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the OxfordObserverSEPTEMBER 2019 Issue 92Local Archer qualifiesfor 2020 Olympic Gamesthe Lifestylerwith Cathy DeeSuccessful Civil defence exercise &hingS chnurt rrba DesignPublisfor OxfordSeptember twenty 19 Welcome to our September issue You will see we have lots of advertising for the upcoming Local Body Elections. The Oxford & Districts Lions are holding a ‘Meet the Candidates” evening on September 17th (see ad on page 34.). This is a good way to get to know your local candidates to help you make informed choices in your voting. Congratulations to our book winners Gabby Addington and Julia Graham. They have won copies of The Other Wife and The Nanny, from the sponsors of our book reviews Emma’s at Oxford. We have another great couple of books to give away this month, ‘This Mortal Boy’ by New Zealand author Fiona Kidman, and a BruceCandlish. & Emily Chapman thriller ‘Those People’ by Louise If you would like to go in the draw to win one of these books, please email us at and let us know which book you would like! We would like to welcome our new advertisers, we really appreciate that you choose to work with the Oxford Observer to get your message out into the community. Enjoy the beginning of Spring! Hopefully we will have some beautiful weather over the next month.Bruce & Emily Chapman Schnurrbart Design & Publishing Limited the oxfordObserverSchnurrbartCreativethe BulletinCover photoBook Reviews Sponsored by Emma’s At OxfordA Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier “Courage can be found in the unlikeliest of places.” It is 1932 and Violet Speedwell has lost both her fiancé and brother in the Great War, and because of all of the fatalities of men of marrying age, is now one the ‘surplus women’ of her time. However, Violet makes the break from living at home with her mother, and moves to Winchester, where she happens to come across a group of ‘broderers’, who are creating embroidered kneelers for the Winchester Cathedral. She makes a diverse range of friends of borderers and bell-ringers, and doesn’t let her sex, marital status or the expectations of family or society dictate her path in life. While historical fiction is not normally my go to, I loved this book. I loved Tracy Chevalier’s (also the author of the Girl with the Pearl Earring) writing style and found the depiction of the time after the First World War, and the looming threat of Hitler to be so interesting.This is quite a short book, but one that I found myself thinking back to for days, after finishing.Renia’s Diary by Renia Spiegel Reviewed by Amy RiachHidden for 70 years, the diary of Renia Spiegel has been translated into English for the first time, and we are immersed in the hopes and fears of a young Polish woman, as Germany invades Europe. An aspiring writer, Renia’s diary is filled with poignant poetry, and she chronicles everything from her first love to her favourite teacher, even as the war rages around her. By 1939 Renia is living with her younger sister at their grandparents house, separated from her mother who is trapped in Warsaw. In 1942 they are forced into a ghetto, and shut off from the world, Renia’s diary entries become increasingly less hopeful. Her boyfriend, Zygmund, is determined to save her, and he smuggles her out of the ghetto to hide with his parents. She continues to write in her diary, which she regards as her closest friend. But on July 30 1942 they are discovered by the Gestapo, and all 3 are murdered. The diary is then completed by Zygmund, who blames himself for the deaths of the people he holds most dear. An emotional read, Renia’s diary is perfect for fans of Anne Frank or The Tattooist of Auschwitz.GiveawaysBeautiful capture of a Hawk at Oxford Bird RescuePhotographerCathy DeeAdvertisingThe next issue is due out in early OctoberAdvertising deadline for the next issue is Friday 20 SeptemberPlease contact us for any enquiriesT 0800 627 378 37 E in the draw to win one of these books email clearance up to 60% off !!Starts Friday September 6th To make way for new spring clothing we are having a MASSIVE clearance Sale! Many items below cost. Our loss is your gain! Excludes Hello Friday, MerinoMink and New Season clothing.OPEN 7 DAYS | 10am-5pm 53 Main Street, Oxford | Phone 312 3432www.emmasatoxford.comfor all the most up to date news and arrivals follow us onGift on counter from September 12th 2019You deserve a wee break...Practical, sustainable and hands-on gift packages for new or call Maria 027 299 4888 limited spaces availableOXFORDSHUTTLE SERVICE& AIRPORT TRANSFERSPhone: 312 1360Mob:021 254 5261 E m a i l : r. j . e d w a r d s @ x t r a . c o . n zLet us take the stress out of your travel We offer: • airport transfers - early morning/late evening 24/7 • door to door pick up & drop off service • seating for up to 7 passengers • the cheapest rates in North CanterburyPhone 312 4314We are: • locally owned & operated • an ACC Accredited Provider • NZ Transport Agency Certified49B Main Street, Oxford | Phone 312 4314Time + Travel + Mileage + Convenience = Best Rates in North CanterburyMonday - Friday 8.30am - 5.30pm Saturday 9.30am - 12.30pm“cheaper than taking your own car”COAST TO COAST INVESTIGATIONS & COLLECTIONS Coast to Coast Investigations Ltd is owned and operated by locals. With years of experience in this field, we have licensed representation nationwide, in New Zealand, Australia and GloballyFROM CREDIT CHECKS TO DEBT RECOVERY WE CAN HELP YOU ,We provide a highly confidential and discreet service to Individuals and businesses to ensure your interests are protected. Our team are vetted and cleared by Police, and are fully licensed Private Investigators so that you can be sure, you are looked after by the best.LET US HELP? office@c2c.nz03 310 2242 021 413 002 tripfor Vanuatu teamwords by Emily ChapmanA successful working trip to Moso Island in Vanuatu has been completed by a group of 13 locals (including 2 children) , organised by Ron and Jo Ealam. A few years ago they built a community building, and this time travelled back, to add in a suspended ceiling in the Makanel which is the community building/meeting room. Ron Ealam says that the new ceiling makes such a difference to the building. Not only does it make the room a really smart space, but it means that the building will be cooler. The group also started painting the outside gables, and have issued a challenge to the community over there, to finish the outside of the building. The paint has been purchased and left Get Colred atMain there for them. The group also achieved a number of other projects.They put in a solar power pump for a well, and a hand pump for the well of an elderly woman in the community, who was no longer able to lift up her bucket, and was needing assistance to get her water. They put up a basketball hoop and two netball hoops, and a tank stand at the school, along with blackboards for the school and the community building. The community were so appreciative of all the work that the group completed, and had a big farewell party for them. Julia Graham says the whole trip was great, and they worked really well together, and that they all enjoyed living with, and spending time with the people in the community. Divide Hair Lnge The group would like to say a huge thank you to the Oxford Community for their support with the fundraising.LAKMÉ has developed a bold powerful range of high performance colours perfect for recreating timeless styles.NOW AVAILABLE AT MAIN DIVIDE HAIR LOUNGE03 312 3311 53a MAIN STREET OXFORDFollow us on ...fourHOURS~ Tue - Wed -Thur 10am-7pm ~ Fri 10am-5pm ~ Sat 9am-1pm ~ Closed Sun & Mon ~ng with oud of worki Above: I’m pr e West th ity to restore the commun rch. A l ia Memor Eyreton WarWaimakariri’s population is projected to grow from 60,000 to 75,000 within 10 years. Preparing for an estimated 25 percent population increase requires experienced leadership. The years ahead require a ‘steady as you go’ approach. We must continue planning for growth, while managing costs and minimising rate rises. We must concentrate on doing the basics well, ensure that work proposed is needed now, and the Council obtains best value for money.At Oxford Art Gallery with co-founder Brent Firkin.I enjoy working with communities to help create change. I was involved in setting up the Oxford Art Gallery and was its first chair. I am on the board of Rangiora Promotions Association, patron of North Canterbury Musical Society and chair of Friends of Rangiora Town Hall. Sixteen years ago, I helped establish the Kaiapoi Art Expo and have been its chair ever since. Healthy communities are thriving communities and I am a strong supporter of community wellbeing. I am deputy chair of Rural Canterbury Primary Health Organisation, past chair of Wellbeing North Canterbury, and a trustee of the North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust.I was a member of Mandeville Sports Club Committee for 9 years.Waimakariri needs an enthusiastic leader who knows our district intimately and understands our needs. I have 15 years of local council experience and I’m committed to serving our community. Having lived in Waimakariri for over 30 years, I possess an in-depth understanding of current issues, along with strong working relationships with Council which will ensure a smooth transition to a new mayor.I want to create closer connections between community and Council, and if elected mayor, I’ll hold regular dropin sessions around the community, so people can share their views on issues. My experience, energy, approachable nature and commitment to community organisations, combined with my long-term Council experience, makes me ‘the best choice for mayor’.Authorised by: Dan Gordon, 578 Carrs Road, Loburn03 310 3156 / 021 906 437 fiveLocal Archer Olivia Hodgson bound for words & photo by Shaz Davis2020 Olympicswords by Shaz Davis - Photos suppliedCoopers Creek local, Olivia Hodgson, has Olympics 2020 in her sights, and hopes to get a shot at her goal next year. The twenty-five-year-old New Zealand archer has just returned from a two-month trip travelling to Italy, Turkey, the UK, Holland, Scotland, Germany, Samoa and Japan, to compete in various archery competitions. The highlight of the trip was Olivia, and team mate Adam Kaluzny, beating Australia in the recurve mixed team tournament of the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games, to secure two quota places for the New Zealand Team (one man, one woman) for the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year. The teams were tied and it came down to a one-arrow shoot off for each team member. “It was pretty intense, but Adam shot really well and I’m stoked to have won. It was kind of surreal. Within hours I was off to Tokyo for the next competition,” says Olivia. Winning the quota place does not guarantee Olivia a place on the Olympic team, but with a ranking as the #1 female archer in Oceania she is hopeful of successfully contending the spot, or that her team might secure additional quota places in a competition in Fiji early in 2020. The youngest in the family, Olivia initially started social archery when her brother was competing. She then focused on football for about six years, before abandoning it as a career idea, and returning to archery about four years ago. Although she shoots for New Zealand, being a minority sport means all of Olivia’s travels and training has to be self-funded. The biggest sponsorship she has received is a bit or archery gear, and while she’s grateful for that, she has to work to support herself, and enter competitions to compete against professional athletes, who are paid to train and compete, and can focus fully on their archery career. Olivia works as an apprentice body mechanic at NZBMA, specialising in massage and body alignment. She really appreciates having a supportive boss.VOTEWENDY DOODY FOR MAYORand Councillor Oxford - Ohoka WardI was born and raised on a dairy farm in Oxford. After living away from the District for work committments, we returned to our home town 11 years ago. Over the past 15 years as a Local Body Representative, I have worked alongside, and gained valuable experience from three Mayors. I started out in Local Body politics with The Hurunui District Council, and I gained valuable experience on how to build communities that had been let down by central services. It was a difficult time for residents and businesses to continue to survive, and move on from this setback. Council had the courage to think outside the square, and promote business development within these communities. Likewise the Waimakariri District was impacted by the earthquakes, which again destroyed some of the homes, businesses and infrastructure, creating difficult times for all. The Waimakariri District Council as a collective, showed what can be done to build a better community environment, and lift the community spirit to a new level. My Council experience includes work on the following portfolios: Community Facilities (Aquatic Centres, Halls, Libraries, Museums, Pensioner Flats), District Licencing Committee, Community Development & Wellbeing, Community and Recreation Committee, District Plan and Regulation, Oxford-Ohoka Community Board, Creative Communities, NZ Assessment (Chair), Mandeville Sports Club Committee, North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust, Waimakariri Access Group, Waimakariri Road Safety Co-ordinating Committee, Waimakariri Safe Community Governance Group. I have been a JP since June 1992, and organise the roster for the service desk in Oxford, and I am a member of the Oxford Cancer Support Group.I believe that it is not what you do personally. But as a collective, you can achieve a greater level of service to help our communities. Vote Wendy Doody for Mayor of Waimakariri District and help me continue my desire to make this fast growing District a better place to “live, work and play”. sixAuthorised by Wendy Doody, 28 Tawera Lane, Oxford 3121330/0275158372“There are not many places where you can take 68 days off and still come back to the job,” says Olivia. She has done all sorts of work to pay her way in archery, from working at building sites, as a spray painter and on dairy farms. She is really pleased to be able to focus on a job that can be developed as a career, and also supports her passion for archery. She’s just reduced her hours at work by a third, to allow her to train six days a week. Training involves “lots of shooting”, as well as cross fit type workouts and running. For Olivia it is the mental challenge of archery that she likes the most, and getting her mind and body to work together. Aiming for the yellow centre of the target at 70 metres means that mere millimetres in her front hand, can affect her aim by as much as the length of a ruler. Reading the wind also plays a crucial part. The ability to stay calm and focused for long periods under competition pressure, is often what makes the difference.Life Style & Town Maintenance BLOCKCAREBig enough to handle any job - Small enough to care Let us take care of your Block • Topping of Paddocks • Ride on Lawn Mowing • All Tractor & Loader work • Fertiliser Application / Spraying by Tractor, 4x4 Bike & back Pack. • Trough Maintenance Installation • Piping • Leak Finding • Paddock Rolling • Weed Control • Stock Manager & weighing• Shifting of Stock • Drenching • Tagging • Small Digger available for drainage • Chainsaw Work • Gardens / Weeding • Lawn Mowing • Painting Interior / Exterior House or Sheds • Ready Lawn Supplied & Laid • LandscapingAll Staff / Contractors we use are Security Checked. We can also bring Outside Contractors in to help with larger jobsWe cover all of Canterbury for all of your block needsP. 03 928 3984 | M. 021 223 3364 | E. Hand Style with Op shopping, Thrifting, Second Hand Hunting, Charity Clothes Shopping, Recycled Boutique, Hand-me downs, Sustainable Shopping and Upcycled purchases. A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet. Doesn’t matter how much we pretty up the name, Op Shopping still has techniques on how to make the most of shopping this way. Many people ask me for my secrets on how to OpShop. The funny thing is that I find the tips I use for Op-shopping are actually the same tips I use in shops on the High Street. The first step is actually paramount if you want to achieve the most of your shopping experience, and that is to do your research on YOU first. Know your body shape, your personality style, and your colours before you begin (I can help with this!). This refines the hunt. The more you know about you and what you want, the easier it is to find.pbER m IONS e t TseOOMPRHow often when you look at a type of car that you may think about getting and all of a sudden you see those type of cars pop up everywhere! It’s just what happens. Once you are prepared with what you are looking for, and have gained inspiration of what you want in your wardrobe, then watch the games begin. Your eye is tuned in and now you won’t be so overwhelmed or tempted to buy because it’s cheap. You have your brief, and it’s only a bargain if it hits the brief. It’s not a bargain if it doesn’t hit the brief and it’s going to sit in your wardrobe and not be worn. All of a sudden those full racks in the op shop are halved because you have narrowed it down to the colours that will suit you, the style and shape that you like and are looking for. Number one Tip is understand YOU and your brief before you begin.Black Beech GONE FISHING on WednesdaysWEDKerri Booth- CLOSEDthu 1 x FrEe DeSsert with any Gourmet or Deluxe Pizza purchased Dine in FRI 5-7pm SATAny Gourmet Pizza $20 Any 330ml Craft Beer $7 Any 150ml white wine $7 Red $9.50Any 2 gourMet pizzassun -for$35Any 2 deluxe pizzas for$40kids dine for free Dine in only Kids under 10 dine free with any gourmet pizza purchased. Limit 2 kids per purchase. FATHERS DAY Shout Dad a pizza this Fathers Day & recieve a complimentary box of scorched Armonds for Dad Limited to the 1st 15 Dads so book Now!LIVE MUSIC‘Yvonne ~ Solo’ 14TH SeptembER from 7pm*Terms & Co nditions ApplyIf any community clubs, groups or organisations would like to use Black Beech as a venue, it's free and we'd be more than happy to help! Just give us a call or 312 3338 .Monday -TUESDAY - wednesday closed. .thursday 4pm - 8pm. .friday & saturday 4pm - 10pm. .sunday 4pm - 8pm.eightOliverSANDERSON FORMAYORREAL LEADERSHIP ZERO /sanderson4mayor2019I’m 34 years old, grew up in Waikuku, attended Rangiora High School and love being part of the Waimakariri District. I served in the New Zealand Army as a soldier and an officer and now offer you my service as Mayor. If elected, my focus will be on providing a fresh new leadership style for the council and the community, one that will stand up and take responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of the district, one based on the core values of courage, loyalty, integrity and pursuit of excellence - not politics. My main area of concern is how we have been managing the consequences of district growth. I am not against district growth however we mustn’t let it take priority over the wellbeing of the community. My background as an army officer provides me with the experience needed to lead both the council and community. I really do possess the passion, energy and motivation to go above and beyond the call of duty and work hard to make our district a safer, less stressful and happier place to live.21 Reasons to Vote Oliver SANDERSON 1. True and tested leadership experience. 2. Zero tolerance for poli
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