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THIS will be the 25th season Blair
Thompson and his team set out on our
chilly winter roads to perform their
invaluable public service.
Owner-operator of South Otago
Casualty Stock, Blair started out
collecting calves with a mate back in
1987, and after a couple of intervening
decades cruising along it's a business
that's exploded in the past five years.
Now processing more than 30,000
lambs, 10,000 calves and 500 cows
annually through their dedicated
Kaitangata plant, and employing
14 local people through the July to
October season, South Otago Casualty
Stock has become a sizeable local
An industry perhaps carrying something
of an unpolished reputation, Blair's at
pains to explain things have changed
unrecognisably in recent years.
''We're really another branch of
recycling nowadays," he said.
''Animals are processed and skins
salted down for export to the garment
industry, and the carcass byproduct is
rendered into blood and bone. Nothing
goes to waste."
Covering the wider South Otago region,
Blair (Owaka, Paretai & Kaitangata)
with the assistance of Tony Dennison
(Clydevale/Hillend), Blair Strachan
(Clinton), and Dion Bell (Lawrence),
South Otago Casualty Stock are your
friendly local solution to a tiresome
Although the work can occasionally
be cold, muddy and dirty, Blair loves
getting out and about on South Otago's
byways and having a yarn with local
farmers, with regular truck runs passing
most sites every two days.
Also sponsoring local sports clubs, South
Otago Casualty Stock firmly believes in
keeping it friendly and keeping it local.
The 2013 season's up and running, so
for your next local run get in touch with
Blair and the team today.
New White Horse Inn manager Brian
Young may only just have landed
in South Otago -- but his initial
impressions have been favourable.
A seasoned hospitality professional
of nearly three decades standing,
Brian has been looking forward to
taking the helm at the popular Milton
venue, and plans to keep things
ticking over steadily in the coming
weeks and months - with the odd
tweak and enhancement in the wings.
Afforded a characteristically warm
and friendly South Otago welcome by
his Milton clientele, Brian's enjoyed
getting to know a bit more about his
''colourful" local punters.
And like thousands before them,
they've been enjoying all the benefits
of a single-site hospitality complex,
with something to please all tastes.
Alongside the Toko Sports Bar with
big screen TV, TAB and gaming
facilities, many will know the White
Horse for its much loved Kink in the
Road Café & Restaurant, serving
affordable and generous classic
southern portions of kiwi tucker.
Head chef Anita, unchanged like
all your familiar White Horse faces,
continues her magic in the kitchen,
and will be bringing a new menu
online for August.
Watch this space, too, for a
revamped entertainment programme,
with live music, theme and quiz
nights all in prospect.
Having spent a lifetime in hospitality
and service, Brian can't wait to bring
his extensive experience to bear on
making The White Horse Inn your
go-to venue for everything from a
quiet jar after work, to major family
As he puts it: ''Meeting and greeting
the locals is a real highlight for me
-- creating a great atmosphere that
everyone can enjoy keeps the fire in
See you there soon!
Dunedin-based Terramark director Geoff Bates and Balclutha surveying technician
Haydon McLeary both enjoy strong South Otago connections,
not least since both men were born in the district.
It's a connection that's grown and matured over their many years in the field,
as they've variously worked from the Balclutha office, picking up unparalleled local
knowledge and experience in the process.
Dividing his time today between managing the business and surveying consultancy,
Geoff values the long-term working relationships he and his team have established
with local residents, businesspeople and public officials.
Key to Terramark's wide portfolio of consultancy in land surveying, resource
management and land development engineering services is building a relationship
of trust by making the process understandable while talking to clients in a language
they can understand.
Geoff explains: ''When we rebranded to Terramark, we wanted a name that strongly
signified what we're about.
''Terra sums up the land-based focus of our activities, while the mark not only
represents the traditional surveyor's peg in the ground, but also leaving a lasting
impression in how we look after them. This is evident in the fact that our clients refer
us on to family and friends in the future."
Local man-on-the-ground Haydon agrees.
''We believe in doing right by all parties, and providing a professional,
first-time solution for client projects," he said.
''I was born and brought
up on an Inch Clutha farm,
so I've a solid understanding of
some of the issues faced by
South Otago people as they
relate to subdivisions, levels,
access, and other resource
land development questions."
Tap into your local team's
expertise by calling Haydon on
(03) 418 0470, at 17 John Street,
Balclutha or Geoff Bates on
(03) 477 4783,
at Level 1 326 Moray Place,
GEOFF AND HAYDON
White Horse Inn
147 Union Street, Milton
03 417 8049
Clyde Terrace, Kaitangata
0276 261 497
Balclutha New World
9 Lanark St, Balclutha
03 418 2850
FROM trolley boy to supermarket owner,
Balclutha New World owner Craig
Broderick's tale is an inspiring
kiwi success story.
Talk to the personable and self-effacing
Craig, and the message is loud and clear.
''I want people to realise they can do it
too. Work hard, stay focussed and keep
putting your hand up, and you'll get
there, " Craig said.
Craig started working after school at his
local New World in Palmerston North and
from there gained full time employment. Working in Supermarkets has taken
Craig from Palmerston North, Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and now to
South Otago, working under several of Foodstuffs market leading brands and
a stint at Head Office where he was a Business Advisor for 26 of the Lower
North Island New World stores. New World has always been a good fit for
Craig with its emphasis on quality products delivered in great surroundings
with top-notch customer service.
Since his arrival from Christchurch 18 months ago, having lost their New World
Supermarket in the February 2011 earthquakes, Craig's enjoyed settling with his
wife Julie and young family in Balclutha, and getting to know the familiar local
faces in store.
Impressed by the strong community focus of his 120-strong New World crew
and the supermarket's loyal customers alike, he and his family have also thrown
themselves into local community life with gusto.
In addition, Balclutha New World has donated more than $25,000 in the past
year towards sponsorship, NPOs and other local good causes.
Extending that community feel to the in-store experience,
Craig and his team welcome feedback of all kinds from New World customers.
''We're continually trying to improve our range and service levels, so if people
have feedback to pass on -- positive or constructive - we'd encourage them to let
us know," he said.
''That way we can keep on improving, day by day."
Experience a world of freshness, choice and value at Balclutha New World --
part of NZ's largest and only kiwi-owned supermarket group!
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