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Thornbury volunteer firefighter
Nathan Ronald was honoured
by his brigade last week with the
Gold Star medal in recognition of
25 years' service.
The celebration was held in the
Thornbury Hall and was combined
with an honours night for all the
members of the brigade who
received their respective medals
and bars for their years of service.
The Thornbury brigade currently
has 16 members and collectively
they have amassed a total of 237
years service to the brigade.
Mr Ronald becomes the second
member of his family to achieve
the Gold Star, it having been
awarded to his late father Allan in
Mr Ronald's wife Leigh, his
children Emma, Katie and
Thomas plus many members of
his extended family were there in
Special guests included Ian
Lindsay (past president of the
United Fire Brigades' Association),
James Walker (Otago Southland
Provincial Fire Brigades'
Association senior vice president),
Ross Ferguson (past president
Western Southland Fire Brigade
Sub Association), and Jules
Tohairiki (assistant area manager).
Neil Foster, a life member of the
Thornbury brigade represented
the Gold Star Association.
The event was also attended
by several members from
neighbouring volunteer fire
Honours night rewards volunteers
Dignitaries at last weekend's Thornbury Fire Brigade honours night (from left) Jules Tohairiki, James Walker, Neil Foster,
Ian Lindsay and fire chief Andrew Hall with (seated,at right) Gold Star medal recipient Nathan Ronald and his family
Leigh, Katie, Thomas and Emma.
The Fiordland Arts Society will
resurrect its annual junior talent
concert on May 19.
For about six years the popular
concert gave youngsters in
the area a platform to perform
before an audience and, after
an absence last year, it is being
brought back. Coordinator Mary
Hartz said everything from piano
and guitar recitals to ballet, tap
and highland dance would be
performed, highlighting the depth
and range of performing arts
being learned in the area.
The concert runs from 2pm till
4pm at the Te Anau Club and entry
is by gold coin donation.
Te Anau Police are looking for
information about an 18-inch
Merida, Kalahari S24 pushbike
that was stolen from Fiordland
College during November or
December last year. It was black,
with splashes of yellow paint on
the frame and front wheel and had
a white seat. The serial number
was PL09C00358. Anyone with
any information should call Te
Anau Police on (03) 249-7600.
AS A KEY STRATEGY
IN YOUR BUSINESS
with Haylee Preston
Whatever your industry, benchmarking
can be an effective tool in improving
your business and financial operations.
It focuses you on vital tasks such as
reducing costs, improving efficiencies
and setting targets.
Benchmarking is the process of
comparing your business against
industry data such as financial and
non-financial KPIs (key performance
indicators), and using this knowledge
to improve your business performance.
Some common areas where
benchmarking can assist you in business
̋ Costs and Margins
How does your gross profit margin
compare to your competitors? Is
there room for improvement?
̋ Stock Control
Are you carrying too much stock?
How often do you turn your stock
over compared to your competitors?
̋ Improved Cash Flow
What is your debtor collection
Are you spending too much or too
little on marketing?
̋ Wage Control
Is your staff performing as well as
you would like? Are you carrying too
̋ Revenue Growth
What is the potential for revenue
It seems that most businesses rarely
benchmark beyond informal
comparisons such as competitors' rates
and prices. Such informal measures are
limited as they do little to help business
operators identify performance gaps
and implement improvement strategies.
Benchmarking is not a one off
procedure. It is most effective when it
is ongoing and becomes part of your
annual review and planning. Over time,
benchmarking should demonstrate a
steady increase in performance in the
Where do you go to get the relevant
benchmarking information for your
business? Various business trade groups
and bodies collect data pertaining to
their relative industries which is available
to their members. WHK also has access
to a large range of benchmarking data
relating to numerous business activities,
and can help you interpret this data
into vital strategies to help achieve your
Please remember that this information
is a general guide and more specific
advice can be given by contacting
Haylee or the Te Anau office.
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 ,
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 May, .
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 .
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