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Firstly, I would like to thank
the Te Anau, Manapouri and
Milford communities for being so
welcoming to both Rachel and
myself. It is hard to believe eight
months have passed since our
Time for a quick piece of advice
which just might prevent you being
a victim of a scammer.
We have all received emails or
phone calls purporting to be from
a seemingly trustworthy source
offering a service, products or
even prize money. The sad reality
for the majority of these is that
they are from scammers; and they
do not care who they target.
Common sense applies:
• Vigilance – as the old saying
goes, if it sounds too good to
be true, it probably is. Emails
or phone calls offering prizes
for competitions you have not
entered, or offering very well-
paying work – as good as they
sound – can lead to misery so we
recommend that before you agree
to do anything, you:
• Check the source – If a
supposedly official-looking email
is from a ‘yahoo.com’ or ‘hotmail.
com’ (for example) email address,
consider it fake. Some of these
scam emails use addresses
which are very close to the official
one, so keep a keen eye out. As
another old saying goes, if in
doubt, check it out.
• Beware of any email or phone
call requiring you to enter your
credit card details, IRD number,
PIN, or any other personal
information. Even if the source
appears familiar, there is no harm
in seeking a phone number and
calling the source to make sure
the inquiry is authentic before
giving up any information. Be sure
to call a phone number you find for
the source, and not one contained
in an email as it may be answered
by a scammer!
What if you have already fallen for
Top of the list: if you have lost
money through, for example, giving
your credit card details, call your
bank immediately. The bank may
be able to retrieve the funds or
suspend the transfer if told quickly
enough. If money has been taken
and it is unable to be retrieved, it
is important you report it to the
police. Usually one phone call is all
that is required. We will see if any
action can be taken, and let you
If you have succeeded in
thwarting a scammer, others need
to be made aware. Report it via
the websites www.police.govt.nz,
or www.theorb.org.nz, or
So how can you help others?
Think about those you know who
could be vulnerable to a scammer,
such as the young or the elderly,
and put in place a plan to ensure
they are not exploited. This will
depend on the circumstances, but
it might be as simple as talking it
through, and having information
listed by the phone or computer on
actions to take in case a scammer
calls or sends an email.
Let’s look after each other out
• Euan White is a Te Anau-based
on the beat
I remember as a child watching
the steam engines of the Ohai
Railway Board as they travelled
between Wairio, Nightcaps
and Ohai. Watching the steam
billowing into the sky and listening
to the sound was something really
Ohai Railway Board Heritage Trust
which formed in 2000 to bring the
history of the railway alive. Sadly
this did not work out and in late
2012 it was decided to dissolve
the trust and dispose of the
assets. As a result a cheque for
$7061.71 was presented to the
Ohai Railway Fund at their annual
meeting in Nightcaps and a
couple of weeks ago the trust was
officially and legally dissolved.
Thank you to everyone who
worked with the committee over
the years as volunteers, or who
loaned or donated items for the
museum and helped us through
the winding up of the trust.
PS: The story of the privately-
run Ohai Railway Board is part
of Western Southland’s rich
history. August, 2016 will be
the centenary of the board’s
I have been wondering why
the Advocate gave someone
who has only been living in
Te Anau for five minutes the
front page when we have just
had Murray Gunn’s memorial
service. The Gunn name
has been associated with
the Hollyford Valley for more
years than most of us in Te
Anau have been alive.
The petition start by Martin
Sliva is a prime example of
someone being in the area for
five minutes and knows it all. I
have read his and some of the
supporters’ petition; most of them
have no idea about the proposed
Haast Hollyford Road route.
By the way Fiordland National
Park belongs to the people of New
Zealand, our aging population
who have worked and paid taxes
all their life to support this area
should be able to see it
What’s next a petition to change
Te Anau’s name to “No Town”?
Abridged – Ed
It’s great to read Te Anau’s
Richard (Hannibal) Hayes and
his older Brother Juno getting
Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Just a point of light hearted
folklore history, it was never
really confirmed that Sir Richard’s
nickname Hannibal was taken
from an outlaw character in the
1971 TV series Alias Smith and
Jones, played by the late Pete
Duel called Hannibal Heyes,
A fictional member of Butch
Cassidy’s notorious Hole in the
Wall Gang out of Wyoming in the
Yet I first recall hearing the name
Hannibal Hayes the Helicopter
Pilot in the 1970’s in the
Wild West days of Fiordland’s
helicopter cowboys. You gotta
wonder if there is a connection?
Sir Richard looks nothing like Pete
Bob the builder?
T’was front page news for Bob the
builder of rail. Inexperienced in
this field, Bob was mighty sure it
would not fail. What on earth was
Bob on –A monorail?
Ten years have passed and five
million gone. Signs & signatures,
so many people, even Dr Nick
can’t be wrong.
Farewell Bob and the mess that
could have been, no more frowns.
Saved is our forest, smaller towns
and the downs! No more false
hopes and lies.
Although poor Bob still decries!
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OPTOMETRIST - DARYL PARKES
Fiordland Health Centre, 25 Luxmore Drive, Te Anau
Human beings consider themselves pretty isolated, separate entities from the rest of nature,
with defined ‘self ’boundaries. Yet we have over a 1000 different microbes in and on our bodies,
numbering in the trillions, and apparently weighing about 1.5kgs. Even our DNA composition is
at least 8% retroviruses – viruses that embedded themselves in our genes.
Most of all this microbial activity is ‘sub-clinical’ – it doesn’t make us obviously sick. One such
bug is a parasite called toxoplasma gondii, whose spore cells have infected up to half the
worlds population by making their home inside our muscles and brain. Yum. This parasite
can only reproduce in the cat, but the infection is spread by cat droppings, which is why
pregnant women and people who have lowered immunity should avoid cleaning up kitty litter.
If a woman has her first toxoplasmosis infection during pregnancy the unborn child can be
miscarried, stillborn, or born with massive complications. Infection is also avoided by cooking
meat properly, washing vegetables properly, cleaning up properly after dealing with raw meat,
chicken and seafood, and not feeding cats raw meat.
How does an active toxoplasmosis infection affect the eyes you ask? The retina and optic nerve
have the same neural tissue as the brain. Toxoplasma gondii eats neural tissue. Toxoplasma
gondii eats the retinal neural tissue in the back of your eye. It’s the most common infectious
retinal condition worldwide. Below left is a normal retina, and on the right is an eaten retina.
Now go and enjoy your steak tartare!
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