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With the increase in technology, structured
preschool learning, and after school activities
our children are playing less.
This week, Toy Library Federation of NZ is
promoting the importance of free play in a child's
life to help build the pathways of the brain, develop
social skills and understand problem solving.
Statistics are showing a decline in the number of
hours children play each week. It is through play
they develop skills for the adult world. Interaction,
reading people's moods and understanding our
world all comes through play. It teaches resilience
and coping skills.
There are over 220 toy libraries throughout NZ
which offer a range of toys, games and puzzles at
reasonable hire and/or an annual fee. For a family,
a toy library can open up a whole new world of
learning, provide opportunities to interact and have
fun as a family.
During toy library awareness week, TLFNZ is
putting out the challenge to encourage play at home
and in the work place. A list of simple suggestions
has been put together and Kiwis are encouraged to
take the 10-day Play Challenge.
Completed challenges can be handed in to any toy
library throughout New Zealand and will go in the
draw for $200 worth of toys and games.
Visit www.toylibrary.co.nz for more information.
Toy Library Awareness Week March 3-10, 2013.
Play is the Way
Balclutha Toy Library
John Street, Balclutha
21 John St, Balclutha
Liz Simmonds 03 418 4123
Fridays 9am to 12 midday
Saturday 10am to 12.30pm
Locally, Balclutha Toy
Library is holding:
March 3rd 2013 -- Teddy Bears picnic, Naish Park
at 12 noon. Everyone welcome.
March 8th 2013 -- Toy Library parents meal out at
Raj Indian Restaurant.
2 for 1 deal on toys hired for the month of March
Colouring Competition -- Pick your entry up from
the Toy Library.
If interested in joining
the Balclutha Toy Library,
please call in & see
the friendly librarian
during opening hours.
MONEY RAISED GOES TO RESCUE HELICOPTER AND COMMUNITY PROJECTS
700 attend Clydevale dairy expo
Organisers happy but exhibitors' feedback on benefits to business mixed
Getting down to it: Clutha Valley Lions president David Wardell, right, and ADF Milking's Alf Maclean talk shop at the
Southern Dairy Expo in Clydevale.
Photo: LAURA ROOZENDAAL 627650214 MORE EXPO PIX
The Southern Dairy Expo has
been hailed a success by organ-
More than 700 people attended the
event at Clydevale on Wednesday
where about 150 exhibitors, from
machinery through to animal
health and fertiliser companies,
showcased their wares.
Convener Dave Wardell said the
event was aimed at the growing
Twenty years ago the Clydevale
area was dominated by sheep but
the dairy industry had grown to
such an extent that an event, like
the Southern Dairy Expo, had
Mr Wardell said about 90 per cent
of the exhibitors he talked to were
''pretty happy with the day'', but
others spoken to by the Otago
Southland Farmer said it had not
been that successful.
Marcel van Hazendonk, of
Schouten Machines, said there
were a lot of retired farmers and
dairy workers at the event, but
not many serious dairy farmers.
"There were a lot of tyre-kickers, "
Mr van Hazendonk said that
though it was important to be
seen at the expo, he had spent
three days preparing for the event
for little return. He thought
holding it on a Saturday might be
a better idea because it could
bring more people.
ADF milking South Island sales
manager Nigel Wilson said there
was a lot of interest in their
automatic dipping and flushing
milking system. A relatively new
concept, the system had been in
the country for only the past three
years, and was key to helping
control mastitis and breaking the
cycle of cross-contamination in
The system had been installed in
50 sheds in New Zealand, with five
in Southland and two in Otago.
"It's reducing production losses
and giving farmers peace of mind.
"One farmer bought it solely for
the health benefits to his cows, "
Mr Wilson said.
Veehof Dairy Services owner
Fred Hoekstra said it was
important to be seen at events,
like the expo, because his
competition was there, but won-
dered if there were too many field
days in the South Island.
Mr Hoekstra said he was busy
showcasing his hoofcare products
for about four hours before it
quietened down again.
Mr Wardell said he had hoped
more people would have attended
the expo, but he was pleased with
the gate takings.
"We asked for a gold coin and
people were very generous."
Money raised goes to the Otago
Regional Rescue Helicopter and
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