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Three plays are under
consideration for the Fiordland
Players' 50th anniversary
production this year.
Kathy Gray will direct a play that
will be cast next month and
staged in mid May -- the first of
two productions planned for this
Mrs Gray said she was considering
three plays. The first has two
women characters and a man. All
are substatial parts and the man,
in particular must be able to "ham
it up" in an "over the top" way.
The second play has five medium-
size roles for women and the third
12 smaller character female roles
and a small part for a man, she
"Which play is cast will depend on
how many people are interested
in taking part and which play they
are keen on."
Meanwhile, director Kathy Gilligan
is considering scripts for a play
(probably a comedy/farce) or
a musical or pantomime to be
staged later in the year. The
group is keen to put on a large
production in celebration of its
50 years but this would require
a large number of people to be
involved both on and off-stage.
Rehearsals are scheduled to
begin in June.
A jubilee luncheon is also being
planned to coincide with this
show at which it is hoped as many
members from past productions
as possible will attend.
To gauge interest and support
for this year's productions, a
get-together is being held in
the Fiordland Players' Shed on
Wednesday February 24 at 8pm.
Anyone is welcome and further
information is available by calling
Kathy Gray on (03) 249-7299
50 years old and still playing
The first Southland Deer Focus
Farm field day for 2010 will be
held at Five Rivers next week.
David and Pam Nind, who bought
the property just over a year
ago and converted it for deer
farming, will host the event which
is the latest in the Making the
DIFFerence focus farm series
being held over a three-year
Sessions will cover mating,
weaning and winter preparation at
a breeding and finishing operation.
Focus farm committee chairman
Craig North said a lot of
development had been done at
the property that would be of
interest to many farmers, not
just deer farmers. Anybody was
welcome to attend.
The focus farm is run under the
auspices of the Deer Industry New
Zealand and the Southland Deer
Farmers Association but also has
key partnerships with Landcorp
and Meat and Wool New Zealand.
Making the DIFFerence was the
catch phrase given to the focus
"The focus is breeding more
weaners, heavier, earlier," he said.
A key to next week's field day will
be wintering, looking at things
like self-feed silage pits, wintering
pads and the various merits of
winter crops such as swedes,
baleage and silage. The renewed
enthusiasm for fodder beet was
also up for discussion.
"People are getting huge yields but
it's quite a high cost to put in so
we're looking at the comparisons,"
Mr North said.
The field day starts at 12.30pm
on February 25. The venue will
be signposted from opposite the
Five Rivers Cafe on State Highway
6. Participants are asked to bring
their own lunch.
Following a farm tour it will be
back to the woolshed for the
guest speakers who will include
representatives from Environment
Southland with advice and "the
rules" on wintering pads, Mr North
said. Other topics will include
breeding values and an update
on electronic tagging and the
National Animal Identification
and Tracing project. The day will
wrap up with refreshments and a
general discussion with a focus on
deer mating ratios and mating and
"A lot of people are having trouble
geting first fawners in calf so we're
just going to sit round and ask four
or five people what they do and
how they do it and what sort of
results they get, " he said.
"It's a more informal side to it
on Five Rivers
While it may not be every builder's
dream to be 1154 metres above
sea level, on an exposed pass,
in a remote part of Fiordland
National Park, for those tasked
with building the new MacKinnon
Pass shelter on the Milford Track,
it certainly is proving to be an
Work began this month on
the removal of the existing
MacKinnon Pass shelter which
had deteriorated, having stood
25 years of the worst weather
Fiordland could throw at it. In
its place a new shelter will be
constructed, due to be completed
Department of Conservation Te
Anau visitor assets programme
manager Ross Kerr said the
current hut was no longer able to
handle the number of trampers
that may need shelter at any one
time and was inappropriately
insulated and ventilated.
"The new shelter has the capacity
to handle up to 80 trampers at
one time which is vital during
adverse weather conditions," Mr
The shelter is used by trampers
on the Milford Track as a respite
-- or refuge -- from the elements.
As well as providing additional
space, the new shelter will boast
improved durability and insulation.
The timing of this work has been
unavoidable because the site is
for six months of
the year due to
Every effort was being
made to minimise the
level of disruption for
trampers, Mr Kerr said.
The new building has been
prefabricated and will be airlifted
to MacKinnon Pass. In the
meantime a temporary shelter
has been put in place.
During the construction, a
team of builders will be living
on MacKinnon Pass in temporary
accommodation that will be
removed at the completion of
New shelter on notorious pass
the new shelter
that will be in
place by May.
The Mackinnon Pass shelter, which is being dismantled to make way for a new
prefabricated building able to accommodate up to 80 trampers at a time.
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