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All members of the Manapouri
Community Development Area
Sub-committee (CDA) who stood
for re-election last weekend have
been returned for another three
Alan Youldon, Shirley Mouat,
Malcolm McLean, Russell Smith
and Phil Wornall were all re-
elected. The sixth member,
Harry Bull, did not seek re-
election. There were two further
nominations at last Saturday's
public meeting, which attracted
about 60 people. Alistair Burgess
was the successful candidate.
In his chairman's report, Alan
Youldon said five of the six-
member committee were
newcomers three years ago.
From the outset the committee's
main focus had been to curb
council spending and keep rates
down where possible.
The first savings made were to
hold off on the new development
and signs overlooking the lake by
the memorial rock. Another cut
was to the expense of charging for
parking on View Street car park,
"This was to be done with a barrier
arm and pay on the way out.
Although this would have brought
in some revenue, it was thought
the expense outweighed the
Management of the foreshore had
been a contentious and time-
consuming issue. Changes were
made in the way weed control
was carried out and in November
2008 the decision was made to
start restoring the views of the
lake as contained in the 2003
Foreshore Management Plan. This
work started in February 2009 but
was halted by a legal challenge
and not getting resource consent
at the time the management plan
was compiled was probably an
oversight, he said.
The application took the best
part of a year to grant at a cost
of $24,000, and resulted in the
committee being allowed to do
less than what was contained in
the original management plan.
There were also a few strings
attached, including the need for a
conservation report on the area.
"The council engaged Sue
Bennett, an ecologist from Te
Anau, to write this report and
during her survey it was very
disappointing to see juvenile
trees unlawfully cut down and
mature trees poisoned in very
conspicuous places," Mr Youldon
Last month -- two years later --
work re-commenced on restoring
views of the lake, he said.
Meanwhile, a long-proposed
$900,000 upgrade of View
Street, was agreed to in May
last year following a survey of
residents. However, since then
the committee had learned an
expected roading subsidy would
not be forthcoming.
"The proposal now is to trim the
work back to $650,000, which
will mean there will be reduced
lowering of the road. The project
is now at final design stage to suit
the reduced budget and will be
put to tender with construction
expected to commence in
September," Mr Youldon said.
A big issue for the new committee
would be determining the future of
the Manapouri Hall.
There was an urgent need for
maintenance now along with
considerable ongoing expenditure.
On present income there would
be a shortfall of $1246.67 per
year, or $48 per household. When
considering the hall's future, the
Manapouri Library's future would
also need to be considered, as it
is in the hall building, but does not
make any financial contribution to
its upkeep, Mr Youldon said. The
Manapouri Play Group also uses
the hall every week.
"The new CDA need to consider a
wider consultation before making
a decision on the future of this
hall," he said.
Familiar faces on Manapouri committee
By Kirsty Macnicol
The Te Anau Kepler Lions Club is
hoping its annual cheese roll drive
will generate enough support to
help the local Plunket upgrade its
stock of rental car seats.
Every years the Lions club makes
and sells hundreds of dozens of
cheese rolls, giving the proceeds
to a worthy local cause.
This year it learned that many of
the child restraints rented out by
the Te Anau Plunket were due for
replacement so it has nominated
the scheme as this year's
As well as renting equipment, a
crucial part of the Plunket Car
Seat Scheme is educating parents
and checking the seats are
properly fitted. It rents everything
from infant capsules to child car
seats and booster seats, with
charges kept as low as possible
and usually ranging between
$3.50 and $7.70 a month for
However, each seat has a life of
only between six and 10 years,
depending on the make and
model, meaning about a seventh
of Plunket's stocks must be
replaced each year.
The scheme attracts no
Government funding and this year
about $26,000 will be required
for new and replacement seats in
Any money raised in Fiordland will
stay in the area for the purchase
of car seats here.
Lions club spokeswoman Margaret
Henderson said the club was
hoping cheese roll lovers would
respond generously for such a
Last year about 450 dozen cheese
rolls were sold, raising about
The cheese rolls cost $6.50 a
dozen and orders can be placed
with any Te Anau Kepler Lions
member or by phoning Merle
Buchanan on (03) 249-8404 or
Natalie Shanks (03) 249-7845.
The big roll-up is scheduled to take
place on May 14.
Rolling out new car seats in Fiordland
Te Anau Kepler Lions Club member Margaret Henderson enlists the help of
two-year-old grandson James Napier in a practice run for the hundreds of
dozens of cheese rolls the club will soon make to help raise money for the Te
Anau Plunkets car seat rental scheme.
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