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Perhaps surprisingly, the
Stabicraft Yamaha Te Anau-
Manapouri Fishing Classic isn’t
just about fishing.
Catering for a diverse range
of interests has been a focus
of the fixture, based at the Te
Anau Rugby Club during Labour
Weekend, which will include
everything from a fashion show
and wine tasting to a car show.
Obviously the main attraction is
the fishing competition, run on
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 of
October, offering all avid amateur
and keen adult fishing fanatics
the opportunity to go into the
draw to win a Stabicraft 409
Fish’r complete with 30hp 4stroke
Yamaha outboard plus accessories
all up worth $30,000.
“Mystery” prizes, with a total
value of $10,000, are also on
offer and all competitors have a
chance to win – not necessarily
by catching the biggest or
heaviest fish but pre-determined
categories selected by Fish and
Game Southalnd staff prior to
the competition. The envelopes
will not be opened until the last
Keeping a promise made last year,
Gone Fishin’ host Graeme Sinclair
returns as host of the separate
kids’ competition – the Carters’
Kids Gone Fishin’ Experience
which will be held on Saturday
between 10am and 3pm for
children under 12 years. Stabicraft
will also have its 2250 SuperCab
hire boat at the tournament to
take youngsters out for a fishing
adventure on the lake as part of
the kids’ competition.
“Our inaugural competition was
fantastic and attracted nearly 900
entries. Now we’re focused on
being even bigger and better this
year,” organiser Stephen Stock
“We’ve had tremendous support
from the community and sponsors
which has enabled us to improve
the tournament even more.”
Registrations can be made
online or by fronting up at the Te
Anau Rugby clubrooms on Friday
(between 3pm and 9pm), Saturday
(from 7am until noon) or Sunday
(from 7am until 10am).
All entrants must have a valid
fishing licence and must register
in order to receive weigh-in tickets
and other information.
Every registered adult licence
holder who weighs in a fish will
go in a barrel draw for the major
prize. To be eligible for a prize you
must be present at the clubrooms
at 3pm on Sunday.
representatives will be present
to make sure all participants are
adhering to navigation bylaws
pertaining to the carrying and
wearing of lifejackets and also
the need to have a working
For further information visit the
Classic not all about fish
By Karen Pasco
The advent of the hugely popular
Stabicraft Yamaha Te Anau-
Manapouri Fishing Classic has
not dampened enthusiasm for a
long-standing fishing competition
in Te Anau.
The Te Anau Club will host its 19th
annual fishing competition at
Labour Weekend – happy to run
alongside its bigger ticket rival.
Club manager Neil McDowall
admitted that club members
had been a bit miffed last year
when organisers of the fishing
classic chose the same weekend
as the club’s traditional fishing
competition, but all had worked
out for the best. There had been
no clashes with weigh-ins or
prizegiving and many people had
taken the opportunity to enter
both, he said.
The Te Anau Club fishing
competition is free to enter. Weigh-
in is between 4pm and 5.30pm
on Saturday and Sunday, with
prizegiving to follow. Each day is
treated as a separate competition.
Entrants must be present to
collect a prize and be able to
produce their current fishing
Rainbow and brown trout,
salmon and perch are all
eligible for the competition.
Among the prizes up for
grabs is the Bill Brown trophy,
named after the late Bill
Brown who organised the
competition for many years.
In addition to the competition
festivities, the club would also
be featuring live entertainment
each night, Mr McDowall said.
Double hook for fishermen
A school holiday craft day held in
Mossburn last week proved so
popular that it is likely to become
a regular event.
Scraptastic owner Junell Reece
decided to offer the sessions last
Thursday at the local RSA rooms.
Eleven children took part in
the morning session for five to
8-year-olds while another 13
turned up for the over-8s’ session
in the afternoon.
The children made a raft
of goodies from Christmas
decorations to gift boxes, cards
Ms Reece said she decided to
offer the classes as one-off – a bit
of school holiday fun.
However, the response had
been so good that it was now
likely to become a regular school
Mossburn kids get crafty during
Getting it just right -- Brodie Bond, 5, creates another masterpiece at a
Mossburn school holiday craft day last week.
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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