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Fiordland Probus Club members achieved
something last week that many before them
have tried and failed to do. They got member
Margo Shaw, the Fiordland Players wardrobe
mistress for more than 24 years, to don one
of her own costumes and step out before an
The occasion was the club’s mid-Winter dinner
and, with a Christmas theme adopted, the
committee decided to put together a little
skit illustrating the various festive characters
associated with Christmas throughout the world.
The line-up included Mike Parsisson as narrator,
Allan Youldon (St Nicholas), Jackie Wright (St
Nichola’s horse), Jeff Milne (Father Christmas),
Kath Gilligan (elf), Warren Brown (Santa Claus),
Kraske Murrell (reindeer) and Mrs Shaw as St
Nicholas’s helper Black Peter.
As if the costuming — all done by Mrs Shaw—
wasn’t impressive enough, Mrs Shaw earned
additional applause from a hugely appreciative
audience for her enthusiastic interpretation of
the character in her debut stage appearance.
Following the skit, members enjoyed a
sumptuous mid-Winter Christmas dinner.
Christmas – a Shaw thing
Margo Shaw as Black Peter.
It’s not the end of the road for
the last shop before Milford,
according to the building’s owner.
Te Anau’s popular Milford Road
Takeaways and Dairy closed last
week as business owners Karen
and Wally Shaw finished nine
years of service and moved north
to be closer to family.
But while the business might
have finished up, the shop itself
is on the market and still fully
fitted out should the new owners
want to resurrect the business.
Chris and Linda Kendall bought
the building more than 16 years
ago. The shop had seen previous
life as a bakery, nursery and
fishing shop and the couple
turned it into a takeaway
shop, operating it successfully
themselves before selling the
lease but retaining the land and
buildings. The land and buildings
— the shop, a shed, two-bedroom
house and section — had been
on the market for about five years
but had not sold while the lease
was in place. Mr Kendall said he
now hoped someone would see
the potential to own a freehold
business on the main tourist
route to Milford Sound and that
the shop would again see service
as a takeaway outlet.
“There’s a very good demand
for a little business like that in
Te Anau,” he said. “We know it’s
a good business. We had a very
successful few years when we
The property is listed for sale on
Trade Me for $350,000.
Last orders — maybe not
parts of the
Jeff Milne as Father Christmas with elf Kath Gilligan.
(from left) Allan
Jeff Milne, Kath
Murrell and Mike
Experts are working hard to
determine what caused hundreds
of toheroa to die at Orepuki
Beach. Representatives from
Environment Southland, Otago
University and Te Ao Marama
converged on the beach last
Saturday to collect samples
and try to quantify the extent of
the deaths of the endangered
Hungry birds had eaten most
of the molluscs by the time the
agencies learned of the die-back,
but a small number of intact
toheroa were gathered and sent
to the Cawthron Institute for
analysis. Ironically, Environment
Southland and Te Ao Marama
are about to adopt a protocol
for responding to just such an
event involving the toheroa.
Unexplained die-backs have
historically been few and far
between. The last such mass
death in Southland was at
Oreti Beach in the early 1990s.
Saturday’s response was the first
time that a scientific approach
has been taken to quantifying the
die-back as it happens.
Toheroa are significant kai
moana to Ngai Tahu and the iwi
resource management agency Te
Ao Marama Inc has been working
with Environment Southland
to find sustainable ways of
managing the three declining
populations — Oreti, Orepuki and
Bluecliffs. Kaumatua Michael
Skerrett said the latest set-back
was “a real blow”. “The big
concern is that this could be just
Associate Professor Henrik Moller
from Otago University’s Centre for
the Study of Agriculture, Food and
the Environment, said there were
an estimated 58,000 toheroa on
Orepuki Beach. Judging by the
empty shells along the beach,
several hundred had died last
week. But it was too early to
know whether more were dead
under the sand and whether this
was the beginning of an ongoing
impact on the molluscs.
“In scientific terms we call this an
ecological catastrophe — a short,
sharp event that comes out of
the blue,” Professor Moller said.
Without wanting to speculate
on the cause, he said the likely
scenarios included starvation, a
biotoxin or an algal bloom.
Environment Southland will
continue to monitor the beach.
Experts examine toheroa deaths
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