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May the force be with you May the force be with you

TechMedics translates IT jargon into next-level solutions. Its owner, Aaron Lovelace, is the heartbeat of this IT technical support centre. He moved from Christchurch to Kaiapoi following the 2011 earthquake and fell in love with the area. He now services home users and small to medium businesses in the Waimakariri region from TechMedic’s base at 60 Hilton Street, in Kaiapoi.  Transformative technology TechMedics is worth a visit on so many levels. Because a conversation with Aaron can ...

Impressive haul for North Canterbury youth at Colgate Games Impressive haul for North Canterbury youth at Colgate Games

The North Canterbury Athletics Club had a team of 21 athletes competing at the South Island Colgate games from the 16th-19th January.  The new home of Canterbury athletics, Nga Puna Wai, hosted the 2020 games, which attracted close to 1000 under 14 athletes, from across the South Island, along with a few North Island participants, and a team of Queensland development athletes. The under 10’s were competing for ribbons and pennants in non-graded divisions, ...

Inaugural OxMan triathlon attracts over 400 competitors Inaugural OxMan triathlon attracts over 400 competitors

Over 400 people participated in a new long-course triathlon hosted at Geoff Spark’s irrigation lake in Eyrewell on 16th December. The event, which was sponsored by Waimakariri Irrigation Limited (WIL), turned out to be a huge success for attendees and supporters. Geoff says when event organiser John Newsom first approached him about hosting the triathlon, they imagined that around 250 people would enter the event. “We were blown away by the amount of interest the event ...
Eyrewell farmer Scott Evans (right) chats with environmental consultant Paul Reese during a Farm Environment Plan (FEP) audit. Scott has received A and B audit grades for his farms.

Commitment to change lifts audit grades Commitment to change lifts audit grades

A willingness to proactively improve farming practices has seen 89 per cent of Waimakariri Irrigation Limited (WIL) shareholders achieve an A or B Farm Environment Plan (FEP) audit during the 2018/19 season; an increase of 21 percent from the 2016/17 season. C audit grades have decreased from 28 per cent in the 2016/17 season to 9 per cent in the 2018/19, while just one farm received a D audit grade. Farm Environment Plans help farmers to ...
Judith & Dennis Andreassend

Magical and relaxing Magical and relaxing

Stepping into another world is as easy as boarding Kaiapoi’s River Queen. This majestic two-story paddle steamer – which was re-located from Blenheim to Kaiapoi in 2019 – has transformed the Kaiapoi River, and added to the growing dynamic of the satellite township, minutes from Christchurch.  The River Queen now enjoys a permanent mooring in front of the Port & Eagle Brewpub, on a purpose-built floating jetty. She is open for tours and functions. The flat-bottomed vessel ...

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