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Western Southland Police held
their monthly Crime and Crash
Meeting at Aparima College at
Riverton last month with staff from
Tuatapere, Winton, Otautau and
Riverton and the area commander
from Invercargill all present.
Western Southland sub area
commander Senior Sergeant
Cynthia Fairley, of Winton, said
these meetings were held to
discuss the drivers of crime:
youth, alcohol, road policing,
organised crime and burglary. The
focus was on looking at victims,
hot offenders, hot locations and
looking at trends to predict what
may happen in the future or where
we may have problem areas.
“We then arrive at tasks and
strategies to prevent crime
occurring,” she said.
“It is all about getting out into the
community and showing the youth
that police are approachable and
can have a laugh. We are human
Last year the team went to Waiau
College and played volleyball
against the seniors. On this visit
to Aparima the police team was
challenged by senior students to a
game of touch rugby at lunchtime.
Although the old bones took a
while to warm up, the police (with
the help of some young ring-ins)
The game was well supported
by the students and staff at the
“A great time was had by all and
everyone had a good laugh,” Ms
Crime and crash meet at Aparima
Police and students pose for a photo after a friendly touch game that formed
part of the Crime and Crash Meeting at Aparima College last month.
Four out of five survey
respondents support upgrading
the Lumsden Community Pool
which gives a strong mandate for
the project to proceed, Lumsden
Community Pool Trust chairman
Andrew Watson says.
It costs $23,000 for diesel to heat
the pool each season. If the trust
does not upgrade to a new cost
effective heating system, the pool
will not 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. This
system could reduce diesel and
running costs by 75 percent.
Lumsden residents were surveyed
during March about the proposed
upgrade. The survey received 86
responses, with 52 respondents
saying they used the pool while 34
said they did not.
Four out of five respondents (81
percent or 70 of the 86) supported
the pool upgrade.
Comments around this said it was
important for the community to
have a pool for kids to learn to
swim and general community use,
and also that Lumsden had lost
many community assets over the
Others commented on the
shortness of the season and
whether new heating technologies
would help extend the season.
Mr Watson said the pleasing
aspect of the survey was that
it showed the community really
valued and wanted to maintain
its pool. That 93 percent believed
that it was important or very
important to have a pool in
Lumsden showed significant
support for the pool.
“Now that we know that people
want it, it’s a case of getting
people behind (the upgrade
The trust is holding its AGM
on April 18 and Mr Watson
encouraged Lumsden residents
to attend and consider getting
involved. How to achieve the
upgrade in a sustainable manner
would be the next question to
tackle, he said.
Other benefits of the pool were
listed as a place to rehabilitate,
exercise and for general recreation
and social interaction.
Almost half of all respondents
(46.5 percent) were in support
of the Southland District Council
collecting a rate to financially
support the pool, while 28 percent
were against this and 25.6
percent ticked the “maybe” option.
Venture Southland community
development team leader Bobbi
Brown said the trust could feel
confident that the Lumsden
community supported its plans to
However, the trust needed to
keep in mind operational and
maintenance costs alongside
upgrade costs as part of an
overall picture of the sustainability
of the pool, she said.
Community supports pool
The Otautau Netball Club is
enjoying a boost of new players
after dwindling numbers since
the opening of the Winton Netball
complex in John Street.
This year the club has two senior
teams and three primary school
teams ranging from Future Ferns
(5-7years) right through to senior
grades. For many years the
Otautau outdoor courts was the
home of netball in rural Southland,
and the Otautau club saw the
benefit of that with a large number
of teams and players.
Marg Drake, life member and
coach of the grade eights, said
that it had been a struggle to gain
numbers in recent years because
of the commute to Winton to
play, so the large number of new
players this year was exciting.
The club is now set to hold a
tournament to raise funds and
is extending an invitation to
businesses in the area to enter
teams into the competition.
“We encourage everyone to get
dressed up for the occasion
as there will be prizes for best
dressed,” she added.
It is hoped that enough funds
from the tournament will be raised
for purchase new uniforms and
training equipment, including balls
and hoops for the current training
facilities. The tournament will be
held from 1pm on April 7, at the
netball courts on Hulme Street.
A barbecue will be available and
spot prizes have been donated.
Contact Jaime Dickson for more
information (03) 225-8651 or
Wet weather date is April 14.
Otautau nets more players
Otautau netball coach Marg Drake
with young team members Emily
DeClifford, Willow Howley, Nicole
Jackson, Sydney Tagg, Brooklyn
Ponga-Kereopa, Libby Carran and
PHOTO: Megan Manson.
By Megan Graham
Southland historian Lloyd Esler
and Te Araroa Trail proponent
Geoff Chapple are the next
confirmed speakers in Te Hikoi’s
Illustrated Talks series that will
restart in Riverton this month.
Mr Esler will speak about his
latest book on Omaui and the
New River Estuary, exploring the
long and rich history of the small
portion of the Southland coast
bordered by the mouth of the
New River (Oreiti) Estuary, the
Mokomoko Inlet and Greenhills.
Mr Esler’s talk will take place at Te
Hikoi Southern Journey from 4pm
on April 21. Mr Chapple will speak
from 4pm on May 5.
The cost of each presentation is
$13 for members of the public
and $5 for Friends of Te Hikoi and
includes afternoon tea.
Illustrated Talks series resumes
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