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New National Champion

North Canterbury has a new National Champion for 2020.  Fourteen year old Jess Hendren, won the National Under 18 High Jump title, at the NZ Athletics Championships, at Nga Puna Wai, over the weekend. Starting at 1.58m, Hendren didn’t miss a jump through to her winning mark of 1.74m.  Her closest rivals, Olivia Power, Claudia Knight and Jenna Johnston, all went out at 1.66m.  Hendren heads to Australia soon, to represent NZ Secondary Schools. Rangiora ...

Alpine Fault Roadshow Coming to Oxford

Waimakariri residents will have a chance to hear from leading earthquake scientists when the award-winning AF8 (Alpine Fault magnitude 8) Roadshow visits Oxford as part of a South Island tour. The AF8 Roadshow: The Science Beneath Our Feet features public science talks and interactive classroom sessions designed to share the story of the Alpine Fault, the impacts and consequences of a future magnitude 8 earthquake, and how people can become better prepared for it. The Roadshow arrives in ...

Have your say on the Draft Annual Plan

Residents are encouraged to have a say on the direction of the Waimakariri District when the Draft Annual Plan - which opens for consultation today. The Council are consulting on their Draft Annual Plan 2020 – 2021 and want to hear what residents think about: The future of the ‘Three Waters’ (drinking, waste and storm water) following the announcement of a central Government regulator Funding preliminary design for a Community Hub planned to be built on regeneration ...

Kaiapoi River Carnival 2020

Paddleboards and kayaks will be all part of the fun on the Kaiapoi River in the Hazeldine Construction & Visit Waimakariri Kaiapoi River Carnival and Boat Show next Sunday. Organisers are calling for entries hoping competition will be fierce amongst competitors in the Blackwell’s paddle board race, the WDC Kayak race and the Port & Eagles Walk The Plank. There are prizes to be won and entry forms for these fun events, as well as the ...

Wetland project fosters cultural values

When Barb and Greg Morriss first embarked on an ambitious project to restore a 250-metre stream running off Saltwater Creek the area resembled “an overgrown jungle”.   The trio, who milk 400 cows on a 250-hectare block, had noticed that their stream was flooding the surrounding land more often and decided to allow the area to revert to its original form as a wetland. Barb says this move made sense from both an environmental and operational ...