Thursday, 31 October 2013

Spinning Group Open Day

Marvelous day at the Spinning Group's Open Day held today at the New Life Church. Participants came from as far away as Milton and some even brought their knitting.


Most folks were not comfortable with their photos being taken so here are a few 'neutral' glimpses.


The wool was beautiful as were many of the cardigans, necklaces and other goodies. I had my eye on the Christmas placemats but alas, they were part of the raffle, which I must say led to some tense moments as many waited to see if their number was next.


I missed the morning presentations but in the afternoon, Evelyn Ussher gave an interesting talk on her role in the planning and logistics of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic expedition.

Thanks again to the organisers for having this wonderful event in Otautau.

Garden Tour

Lots to do this weekend including this garden tour:

Visit 18 spectacular Southland gardens normally open by appointment only (admission charges apply), 2 and 3 November, 10am to 5pm.

You can purchase sale plants at Pukerau Nursery and Marshwood Gardens. Art work on sale at some gardens.

Gardens, Contacts and Costs

Bluff
  • Beachcombers Cottage - Marilyn and Allan Clark, 105 Clark Road, RD 11, Greenhills, Invercargill, Gold Coin
Catlins
  • Lignite Pit Scenic Stop - Dave and Maria Sanderson, 15 Ashers Road, Kapuka, Invercargill, 03 239 5040 $5
  • The Catlins Soap Company - Jude and Ross Mc Nabb, Owaka, The Catlins, No fee
Gore
  • Cleland Garden - Jenny and Arne Cleland, 34 Pukerau Street, Pukerau, 03 205 3801, $5
  • Jindah Park - Huon and Veronica Love, 25 Wilson Road, Knapdale, RD3, Gore, 03 208 9408, $5
Nightcaps
  • Curiosity Cottage - Graeme and Margaret Voice, 15 Wamphray Street, Nightcaps, 027 458 9824, Gold Coin
Invercargill
  • Argyle Cottage - Annie Close, 19 Argyle - Otahuti Road, Waianiwa, Invercargill, 03 235 2677, $5
  • Folster Gardens - Lynne and Trev Huggins, 98 Millton Park Road, RD1, Invercargill, 03 214 1769  027 668 1009, $5
  • Hawthorne Gardens - Heather and Ian Hawthorne, 173 McIvor Road, RD6, Myross Bush, Invercargill,   03 215 8018, $5
  • Marshwood Gardens - Geoff Genge, Leonard Road, West Plains, RD 4, Invercargill, 03 215 7672, $10
  • Mihimoana - Sandy and Pita Dawson, 37 Shannon Street, Clifton, Invercargill, 022 162 290, $2
  • Myross Bush Rhododendrons - Jane Wilson, 254 Myross Road, Myross Bush, RD1, Invercargill, 03 230 4407, Gold Coin
  • Seven Elms - Heather McCorkindale, 385 East Road, Kennington, RD1, Invercargill, Gold Coin
  • The Abby - Anne Evans, Collinson Road East, Tussock Creek, RD 6, Invercargill, 03 221 7300, $2
  • The Hideaway - Joanne and Wayne McCallum, 201 Lochiel Branxholme Road, Lochiel, RD1, Winton, 03 221 7364, Gold Coin
  • Tudor Park - Joyce Robins, 21 Lawrence Road, RD 6, Invercargill, 03 221 7150, $5
Winton
  • La Marque - Lyall and Lenore Bailey, 114 Great North Road, Winton, 03 236 0960, $2
Castlerock
  • Brookhaven - Linda Gilkson, 544 A Lumsden Mossburn Highway, Castlerock, 03 428 7206,  $5
For further information, check out Southland Gardens to Visit or contact Lynne Huggins, ph 03 214 1769.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Census Shocker

It's hard to believe but the 2013 census data shows Otautau's population has declined.

The Usually Resident Population shows Otautau at 669 - a fall from 753 in 2006 and 729 in 2001.

The following table deserves close inspection as many small communities including Riverton have also declined.

The first pop column is 2001, then 2006, then 2013.

Southland District
609011 Milford 132 120 114
609400 Balfour Community 135 135 126
609500 Riversdale Community 366 393 375
609600 Lumsden Community 450 414 405
609700 Edendale Community 585 513 555
609800 Wyndham 573 516 534
609911 Makarewa North 282 297 324
610020 Waikaia 1,539 1,569 1,653
610031 Kaweku 453 498 567
610040 Hokonui 2,637 2,730 3,087
610051 Waianiwa 1,923 1,824 1,968
610061 Dacre 1,494 1,557 1,614
610072 Waituna 1,644 1,629 1,683
610073 Woodlands 279 255 264
610080 Toetoes 1,656 1,614 1,644
610090 Wallacetown 627 591 666
610500 Winton 2,100 2,088 2,211
612200 Nightcaps 342 309 294
612300 Ohai 399 357 303
612400 Te Anau 1,854 1,899 1,914
612500 Tuatapere 681 579 555
612600 Otautau 729 753 669
612712 Manapouri 240 306 228
612713 Mossburn 243 237 207
612714 Mararoa River 1,260 1,293 1,584
612715 Inland Water-Lake Te Anau - 6 -
612720 Wairio 900 909 942
612730 Te Waewae 1,326 1,308 1,383
612740 Fairfax 1,779 1,800 1,908
612801 Riverton East 468 483 432
612802 Riverton West 1,182 1,026 999
612901 Fiordland 48 18 9
612902 Inland Water-Lake Manapouri - 3 -
612903 Inland Water-Lake Hauroko - - -
613000 Stewart Island 384 402 381
626100 Inlet-Milford Sound 9 9 9
626700 Centre Island - - -
627000 Inlet-Jacobs River Estuary - - -
Total Southland District 28,716 28,437 29,613

Source: StatisticsNZ

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