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Six of Southland’s volunteer firefighters will
race up the 51 flights of Auckland’s Sky
Tower on May 17, as part of Leukaemia
and Blood Cancer New Zealand’s (LBC’s)
Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge.
Four volunteers from Te Anau and two from
Riverton will join more than 700 firefighters
from 184 participating brigades and
stations around New Zealand.
Te Anau volunteer firefighters Doug Robbie
and Fine Mahina took the opportunity to
practice for the climb during the Te Anau
Tartan Festival at Easter, running the one-
mile Flying Scotsmen race in their full kit,
rather than a kilt.
A fundraising goal of $1 million has been
set for the event, which sees firefighters
race up the 1103 stairs of the Sky Tower
wearing 25kg of equipment.
The first event was held in 2005 with 88
firefighters raising just over $17,000, money
which helps LBC continue to run its vital
service supporting Kiwis diagnosed with a
blood cancer or related condition.
Last year’s event raised close to $500,000.
Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand
chief executive Pru Etcheverry said the
organisation received no government
funding and the level of support from New
Zealand firefighters for the Stair Challenge
“We are incredibly touched by the amazing
effort and generosity of firefighters across
the country who give up so much of their
time to fundraise on our behalf,” she said.
SkyCity Auckland General Manager John
Mortensen said the Firefighter Sky Tower
Stair Challenge had been an exciting
feature of the Sky Tower calendar for 10
years and it had been a pleasure watching
the event grow from small beginnings into
such a successful fundraiser.
“We are so impressed year after year by
the fighting spirit the brigades bring to this
event, from their training and fundraising,
to racing up more than 1000 steps of
Auckland’s most iconic structure.”
Visit www.firefightersclimb.org.nz to support
your local team with a donation.
Fifty flights for firefighters
Te Anau volunteer firefighters Doug Robbie (left) and Fine Mahina approach the finish line in the
Flying Scotsman one-mile dash on Sunday, in preparation for the Sky Tower Stair Challenge.
By Brendan McBryde
Vital upgrades to the Tuatapere Community
Baths mean the facility can remain open
thanks to a $30,000 grant from the latest
round of Meridian’s Manapouri Te Anau
Community Fund. The funding will provide a
much-needed roof refurbishment to ensure
leak-free changing rooms.
Tuatapere Community Baths Society
President Rachael Poole said the upgrade
would greatly reduce maintenance costs,
and the pool area would now be warm and
“Our local pool will not have to close and
Waiau Area School can continue to use the
full-sized heated covered pool. The upgrade
will extend the life of the pool for more than
20 years,” she said.
The Meridian fund also provided $13,000
to the Fiordland Conservation Trust for 150
new stoat predator traps to be installed at
West Arm Deep Cove. The new stoat traps
will help protect local bird life, kiwis and
other native wildlife.
In this latest funding round the Te Anau
Events Charitable Trust received $10,000
to purchase new event radio equipment,
the Fiordland Athletic Club received $5000
towards new high jump mats, the Fiordland
Community Event Centre Trust received
$2000 for a Tri Truss and the Te Anau
Tartan Festival received $400 towards the
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