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The people of Winton might think that
theirs is the best little town in the world –
but they might also be surprised to learn
that they’ve got some competition from
across the Tasman.
Winton, Australia, is located in Central
West Queensland. It is the major town
of the Winton Shire – a large locale of
some 54,000 square kilometres, with a
population of 980.
But while Winton NZ can boasts that is it
the burial place of Minnie Dean, Winton
Australia, seems to have a few more strings
to its bow.
Its attractions include The Waltzing Matilda
Centre – the only museum in the world
dedicated to a song; The Winton Club –
where Qantas held its first board meeting in
1920; the Royal Open Air Theatre Museum
and the world’s first Musical Fence.
Last month the two Wintons got together,
in a manner of speaking, when the mayor
of Winton, Australia, Ed Warren, paid the
chairman of the Winton Community Board,
in New Zealand, John McHugh, a visit.
It was a convivial gathering at Winton’s
Middle Pub where the two men, and
Southland District councillor Lyall Bailey,
also of Winton, exchanged ideas and found
that they had more in common than you
“We sat down there and talked for nearly
an hour... we talked about how they
communicated with their community, how
they go about their business, talking to
their council, water, sewerage – all that sort
of thing,” Mr Warren said this week from
He also thought that there were similarities
in terms of the look of the two towns and
that they both were positive places to live.
Mr Warren said he had visited the province
because he had been told that Southland
was one of the wealthiest and most
progressive regions in New Zealand and he
wanted to find out more.
“You’ve got a lot of diversification over
there, there’s farming, there’s the smelter,
there are meatworks, you’ve got dairying,
cropping and tourism of course, so that’s
what interested us – how you go about
things over there.”
During the visit he also met with Southland
District Council mayor Frana Cardno and
Invercargill City Council mayor Tim Shadbolt.
Mr Warren said it was highly likely that a
delegation from Winton, Australia, could
visit Winton, NZ, in the future because civic
leaders were keen to learn more and tap in
to Southland’s success.
“There are no similarities in terms of
geography or climate but it’s how you go
about doing things over there that we’re
Winton mayor keen to tap success
Winton double take -- Winton Community Board member Lyall Bailey (left) and Winton Community
Board chairman John McHugh, get together with Mayor Ed Warren (right), of Winton, Australia, in
Winton, Southland. Mr Warren was here recently on a fact-finding mission focusing on Winton and
Southland, gathering ideas on community development to take home to Queensland with him.
The Te Anau Childcare Cente is on the hunt
for new governors to help steer it through
the ambitious expansion programme it has
planned for the next three to four years.
Launched about 15 years ago, the
centre now has a roll of about 65 and
up to 18 staff in teaching, support
and administrative roles. However, the
committee that governs the centre numbers
only seven, with two of them stepping down
Centre manager and licensee John
Hellewell said the organisation was about
to embark on a big expansion programme
that would cost an estimated $300,000
and almost double the centre’s capacity.
More committee members were needed
to “bolster the ranks” and help see that
process through, he said.
The centre’s annual meeting is due to be
held on Wednesday from 7.30pm at the
childcare centre and anyone interested in
joining the committee – effectively the
board of trustees for the centre – was
encouraged to attend.
The constitution required a minimum of five
committee members but there was room for
more, particularly with the projects that lay
ahead, Mr Hellewell said.
Anyone in the community was welcome,
they did not need to be a parent or have
any direct connection with the centre.
People with expertise in things like building
or finance would be particularly welcome,
he said. Those people might not want to
commit long term but could assist on
sub-committees at relevant stages of the
The expansion needs to be completed by
the end of 2014 to meet growing demand
for childcare services in Te Anau and also
to comply with new licensing criteria due to
come into force then.
Childcare seeks assistance with growth spurt
JOIN THE COMMITTEE
Te Anau Childcare Centre AGM
Wednesday, May 19
Childcare Centre, Luxmore Drive
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