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Kaye Nairn, of Manapouri, took
this photo of her 16-year-old
daughter Sarah Garlick being
taken for a skydive by Lee from
I would like to share some thoughts
on “Boundaries”. Are we as parents
being examples and living out this
As parents we need to remain firm
in setting clear boundaries. We
also need to have the courage and
consistency to follow through with
consequences. Let your yes be yes
and your no, no. For example, if you
have a healthy respect for the police
then show it by not exceeding the
speed limit, remember little eyes
are always looking. What we tend to
do in moderation, often the youth
do in excess.
Over many years working with
youth and walking with families,
I have observed that the lack of
early communication between
kids and their parents in setting
up clear boundaries has led to
the folks getting less sleep, more
disappointments and becoming a
major sponsor to caffeine products.
That is not only detrimental to your
own health but also to the growth
and development of your child. Let’s
face it, we all want the best for our
children and the children deserve
the best from us.
Last Friday night at the Lighthouse
Youth Centre we brainstormed the
meaning of the word boundaries.
These were some of the responses
parents, school, prison (some
youth saw similarities in these first
three), house, Police, a brick wall,
something you don’t go past, rules,
fences, teachers and to top it off
“it’s were you hit a cricket ball over.”
We had fun as we talked over and
revisited our own boundaries at the
centre. It was discussed, agreed
upon and we go forward with the
same direction and expectations.
As parents/caregivers at our
homes, do we have clear
boundaries? What are your
rewards and incentives for positive
behaviour (bribe to survive)?
Have you taken the time out to
look past all the faults of your child
and said to them lately that they
are valuable and important to you,
When was the last time you said “I
love you” to them? Go on, do it, see
If you have any suggestions, survival
techniques, questions, or a story
you would like to share feel free
to contact me by e-mail ta.youth@
woosh.co.nz or The Lighthouse
TONIGHT at the Centre 6-30 till
9pm: Theme and Challenges about
Friday the 13th
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Train up a child in the way he
should go and when he is old he will
not depart from it. – Proverbs 22 v6
WHAT THE RABBIT SAW ...
Well as they say ‘you ain’t seen nothing yet’!
It appears that the long-suffering ratepayers are
to pay another $115.60 annually on top of the
$61.00 (locked in for 40 years) to just meet the
new airport’s operating costs. A very significant
amount is still to be spent to correct mistakes, so
who knows what future increases will be?
Sure we needed a new terminal and a very nice
one was planned at around $360,000 until
‘think big’ got in the way running out to $1.1
The balance was spent on consultants,
lengthening and widening the seal runway and
putting in a grass cross wind strip. The cross
runway was not correctly screened for stones so
it is now being rolled in the hope that rocks will
not sit on the surface, flick up and damage a
propeller or fuselage.
Just wait until we get some hard frosts!
Lengthening and widening the seal runway
was all very well but Pionair’s Convair 580 was
operating quite well as it was. Despite the work
the Convair is still the largest passenger plane
that can land there.
Surely you expand as demand requires – user-
pays is a very long way off!
This council spent over $7m of ratepayers’
money, with more to come, on the basis that
there are 80 flights per year (Council figures)
larger aircraft paying $250/landing with the
hope that more flights will come.
The solution: Sell the airfield for the $20m that
Ron Egan reckons it is worth or even the $7.1m
that has been spent to date – if anyone will
buy it. Sell or lease some small sections at the
Waiau Airstrip (an airfield that IS making money)
to allow people to build hangar-come-batches
in turn bringing money to the community in the
form of rates, food, drink etc.
The sale of the Waiau for around $900,000 to
$1.1m is hardly going to make a dent on what is
owing or the running costs of the Te Anau Airport
Act now and stop this nonsense, have your say
on April 20.
I am not sure which of Mr Egan’s comments
about Manapouri Airport left me most
That the community now “boasted” an airport
with replacement value of $20 million suggests
that the Community Board does not know the
difference between an asset and a liability.
That the Board had absolutely no regrets shows
that even now it has not recognised that an
airport cannot be viable for a community our size
with seasonal-only tourism – if it cannot cover
operating costs at present, there is no danger of
it ever also covering the cost of capital.
If the Board is very aware of the economic
climate and Stage 2 will add additional costs not
allowed for in the original funding, it seems clear
that Stage 2 should be suspended rather than
yet more ratepayers’ money be squandered.
Hindsight is a great thing, when it comes to the
Manapouri Te Anau Airport mess, but all the
clued-up people in the basin are going to be
saying “We told you so”.
When they complained about the ratepayers’
money being spent on a gamble of this
magnitude, they where dismissed.
The question now is whose heads will roll? Quite
frankly our community has been made to look
stupid, so who’s going to front up and take the
The inside information that a big airline was
wanting to land here is akin to weapons of mass
destruction myths in Iraq and frankly we have
made a proportionally sized monetary mess!
The talk that Queenstown Airport would not meet
new legal requirements turned out false, nor is
Milford Airport about to be decommissioned.
If we were looking at a sure fire investment,
making a smaller joint Te Anau-Milford Airport in
the Eglinton Valley/Te Anau Downs would have
made more sense but it was never even on the
I think it’s time for the Te Anau community
to demand accountability and blow out the
Thoughts on boundaries
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