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Thirty-six aspiring young leaders
from Timaru south came together
in Te Anau last week for the
annual Rotary Youth Leadership
Each participant, aged between
18 and 24, was sponsored by a
Rotary club for an intensive week
of team building and individual
leadership skills training in a fun
Rotary Club of Fiordland president
Karl Lamb said coordinator Sarah
Greaney had done a fantastic
job of putting the programme
together, with some excellent
speakers and challenging
exercises for the group to tackle.
She was so well organised that
the timetable was finalised a year
ago. Local businesses had been
generous in their support, while
Rotarians had pitched in with
catering throughout the week. It
was the first time the Fiordland
club had hosted the event since
the early 1990s.
A highlight of the week was
an appearance by last year’s
Masterchef runner up Jax
Hamilton who spoke at a public
function on Wednesday evening
attended by about 150 people
then spent the following morning
with the Ryla attendees, teaching
them how to ice cupcakes.
The group was then tasked
with creatively decorating 500
cupcakes before hitting the streets
to sell them. Their goal was to
raise $1500 – enough to buy a
Rotary Shelterbox. Shelterbox is an
international disaster relief charity
which dispatches boxes full of
shelter and provisions to families
affected by disaster.
All up the Ryla participants raised
$2800 which, after expenses,
was still easily enough to buy
a Shelterbox. Because each
Shelterbox is tracked on the
Internet, they will now be able to
see where it is deployed.
Shelterboxes were a recurring
theme throughout the week. One
of the projects was to assemble
a tent that forms part of the kit,
without speaking to one another.
As well as a test of leadership and
teamwork, it also demonstrated
some of the language and
communication difficulties faced
by those distributing the boxes
around the world, Mr Lamb said.
A bonus of the week was the
promise that one of the Ryla
awardees would be selected to
attend an international youth
peace forum. Mr Lamb said Rotary
International president Sakuji
Tanaka, of Japan, had nominated
“Peace through Service” as
his theme for the year and had
organised three youth peace
forums around the world. The first
was held in Berlin, the next at
Pearl Harbour and the last would
be held at Hiroshima in May.
Lucy Koch was selected as the
representative and will receive
an all-expenses paid trip to the
Hiroshima forum next month.
Young leaders boost skills in Te Anau
Former Masterchef contestant Jax Hamilton takes a group of Rotary Youth Leadership Awardees through the intricacies
of cupcake decorating at a session in Te Anau last week.
A leading New Zealand
photographer with more than 30
years’ experience in the industry,
will host a photography workshop
in Te Anau this weekend.
Simon Woolf, of Wellington, will
be joined by Te Anau’s Graham
Dainty, himself a highly acclaimed
photographer, to lead sessions
that will be divided into three
areas of interest – nature,
adding a creative bent to your
photography and wedding and
Mr Woolf has an interesting and
diverse background from nature
and landscape photography to
weddings, people and events.
Over the past 20 years he has
photographed New Zealand
Governors General and Prime
Ministers, Queen Elizabeth II, Pope
John Paul II, Nelson Mandela,
Prince William, Prince Charles
and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall,
Elle McPherson, Audrey Hepburn,
Michael Caine and Imran Khan to
name just a few.
He will speak about his career at
the Distinction Te Anau Hotel and
Villas from 7.30pm on Friday (April
12) night, leading into a workshop
aimed at amateur and
professional photographers alike.
Even beginners would be catered
for, he said. Participants can
choose to attend any or all of the
sessions – $30 for Friday night,
$250 for Saturday and $150
for Sunday or $370 for all three.
The price includes morning and
afternoon teas and lunch.
Mr Woolf said he was looking
forward to his Fiordland visit.
Bookings for the courses had been
strong but there was still room for
more. Anyone interested could call
He was also
keen to sponsor
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Fiordland hosts weekend photography workshop
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