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Freedom and a future in North Canterbury Freedom and a future in North Canterbury

It’s been three years since Corne Van Der Westhuizen has slept with a gun under his pillow every night. That’s because Corne, 48, and his wife, Antoinette, 43, are today living safely as New Zealand citizens at Pegasus, in North Canterbury. They left their embattled – and beloved – homeland of South Africa, also leaving behind extended family, because they wanted their daughters, Kara, 9, and Mia, 6, to have freedom. And a future. Two things they couldn’t ...

‘Go time’ for Farmers’ Market… ‘Go time’ for Farmers’ Market…

Nicky Brooker spent an anxious and restless night before the Amberley Farmers’ Market opened to the public for the first time post-Covid-19 last Saturday. The event’s Market Manager said she and her committee had put a lot of thought into their preparations, knowing they were among the first wave to welcome the public back to their stalls. Ohoka follows this Friday as, increasingly everyone starts to stretch their legs post-pandemic. “Some wondered if we should have ...
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Waimakariri Public Facilities Reopen at Alert Level 2 Waimakariri Public Facilities Reopen at Alert Level 2

Public facilities in Waimakariri reopen when the nation returns to Alert Level 2.     Immediately reopened include facilities like playgrounds, skateparks and dog parks. Council service centres, libraries and aquatic centres will be progressively opened - although some services may not resume where they cannot be delivered safely (e.g. where physical distancing cannot be maintained). Reopening of community halls will be delayed given issues with tracking people visiting these unmanned facilities. Further information will be provided in the coming ...
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Lockdown sparks expansion opportunities for Eco Educate Lockdown sparks expansion opportunities for Eco Educate

After cancelling of her all upcoming school environmental workshops due to Covid-19, Lesley Ottey of Eco Educate has leapt outside her comfort zone to connect with a global audience via technology. Eco Educate specialises in sustainable resource education and provides hands-on workshops for hundreds of preschools, primary schools and high schools across Canterbury. The organisation works alongside Waimakariri and Ashburton district councils. Even before lockdown hit, Lesley was closely monitoring overseas developments and anticipated that her ...
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Caution Urged As Fire Season Changes Caution Urged As Fire Season Changes

Fire and Emergency New Zealand are urging residents to avoid non-essential fires when Waimakariri moves into an open fire season on Sunday 3 May. Principal Rural Fire Officer, Bruce Janes, says even if a fire is permitted and under control, the smoke often generates a 111 call from the public, meaning firefighters need to leave their bubble to deal with an avoidable fire. “Now is the time to be more vigilant than ever to avoid an ...

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