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Pair win muso awards

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Selwyn bands failed to qualify for the national finals of the Smokefree Rockquest at the weekend, but two young local women have had their talents recognised.

Celebrating a century

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More than 100 people are expected to gather at Ladbrooks Hall next Saturday night to celebrate 100 years of history.

Greenpark keen to replace hall

Greenpark's township Committee is preparing to circulate a questionnaire to see what type of facility the district's ratepayers want to replace their earthquake-damaged hall.

Injuries from fall

An 11-year-old Leeston boy was flown by Westpac Rescue Helicopter to Christchurch Hospital with a back injury after a game of spotlight with mates at nightfall on Saturday turned to custard.

Volunteers praised

Hard working Lincoln and Districts Community Care volunteers were celebrated at the Lincoln Events Centre last week.

Pool opens with splash

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Seventeen-month-old Madison Docherty and her mum Beccy were among those who tried out the water for the first official open day at the new Selwyn Aquatic Facility on Monday.

Rockquest audience is in the know

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Despite only coming together a few short months ago, The Unknown are fast becoming well known.

Teens ready to hit stage

Rehearsals are in full swing for Lincoln High School's 2013 production, Disney's High School Musical.

First Friday club pulls in record audience

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Rolleston music club First Friday celebrated its first birthday with a smorgasbord of musical talent on Friday night.

Roading views to be heard

Submitters will have their say about the New Zealand Transport Agency application to build the Southern Motorway stage 2 and the Main South Rd four-laning.

Lots to celebrate on Matariki Day

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Broadfield School's Matariki Day and hangi capped two weeks of fun cultural learning on Friday.

Country boys ignored?

Canterbury Rugby coach Scott Robertson is adamant he has selected the best players in his first squad of 2013.

Brazilian teen's crusade

Getting the chance to ride in to AMI Stadium as part of the Crusaders Horsemen is almost as privileged as making the playing squad.

Children at attention for Chief of Army

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Burnham Sschool was planning an assembly in honour of the Minister of Defence and visiting military personnel, but the special guests had other ideas.

Rosa's on track to don the black in Ukraine

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Winning is becoming a habit for Rosa Flanagan and her timing could not be better.

Book sale fundraiser for scouts in jam

Bargain book hunters are gearing up for one of Canterbury's biggest book sales this weekend.

Rates rebate

Selwyn householders on a gross income for the past year of $23,650 or less, have until the end of this month to apply for a rates rebate.

Selwyn signs top coach

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Sophie Pascoe's coach, Rolly Creighton, has been announced head swim coach for the Selwyn Aquatic Centre.

Take care driving this winter

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More than half of all crashes on Selwyn roads in the past five winters were because of loss of control on straight roads.

Violence in home key target

Children exposed to habitual violence in the home are likely to become offenders themselves, a police assistant commissioner says.

Cottage project stalled

Ratepayers are no closer to knowing if the Selwyn District Council will get behind the Hoskyns Road cottage project.

Selwyn sprinters

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Large numbers of Selwyn students competed in the recent Canterbury primary and intermediate duathlon.

Crossing points raises safety concerns

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A Council road safety adviser is calling on pedestrians and motorists to learn their obligations before crossing roads.

Witch hunt or warpath for Woods

A former mayor has said a lack of accountability in council may force his hand to campaign for the top job again in October.

Heritage value to be considered

Selwyn District Council will present a staff report to councillors today that should help decide the fate of a possible heritage site.

Art auction supports schools

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Some of New Zealand's finest artists - alongside exciting new talent - will be showcased at the Banks Peninsula Art Auction in Lyttelton this weekend.

Call of the bagpipes

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Due to popular demand throughout the Selwyn District, the Ellesmere Pipe Band is launching a new incentive to help young people learn the art of the bagpipes.

Resident wants explanation

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A West Melton resident has pleaded with the council to investigate the cause of last month's rifle range further.

Volunteers needed for Anzac Day

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Paparua-Templeton RSA poppy day co-ordinator Dave Sands is putting out a call for volunteers so the group can man all its collection points this year.

Water warning

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Selwyn is once again the victim of toxic algae and a health warning has been issued.

Drivers ignore medics

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First response medics warn that someone could die if motorists on the region's rural roads continue to ignore their green flashing lights.

Mayor will seek re-election

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Issues with pay and the time commitment required seem not to have deterred some Selwyn District Councillors.

Parata: New schools in Lincoln and Rolleston

Only days away from sharing the fate of 31 Canterbury schools, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced on Friday new schools for Lincoln and Rolleston.

Building work to boom

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There are effectively about 3000 empty sections available in Selwyn, but industry insiders are not concerned.

Motorcycle crashes in Selwyn

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Two motorcyclists have been airlifted to hospital after separate collisions with cars in Canterbury.

DOC urges vigilance

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Having been called out to over 50 fires in Canterbury this summer DOC is calling for even more vigilance around fires.

Fire could cost you

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If a person is found to have a caused a fire, the cost of putting it out may be charged to the guilty party.

Water warnings for Lake Ellesmere and Selwyn River

Potentially toxic blu-green algae has been found in Lake Ellesmere and the Selwyn River

Red zone study finds urban forest regeneration

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A Lincoln University study is looking at what would grow in the Christchurch red zone if it was left alone.

Canterbury tourism wins

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Canterbury is celebrating a year of tourism wins in 2012 with kudos from Lonely Planet, AA Travel Must-Do, and Cuisine.

Digital countdown

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10 per cent of Canterbury households are facing a race against the digital clock as the television switch over looms.

Mail grabbed

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The theft of their mail has cost one Selwyn couple $15,000 in a spate of incidents in recent months.

Fire to flood

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Last week's fires have destroyed a pine plantation which offered flooding protection to land near the Waimakariri River.

Flesh burning plant strikes

A weed in one man's back yard turned a bit of gardening into a nightmare when he ended up at the emergency room 24-hours later.

Heat forces Farmers to sell up

Canterbury farmers have been hit hard by the recent wave of hot weather, with some forced to sell animals because of a lack of feed.

New degree for rebuild

Lincoln University will offer a new degree this year with skills tying in to the post-quake rebuild.

Hit and run driver returns

A Christchurch man has returned from Australia and faces multiple charges having fled the scene of a crash in West Melton last year.

Consultation extended

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Residents will have two more weeks to weigh in on the Rolleston Recreation Precinct plans.

Tagger faces charges

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A man in his twenties will face charges this week after being arrested in relation to an orange graffiti spree in November.

Council CEO leaves early

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The Selwyn Council announced yesterday chief executive Paul Davey will be leaving in February.

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