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This month marks 70 years since takahe, previously
thought extinct, were rediscovered in Fiordland.
Learn more about the man who found them and find
out what their prospects look like now.
1 November, 2018
Today is the start of a new
South Island-wide contract for air
emergency helicopter services, and
within that, Te Anau has retained
its status as an on-call operational
The move, announced last
month, was generally received with
a sigh of relief from Fiordlanders,
who feared the region would lose
local expertise and a strategic base
in an isolated area that borders a
However, the aftermath of the
new contract means there's a new
and arguably more complicated
divide between how different
emergency calls will be responded
to locally, what to do with rescue
gear, and an increased need for
With one government contract
for air ambulance services now
covering the entire South Island,
Te Anau-based Southern Lakes
Helicopters will serve as a sub-
contractor to the joint venture,
HemS, that was awarded the
The new setup means
Queenstown will provide
permanent, dedicated cover, with a
required twin-engine helicopter.
However, the new configuration
is only for ministry of Health, district
health board, and ACC medical
This means Southern Lakes
Helicopters and the Lakes District
Air rescue Trust (LDArT) have
been figuring out what this means
for other groups like the Police or
rescue Coordination Centre of
New Zealand (rCCNZ), who fall
outside the contract.
LDArT chairman Jules Tapper
said the future of those services,
and how they were going to be run,
would be decided in the next week
Southern Lakes Helicopters
operational manager Lloyd
matheson said they would have
to figure out what was going to
happen with some of the rescue
gear owned by LDArT.
The trust also previously
funded training for all sorts of calls,
like police training, but the new
contract means the trust will move
into a fundraising role for HemS.
mr Tapper said the contract
would mean a considerably higher
amount of money would need to
be raised by communities to fund
the new set-up.
While there was a lot to be
done in a short amount of time, mr
matheson said when it came to Te
Anau's status as an on-call base, it
was business as usual.
"our aim is to still provide
the service that Fiordland's been
accustomed to in the past. We'll
be doing our best to ensure that
creates grey area
The new government
contract that retains Te
Anau as a base for air
ambulance services has
created a grey area for
other rescue services in
the wake of last month’s
SbS bank Tour of Southland
cyclists making their way from
riverton to Te Anau were greeted
with strong winds on Tuesday.
rain and hail also made for
tough conditions over much of the
150km leg of the second stage of
the annual race.
The Tour of Southland kicked
off in Invercargill on Sunday for the
4.2km teams time trial, with stages
scheduled until Saturday.
Stage one, held on monday, had
riders racing 170km from SIT Zero
Fees velodrome and finishing in
Invercargill's matt Zenovich, of
Team Placemakers, won that stage,
the first time a Southlander has won
a stage since mr Zenovich won in
He also held onto the yellow
jersey for a second day on Tuesday.
Team Aardvark excavators rider
morgan Smith, of Auckland, was the
stage winner on Tuesday, and also
took home the "most combative"
award as well.
"I really enjoyed the last 100
[metres]," mr Smith said on the
awards stage in Te Anau.
Yesterday teams raced from
mossburn to Coronet Peak, and
today are scheduled to take on a
148.5km tour through much of
eastern Southland, ending at bluff
Saturday's final stage starts at
Winton's middle Pub and finishes in
Invercargill's Queen's Park.
Full tour details can be found on
The Southland App, downloadable
from both the Apple App Store and
Google Play store.
Wheels meet wind for cycle tour
Morgan Smith, of Auckland, wins Stage Two of the SBS Bank Tour of
Southland in Te Anau on Tuesday.
PHOTO: Barry Harcourt
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