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Linley Hodgkinson’s lifelong love
of sewing is having spinoffs for
Te Anau locals and visitors with a
similar creative bent.
About a year ago Mrs Hodgkinson
opened the Pansy Patch, a little
haberdashery business she set
up with daughter Sarah from a
cottage in Gunn Street. The project
was in response to the loss of
such outlets in rural towns – even
H&J Smith Ltd, long iconic for its
huge range of materials, buttons,
ribbons wools and the like, was
stocking fewer and fewer of such
The trend was not unexpected,
Mrs Hodgkinson said, as it was
hard to find young people now who
even knew what haberdashery
was, or “notions” as they are
It didn’t take long before local
sewers and craftspeople –
particularly patchworkers –
cottoned on to the Pansy Patch.
Mrs Hodgkinson even ran a few
classes from her new premises.
A year later and she’s moved the
Pansy Patch into her Mokonui
Street home. From there she can
continue her sewing and alteration
work – it’s nothing for her to hem
40 pairs of trousers in a day – and
still open the shop for business
part time, four days a week.
So far the move has proved a good
one, although her “sewing room”
is now two as the tools of her
trade quietly demand more space.
Patchwork has become a favourite
hobby and her shop reflects that.
Among the many materials on
offer she boasts more than 300
different batiks alone. She also
has 180 different colours of cotton
and is gradually increasing other
lines as demand dictates.
If she doesn’t have what you want,
she’s created a relationship with
suppliers that means she can
have it delivered within two days.
“So people don’t need to be put
off by the fact that I don’t have the
things on hand,” she said.
And while it’s a business, it’s clear
to see the Pansy Patch is more
importantly a labour of love. For
every item sold, there’s as much
given away in the tips and advice
learned over the years.
“I’m happy to give people the
knowledge I’ve got,” she said.
With that same generosity of
spirit, she has been a significant
benefactor to the Blue Willow
Quilters group in Gore, donating
fabric towards thier project to
sew a quilt for every bed in the
Resthaven rest home.
“I do think it’s important that
people think you’re a giver, not
just a taker.”
The Pansy Patch is open
between 12.30pm and 4pm
and Fridays and
10am until noon
Keeping her craft, spirit
and community strong
Linley Hodgkinson’s Pansy Patch rekindles memories of small, rural
haberdasheries of days gone by.
Southland District Council sent out
rates invoices earlier this week, with
the first instalment due by August
Mayor Frana Cardno said an 8
percent jump in the cost of road
maintenance had been the main
factor in the 6.89% district rate
The failure of central Government
to return petrol tax and road user
charges to the provinces had made
road maintenance more costly for
the ratepayer, she said.
Central Government funds rates
rebates of up to $550 to help
low-income homeowners pay their
The amount of the rebate depends
on your income and number of
On July 1 the income threshold for a
rebate was increased from $21,180
to $21,980, meaning more people
People with incomes above the
threshold may also be eligible,
because each dependant raises the
threshold by $500.
Farms, businesses and rental
properties are excluded from the
Homeowners can get more
information and apply at council
offices or get the form online at
The closing date for applications is
June 30, 2010.
Do you know your
WHEN TO PAY:
You can pay in full or by instalments.
To avoid penalties at least 1⁄4 must be paid quarterly by these due dates:
First: 28 August 2009
Second: 27 November 2009
Third: 26 February 2010
Fourth: 28 May 2010
HOW TO PAY:
Automatic payments: Call the council for a form.
Internet payments: Select SOUTHLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL on your
bank’s internet banking website.
Cheque, cash or EftPos: At any council office.
Mastercard or Visa: Fill in your card details on the back of the rates
Direct debit: At any council office or by phone.
Phone 0800 732732 or Fax 0800 732329
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