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The Deep Cove Outdoor Education
Trust is the proud new owner of
two new pontoon boats, thanks
New Zealand Aluminium Smelters
Limited (NZAS) and Stabicraft.
The boats, named “Pure Kiwi
Mettle” and “Spirit of NZAS”,
were custom made by Stabicraft
and include the unique feature
of viewing tanks to enable school
groups to catch fish, place them in
the viewing tank to be observed,
and then release them back into
the water. They were presented
to the trust on the same day as
Deputy Prime Minister Bill English
officially opened the new Deep
Cove accommodation block.
The two Stabicraft boats
previously in operation were
originally donated by NZAS’ major
shareholder Rio Tinto Alcan
New Zealand Limited (formerly
Comalco) around 20 years ago.
Paul Hemburrow, NZAS General
Manager said NZAS had a close
association with the Deep Cove
area because its electricity was
supplied from the Manapouri
“It was therefore an obvious
choice for us to be involved in
the project. We are delighted to
assist in providing new boats for
Deep Cove so that children from
throughout the Southland region
and further afield can enjoy being
on the water in one of the most
pristine environments in New
Zealand,” he said.
Stabicraft New Zealand sales
manager Sean McColl said
the company was thrilled to be
“There have been a fair few kids
through those original boats and
it’s great that more generations
will now be able to experience that
environment and the outstanding
programme they operate at
Deep Cove Outdoor Education
Trust chairman Paul Gay said
the old boats had undoubtedly
stood the test of time, carting
‘thousands and thousands’
of students on various fishing
expeditions and marine studies
conducted by the Department of
Conservation over the years.
“They would be used practically
every day,” he said.
“The new boats can each
accommodate half an average
school class - so it will be great to
get the whole classroom out on
the water at the same time.”
New boats for Deep Cove
Admiring the new boats presented to the Deep Cove Outdoor Education Trust
recently were (from left) Andrea Carson (NZAS) and Sean McColl (Stabicraft),
along with Invercargill MP Eric Roy and Deputy Prime Minister Bill English.
Te Anau Westpac Bank staff (from left) Sarah Powell, Tracy Popham and Gill
Sannazzaron with the rubbish collected from the Te Anau foreshore.
Staff from the Te Anau branch of
the Westpac bank were shocked
at the amount of litter they
discovered along the shore of
Lake Te Anau during a clean-up
The bankers were out between
1pm and 4.30pm on Saturday,
collecting rubbish from the
lakefront between the control
gates and Upukerora River mouth.
The returned with seven sacks full
of an astounding array of items
discarded or lost on or beside the
They said it was sobering to see
how little regard some people
had for their environment.
Their haul included heaps of
plastic, wine and beer bottles,
fencing wire, metal, rope, food
wrappers, condom packets, a
shuttlecock, pingpong balls, hats,
gymshoes and a set of child’s bike
“There was heaps of pegs too
which was pretty bizarre,” branch
manager Jo Matheson said.
The bank will repeat the exercise
at Milford Sound on October
31. Anyone keen to join in was
welcome and should register
their interest at the branch, Mrs
Bizarre collection from lakeshore
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 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 help
bring about community outcomes of value.
The Meridian Manapouri Te Anau Community Fund covers the communities
closest to the Manapouri power station, Te Anau and Manapouri, and will
provide $500,000 to help community projects in this area over three years.
TO APPLY FOR FUNDING
The next closing date for Community Fund applications is 4 November, 2009.
For more information on the Community Fund, or for an application form, please
visit www.meridian.co.nz or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also call us on 03 357 9732.
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