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Since the closing of the local
school and many other focal
points of the community it has
become increasingly important to
the Fairfax community to keep its
community hall up and running.
Hall committee member Gaye
Jenkins said many other halls in
the wider area had been closed
and some even pulled down due
to safety concerns.
“The hall is our focal point of the
community and the committee
boast a fantastic team of
volunteers who spent time
recently painting and refurbishing
the supper room,” she said.
The hall is used on a regular basis
by Isla Bank School, locals for
birthday parties and get togethers
and, in a bid to beat the winter
blues, card evenings are about to
start on Monday nights.
In order to keep up with the
maintenance on this community-
owned hall, the committee
along with Graham Hawkes
from the Paddington Arms in
Invercargill, are to hold a cooking
demonstration and wine tasting
fundraising evening. The event
has been boosted with fantastic
sponsorship from Beef+Lamb
New Zealand, Alliance Group,
Paddington Arms and Hawkstead
“We are really lucky with the
generous sponsorship. It’s going to
be a really awesome night of wine
tasting and food demonstrations
with our local produce,” she said
The event will be held on Thursday,
July 26, at 7pm.
Tickets cost $20 and are available
from Otautau Joinery or by
phoning Gaye on (03) 234-8930.
Cooking up ways to fund the hall
Invercargill chef Graham Hawkes will host a cooking demonstration as a
fundraiser for the Fairfax Hall this month.
By Megan Graham
The former Waiau airstrip, near Te
Anau, has been sold.
Southland District Council property
manager Kevin McNaught said
the sale had been confirmed with
the settlement date still being
finalised. He would not divulge the
sale price until the transaction
had been completed but said it
was “significantly higher than any
previous offers we have had”.
The airstrip, which sits on about
97ha of land just outside Te Anau,
was decommissioned in 2009.
When the new Te Anau Airport at
Manapouri was first mooted, the
cost of its construction was to be
off-set by the sale of the Waiau
airstrip land which, at that time,
was estimated to be worth around
$3 million if subdivided. However,
since then Te Anau has been
flooded with new sections and the
Te Anau Community Board and
Southland District Council were
forced to admit they were unlikely
to realise anything close to those
The council was then landed
with having to service a loan for
the shortfall on the new airport,
the burden for which fell to local
ratepayers who have each been
levied an airport rate of between
$157 and $176 every year for the
past three years.
In 2010 the airstrip land, excluding
the area adjacent to the road
that houses the hangars and
fuel tanks, was leased to Russell
Jack Contracting. The term was
for three years but the contract
included an early termination
clause should a buyer be found for
the land during the lease period.
Revenue from the lease has been
used to fund operational costs of
the airport and the loan.
When formulating this year’s
annual plan, which came into
effect on July 1, the Te Anau
Community Board decided to
reduce the airport rate to $130 by
not paying back principal on the
loan until the old Waiau airstrip
was sold. Both the board and
the council also signalled that, if
sold, the proceeds from the Waiau
airstrip would be used to help pay
off the loan.
Mr McNaught said because
settlement had not been reached
before July 1, the airport rate
would remain at $130 this coming
year but the community board
would consider what effect the
new reducing loan would have on
the rate when doing estimates for
the 2012-13 financial year.
The Waiau airstrip land has been
bought by the Scott family, of Te
Anau, who plan to farm it, primarily
for wintering cows and for growing
feed to support their wintering
pad in Kakapo Road. They hope to
take possession in September or
Waiau airstrip sold
By Kirsty Macnicol
Your chances of surviving a heart
attack in Te Anau’s industrial area
may have just improved by 50
The Department of Conservation
(DOC), in partnership with Real
Journeys and Downer EDI Works
Limited have purchased an
Automated External Defibrillator
(AED) to be kept in the industrial
area, for cardiac emergencies in
this part of the town.
The device will be kept at the
Downers yard, but can be used
by any of the businesses in the
An AED is a portable device that
can help diagnose threatening
cardiac arrhythmia or irregular
heartbeats in a person. The
device will then help treat the
problem if necessary by supplying
a current of electricity to help
re-establish an effective heart
The AED displays simple audio
commands, so no training in how
to use it is necessary.
These devices have been shown
to improve recovery rates of
cardiac arrest by up to 50 percent.
Used along with first aid and rapid
response from the emergency
services, these devices give
sufferers of cardiac emergencies
the best chance of recovery.
The device found at Downers
was supplied by NZ Red Cross. It
complements other devices found
around Te Anau at Fresh Choice
supermarket, Fiordland National
Park Visitor Centre, Distinction
Luxmore Hotel and the Fiordland
Defibrillator for industrial area
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