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Fiordland teenager Logan Edgar
is looking for a big home town
welcome when he rolls into Te
Anau on his first PowerNet Tour of
Southland next week.
The Fiordland College student
and New Zealand under-19 road
cycling representative has joined
the South West Helicopters
team, which also features
another former Fiordland College
student, Travis Kane, who now
lives in Invercargill. They are
joined by Lachlan Shannon and
tour veteran Simon Croom, one
of Logan's coaches, both of
Invercargill. At the time of going to
press there was uncertainty over
who would fill fifth berth after an
injury to Gareth Cooper.
Logan said he was looking forward
to the tour, especially after a
frustrating performance at the
recent national championships.
His race did not go to plan and
he missed the break away and
finished in the main bunch.
The gruelling Southland tour,
covering 886km in six days, will
be Logan's hardest challenge yet
but he's itching to get into it.
"My object is, first up, to finish it
because it's a bloody hard tour,"
"It's all pretty exciting. I've been
looking forward to it for a long
time but it's been a pretty long
season for me."
There are two key areas he
is looking forward to -- the
Blackmount Hill that is is regular
training ground and which he
knows better than any other rider
and the cheers of support from
friends and family as he rides into
Hills are his strength and the
Blackmount climb is practically
his second home but there's a lot
of pedalling before he gets there
and he's not underestimating
the enormity of the challenge
that lies ahead. To that end he's
been extremely focussed on his
"There's still a bit of time to
scratch together a bit of last
minute form," he said of his final
week of preparation.
The PowerNet Tour of Southland
starts from Invercargill on
Monday. On Wednesday it travels
via Otautau to Tuatapere leaving
again at 1.30pm and travelling via
Riverton and Thornbury to Winton.
Thursday takes riders through to
On Friday they'll start from Winton
at 10am and ride via Blackmount
to Te Anau where they're due
to arrive outside the Hollyford
Boulevard about 2.15pm.
Saturday marks the last
day and they'll leave from
outside the Fiordland
Community Events Centre
at 9.30am, coming into
Lumsden about 11.20am.
The final stage leaves Winton
at 1.30pm and is due in
Invercargill about 3pm.
Tour excitement builds
Te Anau cyclist Logan Edgar who is looking forward to his first Tour of
Southland next week.
There was a large turnout at the first of the Marakura Yacht Club's weekly Monday evening learn to sail classes
Winton New World customers
are back packing in plastic after
their local supermarket joined
others around the South Island in
dumping the 5 cent check-out bag
surcharge, just 10 weeks after the
Part of a national campaign by
New World Supermarkets to
reduce the use of plastic bags,
the surcharge was dropped last
Tuesday after negative customer
feedback forced the change.
One Winton woman, who did
not want to be named, said that
groceries cost enough these days
without adding any additional
"I just object to paying any extra
at the supermarket than what I
Another man said it was his
business which environmental
strategies he employed and it was
not up to New World to tell him
how to protect the environment.
"Let them make a donation to
DOC if they want to, but let me
make my own choices on how to
keep it green."
An elderly customer, who only
used cash when shopping, said
that the bag surcharge was even
more expensive for her with the
price having to be rounded up to
Foodstuffs general manager retail
operations Alan Malcolmson,
of Christchurch, acknowledged
that there had been a level
of customer resistance to the
"There were a percentage of
people who really didn't like
paying for check-out bags
and we've got to listen to our
The campaign got off to a
flying start when it was first
launched nationwide on August
3, with a 65 percent drop in the
volume of plastic bags used
in supermarkets. However, it
ran into trouble early on when
supermarkets in Auckland and
Wellington cut the charge in
the wake of negative customer
Despite last week's setback, the
New World group would continue
with its campaign by encouraging
the use of reusable bags and by
supporting environmental projects
from the group's own funds, Mr
Plastic fee bagged
By Mary Witsey
The Marakura Yacht Club's
learn to sail evenings are
proving as popular as ever, with
16 first-timers turning up on
the first night along with many
young sailors already hooked
on the sport.
Co-ordinator Gary McCorkindale
said anyone was welcome to
come along to the Te Anau club
at 5.30pm on Mondays and
join in the fun. Most currently
taking part are aged between 8
Because of the co-ordination
skills needed, eight was the
youngest taken on but there
was no upper age limit. Many
parents coming along to
support their children often
also found themselves getting
in a boat, he said.
"Anyody's welcome to have
The club has a good selection
of dinghies of varying sizes
that are ideal for learners. The
upgraded rescue boats had
also made coaching a lot easier
and safer, he said.
Learn to sail nights run every
Monday for about two hours.
Plain sailing -- a chance for anyone to have a go
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