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The collaborative efforts of Fiordland
College, Te Anau Primary School and
the Te Anau Environment Group will be
unveiled to the public this weekend with the
official launch of their community garden.
Both schools have been working towards
“Enviroschool” status and the community
garden is seen as a significant step.
Assistant principal Brendan Carroll said
the community garden was first mooted
last year and a few vegetables planted. The
first crop enjoyed “reasonable success” but
plans were far grander this year.
With the help of a Meridian Community
Fund grant of about $9000, the area now
boasts several small vegetable plots, a
tunnel house and the first of what is hoped
to be several heritage fruit tree plantings.
A second tunnel house and a garden shed
are also planned.
Already in the ground is a small selection of
fruit and vegetables with other varieties to
From 10am this Saturday the garden will
be open to the public with information and
displays on composting, bokashi, worm
farming and rotational planting. Visitors
will be asked to get their hands dirty and
join in the sowing of seeds and planting
of seedlings and help erect the shed and
maybe even the second tunnel house.
Robert and Robyn Guyton will hold two
workshops on how to graft fruit trees. These
will cost $10 per person and includes plant
material and use of grafting equipment so
people can take home their own fruit tree.
There will also be the judging of scarecrows
made by primary school pupils and a hangi
Mr Carroll said the future options for how
the community garden would develop were
The garden will be officially opened by
Southland District Mayor Frana Cardno at
noon with the planting of two plum trees.
Reaping what they sow
Members of Fiordland College’s environment group (from left) Nicholas Humphries, Patrick
Dougherty, Zach Ryan, Mark Welsh, Sean Dougherty, Amy Hall-Jones, Daniella Joseph, Isaac Bell
and Thomas Lundman in their community garden which will be officially launched on Saturday.
Venture Southland will be presenting an
update of the Government’s proposed
cycle way at meetings in Athol, Kingston,
Lumsden and Mossburn later this month.
The cycleway initiative is to try and create
jobs for New Zealanders during the
recession and will see a succession of trails
created throughout the country.
The section dubbed “Round the Mountain”
is proposed for the Northern Southland and
Central Otago areas. The proposed 175km
route will take cyclists from Queenstown
to Kingston via Walter Peak, Mt Nicholas,
Mossburn and Lumsden.
Venture Southland community development
and events group manager Rex Capil
said the presentations would bring any
interested parties up to date with the
Ministry of Tourism’s latest developments.
“The progress they’ve made in terms of the
investigatory type work so that a decision
can be made and what type of cycle trail it
will be,” Mr Capil said.
“I think from talking to some of them at
the ministry there’s still a lot of work to be
Venture Southland is working alongside the
Southland District Council, Environment
Southland, Invercargill City Council and
Queenstown Lakes District Council and
ministry on the development of the trail.
The presentations will be at the Mossburn
Community Centre on September 28,
Lumsden Hall on September 29, Athol
Hall on September 30 and the Kingston
Community Centre and Golf Club on
All meetings begin at 7pm.
Cycle plans to be wheeled out to regions
By Karen Pasco
A raft of new styles and skills was
learned by members of the Fiordland
Embroiderers’ Guild last week when
they hosted their third visiting tutor in
as many months.
The club has been spoilt for choice
recently and members have been
lapping up opportunity to master the
various new techniques they have
Last week’s visitor was Catherine
Howell, of Australia, who took a
two-day class on three dimensional
embroidery, using different textures
and ribbon embroidery.
The class was also attended by members
of the Southland Embroiderers’ Guild.
Ms Howell is originally from the Cotswalds
in England and holds a first class honours
degree in fashion and textiles. Now based
in Australia, she is a professional tutor and
provides kits for her students to help them
learn the new skills. In Te Anau her class
made a range of ornate bags.
She said everyone who took part had been
very friendly and very open to new ideas.
Guild president Shirley Smith said Ms
Howell was a world-class tutor and the
members had thoroughly enjoyed the
opportunity to host her.
“We’re always looking for new techniques
and ideas to help keep us inspired,” she
Some of the new skills learned in the past
few months will be on public display at
Labour Weekend when the guild hosts its
annual exhibition in the Te Anau Library.
The club is also about to start selling tickets
for its popular annual raffle – this year’s
first prize being an elaborately embroidered
quilt made by the members – profits from
which go towards subsidising the cost of
Last year the raffle was so popular that a
donation was also made to the Fiordland
Needling new skills
Visiting tutor Catherine Howell (centre) offers tips to
Fiordland Embroiderers’ Guild members Eileen Hadfield,
of Manapouri (left) and Ann Campbell, of Te Anau.
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