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November 28



  • Altrusa International of Ashburton

We continue with the upkeep of the Stillborn Memorial at the Ashburton Cemetery, initiated some years ago, which for some of us is a labour of love. Our Foot Clinic continues to provide a practical service, and we have donated funds raised to the Age Concern and Alzheimer’s organisations in Ashburton. We are looking towards Christmas, with our Christmas Tree of Remembrance which will be in the Arcade in December, giving people a chance to buy a star and write a message for someone they wish to remember at Christmas time. Children’s books are being collected, for local children at Christmas. At our Programme Meeting members enjoyed a chance to talk about their Christmas experiences. The Laos Mission School, through Elizabeth Hill, a past member, will benefit from our International Night dining experience. A Year Nine Innovation class at Ashburton College learnt about our non-profit organisation projects and enthusiasms, such as our assistance with the reading programmes of Pasifika at Ashburton College, AVAILLL and Boost in local primary schools in Ashburton and Methven.



  • Ashburton Bowling Club

Ashburton Bowling Club members’ results and other pertinent matters for the past week or so, are as follows:

In our Saturday Rollover Triples on the 30, 1st were Margaret Carnachan and Charlie Rooke with 3 wins, 13 ends and 2nd with 2 wins, 13 ends were Alison Gibbs and Bob Wilson.  It was a small turnout with members having other things to attend to.

On Monday morning, the 2, the Women’s Rosebowl fours was played at Hampstead on a lovely still morning.  Ashburton’s Leonie Spargo, Wendy Suttie, Wendy Herriot and Gaynor Crack came 3rd.

Coming up this Sunday, the 8, is the Mixed Pairs and Fours, starting at 9.30am.  Let’s hope for a fine day as it’s an early start and a longish day.

The Ladies Bowman Cup is on December 16 (previously November 11).

The Club’s Annual Christmas Dinner is on December 14 (previously December 7), 5pm for 6pm in the Club Rooms.

The Ladies’ Christmas Lunch is on December 19 at 12 noon at Stables.

Good bowling everyone!



  • Ashburton Bridge Club

This wildly distributional hand from last Monday night received various opening treatments from dealer, East.  1 Club, 2 Club or 5 Club opening bid will all probably end with the same result – 5 Clubs.  It is very difficult to bid a Club slam, 6 Clubs, with only 25 high card points between the East and West hands, although the shape of each hand individually makes them worth much more.

Whether East is playing in either 5 Clubs or 6 Clubs, as long as the opening lead from South is not a Club, there is the possibility to make 7 Clubs, 13 tricks.  On any lead other than a Club, declarer, East, cashes the Spade A in dummy, comes to his hand with either a Diamond or Heart ruff, plays the Spade 7, ruffed in dummy with the Club 9, eliminating the Spade loser from his own hand.  He now returns to his hand with a Heart ruff, draws the defender’s trumps and still holds the spade K for the 13th trick.  Of course, should South choose a Club as the opening lead, this line of play is not an option, and 6 Clubs, 12 tricks is the maximum available.

East/West can also make 5 No Trumps, but it is not an easy contract to find.



  • Ashburton Dahlia Circle

How time flies, the group held their last meeting for 2019 on Tuesday November 19.

A great attendance for our Rose Show and Christmas meal, 19 members sat down to the meal.

Roses were a bit battered from some hail the previous day, but still there were some magnificent flowers. Judging was done during the meeting following our meal, with Pauline O’Leary happy to do this task and steward for her was Will Rollinson. Thank you to you both.

Heather McEvoy’s rose named Blackberry Nip was awarded Champion Bloom.

Placing as follows from approximately 65 entries

Leonie Rollinson 8 1sts, 3 3rds

Joyce Read 1 1st, 6 2nds, 3 3rds

Heather McEvoy 2 1sts, 2 2nds, 1 3rd

Graham Gunn 1 1st, 2 2nds

Alison Donald 2 2nds, 2 3rds

John Hoogweg 1 1st, 1 3rd

Jackie Ryan 1 2nd,

Pat Tarbotton 1 3rd

Our Annual Christmas dinner is always so very special as everyone contributed to the menu.

Ham and Pork, Salads, Carrots, Peas and new potatoes in the main course, followed by Alison’s great steamed pudding, pavlova, trifle, Ice cream, and fruit salads, followed by Christmas cake and cup of tea.

Special thanks to Sharon who came along to serve & clean-up for us.  Also to Alison & Sheena Clark for setting up the tables and supplying all the dishes etc.

Our next get together will be a pot luck finger food evening down at Seadown with members Alistair and Joan Davey hosting us. This will be a very interesting evening to see all the areas Alistair producing the masses of dahlias. Along with his other bulbs etc. So much to enjoy. A newsletter will go out to members prior and be held wet or fine on Sunday January 5.

If others wish to attend please contact Joyce 02102458001 as we would love to have other interested persons, you are welcome.

Table shows for the dahlias will start on Tuesday January 21. Hope the growth picks up soon, as it has been slow, the hail has really cooled the soil, not to say the damage as well.

New members very welcome, contact Joyce as above.

To everyone Young and Old have a very Happy and Safe Christmas.



  • Ashburton Golf Club

What a finish we had to the season long RMF Silva Cup we had last Saturday, we had a beautiful day, a glorious course, a big field and many of the players brought their A game. Dave Morrison thought he had the Santa Marie Cup in the bag with a great nett 64 in the morning. Then Richard McKernan managed to knock the ball around the course in 74 shots playing off an 11 handicap and steal the cup from under Dave’s nose.

Those two were both not still involved in the RMF Silva Cup, but the players who were, shot some great scores. Bruce Day, Greig Sparrow, Barry Jury and Tuffy Sa all shot nett 68’s and had to be separated on countback to sort out the minor places, but Tom Blacklow flew in from ninth place shooting a wonderful nett 66 to pick up the Club Sub thanks to RMF Silva, and Bruce picks up a nice new golf bag off Sega Golf for his second place. This cup has certainly become a major part of the Men’s season, everyone looks to which games are score counters, and it drags out the hardy golfers when the weather would normally have kept them at home. Across the season over 100 players have registered scores, so many thanks again to RMF Silva for your continued support.

This Saturday is club closing day, we will be playing a mixed Canadian stableford round for the Smallbone Trophy. We have an early start time of 11am report for 11.30 start, this gives everyone a chance to play then go home, put on their glad rags and return for Presentation evening. Tickets for this are going fast, so if you haven’t already got yours give Dee or a board member a shout to make sure you don’t miss out on a great night.

Coming up over the next few weeks, we have many great mixed days. Matt will be running one of his fun Pro shop days, we will have the Radius care Xmas salvers and kick off qualifying for the Property Brokers shootout, so make sure you get yourself down to the course for your golfing fix. See you around. Good golfing



  • Ashburton Horticultural Society

President Trevor welcomed 15 members to our November meeting.  After an enjoyable Pot Luck tea we held our monthly meeting. We ended the evening with a quiz on streets of Ashburton.

Table Show results:

Joy Jaine – 7 firsts, 3 seconds, 1 third,

Pat Tarbotton – 4, 4, 1,

John Hoogweg – 5, 2, 2,

Rosemary Case – 4, 1, 1,

Surrey Lamont – 1, 1, 2,

Cyril – 1, 0, 0,

Premier award went to Joy Jaine with a pink rose – Liverpool Echo

The raffle was won by Brian Glassey

Next meeting will be on Monday January 27, 2020 with guest speaker from Ashburton Contracting Landscaping at 7:30pm at the Sports Pavilion, Walnut Avenue.  New members and visitors most welcome.



  • Ashburton MSA Petanque Club

It has been a busy time for both players and organisers as our Club has hosted two major tournaments this month.

First was the Clubs NZ tournament and we were pleased to have 20 of our players take part in this along with players from Papanui and Timaru.

The winner of the Triples was a Papanui team and runners up were Johnny Wright, Bev Attewell, and Peter Marriott from Ashburton.

Plate winners were Karen and Neville Bensdorp and Richard Browne and runners up were Carolyn White, Shelagh Field, and Jonathan Crum all from Ashburton

The Doubles were held on the second day and was won by a Timaru team, and Karen and Neville Bensdorp were runners up.

The Bowl runners up were Madeline and Garry Kilgour, and the Saucer winners were Shirley Cant and Colin Jones, with the runners up being Shelagh Field and Mick Little.

The singles were held on the third day and was won by a Papanui player with Bev Attewell from Ashburton being runner up.

Shelagh Field won the plate and Nicky Foden was runner up, both from Ashburton

Bowl winner was Jonathan Crum and Allen Moore was runner up.  Both players also from Ashburton.

A very successful weekend for our players.

This last weekend we hosted the S.I. Senior doubles and 16 couples took part, coming from Papanui, Christchurch, Timaru, Caversham, Dunedin City, and Alexandra.

We had 7 players taking part and the event was won by a couple from Alexandra.  While our players didn’t make it into the top 8 they did make those they were playing against work hard for their points with sometimes only losing a game by one point.  A good effort all round.

And no tournament can be a success without the helpers working behind the scenes.  A big thank you to them.

This weekend we have 4 of our players taking part in the Canterbury team to play in the Tri Star.  We wish Jan Guilford, Karen and Neville Bensdorp and Richard Browne all the best.

Our last official playing day for the year is Sunday 15th December and we start the New Year on Tuesday January 7.



  • Ashburton Pakeke Lions Club

President Lion Noel Lowe welcomed Lions 202J District Governor Kevin Bryson and his wife Glenys, Members and Visitors to the November Meeting and called for a moments silence to remember those affected by the catastrophic Australian Bush Fires.  Apologies were read by Lion Milner Jacob.  Lion Joe Butchard reported on the progress of the Christmas Raffle and Lion Jim Martin outlined the programme for the Special Needs Day to be held at the Tinwald Domain on Thursday December 5.  Trish Mably read grace and a very pleasant meal followed.

District Governor Kevin Bryson gave a talk on all aspects of Lions, locally, Nationally and Internationally, stressing the need for diversity in both membership and projects a theme promoted by International President Dr Jung Yul Choi.  He also spoke of the great work done around the world by the Lions club International Foundation in areas of sight, Diabetes, Measles, Youth and Disaster Relief.  Governor Kevin then presented service chevrons to several Pakeke Members for service to the Club between 20 years and 40 years and to Lion Graeme Neale for 45 years of service.   Lion Dave Bennett thanked Kevin on behalf of the Club and presented him with the Club Banner.

Lion Jim Martin then introduced the speaker Sandi Wood, Executive Officer for Advance Ashburton Community Foundation and she gave an enthusiastic and passionate insight into the work that this organisation does in our local Community.  This philanthropic organisation operates by building a permanent fund from bequests and private donations and 4.26 million has been distributed to Local Community causes to date, to such recipients as the academic Chair at our Ashburton Hospital to develop and enhance Rural training, research and development for young medical professionals to assist in the drive to have young doctors to come and work in rural areas. Also the Boost Literacy Fund which improves literacy in Primary School Children now catering for 175 local children and other various projects.  Sandy was thanked by Lion Jim Young and presented with a certificate of appreciation.

Raffles were drawn and the Tailtwister Lion Robert Spencer entertained all present with various fines he extracted from members.  The singing of the National Anthem concluded the evening.



  • Ashburton Toastmasters

On November 13 the Ashburton Toastmasters club hosted the area competition, with clubs participating being Alpine (Timaru), Liffey, Lincoln Research and Ashburton.
We started with a warm-up speech by Basil about wine tasting. Basil is a superb speaker (and the chief judge for the evening).

Next came the area D5 Humorous speech contest:
Sonya Scott – “The gift horse” (about a haunted car)
Marie Muhl – “Be careful what you wish for” (being a vet), 2nd place winner
Helen Pidwerbesky – “Love is all you need” (Wedding story)
Barb Curran – “Not for sissies” (School camp), 3rd place winner
Chris Gregg – “The noble male” (family holiday from the male perspective)
And our very own Rebecca Perkins – “Worry” – 1st place winner

We had a break and then the area D5 Table Topics (impromptu speaking) contest.
The question was: “If you could spend an afternoon with a famous person, living or dead, who would you pick?”
Participants were:
Sandra McLean – 1st place
Grey Walsh
Christopher Gregg
Alanna Hollier (Ashburton Toastmasters) – 3rd place
Paddy Tollan – 2nd place
Banny Hayes
Dave Moore

Great evening and wonderful speakers.
Congrats to all participants.
If you compete in a contest you are already a winner



  • Ashburton Woodworkers

Thirteen members were welcomed by Bruce Ferriman, for our November meeting. Bruce called for a moment’s silence for Brian Marsden who passed away recently. Mentioned that long time member Dave Busby is leaving our club and moving to Christchurch. Hopefully he’ll join up with a club there as his knowledge, skills are too valuable not to pass on. Dave, the club will miss you, your talents, mastery and guidance. We wish you all the best.

Show and Tell:

Adriaan Slooten: pewter seed pod turned off centre, some carving, with smoke bush leaves.

Geoff Brown: various bowls: oak, walnut, mahogany.

Dave Strong: plate, platter.

Kevin Challis demonstrated making a lidded box, his block of sycamore was turned into a cylinder which was divided into 3 segments, the lid, base and spigot. With a parting tool he separated the base from the lid, then shaped the base, when satisfied he commenced to hollow out the centre with a gouge. He then placed the lid section into the chuck where he continued to shape the outside, hollowed the inside then set to create a delicate finial. There were moments we thought the lid would part before he completed the final cut. However Kevin had full control. An excellent demonstration of technique, careful control of tools. Well done and thanks Kevin, a challenge for club members to come up with something similar for the next meeting.


  • Hinds Co-operating Parish.   Preschool Christmas Party.

The Hinds Co-operating Parish and supporters under the guidance of Mrs Rosa Bennett, held the annual pre-school party at the St. Lukes Church hall and grounds on Wednesday November 27, on a warm but a rather breezy day.

A full bus-load of children arrived from the Pre-School Centre in Rogers street, and were soon joined by many more little ones and their mothers, grannies and care-givers.  Over sixty children took part in the gathering, from babies to toddlers, to the nearly fives.

A bouncy castle was soon in business and swarming with little bodies, bubbles blew through the air, and lots of laughter and conversation amongst the grown-ups of all ages.  It wasn’t long before Father Christmas made an appearance however, he arrived, not in a sleigh but a modern shiny bright red car with a red nose on the front of it.  Father Christmas in an interview later on told of his very, very long career, which included a stint in a shopping mall in Christchurch some thirty years ago, (experience does count!) so this jolly soul is to be seen everywhere, as every little one would know.  He then gave out a present to the children helped by Kate and Rosa.  Morning tea soon followed, a sumptuous spread provided by the Parish in large part.

Hinds Parish always enjoy hosting this event each year, and wish everyone a very happy and blessed Christmas with family and friends.



  • Hinds Women’s Institute

The November meeting of Hinds Women’s Institute was held in the Davison Room on Wednesday November 27 beginning at 1.30pm with a warm welcome from the President Rosa Bennett.   There have been quite a few sick members, thus apologies, but for all that there was a reasonable attendance and a warm welcome to our new member, June Black.

The singing of the Ode and recitation of The Aspirations was followed by business, the finances are in good heart, subscriptions are now due, and there was a good bit of correspondence received from National Executive Committee, including mention of a proposed statue of our Founder Miss A.E. Jerome Spencer and next year’s Conference, also a contest to see who can produce a template for a Centennial badge; using just three colours.  Social media including WI’s Facebook page also discussed: and also “virtual members.”  A magazine from our link in Hampshire was circulated.

Congratulations were extended to those who put the Show Bay and Tray together, the latter gained a second, and the Bay a third, the theme of this being “Fire and Ice.”  Birthday Honours were accorded to Ruth Sheppard, and Lorraine Baughan won the Raffle.

The activity for the day was organised by Val Goodridge who was sadly, unable to be present so Jo Wilson took up this mantle and showed, along with Jenny Sinclair how a wreath for Christmas can be put together and the various bases that can be used.  There were some beautiful wreaths to be seen, most of the completed ones already done by Val, a Yuletide enthusiast.

Afternoon tea was then served by the hostesses, Ruth Sheppard and Jenny Sinclair, and it was really delicious.  Jenny has kindly offered to host the December meeting at her home at Ealing on Monday December 9 starting at 11am with a meeting then on to a Pot luck lunch, the committee providing the sweets.  An exchange of a gift value of about $10 will also be on this programme.

Hinds WI wishes everyone a joyous Christmas and a happy and busy New Year.



  • Mid Canterbury Ladies Friendship Club

President Avis Kingsland welcomed members to the November meeting.  After the National Anthem had been sung, members stood for one minute in memory of Mary Leighton who passed away recently.  Birthdays and Anniversaries were celebrated.   A letter from Ronald McDonald House was read thanking the Club for the cleaning products that had been donated to them.

The mini speaker was Noeline Inch who told of her visit to Buckingham Palace, the ticket had been purchased in New Zealand.  Bags were checked and ear plugs given for the commentary.  Into the main grand hall and up the staircase, the Green Room, Throne Room (where the raised dais is located) and on to the Blue Room.  The State Dining Room is magnificent, seating 46 people around the table.   There was also the Tapestry Room, Picture Room, Marble Room and Gallery.   The portraits are huge, chandeliers magnificent and there was gold everywhere.   As well there are 350 clocks/watches, it takes two people to look after them.

After morning tea Michael from ‘Open Spaces’ Ashburton Domain told of his job.   They are removing the annuals.   The annuals are grown in their nursery, they have up to 35,000 plants.   In the summer they like to have soft colours but some prefer bright colours.  The seed order for next spring has to be done now.   They keep the tulip bulbs for two years.  Not much spray is used.  There are 12 staff members in a team.  Landscape architects are drawing up plans for the Domain, then the public will be able to make submissions.   Michael was thanked for his presentation.

Next meeting is a special bus trip to Sheffield for a festive Christmas meal.

President Avis closed the meeting with the thought for the month – “Good friends are like bras, supportive, never leave you hanging, make you look good and always close to the heart.”



  • Rotary Club of Ashburton

President Don McLeod welcomed a number of partners to a recent meeting.    He advised of the Club Christmas function to be on Tuesday December 10 at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre, there will be dinner and a Variety Theatre Ashburton Cabaret.

The three minute speaker was David Stewart.  He told of growing up on a farm at Greenstreet with three sisters. David left school and only ever wanted to farm. He later suggested to his father that dairying was the way to go. The dairy farm, now being farmed by his sons (David says he is now the “boy”), is developing pivot irrigation, has a barn for wintering cows and supplies milk, including winter milking.

John Rickard introduced his London-based son David who was one of the club’s Young Achievers in 2005. David has been based in London for the last 18 years having trained as an architect at Auckland University and studied art in Milan for two years.  David is now an artist working on conceptual installations. He is visiting Ashburton to install and launch his exhibition, Echoes from the Sound Barrier, at the Ashburton Art Gallery, opening on November 28.  David told the club he became a fulltime artist 10 years ago, and is associated with galleries in London and Venice and has worked in several cities throughout Europe. David’s work explores responses to the built environment, the perception of space, our relationship to place etc. His installations have explored these themes and have involved half tonne clay balls dropped from various height buildings into a public square and aluminium contaminant collected, melted down and reformed into a cube sculpture on a redeveloped steelworks site.  Some installations are shown in one place, dismantled and shown again in other locations. Another involved locating the four corners of the world – in Mozambique, Brazil, Western Australia and the Makemo Atoll – and photographing two sticks at right angles at each place. The photographs were then put together to create an illustration of the world’s four corners. David has also produced a book, “The End”, which simply documents over 300 predictions of the end of the world.  David said his original training as an architect has been very useful in his art work.

A number of questions from members followed David’s address and he was ably thanked by Ivan Blain.

Thought for the Week – Rodger Letham “Well-behaved women rarely make history”.



  • R.S.A. Women’s Section

President Colleen Hands welcomed members on Thursday November 28.  A minutes silence was held for our late Patroness Mrs Ella Ferris.  Apologies were received.  The R.S.A. song was sung.  Also Happy Birthday to those with a November birthday.  Sympathy was given to anyone who has sadly lost a loved one.  Sick members were wished a speedy recovery.  Christmas dinner on Monday December 9 will be in the Gallery Room at the Hotel Ashburton.  Cost $30, pay on the night.  Please arrive at 5.30pm.  Meal to be served at 6pm.  The arranged Group will entertain.  Usual raffles.  Christmas wishes were given to those who won’t be attending the Christmas dinner.  Bus trip on Wednesday February 5, 2020.  Names in by 1st.  Housie was played.  As usual some are luckier than others.  Members really enjoy the games.  Colleen is an excellent caller. Raffles were won by Ayleen Beatty and Wendy Marr.

Competitions: Bracelet: 1st Judy Peck, 2nd Colleen Wederell, 3rd Kelly-Rose Blackburn; Medium sized Santa: 1st Kelly-Rose Blackburn, 2nd Marilyn Coley, 3rd Colleen Wederell.  Hostesses Alison and Wendy served afternoon tea, to end a fun afternoon.



  • The Lions Club of Ashburton – Publicity November 2019.

Our club meeting for November featured Sandy Wood, from Advance Ashburton as our guest speaker.  Her detailed insight to the aspirations of both giving and receiving to the local community, was extremely well received.  The proposed visit to Ashburton Food Processing will be held at a later date.

Three new members will be inducted at the December meeting.  David Groves, sponsor Philip Kerr, and Chris Barham, sponsor Murray Bonnington, will be welcomed into our Club at our December meeting as well as Ash Shah, sponsor David Stewart, to be another welcome member to our Club.  The 3 minute speech was delivered by Chrissy Milne who gave a full and colourful insight into her busy life.

Forthcoming events include – Christmas lights visit to the well-known Van Tongeren family home Thursday December 19 from 7.30 onwards.  Thanks David and family.

Our December meeting will also serve as an end of year function with a Christmas theme.  This is a wives and partners night and will include a Christmas fare menu, entertainment by the Variety Theatre led by Gavin Templeton and members. Santa will attend and rumour has it he may bring his guitar and sing too!  Lions members are asked to bring 2 small gifts marked male and/or female to exchange on the night. Christmas dress in red, green and white colours is encouraged.

Two recent events include a visit to Dot’s Castle in Oamaru and attendance at the Simon O’Neill and Woolston Brass Band concert.  Both were most successful.

Our annual South Island Motorhome Show takes place Saturday February 29 and Sunday March 1 at the Ashburton A&P Showgrounds. Our planning committee is looking for folk that have retro caravans that they would like to display over the weekend.  For further details contact Rex on 0273255349.

Our Club wishes Seasons Greetings to all our members, fellow Lions, and the wider community.



  • The Plains Ladies Friendship Club

The Plains Ladies met for the final time this year on Monday November 25 at the Doris Linton lounge at the RSA.

Jeanette welcomed everyone looking very festive with her Christmas adornments.

Of course there was a Christmas theme. Seated in groups of six with pretty Christmas decorations all around the room there was lots of enthusiastic chatter.

Once the formal part of the meeting had been conducted and notices given we were ready for entertainment.

The committee regaled us with lots of hilarious Christmas themed jokes interspersed with music played by Pearce Watson until it was time for morning tea.

Christmas mince pies were the order of the day.  Once fortified we returned to the hall for the Christmas Quiz. The questions were thought provoking and had some of us scratching our heads. Some needed a few extra clues to be given before we got the answer, and of course some we did not know the answer to.

It was lots of fun and the winning groups were rewarded with a Chocolate Father Christmas.

The Raffles were drawn and Jeanette reminded us that the successful coffee mornings will continue on December 9 and January 13.

The morning concluded with Jeanette and the committee wishing everyone a very enjoyable and safe Festive season.



  • U3A Hakatere/Ashburton Meeting – 26 November 2019

The final meeting of U3A Hakatere/Ashburton for 2019, was held at St David’s Church, Allenton on Tuesday November 26.

The guest speaker was Professor Adrian Paterson, who is Head of the Department of Pest-management and Conservation at Lincoln University.  He has been at Lincoln for 25 years where he has taught and researched animal behaviour, wildlife conservation and management, biodiversity and evolutionary biology. He told us what research shows us about how evolution influences society and particularly teenagers. Professor Paterson began his talk with a quote from David Brin (2005): “We are genetically little different than our ancestors who dwelled in caves; and yet, equipped with Neolithic brains, we seek to design and operate an increasingly complex human civilization, while plunging headlong into a century of rapid change.”  The talk was focussed on “ourselves’, but was not about individuals. In any group most people will do the ‘normal’ thing. Professor Paterson put the question, “What is normal”. 99% of the time that humans have been on Earth they have been hunters and gatherers, living in small groups. The foci of a teenager are themselves, appearance, relationships. parents, and health. Each of these foci were discussed. The influences on ‘themselves’ begin with pregnancy.  Mother and child sometimes share the same goals but more often are in conflict. The child needing more than the mother gives. The embryo has to be implanted and stay that way. The placenta, a parasitic organ, is there for the baby, not the mother. The placenta ensures that there is a good blood supply taking nutrients to the baby. Chemicals are released to help the baby survive. The mother also has chemicals that counteract what the baby is taking. From the start the baby is looking after itself.  Colic was discussed and it may be a ‘disease’ of affluence. There is some evidence that developing countries have very low levels of colic. A study of 75000 babies showed that colic babies were not significantly worse in any measurements and were slightly larger. Appearance is an important focus. Facial dominance determines how people are perceived by others. Symmetry of the face fluctuates.  A gene should build paired traits the same, such as legs same length, fingers same width, eyes same colour. Disruption of development or slight genetic mutations will cause imperfections. This is signal that some potential mates may be inferior to other choices. After a 30 second meeting a ‘map’ of a person can be formed. Relationships – How do humans select mates? Males and females are likely to have different sexual selection strategies. A study of over 10000 people from 37 cultures on 6 continents examined how males and females rated various attributes in potential mates. In all cultures woman rated financial prospects higher than men and woman wanted men older than themselves. Men wanted younger women and rated beauty higher than woman. Parents – the basis of many of our fairy tales is the conflict between children and step-parents. This is understandable from an evolutionary perspective as the step-parent is not genetically related to the child. Most parents of adopted children put more positive support into adopted children than into their genetic children. Moffitt and Capsi tested whether upbringing or genes contributed to antisocial behaviour and criminality. They found that a ‘bad’ gene and a ‘bad’ environment determined antisocial behaviour. Social policy and social expectations must adapt to a world in which everyone is different. Health is another factor in the development of humans.

The more that we research the whys of human behaviour the more that we see that evolution has shaped our responses to situations.

Professor Paterson was thanked and an end of year lunch was served.


  • Wakanui WI

Fifteen members and three visitors met for our December meeting at the Hotel Ashburton where we all enjoyed a lovely lunch followed by a meeting.

Motto for the month – Friendship is the basis of understanding.

Members answered the Roll Call of your favourite Christmas food. Pavlova, raspberries, strawberries, trifle and Xmas pudding being among the favourites.

Toiletries for Ronald McDonald House were donated and will be delivered by Kay Herbert.

Congratulations and thanks were extended to members who had contributed their talents to the A & P Show Bay and Tray competition. Wakanui were placed first in the Bay competition.

National Executive requested Institutes discuss whether a statue of Miss Jerome Spencer, our founder, be erected to commemorate the 100 years of WI in New Zealand. Wakanui members suggested a plaque or a tree instead.

President Juliana wished everyone a Happy Christmas and a successful and healthy 2020.