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Youth Week, starting this Saturday
(May 23 -31), is based on the
theme of “Make Time For Youth”,
specifically the young people in our
community with disabilities.
IHC national manager of
volunteering and membership
Karen Roberts says every young
person deserves the chance to
dream, to have ambitions, friends
and fun. When someone has an
intellectual disability, friends can
sometimes be hard to find but
having a friend there to back them
up often makes the chance to
achieve those dreams easier.
IHC is a sponsor of Youth Week,
which is being organised by New
Zealand Aotearoa Adolescent
Health and Development and
supported by the Ministry of Youth
Karen says: “Don’t put limits on
people with disabilities. Encourage
them to push their limits – to
fly as high as they can. Don’t be
embarrassed by anyone’s disability
be thrilled at what they are
By making friends with someone
with a disability in your community
you may be giving them an
opportunity to do things they
wouldn’t otherwise try – and
everybody deserves that chance.
Don’t take what you have for
granted. Be willing to share
some of your time, skills and
encouragement with someone in
your community you may not have
realised would value your company.
Re: Public Meeting held in Te Anau on the 6th
The Te Anau Community Board and staff of the
Southland District Council must be congratulated
on the polished way in which they presented their
case for getting all the ratepayers of the Te Anau
Ward into a non-profitable commercial venue.
Of special note was the performance of the Te
Anau Community Board Chairman, Mr Ron Egan,
who spoke at great lengths with a vicious attack
on the Fiordland Aero Club, in an endeavour to
entirely denounce the club.
What a terrific diversionary smoke screen he
created to take the heat off himself and some of
his fellow colleagues; who have demonstrated an
inability to control their over-inflated egos, and
have lacked sufficient research and budgeting
skills necessary for a project of this nature.
Please note at this point that the Fiordland
Aero Club built the Waiau Air Strip entirely with
voluntary effort in the early 1970’s at no cost to
the ratepayers or the council of the time; and are
going to contribute very, very little to the financial
viability of the “Manapouri” Airport in the future,
so why all the fuss?
Now to our dear Mayor, Mrs Frano Cardno’s
heartrending plea for everyone to be nice to all
councillors and community board members.
Ratepayers, I ask you: Would you want to be nice
to anyone who is going to rob you of $176 plus
per year for the next 20 or more years, with no
certainty of what the increases could be?
And, as to the actual value of the airport, it is
interesting to note an article in The Southland
Times on April the 13th
last, which highlighted
that in accordance with “International Financial
Reporting Standards”, the value of airport runways
is to be based on the revenue that they generate,
and not the prior valuation method of cost.
So I ask – Is our lovely little airport truly worth
$20 million as quoted at the public meeting?
Ratepayers, we have been bluffed and conned.
G BELL, Te Anau
SEND US YOUR LETTERS:
PO Box 251
Te Anau 9640
Since running photographs last week of our
Mother’s Day competition winner Wilma
Stirling on her big day out in Te Anau, some
readers have asked for a closer look at the
shots taken before and after her makeover.
So here they are.
The top photo was taken on the evening
she was informed of her win. The photo
on the right was taken four days later after
visits to Vibrance Beauty and Fitness and
The Fringe hair salon.
We think she looks fabulous.
Congratulations to the teams at Vibrance
and The Fringe and thanks again to them
and the other businesses who helped
create Wilma’s Ultimate Mother’s Day.
Try making a new friend
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