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Southland rural valuer Murray Ure said
prices needed to stabilise before any
improvement would be felt.
"It's the market in action. Sooner or later
people will realign their expectations... for
those with unrealistic expectations, it just
won't happen," he said.
"I would expect the market to be two to
three years before we see any radically
different values possibly returning. It's
hardly a resounding market for anybody
wanting to sell in Southland -- particularly
in the less desirable locations, that market
has just effectively stopped," he said.
Mr McDonald said he believed some
lenders had recently started to make more
funds available and his advice for buyers
was to "shop around for your money".
Otautau's newly developed medical
centre was at the forefront of a shift in
the provision of healthcare in the South
as more services moved back into the
That's the view of Otautau Health chairman
Robert Bruin who said that, while moves
were afoot for an integrated health centre
to be developed in central Invercargill
and Wakatipu was also investigating its
healthcare options, his community was
already leading the way.
"We're ahead of the game," he said.
At the official opening of the medical
centre's $200,000 extensions on Friday,
Mr Bruin listed the services that would now
be on offer to patients in Otautau. These
included minor surgery, physiotherapy
and diabetes, arthritis and mental health
The centre now boasted two doctors,
including a new recruit from the United
States who had started work on Monday,
three nurses, a practice manager and
various administration staff.
New facilities and high standards were
needed if Otautau had any chance of
attracting and retaining medical staff and
"Our big challenge is to keep improving
our health services, keep our health
professionals employed and keep them
here," he said.
The upgrade included increased working
space for two doctors, large consulting
rooms, an improved treatment room,
kitchen facilities and a manager's office.
The extensions followed a previous
upgrade in 2006, when a physiotherapy
room, a larger waiting room and a small
consultation room were added.
Southland District Health Board chief
operating officer Lexie O'Shea, who "cut
the bandage" and officially opened the
extensions, agreed that integrated family
healthcare centres were the way of the
"Yes, Otautau is ahead of the bunch," she
said, adding the Southland District Health
board was promoting a shift of services and
health professionals away from the base
hospital in Invercargill.
"We're proposing, as part of doing things
differently, that some of the staff now at
Southland Hospital have to come out of
there and come into the community -- but
they can't do that unless there're facilities
for them to come and work.
"So there'll be more services provided in
a community setting as opposed to having
And the extensions at Otautau were a step
in the right direction.
"Otautau is now ready for the new era of
healthcare delivery," she said.
Dr Lewis Gray, who has been working as a
GP in Otautau for just over 12 months, said
the new extensions were a credit to the
local health trust.
"They show the vision which the trust has...
in providing an atmosphere and facilities
which enable us to flourish in the trade
which we love."
New centre leads way in health care
Southland District Health
Board chief operating
officer Lexie O'Shea
"cuts the bandage" on the
Otautau Medical Centre.
By Mary Witsey
Farm sales plummet Te Anau's Marakura Yacht Club is gearing
up for its biggest weekend of the year.
The annual Southern Lakes Helicopters
Easter Regatta is already the best
supported event on the club's calendar but
this year boasts the added drawcard of the
South Island Trailer Yacht Championships.
Club commodore Iain Campbell said
members were preparing for a big turnout
but, with entries only taken on the day, it
was difficult to gauge just how many people
might be involved. It made organising
things like catering very difficult.
"We could have anything between 40 and
100 boats," he said. "I'm hoping to see 50-
Yachties from as far afield as Aviemore,
Dunedin and Queenstown had indicated
they were likely to come.
Club members undertook a working bee
around the clubhouse on Monday evening,
meanwhile a pig on a spit was planned for
Saturday evening's dinner in anticipation of
many mouths needing to be fed.
Briefing is at 12pm on Good Friday with
racing starting that afternoon. Boats will be
back out on the water from about 10am on
Saturday and Sunday. The yachts will take
part in what is known as "round the cans"
racing, negotiating a course of markers that
will be laid out according to wind direction.
Race officer John Hefford will decide how
many laps are done and in what order.
Mr Campbell said the aim was to complete
a minimum of seven races over the
weekend, preferably more. Boats race
against each other according to size. Four
or five boats are needed to make a class
but if there's not enough in any particular
category they will race in an open class.
Spectators were most welcome to join the
"We're hoping to have the course
reasonably close to the shoreline in places
which helps to create a good spectator
Those keen to learn more were also
welcome to come and watch the action
from the clubhouse.
"Certainly if they've got an interest in the
sport we're more than happy to encourage
it," Mr Campbell said.
Te Anau hosts South Island yacht championships over Easter
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