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This is what makes it all worthwhile.
Volunteers checking stoat tracks on the
Kepler Track last month were delighted to
come across several sets of kiwi tracks in
the snow, indicating their work is having an
The traps are sponsored by the Kepler
Challenge organising committee, paid for
through the entry fees collected from the
annual mountain run.
The kiwi prints were discovered on the
descent into the Iris Burn Valley,
half way between the Hanging Valley
bushline and Iris Burn Hut, on July 25.
Making and maintaining tracks on the Kepler
ABOVE: Kepler Challenge committee chairman
Steve Norris makes his mark alongside those of
a kiwi that is benefitting from his group’s stoat
trapping on the Kepler Track.
RIGHT: These kiwi prints were among several
discovered by volunteers maintaining stoat
traps on the Kepler Track recently.
The Northern Southland Toy Library
members are reminding parents their
children could be playing with new toys
every month without the need to break the
Spokeswoman Jeanna Rodgers said more
members were being sought for the library
which aims to be “fundraising free”. Another
20 members would meet that target.
The group has a huge selection of toys for
newborns to 10-year-olds and also offers
a delivery service throughout Northern
Standard membership is only $50 and for
only $10 more the toys can be delivered
– almost to the door.
The toy library operates over the road
from the Bafe in Lumsden and is open on
Tuesdays from 9.45am to 11.15am and
Fridays between 3.15pm and 4.15pm.
For further information, contact
Mrs Rodgers on (03) 248-7470.
Toy treasure trove
Charlotte and Benjamin Rodgers-Foran having fun as they check out the offerings at the Northern
Southland Toy Library.
A long-serving and well-respected Te Anau
paramedic has been invited to share
his knowledge with search and rescue
instructors from throughout the country at a
conference in New Plymouth next month.
Frank Dewhurst has been a pivotal figure
in the Fiordland search and rescue team
for around 26 years and has virtually
unparalleled experience at administering
first aid in some of the most remote and
For several years he has also been
a casual instructor for Temuka-based
company Pro+Med NZ Ltd which
specialises in safety and first aid
training for companies.
Managing director Don Gutsell said
Mr Dewhurst’s work had been “really
outstanding” and he felt he would be an
ideal presenter at the company’s next
conference on September 17 and 18.
“He’s (Mr Dewhurst) held in quite high
regard for what he’s done in the past.”
Those attending the conference would
come from a wide variety of backgrounds.
A focus of this year’s programme was to
open their eyes to pre-hospital care – that
it was much wider than simply a trip in an
ambulance, Mr Gutsell said.
Another speaker had recently returned from
working as a remote medic in Afghanistan.
First response specialist
to address conference
The NZ Transport Agency is urging people
to get involved in discussions on how to
improve safety on New Zealand roads over
the next decade.
On Tuesday Transport Minister Steven Joyce
launched the Safer Journeys discussion
document, which seeks public feedback
to help government develop a strategy for
improving road safety in New Zealand to
The Safer Journeys document outlines key
road safety issues, and proposed options
for addressing them. The document and
information on how to make submissions
are available on www.saferjourneys.govt.nz.
NZTA Chief Executive Geoff Dangerfield
encouraged people to look at the proposals
and make their views known.
“The tragic consequences of crashes on our
roads are felt in every part of society and in
every corner of New Zealand.
“We all have a stake in making our
roads safer, and it’s important that
the government hears the views of as
many people as possible as part of
the development of the Safer Journeys
The Ministry of Transport will be gathering
public submissions on Safer Journeys from
now until Friday, October 2.
The comments and views the Ministry
receives will be used to develop the final
Safer Journeys strategy, to be released in
Your say on road safety
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