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There are about 150 territorial
soldiers in the country’s southern-
most battalion, with numbers
building up over the past few
years. Twenty-one volunteers
who graduated from their basic
training last weekend would be
part of this exercise. A further 15
were due to join at the beginning
of April, Major Amyes said.
The first few days of the week-long
exercise would be a chance for
the new members to be integrated
and for more experienced solders
to brush up on their basic skills.
“It’s a bit like a rugby team doing
training,” he said.
The aim of the Mossburn part of
the exercise was to practise basic
solder skills, such as operational
safety in the field. Once they
moved to the Longwoods they
would be required to put those
skills into effect against an
“exercise enemy” – a small group
occupying some land in the area.
Major Amyes said the army was
grateful to the local landowners
who allowed use of their
properties for such exercises.
Te Anau Library’s recently
expanded children’s section looks
set to be a popular place if the
attendance at last Saturday’s
official opening is any indication.
Children, dressed as their
favourite story character, turned
out in force to enjoy stories, songs
and a lolly scramble – not to
mention the ever-popular puppet
show put on by Southland Mayor
Frana Cardno and Southland
district librarian Willie Solomon.
The library extension was funded
jointly by the Friends of the Library
group and the Southland District
Te Anau librarian Lisa Millar was
thrilled to see an estimated 20 to
25 children “and their associated
adults” attend the opening.
“And also pleasing to see how
many people fit in that new area
which is promising for future
events,” she said.
The new area was unashamedly
child-focussed, with shelves that
youngsters could easily reach.
The space previously occupied by
the children’s section was about
to undergo a makeover, with a
dedicated Fiordland New Zealand
reference section and more
comfortable seating, such as a
sofa, where people could sit down
and enjoy reading a book.
Future plans included the
installation of a television and
DVD player (with headphones) so
people could view the library’s
collection of documentary-style
films on New Zealand, she said.
Kids’ library a hit
Children, dressed as their favourite story character, sit enthralled by the antics of puppeteers Southland Mayor Frana
Cardno and Southand District librarian Willie Solomon at the opening of the new children’s section at the Te Anau
library on Saturday.
The 4th Otago Southland Army
Battalion Group will celebrate
its 150th (sesquicentennial)
anniversary later this month and
is keen to involve as many past
and present soldiers as possible.
Anyone who has been posted as
either a territorial or regular force
soldier, in any capacity, in the
Otago-Southland region is invited
to attend the celebrations, to be
held over the weekend of 26th
to the 28th of February, 2010, in
Highlights of the celebrations
planned include Army Open Days
on Friday and Saturday, February
26th and 27th at the Kensington
Army Hall in South Dunedin were
there will be a large number of
displays covering the many eras
of the unit’s history and military
vehicles from WW2 and modern
day NZLAV, a full dress Battalion
Charter Parade through the
streets of Dunedin at noon on the
Saturday accompanied by a large
number of vintage and modern
military vehicles. That evening
there will be a formal military ball.
On the Sunday morning there will
also be a hosted barbecue brunch
for all attendees and soldiers.
More information is available by
contacting Corporal Fiona Stewart
on firstname.lastname@example.org or
(03) 455 1099.
Former soldiers sought for
Scenes like this will be repeated around Northern and Western Southland this
week as army territorials take part in a series of training exercises.
Army exercises in area
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