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It was a school holiday programme
that was out of this world.
Te Anau Library chose Outer
Space as the theme for its holiday
programmes last week and it was
a huge hit. A morning session
last Tuesday attracted 15 five to
7-year-olds who spent their time
making a balloon-powered jet,
completing a star-related craft and
listening to a story.
Eighteed children attended the
afternoon session for 8-12 year
olds. Among their tasks was a
Cosmic Costumes activity. Groups
of four were each given a box of
materials and they had to design
and make an outer space costume
for one of their group members
Materials were provided courtesy
of Te Anau Friends of the Library.
Librarian Lisa Millar said it was
one of the library’s more popular
holiday programmes – partly due
to the choice of theme and partly
to the fact it had been promoted
through the Te Anau Primary
Books from the space theme were
on display and it was hoped the
experience would encourage
those children not currently using
the library to want to do so.
The next school holiday
programme was being planned
and would run during the
summer holiday break on a date
to be confirmed.
Step up for a bargain
Rachael Livingstone-Green and Damian Pang putting the final touches on the
winning costume worn by Harry Macamara at the Cosmic Costumes activity as
part of the Te Anau Library’s school holiday programme last week.
Te Anau Lions Club members are
gearing up for one of their biggest
events of the year next weekend –
the annual Steptoe Auction.
This is the 39th year the club has
run the event which traditionally
sees a huge influx of trash and
treasure – both dependant upon
your point of view – which is
auctioned off in the Real Journeys’
Fiordland Event Centre.
Chairman Gary Kirkman said
anything goes at the auction, be
it cars, trucks, tractors, furniture,
apliances, produce, machinery,
livestock or antiques.
It’s a great fundraiser for the
club which takes a 15 percent
commission (to a maximum of
$100 per item). A commission
of 2.5 percent is charged on any
goods not sold on reserve.
Anything selling below $5 at
auction is deemed to be a
donation to the club.
All of the money raised is
pumped back into community
projects throughout the year.
To maintain a standard of goods
on offer, the club reserves the
right to reject items for sale but Mr
Kirkman said that was not usually
a problem as most of the “stuff”
was of good quality.
Many a bargain had been had
in the past and equally many
sellers had gone away rubbing
their hands together in glee at the
prices they had managed to get for
their unwanted goods.
“It’s quite a fun couple of hours,”
Mr Kirkman said.
The auction has grown so much
in notoriety that hundreds turn up
Anyone with goods to auction can
bring them to the centre between
noon and 9pm on Friday
No goods are accepted on
Friday morning or Saturday
morning unless by prior
Sales are strictly cash and all
items, sold or not, are to be
removed at the close of sale.
The sale starts at 9am on
Saturday October 24.
The auctioneers are Barry Monk
and Herb Kirkwood.
Further information is available
from Mr Kirkman (03) 249-
8806 or any Te Anau Lions Club
Out of this world
The Fiordland Community
Swimming Pool committee is
gearing up for another busy
Chairman Neil Collinson said
opening day was set for Tuesday,
October 27, so the committee
would be out in full force on
Monday, October 19, to get all the
final bits of maintenance finished
before the pool was filled by
firefighters the following week.
A desk will also be set up on
Monday so all those serious
swimmers can purchase a key
pass, which allows them to have
access between 6.30am and 9pm
(excluding school hours) every
day of the week or a season pass
which gives unlimited use during
the pool’s public opening hours.
While prices seem to by
skyrocketing everywhere else, the
cost of a pass for the pool has
dropped. This year a keyholder
pass will cost $120 for an adult,
$90 for a senior student (year
13 and up) and $240 for a family
pass. The season pass will cost
$90 for an adult, $60 for a child
(up to year 13) and $180 for a
The pool has now been included in
local rates and although this was
not a subsidy for cheaper entry, it
was to ensure the pool continued
to operate long-term.
“To do that we need people to use
the pool so we see the reduced
cost as a part of that long-term
viability,” Mr Collinson said.
It seems the committee has also
been hard at work recruiting for
the new season. It was hoped
an announcement about the
appointment of a pool attendant
would be made next week.
Opening times would be finalised
after the appointment was made,
Planning goes swimmingly
By Karen Pasco
Saturday October 24
Real Journeys Fiordland
Community Events Centre
• Goods sold on 15%
• Centre open for receipt of
goods Friday October 23 noon-
• Terms strictly cash
• All goods sold “as is, where is”
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