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One of the youngest to experience the Kepler Track, 12-month-old Finn
Wiesner enjoys breakfast with mum Kerstin and fellow trampers at the
Luxmore Hut on Tuesday. Finn and his parents, from South Germany, are
enjoying a six-month tour of New Zealand. Keen trampers, they took a few
days to walk part of the track as a family, trekking to Mount Luxmore on
Monday, staying the night at the hut and enjoying a day walk on Tuesday
and a second night at the hut before returning to Te Anau on Wednesday.
Inland Revenue is reminding people joining
KiwiSaver to make sure they are fully
informed about the changes coming into
effect from April 1.
The changes, which affect both employers
and employees, include dropping the
minimum employee contribution to 2 percent
of the employee’s salary or wage, and
capping compulsory employer contributions
at 2 percent.
Those planning to enrol, and those
automatically enrolled by their employer,
should be aware of the latest rules before
making any decisions.
Some KiwiSaver guides may not yet have
been updated to reflect the April 1 changes.
Full details can be found at www.ird.govt.nz
under “News and updates”.
Department of Conservation Te Anau area manager Reg
Kemper (left) and Luxmore Hut ranger Richard Gibson watch as
a load of gravel is lowered by helicopter on Mount Luxmore for
finishing work on an upgraded track to the Luxmore Caves.
By Pat Veltkamp Smith
Takitimu Coal Ltd, the mine started up at
Nightcaps just two years ago, is sending
up to 1200 tonnes of coal out of the
township by rail or truck and trailer every
day of the week at its peak.
While the mine’s three major customers
are dairy firms – Fonterra at Clandeboye
near Timaru, NZ Dairy at Studholme,
south of that, and the Dairy Trust at
Awarua – people are welcome to come
with truck, trailer and for bags.
Demand for coal fluctuates with the supply
of milk. From October until April, the
months when milk is in full flush, the 1200 tonnes
are needed every day.
When the milk flow slows, so will the coal, although
there is always an ongoing demand to be met on
both the commercial and domestic fronts.
John Marnane manages the mine for Eastern Coal
Supplies NZ whose parent company the Eastern
Coal Corporation took over late in 2006. Today with
a staff of 26, it is among the top three employers in
the Nightcaps-Ohai area.
For Mr Marnane, Takitimu Coal is familiar territory.
As a lad and during his own career in contracting he
has several times worked on the mine site and with
his brothers leased the area in the mid 1990’s.
Three well-established Southern Lakes
sports retail businesses are to merge.
Outside Sports Ltd, of Queenstown,
Outside Sports Te Anau (owned by
Luxmore Enterprises) and Good Sports
Ltd, of Wanaka, will combine on April 1.
Outside Sports Queenstown was
initially started by John and Judy
Knight who remain significant
shareholders. In 2004 it moved to new
premises in Shotover Street where
an innovative retail shop was opened
over three levels as part of a new retail
John Greaney and his family have
owned the Te Anau shop for 32 years.
In 2006 it was rebranded Outside
Sports as part of a cooperative
agreement with Queenstown.
The Greaney family have been
shareholders in the Queenstown
business since 2001.
Good Sports Wanaka was opened
by Peter King in 1985 and has since
enjoyed significant growth in its retail
and winter ski operations. Mr King
also owned an associated transport
company called Alpine Coachlines
which will work cooperatively with, but
not be a part of, the merged company.
All outlets will trade under the
Outside Sports brand. The merged
company will remain privately owned
by shareholders of the constituent
companies and be chaired by Noel
Walker. The management team,
led by Elizabeth Cox (currently
general manager of Outside Sports
Queenstown) will be based in
Mr Walker said no redundancies were
expected as a result of the merger.
One of the first priorities will be a refit
and rebranding of the Wanaka store
soon after Easter.
Trainee conservation rangers Charmaine Green and Chris Bowen stacking firewood
dropped in by helicopter at the Luxmore Hut on the Kepler Track on Tuesday.
The students are midway through a one-year ranger certificate course at Nelson
Polytech and have been on work placement with the Department of Conservation in
Te Anau through summer. There are 20 trainee rangers on the course and each has
been posted with DOC at various locations throughout the country. Both said it was an
excellent course but nothing could beat being out in the field.
Photo: Shelley Neal.
Nightcaps mine manager John Marnane sees the current daily coal
quota on line to Invercargill.
Ten loads of gravel were airlifted
to the top of Mount Luxmore on
Tuesday to enable Department
of Conservation (DOC) staff to
put the finishing touches to the
latest track improvements.
Steps have been built on the
track to the Luxmore Caves,
a 10-minute walk from the
Luxmore Hut on the Kepler
Track, and the gravel was
needed to complete the surface.
Luxmore Hut ranger Richard
Gibson said the steps took about
two weeks to build and would be
a welcome improvement to the
track which is well used by those
walking the Kepler Track.
DOC Te Anau area manager
Reg Kemper was on hand to
see the work and the arrival of
the gravel. He also pitched in to
help empty and stack a load of
firewood for the hut – part of a
raft of provisions flown in this
Sports retail trio set to merge
Coal mine hits peak in just two years
Be prepared for KiwiSaver changes
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