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Te Anau turned on one of the
biggest daffodil shows in the
country last weekend -- entry
numbers coming second only to
the national show in Christchurch.
The spring flower show is always
well supported but this year,
possibly spurred on by the
successful hosting of the national
South Island show last year, the
Fiordland Community Events
Centre was fair bursting with
Judge Alan Brown, of Waihola, said
he'd been coming to the Te Anau
show for 15 years and this year's
entries were up at least a quarter
on what was usually seen.
All up there were 1230 entries
and 2198 blooms in the daffodil
To promote the show about
300 daffodil bulbs, donated
by Pleasant Valley Daffodils in
Geraldine were given away with
pots sponsored by Te Anau Mitre
10, with the recipients encouraged
to enter the resulting blooms.
This saw 78 competitors in the
potted bulbs section with a special
section already being planned
for next year to enable people to
show them again on their second
The seven judges had no difficulty
in determining their overall
winner. That went to a "smooth
and symmetrical" all white, large
cup Sheila Rowan daffodil grown
by the president of the Daffodil
Society of New Zealand, Trevor
Rollinson, of Dunedin.
During the prizegiving, Te Anau's
Betty Dodds was presented with a
certificate of recognition from the
national association in honour of
many decades promoting flower
growing and showing in the area.
Mrs Dodds was a prime mover in
the establishment of Te Anau's
spring flower show.
Winners were: Trevor Rollinson
(champion of show), Bill Cowie
(open), Joan Jordan (intermediate,
collections-intermediate and most
points collections class), Mandy
Abernethy (amateur and most
points local), Ted Loose (novice
and champion daffodil novice),
Judy Matthews (collections,
amateur), Noeline Taylor
(miniature daffodils), Margaret
Knowles (cut flower), Eleanor Cook
(best bloom), Emily Caldelari-
Hume (children's class), Jan
Powell (most points floral art).
Blooming great turnout
Te Anau Spring Flower Show chief judge Ron Abernethy with the champion
bloom grown by Trevor Rollinson, of Dunedin.
Dipton School pupil Dan Stewart is
the senior winner (Years 7 and 8)
of the Creative Southland Speech
Competition held last week.
The annual competition has been
running since 2003, and this year
involved 60 schools with entrants
from Years 5 to 8. Area finals
were held throughout the region
during the past few weeks with
17 competing in last Wednesday
night's grand final.
Venture Southland's creative
projects manager, Angela Newell,
said once again the high calibre
of contestants made judging the
"The competition is a great
opportunity for challenging young
people's rhetoric and public
speaking abilities. This year's
competition had an outstanding
selection of young people
speaking on a diverse range of
topics," Ms Newell said.
Judges for this year's event were
Anne McCracken, Mary Palmer
and Chris Kennedy.
Dan's speech was entitled
"Delayed Gratification". Second
placegetter was Dryw McArthur,
James Hargest College and third
was Henry Smith from Southland
Boys' High School.
The junior winner (Years 5 and
6) was Holly Munro of Limehills
School whose topic was "If I
were in charge of New Zealand".
She edged Ashlee Turner, from
Mossburn School into second
place and Tom Shallard, from
Riversdale School into third.
The MC's Choice Awards went to
Eli Winders, Sacred Heart School
and Dan Ryan from Northern
Country kids speak up well
Dan Stewart, of Dipton School, with
the cup for winning senior section
of the Creative Southland Speech
Competition last week.
Like Kevin Murdoch (Fiordland
Advocate, October 6), I am also
concerned that Southland District
Council ratepayers will pick up
the tab for the additional several
million needed to complete the
"Around to Queenstown" cycle
With an average annual increase
of 11 percent, my rates have
increased by over 50 percent in
four years and will have doubled in
Please don't land the SDC
ratepayers with another greedy
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