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The Selwyn District Council wants to keep you informed. We produce a weekly newsletter – Council Call, which is full of snippets of Council and community information. You are also welcome to look at our media releases, listed here with the newest at the top.

Drive safe on the roads these holidays
Published online: 14 Dec 2017
It’s a busy time on the roads during the Christmas and summer holiday season and Selwyn District Council’s Road Safety team is reminding drivers to focus on reaching their destination safely.

Local Councils pleased with Immigration New Zealand announcement
Published online: 13 Dec 2017
Ashburton and Selwyn District Councils are delighted that the Welcoming Communities Standard has now been launched by Immigration New Zealand.

Council services over Christmas and New Year
Published online: 08 Dec 2017
Following is a summary of Selwyn District Council services and opening hours during the holiday period.

Selwyn baby book launched
Published online: 01 Dec 2017
Selwyn District Libraries have launched a new book featuring local babies.

Selwyn schools ‘get ready’
Published online: 30 Nov 2017
Selwyn District Council has launched a new resource to help children and families make sure they’re prepared for emergencies.

Post it @ the Library
Published online: 30 Nov 2017
A post-it street art exhibition created by Rolleston College’s ‘More than just a Tag’ visual art class is taking place in December to bring art into the community in unexpected ways.

Even more events this summer in Selwyn
Published online: 23 Nov 2017
Over 70 Council and community events are planned in Selwyn district as part of the Council’s Summer in Selwyn event programme, which will run through to April 2018.

Get into the Christmas spirit with Selwyn Libraries
Published online: 23 Nov 2017
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Selwyn District Libraries, with upcoming special Christmas storytime events, Summer Reading BINGO, and the opportunity to donate to help others in need.

Are you sorted with a safe ride home?
Published online: 22 Nov 2017
Selwyn District Council, Police and licenced premises across the district are participating in the annual Christmas/New Year drink drive campaign, encouraging everyone to sort a safe ride home before going out for a few drinks.

Selwyn sister city opportunities
Published online: 13 Nov 2017
Selwyn District Council and the Malvern Community Board are encouraging residents to get involved in sister cities projects over the coming year – including Rewi Alley celebrations in Springfield in December and visits to China, Japan and Indonesia in 2018.

It just makes Water Sense
Published online: 10 Nov 2017
Summer is on its way, and Selwyn District Council wants to ensure properties connected to Council water supplies can enjoy good water service during the warmer time of year.

Stay safe with fireworks
Published online: 03 Nov 2017
Selwyn residents are being reminded to be safe and considerate if using fireworks this Guy Fawkes' Night.

Get creative with communities funding
Published online: 03 Nov 2017
Community-based groups and individuals can apply now for funding for their next project through the Creative Communities New Zealand Scheme.

Fun for all at local libraries, every Saturday
Published online: 27 Oct 2017
The new Selwyn District Libraries trial hours have begun and exciting family-friendly activities are planned for every Saturday at all four libraries.

Mature and Motivated
Published online: 19 Oct 2017
Rolleston Community Centre’s Mature and Motivated recreation class is so much fun it has 90 year olds doing shoulder stands.

All aboard the Show Me Selwyn bus
Published online: 19 Oct 2017
Bus tours are being offered to Selwyn residents interested in getting to know their district better.

Either way it’s 20K around school buses
Published online: 11 Oct 2017
With school returning for term four this week, the 20K Either Way school bus campaign is under way to raise awareness of safe driving around school buses collecting or dropping off children.

Stimulating Memory through Art to continue
Published online: 06 Oct 2017
Following a successful five-week trial, the ‘Stimulating Memory through Art’ therapeutic art classes will continue to be offered at the Rolleston Community Centre.

Community funding information evening
Published online: 05 Oct 2017
Members of community groups, clubs and organisations in Selwyn are invited to attend a Community Funding Information Session on Thursday 26 October, 7–9pm at Lincoln Event Centre.

Furry friends aid reading confidence
Published online: 05 Oct 2017
After a positive response to the rollout of Paws for Reading, the Selwyn District Libraries programme is now open for bookings at Leeston and Rolleston libraries in term four.

CultureFest is almost here
Published online: 22 Sep 2017
CultureFest 2017 is fast approaching – you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to celebrate Selwyn’s growing diversity!

Drive safe, drive phone free
Published online: 22 Sep 2017
The Drive Phone Free campaign aims to increase driver awareness that talking on the phone, texting or even checking a hand held mobile phone while driving puts them and other road users at risk.

Kick Start set to kick off
Published online: 21 Sep 2017
The annual Kick Start Motorcycle Safety event brings together riders, retailers and anyone who loves motorcycles with a common theme of improving safety on our roads for motorcyclists.

Grow and Discover holiday programme
Published online: 15 Sep 2017
Children can enjoy Selwyn District Libraries’ free Grow and Discover programme during the school holidays from 2–15 October, with multiple session times available across the district.

Selwyn District Libraries opening hours trial coming up
Published online: 14 Sep 2017
From Labour Day (Monday 23 October 2017), the four Selwyn District Libraries will begin a six-month trial of new opening hours.

Project Wild Thing - reconnecting kids with nature
Published online: 07 Sep 2017
Based on the internationally acclaimed UK documentary of the same name, Project Wild Thing is a movement which encourages children to play outdoors and reconnect with the natural world through film screenings for adults and outdoor events for children.

Kia ora to Māori Language Week!
Published online: 04 Sep 2017
Selwyn District Libraries will celebrate Māori Language Week through a series of initiatives to encourage the use of te Reo in more Selwyn homes.

Levi Park Gets Smart
Published online: 18 Aug 2017
New Zealand’s first PGC Smart Playground has opened this week in Selwyn, bringing a new kind of fun to Levi Park, Rolleston.

Therapeutic Art Classes
Published online: 17 Aug 2017
A free five-week therapeutic art class is being offered at the Rolleston Community Centre.

Selwyn district EOC deactivated
Published online: 15 Aug 2017
With weather clearing today, Selwyn District Council has deactivated the Emergency Operations Centre set up yesterday to monitor the rainfall event.

Selwyn’s Emergency Operations Centre downsized
Published online: 14 Aug 2017
The Selwyn Emergency Operations Centre will be downsized overnight as heavy rain over the district eases.

Selwyn’s Emergency Operations Centre activated
Published online: 14 Aug 2017
The Selwyn District Council Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was activated this morning at 10am in support of the heavy rain event occurring in Selwyn District.

Dunsandel regains its heart
Published online: 07 Aug 2017
The brand new Dunsandel Community Centre was officially opened on Friday evening.

Precautionary Boil Water Notice lifted for Springfield
Published online: 04 Aug 2017
Residents connected to the Springfield water supply are advised they no longer need to boil water, however those on a rural restricted supply must still boil their water.

Youth Council funds on offer
Published online: 04 Aug 2017
The fund is available to provide support for groups or individuals whose projects, events or activities contribute to the strengthening of youth wellbeing in Selwyn.

Selwyn Civil Defence emergency lifted
Published online: 24 Jul 2017
Selwyn District Council has lifted the Civil Defence State of Emergency in Selwyn district on Monday 24 July.

Selwyn district Civil Defence State of Emergency
Published online: 22 Jul 2017
As at 11.30am Saturday 22 July Selwyn District Council has extended the Civil Defence State of Emergency to the entire Selwyn district.

Springs Ward Civil Defence Emergency
Published online: 22 Jul 2017
As at 10am on Saturday 22 July Selwyn District Council has declared a Civil Defence State of Emergency in the Springs Ward.

Weather update 21 July
Published online: 21 Jul 2017
Selwyn weather update 4.30pm

Next stop, Faringdon
Published online: 21 Jul 2017
A new stop for the Mobile Library has been announced for the Faringdon subdivision in Rolleston.

Ready to have a go?
Published online: 20 Jul 2017
Selwyn residents will be able to 'have a go' at a huge variety of sports and recreation activities at this year’s Have a Go Day.

Selwyn's Diversity Showcase
Published online: 18 Jul 2017
Following the success of the 2016 CultureFest, organisers have confirmed this year’s event will be held on Sunday 1 October at Lincoln Event Centre from 11am–4pm.

Selwyn Represented on World Stage
Published online: 18 Jul 2017
Selwyn Swim School athlete Celyn Edwards is closing in on qualifying for the Commonwealth Games.

Rail Trail link under construction
Published online: 28 Jun 2017
Construction of an off road link to connect Lincoln to the Little River Rail Trail is now under way.

Library events in July
Published online: 28 Jun 2017
With school holidays during July some exciting KidsFest events are available to book now.

Selwyn’s Izone makes national award short-list
Published online: 28 Jun 2017
The Council has welcomed the news that Izone is a finalist in the 2017 Local Government New Zealand EXCELLENCE Awards.

Council decisions this week
Published online: 23 Jun 2017
The Council met on 14 June to approve the Port Hills Fire Recovery Plan and two plans changes. New temporary portable office accommodation was also approved along with new terms of reference for the Youth Council.

Annual Plan adopted
Published online: 23 Jun 2017
Selwyn District Council has adopted its Annual Plan for the next 12 months.

Have fun with KidsFest these school holidays
Published online: 23 Jun 2017
KidsFest is set to return this July school holidays with bookings now open.

Selwyn Aquatic Centre turns four
Published online: 20 Jun 2017
The fourth anniversary of the opening of the Selwyn Aquatic Centre will be celebrated with a Birthday Bonanza event.

Aquatic Centre in top five for accessibility
Published online: 20 Jun 2017
The Selwyn Aquatic Centre has been named in the top five most accessible aquatic centres in New Zealand.

Drive safe on the roads this winter
Published online: 20 Jun 2017
June marks the official start of winter and this brings an increased risk of rain, fog, ice and snow.

Library events in June
Published online: 20 Jun 2017
Two Love your Life @Lincoln Library events are being offered, as well as drop-in eCollections sessions.

Chief Executive's Contract Extended
Published online: 16 Jun 2017
The Council recently confirmed a two year extension to David Ward’s contract as Chief Executive. Mr Ward was appointed to this role in 2014.

Port Hills Fire Recovery Plan Discussion Document Released
Published online: 16 Jun 2017
Port Hills Recovery Plan Discussion Document released

Selwyn Movie Nights coming this winter
Published online: 19 May 2017
Four indoor movie nights will be held in Selwyn during the winter months - following on from the success of the Summer in Selwyn Outdoor Movies.

Selwyn residents have their say on Annual Plan
Published online: 19 May 2017
Several hundred Selwyn residents have taken the opportunity participate in consultation on the Council’s Draft Annual Plan.

Paws for Reading comes to Selwyn
Published online: 01 May 2017
Local dogs and their owners are on an unexpected mission - working with Selwyn District Libraries to help children to improve their reading skills.

Port Hills Fire Extinguished
Published online: 01 May 2017
Fire authorities have declared the Port Hills Fire has now been fully extinguished.

Precautionary Boil Water Notice – Acheron Water Supply
Published online: 01 May 2017
A precautionary boil water notice was issued for Acheron water supply on 7 April.

Rolleston’s growth continues
Published online: 30 Mar 2017
Resource consents for nearly 1,000 new sections in Rolleston were issued in 2016.

April events at local libraries
Published online: 30 Mar 2017
Local libraries have a range of fun events for kids in April with Easter Storytime sessions planned and school holidays activities.

Fire restrictions lifted in Selwyn
Published online: 30 Mar 2017
Fire restrictions were lifted in the rural plains of Selwyn district from Thursday 16 March.

Fire restrictions changed in Selwyn
Published online: 30 Mar 2017
A restricted fire season was introduced in the rural plains of Selwyn district from Monday 13 March.

Living Water memorandum signed locally
Published online: 30 Mar 2017
The Council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Living Water, the Department of Conservation’s partnership with Fonterra.

Recycle your children’s car seat with SeatSmart
Published online: 30 Mar 2017
The Council is partnering with SeatSmart to offer a recycling programme for expired or damaged car seats.

Motorcycle training offered
Published online: 30 Mar 2017
Selwyn motorcyclists are being offered the opportunity to develop their skills so they can be safer on the road.

Summer in Selwyn events continue in March
Published online: 30 Mar 2017
Summer in Selwyn events continue in March with a range of free fun family-friendly events coming up.

Library events in March
Published online: 30 Mar 2017
Science Alive! is visiting local libraries to host fun sessions for kids where they can science of colour.

Prohibited Fire Season introduced
Published online: 30 Mar 2017
A prohibited fire season (total fire ban) was introduced 1 March 2017.

Precautionary Boil water notice lifted for Lake Coleridge Water Supply
Published online: 27 Feb 2017
Residents connected to the Lake Coleridge water supply are advised they no longer need to boil water.

States of Emergency declared in Christchurch and Selwyn
Published online: 27 Feb 2017
Joint declaration of states of emergency in place in Christchurch City and Selwyn district due to the Port Hills fire.

Port Hills fires – update 10am Wednesday 15 February
Published online: 27 Feb 2017
Update 4 on fire status

PORT HILLS FIRES: UPDATE 6.30pm
Published online: 27 Feb 2017
Update 3 on the fire status.

Tai Tapu/Port Hills fires – update 3pm Tuesday 14 February
Published online: 27 Feb 2017
Update 2 on the fire status.

Port Hills fire update - 10.30am 14 February
Published online: 27 Feb 2017
Morning update on fire status.

‘Meet Your Street’ brings communities together
Published online: 27 Feb 2017
New friendships have been forming all over Selwyn as a series of ‘Meet Your Street’ events continue over summer.

Selwyn District Council 8 February meeting
Published online: 27 Feb 2017
The Council to consider issues relating to Earthquake Prone buildings,and future consultation on Darfield/ Kirwee wastewater and on Easter Sunday trading.

New Youth Council appointed
Published online: 13 Feb 2017
Selwyn’s new Youth Council has been appointed and its members are looking forward to advocating and working on behalf of Selwyn’s young people.

Library events in February
Published online: 13 Feb 2017
Selwyn District Libraries are celebrating the Chinese New Year this month with colourful decorations and book displays.

New cycleway ready to ride
Published online: 10 Feb 2017
A new shared cycleway and walkway between Coalgate and Glentunnel is now ready for use by the public.

Roading improvements underway on Masefield Drive
Published online: 10 Feb 2017
Construction is now under way to upgrade a section of road on Masefield Drive.

Summer in Selwyn fun continues
Published online: 10 Feb 2017
Summer in Selwyn events continue in February with a range of free fun family-friendly events coming up.

Precautionary boil water notice in place for Lake Coleridge
Published online: 10 Feb 2017
A precautionary boil water notice was issued 26 January for properties connected to the Council’s Lake Coleridge water supply.

Precautionary boil water notice in place for Arthur’s Pass
Published online: 10 Feb 2017
A precautionary boil water notice was issued 19 January for properties connected to the Council’s Arthur’s Pass water supply.

Courses help mature drivers be safe on the road
Published online: 10 Feb 2017
Courses aimed at helping mature drivers gain skills to be safer on the road are being offered to Selwyn residents in February and March.

Help reduce the fire risk in Selwyn
Published online: 10 Feb 2017
The Council is advising people to take action to prevent fires starting over the coming weeks as strong winds and excess vegetation raise the fire risk in the district.

Drive carefully when children head back to school
Published online: 10 Feb 2017
From Monday 30 January, over 8,000 Selwyn children will be travelling to school.

Council welcomes Ultra-Fast Broadband announcement
Published online: 10 Feb 2017
The Council has welcomed the announcement that five new areas in the district will receive Ultra-Fast Broadband.

Very strong winds create extreme fire risk
Published online: 26 Jan 2017
The Metservice has forecast severe northwest gales gusting 150 km/h in exposed places for Canterbury (north of Ashburton)on 18 and 19 January.

New pool fencing rules could affect you
Published online: 26 Jan 2017
Recent changes to national legislation on swimming pool fencing could affect Selwyn residents.

Upcoming road works
Published online: 06 Jan 2017
Road reconstruction work will start on Gerald Street in Lincoln from Monday 9 January onwards.

Minister approves Rolleston Reserve exchange
Published online: 05 Jan 2017
The Minister of Conservation has approved the exchange of the reserve status on part of Rolleston Reserve for land at Foster Park.

New roundabout planned for Rolleston
Published online: 05 Jan 2017
A Rolleston intersection will be partially closed from Tuesday 10 January and reopen on Wednesday 18 January to allow for a new roundabout to be constructed.

Funding supports promising students
Published online: 05 Jan 2017
Six year 13 students have received a tertiary scholarship from the Council to help fund their future studies.

Cool off this summer in Selwyn
Published online: 05 Jan 2017
Summer’s here and with it hot days are on the horizon. Selwyn has a great range of spots you can visit if you want to stay cool this summer.

Get recycling this summer!
Published online: 05 Jan 2017
Summer is the season of parties and barbeques – and we encourage residents to recycle bottles and cans, to help the environment.

Fire restrictions introduced in Selwyn
Published online: 05 Jan 2017
A restricted fire season has been introduced in the rural plains of Selwyn district from Thursday 22 December.

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