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The Dipton Golf Club will accept an
unprecedented 60th consecutive
challenge for golf’s coveted Laing
Shield on January 29.
The challenge is coming from the
Ohai Golf Club, the last club to
hold the shield for any significant
length of time.
Considered the premier club
golfing trophy in Southland, the
shield was won by Dipton in a
successful challenge against
Tokanui almost three years ago.
Challenges must be made on
the shield holder’s home course
and clubs get the opportunity
to challenge in rotation once a
Dipton club captain Ken Todd said
despite having successfully staved
off 59 challenges, his team was
as passionate as ever about the
competition and wasn’t about to
part with the silverware easily. And
the up-side of being the defender
so often was that the golfers were
more relaxed and confident going
into a challenge match.
“We just leave all the pressure to
the visitors,” he said.
The visitors, however, have other
Ohai Golf Club captain Brendon
Hansen said his team had been
putting in some extra training
and had nurtured a lot of younger
talent since the two clubs last met
almost 18 months ago.
“We got a total arse-whipping last
time we came up there... we’re
coming back up full guns blazing,”
“We are looking pretty good I
Like Mr Hansen, many of the
Ohai golfers are shearers so
he warned Western Southland
farmers that their sheds would
be quiet on January 29.
Three or four shearing gangs had
already indicated they’d be there
in support, along with a number of
farmers who were either in or right
behind the team.
“It’s all about golf on that day,” he
“And if it (the win) happens there
won’t be no shearing done for
about three days I presume.”
Ohai has shear determination to win
By Kirsty Macnicol
Intrepid cyclists Oliver Macindoe
and Xaver Hausner have travelled
3360km through New Zealand
in a quest to raise funds and
awareness for the worldwide
eradication of polio.
The duo passed through Te Anau
last week on their journey that
began as an independent venture
and turned into a fundraising
campaign for PolioPlus, an
initiative by Rotary International to
eliminate the disease. They were
warmly welcomed by Fiordland
Rotary Club’s Lyndon Moffitt, and
have met and been assisted by
many other Rotary clubs around
the country along the way.
They have raised $44,000 over
the course of their trip from Rotary
donations, street donations and
through their website. The project
is also supported by the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation which
has agreed to contribute $355
million to the cause if Rotary
reaches its goal of $200 million.
Both Mr Macindoe, 23, and Mr
Hausner, 24, studied at Victoria
University in Wellington last year
though they first met several years
earlier in Heidelberg, Germany
when Mr Macindoe did a high
school exchange at Mr Hausner’s
school. They both had a keen
interest in doing a New Zealand
cycle trip and the idea grew from
there. Mr Hausner is a Rotary
Ambassadorial Scholar and
was hosted by a Rotary Club in
Although originally intended as
a personal trip, the pair decided
it was a great opportunity for Mr
Hausner to give back to Rotary by
supporting one of their projects.
“We would really like to use this
[trip] to raise money for a good
cause,” they said.
PolioPlus was started by Rotary
International in the 1980s and
over 25 years the number of
countries affected by polio has
dropped from 135 to 4, Mr
Rather than travelling the most
direct route from Cape Reinga
to Bluff, the pair cycled the east
coast of the North Island and the
west coast of the South Island,
arriving in Bluff last Sunday, and
completed their tour with a visit
to Stewart Island. They chose
this route because it wasn’t the
“easy way” and offered a more
scenic and remote journey, as well
as covering the most northern,
eastern, western and southern
points of the country.
The cyclists were donated $1000
from Rotary to go towards their
trip but they have otherwise saved
up themselves to fund the trip,
initially asking friends and family
to help by “buying kilometres” for
“We spend most of our money on
food, we’re hungry all the time!”
Mr Hausner said.
Mr Macindoe said they expected a
certain amount of personal costs.
“We’re having too much fun not to
pay anything,” he said.
For more information about
PolioPlus, to read the cyclists’
travel diaries, or to make a
donation, see the website
Pedalling a good cause
Oliver Macindoe (left) and Xaver Hausner cycle through Te Anau on a
fundraising campaign for PolioPlus.
PHOTO: Linda Jane Keegan
By Linda Jane Keegan
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Don’t miss out !
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