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Four Te Anau firefighters preparing
to climb Auckland’s Sky Tower
in full kit and wearing breathing
apparatus have been struggling to
find an appropriate training ground
to prepare for the challenge.
Doug Robbie, Fine Mahina, Max
Masser and Simon Cleary will
travel to Auckland next week for
Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New
Zealand’s Firefighter Sky Tower
Stair Challenge on May 17.
They will be among more than
700 firefighters from 184 brigades
around the country taking on the
50 flights of stairs, weighed down
by more than 25kg of gear. The
only other Southland brigade to
have entered this year is Riverton.
But there is a distinct lack of high-
rise buildings in Te Anau for them
to train on.
Instead the four have relied on
running as a means of building up
fitness, while their stair training
has been confined to the 20 steps
from the road to the lakefront in
front of the Real Journeys office
and the 35 stairs up the water
Both options are significantly short
of the 1103 stairs they will have to
ascend to make the top of the Sky
Mr Masser said he personally
had favoured the stairs by Real
Journeys for training, visiting
almost daily. The sight of him
running up and down repeatedly
in all his gear had caused a lot of
intrigue from passersby. Some had
stopped to take photos, others
had raced up and down alongside
him while others called out in
“We’re doing the best with what
we’ve got,” he said.
The record for the Sky Tower
Firefighter Challenge is about eight
“We’ll probably be looking at
around the 20 to 25-minute
mark,” Mr Masser said of his
The Te Anau team has raised
around $2000 so far but is aiming
to reach $10,000.
In a final push to bolster the
fundraising efforts they’re
reaching out to businesses to
help sponsor the team. Those
who answer the call will receive a
sticker to display at their premises
highlighting their support for the
Donations of cash of cheques can
be made directly to firefighters.
Alternatively, donate online at
where messages of
encouragement can also be left
and there is a live update of the
funds pledged to each of the
teams and individuals.
Stepping up for charity
Te Anau firefighter Max Masser in training for the Sky Tower Challenge on one
of the few flights of stairs available in Te Anau.
By Kirsty Macnicol
Police are appealing to the public
for any information relating to two
incidents in Te Anau this week.
A window was broken at Te
Anau School during the night of
Saturday May 3.
The school library’s entrance way
window was smashed, leaving
glass fragments scattered across
According to the school’s
caretaker, Ashley Anderson, the
window was made from special
safety glass that would require a
large amount of force to break.
And earlier this week, several
batteries from the Queens Reach
and Supply Bay stations were
taken from the sites that monitor
river levels for Meridian.
The offenders have cut through
padlocks and removed the
batteries from their housing.
The batteries are large black
PowerGard units valued at around
Police would like to hear from
anyone with information about
the window or the thefts.
Contact Constable Chris Boulton
of the Te Anau Police on (03)
249-7600 or Crime Stoppers on
Police seeking information
A series of workshops promoting
understanding of the roles and
responsibilities of running an
accountable organisation will be
touring through Southland over
Venture Southland is holding
another series of Good
Governance workshops in
conjunction with the Southland
Community Law Centre from May
to July this year.
These workshops are free to
attend and are tailor-made to you
and your group’s needs. A legal
expert will be on hand to help you
understand your trust deed or
Venture Southland community
development team leader Bobbi
Brown said the workshops would
provide some helpful hints and
tools on how to get the most out
“It’s a chance to check if your
membership rules still fit your
group, if your rules state that
you have to have your financial
accounts audited or reviewed or
even what happens if your group
winds up one day,”
Issues such as what to do with
assets when a group winds up
would also be covered, she said.
“Your group and your goals can
change over time. It is important
that your rules reflect and
represent your current objectives
and projects especially if you
are seeking community grant
funding,” she said.
The workshops will be in Te Anau
on May 14, Lumsden on June 4,
Riverton on June 10 and Otautau
on June 17.
Spaces are limited so it is
essential people register their
interest as early as possible. This
can be done by phoning Suzanne
on (03) 211-1400 or emailing
Governance tips for
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