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The Te Anau Clay Target Club is
going from strength to strength
with a record 87 competitors
taking part in the annual
duckshooters’ shoot at the
The same event three years ago
sparked the resurrection of the
club which had been in recess for
many years. Competitions have
been well supported ever since
and every meeting sees more
members signing up.
Spokesman Russell Wisely said
excellent support from sponsors
had ensured there were always
great prizes on offer which
had provided added appeal for
would-be shooters. Particularly
encouraging had been the number
of young shooters taking part, with
kids as young as 10 now regularly
seen in competition.
At last week’s competition, held
at Shane Murphy’s property on
Lagoon Creek Road, a shotgun
was up for grabs. A number
was drawn at random and all
competitors who had achieved
that score then had a shoot-off to
determine the overall winner. The
lucky three were Paul Preston,
Barry Taylor and Des Chambers,
with Mr Chambers taking top
A $300 Browning coat was
presented to Barry Taylor as the
first person eliminated.
There was more exciting news
on the horizon for the club
which had been invited to host
the South Island Sporting Clays
Championships next year. Mr
Wisely said this would be run in
conjunction with the club’s Silver
100 event usually held around
New Year. Both events would be
staged on the weekend of January
25 and 26.
The following year the New
Zealand Sporting Clays
Championships would be held
in Wanaka and the Te Anau Club
had been offered the chance
to run a qualifying shoot the
week prior which was likely
to attract top competitors from
throughout the country,
Mr Wisely said.
Club shooting ahead
Te Anau Clay Target Club representative Russell Wisely (right) presents Des
Chambers with the new shotgun he won at the Duckshooters’ Shoot last
Te Anau Community Fund
Meridian recognises the special contribution local
communities make to our hydro and wind operations,
and to the country’s electricity sector.
The Meridian Manapouri Te Anau Community Fund gives your community
a say on what local initiatives are supported and funded by Meridian.
The Fund, managed by a panel of community members and Meridian staff,
is about working together to build strong communities.
The Meridian Manapouri Te Anau Community Fund is for the communities of
Te Anau, Manapouri, Clifden and Tuatapere, and will provide $500,000
to help community projects in this area over three years.
TO APPLY FOR FUNDING
The next closing date for Meridian Manapouri Te Anau Community Fund
applications is 22 May, 2013.
For more information on the Meridian Manapouri Te Anau Community Fund,
or for an application form, please visit meridian.co.nz or email
You can also call us on 03 357 9732.
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OPTOMETRIST - DARYL PARKES
Fiordland Health Centre, 25 Luxmore Drive, Te Anau
It may seem obvious to say, but eyes have evolved to perceive light. When we say
it is dark, we are essentially saying that there is an absence of light, because only
those born blind have a complete lack of visual consciousness and therefore never
experience, nor can ever mentally conceive of, either light or dark.
The first step that enables us to see is photons of light hitting the photoreceptors
in the retina at the back of our eye. The whole concept of a photon was developed
by Albert Einstein, and weirdly describes how light can behave like a wave, and
like a particle. As a particle, photons of light have no weight, but impact the front
surface of our eyes at the speed of light (~300,000km/sec). The photon passes
through to the back of the eye where it is absorbed by the photopigment 11-
cis retinal which undergoes molecular isomerization to all-trans retinal, and the
whole chemical cascade leading to a nerve signal, and then vision, begins.
It takes about 5-8 photons to impact the retina to cause us to “see” light in a
perfectly dark-adapted eye. This is the equivalent of seeing a candle 48km away.
Even at a distance of 10km, our eyes will receive 67,000 photons/sec from a
100W incandescent light bulb. But the headlights of a car will only be seen as
two separate headlights at 3km. When Sheldon (below) asks for the room light to
be turned off, assuming a 75W bulb, you are “extinguishing” 1,700,000,000,000
photons per second, per eye at 15m.
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