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Lace and taffeta seemed to be the most
popular choice for brides at this year’s
Rural Women’s Central Southland Bride of
the Year competition on Monday.
Thirty brides and 20 bridesmaids attended
this year – the 31st year the event has
been held – travelling from all areas of the
province and further afield to vye for the
top prize of two nights’ accommodation at
Other prizes were
by the sponsors
of the evening,
and Copy Cat,
and Winton New
A packed crowd
at the Winton
brides as they
by Josh Collins
accompanied by music from Alison Colvin,
on the organ.
Homemade bouquets were also a feature,
with some including buttons and antique
Colour was the theme among the
bridesmaids, with dresses ranging in length
from above the knee to full length, and
different styles – strapless, one shoulder
to stunning v-neck. The winning bridesmaid
was Amy Robertson, an attendant at Sophie
Herbert’s wedding, dressed in a fresh
lemon yellow with lace bodice and organ
pleating to just below the knee.
Four of the top brides from each of the
three heats were chosen and did a final
parade before the last votes were cast.
Amy Priest placed third with her stunning
lace bodice, opened back, floor-length
gown. Sophie Herbert won second prize,
completing her look with a stunning
fascinator and vintage earrings.
The winner was Te Anau’s Haylee
Preston, nee Kincaid. Mrs Preston was
“really surprised” to take out the win and
thoroughly enjoyed her evening.
Mrs Preston’s dress was purchased from
Modes On Broadway in Auckland and is
a strapless gown featuring a sweetheart
neckline with ruching across the bust and
shaped across the hips.
The bodice was detailed in lace, and a mid-
length veil completed the dress.
Te Anau bride wins
Central Southland Bride of the Year winner Haylee Preston (left) and winning bridesmaid Amy
Robertson pictured at the conclusion of Monday evening’s competition in Winton.
PHOTO: Megan Graham
By Megan Graham
The Fiordland Trails Trust is inviting those
interested to join them on a walk of the
proposed Te Anau-Manapouri trail this
The walk will take in the section from
Supply Bay Road to Manapouri.
People can meet at the Manapouri Motor
Inn at 3pm on Sunday, March 24th with the
trust providing transport from Manapouri to
Supply Bay so that people can walk back to
their vehicles or home.
Trust vice chairman Stephen Hoskin said
a donation for transport and trust funds
would be welcomed but was not mandatory.
The walk, which is both a reconnaissance
for trust members who have not yet walked
it and an opportunity to share the route with
members of the public, is estimated to take
around two and-a -half to three hours.
“People are welcome to stay afterwards
for a drink, meal and yarn at their own
expense though yarning will be free of
charge,” Dr Hoskin said.
The trust is also keen to hear from anyone
who is interested in helping with trail
construction, whether it be in the form
of labour, equipment, materials or funds,
once approval to proceed has been gained
from the Department of Conservation.
“Feel free to show a face on Sunday at
the walk or at the Motor Inn afterwards
or contact Aaron Nicholson at Manapouri
Motor Park,” he said.
After being inactive for a few years, the Te
Anau Trails Trust is back in full swing and
close to re-registering with the Charities
Commission. A strategy is in place focusing
firstly on the Te Anau to Manapouri walking
and cycling trail, with the idea to develop it
in sections starting at the Manapouri end.
Meetings had been held with both the
Department of Conservation and Southland
Conservation Board seeking approval to
develop the track between Supply Bay and
Manapouri, which was already marked out,
Dr Hoksin said.
“As soon as we’ve got the okay to go ahead
we’ll be ready for action.”
Aaron Nicholson, another trust member,
said anyone who wanted to walk the
distance from Balloon Loop on their own
would be advised to start an hour and-a -half
earlier in order to meet up with the rest of
the group at Supply Bay.
“The trail is marked and not hard to find,”
With rain forecast, he suggested those
attending should bring appropriate clothing.
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