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While his family and friends tough
out another southern winter,
Te Anau police constable Alan
Johnston will be spending the next
six months battling the heat while
on secondment to Timor Leste
Mr Johnston, who has left his
position at the Te Anau police
station, flew out on Tuesday.
It’s the second time Mr Johnston
has volunteered for overseas
deployment. The first was to Tonga
for three months last winter. He
said it was a great chance to do
“It’s a good opportunity to see how
the people work and what their
cultures are like,” he said.
There are generally around 25
Kiwi police officers in East Timor
at any one time, working for the
United Nations. They wear the
New Zealand Police uniform with
UN berets and the UN emblem on
their shirt. Their role is community-
based policing along with coaching
and mentoring local police staff.
Leading up to the trip he was sent
on a two-and-a -half-week pre-
deployment course at the police
college to meet the other officers
going, find out about the sort of
On a tropical beat
On a tropical beat
Faster broadband for the Fiordland area should
be realised within the next two months.
The fibre optic cable link between Te Anau and
Lumsden was completed in early February and
Telecom network access business Chorus has
been installing the new equipment to provide
additional capacity within the Te Anua Exchange.
External communications manager Robin Kelly
said staff were now in the process of transferring
the existing services from the radio to the new
“The transfer process does take time as we need
to ensure that each service is moved across
correctly and ensure we minimise the possibility
of faults occurring,” he said. “The transfer will be
completed before Easter.”
Once the services have been transferred,
broadband equipment at the exchange in
roadside cabinets would be progressively
installed and upgraded.
“Customers at The Key, Wilderness Road,
Lagoon Creek Road and Kakapo Road will
have access to ADSL Broadband services by
mid April. Te Anau residents will benefit from
increased capacity and data speeds once all of
the upgrades have been completed in late May,”
Mr Kelly said.
“We are currently working through the regulatory
process with the Commerce Commission to
complete the two new cabinets in Centre Hill-
Mavora Lakes Road and Sinclair Road. Once
we get permission from the Commission we can
start to bring the two new cabinets online.”
The Otautau to Nightcaps fibre optic cable link
was completed in August and the Orepuki to
Tuatapere link was completed in November.
Meanwhile, Invercargill is the only southern
location named among the 25 towns and cities
tagged for rollout of the Government’s planned
new ultra-fast broadband scheme. However, a
rural investment element, tipped to be worth
about $48 million, has yet to be announced.
Broadband speeds closer
Constable Alan Johnston has left the Te Anau Police Station for a six-month
secondment to East Timor.
The Manapouri Arts Group’s annual Easter
Exhibition opens at Jan’s Studio, Cathedral Drive,
on Good Friday.
Exhibition organiser Sandra Sparrow said
a huge range of art and craft would be on
display including painting, photography, pottery,
glassware, woodwork, patchwork, embroidery,
creative fibre, textiles, quilting and knitting.
All exhibitors had a local connection with the Te
About half of the items on show would be
available for purchase but in addition to the
exhibition, a shop would be operating with more
members’ work on sale.
Although poor weather forced the cancellation of
this year’s “Art in the Park” trip to Pomona
Island, it was hoped to have artwork that had
been completed on previous visits to the Lake
Manapouri sanctuary on show.
The Manapouri Arts Group has its major
exhibition at Labour Weekend. This was the third
Easter exhibition and it was growing every year,
Mrs Sparrow said.
roles they could expect to fill and
be briefed on cultural awareness
and health, especially in relation to
He expects adjusting to the heat will
be the hardest part, just as it was in
Tonga. Temperatures sit in the late
30degC and early 40degC during
the day, although the wet season
finishes about May so he’s hoping
the humidity won’t be too bad. The
key will be to keep hydration up.
Until he gets there he won’t know
where he’ll be posted but if it’s in an
outlying area he’s prepared for fairly
basic living conditions, including
limited access to electricity.
Mr Johnston is leaving his wife,
two grown children and two
grandchildren in New Zealand while
he serves overseas.
“That’s the hardest part,” he said.
“You’re doing exciting stuff and
they’re sitting home for six months
in winter waiting. It’s definitely a lot
harder on them than me.”
Mr Johnston joined the police in
1997 and has been based at various
stations around Western Southland.
He came to Te Anau at Christmas
2004. He has resigned his position
at Te Anau and, on his return, will
apply for police jobs in the south.
Manapouri Arts Group Easter Exhibition
Friday April 10 – Tuesday April 14
34 Cathedral Drive, Manapouri
Art on show for Easter
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