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The race has yet to be run but
already four Fiordland youth-based
projects are one step closer to
the finishing line thanks to the
generosity of entrants in this year’s
For the second year organisers
of the annual mountain run over
the Kepler Track have offered 10
“Charity Challenge” places at a
cost of $1000 each, the proceeds
of which go to a local cause or
For their money the chairty
challenge runners get a
guaranteed start in the race, a
special breakfast, a T-shirt
and the knowledge they
have given local projects a
This year’s Kepler Challenge will
be held on December 5.
Entries for the race were snapped
up online in 4 minutes and 50
seconds. Thirteen people
applied for the 10 available
Charity Challenge spots.
Kepler Challenge organising
committee chairman Steve
Norris said four local groups
would benefit from the
$10,000 raised this year.
The Fiordland Kindergarten
was presented with a cheque
for $2000 towards playground
equipment. Mararoa School
received $2000 for a
community garden. The
Lighthouse Youth Trust
received $1500 towards the
cost of its annual audit, while
$4500 was donated to
scouting activities in Te Anau.
Local groups benefit from Kepler “Charity Challenge”
Kepler Challenge organising committee chairman Steve Norris with Fiordland
Kindergarten pupils (from left) Blake Palmer, Franki Campbell, Amie Carroll,
Liam Norris and May McBride (obscured).
Two Western Southland tourism
operators are spearheading an
effort to clean-up a 62km stretch
of the Southern Scenic Route.
Joyce Kolk, of Wairaurahiri
Jet, said she recently cycled
along part of the route and was
astounded at the discarded
rubbish she came across.
“It was a real eye-opener and this
is what our visitors are seeing,”
“Not the clean green image we
like to project, as they climb over
broken glass to photograph
the amazing Takitimus or when
they struggle through plastic
bottles to capture the beautiful
country side, sea and lake views.
“I say enough.”
She and husband Johan Groters,
along with Trish and Ali King of
the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track
have issued a challenge to others
to join them in a clean-up of the
stretch of road between Monkey
Island and the Blackmount Hill on
Friday August 28.
She’s looking for at least
14 teams of three or more
volunteers, each with a ute or
trailer. One she has the teams
enlisted, she’ll assign each a
stretch of the highway to tidy up.
But the challenge was also being
issued further afield.
“We would like the other regions
that this wonderful route passes
through to get their own groups
together and do their section of
Southern Scenic Route,” she said.
“We need to clean up our own
Route or ‘rubbish tip’
The Waiau Community theatre
group is celebrating 45 years with
a double-headed production in the
Tuatapere Community College Hall
The break with tradition will see An
Open and Shut Case – a classic
whodunnit – fill the first half of the
programme, while the second half
will feature the Schubert Fendrick
musical Pompadours and Poodle
Spokesman John Knowler said the
decision to split the show into two
separate productions was made
largely due to the pressure on cast
members. This way more people
could be involved without
Twenty-three people would take
the stage, from seasoned actors to
new teenage talent.
The theatre group was formed by
Dr Eric Elder and friends. In its
early days it had a big focus on
Gilbert and Sullivan productions
which were very much in style at
the time. The productions required
a large cast and crew with make-up
alone requiring about eight people.
Over the years it had become more
difficult to stage big productions
as work commitments had grown
and the royalty costs for the shows
were large, Mr Knowler said.
Despite this, the group continued
to have a strong and supportive
following from the community
which every year produced large
and appreciative audiences.
Next week’s week’s show will run
over two nights with drinks and
nibbles on arrival and a light snack
at half time.
Mysteries and Musicals
A scene from the Waiau Community Theatre’s 2003 production As Time Goes
By featuring “The Beatles” (from left) Brendan Corkery, Roland Broughton,
Richard Gardner and John Knowler and their excited fans.
•Friday August 28
•Southern Scenice Route between Monkey Island and Blackmount Hill
•Teams of at last three needed, each with a ute or car and trailer
•Register in advance with Joyce Kolk, phone (03) 225-5677
• If driving past when the teams are out, feel free to stop and lend a
Comprehensive First Aid Course
To be held in the Te Anau St Johns Room:
August 28 & 29 (Fri/Sat)
To book or for more information contact Amanda
Phone: (03) 218 4339
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