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Town met country in western Southland
last week when members of the Southland
Heritage Building Preservation Trust visited
their treasure in Nightcaps, the historic
The cottage is the second in the south
for which they have the responsibility of
ownership, the other being Kohi's cottage in
Nightcaps people on the Takitimu Heritage
Advisory Committee have furnished the
two bedroomed cottage which the visiting
trustees have agreed to paint and restore.
Work is needed on some of the outside
timbers, Mick Hesselin and Maureen Fox,
president and life member of the Southland
Historic Places Trust, agreed.
The Building preservation trust, chaired
by Cr Marion Miller of Environment
Southland, includes them both plus council
representatives Neil Harvey (Gore), Paul
Duffy (Southland district) and Geoff Piercy
Hosting the afternoon, which included a
visit to Colin Grube's heritage museum
and afternoon tea at his holiday park,
The Swamp, were Gail Emmerson, Vanya
Bailey and Margaret Curtin of the Takitimu
Heritage Advisory Committee.
Historians pay visit to miner's cottage
RIGHT: Checking out the historic miner's cottage
in Nightcaps last week, visitors and their hosts
(from left): Vanya Bailey and Gail Emmerson of
the Takitimu Heritage Advisory Committee; Cr
Marion Miller, Environment Southland; Maureen
Fox, Historic Places Trust; Cr Geoff Piercy, ICC;
Margaret Curtin, Takitimu Trust; (back, from left)
Mick Hesselin, Historic Places, Cr Neil Harvey,
GDC; and Cr Paul Duffy SDC.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) and
Southland hunters have teamed up for this
year's Southern Field Days at Waimumu.
DOC and representatives from local hunting
groups combined marquee sites to promote
hunting, the conservation role it has, where
people can hunt, what's required and how
to be safe in the outdoors.
This is the first time DOC, the New Zealand
Deer Hunters Association (NZDA), the
Southland Recreational Hunting Club,
Rakiura Hunter Camp Trust, and the
Fiordland Wapiti Foundation have done
a joint display at the biennial agricultural
DOC's Murihiku area manager Dave Taylor
said recreational hunters played a vital
role helping DOC to reduce feral animal
"In Southland we are fortunate that our
local hunting organisations also contribute
and assist with many ongoing community
conservation projects, such as endangered
species recovery, managing block ballots
and hut restorations."
Mr Taylor said hunting was a great way to
experience the outdoors and, if you're lucky
enough, source food for the table.
NZDA Southland President Jim Ridley said
the hunter organisations were keen to
promote that it was possible to balance
conserving flora and fauna and the ability to
still have game species left to hunt.
"Controlling the deer population and using
hunters as a management tool is something
that DOC Southland and the local hunting
groups are working towards together".
Visitors to the marquee were able to get
permits to hunt on public conservation land,
view and purchase maps on hunting areas
and take away information on game species
Hunters pair with DOC A Te Anau businessman is angry after a
series of costly and nuisance thefts this
Daniel Anderson said property from both
of his businesses, The Ranch and The Fat
Duck, had been stolen during the past few
months. In 15 years of business in the town
he had never experienced anything like it.
During the Christmas-New Year period, a
total of 15 outdoor chairs had been stolen
from outside The Fat Duck. Each cost $120
Then last month a large and heavy
sandwich board sign was taken from
outside The Ranch. It was so heavy it took
two men to lift it... Mr Anderson knows
this because the act was captured on his
recently upgraded security camera.
He's now looking for assistance from the
public to identify the culprits.
None of the chairs have turned up or been
spotted anywhere, nor has the sign. Mr
Anderson just wants them back.
Anyone with information about the missing
property or who can identify the people in
the security camera footage is asked to
contact the Te Anau Police.
Thieves on camera
One of the two men caught on
security camera footage stealing a
sign from outside The Ranch bar in
By Pat Veltkamp Smith
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