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The Department of
Conservation's (DOC) flood
protection project at Milford
Sound has won the prestigious
Rodney Davies Project Award
from the New Zealand Planning
Begun as a stop-bank scheme
to manage the flow of the
Cleddau River away from the
Milford area, the project needed
significant modification when
planners discovered a second
source of potential flooding.
A new approach was required
to protect people, businesses,
buildings and infrastructure.
The dramatic solution required
buildings in the Cleddau Village
area of Milford to be temporarily
relocated while the ground level
was raised above flood level,
and then returned. The resulting
Cleddau River Flood Protection
Scheme was completed and
officially opened in November
2011 at a cost of $13.1 million
-- ahead of time and under
The NZPI Awards Panel were
impressed with the project's
sensitivity and considered it
was an excellent example of
cooperation between several
agencies in a challenging
physical and legislative
DOC's Te Anau area manager,
Reg Kemper, said DOC was
proud to receive the award
which was an endorsement of
the work of all those involved.
"It's a fantastic
acknowledgement of the
collaborative nature of DOC's
work in conservation and
tourism," he said.
The New Zealand Planning
Institute Rodney Davies Project
Award is made annually to
recognise innovative and
creative excellence in the
undertaking and completion of
a project involving a physical
work or development.
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A month into her new job as
the Fiordland College Principal,
Lynlee Smith is enjoying the
"I came thinking I knew the job,
because I've been a principal for
the last few years. And it's true,
I know the job, but I don't know
the teachers, the students, the
parents and the place. It's a little
bit overwhelming," Mrs Smith
"Then we get a sunny day and
I look at the mountains and
think 'how could I live anywhere
Ms Smith started her teaching
career at Feilding High School,
followed by roles as assistant
principal and acting principal
at Geraldine High School and
five years as principal at Waitaki
Girls' High School in Oamaru.
She has also spent a year in
Germany on a teacher exchange.
A highlight in her first month
of work in Te Anau was her trip
to Gore with Fiordland College
Boys' Basketball Team.
"It was nice to be with the kids
and I was very impressed with
how they conducted themselves
on and off the court," she said.
Another highlight was seeing the
the school production "Man of
"There are about 100 students
involved in the musical, that's
nearly half of our school roll! The
kids and the teachers have been
working really hard."
She doesn't have big plans for
the school yet.
"My goal is just to get a handle
on things. The board has a
strategic plan and those will
be the goals we'll be working
On her approach to the staff, Ms
Smith said she saw herself in a
"I'm an enabler. Leadership is
about being an example, but
also helping people to develop
their skills and giving them
the courage and confidence to
achieve their goals."
Asked about her thoughts
on international students at
Fiordland College, she said they
added a new dimension to the
"The potential to bring extra
money is there, but it's not all
about the money. It's the cultural
impact that overseas students
bring. We need to make sure we
are ready for the students, have
processes in place and have
community support," she said.
Regarding the Enviroschool
status of Fiordland College, Mrs
Smith said it was the college's
point of difference.
"What other school is so close
to a National Park? We currently
have bronze status. I'd like to
see us do better than that."
Mrs Smith said she would like to
thank the Te Anau community for
its open acceptance.
"I have felt welcome right from
the word go. I feel like I belong
here already, but have a lot to
learn, she said. "And I'm looking
forward to doing some fishing on
New principal settling in
New Fiordland College principal Lynlee Smith is settling into her new role.
By Alina Suchanski
Flood protection work wins prestigious award
Jane Douglas (left) of NZPI presents
the Rodney Davies Project Award
to Jessie Haanen (DOC) and
Daniel Murray (URS) at the award
ceremony in Blenheim.
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