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The new school year is off to a flying start
in Tuatapere as students and staff
celebrated the first day back this week with
a new school name, catchy logo and
a rejuvenated uniform.
Tuatapere Community College has now
become Waiau Area School with principal
Maryse Anderson-Kereti describing the
renaming as history in the making.
“With this brings an opportunity for us
to start a fresh, to bring about a fresh
focus on what we are all here for... our
students,” Mrs Anderson-Kereti said in
front of the school’s 180 students,
staff, Board of Trustees and the many
parents gathered to witness the unveiling
The changes stem from a consultation and
survey process with the school community
last year. The process was undertaken by
the school’s Board of Trustees.
Mrs Anderson-Kereti was delighted with the
response to the survey describing it as the
“highest we have had”. The result reflected
the community’s desire to bring change with
70 percent of survey respondents voting
in favour of the new name. Only 7 percent
wanted to retain the existing name with the
remaining in favour of another name.
The decision to update the school uniform,
which was also included in consultation
process, was driven by the growing desire
within the school to lift standards, provide a
sense of pride and bring uniformity.
New chapter in Tuatapere school history
History in the making: Waiau Area School Principal Maryse Anderson-Kereti stands alongside
students Jack Dowling and Ella Wylie, sporting the new school uniform, at the unveiling of the new
school name and logo.
By Trudi Baird
The rejuvenated Lumsden Community
Swimming Pool is getting another boost
with a uniquely Southland twist on an iconic
old Kiwi favourite.
It’s in the Gumboot, an adaptation of
the popular television game show It’s in
the Bag, will be staged at the Lumsden
Memorial Hall on Saturday, February 11, to
boost the pool coffers and ensure it thrives
well into the future.
After a missed season due to cracks and
widespread leaking, a concerted community
effort saw the pool brought back from the
brink last year – repaired and reopened to
much enthusiasm from locals.
Spokeswoman Amelia Duthie said thanks to
generous support from the local community,
Community Trust of Southland and Lottery
Grants Board, the $42,000 needed to get
the pool back into operation was raised
in just six months. Since reopening in
late October, patronage had been strong
with the number of key rentals among the
highest in recent times. Even the swimming
club, which had been in recess for many
years, had reformed.
The challenge now was to come up with
fundraising ideas to ensure the pool was
maintained. A hugely successful trail bike
ride had formed the basis of last year’s
fundraising efforts and the committee
wanted to come up with something different
but with equal widespread appeal this year.
And so It’s in the Gumboot was born.
Generous sponsorship will see somewhere
between $7500 and $8000 in prizes given
away on the night. They are as diverse as
helicopter flights, holiday packages, grocery
vouchers and socket sets. There are also
the obligatory “boobie prizes” although
what they will be is a strictly guarded secret.
The MC and game show host would be
Tickets cost $45 each and include a three-
course meal – with two options for each
course – prepared by the Lumsden Lions
Club. Ms Duthie said the Lions input to the
project had been fantastic.
“We really can’t thank them enough for
Tickets for the event were on sale now from
Northern Southland College or by phoning
Vicky McCallum on 021-0224-2345 or
(03) 248-7155, or Cheryl Clearwater on
(03) 248-7110). They would also be
available from the Lumsden Primary School
from February 7, Ms Duthie said.
Lumsden pool fundraiser ‘in the gumboot’
Lumsden kids (from left) Kane Graham, Andrew Graham and Eilish-Joy Graham with the gumboots
that will be lined up for a uniquely Southland fundraiser for their community swimming pool.
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!!
6” Sub & Drink
& your choice of either
2 cookies, 1 bag of chips or
1 bag of apples
Wanda Whipps is the new owner of Te Anau’s Fab & Finesse and is looking
forward to welcoming new and existing clients to the store.
Wanda and her husband Daryl, a local stock agent, moved to Te Anau from
Eastern Bush two years ago. They love the place and are excited to be further
integrating themselves with the community by taking on this popular and
Known for its huge selection of high quality women’s fashion lines, home and
giftware, and souvenirs, Fab & Finesse is a must-see shop for visitors and a
staple for locals. New winter fashions will be arriving throughout February and
March so keep checking in for the latest arrivals.
Also planned are extensions to the gift lines, including high quality
handcrafted wooden pieces – everything from serviette holders to sideboards
– produced by Otautau Joinery.
Wanda and Daryl would like to thank Jo and John for all their help and
encouragement and wish them all the best in their new ventures in
Contact Wanda at 03 249 7309,
66 Town Centre Te Anau.
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