year
stint as a Crusaders horseman and
performed close riding and fighting
scenes in the Lord of the Rings tril-
The family farm is Willowlea Stud
in Irwell, predominantly a Red Poll
and Angus Stud, but also involved
with dairy through growing silage
and providing grazing. He has
attended the Canterbury A&P Show
since his youth, showing cattle with
his family, locally and throughout
My involvement with polo over
the years has led to some pretty
interesting times, but my true pas-
sion lies with showing and the family
farm which was founded by my
grandfather and father in 1957.
They purchased the stud s founding
cattle from Sir Heaton Rhodes prop-
erty at Otahuna. We still have some
of the original cattle lines in the stud
today, Mr Fleming said.
He joined the Canterbury A&P
Association general committee in
1998 and was cattle committee
chairman for five years, among many
He is also a qualified beef breeds
judge and has adjudicated through-
out New Zealand and across the Tas-
His vision for the future of the
Canterbury A&P Show lies in retain-
ing the link between city and country
and introducing new events to grow
the show, while encouraging younger
audiences to participate in A&P
shows through volunteering and
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