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Expansion work on the
Department of Conservation’s
Te Anau area office is nearing
completion, providing a welcome
relief to the growing pains of the
past five years.
Fulltime staff numbers at the
office have increased by 30
percent and every summer the
seasonal workforce doubles the
demand on facilities.
Acting area office manager Annie
Wallace said the office was built
in 1987 and had been added
to several times since but the
amenities, such as kitchen and
toilets, had never been altered.
It had got to the stage that more
than 50 staff - 100 in summer
- were sharing just two toilets ,
while smoko time in the staff room
could be chaotic.
The work had been approved 15
months ago but had been deferred
to a time when it would cause
the least disruption. Part of it has
been the building of a 60 square
metre extension, housing an
open-plan office for the community
relations team whose offices were
commandeered to accommodate
two extra toilets, an enlarged staff
room and new reception area.
Coinciding with the office
extensions has been the upgrade
of the Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre. Outside five picnic
tables have been placed on the
lakefront grounds and a new
pathway laid, with improved
signage, guiding people from the
lakefront walkway to the visitor
centre. Inside there are interactive
touch screens offering detailed
information about the various
walks available in the region, from
short, day trips to the Great Walks.
Visitor centre manager Christine
Officer said the improvements
were prompted by a desire by DOC
to support tourism in the region
by giving visitors better access
to information. There were many
visitors who used the lakefront
walkway but until now there had
been nothing inviting them to
make use of the scenic grounds
at the visitor centre or pointing
them inside where they could
learn more about the area and the
The touch screens were an
effective way of communicating
exactly what people could
expect and should plan for when
venturing into the national park.
“It makes it easy for people who
don’t speak English as their first
The interactive screens were part
of an ongoing revision of DOC’s
promotional material and would
eventually include information
about other experiences in the
wider region such as the Hump
Ridge Track and various walks in
the Queenstown area.
Changes at DOC centre
Department of Conservation Te Anau area office acting manager Annie
Wallace and project manager Andrew Cudby on the new path leading from the
lakefront walkway to the Te Anau visitor centre.
Meridian Energy has continued
its commitment to rivers in the Te
Anau basin with a one-off grant to
assist Environment Southland’s
river management work.
Catchment Manager Noel Hinton
said Meridian Energy had given
$46,000 + GST to the council’s
work maintenance programme in
the Te Anau basin catchment for
the 2011/2012 financial year.
The payment was made following
ongoing discussions between
Meridian Energy and the council
during its annual plan process.
The council sought financial
contributions from the
Government and state-owned
enterprises which are some of the
major landowners, users as well
as partners in the management of
Te Anau river systems.
Mr Hinton said although the
payment was a one-off, the
company had agreed to ongoing
discussions on future levels
of involvement through the
upcoming long term plan process.
The contribution illustrated the
continuing support provided by
the company to the council’s work
in the basin with the management
of the Whitestone, Upukerora and
Mararoa rivers, to which Meridian
had been a major contributor, Mr
River management assisted by Meridian grant
Weekly Air Quality Summary
Weekly Air Quality Hint
Twenty Four hour PM10 averages in Te Anau
ranged from 3.4 micrograms/m3 to
12.9 micrograms/m3, recorded on 21/7/2011.
The temperature ranged from -6.2 degrees C to
8.6 degrees C.
There’s more detailed information about air quality on the Environment Southland website www.es.govt.nz.
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