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Pipe band success
The Balclutha Pipe Band had successes at two
Canterbury competitions last month. The
band was second at both the Victoria Square
Day and the South Canterbury Championship
at Fairlie. It also received several firsts in
piping. The band competed with 14 pipers,
more than they usually have.
Beach market day
The beach market day will be held at Kaka
Point on January 12 from 9.30am till 2pm.
Stalls will include fresh produce, gourmet
pies, pottery, artworks and plants. It will be
held in and outside the community hall and
The Point Cafe & Bar. Areas will be set aside
for car boot sales.
Contact Pauline Simpson 03 412 8783 for
Tuapeka West Community Trust
Applications for the Tuapeka West
Community Trust Bursary Fund are open. The
bursary is open to candidates at tertiary
education institutes. Candidates must live or
have lived in the Tuapeka West community or
surrounding areas (at the discretion of the
Tuapeka West Community Trust committee).
For an application/information sheet please
contact Emma Wightman on 485 9977 or
Applications close on January 14.
Hat creation workshop
A hat creation workshop will be held as a
special add on project to the Lawrence
Summer Arts Festival. It is an opportunity to
create a wearable art hat under the tuition of
floral artist Marilyn Davis. The workshop will
run for two hours on January 24, starting at
7pm, at The Ark in Lawrence. The cost is $20
and all materials will be supplied, including
hats. RSVP to Frieda before January on
485 9328 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to our world: Twelve new citizens were welcomed at a citizenship ceremony at the Clutha District Council meeting last month. Pictured
from left at back are: Alexander Jones (Britain), David Jones (Britain), and Clutha District Mayor Bryan Cadogan. Middle: Cecilia Tome (Zimbabwe),
Daniel Magura (Zimbabwe), Xujie Wu (China), Tracey Jones (Britain), Janet and Michael Bissenden (Britain). Front: Munyaradzi Magura (13),
Tadiwanashe Magura (9), of Zimbabwe, Heidi Grant (Zimbabwe), Victoria Jones (Britain).
Photo: LAURA ROOZENDAAL
Our newest citizens
Police urge caution as
tourists take to roads
Overseas visitors not used to local conditions
Your driving story
Have you seen or been part of an accident or a near driving
accident with a tourist or visitor to our area this summer?
What else do you think can be done to educate tourists
about how to drive with caution in the Catlins?
By CAROLYN DEVERSON
An Owaka policeman is
urging local motorists to be
aware of tourists on roads in
the Catlins because some of
them are ''not very good''
Owaka police constable Mur-
ray Hewitson said dangerous
driving habits by some tour-
ists in the busy summer
period in the Catlins was an
''You have to educate people
who are only here for a week,''
''It's hard work -- some of
them are just not very good
drivers.'' He said they were
used to driving in heavy
traffic and found our roads
very open, with few vehicles
and conditions they were not
used to, such as narrow gravel
He said locals just have to
take that extra bit of care and
reduce speed and exercise
''They think they can take up
as much space as they like.''
Several head-on accidents in
the Catlins already this sum-
mer have highlighted the
One resident involved in such
an accident, and who the
Clutha Leader agreed not to
name, wanted locals to take
care because people reading
maps while driving, not
paying attention, and, not
being used to the gravel roads
or the car they were driving,
could appear from nowhere.
She said: ''If you see a car
coming the wrong way, try to
get as far off the road as you
can. Don't try to second-guess
them and go to the other side.
''They may suddenly correct.''
Holmdene manager bids home farewell
Sad farewell: Holmdene Home
and Hospital manager
Stephanie Leith has been
farewelled. Ms Leith is moving
to work at Iona Home and
Hospital in Oamaru. Both
hospitals are owned by
Presbyterian Support Otago.
She will miss Balclutha and
Holmdene ''heaps'', she said. ''It
is a stunning community and
we've had stunning support
from the community. It is a
lovely, fabulous place to work,
The development of the
hospital and its four-year
certification from the Ministry of
Health were two of the things
she was most proud of.
''Probably the development of
the hospital has been one of the
stunning things the organis-
ation has done for the
community, and probably
certification of the four years.''
The Valuing the Lives of Older
People philosophy, which
recognises that with the right
support and services ageing can
be a positive experience, was
also something she embraced.
PHOTO: LAURA ROOZENDAAL
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