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The Tuatapere Community College
PTA’s first fundraising trail bike
ride last weekend has proved a
profitable undertaking – exceeding
even the most optimistic of
The committee is around $6000
better off after more than 200
people turned up to take on the
130-odd kilometres of trails that
traversed 22 different properties.
Coordinator Karen Gill said
everyone had a thoroughly good
time. Bikes had to be pushed
through some muddy patches,
which was both entertaining and
hard work, but there was great
camaraderie among riders who
helped each other out.
The community spirit was also
evident. A huge thank you had to
go to all the farmers who made
their land available and to Ayson
Gill and Peter Harvey and their
team of helpers, test riders and
marshalls who ensured everything
fell into place, Mrs Gill said.
The support of Southland Honda
was also invaluable, not only as
the major sponsor but also for
providing bike checks on the day,
“People enjoyed the day, we
catered for all abilities with senior
and junior trails, with expert loops
and hill climbs off the main trail,
also a supervised small sprocket
track for the under 10-year-olds.
They had an awesome time.”
The success of the event was even
more gratifying because there
was a large number of events on
around the province on the same
day all vying for people’s attention.
It had buoyed those involved in
hosting it to do so again.
“It would be good if it could
become an annual event,” she
Money raised from the trail ride
will be used to provide additional
resources for the school.
Mud, motorbikes and money
George Gill (left) and Macrae Sanderson having fun in a bog during the Tuatapere Trail Ride on Saturday.
High country tenure review was
one of the key issues on the
agenda at the Federated Farmers’
High Country section biennial field
day at Garston yesterday.
Agriculture Minister David Carter
met with farmers from around
New Zealand to outline the
Government’s policies for the
high country, in what was the first
gathering of its kind in the South
Southland Federated Farmers
High Country section committee
member Phillip Tayler said it was
a great chance for run holders to
argue their case on their own turf
in the Nevis Valley.
“We’d like to see the high country
free-holded with covenants placed
on some of the land so that it is
protected and it can’t be
developed,” he said.
“We want to demonstrate that the
passive grazing that we do out
there (in the Nevis) is not actually
doing any harm at all.”
The day began at Ben Nevis
Station, at the northern end of
the Nevis Valley, with members
travelling the length of the
Nevis Valley, ending the day
at Mr Tayler’s property, Lorne
Peak Station, in Garston. Other
speakers included Lincoln
University botanist, and QEII Trust
High Country representative,
Dr Brian Molloy, Balance Agri-
Nutrients head of Agro-Sciences
Warwick Catto and Federated
Farmers president Don Nicholson.
About 250 people, including
representatives from eight regions,
from Southland to Marlborough,
attended the field day.
By Mary Witsey
Failed deal hurts farmers (from Page 1)
“The farmers are being kept
informed of the situation and they
have the choice to withdraw if they
want to,” he said. “There’s not a
lot else happening (in property)
and that’s possibly why some of
the farmers are prepared to sit in
there – the process is incidental
to the timeline.”
Mr Wright said he did not accept
recent Federated Farmers
criticism levelled at him and his
handling of the proposal, saying it
was “just grand-standing.”
However, he would not discuss
the next step for the Southland
farmers, but did say that the
vision was still in tact.
“We have withdrawn support
from the hapu, but we have not
withdrawn support from the
fundamentals of the project.”
The Takitimu coal mine at
Nightcaps has been granted
resource consent for its
expansion. A joint Southland
District Council and Environment
Southland hearing committee
granted the consents after a
hearing in Invercargill in January.
Hearing commissioner Allan Cubitt
acted on behalf of Southland
District Council as an independent
commissioner because the
council owns part of the land
subject to the applications.
Environment Southland was
represented by Crs Diane Wilson,
Marion Miller and Neil McPhail.
The consents were granted for a
10-year period and were subject
to an extensive list of conditions.
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