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Jet boats will be roaring on the Oreti and
Waiau rivers during the Southland Twin
Rivers Race this weekend.
The annual event held by the Southland Jet
Boating club, will host more than 20 boats
during the race, with some participants
travelling from as far as Queenstown,
Dunedin and Canterbury. Many of the
entrants will use the event as a preparation
run for the New Zealand River Marathon
that will be held from October 5 to 12 and
cover more than five rivers in the south,
including the Waiau and Oreti.
Competing in the event this year, for just the
second time, will be Winton’s Ben Baxter
and Michael King.
“It would be great to do better than last
year’s finish of 4th place,” Mr King said.
“This year, we would like to do well on our
home river. It’s a really great event and
should be great viewing for spectators
from any of the bridges along the river,
especially Centre Bush as you can see a few
kilometres up the river from there.”
Mr King is the navigator in his boat which
boasts a small block Chev engine.
Racing in their 12th season will be last
year’s winners, Garth McMaster and Phil
“We are looking forward to defending our
title at this year’s event,” Mr McMaster said.
“Oreti is our one of our favourite places to
Saturday’s racing will be on the Oreti River,
beginning at Branxholm at 10am. If there
is enough water in the river the boats will
race all the way to Lumsden, returning
at 1.30pm. Sunday’s Waiau River Racing
begins at Tuatapere at 10am and boats
will race through to Redcliff, returning to
Tuatapere at 1pm.
Twin rivers roar
Two spectacular days of jetboat racing are promised in Southland this weekend with the Twin
Rivers Race taking place on the Oreti and Waiau rivers. Pictured here are Winton’s Ben Baxter and
Michael King in action during last year’s race.
PHOTO: Mike Smith
By Megan Graham
More than $20,000 has been granted in
the latest allocation from Meridian Energy’s
Manapouri Te Anau Community Fund.
Mararoa School received $2879 to
purchase an electric oven, fridge, sewing
machine and work table for their new
technology area which board of trustees
chairman Murray Willans said would give
students practical experience in essential
life skills, including nutrition, food safety,
“It gives us a great opportunity to really
broaden our health and technology
curriculum. The improvements are not
eligible for government funding, so we’re
very grateful for Meridian’s support,” he
The Fiordland Community House will feel
the warmth from two new heat pumps,
purchased with a grant of $7893, which
treasurer Lindsay Humphries said would
make a huge difference to the increasing
numbers using the facility. The Community
House opened last year and the community
had worked hard to make the interior
welcoming, he said.
The Lakeside Presbyterian Church’s $8747
grant will pay for the Southland District
Council sewerage and water headworks
charges incurred during the recent project
to extend and upgrade the church.
Meanwhile, the Cancer Society of NZ,
Otago and Southland Division was awarded
$1150 to help improve access to services
offered by the Cancer Society, particularly
for those living in isolated rural areas.
Meridian’s asset maintenance manager
and chairman of the Manapouri
Te Anau Community Fund Mat, Bayliss, said
supporting the communities in which it
worked was important to Meridian.
“The Community Fund model works well
because it assists projects that directly
benefit the community. We still have
funding available to allocate this year, and I
encourage residents to start thinking about
submitting their community projects for the
next round of allocations in September.”
Meridian’s Manapouri Te Anau Community
Fund has been supporting community
development initiatives since 2007.
Nearly $900,000 has been granted to
a wide range of sustainable community
development initiatives in Te Anau,
Manapouri, Clifden and Tuatapere.
Supported projects include environmental
conservation, volunteer emergency
services, schools, and heritage restoration.
Funding allocations are managed by a panel
of community representatives and Meridian
Grants aid local projects
Visitors to Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre will be able to book local
transport and activities this summer as the
Department of Conservation trials a new
partnership with Tourism Exchange New
The live booking system becomes
operational on October 1, enabling visitor
centre staff to search live availability direct
from local tour operators’ reservations
systems, make a booking, give customers
instant confirmation and process payment
to the operator on the spot.
DOC commercial channel manager Jake
Downing said that with around 130,000
walk-in visitors annually, the Fiordland
National Park Visitor Centre was one of the
busiest in the country.
“Our aim is to provide a complete service
to our customers, offering visitors to
conservation areas a high quality and
enjoyable experience. If this initiative is
successful we would like to roll this model
out to other DOC visitor centres across the
country,” he said. “Our Visitor Centre staff
are experts on providing information and
are excited that they can now fully satisfy
the customer’s needs with the ability
to book local activities – the demand is
TXNZ spokesman Andrew Wells said there
was no better way to grow a business
than through the burgeoning online
opportunities around today.
“At super low cost businesses can
participate and only pay when a successful
booking is made and deposited in their
system and bank account. The power of
a visitor centre like Fiordland selling local
activities with live dynamic connections to
reservations systems cannot be ignored.”
DOC trials visitor activity booking system
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