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Two Kiwi adventurers have
completed a 70-day traverse along
the backbone of the South Island
using nothing but the power of
their own muscles.
Al Fastier, of Glenorchy, and his
mountaineering friend David
Moulder, of Nelson, took 70 days
to walk, kayak and cycle from the
northern tip of the South Island,
Cape Farewell, to its southernmost
place, Slope Point.
Their 1400km journey took them
along the eastern side of the
divide, staying away from cars and
roads where possible.
Originally from Dunedin, Mr Fastier
works for the Antarctic Heritage
Trust and has been involved in an
international restoration project
to repair the Shackleton and the
Scott huts. His job has taken him
to Antarctica every summer for the
last few years.
“This was the first summer home
for a while,” he said.
And that’s when the idea for travel
down the length of the South
Island was born.
“I always liked big journeys and
both David and myself are in our
early 50s, so we thought if we
didn’t do it now, we’d never do
it. We hope that our adventure
will inspire others to follow their
dreams,” he said.
In Fiordland their journey took
them over the Routeburn Track,
then down Lakes Te Anau and
Manapouri in sea kayaks to West
Arm. From there they walked the
Dusky Track, skirted around the
east coast of Lake Hauroko until
they joined the Humpridge Track.
They then cycled from the end
of the Humpridge Track through
Tuatapere to the Slope Point.
All this would not have been
possible without the help of a
dedicated support crew who
carted kayaks, bicycles and
dropped off food boxes at strategic
points along the way.
“To meet the 70-day time restraint
we had to do quite long days,
getting up at 5am and walking
till 7pm. David lost 10kg on this
trip,” Mr Fastier said.
Hearing about the Kiwi
adventurers’ mountain odyssey,
the maker of Mackinlay’s
Shakelton’s Whisky in Scotland
sent them a bottle which was a
replica of the original malt whisky
shipped to Antarctica in 1907 by
the explorer Ernest Shackleton to
fortify his crew stranded there.
Sharing this unexpected and very
special gift was an enjoyable way
to celebrate their journey’s end.
Adventure spans the South Island
Al Fastier (left) and David Moulder traversing Lake Te Anau as part of their 1400km journey the length of the South
By Alina Suchanski
Wasps have been making their
presence felt around Southland in
biosecurity assistant Chris
Morison said people had been
calling the council concerned
about wasps and wasp nests
on their properties and wanting
them dealt with. Environment
Southland does not provide a
wasp extermination service, but
can provide self-help advice.
“There are some easy and very
effective things that people can
do to get rid of wasp nests,” Mr
Garden centres, hardware
stores and farm supply shops all
stock wasp-specific, insecticide
products that can be applied to
the entrance of wasp nests. Nests
were usually within 50m to 200m
of where the wasps were Mr
“The best time to look for a hive
is at dusk because the wasps are
heading back to it. You can just
stand and watch,” he said.
Once the hive has been located
insecticide powder can be liberally
dusted into and around the
entrance. It may take more than
The quickest and safest way
to take care of wasps is to call
a professional pest controller,
particularly for people who are
hyper-sensitive to wasp stings,
Mr Morison said. The other thing
to do was to reduce food scraps.
Wasps are attracted to rotting
fruit and vegetables, and protein-
based foods so keeping everything
clean, especially pet-feeding areas
and dispensing with meat scraps
carefully was important.
People on rural properties who
have repeated problems with
wasps may be able to improve the
situation in the longer term with
some habitat changes. Native
environments such as wetlands,
which support dragonflies, robber
and hover flies may reduce the
incidence of wasps, as may web-
An information fact sheet is
available on the Environment
Southland website, http://www.
Wasps proving a nuisance
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