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The Te Anau Community Board has earmarked
funds in its budget to support a paid events liaison
position in Te Anau.
Destination Fiordland manager Lisa Sadler
attended last week’s meeting to propose the
position be established and seek funding of
$14,000 per year over the next three years for
someone to take on this role.
The board discussed the matter while going over
their budget estimates, and while a firm decision
has not been made to commit to paying someone
in this role nor an exact amount to be allocated, it
has been included in the 2011/12 budget.
Board members acknowledged that it was
something that Te Anau really needed, but there
were concerns that they would be paying for work
that is currently done by volunteers.
Ms Sadler said the job was well recognised as a
position that had been needed for several years.
The number of volunteer hours that had gone
into events planning – such as the harness racing
which alone clocked more than 1000 volunteer
hours – was not sustainable, she said.
“I believe it’s vital that existing events are
International markets had been performing poorly
in New Zealand and Te Anau desperately needed a
tool to stimulate business, Ms Sadler said.
“We see the outcomes this would achieve would
help drive domestic markets.”
Although Venture Southland had someone in an
events role who spent some time in Te Anau, there
was currently no one based here that people and
groups could go to regarding events planning, Ms
The board said someone was needed in Te Anau to
act as a conduit for attracting events, though there
was further concern that a person in a paid role
– suggested by Ms Sadler at 20 hours per week
– would be delegating work to volunteers rather
than doing any work themselves. However it was
acknowledged that Destination Fiordland was an
incorporated society and therefore subject to audit
under the structuring of Venture Southland which
would ensure that paid positions were legitimate.
It was decided that two representatives from the
board would meet with key Destination Fiordland
staff for further discussion.
Events job in budget
By Linda Jane Keegan
Mossburn and Winton held their autumn flower
shows last week with plenty of entries and visitors.
Winton and Districts Horticultural Society
president Forbes Adcock said the Winton show
went very well with a 1536 entries which was
about 200 more than last year. Unfortunately
there weren’t as many cut flower entries as usual
due to inclement weather prior to the show.
A good number of people came through on the
first day and they also had visitors from a number
of rest homes.
The society tried to encourage more and more
people to enter in the show and and display their
skills, Mr Adcock said. Overall they were very
happy with the show and appreciated all the help
from volunteers. The results can be found on www.
The Mossburn show was also a success, with a
record of 1786 entries this year, 866 of which
came from the school. It was also a celebration of
Mossburn’s 60th show.
Show secretary Jo Muir was pleased with how the
show went but said it was “just the friendship and
fellowship” and people socialising that made the
event so special.
Exhibitors came from as far as Balfour and Athol to
participate in the show, she said.
Children’s section coordinator Vicki Finlayson said
she was pleased with the show and particularly
how well the children had done.
“I was really impressed with the standard and
quality of what the kids have made,” she said.
The Te Anau autumn flower show takes place this
Friday and Saturday at the Fiordland Community
Mossburn flower show children’s section coordinator
Vicki Finlayson with some of the vegetable
constructions on display last Friday.
By Linda Jane Keegan
Rose entries made an impressive sight at the Winton
Flower Show last week.
PHOTO: Marianne Voight
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