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There’s no doubt that, in certain parts, this
summer has been a hot one.
It’s at times like this that we appreciate
the value of water – that crystal clear
substance that is the giver of life and the
source of production and growth for the
The Government acknowledges the
importance of water to the rural sector. We
know that access to reliable water is critical
for primary production.
That’s why the just announced $80 million
irrigation investment is so significant.
This new Crown-owned company will act
as a bridging investor for regional water
Already applauded by Federated Farmers
and irrigation groups across the country,
it will allow the growth and development
of regional water infrastructure providing
access to fresh, pure water for farming
communities across the South and beyond.
Reliable irrigation represents a major
advance in unlocking the economic
potential of many areas around our region.
National is committed to lifting long-term
growth in our rural economy.
We want to ensure that New Zealand
farmers and rural businesses remain on top
of the world.
The water infrastructure development fund
will help get regional water storage and
distribution schemes started.
It’s about farming smarter and improving
growth in the rural sector.
A well-designed storage and irrigation
infrastructure will support new job
opportunities, a clear focus for the
Government, which will have a flow-on
effect for everyone in these communities.
It will also be better for the environment,
as these schemes will lead to more
efficient water use, and can provide for
the replenishment of aquifers and the
restoration of stream and river flows.
The opportunity to take a stake in
developing regional-scale water
infrastructure is new for private investors.
And that’s why it’s appropriate for the
Government to take a bridging investment
role to ensure the right projects can get
The water of life
front row seat
Thanks to Alina for the item about the
Fiordland Outdoor Recreation and Tramping
Club on 7th February, hiking up the
Earnslaw Burn near Glenorchy.
That particular valley features strongly in
the new Hobbit movie making Mt Earnslaw
an icon for both The Hobbit and Lord of the
Rings movie trilogies.
Closer to home, the Sutherland Falls got its
Hollywood début, as does the Light River
Valley near Sutherland Sound. Very scenic
but both are difficult places to hike to at the
moment, even for the Fiordland Tramping
Club, but could well be a windfall for Milford
Sound helicopter operators.
Nice Picture Alina. We need more stories
about our wild areas, that’s what people
remember about this region for the most!
On behalf of the commitee of the Otautau
3 Churches Quilt and Flower Walk held the
9th February 2013, I would like to thank
you very much for the advertising you put
in your paper on our behalf. We had a very
successful day and were able to give $500
to the Otautau St John’s Ambulance.
It is a timely reminder that a number
of changes that were contained in
the 2012 Budget are due to come
into force from 1 April 2013 that will
change the way employers must tax
payments made to employees.
KiwiSaver changes will see the
minimum contribution rate for
employers and employees increased
from 2% to 3% of gross salary or
wages from the first pay period
commencing on or after 1 April 2013.
Employers will need to change
the contribution rates for existing
KiwiSaver members if the employee’s
contribution rate is 2%. If the
employee currently contributes at
either 4% or 8%, there is no need to
change the contribution rate.
The default rate for new employees
over the age of 18 years who are
automatically enrolled into KiwiSaver
has also increased from 2% to 3% of
gross salary or wages from the first
pay period commencing on or after
1 April 2013.
There are also changes in relation
to employment of primary and
secondary school children. Firstly,
the tax credit that covered the tax
on their first $2,340 of income from
employment was repealed from 1 April
2012 and the entitlement to claim it was
withdrawn in May 2012.
Employers must now deduct:
Secondly, if the employee is a KiwiSaver
member, you may also need to start
making employee deductions at 3%.
If the employee is less than 18 years of
age, employers will not need to make
For the 2012-2013, and future tax years,
individuals can no longer claim the:
the ML or ML SL tax code, from 1 April
using M or M SL rates as appropriate,
Declaration (IR330) form.
This information is a general guide and
more specific advice can be given by
Contacting Haylee or the Team at the Te
Yes the One Mile
“Flying Scotsmen” kilted race
will be a part of the Te Anau
The Tartan Festival continues at Te Anau
Airport on March 31st with the One Mile
“Flying Scotsmen”. Also on show will be the
Jean Batten Clipper DC3 and witness some
of New Zealand’s best glider pilots in action.
Te Anau Tartan Festival, Te Anau Lodge &
Te Anau Airport, 29th, 30th and 31st Mar, 2013.
Entry forms now available.
Book your accommodation now.
WHERE’S THIS KILT OFF TO IN A RUSH?
MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHERE’S THIS RUSH OFF
TO IN A KILT?
Te Anau School
principal and “would
be” Flying Scotsman
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