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The Otautau Book Sale held last
weekend at the historic Court
House building raised $2000 for
the town's museum.
The event organised annually by
the Otautau Museum Trust is a
major fundraiser that keeps the
Otautau Museum volunteer, Cathy
Onellion, said the museum was
not supported by the council or
any other bodies and did not
charge its visitors an entry fee.
That meant it relied entirely on
fundraisers and donations.
"We had 40 boxes and 60 bags
full of books donated by the
community. Part of our success
this year was that we increased
the price from $2 per book we
charged in previous years to $3,"
Ms Onellion said.
"Our costs are low, all labour
is voluntary. We don't own the
building and all we have is our
collection and some assets, like
the computer and a television set,
so the sale goes a long way to
keep us going."
Book sale keeps museum open
The annual Otautau book sale last weekend raised $2000 for the town's
PHOTO: Cathy Onellion
The independent commission
hearing to decide the fate of the
proposed Te Anau wastewater
scheme was adjourned at the
end of last week after more
information was requested from
the Southland District Council.
Three commissioners spent
the week hearing evidence and
submissions on the consent
application to discharge treated
effluent to land and air at Te Anau
Airport Manapouri. The hearing
was meant to end on Friday, after
which a decision would have
been made within three weeks,
but commission chairman Denis
Nugent adjourned the hearing by
exercising section 41C(3) of the
Resource Management Act, which
is a request for further information
from the applicant.
Environment Southland resource
management planner Roy
Hammond said this did not mean
the whole process was starting
"The consequences of that
request is that the hearing is
adjourned and will reconvene
at an appropriate time," Mr
The information requested
from SDC would require further
surveying of the land, and closer
examination of where water
flowed once in the ground, he said.
The commissioners' seven
additional requests also included
future nitrogen concentrations
at the current Te Anau oxidation
ponds, projected over the next 15,
25, and 35 years respectively.
Throughout the week, dozens
of people who had placed
submissions on the consent took
the opportunity to address the
Manapouri resident Colleen
Hampton highlighted a perceived
lack of consultation with local
ratepayers, considering the
scheme had the potential to
pump odour and effluent into
their environment for "a
continuous 10,950 days".
Between one meeting in 2008
and 2013 there had been no
consultation, Mrs Hampton said.
"This was not consultation.
Consultation is done before
consents are lodged," she said.
SDC staff would not be personally
impacted by the scheme, and
the commissioners were the only
hope for Manapouri residents, Mrs
"I am relying on you to protect our
environment and our community."
Cathedral Peak Station owner
Cameron McDonald addressed
the potential for flooding,
considering the scheme would
pump thousands of cubic metres
of treated effluent into the soil on
a daily basis.
"I've seen areas where our field is
completely flooded, and it tends to
extend out in a westerly direction
towards Lake Manapouri," he said.
"If the effects of irrigating similar
soils for four months in the year
is so profound; what will be the
effect of wastewater year-round?"
Te Anau resident and developer
Mark Deaker said the need for a
new scheme to replace the current
discharge at the Upukerora
River mouth had been based
on misinformation from the very
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