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Few who travel through Garston probably spare
a thought for the person behind the town’s
But on Sunday John Newman’s legacy was
honoured with the unveiling of a memorial seat
where those enjoying the walk along “Newman’s
Way” can rest and ponder the passion required
to establish the array of specimen trees
roadside and in the village green.
Snow and cold did not deter those who were
anxious to ensure that the more than 50 years
of work put in by Mr Newman was properly
recognised. Southland District Mayor Frana
Cardno was on hand, along with Five Rivers
Ward councillor John Douglas, Garston School
pupils and Mr Newman’s widow Peggy.
The seat was a Garston Community Develop-
ment Area (CDA) sub-committee project to
honour the man described as a visionary
Mr Newman planted and tended countless trees
along the roadsides and laybys of Southland, in
defiance at the counter efforts of animals and
vandals. His first plantings were along the Gore-
Mataura highway in the early 1950s and his
solo efforts were later complemented by others.
The Newmans enjoyed Northern Southland,
moving to Parawa from Gore where they ran the
fisherman’s pub and later spent time at Garston
and Kingston. Mr Newman had already begun
planting in that area – most notably the two
lakeshore laybys just past Kingston, prompted
after seeing campers shivering in unseasonal
weather and lamenting the lack of shelter.
Even in his retirement in Arrowtown, Mr
Newman continued to propagate trees for
planting in public areas.
He explained his mission in a newspaper article
in 1981. He was spurred by guilt at the lack of
trees in southern New Zealand, but said at the
time those who undetook amenity planting were
seen as “something of a nut case”.
But even then Mr Newman realised the tide of
public opinion was turning.
“More and more people are becoming interested
in tree planting,” he said. “Hopefully our
experimental plantings in what was virtually
a treeless locality will provide information on
growth, suitability of species and, above all,
inspiration to future generations to preserve and
look after our countryside and wilderness areas.”
The turnout on Sunday would suggest that is
the case – and they now also have a seat to
enjoy it from.
Fiordland College students Jana McCall (left), playing Macbeth and Alice Sutherland
as Young Siward, rehearse a sword fight scene for the school’s production of
Macbeth next week.
Lead on ... young players
Jenna sets target
Fiordland College’s major production
will be staged next week.
The students are tackling the William
Shakespeare classic Macbeth and
have been in intensive rehearsals
leading up to opening night on
The play will be presented at the
Real Journeys Fiordland Community
Event Centre from 7pm on Thursday
and Friday. Tickets are $10 for adults
and $5 for school students. Door
sales will be available.
By Che’ Baker
A gruelling training regime is
under way for Jenna McKenzie, of
Lumsden, who has been selected
in the Target Shooting New Zealand
Jenna, 16, a year 12 student at
Northern Southland College, will
compete in the U21 section at the
Oceania Games in Sydney.
She will compete in three events: the
three position, prone, and air rifle.
New Zealand Junior Development
Squad coach Leon Griebel earlier
this month travelled from Blenheim
to train one-on-one with Jenna
“Jenna is very dedicated,” Mr
Griebel said. “She listens well
and can be very competitive, she
may very well be competing at the
Commonwealth Games sometime
down the track.”
There was a good chance she would
get a place in her disciplines this
year, he said.
The competition was also a chance
for Jenna to qualify for the World
Youth Olympic Games, to be held in
Singapore next year.
Jenna began target shooting two
years ago, after her neighbour
asked if she would like to try it at the
Mossburn indoor range.
Since then, she has been selected
for the national junior development
squad and has attended the
Australian Youth Olympic Festival.
Attending the festival was a
highlight, she said.
Her training with Mr Griebel
concentrated on air rifle work and
the odd outdoor shoot – depending
on the weather.
“It can be hard work in prone waiting
for the right wind sometimes, I have
to learn to be more patient,” she
Jenna has increased her training
schedule since selection and now
trains 2-4 hours a day.
She last month attended a training
camp in Christchurch where she
trained on position and balance.
“Air rifle, which is indoor, can be
hard on the back,” Jenna said.
Jenna is one of the six South
Islanders who have been selected to
travel to Sydney.
The games will be held between
December 1 and 5.
Che’ Baker is a
journalism student at SIT
Photo: Louise Pagan
MEMORIAL SEAT: The John Newman memorial seat was unveiled in Garston on Sunday by Southland District
Mayor Frana Cardno and Five Rivers Ward Councillor John Douglas. Mr Newman’s widow Peggy is seated
with other members of the Newman family behind her.
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