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The Otautau Patchwork and Craft
group is delighted to be hosting
the prestigious Hoffman Quilt
Challenge Exhibition as part
of its annual show this Labour
Every Labour Weekend the group
members showcase the work
they’ve done during the year at
the Otautau Courthouse Museum.
This year their creations will be
displayed alongside those of the
Hoffman Challenge entrants.
This year’s Hoffman Challenge
organiser, Betty Twaddle, of
Geraldine, said the Hoffman
was one of New Zealand’s main
quilting competitions. Each year
a piece of fabric is chosen by the
organisers that entrants must use
in their quilts. As well as including
a recognisable amount of the
challenge fabric, the quilts must
be less than one metre square
in size and neither square nor
rectangular in shape.
“The Hoffman Challenge is our
longest running national challenge
and despite several changes of
the guard in organising this, the
challenge has remained
unchanged. The rule that
quilts must be neither square
nor rectangular – that ensures
the boundaries are pushed.
And for this reason the
Hoffman Challenge remains
fresh and innovative.”
Again this year, the Otautau
exhibition will feature a
guest exhibitor. Kerrie Gow,
of Blackmount, has been
invited to display her work at
the exhibition after her recent
success in the Hoffman
Quilt Challenge, winning the
section, “Best Traditional
with a Twist”.
Mrs Gow has entered the
Hoffman Challenge for the
past three years and had her
quilts accepted for the national
tour every year.
“I was delighted to be awarded the
category win with this year’s quilt,”
Mrs Gow is a member of the
Blackmount Stitches group and
has been involved in patchwork
and quilting for the past 10 years.
More recently she has been
creating fabric art and has made a
number of commissioned pieces.
The Otautau exhibition will run
from Friday, October 19, through
to Monday the 22nd at the
Courthouse Museum. Further
information is available by phoning
Joyce Wilson on (03) 236-0153.
Quilts come to Otautau
Kerrie Gow, of Blackmount, is the guest
exhibitor at the Otautau Quilt Exhibition this
PHOTO: Megan Graham
By Megan Graham
The heavy rain over the past week
has made for fast, spectacular
racing during the New Zealand Jet
The first day of racing was held
on a fast flowing Clutha River,
then on Monday the boats raced
on the Waiau. The river had more
than 350 cubic meters of dirty
water running through it, similar
to the flows experienced before it
was dammed to feed the power
stations in the area.
The strong winds and fast flowing
river favour the bigger boats and
overall leader John Perry was able
to extend his lead.
Tuesday, and the cold damp
weather continued. While it was
not as windy as it was on the
Waiau, it was still cold. Racing
on the Oreti River made for
spectacular viewing, with many
choosing to watch from the
numerous bridges along the leg
of the race. Local driver Roger
Preston, continued his strong
Drivers and crews had a day off
on Wednesday and travelled to
Queenstown where the race will
end with two final days, today
(Thursday 11th) on the Matukituki
and the final day tomorrow (Friday
12th) on the Dart River.
Big rivers for Jet Boat Marathon
Winton driver Roger Preston powers along the Oreti River on Day 3 of the New
Zealand Jet Boat Marathon on Tuesday.
PHOTO: Megan Graham
By Megan Graham
Sometimes we get concerned about what is happening to someone we know or care
about. Have you noticed changes in their behaviour, such as more or less energy than
usual, changes in eating habits, concentration, mood or sleeping patterns? Pick a
quiet time to let them know that you have noticed and are concerned, and provide
an opportunity for them to share what is happening. Encourage and support them
to make an appointment with their GP. Ask if they want or need support to make the
appointment, get there, be there with them during it or help them pay for it. Offering
these things let them know you are concerned and supportive, but also respect their
decision if they want to do it themselves.
Sometimes you may have major concerns about someone’s mental health deteriorating
and when you talk to them they are unaware there is anything wrong or are unwilling to
seek help. If your concerns are such that you become worried about their or someone
else’s safety, it may be advisable to discuss your concerns with the family doctor. If that
isn’t possible, both Healthline and Emergency Mental Health Team phone numbers are
available in the Hospital and other health service providers section of the phone book.
Take notice of others, including yourself....
When someone you care about is experiencing mental health and/or drug issues, it can
create increased stress for those around them. Some ways to help reduce this stress:
Learn as much as you can about the condition, what things enhance recovery and
where to get help
Have a look at what you all do normally and choose to do only the important things
for a while
Help children understand what is happening at an age appropriate level, reassure
them then it is not their fault and things should get better
Take the time to discuss what is happening
Be encouraged by all the services and treatments available to help recovery
Make opportunities to do fun, adventurous and new things
Take time out
Get support for yourself
Supporting Families Southland has staff covering Southland
and the Wakatipu. If you would like to make contact,
Heke tipu oranga, he taonga tuku iho, ka pakanga ake, aue te aiotanga, te manawanui.
Take Notice messages from the
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
your local Mental Health Promotion Advisor from
Public Health South in Invercargill.
Phone: 03 211 0900 ext. 718
This week is
Do you or someone you know need help dealing with mental health or
drug and alcohol issues?
Supporting Families Southland is here to help
We have resources, services and field workers here to help you!
Contact our Fiordland/Northern Southland field worker
Joanne McArthur 021 071 3486 or
Supporting Families Southland Office 0800 494 262
Supporting Families/Whanau and Carers affected by Mental Health and/
or Drug and Alcohol issues
Information Education Advocacy Support
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