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The team from Winton's Nigel
Molloy Joinery was named best
in the Otago-Southland region
at the New Zealand Master
Joiner Awards held at Te Anau on
It was a great thrill for owners
Nigel and Megan Molloy who have
never before entered their work in
a competition and have only been
members of the Registered Master
Joiners Association for one year.
The project entered was the
elaborate and distinctive lattice-
work joinery that is a feature of the
Invercargill Licensing Trust's new
BarLuca in the old Deka building
It was a great accolade because
for the duration of the six-month
project "all the team did a little bit
on it," Mr Molloy said.
"It's an award for the whole
And it wasn't at all straightforward.
An Auckland designer presented
them with a concept and working
sketches but not detailed plans.
"We had to make it work -- take it
from concept to reality."
All of the lattice work had to be
cut from solid sheets of plywood
but the complexity of it caused the
cutter to get so hot it ignited the
sawdust. This meant Mr Molloy
had to write a new programme for
the machine, using a spiralling
technique to avoid the chance of
the whole lot going up in smoke.
The problematic lattice work is
now key to the overall look of the
city's latest nightspot and even
features in the bar tops which
were made by pouring liquid glass
Nigel Molloy Joinery has 12 staff,
including one apprentice.
Joining NZ's winning tradespeople
Megan and Nigel Molloy with the
award they won on Saturday night
naming theirs the top joinery firm in
Otago and Southland.
PHOTO: MM Pro 2010
Invercargill's BarLuca, featuring the elaborate latticework joinery crafted by
Winton's Nigel Molloy Joinery.
PHOTO: Myles Maheno
Telecom has spent big bucks
in the south improving mobile
coverage for its customers in
places like Winton, Tuatapere and
The company had just spent over
$2 million on its XT network in
Telecom spokesperson Ian Bonnar
said the company was aware the
coverage around Winton could
be "variable" and as a result a
$200,000 upgrade of Winton's
existing mobile phone site tower,
at Sinclair Road about 5km from
the township, was made.
The work, just recently completed,
involved changing the present
antenna to a directional one and
boosting power using mounted
"These additions should result in
improved coverage in buildings
in Winton and improve signal
strength to surrounding areas."
Prior to the upgrade many Winton
customers had complained of
poor coverage on the XT network,
with some people transferring
their business to other phone
companies and others investing
in their own aerials to boost
"We haven't had much (customer)
feedback at this stage, but that
is no doubt because the upgrade
was completed quite recently."
Meanwhile, Tuatapere residents
had also gained improved access
to Telecom's XT mobile network
after a new mobile site was
established in the area last month.
Telecom mobile PR manager
Rebecca Earl said the company
had invested nearly $450,000 in
the new site.
"It will improve coverage, voice,
text and mobile broadband
services in and around Western
"The new site at Tuatapere will
improve coverage for customers
along State Highway 99, as well as
in the Tuatapere township itself.
"Those in the surrounding lower
Waiau Valley should also note
The site in Tuatapere was part
of planned ongoing expansion
of the network to cater for the
increasing numbers of people and
businesses using XT.
Telecom has also embarked
on a large scale programme
of improvement nationwide to
address the overall performance
of the XT network for its
The changes at Tuatapere and
Winton are part of more than 30
XT mobile sites being installed
or upgraded throughout New
Telecom boosts XT signal in Southland
By Mary Witsey
Mrs Porteous said some of
the mailboxes were severely
damaged. At her first stop the
mailbox fell to pieces when she
tried to open it.
"I think they've had something like
a sledgehammer because they've
just smashed them to bits," she
Some real estate signs en route
had also been slashed.
"The destruction that they've
caused -- it's just ridiculous."
At a replacement cost of upwards
of $100 per mailbox, the cost
of the damage was also not
In the interim residents had
been innovative with alternatives
with one person replacing their
damaged box with a cat cage.
Constable Finn Murphy said
several of the residents had
spent a lot of time painting their
letterboxes so they were "almost
an art piece".
"Then losers come up and do
He said he hoped those
responsible for the destruction
were not locals.
"I'd like to think our people have
got a bit more nous than that."
Anyone with information about the
vandalism was asked to contact
the Te Anau police.
• More photos of the damage:
Outrage at "Gormless Gits"
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