Friday, 31 May 2013

June Calendar

  • 12 Jun: Protecting You or Your Child's Online Identity, 7:30pm. Presented by John Parsons. Activities Room, Otautau School. Gold coin donation at the door. More information, contact Zola 0800 732 732 ext 3670. Sponsored by Otautau & Districts Community Charitable Trust.
  • 14 Jun: World Famous Hypnotist - Andrew Norton, 7:30pm. Civic Theatre, Invercargill. Tickets $20 from St Andrews Scout Group. Contact Thelma.
  • 16 Jun: Aparima Community Welcome. Hosted by the Aparima Hall Committee. Potluck lunch at 11:30am (bring a plate to share). All welcome. Aparima Hall, corner of Hundred Line Road West and Aparima Road.
  • 20 Jun: Western Southland Schools Educational Hui, 9:45am-2pm. Oraka Aparima Rūnaka welcome whānau, teachers, principals, and boards of trustees to a hui with guest speaker, Joe Wakefield, Senior Environmental Advisor. He'll discuss Mahinga kai (food & resource gathering) and Kaitiakitanga (guardianship). Takutai o te Tītī Marae, Foreshore Road, Colac Bay. Contact Rangimaria or ring Rūnaka office (03) 234 8192 if you'd like to attend.
  • 27 Jun: Women's Self-Safety Course, 9:30am-4pm, at the Central Southland Presbyterian Church, Winton. Email Katrina to register. Space is limited so register now.
  • 6 Jul: Midwinter Cabaret, 7:30pm, featuring band, The Yardmen. Bar, supper, formal but not stilettos.  Tickets $25 from Otautau Four Square, Western Motors and Otautau Rugby and Netball Clubs.
  • 13 Jul: Dave Upfold Hypnotist. Hosted by Western Southland Plunket at the Sports Complex. Tickets $35 includes glass of wine or beer and supper. See News & Views for ticket contact details.
  • 17-23 Jul: KidZone Festival. Get tickets at the SDC Otautau Office, $14/person; free/under 2y/o. Southland District buses running on Sunday, 21 July, $2/person.
  • 5 Jun: Otautau Tennis Club AGM, 3:30pm. All welcome. SDC office, 176 Main Street, Otautau.
  • 10 Jun: Otautau Community Health Trust AGM, 7pm. SDC office, Otautau.
  • 11 Jun: Otautau Museum Trust AGM, 7:30pm. All welcome. Otautau Courthouse, 146 Main Street, Otautau.
  • 11 Jul: Wallace Community Board meeting, 6pm. Public welcome. To arrange to make a presentation to the Board, contact Kelly Tagg or phone 0800 732 732 no later than 48 hours prior to meeting. SDC office, 176 Main Street, Otautau.
  • Yoga Classes - Mondays, 6:30pm-7:30pm (all levels) and 7:30pm-8:30pm (beginners); Fridays, 6:30pm-7:30pm (all levels). Meets SDC upstairs. See News & Views for contact details to join class.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

DoC training modules

Have you ever wondered how to use a compass or why NZ has so many species not found anywhere else? The Department of Conservation have created eight training modules featuring the core principles of their work. The modules are free and on their website for anyone to use.

I recently did two of them in anticipation of attending a Plant Identification workshop.

The Natural Heritage module is in three parts covering terms and concepts, NZ's unique biodiversity, and DoC's approach to managing the environment.

The other was the Field Skills module and covered more practical things like maps, compasses and GPS skills.

Both had loads of information, probably more than anyone can absorb. All the courses are worth a look if you are even remotely interested in ecology, wildlife, predator control or field skills. If you've never done any conservation work, this is a good way to dip your toes in it without getting wet.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Otautau Golf Club

Otautau Golf Club members at the 90th Jubilee, March 2013
The future is looking brighter for the Otautau Golf Club after members held an extraordinary meeting last week. Thirty-eight people attended and shared ideas on possible ways forward for the club in these challenging times. Two big outcomes from the night were that five new people became members and a few more joined the committee. This is great news as the golf club and course are one of the biggest recreational assets in Otautau. Good to see them on the upswing.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

May Calendar

  • Until 17 May: Mixed Platter. Sculpture of John Wishart, Helen Back, Chris Flavell, Dana King, Ruth Myers, and Irene Schroder. Riverton Community Arts Centre.
  • Until 30 Jun: Open for Business, history of local businesses in Otautau. Otautau Museum, open Wed & Sun, 2pm-4pm.
  • 7 May, 7:30pm: Haggis Sandwich with Andrew London and Steve McDonald. An irreverent look at Kiwi culture. Riverton Community Arts Centre. Tickets $22/20.
  • 13 May, 7pm: Otautau Netball Club Quiz Night at the Sports Complex. $25/team up to five players.
  • 16 May, 7pm: Think, Shrink and Grow, budget seminar by the Southland Times and, presented by Jubilee Budget Advisory Service. Courthouse, 146 Main Street, Otautau. For more information or to register interested 0800-582-452 or email Jubilee.
  • 19 May: Plunket Garage Sale Trail. See News & Views for details on registering your garage.
  • 6 Jul: Midwinter Cabaret. Otautau Sports Complex. Details coming soon.
  • Some time this year? - Flyer Fundraiser Otautau v Nightcaps? Battle of the districts to collaborate on fundraising. Venture Southland.
  • 13 May: Nominations close for trustees on the Otautau Community Health Trust. They must be in writing and signed by the nominee and a member of the Wallace Community Board. Post to Secretary, Otautau Community Health Trust, PO Box 62, Otautau, 9641.
  • 21 May, 7pm: Otautau Golf Club Extraordinary Meeting. Discussion on the viability of the club given operating costs. If the club is important to you, please attend and give your views. Otautau Golf Club, Slaughterhouse Road.
  • 30 May, 6pm: Wallace Community Board meeting. Contact Kelly Tagg 0800-732-732 at least 48 hours before the meeting to make a presentation. Public welcome. SDC, 176 Main Street, side entrance.
  • 11 Jun, 7:30pm: Otautau Museum Trust AGM. Those interested in joining the trust, please register your interest by phoning Secretary 027-334-8697 or emailing the Trust by the end of May. All welcome. Otautau Courthouse, 146 Main Street.

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