Topic: The Hurunui Quilt - Cheviot

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The Cheviot quilt was made by Kathy Keys, Sue Archibold, Muriel Conway, Lix McGiffert, Lois Bouzaid, Carol Maxwell, Marie Forbes and Felicity Grigg

Starting at the bottom of the quilt we have the Hurunui River, which is our southern boundary and well used by fisherman and jet boaters. To the left of centre is the Trans Scenic train; the track is also used for shifting freight. Out to the right are the 'Catherdrals', a natural formation of eroded siltstone (typical of what is known as 'badlands' landscape, after the famous American example). To the extreme right is Gore Bay, a safe surfing and swimming beach, and the Pacific Ocean.

Travelling up State Highway 1 (centre) you are aware of farmland and open spaces. Coming to the township we have shops, garages, a school and churches. Slightly to the left are the settlers' and war memorials and further out is the original library, built in 1901 9becoming King George Memorial Library in 1903). The library continued on this site until the late seventies, when it became intergrated with the school library and the building is now in use as an arts and crafts centre. still further out is the Mina railway station, the only station surviving in Cheviot today.

Back to State Highway and slightly north are the A&P Show grounds (including the sale yards) which have been in use for nearly 100 years. Further north again is St. Anne's Lagoon, a pretty picnic area and wildlife sanctuary; small widfowl found here are the Cape Barren geese, mallard ducks, NZ scaup and Australian shoveler, and also sighted in the reeds was the clamorous reed warbler. Continuing north, on the right is a newly developing vineyard (which has created much needed employment for the district) and the Waiau River to which recreationalfisher folk flock.

At the top on the right is the magpie, the district's mascot. In the middle is Manakau at a height of 2610m, which has snow on it for most of the year. To the far left is Tapuae-o-Ueneka, the highest mountain in the Kaikoura range (2885m); this range is the backdrop to Cheviot and is visible from many aspects of the district

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