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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 ...

Farmers are reeling from pressures Farmers are reeling from pressures

While the world focusses on the Covid 19 virus few even think of the North Canterbury farmers who are literally facing the toughest times in living history. Gayle Lichfield, Chairperson of the Canterbury Rural Support Trust, says the past twelve months drought has had even worse effect than the three-year drought that hit recently. She says the virus has compacted the stress because of transport restrictions and therefore farmers have been unable to sell off stock. “It’s ...
Natarsha Crawford

North Canterbury voucher scheme to attract more customers North Canterbury voucher scheme to attract more customers

A free new initiative with the aim of increasing consumer spending in North Canterbury by locals and visitors is in the form of an electronic booklet which contains coupons or vouchers offering discounts to customers. Behind the scheme is the Women in Business North Canterbury group who see the value in offering the opportunity to all businesses in the district. The networking group meet twice monthly in Rangiora’s Brook Hotel to support each other and the ...

‘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 ...
The Virtual Kaiapoi Art Expo

Calling all artists in Waimakariri Calling all artists in Waimakariri

The Virtual Kaiapoi Art Expo went live on Wednesday May 20 providing a welcome opportunity to Waimakariri artists to display and sell their work. In conjunction with the Waimak App, the Waimakariri Arts Trust has produced a user friendly online method for artists whose work is usually exhibited in the Kaiapoi Art Expo. The decision to cancel this year’s Expo was made by the Waimakariri Arts Trust when lockdown was initiated. The uncertainty over holding large events ...

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