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Organisers of the Kepler Challenge are on the lookout
for a local worthy cause to be the beneficiary of up to
$10,000 from this year’s race.
The Charity Challenge community fund was started last
year offering 10 runners a guaranteed start in the race
over the 68km Kepler Track. The cost was a $1000 entry
fee, the proceeds of which were to be donated to a local
charity – in last year’s case the Fiordland Health Trust. All
10 places on offer were taken up.
Spokeswoman Caroline Carter said the Kepler Challenge
committee was proud to be a part of the Fiordland
“As a responsible community member the organisers
know that investing in initiatives of value to the
community is crucial,” she said.
To that end the committee was looking for nominations of
worthy causes in the Te Anau and Manapouri areas to be
the recipient of this year’s Charity Challenge funds.
However, the successful organisation would have to meet
one or more of the following objectives:
promote environmental awareness and
programmes that sustain and improve the quality
of the environment in the community
contribute to the sustainability of non-profit
organisations or volunteer services
promote life-long learning opportunities for all
foster the development of opportunities for
sporting, social and recreational activities.
Proposals would have to demonstrate an ability to make
effective use of the funds through long-term solutions
that were sustainable beyond the support of the fund.
They would have to contribute directly to the community,
generating benefits that do not presently exist, provide
promotional opportunities and foster the development of
skills and capacity, she said.
The fund was not to be used for capital works, private
business seeking finance, individuals, projects normally
wholly funded by local or central government or projects
that did not directly benefit the defined community.
Nominations for this year’s fund must be made to the
organising committee by Monday May 11.
Further information is available from Steve Norris phone
(03) 249 9596 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Graham Dainty/Kepler Challenge
Heavily reliant on volunteers itself, the Kepler Challenge organising
committee aims to reinvest in community causes through its
Charity Challenge fund.
Southland farmers have the chance to get up to speed
with progress on the controversial National Animal
Identification and Tracing (NAIT) project at field days at
Balfour and Ohai next week.
The electronic tagging system under development aims
to keep track of where farmed animals are and where
they have been, thereby improving New Zealand’s ability
to respond to and contain damage from biosecurity risks
and food scares and reassure markets that it is okay to
The NAIT system
is planned to be fully
operational in 2010
and from mid 2011
it is expected to be
mandatory for cattle
and deer, with other
species to follow if
The first Southland
field day will be at Mount
Linton Station from 11am
on April 29 where electronic
tags are in use on both cattle and sheep.
Deer Improvement Ltd’s farm in Ardlussa Road, Balfour,
has been using the new technology on its deer herd and
will be the venue for the field day between 1pm and 4pm
on April 30.
However, not all farmers have been so willing to embrace
Deer Industry New Zealand producer manager Tony
Pearse said to date most deer farmers had been
“relatively resolute” in their opposition to the cost and
need for radio frequency ID and use in deer.
“It’s controversial for deer farmers, they’re not entirely
convinced that electronic ID is going to add anything to
their bottom line,” he said.
Some of the equipment required was pricey and there
were concerns about perceived shortcomings in its use.
Next week’s field day would therefore be an ideal forum to
learn about the advances in the proposed technology.
“The day should be of interest to all farmers,” he said.
NAIT chairman Ian Corney said the field days would
include a demonstration of the electronic tagging
technology, including how it could be used for farm
Industry representatives would provide as much detail as
possible about the likely costs and benefits for particular
farms and sectors, he said.
“We are also trying to make the information more
relevant to particular farming practices and industries.
For example, NAIT would affect a dairy farmer differently
than a beef or deer farmer who sends stock directly to
The field days are part of the national consultation
process and are free to attend. All members of the public
ID & Tracing Project Field Days
Wednesday April 29, 2009, 11am
Mount Linton Station
Host: Ceri Lewis
Thursday April 30, 2009, 1pm
Deer Improvement Ltd, Ardlussa Road
Hosts: Bruce McGregor and Des Ford
Kepler Challenge organisers seek local beneficiary
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