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As New Zealand resurrects meat trade links with Iran,
two Southlanders recall their role in the high-stakes
negotiations of the 1980s.
Victory 24 years in the making
Last Saturday (March 18) the club
celebrated a big win at the final of the
Southland-wide combined country cricket
tournament against central-Western.
central-Western was 43 for 10 wickets
from 24.3 overs, while Te anau was 47 for 2
after 8.5 overs.
club secretary and life member Shayne
Mercer said the last time the club won a
major tournament was back in 1993 at the
then Eastern-Northern competition.
The win was a milestone for a club that
had been in recess only three years ago.
Mr Mercer attributed the strength of the
team to members, many of whom grew
up and played cricket in the area, returning
to Fiordland later in their adulthood and
continuing their passion for the sport.
Beyond the cricket field, the club had
also been working to make the sport more
available to Fiordland youth and the general
public. construction of new practice nets in
Te anau began in November, with the Kepler
challenge Mountain run Trust donating
$20,000 towards their construction in
January. Mr Mercer said the aim was to have
cricket nets available for anyone to use.
The club also received an aNZ grant last
year to fund cricket gear for junior and senior
students. Mr Mercer said the club had been
working with the Te anau School to bring
the sport to primary students, and were
hoping to do the same at Fiordland college
in the future.
Te Anau’s Cricket Club has
made an impressive rise to
the top only a few years after
coming out of recess.
Te Anau’s Jason van der Wetering bowling a delivery last Saturday (March 18).
PHOTO: Claire Kaplan
The Southland District council (SDc) has
provided the information in response to a
list of questions tabled by a delegation of
district ratepayers at a council meeting early
last month. The questions primarily sought
explanation and/or justification of its spending
and to assure ratepayers of the council’s
The council now says the construction
cost to the end of January 2017 stood at $10
million, including interest. $5.25 million of
that total number was funded from grants
and donations to date, and $550,000 had
come from rates, along with a grant from the
“The balance of $4.2 million is currently
being funded from cash surpluses until a final
decision on funding is made.”
Other insights put last year’s independent
analysis of the project from Deloitte at a cost
of over $89,000.
Questions put to the council revolved
around the costs and risks to the council’s
core business, potential increases to the
project’s expenditures, how the $4.2 million
balance of the project would be funded, what
the operational and maintenance costs of
the project were, and if the council would
provide a complete business case to district
ratepayers, among others.
The council response says it does not have
an updated best estimate of the total costs
of the project because no decision has been
made on the future of the trail. Nor does it
have an estimated cost to the ratepayer for
how it will cover the remaining $4.2 million
“Until a final decision on the funding is
decided... and council decides on how it
will complete the trail or not, it is difficult to
estimate the impact on rates.”
So far the council has indicated in its
annual plan that the funding would be split
between the strategic assets reserve and a
loan, “but a final funding decision has yet
to be made”. If the council follows through
with this funding plan, it says at this stage
it anticipates the loan being repaid over 25
years, but not the reserve fund. reserves were
generally set aside if a known project was set
to occur in the future rather than building
general reserves, it says.
New light shed on
cycle trail costings
New numbers around the
costings of the Around the
Mountain Cycle Trail have been
revealed, but questions still
loom around how the future of
the project will be funded.
Please turn to page 3
By Claire Kaplan
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