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There was little time to stop and
admire the highly anticipated
arrival of a new tractor at the
Te Anau Golf Club last week
before greenkeeper John
Service put it straight to work.
Thanks to a $25,000 grant from
the Meridian Community Fund,
the club was able to splash out
on a brand new $44,000,
48hp John Deere 4320 – the
first new tractor the club has
owned in its almost 50 years
and a delight for Mr Service
who has been the sole
greenkeeper there for 28 years.
Club chairwoman Dawn Dowling said the
club owned three old tractors in various
states of repair that meant keeping the
course in top condition was not only
increasingly difficult but also dangerous.
The Meridian grant was helped along by
$1500 from the Southland District Council
and club reserves mainly built up thanks
to the fundraising efforts of members
on projects such as making and selling
lamingtons and splitting firewood.
Treasurer Dick Kent said the support from
Meridian and others throughout the year
was invaluable. The club could not do
without a new tractor but its purchase had
almost completely drained the club coffers.
“We’re skint,” he said. “We have to start all
The next item on the club’s wishlist was
a greens mower with a price tag of about
“That’s a lot of firewood,” Mr Kent said.
Mrs Dowling said the club was grateful to
the many members who volunteered their
time to assist with maintenance around the
golf course. There were currently about 180
members and the club was looking forward
to celebrating its 50th anniversary next
year, she said.
Club gets new tractor
Meridian Manapouri site manager John Twidle hands the
keys of a new tractor to Te Anau Golf Club chairwoman Dawn
Dowling while greenkeeper John Service eagerly awaits the
chance to put it to work.
The Southland Life Education Trust is
celebrating 20 years in Southland.
The programme began in New Zealand
in 1987 and has since expanded to 12
countries. Southland was one of the first
regions to adopt the concept which uses
a mobile classroom to visit schools with
the aim of providing children with the
knowledge to make informed choices
about their health, to respect others and
to learn to appreciate their uniqueness.
The first classroom was funded thanks to
a $150,000 grant from the then TrustBank
Southland and was operational by
Life Education receives no government
funding and is instead managed by 39
volunteer-run community trusts throughout
the country. Specially trained educators
are employed to deliver the programme.
The trusts are responsible for funding the
programme and schools that elect to have
the mobile classroom visit pay a nominal
fee per student.
Southland Life Education Community Trust
chairwoman Val Whyte said there were now
seven Southland schools that had been
receiving the programme for 20 years.
They were Te Anau, Mararoa, Mossburn,
Riversdale, St John’s Girls’ School,
Southland Adventist Christian School and
Edendale. Each would be presented with
a certificate commemorating the
achievement – Te Anau and Mararoa
received theirs this week.
Life Education celebrates 20 years in south
Southland Life Education educator Teresa Wallace and mascot Harold the giraffe, celebrates the
programme’s 20 years in Southland with Te Anau School pupils Mackenzie Christie, 9 (left), Erin
Wyle, 5, and Josh Pearson, 9.
An exhibition of 24
oil paintings by
opened by his wife
Helen and son Mark
Oremland on Monday
(February 20) at the
Te Anau Lodge Old
Born in Eastern
Oremland was sent
to New Zealand in
1938, aged 11, to
His parents died
during WWII and orphaned Charles
remained in New Zealand.
After an apprenticeship in engineering he
embarked upon a sales career and took
up painting as a hobby. Serious painting
began when he retired, thus fulfilling a life-
long dream. He left over 100 paintings on
diverse subjects, from childhood memories
to still life. The exhibition will run until
For more information contact Mark
Oremland or George Garden at Te Anau
Lodge on (03) 249-7477.
Old church venue for special art exhibition
Helen Oremland and son Mark pictured below some of her late husband
Charles’ paintings that are being exhibited in the Te Anau Lodge Old
Church building until March 4.
PHOTO: Alina Suchanski
By Alina Suchanski
RIVERTON - Fri 2nd March
TE ANAU - Sat 3rd March
Fundraising BBQ From 7pm, show starts 8pm; bring cash for BBQ & Bar
Tickets are selling out fast!
Get yours online now at eventfinder.co.nz
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