From L to R: Bruce Bell, Mayor Sam Broughton, Desme Daniels and Jonathan Leask at the Selwyn App launch.

Something New To Install


Residents and visitors to the Selwyn District are now able to have all the information they need at their fingertips thanks to the newly launched Selwyn App.

The new player on the news and information scene in the Selwyn region, launched this week after months and months of preparation and planning.

A gathering of local identities came together in Rolleston this week to recognise the launch of the App which has been developed by the Ashburton Guardian Ltd, who run the successful Ashburton App which has now been operating for eight months.

Ashburton Guardian Ltd, general manager Desme Daniels said that they saw potential in the Selwyn region and didn’t hesitate to look into bringing an App to the market.

“There was a gap in the market for daily news, we provide this in Ashburton, but we also have strong business links to Selwyn,” Desme said.

“Our focus is on grassroots community news, filling the gap left by other daily newspapers. Whilst there are some established weekly news providers we know that people now want news delivered daily – at the tips of their fingers – on smartphones.

“Over 89% of people want to access local news and information through their smartphones. The App gives users both daily news along with community information, such as local events, walk and cycle tracks, places to Eat, Drink and Stay, plus much more.”

While developed in Ashburton, the Selwyn App will have a fully dedicated team including full time journalist, Jonathan Leask who will be working closely with local schools, sports groups, community groups and the Selwyn District Council to deliver great stories – which will be added to the App three times a day.

“I see the App as an exciting opportunity to provide community news daily to a bustling and growing district straight to your phone,” Jonathan said.

“It is unique as the app delivers the local news and information directly to the audience on a simple to use platform.”

The App will contain eight great sections, jam-packed with information. This will be increased as more content is developed.

“We want the Selwyn App to be for the people of Selwyn,” Desme added.

“So, we are wanting people to let us know what they’d like to see and if they have any interesting ideas for the App, to contact us.”

The Selwyn App is available on both the Google Play Store and App-Store.