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Happy New Year all! We all had a pretty
good one from a policing perspective. I
think Fiordland would have to be one of the
best family places to enjoy New Year in New
I get to start the "Hot Topic" for the New
Year and I want to discuss water safety. I
know it is something we hear a lot about
and to some perhaps I'm preaching to the
converted. However, the drowning statistics
for New Zealand were close to 100 last year
and that is a significant waste of lives of
all ages. As a comparison, the road toll is
Maritime laws here for recreational
boatees are possibly more lax compared
with other countries but we are starting to
see some changes. In Southland it is now
compulsory to wear a lifejacket in craft less
than six metres in length. Make sure that
the lifejackets are a good fit, especially on
children. It makes sense to wear one at all
times as it is no good under the squabs
when you are thrown out of the boat at
speed (a bit like trying to put your seatbelt
on in the middle of a crash!).
Another issue is speed on the water. In a
nutshell the limit is 5 knots when less than
200 metres from shore (other than water
ski lanes) or within 50 metres of another
vessel or person in the water (200 metres
flagged dive vessel). This business of racing
toward the shore and trying to spray those
only dangerous, it is illegal.
Age. To operate a powerboat capable of
travelling over 10 knots, you must 15 years
or over. This includes jet skis.
Many of the other messages remain the
same; checking weather, ensuring the
ability of boat and skipper; alcohol and
boating; leaving intentions; safety gear;
spare fuel; two forms of communication and
knowledge of maritime laws.
Southland District Council are out patrolling
and Fish and Game are also on the water.
Report dangerous incidents to Environment
Southland harbourmaster 0800 76 88 45
or to local police.
For further information on safety go to:
www.maritimenz.govt.nz or www.boatsafe.
org.nz or contact Coastguard on 0800 40
80 90 and email@example.com
Don't become a statistic. Enjoy your boating
but please "do it right".
Don't become a statistic
on the beat
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PO Box 251
Te Anau 9640
Visitors to Te Anau Airport
could be forgiven for
thinking the whole place
was under water when
seeing the floatplane
apparently "landed" there
This shot was taken by
I would like to congratulate your paper on
printing the local secondary schools end
of year results -- now proud Nana's and
Grandad's can read the results in print. The
format was very clear and easily read and I
hope you are able to continue this service
to Southland families.
Your paper goes from strength to strength.
Keep up the good work.
The following is in response to an article on
glaciers, featured 27 November 2009.
In the item, NZ weather scientists attribute
the "...90% ice loss from glaciers since
1976..." to global warming and produce a
graph covering a period of 30yrs to support
But the same scientists confirm that the
global temperature hasn't risen more than
one degree, on average, over the past 100
years. Likewise, the water in lake Wakatipu
only rises one degree between winter and
summer. Global warming is a pseudo-
political science but it has nothing to do
with the temperature or why glacier mass is
When the small snap shot graph is placed
in context in the overall graph that covers
the time the global glaciers were first
formed in the southern and northern
hemispheres 4,500 years ago -- as a result
of the global Flood.
The first graph referred to merely confirms
the final accelerated stages of melting,
similar to ice in a freezer in its final stages
Initially the thawing process is slow,
because of the large body of solidified ice,
but the melting process quickens as the
mass balance succumbs to the normal
prevailing warmer external temperature.
A brief summary of when, how and why the
global glaciers were formed are outlined
in a short story titled, The Rees and the
Dart, www.iamhe.org.nz, and references the
world's best selling book on the subject.
A.J. Corbett, Dip.Tch, C.C.Ed
Winners of the Fiordland
Advocate cookbook giveaways
• Norman Atkinson, of Auckland
(visitor to Te Anau)
Simon & Alison Holst's New
Zealand Barbecue Cookbook:
• Sandra Baxter, of Nightcaps
• Iain Davidson, of Winton
• W Edgerton, of Winton
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