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Athletics appears to be making a strong
comeback in rural Southland with
youngsters throughout the Fiordland,
Central and Western Southland regions
turning in impressive performances at the
recent South Island Colgate Games for
Some 800 young athletes, aged between
seven and 14, from all over New Zealand
took part in this huge athletics event held
this year at Invercargill’s Surrey Park.
The Winton club has gone from strength to
strength since re-forming a couple of years
ago, the Riverton Club has also impressed
since coming out of recession in 2011,
the Otautau club restarted in October last
year after several years’ absence while the
Fiordland Club continues to grow both in the
number of athletes and the strength of their
results on the regional and national stage.
Fiordland nine-year-olds Ben Hiatt and
Thomas Larrivee entered four events each,
achieving personal best (PB) performances
in most of them. Thomas came away with
bronze pennants won in his 100m, shot put,
and discus, a ribbon for long jump (LJ), and
Ben received ribbons for 100m, 200m, LJ
and discus. Patrick Taberner (14) and Dyani
Shepherd-Oates (12) were the only athletes
representing Fiordland in the 10-14yr age
groups where medals were up for grabs.
As well as competing, Patrick also had
the honour of being selected to read the
athletes’ oath at the opening ceremony.
Patrick didn’t allow whacking his knee on
a hurdle to slow him down, and won his
100m hurdle heat, later going on to win the
gold medal in his final by a huge margin,
and recording a PB of 14.25sec. Dyani
annihilated her PB and won her 80m hurdle
heat, putting her in the position of second
qualifier. In her final, despite knocking the
final hurdle to the track with her heel, she
remained on her feet and won the silver
medal with an even better PB of 14.63sec.
Dyani went on to win a bronze in the discus
while Patrick won gold in the high jump,
clearing 1.76m with room to spare.
The newly reformed Otautau club fielded
11 competitors. Six took part in the 10-14yr
age group with 10-year-old Jonty Carran
finishing third equal in the high jump for
a bronze medal. He narrowly missed out
on another bronze in the 200m sprint,
finishing fourth in a personal best time.
Atipa Mabonga came 4th in her 800m 14yr
Five Otautau children in the 7-9yr age
group also did well with one gaining two
firsts in their division and one a third. These
children even got on the podium which gave
them huge confidence and satisfaction.
Club spokeswoman Sue Carran said all of
the young athletes thoroughly enjoyed the
experience and made many new friends.
“Huge talent and great experience for the
kids to see if you work for something your
dream can come true,” she said.
Twenty-six athletes entered from the
Riverton Club. Teagan Ashley is now a
double Colgate medallist, gaining gold in
the 10yr girls’ discus and bronze in the shot
put as well as a 6th placing in long jump.
Rhys Horrell ran extremely well to gain a
bronze in the boys’ 10yr 1500m.
Finalist ribbons were awarded to those
who made the top 8 in their events and a
number of Riverton athletes achieved this
including Mary Jane Grove 10yr girls’ (4th
high jump, 8th 800m), Katarina Harris 14yr
girls’ (5th high jump, 8th long jump), Tori
Mennell 13yr girls’ (5th 1500m and 8th
800m), Alethia Walkington 11yr girls’ (7th
400m), Ethan Deans 11yr boys’ (7th high
jump) and Blake Mennell in the 10yr boys’
Club spokesowman Zara Heath said there
were only 13 Riverton athletes in these age
grades, so to win three medals and have 10
finalist placings was a huge achievement for
a club only in just its second season back in
Winton boasted the largest of the southern
rural teams, with 42 athletes competing
– every single one of them achieving a
personal best performance during the
All of the Winton athletes aged between 7
and 9 received a pennant from the games
(meaning they were in the top three for their
division at an event). Bernice Cullen (8)
and Xavier Trusler (7), both from Mossburn,
received pennants in every event they
The older club members brought home an
impressive haul of medals. Regan Wilson
won gold in the boys’ 14yr long jump; Taine
Te Whata won silver in the boys’ 13yr long
jump and boys’ 13yr shot put; Liam Turner
won bronze in the boys’ 13yr 800m; Emma
Wilson won silver in the girls’ 13yr 800m;
Ethan Holmes won silver in the boys’ 12yr
discus; Jessica Senior won gold in the girls’
11yr discus, while the club won bronze for
the 13yr medley relay. A number of other
Winton athletes finished 4th or 5th in an
event so just missed out on a medal.
The next big competition for Southland
junior athletics is the Southland
Championships on February 23 and 24
at Surrey Park and they’re all keen for
supporters to cheer them on.
Young rural athletes excel
The Winton Athletics Club’s 13-yr medley relay
team with their bronze medals on the podium
at the Colgate Games earlier this month.
Fiordland’s Thomas Larrivee, 9, competing in
the long jump at the recent South Island Colgate
Games where he came away with a ribbon.
PHOTO: Southern Exposures
A number of changes were brought
in for the Student Loan Scheme
on 1 April 2012, with more to be
introduced this year.
If you’re earning either a salary or
wage in New Zealand, you need
to be using a tax code that includes
“SL”. This ensures that the necessary
minimum repayment for your loan is
being deducted from your pay, before
it even appears in your bank account.
Some exceptions are available for
those who need it, including full-
time students and those receiving an
income tested benefit.
Those who are unable to make
repayments on time have generally
been charged late payment penalties
at 1.5%. The rate for outstanding
payments is now charged at 0.843%
monthly, and is called late payment
Those who consistently do not meet
their repayments may face a recall
of the entire loan amount. Those
who utilised losses from business or
investment activities will also find
themselves no longer able to reduce
repayment obligations in this way.
The repayment rate will increase from
April this year, from 10 to 12 cents for
every dollar earned over the pay period
repayment threshold. This threshold
is set at $19,084 until 31 March 2015.
Repayment holidays have also been
changed, with the maximum time for a
holiday being reduced from three years
to one. The IRD have again emphasised
that these repayment holidays do not
stop interest being charged on your
Limits have also been placed on who
may borrow through the Student
Loan scheme. From February 2013,
applications from anyone who holds
$500 or more in default will be
declined. The 10% voluntary repayment
bonus, previously available for those
who paid back more than required,
has been removed from 1 April 2013.
An annual administration fee has been
introduced, which will charge $40 for
those who have a student loan balance
of $20 or more as at 31 March each
Please remember that this information is
a general guide and more specific advice
can be given by contacting Haylee or the
Te Anau office.
Student Loans: What you Need to Know
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