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Southern Discoveries (formerly
Milford Sound Red Boats) has
forged a strategic partnership with
a leading tourism industry expert
to strengthen its position in the
The Milford Sound tourism
operation has contracted Simon
Watson (Reach for the Sky) to
provide sales representation for
the company in the Auckland
wholesale and inbound tourism
Southern Discoveries General
Manager John Robson said he was
delighted to be partnering with
someone of Simon’s calibre.
“Simon’s industry experience
and business contacts will be
invaluable in driving our business
forward,” he said.
A former ITOC (Inbound Tour
Operators Council) board member,
Simon has been involved in the
tourism industry for more than 15
Mr Watson’s previous experience
includes selling Canada, Mexico
and Alaska for Discover Holidays
before moving into the inbound
sector for Tourism Holdings Ltd.
“I quickly discovered a passion
for promoting and selling New
Zealand and have thrived in this
sector,” Mr Watson said.
He said he was looking forward to
working with Southern Discoveries
to promote “one of the most
stunning destinations in the
Southern Discoveries operates a
fleet of three catamarans and the
Encounter Cruise at Milford Sound
along with the Milford Discovery
Centre, New Zealand’s only
floating underwater observatory,
and the Blue Duck Café and Bar in
new marketing man
Southern Discoveries has teamed up with tourism expert Simon Watson to
represent it in the Auckland wholesale and inbound tourism markets.
The Fiordland Players’ eagerly
anticipated production of Who’s
in Bed with the Butler is at risk of
foundering if more actors can’t be
found to fill the roles.
Director Kathy Gilligan said would-
be thespians had been more timid
than usual in coming forward to
try out for parts and, with the
production due to be staged at
Labour Weekend, time was rapidly
Fears were growing that the show
would have to be axed which
would be a tremendous shame,
Not only would it be sad for the
community, but it would also put
the Fiordland Players into serious
For the past two years the group
has contributed all of the profits
from its shows to the Fiordland
This year it was hoping Michael
Parker’s Who’s in Bed with the
Butler would make enough money
to replenish the kitty and buy
much-needed equipment going
into the group’s 50th year.
“It’s really imperative that we do
get this on stage,” she said.
“I’m very, very hopeful. This is
a very good play and I think it’s
something that Te Anau would
Describing herself as an
“unorthodox director” – she once
cast a complete stranger into
a part after simply seeing her
in a shop – she said traditional
auditions weren’t her style.
She preferred to simply meet
people and have them read
through the script.
“I look at people and I know what
they can do. I know that sounds
ridiculous... I do a read through
and I can usually tell who I want
straight away,” she said.
There are nine characters in the
play and several parts, including
that of the butler, are still up for
Anyone interested in trying out or
simply finding out more,
should contact Mrs Gilligan by
Sunday night (August 23)
No show of actors puts
Players’ production in
NOVICE : Tim Barrow 83.2, Thomas Lundman 77, Nicholas Humphries
JUNIOR: David Klein 85.1, Ben Barrow 78, Hamish Barrow 85.1
SENIOR: Peter Barrow 92.1, John Davey 92.2 & 95.3, Shayne Mercer
96.3, Neil Bates 97.3
NOVICE: Tim Barrow 67.
JUNIOR: Emily Livingstone-Green 63, Ben Barrow 87, Hamish Barrow
SENIOR: Mark Wilson 84 & 90.1, Peter Barrow 87, John Davey 92.1 &
86, Shayne Mercer 97.3 & 98.
Te Anau smallbore rifle results
To whom it may concern,
We might well be past the shortest day but with our distance from the equator, the still freezing
nights, the grey or foggy days some of us may still start to feel the effects of Seasonal Affective
Disorder (SAD), a mood disorder linked to the autumn and winter months, sometimes known as
the “winter blues”.
SAD was first noted in Scandinavia. The syndrome, which was first recognised by the medical
community in 1985, is thought to be brought on by the lack of sunshine hours and cooler
temperatures during the winter time. It is a form of depression and mild symptoms affect up to
20 percent of the population; women seem to be more susceptible and it can affect children. It is
believed about 4-6 percent of people are severely affected.
Some of the signs and symptoms:
Getting active can assist a great deal and even if motivation can be a challenge the benefits are well
worth the effort. You could go onto the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand’s website for
a link to a popular brochure on the benefits of exercise that was published in conjunction with
SPARC (Sport and Recreation NZ).
Besides getting outside and enjoying the sun (when it shines!), new research shows eating foods
rich in “mood nutrients” is another way to beat the winter blues. Diets high in folate, iron, protein,
omega-3s and vitamin D are linked to positive moods. Extra vitamin D is also recommended for
older adults and people with dark skin.
Reducing stress is also useful and talking therapy is useful for this. One way recommended to me
recently by Robyn Hodges, Fiordland Community Support worker was sharing TLC with friends,
family and workmates. Don’t make assumption though like I did that it was just the usual – tender,
loving care as I was promptly corrected and informed the TLC stood for Tea, Latte and Cake!
We are also fortunate in Southland to have local organisations such as Supporting Families in
Mental Illness available to provide information and support (0800 494 262) or 021 0718638. Your
GP can support referral to the Primary Health Organisation’s Brief Intervention Service and if
need be to specialist services.
LifeLine also offer phone support 0 8 0 0 111 7 7 7,
which is available 24 hours a day, for immediate counselling.
Andrae Gold, Mental Health Promotion
• Craving sweet food &
• Weight gain
• Loss of libido
• Aches and pains
• Mood changes
• Difficulty concentrating
• Social withdrawal
Ready to leave the
Winter Blues behind?
Phone (03) 2110911 or Email email@example.com
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