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An Invercargill woman has been
recruiting nerds to help Southlanders
make sense of their technology woes.
Lynn McKenzie has bought the first
South Island franchise for Need a
Nerd, a Hawke’s Bay company started
in 2003 to support, set up and sell
“techie” products from computers to
DVD players. One of her nerds, Peter
Biggerstaff, is based in Otautau.
Ms McKenzie does not have a technical
background but reckons that’s to
clients’ benefit when it comes to geek
speak that is often lost in translation.
The service is mobile and by having a
nerd permanently based in Western
Southland she’s hoping people will take
the opportunity to get on top of the
technology that might be bugging them.
Ms McKenzie is offering free nerd
assessments and if clients book in
on nominated days, travel is free. The
service is targeted at both home and
The Community Trust of Southland has approved
a grants budget of up to $9.15 million for the next
financial year – retaining its high level of support
for the community despite the economic turndown.
Chief executive John Prendergast said trustees
confirmed the budget for the April 1, 2009 to
March 31, 2010 financial year would remain the
same as 2008/09, with a two percent increase for
As other funding bodies reduce support in the
wake of the challenging economic climate, the
Community Trust was pleased to maintain its level
“It provides a degree of surety for organisations
that as a community funder we are still there in
full force to support them, as we have been in the
past,” Mr Prendergast said.
Like most investors, the Trust had been affected
by the difficult financial markets. However, the
diversified nature of its investment portfolio had
kept the impact to a moderate level. In the 11
months to February 2009, the Trust recorded a
loss of just under 8 percent, the majority of which
is unrealised. Over the same period, the Trust
actually generated positive income, from interest
and dividends, of in excess of $6 million.
“We recognise the need to keep the Trust’s capital
base intact for future generations, but we are also
aware of the effects that reduced grants availability
could have on the community groups we support
in this generation ... especially when other funding
sources available to them are diminishing as the
economic turndown begins to bite.”
Mr Prendergast said the Community Trust was
anticipating increased demand for sectors such as
community health and social services in the near
future. However, the Community Trust would be
tightening up on its priority areas.
“We will be focusing on the community needs
rather than the community wants, endeavouring to
get our grants to where they will most benefit the
community,” he said.
JUMBO CROSSWORD 353
ACROSS: 1 Globe, 4 As sound as a bell, 11 Doped, 14 Stare, 15 Cartography, 16 Enlarges, 19
Topsoil, 20 Linen, 21 Beanstalk, 24 Sometimes, 26 Heifer, 27 Occupy, 31 Irate, 32 Mailbags, 34
Beforehand, 38 Inherit, 39 Statue, 40 Invert, 41 Lion, 42 Sea legs, 45 Grandstand, 50 Sprayer,
54 Alps, 55 Scarce, 56 Umpire, 57 Trusted, 60 Grapefruit, 61 Lingerie, 62 Baggy, 65 Needed, 66
Whoops, 67 Accepting, 72 Congenial, 73 Koala, 74 Obelisk, 79 Horrific, 80 Sightseeing, 81 Smear,
82 Yodel, 83 Give a wide berth, 84 Usher.
DOWN: 2 Lotion, 3 Birds, 5 Swab, 6 Outline, 7 Nugget, 8 Ajar, 9 Athletic, 10 Length, 11 Deadlocked,
12 Page, 13 Destiny, 17 Cider, 18 Undeserved, 22 Cigar, 23 Audacity, 25 Oatmeal, 26 Hastens,
28 Trance, 29 Tartan, 30 Boards, 33 Later, 35 Donor, 36 King, 37 Lira, 42 Slang, 43 Alphabet, 44
Secure, 45 Garnishing, 46 Axel, 47 Doubles, 48 Typing, 49 Nerve, 51 Pore, 52 Abstain, 53 Emerge,
58 Ceremonial, 59 Sides, 63 Mona Lisa, 64 Stabs, 65 Naughty, 68 College, 69 Ageing, 70 Mousse,
71 Escape, 75 Lambs, 76 Arid, 77 Thai, 78 Knit.
LAST WEEK’S PUZZLE SOLUTIONS
Southland gets ‘techie’ help from new Need a Nerd
Te Anau’s Jan Brown has been feeling
the cold more than most this past week
after losing her hair as a fundraiser
for cancer houses throughout New
And the honour of wielding the clippers
went to Te Anau BNZ colleague Gaylene
Barnes who donated $100 for the
“I’ve worked with her for 12 years and
she’s always had a far better head of
hair than I have,” Mrs Barnes said.
When Mrs Brown decided the person
making the single biggest donation
could be the one to shave her head
Mrs Barnes met the challenge with
gusto. “I was determined I was doing
it,” she said.
A supportive crowd gathered at
the bank on Wednesday last week
to witness the shave off. First Mrs
Brown’s hair was pulled together in a
series of pigtails that bystanders could
cut off for $10 each. Irene Barnes was
first to volunteer – $20 for two trophy
Others were Kerri James who opted to
keep hers and Kristine Maher.
Mrs Brown, who is a BNZ retail training
manager, was shaved at the same
time as her Wellington-based boss.
At the time the hair came off national
fundraising stood at well over $5000
more than $1500 of that raised
through the Te Anau branch.
As for her new look? All those present
agreed it looked pretty good.
“It feels really good,” she said. “Some
people have said it feels liberating and
they’re right, it feels great.”
People are still welcome to donate to
the cause either directly at the bank or
by making an electronic deposit to the
Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow account
Going, going, gone... and all for a very good cause.
Gaylene Barnes took great pride in being the one
charged with removing Jan Brown’s hair.
Trophy hunters, like Irene Barnes, paid $10 to
lop each of the pre-shave pigtails.
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