Positively Maniototo MARCH 15 edition

Phone Amie on
(027) 264 3766 or email
[email protected]
Download on line from www.maniototo.co.nz/contacts-links
February, once again, was event focused in the Maniototo
with locals perhaps a little stretched to get out and about
to as much as they could! How wonderful to have such a
lot on in a small community!
Maniototo A&P Show
A scorching hot day was officially opened by invited patron
Shayne O’Connor - quite fitting given the cricket World
Cup was about to begin! Neville Wahrlich reported good
entries into the equestrian events with approximately 50
adult and 50 young riders. Given the testing growing conditions there was a commendable turnout for the Horticultural and Industrial division in the
stadium. En Hakkore catered the
morning/afternoon teas and lunch in
the Rugby Club Rooms for the first
time (a welcome solution to the
Combined Churches of the Maniototo stepping back after doing it for
many years). The Maniototo Young
Farmers held successful dog trials
with Tim O’Neill (right) and his dog
Salve winning Open Huntaway,
Young Farmers Cup and most points
Festival in the Park
There were moments where the skies threatened to rain
down on the newly located festival but it managed to hold
off before pelting down just after 6pm. Around 1000 people came and went throughout the day to enjoy a relaxed
and great
variety of
live music.
Many raved
about the
new location on the
grass, surrounded by
trees and a bit of shade. Lucky members of the crowd
took away a helicopter ride, free travel and family passes
to Queenstown Luge and Gondola from supporting the
event raffle.
MARCH 2015
Rail Trail Duathlon
Although entries were down over all, local entries were
up! Three teams entered the two day Otago Central Rail
Trail Duathlon and Marissa Graham entered as an individual - coming in as first female. Team High ‘n’ Dry (below
left) consisted of Deirdre Lithgow, Deborah Paterson,
Geraldine Duncan and Ann-Marie Paterson. Jo Dowling,
Becs Smith and Bailey Dowling made up another team
and the cleverly named team ‘I B PRO FUN’ (below right)
saw Hannah McAtamney, Laura Dowling, Becky McAuley
and Amanda Graham win bronze medals!
Deb Paterson says, “the first bike leg from Alex to Lauder
was a hard uphill grind in the heat! Pretty tough! Day two
was great downhill and cooler teams and really pushed
ourselves! It was great having quite a few locals in the
event! For our team it was a personal challenge and to
finish the event was awesome!”
After hosting a successful arrival of the Cavalcade in Ranfurly last year many locals took to the trails and arrived
this year in Outram for the ‘Out West Country Fair Day’.
Questions surrounded the event given the drought and
land owners were torn as to if they’d give land access but
all went ahead! The Maniototo Junior Rugby Club again
catered Jim Hore’s trail as
it is a great fundraiser!
Farms and Stations enjoyed hosting the various
trails as riders, wagons
and walkers made their
way to Outram. Hugo
Paterson (left) of Deepdell Station was treated
to a bit of a ride too!
MAR Sat 7th Waipiata Husband and Wife Tournament and
Strath Taieri A&P Show (page 5)
A big thank you to all those who made “Festival in the Park”
happen. Good venue and good music!
Mon 9th &
Tues 10th
Patearoa Collie Club Trials
Special thanks to Ewan and his team. To the stalls - it takes
time and preparation setting up and dismantling.
Fri 13th
RSA raffle night at Ranfurly Hotel
Sat 14th
Maniototo Area School Formal
We appreciate the work put into giving us a good way to
spend an afternoon.
Wed 18th
Maniototo Business Breakfast (page 10)
Sat 21st &
Sun 22nd
Kids Hunting Competition in Becks (page 5)
Mon 23rd
Otago Anniversary Day
27th & 28th
Kyeburn Collie Club Centenary
APR 3rd
Good Friday
Daylight Saving finishes (clocks back)
Easter Monday
Ladies Day (page 4)
4th February Club Night (1)
Ken Lloyd – Frances Wood
New Members! 2nd
Diane Barton – Suzy de Louw
Donella Hore – Doris Gibson
11th February Club Night (2)
Doris Gibson - Angela Wilson
Judy Elder – Audrey Johnston
Basilia Beers – Jill Crosbie
ANZAC Day holiday
MAY 2nd
Duck Shooting Opening Weekend
16th & 17th
Bards, Ballads & Bulldust Festival
Margaret Hore
Near new, Naseby holiday accommodation available now,
reasonable rates, short or long term.
Phone or txt Barbara 021 2555618
Patearoa Collie Club Trial Dates this
year are 9th and 10th of March from
8am each day. Spectators are welcome both days—just head up behind the Hamilton's Dam
on Gorge Road. Food will be available for purchase at all
Trustee (voluntary position)
A vacancy exists for a Trustee to sit on the Community
Trust of Maniototo
Kyeburn Collie Club Centenary is on March 27th and 28th.
All past and present members and supporters welcome to
join the celebrations. Enquiries to Logan Dowling 444 9095.
Courtesy Coach available.
Do you have a strong interest in the many sporting, cultural and charitable aspects of community life within the
Have the ability to fairly assess without prejudice or predetermination applications for funding against prescribed
criteria that must bring benefit to the community?
Have experience to work as part of a team to manage
and grow an investment portfolio?
If so please make an application in writing detailing your
relevant community experience and why you would like
to be considered for this position in the first instance to:
Expressions of Interest – Trustee Position
Chairman Maniototo Community Board
C/- Janice Remnant
Community Facility Officer
15 Pery St
Tuesday 3rd February - Thursday 2nd April
Otago Anniversary Day 23rd March
Monday 20th April- Friday 3rd July
Anzac Day observed 27th April
Queens Birthday 1st June
Monday 20th July - Friday 25th September
Monday 12th October - Wednesday 16th
December (half day only)
Labour Day 26th October
New Zealand Couriers are
happy to support your
community publication
Positively Maniototo.
Applications close: 5.00pm Thursday 26 March 2015
Note: Incumbent Trustee is eligible for reappointment.
Call 0800 800 841 for your courier needs
Mary Heaney from REAP will be taking playgroup at Patearoa on the 3rd Monday of each month 10am - 12 midday.
Positively Maniototo interviews a couple of women who were
based in the Maniototo last month …
Held at the old Patearoa School, it’s a great time for children
and parents to get together and playgroup will be on regardless of the weather.
Tell us a little bit about who you are and your career in
broadcasting ...
We are Julie Shapiro and Miyuki Jokiranta, from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's year-old Creative Audio Unit.
We produce two weekly shows for ABC's "ideas network”,
concentrating on narrative work.
Please remember to bring along sunhat, sunscreen, snacks
and drink bottles.
Any queries please phone Debbie Paterson 444 9280
What gave you the idea to do a documentary on little libraries?
I backpacked around New Zealand back in 1998, and first saw
the Waipiata library back then (below). Even checked some
books out, while staying at Pete's Farm Lodge (then Pete's
Farm Hostel).
I'd noticed other small libraries around the North Island as
well and, as I was just getting into documentary and radio
work back then, the seed was planted that these would be a
rich and curious subject for a documentary. Over the years
I've thought a lot about the buildings, their histories, the people who have kept them going over the years, and wondered
about their place in today's communities.
Who has commissioned this work and where will it be
The BBC World Service has commissioned a 26-minute radio
documentary, "Circulation: The Search for Tiny Libraries in
New Zealand." So it will literally be heard all over the world (I
believe in mid-April).
Highlight of the Maniototo?
The long drives under a changing sky, with dramatic landscape dotted with horses, cows and sheep. The colours, the
sense of space, and the peacefulness. Also memorable were
the wonderful people who we met, sleeping out in the cottage at Pete's Farm, chatting
with Denise on Burn about
our project, the sense of community that we found everywhere we stopped. And, of
course, every library we
pulled up in front of in
Naseby, Patearoa (right), Kyeburn, and Waipiata...
Where to from here?
We're back in Sydney and Melbourne now, back to producing
our shows and regular CAU programming. I have a feeling
both Miyuki and I will be burning some midnight oil to put the
documentary together. We gathered close to thirty hours of
tape, so need to sort, listen to and log that before getting into
the production mode.
Denise Baddock
Despite the disappearance of our large
red blow up jandal in the first week of
our Summer Promotion and the
wooden replacement disappearing in
week six, Burn729am would like to thank our sponsors
and all the people who entered the draw with the location
of it over the last six weeks. Thank you to Pete and
Pauline McDonald for relocating the jandal to the new site
each week and to the landowners who allowed it on their
properties. Congratulations to the weekly winners of the
chocolates - Grant Pullar, Janet Parker, Linda Varcoe, Rose
Sneddon, Norma Francis and Conrad from Oturehua and
to the overall winner Miranda Smith of Wedderburn who
picked up a $50 BBQ meat pack on behalf of Burn729, a
24 pack of Speight's from Ranfurly 4 Square and two bottles of wine and cushion cover depicting the Rail Trail
from Wedderburn Cottages.
How about a 100 year age gap? At a Sub Centre fixture at
Waipiata in early February, Champion Triples from each club
was played over two days. Teams from Waipiata, Naseby,
Patearoa, Middlemarch and Ranfurly competed.
The final between Patearoa (Beryl Reid, Donella Hore and Rae
Paterson) played Ranfurly (Dolina Keenan, Linda Varcoe and
Maureen Kennett). Ranfurly won a close game!
Amazing that the combined age of the Patearoa team was
255 years and the Ranfurly team 155 years!
Bowls surely is a sport for all ages!
You will have noticed some different
voices gracing our airwaves in recent
weeks. It’s been a pleasure to have the
young ones come on board. Nellie
McIntyre joined us in January prior to
heading off to Christchurch to broadcasting school in February. Nellie (who has connections with the Ida Valley /
Poolburn area) will be back at holiday time for more airtime and we wish her well in her venture. Nate, Robyn
Newall’s grandson joined us briefly and will be back when
other commitments allow. Kenzie Stuart is doing an hour
once a week for her Duke of Edinburgh Award and Charlotte Hutton-Aitkens has taken up the challenge after her
brother Jack headed off to boarding school.
L-R—Donella Hore, Rae Paterson, Beryl Reid, Linda Varcoe, Dolina Keenan and Maureen Kennett.
To all the ladies of the Maniototo, mark Sunday 26th April
on your calendar for a great day out for some fantastic
retail therapy and pampering before the winter chill is
upon us. Clothing, jewellery, massage and beauty therapy, makeup, homewares, to name a few, will be available
on the day, details to follow next issue.
We continue to have great responses to our daily quiz
questions and promotions here on Burn. Business and
community groups please keep us in mind for your advertising requirements and updates. Price schedules available, enquiries welcome.
Agricultural Spraying
Precision Drilling
Direct Drilling
Talk to James Pyle about Fodder Beet
and Spray and Drill packages
‘Keeping it live and local here on the Maniototo’
Contact details:
Burn729am/87.9fm. Call 444 9729 or email
[email protected] and
‘Positively Maniototo’ call 444 9993 or email
[email protected]
Proudly servicing
the Maniototo
Becks White Horse Hotel’s 5th Annual
Head along to the Strath Taieri
A&P Show on the 7th of
March to enjoy a fantastic day
of spectator enjoyment. Take
in the sights of American and
Australian Classic cars! Hot
Rods and custom cars will be
on display.
21 & 22 March
Weigh in at 11.30am Sunday at Becks Hotel car park
Entries close Friday 13th March.
BBQ lunch available
Categories include:
 Team—Heaviest combo bag
 Individual - Heaviest combo bag
 Team/individual - Heaviest bag of 15 rabbits
(combo bag to include rabbit, hare, possum,
magpie and a gutted nanny goat)
New category—eligible for 10-15 year olds
 Heaviest sow/boar (gutted)
Be entertained by those crazy local farmers as they go head
to head in the iconic musterers race.
Take on the winners of
last year’s inaugural
Spouse Carrying Competition - Kate and Matt
O’Connell. Line up at
the start and be in to win
your spouse’s weight in
$5 per person
$15 per person
$15 per team
(max 3 people)
Entries close Friday 13th March
Conjure up an outfit for your pet and enter them into the
Pet Section. There’s a $300 prize up for grabs generously
donated by Patrick Tisdall Contracting.
Email [email protected]
or phone Paulette on (03) 447 3401
See you at the Strath Taieri A&P Show
on March 7th!
“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly
about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
Mrs Fridays Preschool & Nursery
27 Bute Street
Children 0-5 years
Hours 8am – 5pm
20 hours free for all 3 & 4 year olds New Lunch Menu
Free meals for 3&4 year olds using ALL their 20 hours
Get Ready for School Programme
Qualified Teachers
Phone us now or call in anytime and secure your space in our
family friendly environment.
Contact Lexie 444 8312
Phone or text 027 448 9233
[email protected]
George Eliot
On the 30 of January Mataura hosted the Otago Southland
Fire Brigade conference. Ranfurly resident James Hazlett
was handed over the Chair as President of the Otago Southland Provincial Fire Brigade Association.
Dates: Running until
Tuesday, 7 April 2015
The Central Otago District
Arts Trust and the Otago Central Rail Trail Trust initiative
showcasing our talented Central Otago artists had a successful opening on Waitangi Weekend. Maniototo ‘hosts’
include Ida Valley Kitchen, Hayes Engineering Works & Café,
Oturehua Railway Hotel, Oturehua General Store, Wedderburn Tavern, Ranfurly Hotel, E-Central Café, The Practice
and Black Forest Café. Brochures including map and detailing artists at each location are available at each participating establishment.
James has been part of the executive for the past 3 years
and this year in his presidential role he will lead the executive team in supporting the 72 brigades that are members of
the Otago Southland area.
James and Jayne will attend function nights and honour
nights held by brigades from Bluff to Oamaru. They will also
attend many competitions run by the OSPFBA including the
recent Southern Challenge held in Oamaru, Waterways competitions and the Road Crash Rescue challenges which Ranfurly have a very successful team in. It will certainly be a
year of travel and interesting navigation to the small brigades in these regions.
James knows his experience as Chief of the Ranfurly Brigade
will help to support other volunteer brigades and in turn he
is bringing back new knowledge to help support the Maniototo Community.
L-R: Skip King, Central Otago Arts Trust Coordinator Maxine Williams, The Practice owner Amie Pont, artist Luke Anthony and Trevor Mira on the first day of Art
on the Rail Trail. Photo courtesy of Jan MacKenzie.
James Hazlett and wife Jane at the Otago Southland Fire Brigade conference
Positively Maniototo will be catching up with familiar faces
in the community to see where they came from and what
brought them here. Our first ‘import’ is Zerena ‘Zee’ Boyle.
You may recognise her face and you may also recognise her
Zee’s Story
Zee was born in North Shore hospital, raised in Auckland
and her parents farmed in Kaipara. “I’m from good, hard
working stock,” she says. Zee was a self proclaimed ‘rebel’
at school, leaving early and uneducated without quite understanding the importance of education until down the
track a bit. In 1989, after working in various factories such
as Kambrook (appliance manufacturers), Zee went to
Teachers Training College and was accepted into Primary
teaching but in the end went into Early Childhood. A very
serious car accident at the age of eighteen changed her life
forever. The accident resulted in over twenty years of on
and off operations and being told she would never see
properly ever again. It was this time Zee says, “that started
my journey on the mantra of ‘never say never’. After years
of training myself, positive thinking and special lenses I can
see well today.”
After the accident and a few years in early childhood, Zee
entered the business world, working for BAYCORP (debt
collection agency) and eventually became Team Leader.
She also went to Australia for eighteen months as well as
working on the Club Med circuit in her mid 20’s. “I worked
in the kids club and in the circus. I was a trapeze performer
in the circus. I did a bit of everything,” she says with a
laugh. “I fully recommend cruise boat work to young people wanting to see the world. I got to go to places such as
New Caledonia and the Maldives. It completely takes you
out of your comfort zone.” Zee admits a difficult time of
control and leaning on alcohol a little too much. “I was a
controller. It was my way or the highway. It wasn’t
The chance came to move to the Maniototo through her
cousin Shelley Jones. “Shelley had bought the very run down
building just before the Oturehua turn off. After a huge renovation, I came down to help her run it as ‘Whiskery Bills Café &
Bar.” Zee had worked for a bit of fun in a pub in Auckland in
the past but this was her first time in hospitality so serving coffee was rather new to her. The café was open for about four
years and Zee stayed there for three before moving into Ranfurly.
Zee now has a mix of paid and volunteer roles in the community. You’ll see her pulling pints at the Ranfurly Hotel and hear
her on Burn radio (pictured left with student Aroha Cromb).
She has a hand in early childhood
once again as a volunteer at Ranfurly Playcentre (and is also working
towards her course requirements),
volunteers at the community library
and also works with Healthcare NZ
in a relief carer role.
Zee’s parents still live in Auckland
and, although Zee has not had children herself, she has a large
extended family and is a grandmother now through Whangai
(tradition of whanau raising other whanau member’s children).
Zee has a brother in Ireland who is training to become a special
needs teacher and is married with three children. Her goal is
to visit them all in Ireland. “The Boyle family has a crest and I’d
like to explore that history.”
“After moving to the Maniototo, little by little, I began to control less and truly started living. I began to communicate more
openly. The Maniototo has taught me a whole different way of
life. There’s so much more than climbing the corporate ladder.
Life’s about the people in it, not money and possessions. I’ve
learnt to live more holistically, to be nicer to people. We need
to be a bit nicer to one another. I appreciate the magnificence
of this area. The Maniototo has long invisible arms and whenever I’m away up North there’s this pull to bring me back.”
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Recently married, Nic (son of Doug and Jo) and Amanda Graham returned from their overseas travels and have now settled in Ranfurly. Nic is set up with his own van and is a fully
qualified electrician, approved heat pump installer, appliance serviceman, Freeview and data cable installer and adds
an extra pair of hands to the company.
Graham Electrical Limited has a long and well respected history in the Maniototo. Bill Graham started the business as a
contractor back in 1955 from the building in Mitchell Street
using an old Chevy as his first truck (below).
Three generations of electricians from the same family have
worked for the same company which is rare for any trade!
William (Bill) Graham
Robbie Graham
Doug Graham
There was then a move to the current Off The Rails building
(below) in Charlemont Street which was previously George
Bell Ranfurly (saddler and radio shop)
Nic Graham
Jo Graham
Two of Bill’s sons joined the company in apprenticeship roles.
Rob starting in 1973 and Doug in 1977. In 1978 the move to
Charlemont Street was made with the opening of a new
showroom and office in the old Otago Farmers building
Part time electrician
Electrician, Qualified Fire Alarm
Electrician, Inspector, Appliance
Electrician, Appliance Technician
Shop, Administrator and Sales
L-R Doug, Rob, Bill and Nic Graham with their fleet outside the Mitchell Street
Domestic & Commercial Contracting
Home Appliances
Fujitsu Heat Pumps
Irrigation & Stock Water Pumps
In 2002 the Trust Bank building next door was purchased, a
wall knocked out and the showroom was opened in 2005.
The company also owns depot buildings on Mitchell Street
which are used as a workshop and storage.
The very first customers Bill worked for when he started Graham Electrical Ltd were Chap and Donella Hore at Stonehenge
and now, 60 years later, the company is still involved in all
Stonehenge’s Electrical work. They’d like to take the opportunity to thank the Maniototo for it’s long history of supporting local business.
SHOWROOM: 29 Charlemont St, Ranfurly
Ph/fax 03 4449-314
Mob: Doug 0274388380 or Rob 0274478627
Email: [email protected]
Ten years after celebrating 50 years in business, Graham
Electrical Limited is celebrating 60 years of continued sales
and service to the Maniototo. To mark the occasion they
are having a birthday sale with all in store stock reduced in
price during March.
Bill Graham (on the tractor) and the late Denny Kreft load the first walk in chiller
made by Graham Electrical in the late 1960’s for Ranfurly Four Square.
Rob says: Graham Electrical continues being a member of
Appliance Connexion, New Zealand’s biggest appliance
group and, now with it’s expanded product access, can sell
and service more big brands such as Electrolux, Westinghouse, Haier, Mitsubishi and Maytag alongside the Fisher &
Paykel and Fujitsu appliances and heat pumps we’ve been
associated with for over 50 years.
Other brands include Panasonic, LG, Samsung, Sharp Audio
and Visual, Lowara pumps, Sunbeam, Goldair, Breville and
many other smaller appliances.
Employee Owen Hunter installs a more modern chiller made for Sue and Jim Hore at
There have been numerous people undertake apprenticeships through Graham Electrical including Robbie Dobson,
Andrew Blue and Kevin Johnston.
New technology with LED lighting means a lot for money
saving and heat loss prevention. GEL is retrofitting down
light installs where other fittings are not only costly with
lamp replacement but also when the log burner has been lit
all the heat disappears into the ceiling cavity. All fittings we
supply can have insulation covering the fitting. The fittings
are completely sealed meaning no heat loss. Call in for advice and free, no obligation quotes.
Graham Electrical Ltd also specialise in rewiring installations
which have old conduit or rubber cabling in them. Now days
insurance companies require a certificate of compliance for
all types of buildings. We can inspect, locate any problems
and remedy them. GEL will remove old cabling systems and
upgrade switchboards etc for compliance.
Graham Electrical are also a recognised employer of New Zealand Fire Fighter volunteers. The partnership between the
Fire Service, volunteers and their employers is based on mutual benefit. The Fire Service acknowledges that the significant input from volunteer fire fighters is never provided in
isolation and, without the employers allowing employees to
drop everything for a call out, the service would not operate
at such a high level.
A full range of service and installation work is available including:
New housing
Dairy conversions
Pump sheds
Heat pumps
Appliance repairs
Refrigeration repairs
Data cabling
Satellite installs
Fire Alarm Systems
Emergency lighting
Commercial appliance repairs
Over the years Graham Electrical Limited has made and installed a variety of commercial chillers (right).
The latest Maniototo Business Breakfast was again well attended (given it was the morning of the A&P Show!). Guests
included new community Constable Jaco Pieterse, Jason Bodmin of PGG Real Estate (Alexandra) and Rob Kinney of Vision
Chartered Accountant Limited (Dunedin).
Amie Pont covered the work being undertaken by Maniototo
Promotions, upcoming events and the great reports about the
area coming through The Practice Gift Gallery. Serving coffees
has increased stops by passing through traffic and locals alike.
Sam Inder reported that indicators estimated $80,000 was injected into the area during the Pacific Junior Curling Champs.
The Winter Games are coming up in August and that Darren
Carson will be heading to Japan this month in his capacity as
international curling umpire.
After moving from Sydney, Australia, Jason will be servicing the
area on a regular basis and took the opportunity to attend the
breakfast and make himself known.
Errol Millar wore a variety of hats, reporting good bookings for
Hawkdun Lodge with an increase in mature groups staying for
2-3 nights as well as increased business planning/retreat
groups. Maniototo Lions are also planning a Highland Park Trip
on the 12th March which includes lunch in Ophir. Errol also
covered work being done on new signage for Patearoa Walkway which has been very popular with locals and visitors alike
over the summer. A new town brochure is also being worked
Lorraine Duncan said Wedderburn Cottages have been working
on expanding their backpackers market as they’ve found a lot
more visitors coming from overseas on a budget. Bookings
have been steady with a full March and April ahead.
Rob introduced himself through his connections to Hyde (born
in Ranfurly) and his time spent working on Aitkens farm and
playing rugby for Ranfurly/Gimmerburn. Rob services clients
from not only Otago but throughout New Zealand and is happy
to discuss set up, small business, tourism and farming accounting needs.
Jaco had already met most in attendance but was keen to continue getting to know as many members of the community as
possible. The Pieterse family have settled in and have felt very
welcomed by the Maniototo.
Marilyn Swinbourn had an amazing holiday period as the new
owner of Naseby Store. There’s been lots of learning curves
and lots of ice creams rolled! Eric Swinbourn welcomed Constable Jaco and his family before outlining some of the specialist mechanical work and racing he’s been undertaking at Highlands Park.
Wednesday 18th March - 10am to 2.30pm
The next Maniototo Business Breakfast is on Wednesday
March 18th, 8am in the Ranfurly Hotel Dining Room.
All very welcome to come along, share what you’ve
been up to in business and network!
For further information call Amie Pont on 027 264 3766
Falls are not a natural part of ageing. Falls
are preventable. Save yourself from a fall
by attending SAYGo classes to improve your strength and
balance. The classes are designed for men and women and
have been shown to provide continuous improvements in
strength and balance over time.
LEFT: Kelly Weir and Liz O’Neill on a girls
golf trip last month. Belinda Scott and
Natalie Blakely organised a ‘mystery’ trip
for seventeen keen golfers. Stops included
Jacks Point, Arrowtown and Dunstan. The
weekend was filled with lots of fun and
Ranfurly classes are on Thursdays 10.30am in the St John
Ambulance Rooms. It’s only $2 per session. Contact the
Hospital receptionist on 444 9420.
St John Youth were out and about in Ranfurly last month trimming back, weeding and
laying mulch on three community peony gardens in the town as part of their community service badges.
It was with a bit of luck that Elaine Aitken and Donella Hore were home on Show
Day. After smelling smoke they soon realised there was a fire at the Sownburn
swimming hole. Emergency Services arrived to find both Patearoa identifies with
their spades out and the fire under control.
Grace and Laura Paterson
with Josie and Rosa Herlihy
at Festival in the Park.
There was a ‘colourful and
creative’ themed dress up
competition which saw lots
of lovely entries! Joan
Pringle was judge and also
took this lovely photo.
A capacity audience of 270 people gathered at the Wanaka Presbyterian Community Church Centre on Sat.7th Feb. to hear the
renowned Maniototo Baritone David Mc Atamney perform. He
was accompanied by Judy Faris, an esteemed and very accomplished pianist from Alexandra, formerly Dunedin.
A contrast provided by a Local duo ‘LochCeol’ followed, with a
repertoire of traditional flute pieces played by Allen Hogan, accompanied by pianist Anne Marie Lake. This gave the audience a
time to sit back and enjoy the sweet melodies.
An introduction to David Mc Atamney was presented by Noelene
Pullar, on behalf of the Rotary Club of Wanaka. She gave some
historical information about David’s musical career, along with a
showcase of his many and varied talents. This list includes his
long involvement as a horse-riding Cavalcade Boss, his long and
successful rugby career, and his lifetime of farming in the Maniototo, interrupted only by his time in Australia. He was Resident
Baritone for The Australian Opera. David made his first debut
singing Escamello in Carmen with The Dunedin Opera Company
during the 80’s.
David was warmly welcomed by the audience, and he said that
he had selected the well-known song ‘Bless This House’ to open
because of the Church venue.
His first bracket consisting of a selection of famous songs was
followed by a short intermission. After a complimentary glass of
chilled champagne the enthusiastic audience returned in anticipation for what was to follow.
Every song he sang delighted the audience and on three occasions in total he received standing ovations. His masterful performance of Di Provenza from the opera La Traviata saw the audience rise for a standing ovation.
His beautiful and moving rendition of Panis Angelicus saw the
second one and his final song Old Man River saw a rousing applause indicating the desire for an encore. Once again the audience arose in appreciation of his outstanding voice, and memorable concert.
David and his wife Edna, who live part-time in Wanaka, returned
to Ranfurly the following day for David to attend to his farm duties, his dogs and his horses.
The funds from the concert are for a Rotary Project to provide
Emergency Response Kits for The South Pacific.
Tune in to Maniototo’s own community radio station!
Burn 729am or 87.9fm (Ranfurly only)
Central Otago Sheep Handling have made a few
changes to their business over the last month.
Firstly, the new name change to Smiths Rural Contracting Ltd and, secondly, the addition of two more
experienced blokes to the team.
On top of our conveying, tailing, drenching and dipping services we offer the services of a full time
fencing crew in the area. They will be available for
all of your new fencing, maintenance fencing, sheep
and cattle yard construction.
So give Reon and Tash a ring on 444 9931 or Reon
on 0272313170 for all your conveying, dipping, tailing, casual stock work and fencing requirements.
Stuart Road,
Phone 444 9615
Two ‘Dry Relief’ events were run in Millers Flat and Oturehua
at the end of February. Organised by Nicola Chisholm, AgFirst
Otago through the Beef+Lamb NZ Central Otago Farming for
Profit Programme the aim was to get farmers together to talk
about drought management, realise that they were not alone
in the struggle and to chill out a bit with family and friends.
By now you will have :
Sold lambs at lower weights to the works
Sold lambs store, or both
Sent any prime cattle to the works.
(Farmers who sell early usually get the best prices)
Looked at what feed supplies you have in the paddocks, what you can expect in the autumn and what
winter supplements you have on hand compared to
what you traditionally have.
Nicole estimated about 70 farmers attended the Oturehua
event (plus their kids). “Warren Lees was the keynote
speaker – he was excellent, telling many cricketing yarns and
shared his experiences in the national and international
cricket scene. Warren had some really good messages
around sticking through tough times, looking out for your
mates and the importance of family and happiness for performance,” says Nicole, “ Both events were well supported by
Farmlands and Alliance Group – Alliance put on a fantastic
BBQ, and Farmlands made sure that there were no dry
If you don’t have enough feed available to get through to
your normal winter feeding start or you have less winter
supplement than normal you need to either:
Buy more feed or
Lighten the load of stock – consider the profitability/
importance of each class of stock you farm – ewes are
usually worth buying feed in for, while beef cows are
Most ewes are still in reasonable condition but it is critically
important that they are not losing weight over mating. If
there is a lighter end to the ewes, body condition score,
draft and feed accordingly. If paddocks are bare, start supplementing now. Take care when starting barley or nuts.
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Use your normal ewe treatments pre-tup (Toxo and Campy
vaccinations now in maiden ewes and closer to mating FEC
to see if a worm drench is necessary, give Selenium and Iodine Supplement.
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If you lamb hoggets, decide now whether you can keep
pushing them up to acceptable mating weights (all over 40kg
LW) and whether you can keep them growing through winter. If you don’t have crop/Lucerne/green grass for them
over autumn and most of winter then don’t mate them. If
not mated then save the cost of Toxo and Campy vaccination until next year. Even if you are not mating them, you
still need enough feed to make sure they are not stunted as
2 tooth's.
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Post Drivers
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Worms, fly strike and foot rot are all likely to give less problems than in a normal year, but don’t completely ignore
them. Worm eggs can hatch into massive numbers of larvae
if the drought breaks while the weather is still mild.
For all your Ag & Auto repairs talk to Mike today
Open 7.30am Mon-Friday, 8-00 -12noon Saturday
4449160 or 4449747
[email protected]
Jane Falconer presents her
Rain at last, and how wonderful to hear it on the roof overnight, and wake up to moisture in the air and feel the freshness in the garden. This last rain was fairly general in the
valley so that is good.
Hazel Harrison
When the Mt Ida
Presbyterian church
was built in Naseby
1873 music was not
part of the services.
As with other matters the local citizens
were innovative and
agreed to install a
harmonium [smaller version of an organ minus the pipes] in
the church August 1876 having procured it then asking for
public funds to pay for it. The Otago Presbyterian Synod
passed permission for musical instruments within the church
three months later. William Henry Ash was the first organist.
Did you visit the Horticultural exhibitions at the local A & P
show this year? Well done to all entrants who, in a very
difficult season, still managed to display a fine show of a
large range of produce and some excellent entries in all sections. The show is a lovely community day out, where all
ages can compete. The show would not occur if a lot of
people didn’t give so much of their time to make it happen.
Back home in the garden this is the time to be preserving
our produce from the vegetable garden and orchard. The
fruit in the orchard is growing well in spite of limited water.
Today I picked Red Haven peaches which are simply beautiful, and I used a new tool to do so. A fruit picking pole
which has a long wooden handle and on the end a plastic
coated wire basket with tines on one side which bend inwards, and in the bottom of this small basket is a piece of
thick sponge rubber. It was wonderful and worked very
well, not damaging the fruit at all and safer than a wobbly
Reverend James McCosh-Smith, first minister 1871 – 1907,
visited outlying districts by horse and cart and took the harmonium with him.
Although 129 years,
old the harmonium is
still playable and on
display in the museum (right).
The tomatoes this year are ripening well too and the plants
are healthy, they do like constant heat, and have certainly
enjoyed that. As cooler temperatures occur try to keep the
glasshouse as even a temp. as possible! In the Spring I purchased a mixed brassica punnet of cauli’s and broccoli, but
did note when I planted them that they looked very similar.
Only a few weeks ago they were all leaves and no heart,
then with the recent extreme heat they exploded, one minute they were nothing and then bingo! and yes they were
all cauliflowers – how annoying, how does one person eat 6
huge ones, so I gave some to friends and made pickles.
Leafy greens have seeded more than usual so the hens have
devoured the discarded sections.
RSA members would like to
thank all those that supported their raffles and
stall at Festival in the Park
on Saturday 21st February.
They hope all those ANZAC
biscuits hit the spot!
RSA are raising funds for
the refurbishment of the cenotaph and have a raffle night
coming up on Friday 13th March at the Ranfurly hotel to
help with this. They’d like to thank those who’ve already
donated prizes. If you wish to donate a prize for this please
contact Bonnie Smith on 444 9932.
The refurbishment of the cenotaph will begin this month
and will look good for the ANZAC Day services on the 25th
April. Thank you to the people who have contacted Bonnie
with offers of assistance and food for morning tea following
the family service. If you’d like to help please contact Bonnie on the number above.
In the flower garden roses, lavenders, hollyhocks, and cistus
have all flowered very well, and sedums too, which now
come in a wide range of colours for you to consider.
The RSA appreciate the interest show in the 100 year commemoration of the Gallipoli campaign and want to congratulate all those green fingered florists who put entries
into the “Lest We Forget” category at the Maniototo A&P
Show. They were fantastic and congratulations to the winner, Marilyn Swinbourn, for her entry.
It is time soon to think about bulbs for spring flowering.
With the rain will come weeds so keep the round up and
the hoe handy, and we will need to mow our lawns again.
Another good rain in a week or two would give us some
growth before autumn sets in.
Details of the Anzac Day services will be advertised in the
April edition of Positively Maniototo.
Happy gardening
Eden Street , Oamaru
P.O. Box 168, Oamaru
Telephone: (03) 434 8593 Mobile (027) 221 6343
Fax: (03) 434 8586
Email: [email protected]
at the Maniototo Service Centre Pery Street,
2nd Thursday each month
Offering flexible, affordable,
cost effective firewood
processing and tree felling.
Supplier of retail and
wholesale firewood.
Tony Wadsworth 444 9529
or 027 444 9529
[email protected]
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Central Otago Tree Care
Heavy equipment repairs & servicing
Component overhauls
Hydraulic Repairs
Electrical repairs
Mobile welding
Qualified and 25 years experienced
tree surgeon for all your tree felling
and pruning needs.
Large and difficult felling a specialty.
Fully insured.
Cromwell based.
Phone: Paul Bain 0272531137, 03 4897317
or [email protected]
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Workshop: C/o Hyslop Rural, 28 Bell Street,
Phone 03-4450633
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10 Pery Street, Ranfurly.
444 9729
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Your community calendar + a few extras!
Becker's Transport Road Reports, Cancellations & Water Notices - Top of the hour 6am - 10am
Helina’s Kitchen Birthday calls
7.50am weekdays/ 9.20am weekends
McLarens Machinery Buy, Sell and Swap
9.30am , 11.30am and 3.30pm weekdays
Vet Centre Community Notices
10.30am, 2.30pm and 5.30pm weekdays
Farming Show
12noon - 1pm weekdays
Monday Night Memories
7pm - 9pm Mondays
Groundworks Ltd Country Show
6pm - 8pm Wednesdays & 9am - 12 noon Sundays
Entire Plumbing Rock Show
6pm - 8pm Thursdays
Combined Churches Choices
8am - 9am Sundays
McLarens Sports Round Up
9.30am Sundays
The Hits Weekends
6pm Friday nights and after midday Saturday and Sunday
For all notices placed in Buy, Sell & Swap, Live and Community Notices for individuals or groups, a gold coin
donation would be very much appreciated (other than community groups who already make an annual donation). Thank you.
Ceramics Club:
Ranfurly Karate Club:
Monday Night Memories:
10am at the Art Centre. Contact Carol 444 9264 or Maureen Kearney 444 9449
6-8pm for beginners & lower grades, Maniototo Arts Centre. $1pp – call 444 9831
Burn 729am 7-9pm, 444 9729
Pottery Group:
Maniototo Ladies Golf:
Maniototo Golf:
Arts Centre, Reade Street, Ranfurly. Contact Denise 444 9985
Maniototo Golf Club 10.30am, tee off 11am. Contact Liz 444 9318 or Belinda 444 9185
Smoking cessation 10.30am—2.30pm and from 6.30pm - Ranfurly Plunket Rooms.
Twilight Golf at 6pm Contact Eric Stringer 444 9093
Catholic Women’s League:
Artists Group:
Line Dancing:
Ranfurly Karate:
Maniototo Bridge:
Country Show:
Op Shop. Open 10.30am - 4.30pm. Contact Francie on 444 9243
1pm, Arts Centre, Reade Street, Ranfurly. Contact Norma 444 7076
4pm, Arts Centre. Contact Joan 444 9612
Graded Members, Arts Centre 6-8pm. $1pp. Call 444 9831
7pm Wallace Memorial Rooms. New members very welcome. Call Ang on 444 9231
Burn 729am 6-8pm. 444 9729
Rock Show:
Burn 729am. 6pm - 8pm. 444 9729
Catholic Women’s League:
Op Shop. Open 10.30am– 4.30pm. All welcome. Contact Francie on 444 9243
Maniototo Golf:
Tee off 12.45pm. Contact Wayne for details on 444 9491
Presbyterian Church:
Naseby Golf:
Catholic Church:
10am Family Church Service at Ranfurly
Club Competition. Tee off 1pm. Contact Carol 444 9949 or Syd 444 9604
5pm Mass, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stuart Road, Ranfurly
Maniototo Toy Library
Maniototo Spinners
Plunket Playgroup
Business Breakfast
Garden Club
St Hilda's Anglican Church
Naseby Vision
2nd Monday
2nd and 4th Monday
1st Monday
3rd Wednesday
1st Thursday
1st Sunday
3rd Friday
11.30am – 12.30pm
10am – 3pm
8am - 9am
Renee 444 8212 or Michelle 444 9034
Tracey 027 654 1977 or Karen 444 9814
Heather 444 8353
Amie on 444 9993
Mary 444 9435
St Hilda’s Church, Ranfurly
Naseby Fire Brigade Rooms 444 9996
Please note some dates may alter over the school holidays