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Prime Minister John Key outlined a
message of growth to his grown-up
audience at the Mossburn Community
Centre last Friday – however Mossburn
School pupils were much more interested
in his tale about a crocodile in a swimming
Several pupils had a face-to-face chat with
Mr Key during a school line-up, with nine-
year-old KC Armstrong-Williams saying his
encounter was “really, really cool “ after
high-fiving the PM.
Mr Key also took time to mix and mingle
with Northern Southland College students
after covering off some of the National
Party’s key strategies which included
negotiating a Free Trade deal with India.
“Fonterra thinks that India will be at least
as big as China,” Mr Key said. New Zealand
sold more to China in eight hours “than in
all of 1972,” he said.
The challenge was also to lift the volume of
tourists coming to New Zealand – Chinese
tourists could number a quarter-of-a million
in two years, Mr Key said.
Asked what message he was getting from
rural Southland, Mr Key said: “People
seem conscious of the fact that we need to
continue to reduce bureaucracy”.
Mr Key left with a rural Southland souvenir
after Community Development Area sub-
committee member Jim Guyton presented
him with a Mossburn Pirates Rugby Club tie.
PM tied up in Mossburn
Prime Minister John Key high-fives Mossburn School pupil KC Armstrong-Williams, 9, much to the
delight of fellow pupil 10-year-old Anna Gallaher (right).
By Russell Fredric
Interest is being sought from Fiordland
people keen to volunteer some time making
regular visits to elderly members of the
The accredited visitors programme was
explained to members of the Te Anau
Golden Age group recently and some of
them liked the idea so much they have
invited Chris Cunningham back to Te Anau
to present it to a wider audience.
Spokeswomen Margaret Hall and Dorothy
Fowle said Te Anau’s senior citizens were
well catered for through groups such as
Golden Age and Probus but not everyone
liked the meeting format – particularly if
they were hard of hearing.
Mrs Fowle said she had seen recently
a perfect example of how a regular visit
from a younger person could be of great
assistance. In this case a young woman
was filing an elderly friend’s papers – a job
she struggled with herself because she had
poor sight. While there were small jobs like
this that younger people could assist with,
sometimes it was just good company.
Under the accredited visitors programme,
people were given training and had to
consent to a police check before being
paired with an elderly person. Volunteers
committed to one hour a week, usually on a
nominated day and time.
Mrs Hall said potential volunteers were
invited to attend an information meeting
at 10.30am on July 14 at the Fiordland
Community House (the old
medical centre). This would
simply be a forum to find out
more about what was involved.
If there was enough interest,
training sessions would be
The final of the Sport Trust Cup rugby
challenge will be played in Riverton on
Wednesday night (July 6).
The competition, resurrected this year from
the old sub-union days almost 20 years
ago, pits Northern versus Western for the
cup match after Western beat Central and
Northern beat Eastern in in the first round
three weeks ago.
While there have only been four games this
season, that’s likely to be revised next year
as organisers look to make it a permanent
fixture on the calendar.
The game will kick off at the Riverton
grounds at 7pm.
Rugby final at Riverton
Two existing members of the Guardians of
Lakes Manapouri, Monowai and Te Anau
have been reappointed.
Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson
announced last week that Dr Sue Bennett,
of Te Anau, and Muriel Johnstone, of
Riverton, had been returned to the role for
another three-year term.
The Guardians are a statutory body
established under the Conservation Act
1987. They are charged with advising
the Minister on matters arising from
environmental, ecological and social
impacts of the power schemes on the
lakes, and makes recommendations on the
operating guidelines for the lake levels.
A winner is drawn every week!
Drop in to Te Anau Subway to
register your birthday and be
entered into the draw when
your birthday arrives.
Don’t miss out !
HOW DO I ENTER ??
come and have
lunch on us!!
6” Sub & Drink
& your choice of either
2 cookies, 1 bag of chips or
1 bag of apples
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