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Organisers of the second annual
Nokomai Christmas Fete this
weekend are excited by the rapid
success of their off-the-beaten-
Jane Hore, Jenna Stevens and
Sam Davison came up with the
idea of a back-country Christmas
shopping day, with high quality
good sold from stalls set up at
Nokomai Station. The concept
was quick to take off with 100
stallholders taking part and 1300
shoppers turning up.
This year there are 175 stalls and,
weather obliging, hopes are high
that the numbers through the gate
will also be well up on last year.
Mrs Hore said the trio had strived
to maintain the "boutiquey" feel
to the day. She was at pains to
point out it wasn't a craft day
and efforts were made to ensure
there weren't too many double
ups on the type of goods on offer.
Stallholders were coming from
throughout the South Island.
There are plenty of food stalls,
wine tasting and entertainment
by The Heartleys so people were
encouraged to bring a chair or a
picnic rug and make a day of it.
Entry is $10 per person. Some
earlybirds took advantage of a
gourmet lunchbox option -- $35 to
cover entry and an array of divine
lunch treats to be washed down
with a glass of wine.
Mrs Hore said although the day
was a personal business venture,
the organisers liked to give local
groups the opportunity to raise
funds through operating stalls
or helping with the logistics. The
simplicity of the open paddock
market belied the cost and
organisation required, she said.
That said, they were thrilled with
the way the public had embraced
the concept and planned to keep
it going as an annual event.
Popular Nokomai fete doubles in size
Following the huge success of last year's Nokomai Christmas Fete, shoppers
this Saturday will have almost double the number of stalls to browse.
Have you seen George? Courtney
Henry is on the lookout for a horse
called George who was bred in Te
Anau by a man named George.
He was given to Courtney to train
during her stint studying at Telford
Polytechnic in 2006 but the feisty
four-year-old just couldn't be
"I was meant to ride George and
train her but it wasn't what she
wanted, and she threw not only
me but everyone else who tried to
break her," Courtney said. "She
was roped by an old horseman but
at the end of the day no-one could
break this horse's spirit."
So George was returned to her
owners and that was the last
Courtney has ever seen of her.
"I loved her dearly and when I
left I wasn't allowed her owners'
contact details so I lost touch."
But in fact George has made more
of an impact than anyone could
Since then Courtney has
travelled the world and one of
her recent ports of call was to
Myanmar where she worked in an
orphanage where she recounted
story of George, the horse whose
spirit could not be broken, to
teach the children about
overcoming any adversity.
"She is a shining example of
courage to orphaned children in
Myanmar. Myanmar (Burma) is
constantly in the news lately with
the world getting to know one
of its toughest rulers and, with
George, Te Anau now has ties to
the country," she said.
"One of the children, Rebeccah,
asked if she could keep the
photo and I promised her I
would find George."
Courtney is moving to Melbourne
in two weeks and the one thing
she needs to do is find out what
happened to George.
"I need to make sure she is
well taken care of for the rest of
her days, or at least know what
happened to her."
If you have any information
about George please contact the
Fiordland Advocate office.
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