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The woman behind a new Internet-based
database showing the location and intensity
of sandflies says tourism operators have
nothing to fear from the site and, in fact, it
should improve visitors’ experiences.
Becky Cashman, of Karamea, on the West
Coast, produces a natural bug repellent
and bite soother called Goodbye Sandfly.
Last month she launched the New Zealand
Sandfly Report as an add-on to her website,
inviting visitors to map the location and
intensity of sandflies as a resource for
While she acknowledges it will be helpful
in promoting her core business, she
said that wasn’t the primary motivator in
setting up the site. Tourism operators and
information websites had traditionally made
little or no reference to sandflies and, as a
result, many visitors went to places where
sandflies were prevalent, totally unprepared
for what they could expect, she said.
“The whole point of putting the sandfly
report out is to invite people to be prepared
so they enjoy the places they go.
“This is about making tourism better...
there’s no harm gained from talking about
what is impacting people’s experiences. If
you can help people be more prepared then
their experience will be better.”
And Ms Cashman knows that better than
most. Although she has lived in New
Zealand for many years now, she is an
American and has vivid memories of her
first encounters with Kiwi sandflies.
“I didn’t know anything
about them – how to deal
with them or their bites,” she
said. “That’s why I have a
different take on it than your
everyday, born and bred in
Te Anau, Kiwi.”
The message she hoped to
give visitors was “go, but
don’t go naked”. She’s had
T-shirts made up with that
slogan that will be given
out in monthly prize draws
to those who add a sandfly
The website went live at
the end of November and
received a write-up in
The Press. Within 24 hours
people had logged on and
entered their own sandfly
It was proof that there was a
demand for the service, Ms
The site includes tips for people on
how to prepare and, with education,
Ms Cashman believed anyone
could be comfortable, even in fierce
sandfly and mosquito areas.
She urged Kiwis to make entries on the
website about the places they lived or
travelled over summer and said a “no
sandflies” report was just as useful as a
“hectic sandflies” report.
address is: www.
NZ Sandfly activity mapped
The founder of the New Zealand Sandfly Report, Becky
Cashman, with husband John and their children Helena and
Isaac at their Karamea home.
The T-shirt designed
to promote NZ’s first
Fans of Te Anau artist Dave Healy’s weekly
cartoons in the Fiordland Advocate will
soon have the chance to buy this year’s
Mr Healy is well-known around Fiordland
and Northern Southland for his swift
recordings of the mishaps of locals. Many
wonder at how he gets to know of others’
misfortunate but he’s never been short of
tattletales keen to dob in their mates for a
Mr Healy said he was often asked if he
would publish the cartoons in a book but,
while he has a couple of specially-themed
collections on sale at Gunn’s Camp, he’d
never got around to formally gathering
together the day-to-day drawings. Apart
from back issues of the Advocate, the Olive
Tree Cafe in Te Anau’s Town Centre is the
only place where people can flick through a
collection of his cartoons.
This year Mr Healy has penned at least 50
cartoons. While there are no plans for a
book, he is in the process of collecting and
binding them together for sale. He expects
the price will be about $15 each and is
hopeful of having at least some ready in
time for Christmas.
In addition to those published in the
Advocate, Mr Healy has also built up an
extensive collection of farm life cartoons
which he hopes to also collate for sale...
Anyone interested in ordering a copy of this
year’s cartoons can call Mr Healy on (03)
249-8817. Leave a message if he’s not in.
collection to be
available for sale
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