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Dawn Sangster, of Ranfurly, is the new face on
the Alliance Group board of directors.
The result of the postal ballot was announced at
the meeting of shareholders held in Invercargill
on December 16.
Mrs Sangster fills the seat vacated by Te Anau's
Owen Buckingham who retired from the board
after almost 25 years' service. John Lindsay, of
Dipton, a sitting director who retired by rotation,
was returned to his position.
Chairman Owen Poole commended and
thanked all candidates for their time and effort
in seeking a position as a director. He also
paid tribute to the contribution Mr Buckingham
had made to the company during his tenure.
Mr Poole said that, among other things, Mr
Buckingham would be remembered for his
strong support for farmer ownership and his
commonsense, tenacity and courage.
Alliance Group elects
Te Anau's first formal touch season has
been declared an outstanding success,
with more than 100 people turning up each
Wednesday evening for the competition.
While the game has been played socially
for several years, Dale Wairau launched a
new-look format in October with the backing
of Touch Southland. This meant teams were
registered with the parent organisation
and their players would be eligible for
Mr Wairau said the first module concluded
Twelve teams had initially joined but two
of those, from out of town, pulled out due
to the long travelling distance. That left
10 enthusiastic teams that got two games
each every Wednesday night. In addition,
there were about six Fiordland College
teams playing their own round of games.
Two college teams also entered the senior
At the completion of the round-robin
competition the Ranch Regulators and
Midnight Train squared off in an exhilarating
"The final was played at a blistering pace --
this was shown by three tries scored within
three minutes. Commitment was evident, so
was a lot of sweat, and some fantastic ball
skills were displayed," Mr Wairau said.
The Ranch Regulators won the game 6-4
to be the inaugural winners of the Te Anau
Touch Southland Cup.
Interest had been so strong that another
competition would start ion late January or
early February, Mr Wairau said. New teams
were welcome, as were individuals who
were interested in having a go. The game
was ideal for first-timers or those worried
about whether their fitness was up to
scratch as players could be subbed on and
off at will.
Mr Wairau said he also hoped to see
coaching of touch skills introduced to the
local primary school next year.
Touch of sporting class
The Ranch Regulators touch team -- inaugural winners of the Te Anau Touch Southland Cup.
Southland parents are generally happy
with the job they do but with extra
information and support it could be even
better, according to the Our Way Southland
regional survey on parenting.
The report, Parenting in Southland,
contains the results of a survey of 753
parents and caregivers across Southland.
Community Outcomes Regional
Co-ordinator Aaron Fox said the purpose
of the survey was to capture a snapshot
of parenting viewpoints from around the
region, and identify how parents felt they
could be better. The survey was developed
by the University of Otago's Centre for
Research on Children and Families with
the research conducted in September by
Dr Fox said it revealed some pleasing
results. By-in-large parents were positive
about raising children in Southland,
particularly because of the community and
the people living in it, he said.
A number of parents suggested there was
room for improvement, and responding
to these needs could require a concerted
response within the community and
between different agencies.
Dr Fox said community support for
parenting could enhance societal wellbeing
in the short term and could ward off some
social ailments in the longer-term.
"Being a parent is one of the most
challenging roles anyone can face, and the
positive community outcomes which are
possible when we all support parents and
caregivers cannot be underestimated."
The findings of the report will form the
basis of a regional parenting strategy for
Southland which will be developed by Our
Way Southland. Dr Fox said the next step in
formulating the strategy would be a series
of focus groups with children, young adults
and parents which would be held from
February. The report can be downloaded
Parenting survey reveals most happy
We would also like to thank everyone who supported
Laura with her Fundraising for the WorldSkills
Competition in London. Thanks go to all who bought
chocolates and raffle tickets. The results of which
are as follows: 1st place: Muriel Sutherland, 2nd:
Jenny Savage, 3rd: Sue Fuller.
Special thanks also to Fiordland College, Fiordland
Electrical, Fiordland Rotary, Real Journeys, Southern
Discoveries and the Te Anau Kepler Lions for their
very generous contributions to the fund
Laura competed well in London; placed about the
middle of a very competitive field. She has since
gone on to become the NZ Hair Dressing Apprentice
of the Year, and has had a great 2011.
The Pharmacy will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day,
then back to some semblance of normality.
We're always available for call-outs on 0274669164.
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