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Te Anau woman Beth Masser has
landed an outdoor enthusiast’s
dream job as a gear tester for
Gore-Tex. She is one of nine
people from throughout Australia
and New Zealand chosen from
Each has been supplied with a
selection of clothing and footwear
from a variety of top brands, all
featuring Gore-Tex fabric. For the
next few months they have to put it
through its paces and write regular
blogs about how it suited the
purpose and held up to conditions.
There’s an extra twist. All nine are
still in competition with each other
to win a Peregrine Adventure travel
voucher worth more than $4000.
Every few weeks they’re assigned
a test theme to write about.
Members of the public can vote
for their favourite blog and also go
into the draw to win a jacket.
Ms Masser enjoys everything from
running and cycling to skiing and
“I’m not very good at any of them,
I just like to have a go,” she said.
“I just like getting out and doing
The gear testers are expected
to give honest appraisals of the
equipment based on how they
would normally use it. At the end
of four months they will send it
back so the manufacturers who
will formally test how it has held
up and then return it to the testers
who will get to keep it.
“The idea isn’t to test it to
destruction, it’s to use it as a
reasonable person would,” she
To read Ms Masser’s blogs and
vote for her visit www.gore-tex.
com.au and click on gear testers.
Wearing it well
Te Anau’s Beth Masser putting her Gore-Tex jacket through its paces.
Hoping to create an indulgent
atmosphere for her clients is the
aim of Manapouri’s new hair salon
owner Sharon McDade.
Her new salon Hairven, has been
set up in the former art gallery
right on the main street of the
This isn’t the first time the South
African native has owned her
own salon. For nine years she
managed her own hairdressing
business in her home country.
So how did a South African
hairdresser and her family end up
It all started about two years ago
when Sharon and her husband
Brad decided they wanted to
relocate their children Hannah and
“We just wanted a safer lifestyle
for our children and we just didn’t
see our future there.”
Friends and family were very
supportive of the move.
“They told us ‘just go’.”
They first settled in Wellington
where they worked for a couple of
years before Brad got a job in Te
Anau working at the BP garage.
She only has one regret about
the move – that she didn’t do it
Sharon is hoping to pamper her
clients and create a haven for
them to relax and take some time
out while also getting a great
makeover at the same time.
She will be open six days a week
from 10am to 4pm Monday to
Saturday and will open on late
nights from Monday to Friday by
Manapouri hair salon opens
Sharon McDade has opened a hair
salon, Hairven, in Manapouri.
A pair of fitness-loving Te Anau
women have found themselves in
the unlikely position of qualifying
to represent New Zealand after
a foray into the field of winter
Beth Masser and Cathy Lewsley
finished first and second
respectively in masters women’s
section of the event held at the
Snow Farm in the Cardrona Valley
as part of the New Zealand Winter
Games. Their results earned
them automatic qualification to
represent New Zealand. However,
it wasn’t lightning-fast times that
got them through – they were the
only competitors in their section.
The long-time friends and training
partners find it hilarious that they
can now lay claim to being able
to represent their country. While
there was a small temptation to
go to Europe and try their luck,
they’re unlikely to take up the
opportunity – “It wouldn’t be in
New Zealand’s best interests if we
did,” Ms Masser said, laughing.
It was Ms Masser’s first attempt
at a winter triathlon. Ms Lewsley
has competed in winter triathlons
before but not often. Their section
comprised an 8km run, 16km
bike ride and 12km cross country
ski. Ms Masser had run on snow
only once before and had never
biked on snow or taken part in a
ski race. Despite that, the novice
managed to gain good ground on
her friend in the run and the bike,
managing to hold her lead on the
superior skier to take out the race
by mere minutes.
Beth Masser (right) and Cathy Lewsley line up at the start of the run section of
the winter triathlon held as part of the New Zealand Winter Games recently.
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