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Fiordland College guidance
counsellor Fiona Humphries said
the school openly discussed such
issues with students and offered
a range of support avenues for
both students and their parents.
"We do have a concern because
the social issues of these
teenagers ripples into the school
and interrupts their ability to
learn or interrupts the learning
environment," she said. "It's
not a really big problem but it
is significant enough that it's
impacting on certain individuals."
Mrs Humphries encouraged
parents to talk openly to their
children about where they were
going and what they were doing
but also to talk to other parents
-- checking out their teenagers'
"It's not about a lack of trust, it's
about being there for your child
and showing that you actually
care about them," she said.
"You can actually parent
teenagers -- you don't have to
back off," she said.
Boozed teens cause concern in Te Anau (Continued from Page 1)
A Fiordland snowplough has been
brought to life in a new children's
book written by Invercargill great
grandmother Audrey Owen.
Bertie the Snowplough has been
illustrated by former Te Anau
cartoonist Dave Healy who used to
operate the snowplough and has
been written into the story -- along
with his trademark cartoon rabbit
which has finally been given a
This is the second book Mrs Owen
has published, her first Lily the
Library Mouse was printed late
last year and also illustrated by
Mr Healy. Both books have been
independently published. To have
gone through a known publisher
would have required an agent and
taken up to three years -- possibly
longer because new authors were
finding more difficult than ever to
break into the market because of
the economic downturn, she said.
"I thought 'to hell with that'.
"I'm 83 and I don't know how
much longer I've got so I'll do it
now. It's really for my own personal
Mrs Owen's creative writing
began some 40 years ago when
her dyslexic son was assigned
remedial reading that he found
childish and boring for his age. So
she decided to write him a book of
his own, writing about two pages
a day. Her son's reading ability
Coming up with a story wasn't
something that Mrs Owen found
difficult. She said her head was
always full of ideas that she has
frequently found herself jotting
down and sharing with children
and grandchildren over the years.
"I have a very weird mind. I'll wake
up in the morning with a complete
character in my mind. I don't write
a story --- a story writes me. I write
it because I have to," she said.
Last year she decided to take a
granddaughter's advice to turn
one of her stories into a book.
The relationship with Mr Healy
began soon after when she was
looking for an illustrator for Lily
the Library Mouse. She found Mr
Healy in the phone book and he
willingly took on the job of putting
a face to Lily. It was the perfect
partnership, she said.
"Our minds work the same way --
he sees the characters as I see
During one of their frequent chats
Mr Healy told of how the company
he worked for had just taken
delivery of a new snowplough from
"I thought what a lovely story --
and Bertie was born."
It made sense to write Mr Healy
into the story and when his
trademark rabbit appeared in the
illustrations she thought it only
fitting that he have a role too --
naming him Bob in recognition of
that fact he's always bobbing up in
Mr Healy's cartoons.
Mrs Owen has printed 200 copies
of Bertie and has about 70 copies
of Lily left. She sells them through
the Southland Museum and Art
Gallery, Craigs Printing and also
by attending craft fairs and the
like. The books cost $15 and $10
respectively and are also available
directly from Mrs Owen by phoning
(03) 218-3818 or emailing
As is the norm, she also has
several other stories currently on
the go. The characters in progress
include bush gnomes, a Curio Bay
seal who's actually a silkie and an
inept wizard named Arfur.
She hopes all will eventually find
their way into their own books.
Bertie brought to life
Invercargill author Audrey Owen with her two published children's books,
illustrated by former Te Anau cartoonist Dave Healy.
Bertie the Snowplough.
We made two blunders in
last week's edition so, to put
things right, here's the correct
The Te Anau Croquet Club's fun
day will be held at the Te Anau
Lodge, Howden Street, between
2pm and 4pm on Sunday,
March 27 (not the 25th as we
incorrectly published last week).
Everyone is welcome and the
$5 entry fee includes a chance
to try your hand at the game,
a Devonshire tea and the
opportunity to look through the
recently refurbished former
Mararoa Homestead on site.
The Southland District Council
will be issuing new wheelie bins
during April ready for a change
to the new two-bin system from
Bins with a red lid are to be used
for rubbish, the yellow lid is for
recyclables (we got these around
the wrong way last week).
We apologise for the errors.
Single Meal Deal
A winner is drawn every week!
Drop in to Te Anau Subway to
register your birthday and be
entered into the draw when
your birthday arrives.
Don t miss out !
HOW DO I ENTER ??
come and have
lunch on us!!
It s your
6" Sub & Drink
& your choice of either
2 cookies, 1 bag of chips or
1 bag of apples
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