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Te Anau’s junior golf programme is
driving ahead with the dedication
and commitment shown by those
involved earning a commendation
from Golf NZ.
The programme began in the
fourth term of 2010, offering
coaching to kids aged eight or
older on Saturday mornings
between 9.30am and 11am.
At least 20 youngsters are now
enrolled and the Te Anau Golf Club
became the first in Southland to
gain a Golf NZ junior course rating,
meaning its young members can
get a junior handicap. Many of
the players were now regularly
competing, with both the Te Anau
Primary School and Fiordland
College fielding teams in regional
Some youngsters were even
coming from as far away as
Lumsden and Mossburn to take
Spokesman Rod Carson said the
programme ran in the first and
fourth terms of the year – the
middle two terms being avoided so
as not to clash with winter sports.
The fee of $50 included a full
year membership to the golf club
with the extra incentive that non-
member parents who brought their
golf programme kids for a game
could play for $10.
Mr Carson said credit for the
success of the programme had
to go to the many people who
volunteered their time to assist
on Saturday mornings. They
included Marg Hughes, Ian Collie,
Jan Lapsley, Diane Lannaway,
Rebecca McCorkindale, Sandra
Macnamara, Linda Bolger. Mr
Carson himself is also a coach.
The next intake of learners will be
done ahead of the fourth term.
Anyone interested could register
at the club.
Golf programme praised
Te Anau Junior Golf members (from left) Nigel Lambeth, Casey Taylor and
Reagan Macnamara practising their putting at training.
Those crossing the finish line at
the Meridian White Hill Classic on
March 2 will have extra reason to
celebrate this year as the event
marks its fifth birthday.
Raced beneath the giant turbines
of Meridian’s White Hill Wind
Farm, the event was started by a
group of eight enthusiastic local
riders and runners who were keen
to align the popularity of biking
and running with the opportunity
presented by the wind farm site.
It has now grown to be a “must-
do” on the mountain biking circuit.
But it’s not just for pedal pushers.
While the feature event continues
to be the 25km “Classic” and
there is a 17km course for
recreational riders, the 13km
cross country run is also very
And don’t forget the 4km course
for junior bike riders.
This year the recreational walk
has been extended to cover
9km, taking participants on an
extensive tour of the wind farm
with the unique opportunity to see
the turbines at close range as well
as the spectacular views afforded
of both the Takitimu and Eyre
A reasonable level of fitness is
required and those taking part
should expect to take about two
and-a -half hours to complete the
Spokesman John Douglas said
that to mark the event’s fifth
birthday, Meridian had sponsored
special commemorative medals
to be awarded to those who have
taken part every year.
“It also goes to sponsors who have
stood by us for five years,” he said.
There will be a celebratory
atmosphere at the finish line
with a barbecue operating
and spectators were welcome
to come along and join the fun.
Funds raised from this year’s
White Hill Classic will be put
towards new spin bikes for the
Northern Southland Community
Gym, life jackets and a first aid kit
for My Tribe (a Mossburn-based
youth group) and the Mossburn
Fire Brigade to enable a smoke
alarm to be placed in every
White Hill Classic celebrates 5 years
By Kirsty Macnicol
HOW TO GET THERE: Access to
the White Hill Wind farm is via
Roy Road, about 5km south of
Mossburn on the Wreys Bush-
ENTRIES: Online entries have
now closed but you can still
enter on the day by turning up
by 9.30am with your entry fee
plus a $10 late entry fee.
TIMES: Entries will be accepted
up till 9.30am on the day. All
participants must be present for
the race briefing at 10.45am.
THE COURSES: Information
about the various courses and
entry fees can be found at
Long time supporter and
benefactor of the Fiordland
Conservation Trust, Greg Hay, has
agreed to be its patron.
Through his company Peregrine
Wines, Mr Hay has participated
and helped fund several
conservation projects since the
trust was formed.
“The trust, its committee and
supporters have already, in a
very short time, shown just what
can be achieved by forming
partnerships between businesses
and birds, helping to save some of
our rare and endangered, endemic
birds,” he said.
“I look forward to working with
them and endeavouring to help tell
this great story.”
Mr Hay’s appointment follows the
resignation of John Davies from
the position. In announcing his
replacement, trustees extended
their gratitude to Mr Davies,
especially for the work done in the
challenging setting up phase of
in 2008 when
(Te Kakahu o
36 were moved
to the sanctuary
of Bauza Island
at the entrance to Doubtful Sound.
The sale of Peregrine’s award
winning pinot noir, Saddleback,
fittingly helped pay for both
Peregrine’s third trust project in
2011 saw 60 mohua (yellowhead)
moved to Resolution Island –
the first time in 120 years since
Richard Henry’s translocation
work on Resolution Island in the
1890s, that a native species
was reintroduced onto the island
Mr Hay’s involvement was more
than just signing cheques. He
and his team became physically
involved in the transfers as well.
Fiordland Conservation Trust
chairman Murray Willians said
the trust was very lucky to have
someone as enthusiastic and
committed as Mr Hay as its patron.
“We look forward to continuing our
work together in the years ahead.”
Trust appoints new patron
Greg Hay and Lindsay McLachlan, co-owners of Peregrine
Wines, with tieke/saddleback being released into the
sanctuary of Fiordland’s offshore islands.
March marks Southland’s first
ever “Heritage Month”, an
opportunity to celebrate the
region’s proud heritage and
Organised by the Southland
Rural Heritage Trust, a range of
heritage-inspired activities has
been planned from guided bus
and walking tours that explore
historic treasures to heritage
foods (including muttonbirding)
And the action is not just around
Invercargill – every part of
Southland is involved, from Te
Anau and Riverton to Stewart
Island and the south Catlins.
Programme booklets are
available from a variety of outlets
including libraries, museums
and information centres around
For online details go to
www.southlandnz.com, or email
Southland Heritage celebrated
Lumsden pool users are being
asked to complete a short online
survey before March 8 to gauge
support for a proposed upgrade to
the heating system.
It costs $23,000 for diesel to heat
the pool each season. If the trust
doesn’t upgrade to a new cost
effective heating system, the pool
won’t be able to remain open.
The new system could cost up
to $200,000 and may include
a solar-heating system and a
new roof to support the panels.
However, this system could reduce
diesel and running costs by 75
Even if the trust can access some
community grants, it will still have
to come up with a significant
portion of the money.
To have your say, go this link
and follow very easy instructions
Lumsden pool views sought
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