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The Southland District Council has
been granted resource consent to
undertake some native vegetation
clearing and earthworks on the
The application was approved by
independent commissioner Allan
Cubitt, of Dunedin, subject to 17
detailed conditions, following a
hearing in Te Anau last month.
Council group manager
environment and community
Bruce Halligan said Mr Cubitt's
services were engaged to ensure
transparency and objectivity in
the decision process because the
council was the applicant and it
would have been inappropriate
for its resource management
committee to also be the decision-
The application sought to
undertake work to maintain key
viewshafts to the lake that form
part of the Manapouri Foreshore
Reserve Management Plan, and to
establish additional parking in the
Frasers Beach area.
The resource consent application
drew nearly 100 submissions, with
about three-quarters of these in
support or conditional support.
Those opposing were concerned
about the environmental effects..
Mr Cubitt granted the resource
consent until 2030, subject to
the 17 conditions. He excluded
several areas with more significant
existing native vegetation from
any modification and he required
provision of a detailed pest weed
management plan, detailed
controls to minimise potential
for soil erosion, and provision of
a landscape plan to mitigate the
visual effects of the roading work.
The applicant and those who
made submissions have 15
working days to appeal the
decision to the Environment Court.
A workshop targeting teachers of
three to eight-year-olds is being
held in Lumsden next week aimed
at developing foundation skills on
which to build literacy.
Titled Mango Tango, the
workshop is being led by Kids
Music Company co-founder Janet
Channon, of Auckland, who
maintains that movement is a
critical part of the learning process
that is enhanced and strengthed
with the addition of music.
Activities in the workshop are
designed to help develop visual,
aural, linguistic, motor, creative,
social and memory skills.
The workshop has been organised
by the Lumsden and Areas
Activities for Miniature Bodies
(Laambs) group and co-ordinator
Jeanna Rodgers said there
was already strong interest. A
similar workshop for children
in Balfour last year attracted 40
or 50 participants from all over
This workshop would appeal
to early childhood educators,
teachers and parents.
"I've always found them great to
re-establish the whole knowledge
of why you need to encourage kids
to move to music," she said.
There were only about 10 places
still left and they were filling fast.
"There's people coming from Te
Anau and I think there are some
coming down from Arrowtown as
The only other southern workshop
would be held in Invercargill
so this was a good opportunity
for people to come and learn
the songs and movements that
would help children to develop
balance, fitness and independent
movement of each side of the
The course costs $60 per person
but discounts are available for
groups of four or more people
from one centre.
Inquiries and registrations can be
made to annemarie@kidsmusic.
Further information about the
Kids Music Company and its work
can be found on its website www.
Moving to learn in Lumsden
YOU SHALL GO TO THE BALL: Central Southland College's annual ball, held
recently, was a night of glitz and glamour with this year's theme "Winter
Wonderland" adding some extra sparkle.
About 200 Year 12 and 13 students dressed up and danced the night away
at the Winton Memorial Hall.
Prior to the ball a special ball gown parade, to showcase the latest looks,
was a sell-out, with 350 people attending.
Pictured making the most of the big night were:
TOP: Victoria Hjalmarsson (left), Hannah Dowling, Kelly Henderson and Alex
BOTTOM: Jamie Winslow, Lisa Milne, Laura Dowling and Laurence Duncan.
Belles of the Ball
Our Way Southland, a joint project
between the region's four local
authorities, is undertaking the
first Quality of Life Survey for all of
Already under way, the survey will
ask more than 1500 Southlanders
how they feel about their
community, their environment and
Community Outcomes Regional
Coordinator Dr Aaron Fox said
the survey would ask a range of
questions that look at people's
perceptions on how well
Southland community outcomes
were being realised.
"The questionnaire is based on
the national Big Cities quality of
life project which, since 2004,
has measured the perceptions
of over 7500 residents living in
the country's largest cities and
districts," he said.
"The results of the Southland
survey can therefore be
compared with other regions, New
Zealand's 12 major cities, and
between Southland's Territorial
Question topics include how
Southlanders feel about
environmental, leadership and
political issues and their general
quality of life.
It is intended that this survey
will be conducted on an ongoing
basis, enhancing the monitoring
of progress towards achieving the
region's community outcomes.
Mr Fox encouraged anyone
contacted by phone to consider
participating in the survey.
Quality of life in Southland probed
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