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Te Anau’s controversial pay-to-go public
toilets at Lions Park notched up their
100,000th paying customer last week.
Te Anau Community Board chairman Alistair
Jukes and Southland District Council Te
Anau ward representative Diane Ridley were
on hand to mark the milestone and present
the unsuspecting loo user with a certificate
and a gift basket of goodies.
German tourist Regina Falk was somewhat
taken aback at the gesture but accepted
the gifts as she passed back through the
turnstile and congratulated the council on
the clean and tidy facilities.
Opened on December 20, 2010, the
project had a budget of $845,000 of which
construction cost $732,580. The building
features 14 toilet cubicles for women and
eight urinals and six toilet cubicles for men.
Entry is $1, by coin-operated turnstile.
No provision was made to rate for the
operating costs of the toilets because the
$1 entry fee was expected to ensure it was
self-funding. Originally predicted to cater for
170,500 paying visitors a year, by midway
through 2011 the turnstiles had turned only
34,000 times and the council
was left trying to figure out
how to meet an estimated
$74,000 shortfall. It engaged
a consultant, at a cost of
$9000 to prepare a report
on how to improve the toilet
Cr Ridley said while it had
taken longer than originally
expected to reach 100,000
paying users, the magic figure
had been reached sooner
than the revised estimates
which had been pleasing. It
was a “fabulous facility” that
received top feedback from
visitors who appreciated – and
were happy to pay for – such
clean and inviting amenities,
From July 1 last year all public
toilets in the Southland district became
rated for district-wide, rather than just in
the ward in which they were located. While
the new Lions Park toilets were always
rated for across the whole district because
of their large tourist use, the change has
been of benefit for Te Anau ratepayers who
now share the costs of the two other public
toilets in Te Anau and four at Manapouri
with all ratepayers in the Southland district.
Public toilets at Mossburn and Garston,
which are also visited by large numbers of
tourists, have been earmarked for upgrade
sometime in the next few years. The council
initially planned to use the Lions Park
project as a model for other areas but has
so far held off on any further decisions.
Loo’s 100,000th paying client
German tourist Regina Falk (left) with the gift she received from Southland District Councillor Diane
Ridley on Friday in honour of being the 100,000th user of Southland’s only pay-to-go public toilets.
The 10th Waitangi Day Music Festival will
be held at Riverton’s historic Soundshell
Lazarus Rising (a local band from Aparima
College which won the 2012 SmokeFree
Rock Quest) is one of eight bands singing
the tune that ‘Waitangi Day is a day to
celebrate’, along with a local Kapa Haka
group that will perform several dances
portraying their heritage and cultural
Against the backdrop of one of Southland’s
most beautiful beaches, local artists will
also show their latest works and there will
be plenty of food stalls to fill the bellies of
Designed to be a family-friendly day
out, there is bound to be something for
everyone. Patrons are encouraged to bring
the family, a picnic and their best dancing
Entertainment starts at 2pm on Waitangi
Day (Wednesday, January 6) and runs
until 8pm. Bring a blanket to sit on (grass
terrace) or a chair and a picnic. The event
is BYO but please no glass. Free water (so
bring something to put it in!). Entry is $10
for adults and a gold coin for those aged
under 13 years. There are no ATMs at the
Riverton Soundshell so tickets are sold cash
only on the day at the Soundshell entrance.
Freedom camping is available.
Waitangi music fest
Lyttelton-based band “The Eastern” will
perform in Riverton and Stewart Island as
part of the latest Arts On Tour NZ series.
Featuring banjo, fiddle, six string and
double bass, the group performs at the
Riverton Community Arts Centre on
Saturday, February 16 at 7.30pm and
the Stewart Island Community Centre at
7.30pm on Monday 18th. Tickets for the
Riverton show can be bought from the
arts centre by phoning (03) 234-9932, or
e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets
are $25 for non-members, discounted to
and $20 for arts centre members.
‘Eastern’ heads south
Te Anau Community Fund
Meridian recognises the special contribution local
communities make to our hydro and wind operations,
and to the country’s electricity sector.
The Meridian Manapouri Te Anau Community Fund gives your community
a say on what local initiatives are supported and funded by Meridian.
The Fund, managed by a panel of community members and Meridian staff,
is about working together to build strong communities.
The Meridian Manapouri Te Anau Community Fund is for the communities of
Te Anau, Manapouri, Clifden and Tuatapere, and will provide $500,000
to help community projects in this area over three years.
TO APPLY FOR FUNDING
The next closing date for Meridian Manapouri Te Anau Community Fund
applications is 13 February, 2013.
For more information on the Meridian Manapouri Te Anau Community
Fund, or for an application form, please visit meridian.co.nz or email
You can also call us on 03 357 9732.
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