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October 17, 2017, at 10:04 AM by Conor - Remove Wakelins as firewood supplier
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There is no recycling service available at the village. Selwyn District Council will only consider this with an additional charge on rates, and the Community Association does not currently support that proposal. For visitors to the village, if possible, please take your recycling home with you.

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There is a limited recycling service available at the village currently.

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A number of suppliers will supply firewood to the village, including:

Sam Layton
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Currently the only details for firewood supplies we have are:

Sam Leighton
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AC & EA Wakelin
Phone: 03 318 1484
March 18, 2015, at 10:56 PM by Conor Boyd - Added info on Clean Sweep Canterbury
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As of 2012, the standard charge for a sweep on the AGM weekend was $50.
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As of 2012, the standard charge for a sweep on the AGM weekend was $50.

Another provider of chimney sweeping services is

Clean Sweep Canterbury Ltd
Phone: 0800 SWEEPER / 0800 7933737
August 07, 2014, at 03:16 PM by Conor Boyd - Mobile phone update
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Jan 2014: we have heard from both the Minister for Communications and DoC that Vodafone will be constructing a mobile tower on Castle Hill Station in/around July 2014.

As of May 2012, there is almost no mobile phone coverage between Springfield and Arthurs Pass. We have been advised by Amy Adams (Selwyn Member of Parliament and Minister for Communications) that she has received a commitment from Vodafone that they will be providing mobile coverage through to about Lake Pearson with a scheduled build date of early 2014.

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Aug 2014: both Telecom and Vodafone have gone live with cellphone coverage in the Castle Hill basin, which extends from close to Lake Lyndon to the Craigieburn cutting.

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March 03, 2014, at 01:32 PM by Conor Boyd - Mobile phone update
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Jan 2014: we have heard from both the Minister for Communications and DoC that Vodafone will be constructing a mobile tower on Castle Hill Station in/around July 2014.

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Update (Nov 2012): Telecom & Vodafone have apparently advised a village resident that the telecoms cabinet in the village is scheduled for an upgrade around June 2013.

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Update (Winter 2013): The telecoms cabinet has been upgraded along with work on fibre supply to the Coast. What this means for connection capacity is unknown at the time of writing.

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There is no recycling service available at the village. Selwyn District Council will only consider this with an additional charge on rates, and the Community Association does not currently support that proposal.

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There is no recycling service available at the village. Selwyn District Council will only consider this with an additional charge on rates, and the Community Association does not currently support that proposal. For visitors to the village, if possible, please take your recycling home with you.

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Instructions for outgoing mail collection can be found inside the lid of the village mailbox, but essentially the process is:

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Instructions for outgoing mail collection can be found inside the village mailbox, but essentially the process is:

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As of 2012, the standard charge for a sweep on the AGM weekend was $50.
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As of 2012, the standard charge for a sweep on the AGM weekend was $50.
March 15, 2013, at 02:03 PM by Conor Boyd - Added range extender suggestion
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An alternative solution that works for some is to share a wifi connection, but this obviously depends somewhat on physical circumstances.

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An alternative solution that works for some is to share a wifi connection, but this obviously depends somewhat on physical circumstances. Wifi "range extenders" may be one way to help boost Wifi signals.

January 19, 2013, at 10:26 PM by Conor Boyd - Added chimney sweep info
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The village water supply is taken from further up the Thomas River and is completely gravity-fed. Storage is provided by large tanks in the forest near Enys Drive. The supply is chemically treated.

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The village water supply is taken from further up the Thomas River and is completely gravity-fed. Storage is provided by large tanks in the forest near Enys Drive. The supply is chemically treated.

Chimney Sweeping

Currently there is an informal arrangement for a chimney sweep to visit the village on the weekend of the Community Association AGM (usually held at the start of March each year).

Rodney Carr
Phone: 03 324 2999
As of 2012, the standard charge for a sweep on the AGM weekend was $50.
November 21, 2012, at 09:47 AM by Conor Boyd - Added update regarding potential broadband upgrade in June 2013
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As of May 2012, anecdotal evidence indicates that the current village telecoms cabinet may unfortunately be reaching capacity even for phone connections.

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As of May 2012, anecdotal evidence indicates that the current village telecoms cabinet may unfortunately be reaching capacity even for phone connections. See Physical Infrastructure for an update on this.

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Update (Nov 2012): Telecom & Vodafone have apparently advised a village resident that the telecoms cabinet in the village is scheduled for an upgrade around June 2013.

September 26, 2012, at 05:22 PM by Conor Boyd - Added ToC
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May 30, 2012, at 02:44 PM by Conor Boyd - Added details on outgoing mail
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Instructions for outgoing mail collection can be found inside the lid of the village mailbox, but essentially the process is:

  1. Place your mail in one of the hessian mailbags.
  2. Hang the large reflective tag on the nail on the Give Way sign post nearest the mail box.
May 18, 2012, at 10:47 AM by Conor Boyd - Added Wakelin firewood details
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A number of suppliers will supply firewood to the village. One supplier that a number of householders have used is:

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A number of suppliers will supply firewood to the village, including:

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AC & EA Wakelin
Phone: 03 318 1484
May 14, 2012, at 12:38 PM by Conor Boyd - Added contact info for SL Firewood
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[Your name]
Private Bag 55037
Orchard Road
Christchurch 8154
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[Your name]
Private Bag 55037
Orchard Road
Christchurch 8154


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Sam Layton
Hororata
Phone: ?
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Sam Layton
Hororata
Phone: 03 318 7200


May 14, 2012, at 10:21 AM by Conor Boyd -
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Currently there is almost no mobile phone coverage between Springfield and Arthurs Pass. We have been advised by Amy Adams (Selwyn Member of Parliament and Minister for Communications) that she has received a commitment from Vodafone that they will be providing mobile coverage through to about Lake Pearson with a scheduled build date of early 2014.

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As of May 2012, there is almost no mobile phone coverage between Springfield and Arthurs Pass. We have been advised by Amy Adams (Selwyn Member of Parliament and Minister for Communications) that she has received a commitment from Vodafone that they will be providing mobile coverage through to about Lake Pearson with a scheduled build date of early 2014.

May 14, 2012, at 10:20 AM by Conor Boyd - Provided brief info on water supply
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Water supply

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Water supply

The village water supply is taken from further up the Thomas River and is completely gravity-fed. Storage is provided by large tanks in the forest near Enys Drive. The supply is chemically treated.

May 14, 2012, at 10:17 AM by Conor Boyd -
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TV reception is almost non-existent in the village; radio reception is not much better. For a while there was a TV signal repeater/booster located near the village hall, but this has fallen into disrepair/dis-use.

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TV reception is almost non-existent in the village; radio reception is not much better. For a while there was a TV signal repeater/booster located near the village hall, but this has fallen into disrepair/dis-use, and is being decommissioned.

May 14, 2012, at 10:17 AM by Conor Boyd -
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TV Reception

TV reception is almost non-existent in the village. For a while there was a TV signal repeater/booster located near the village hall, but this has fallen into disrepair/dis-use.

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TV/Radio Reception

TV reception is almost non-existent in the village; radio reception is not much better. For a while there was a TV signal repeater/booster located near the village hall, but this has fallen into disrepair/dis-use.

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[@[Name]

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[@[Your name]

May 14, 2012, at 10:15 AM by Conor Boyd -
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If you want a connection, requesting a connection (and thus potentially being placed on the waiting list) seems to be the best way to indicate increased demand; the Community Association does not have any contacts with any of the telcos to be able to expedite connections.

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If you want a connection, requesting a connection (and thus potentially being placed on the waiting list) seems to be the best way to indicate increased demand; the Community Association does not have any contacts with any of the telcos to be able to expedite connections.

May 14, 2012, at 10:15 AM by Conor Boyd -
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If you want a connection, requesting a connection (and thus potentially being placed on the waiting list) seems to be the best way to indicate increased demand; the Community Association does not have any contacts to be able to expedite connections.

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If you want a connection, requesting a connection (and thus potentially being placed on the waiting list) seems to be the best way to indicate increased demand; the Community Association does not have any contacts with any of the telcos to be able to expedite connections.

May 14, 2012, at 10:14 AM by Conor Boyd - Added phone capacity comment
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As of May 2012, anecdotal evidence indicates that the current village telecoms cabinet may unfortunately be reaching capacity even for phone connections.

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At the time of writing there is limited capacity in the telecoms cabinet that services the village. This may mean that applications for new broadband connections may be placed on a waiting list. After the Feb 2010 earthquake, there was quite a demand in the village for broadband connections, and capacity was upgraded at that time from approx 20 connections to approx 30.

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At the time of writing (May 2012) there is limited capacity in the telecoms cabinet that services the village. This may mean that applications for new broadband connections may be placed on a waiting list. After the Feb 2010 earthquake, there was quite a demand in the village for broadband connections, and capacity was upgraded at that time from approx 20 connections to approx 30.

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Different providers have many different packages. At the time of writing Snap Internet have a pretty good broadband & calling package starting at $75:

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Different providers have many different packages. As of May 2012 Snap Internet have a pretty good broadband & calling package starting at $75:

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A number of suppliers will supply firewood to the village. One supplier that a number of householders use is:

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A number of suppliers will supply firewood to the village. One supplier that a number of householders have used is:

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There is no recycling service available at the village. Selwyn District Council will only consider this with an additional charge on rates, and the Community Association do not currently support that.

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There is no recycling service available at the village. Selwyn District Council will only consider this with an additional charge on rates, and the Community Association does not currently support that proposal.

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[@Private Bag 55037

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[@[Name] Private Bag 55037

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!!!Green waste

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Green waste

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Green waste

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!!!Green waste

April 28, 2012, at 08:54 PM by Conor Boyd - Added refuse, post, firewood, etc.
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There is no recycling service available at the village. Selwyn District Council will only consider this with an additional charge on rates, and the Community Association do not currently support that.

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These bins are for domestic waste only and must not be used for e.g. construction refuse.

There is no recycling service available at the village. Selwyn District Council will only consider this with an additional charge on rates, and the Community Association do not currently support that.

Green waste

Green waste (uncontaminated with e.g. tannelised timber, etc) can be taken across the road, through the golf course (via the right-hand/southern gate across from the village) to the far end before turning left towards an old set of stock yards, near where you should find an obvious pile of other green waste waiting to be burnt. Burns are performed once a year or so. Branches should be no larger than 100mm in diameter so as to ensure that the burn completes within the time allowed for in the fire permit.

Postal deliveries

There is no postal service direct to physical addresses in the village. Items addressed as follows are collected and delivered to the village mailbox near the village entrance by a West Coast-bound courier overnight:

Private Bag 55037
Orchard Road
Christchurch 8154

Firewood

A number of suppliers will supply firewood to the village. One supplier that a number of householders use is:

Sam Layton
Hororata
Phone: ?

Water supply

April 28, 2012, at 08:37 PM by Conor Boyd - Completed initial draft of services page
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Broadband

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Landlines

No particular recommendations for provider at time of writing. Most telecoms providers have a range of packages, some of which will include free calling to e.g. anywhere in the South Island or anywhere in the country.

Mobile phone coverage

Currently there is almost no mobile phone coverage between Springfield and Arthurs Pass. We have been advised by Amy Adams (Selwyn Member of Parliament and Minister for Communications) that she has received a commitment from Vodafone that they will be providing mobile coverage through to about Lake Pearson with a scheduled build date of early 2014.

Broadband

A lot of sections in the village have been advertised as "broadband to the boundary". That may be true, although there is a large caveat:

Physical infrastructure

At the time of writing there is limited capacity in the telecoms cabinet that services the village. This may mean that applications for new broadband connections may be placed on a waiting list. After the Feb 2010 earthquake, there was quite a demand in the village for broadband connections, and capacity was upgraded at that time from approx 20 connections to approx 30.

If you want a connection, requesting a connection (and thus potentially being placed on the waiting list) seems to be the best way to indicate increased demand; the Community Association does not have any contacts to be able to expedite connections.

An alternative solution that works for some is to share a wifi connection, but this obviously depends somewhat on physical circumstances.

Internet Providers

Different providers have many different packages. At the time of writing Snap Internet have a pretty good broadband & calling package starting at $75:

  • Full speed download / full speed upload
  • FREE unlimited access to iSky
  • 5GB data per month
  • Standard phone line
  • 03 is free
  • Super-low 10c per minute landline calling:
    • National
    • Australia, UK, Ireland, USA (excl. Alaska) & Canada
  • Talk for up to 2 hours (landlines only) and pay no more than:
    • $2 for national calls
    • $4 for calls to Australia, UK, Ireland, USA (excl. Alaska) & Canada
  • Super-low 25c per minute mobile calling

TV Reception

TV reception is almost non-existent in the village. For a while there was a TV signal repeater/booster located near the village hall, but this has fallen into disrepair/dis-use.

Most houses wanting TV reception currently utilise either Freeview or Sky satellite dishes.

Refuse collection

There is no refuse collection from individual houses in the village. There is a waste transfer station near the village entrance, consisting of 4 large lidded skips/bins. These bins should be emptied regularly by the council contractors (particularly around school holiday periods).

There is no recycling service available at the village. Selwyn District Council will only consider this with an additional charge on rates, and the Community Association do not currently support that.

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Broadband