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The Waimatuku Southern Scenic Highland Pipe Band, photographed on the shore of Lake Te Anau after leading the
Te Anau Christmas Parade last year.
75 years of Waimatuku
pipes and drums
The Waimatuku Southern Scenic
Highland Pipe Band will celebrate
jubilee next weekend.
The occasion will be marked
with a low-key get-together on
the afternoon of Saturday May
30, followed by a formal banquet
and ball at the Wallacetown
Secretary Rae Fraser said a
book on the history of the band
was due to go to the printer this
week and would be available
at the jubilee. Most of the
information had been compiled
by Gus Strang for the band’s
50-year celebrations. Andrew
and Margaret Hall and Robbie
Wisely had taken on the work of
recording the next 25 years.
The book will go on sale for $25
Anyone was welcome to attend
the banquet and ball, Mrs Fraser
said. Many people had enjoyed
some involvement with the
band during the past 75 years,
whether as a playing member or
just a supporter and it would be
good to see those people there.
Tickets cost $60 per person for
the banquet and ball or $25
per person for the ball only.
Tickets are available from any
band member or Mrs Fraser by
phoning (03) 234-8327.
The hunt begins for
Te Anau’s top team
Businesses, clubs, friends and
families will be pitted against each
other this weekend in a bid to be
crowned Te Anau’s Top Team.
The competition has been
organised by Westpac Te Anau as a
fundraiser for the Westpac Rescue
Helicopter Appeal. All money raised
in the district will be returned,
through the national chopper
appeal, to the Fiordland Lakes
Westpac Te Anau branch manager
Jo Matheson said 17 teams had
confirmed their entry earlier this
week but entries would also be
taken on the day.
Unlike the gruelling, and wet,
television Top Town competition,
this one would have a focus on fun
with old-fashioned events like egg
and spoon races and three-legged
races, each with a twist.
“It’s more of a community get-
together,” Mrs Matheson said. “The
good old ones (games) that we all
went to when we were little ones.”
The competition kicks off at 1pm
on Sunday in the Real Journeys
Fiordland Community Event Centre,
however, anyone wanting to register
a late entry would have to do so by
Some prizes are up for grabs
but the focus is more about
participation and fun for a good
cause than winning – although
some teams will probably have their
sights set on claiming bragging
Tuatapere’s popular hay, baleage and silage
competition, now in its 17th
year, promises to
be bigger and better than ever this year with
more than $10,000 in sponsorship and prizes
Run by the Tuatapere Lions Club, the event has
grown to be a fun-filled field day with everything
from swede throwing contests to demonstrations
of farm machinery.
Chairman Quinton Donald said 30 silage entries
had been received and judged by Ravensdown.
Thanks to generous support from JJ Ltd the
competition had already raised more than
$2000 for charity.
The beneficiaries this year will be Hospice
Southland, Waiau Health Trust and the Southland
Locator Beacon Charitable Trust.
Hay and baleage entries will be collected on
Wednesday June 3 and Thursday June 4 ahead
of the field day and judging at Crack Corp
Contracting (ex Allan Johnston Sawmill), Grove
Burn Road, Tuatapere on June 5.
Judging starts at 11am and there will also be
competitions for heaviest swede, turnip and
chou. Other activities include the opportunity
to ride the latest farm bikes from the various
franchises, a beacon trust demonstration, wood
shovelling and a competition to guess the weight
of a bale of baleage and a native log.
The Waiau Valley Lions Club would provide
a continuous lunch at a reasonable cost, Mr
Anyone who hasn’t been contacted already and
wants to enter their hay or baleage should phone
Mr Donald on (03) 226-6409 or Peter Ashcroft
(03) 226-6664 to arrange competition collection
courtesy of local truck owners.
Fun-filled field day in the hay
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