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Miss Anderson said a
documentary had been made
about the moose in 1998 but the
story had developed since then.
They got in touch with moose
researcher Ken Tustin who was
happy to share his findings and
last week accompanied them
on a helicopter flight into the
Dusky Sound area where 10
young moose from Canada were
released in April 1910.
The trip had increased their own
knowledge and also given them
the chance to capture some
Public opinion on whether a
population of moose still exists
in Fiordland intrigued the film
makers who said they were keen
to gather as many personal stories
Miss Anderson, who is from the
United Kingdom, said she had
been "completely captivated" by
the moose story. Mr Bridgman,
from Auckland, had heard it
before but, as was the case for
many New Zealanders, it was
something just on the "periphery"
of his knowledge.
Having seen the evidence put
forward by Mr Tustin and viewing
the Fiordland landscape first
hand, Miss Anderson said she was
open to the possibility that moose
still lived in Fiordland.
"I think there've got to be moose
there," she said. "Even if they're
not there now, eight years ago
they were definitely there."
However, the film was not seeking
to come up with a definitive
answer, rather present scientific
information such as reproductive
rates and whether the land could
sustain the animals, alongside
sightings over the years and
people's opinion today.
All views were being sought for
the film, along with suggestions
from people on where good scenic
filming locations could be found.
Anyone with ideas or opinions was
invited to share them by emailing
The pair plan to make several
visits back to Fiordland of at least
one week a month between July
Amy Anderson captures footpage in Fiordland for a film on moose she and
Robbie Bridgman are producing as part of their post graduate diploma in
science communication and natural history documentary film making.
Movie about moose
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Ideas, initiatives and priorities for
the future development of Te Anau
and Manapouri have been formally
collated and are now open for
The first Te Anau-Manapouri
Community Concept Plan was
drawn up in 2000 with the aim
of documenting the vision locals
had for their own areas -- covering
such topics as community
services, facilities and amenities,
promotions and economic
Venture Southland community
development planner Diana
Zadravec while the document was
not binding, many of the ideas
contained within it had since been
realised. It was an ideal reference
for local government organisations
and commercial businesses to
assess community will and gave
funding providers a steer on which
projects enjoyed strong community
The community visions have now
been revisited as part of the a 10-
year review process which involved
public workshops held last year
and input from individuals via
questionnaire and letter.
"The review process has confirmed
that Fiordland has a strong and
vibrant community with natural
resources, good infrastructure and
services and, most importantly,
the people with a real passion
for the environment and the
community," she said.
The Fiordland community had
undergone significant growth and
change in the past 10 years with
both Te Anau and Manapouri
enjoying a steep increase in
population that was projected to
continue and likely to lead to more
demand for services and facilities,
Ms Zadravec said.
It was therefore unsurprising that
things like community, social and
health services featured high
in the community's priorities
identified in the plan.
The development of a new
Fiordland Health Centre was a
key goal of the first concept plan
and that was realised last year.
The highest prioritised project in
the review is a retirement village
or home and care for the elderly.
Until now commercial developers
have deemed this not to be viable
however the report notes this may
change if the current demographic
Among the many other ideas are
further activities and facilities for
youth, a need to fully utilise the
new Te Anau Airport at Manapouri,
a make-over of the Te Anau Town
Centre and the development of
a niche conference market in
A copy of the plan can be
downloaded at www.southlandnz.
com and typing concept plan into
the search bar.
Submissions close on July 8.
The final plan is expected to be
released in September.
Concept plan released
A colouring competition run in Fiordland in conjunction
with the Westpac Chopper Appeal has been won by Te
Anau School student Connor Moffatt. His prize was a
ride on the
go to the
Connor's colourful win
Westpac Te Anau representative
Sarah Hayman and Lex Mouat of
Luxmore Jet present Connor Moffatt
with his prize.
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