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Editor’s letter EvEry so often I find myself in a conversation with a proud mum or dad as they discuss the sporting achievements of their talented young ones. After a few instances of this I realised there was a story to be had here. What I didn’t foresee was just how hard it would be to pin these young people down for an interview! Sports, school and, for many of them, work commitments keep them from having much in the way of spare time (well, to talk to media, anyway!). I had to rework my strategy and in the end I came up with nine questions which were sent via email. A story that was initially just going to be about two, maybe three, talented young people from our district quickly snowballed into six when the idea was discussed with others, and I can think of two

other teens which didn’t make it into the feature (sorry!). Using a question/ answer email technique suited these young people (well, most of them! One reckoned it was worse than doing homework!) and I decided to keep it simple, leaving the answers as they are rather than reworking them into a story. Enjoy this edition, thanks for the great feedback and keep those story ideas coming!

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catch up

I probably don’t tell her enough how much I appreciate her and all the work she puts in; I’ve got to be careful, she might expect it all the time otherwise!

Bryce Tisdall, page 7

Drafting the stock and getting those good lines for the farmer. That’s what I like to see; nice clean lines of lovely well-bred animals.

Robin Gamble, page 9

Sometimes we might get the odd grumpy Rail Trailer, if they’ve been cycling into a head-on wind for most of the day, but a cold beer or wine and it doesn’t take long for them to come right.

Sandra McKenzie, page 10

on the job

Steve Orton Blueskin Mowers and Chainsaws

I am originally from the UK and I trained as a small motor mechanic after I left school. my wife Lisa and I decided to move to New Zealand in 1996 and started the business in 2003. We moved here because we wanted a change in lifestyle; over in the UK it was all work and no play, but it’s almost the same here, too! The grass cutting season has been a bumper one this year so service has been busy. When I first started the business, I was selling Shindaiwa outdoor equipment and then Husqvarna approached me to sell their products, but I’ve always been a Stihl man so I made contact with them to see if they would take me on as a retailer; they did and I just haven’t looked back. They’ve got great products, excellent spare parts backup, and good warranties. Probably the biggest challenge is explaining to people where we are located; I usually say “above Waitati at the top of Shortcut Road”.

Quick 5 Questions Martin Finnie, Sirocco Fishing Charters, Moeraki 1. What do you enjoy most about your business? Once all the organising is done, there’s great satisfaction putting the crews onto the fish. 2. Where do you see the business going in the next five to 10 years? Good positive growth in the next 5 years. 3. What’s the most unusual thing you have had to do? Picture this: my deckhand who’s a bit of a local character in his late 50s and rather hairy was asked to do a strip for two handles of beer for a hen’s party! He obliged.

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Much to muse over Middlemarch dos UNDER ThE roof of a giant tent, before a live band, around more gas heaters than you can shake a stick at and while consuming an ice cold Tui lager or two, the people of the Strath Taieri came together for the hatch ‘n’ Match social; a locals’ only event staged on the Thursday before Easter Weekend’s Singles Ball. While a conversation topic is never hard to come by for these people, many had just been witness to Ella West’s debut play The Middlemarch Singles Ball; this was a play written about locals for locals but with fictional characters and so the guessing game began: “Who is Rob?” could be heard from one leaner. “Which person in the district matches Codee MacDonald’s character?” another party-goer questioned. “You must be Gunner!” Another local exclaimed to a newcomer

in the area: “You’re gunna come hunting, your gunna come to the pub, you’re gunna play rugby for us but we haven’t seen you yet!” Karen Tebilcock’s (who writes under the pen name of Ella West) years as a reporter for the Taieri Herald was certainly put to good use in this play; there were many inside jokes and plenty of references to the people, places and issues of the district which kept the audience engaged and enjoying plenty of laughs. And while some of Strath Taieri’s most eligible bachelors chose to stay away from Middlemarch’s main event, (most likely sipping a can of beer while up a West Coast river) other most certainly married men decided to pop along to the sold out Singles Ball and take a cheeky gander at what those bachelors were missing out on.

Strath Taieri locals Gordon Wilson, robyn Harcus, Cod ee MacDonald and Alistair Hope make a fantas tic job of ella West’s play The Middlemarch Singles Ball.

A source who asked to remain anonymous told Southern Attitude it was a fantastic night out: “The weather was fantastic. There was thick fog coming over the hill but as soon as you hit the valley it was just a beautiful night. “The food was simple but delicious, the band was awesome and apparently the success rate mbers enjoy a Tui (or for singles was pretty spectacular, , Michael Dodds and Paul Cha die Ped es Jam es, Jon liam Wil too. Three out of four single tch social. three!) at the Hatch and Ma people were said to have found love on the night. No surprises there, though; going by the length of some of those city girls’ dresses!” It’s a big hats-off to the organisers behind these Easter weekend events; not that they have had time to stop and smell the roses though, they’re too busy planning (among other things) Middlemarch’s Mid-winter Anna Johnston (Middlemarch), Alannah Bell (Da rfield), Nadine restieaux (Palmerston) and Sonya Abb Festival of Lights … ott (Christchurch) get am ongst it at the Singles Ball.

Gaining leverage from the Rugby World Cup By Amie Pont Positively Maniototo Update We hope Easter was a chance for you all to take a bit of a break and spend time with family and friends. It’s nice to have a battery re-charge heading into winter. A highlight for me was playing my first round of nine-hole golf in Kurow. It has come to light that I have a very patient

father-in-law and perhaps I shouldn’t be rushing out to by a set of clubs just yet! So, best we focus on another sport altogether. Rugby! There are a number of events and activities planned in the Maniototo area for over the Rugby World Cup (RWC) period with the chance to create more. The RWC offers the potential of a real economic boost in what is traditionally a

pretty quiet time of year. Funding for local events to attract visitors has been provided to Rural Art Deco, Maniototo Museum and Maniototo Curling International. This funding has been provided by NZ Lotteries as part of the REAL NZ Festival to get communities around New Zealand to put on events so that RWC visitors explore the provincial areas rather than just focusing on the


It seemed everyone in the greater Waitati area converged on Bland Park for the Blueskin A&P Society’s Giant Car Boot Sale and Family Fun Day early in April. The event took in the official opening of the new tennis courts and skateboard facility recently completed at the SH1 end of the park. Parents and children alike rummaged for bargains in the boot sale, admired the classic car display, were awed by the working vintage machinery exhibition, and enjoyed the fire engine displays. Kids were kept busy with Noddy train rides, sack races and pony rides. More photos: Page 14 PHoTo: LyNNAire JoHNSToN

main centres. We are planning an informal, open meeting on Wednesday May 4 at 4pm in the Maniototo Arts Centre (Reade Street, Ranfurly) to discuss how we can make this opportunity really worthwhile for our businesses and the Maniototo community. To register your interest in attending give me a call on (03) 444 9993.

Sports mad

cover story


Southern Attitude puts the questions to six talented young sports people... Courtney Duncan, East Otago (15) Motocross

Luke Steele, Maniototo (16) Curling

Grant Ramsey, Strath Taieri (15) Trapshooting

My Mum’s partner, Carey got me a CRF 50 when I was seven years old and I just kept riding it and enjoying it and here I am now.

I was probably 14 and got into it through my mates – we used to do it every Friday.

I’ve always enjoyed hunting and shooting with my family for as long as I can remember, so clay target shooting seemed the logical sport for me when I started high school at 13.

I like working hard and racing the fastest people out. And then to win is a great feeling. It’s also so much fun and it’s definitely the best sport out.

The company – everyone is really good to each other and it is a fun sport.

Probably finishing sixth in the Junior World Championships or finishing first and second in Junior Australian titles and at Easter time winning my class at the Junior New Zealand Motocross Championships.

Getting into the team to go to the Junior Olympics.

There’s a lot of uncertainty about it. It’s a test of accuracy and skill and you never know how good the other competitors will do so you have to keep it all together mentally as well. Overall champion of the 2010 New Zealand Secondary Schools Two-Day Down The Line Competition

Where in NZ and/or the world has the sport taken you?

I’ve been all over New Zealand many times and I’ve also been to Australia a few times, too.

I have just been up at Naseby so far, but the Olympics will take me to Austria and maybe to Auckland for practices.

New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships in Christchurch and Hamilton.

If there was one thing you would change about the sport, what would it be?

The jealousy and hating but then I think that comes in every sport.

It’s pretty good how it is.

That the weather was always sunny, warm and windless.

How has your family helped you in the sport?

They support me with everything 100 per cent and they take me around everywhere so I can keep improving.

They’ve bought me stuff, driven me to practices and given me lots of encouragement.

Supporting me, helping coach me and being prepared to pay for me to do such an expensive sport.

What advice would you give other young people interested in taking up your sport?

Definitely give it a go. It’s a lot of fun and you never know, you might want to take it further.

Just give it a go – you’ll enjoy it. It’s a good sport for young people to get into.

Stick at it, you don’t become a champion shooter overnight and remember, even the best shooters miss sometimes. We all have bad days.

When you’re not busy training/ competing what other activities/ sports do you like to do?

I like to play a bit of golf and basketball occasionally and I do a bit of swimming and running.

I play cricket and golf and I go for runs. It I’m a very keen hunter and I fill in for is hard to stand for that long and keep up school cricket and rugby teams as well. the concentration if you aren’t fit.

Where do you see yourself in the next five to ten years with the sport?

Hopefully overseas in America or Europe racing professionally winning championships.

Hopefully the New Zealand under 21’s and getting looked at for the New Zealand senior team.

How did you get into your sport and how old were you?

What do you enjoy about your sport?

What has been your biggest achievements so far?

Shooting casually at club shoots while still maintaining a strong interest in the sport. Continued over page


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Sports mad (continued)

Sam Todd, East Otago (16) Surf Lifesaving

Josh Steele, Maniototo (14) Luging

Tessa Jopp, Maniototo (15) Hockey

How did you get into your sport and how old were you?

I have been doing New Zealand Surf Lifesaving since I was six years old. Mum grew up in Warrington and her family had lots of friends involved in the surf club.

My mates said to try it out. I was 13.

Being a Maniototo girl, hockey was pretty much compulsory from day one, especially in my family.

What do you enjoy about your sport?

I enjoy the very relaxed and fun environment, and I also enjoy the competitive aspect as well.

Going fast.

Hockey is a great sport as it is loads of fun. I have also met a lot of people and made some close friends.

What has been your biggest achievements so far?

Winning the Under 21’s Men’s Tube Rescue Race at the South Island IRB Championships.

Getting to go overseas with the sport. We went to Whistler, Canada and trained on the 2010 Winter Olympic track.

I suppose getting into the Southern under-21 team when I am only 15 is pretty cool.

Where in NZ and/or the world has the sport taken you?

I have worked as a lifeguard/patrol member in Invercargill, Kaka Point, Warrington and other Dunedin surf clubs.

Naseby and Canada so far. We are heading away in November to Park City, Utah and Calgary.

Over the years I have been playing hockey, the sport has taken me all over New Zealand.

If there was one thing you would change about the sport, what would it be?

If there were grades for young competitors, this would give crews a longer period of time for competitions and more of a change of success.

Not having to get weighed at the bottom of each run when we race.

I would like to see more hockey televised as it could encourage more people to take it up.

How has your family helped you in the sport?

My family has helped me in a huge way. Mum and Dad have always been there to support me.

They’ve helped do heaps of fundraising to go to Canada. They take me up to the track at Naseby and give me lots of encouragement.

My family has helped me hugely. Along with the other Maniototo parents of rep players Mum and Dad are becoming pros at making cheese rolls for fundraisers!

What advice would you give other young people interested in taking up your sport?

The environment you work in is supportive, learning, lots of fun with job opportunities over the summertime.

It’s fun if you like to go fast!

Start in the backyard with a stick and ball and make the most of good coaching. And for those who already play: Play every game like a final.

When you’re not busy training/ competing what other activities/ sports do you like to do?

I like to surf and I play water polo socially and competitively for Otago Boys’ High School. Other activities I enjoy doing most weekends with my mates include cliff jumping, snorkelling and spear fishing.

Riding motorbikes, playing cricket, going to the gym for training, golf and ice hockey.

Last year I enjoyed playing rugby, but this year Mum and Dad have put their foot down and said I’m busy enough, as I do athletics each week and several other sports.

Where do you see yourself in the next five to ten years with the sport?

We are aiming to go to the Nationals for IRB racing in 2012 and hopefully repeat our success at a national level.

The Olympics maybe?

I would like to play for the Black Sticks.



Southern mum Each issue we touch base with a local mum and find out what it means to bring kids up the ‘Southern way’. Name: Carol Dougherty Family: 19 of us in all, including nine grandchildren; Tory the eldest at 21 and little Zac 8 weeks at time of print. Lives: Ranfurly. Now that my kids have grown up I enjoy watching all their sports and activities and not having to wash rugby jerseys, soak cricket whites and scrub rugby boots. My most memorable moment when I first became a mum was: Being so

proud of my line of pure white Persil nappies hanging out to dry. The best thing about being a grandma is: You can love and spoil the kids to bits and then send them home! My favourite thing to do with my family: Anything that involves us all, from Christmas Day to early morning frosty, foggy rugby and hockey tournaments! I especially love being shown all their

places of work: the shop, the river, the farms, homework, new books, tree huts, bird nests, fish they have caught, meeting their friends, visiting their flats. Oh so much I could go on forever! Children say the darnedest things: One of my sons asked me when he was very small “Was there wheels in your day?” I found it hardest being a parent when: My children were ill.

Mother’s Day: credit where it’s due

When I get time to myself I: Edit all the video I have filmed, adding it to all the other DVDs in my cupboards. Holy moley someone in my family is going to inherit a lot of history. I love to read too, and keep my websites up to date. My advice for a grandma-to-be is: Think how lucky you are and enjoy it to the hilt. Love those little arms round your neck and the sloppy Marmite kisses!


Two local husbands reflect on their wives’ jobs as a mother Fred McKnight, Patearoa done around the place, you would I can’t quite recall how Tricia probably call her the rock of the and I met, it was most likely at a family. dance at Becks or Oamakau or somewhere like that. We have been Bryce Tisdall, Macraes married 41 years and we have Tania and I met at an after-match three grown-up children. Bevan’s do when I was playing rugby for 40, Jan is 38 and Megan’s 33. We Strath Taieri. We’ve been married for also have four grandkids which seven years … I think. Our eldest boy, we get a lot of enjoyment from: Charlie is five and Tomas is three. Fred McKnight Annabelle is seven, Hudson is five, Both of the boys were pretty hard Kate is four and Tom is three. going as babies and Tania seemed to Things were pretty different when cope pretty well. I am not home very we had our kids. I don’t think there much, especially during the summer was as much support as there is months and she has pretty much had now; we were just left to our own to do it all on her own. She’s one of devices. Tricia seemed to just take those people that when she sets her it all in her stride. Nothing was too mind to something she is full noise much of a worry for her. into it, nothing stops her: organising I would say she’s been a pretty horse treks, and recently she’s been relaxed mother. She’s your typical helping out with the catering for country mum, really. Nothing’s the local dog trials with other local Bryce Tisdall been too hard and fast. She’s always women. been a big follower of the kids’ sport over I probably don’t tell her enough how much I the years and supported them in all of their appreciate her and all the work she puts in; I’ve endeavours. She’s a pretty motivated lady; she got to be careful, she might expect it all the time keeps a good handle on the jobs that need otherwise!

Little Michaela Paul got the catch of the day recently with a five-pound brown trout at the Take a Kid Fishing event, held in the dam near the Fish and Game trout hatchery, which is based at OceanaGold Macraes mine. Event organiser Shane Bungard said 76 children under the age of 18 got to try their luck for the cunning brown and rainbow trout which populate the dam and 137 people in total turned out on a “primo” day. The event is run by the Palmerston Anglers Club in conjunction with OceanaGold mine

and many of the mine’s suppliers also pitch in with donated prizes. Shane says: “The event is about promoting trout fishing to our young people in the area. Trout fishing is an exciting sport and the day gives young people a good crack at catching a trout. “Thanks to everyone who came along and also to all the guys that helped make the day possible.” Anyone keen to join the Palmerston Anglers Club can contact Shane on 03 4651 737.


living history

Many happy years in Old Vicarage each month we bring you a yarn from a local character with a colourful past Ngaere Evans, Naseby We came to Naseby because we were looking for somewhere where we could have a relaxing holiday. We thought The Old Vicarage had potential, so we bought it in 1963 – the Naseby centennial year. I don’t think it had been loved since it was a vicarage because it was dilapidated with a capital ‘D’ – our friends thought we were bonkers. When we first came here there was no garden at all. Gorse, broom and snowberry covered the place. The back was used as a dump. We worked like slaves and did the entire garden ourselves – stone walls and all. Friends used to give us plants and things when we were starting with the garden. We were cribbies for the first 13 years and loved coming to Naseby; it was so

Above: Frank and Ngaere Evans with Vicq the dog taken about 1980. Left: Ngaere and her dog Bella in the garden of the Old Vicarage. PhOtO: JANE GrEEr PhOtOGrAPhy

different from Dunedin and so handy. We spent many happy holidays here. The front bedroom had three beds and two bunks, and the family always brought lots of friends – it was very well used! Our three children learnt to ice skate here and had their own skates – various birthdays provided those. Some of my grandchildren have since learnt to skate on the outdoor rink. Twice, when we were cribbies, we

found possums in the house – they could get in anywhere back then. We used to have a dog called Vicq – a GSP (German Short-haired Pointer) – that would kill them. my husband, Frank, was a solicitor in Dunedin and when he retired in 1976 we moved here permanently and started doing it up. He was an asthmatic and the clear air and altitude suited him. Frank was mayor of the Naseby Borough from 1980 until it amalgamated in 1989. It was the smallest borough at the

highest altitude! The Old Vicarage was built in 1874 and we’ve tried to keep it as original as possible. It had an old coal range that was a fire hazard so we replaced it with a more modern one. It’s frowned upon now, but it was all right to use them in the ‘50s and ‘60s. The scones I made on that coal range were far better than those made in the electric oven! I learnt to spin in Dunedin, so when we moved to Naseby I carried on with that. Frank and I were members of the garden club and bowls. I’m also involved with the information centre, church affairs and volunteering at the museum. I’ve lived at The Old Vicarage for 49 years and the house and garden are now too big for me, so I’ve put it on the market. On the whole, I’ve found the maniototo community very friendly and there are many things to be involved in. You just have to make sure you have a lot of warm clothes! aS TOlD TO JaNe Greer



People, comrades and a love of the chase A stock agent for PGG Wrightson, Robin Gamble talks to Southern Attitude about his 48 years in the game. Fresh out of school a young robin Gamble was taken around the Dunedin stock agent offices by his mother, his shorts baring skinned knees from the game of rugby he had been playing earlier that day. Luckily for him ex-All Black captain Jack Manchester was the boss at what was then known as National Mortgage. “He looked me up and down, saw the state of me and said: ‘why have you got dirty knees?’ and I told him. then he asked me who did I know in the farming circles and I named a couple of farmers I had done some work for and he must’ve known one of them as he rung him then and there. he got off the phone and said ‘you start on the 14th of January’.” this kind of situation was nothing out of the ordinary Robin explains, and he laughs at how much the times have changed “Imagine turning up like that now,” he chuckles. “With your mother!” the changes don’t stop there. In robin’s 48 years of livestock dealings he reckons a big change has been the shift in the genetic base of the stock, for the better, he adds. “30 or 40 years ago, a 100 to 120 per cent lambing rate was considered good, nowadays 140 per cent is borderline acceptable.” robin gives a deep sigh when asked about the other changes to the industry. “Where to begin?” he asks. “Things are changing all the time. Probably the easiest way to answer would be to say what hasn’t changed. the behaviour of livestock hasn’t changed; if you treat them quiet you’ll keep them quiet and contrary to what some people say, the

Sunday nights are a work night in order to set the week up and that’s just a fact. Ask me what I’m doing on a Friday afternoon and I might not be so keen to tell you!

Above - Part of the job: Heading into winter you will find Robin Gamble at a bull sale or two. Right - A good challenge: Robin (second from left) auctions calves at the Palmerston calf sale recently. He is flanked by his comrades; livestock agent Barry Osborne to his left and Otago livestock manager Chris Swale to his right while his oppositions look on.

farming community, in my opinion, hasn’t changed. They are genuine, hard-working people and they are what has kept me in the game all these years. That, my comrades and the love of the chase,” he adds. The notion of loyalty, Robin says, has been the foundation for his business dealings. “Loyalty is about going further for the farmer than the square box around your job description. If there’s a better deal going with a different company then you do it, or you advise your client to accept it, because you want to achieve the best result for the farmer. It won’t give you or your company any short term gains but it will reward you in the long term because more often than not that farmer will stay loyal to you.” Loyalty is also what has kept robin with the same company that hired him all those years ago. A number of company mergers has seen a few different logos

on his jersey, and today the green and blue PGG Wrightson tie is his mainstay. He started as the “office boy” and progressed through the ranks to become the otago livestock manager which he did for 18 years. Now in his 60s Robin is happy to be out of the office and back in the yards doing what he loves best: “Drafting the stock and getting those good lines for the farmer. that’s what I like to see; nice clean lines of lovely well-bred animals.” It is obvious robin loves a good challenge. he doesn’t see them as pitfalls in his job but more situations to rise to. “Auctioneering is my thing. I really enjoy the auction system and what it

gives us. there’s an array of challenges on auction day: the challenge to get the right value, the challenge of the buyers, the challenge of the opposition. there’s a challenge in the stock itself; if I think they deserve a good price because I know the breeding background and the country they’ve come from, then that’s a challenge, too,” he says. some people might say working a sunday evening when everyone else is relaxing would be another challenge, but robin is philosophical. “sunday nights are a work night in order to set the week up and that’s just a fact. Ask me what I’m doing on a Friday afternoon and I might not be so keen to tell you!” He laughs.

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Positive energy key to success

A heAlthy team culture spills out from the kitchen as you enter the hyde Cafe; the staff are smiling, laughter can be heard and the woman behind the counter will greet you as if you are her first customer for the day. Joint managers Joannie Christie and Sandra McKenzie are proud of the calibre of their staff and appreciate the positive energy each of them bring to the business. “We have a great bunch of girls that keep coming back to work here each Rail trail season. We are a tight wee family; we look after each other and all seem to get on well,” Joannie says. Any business that caters for Rail trailers will understand the intensity of the workload at peak season; it’s all go from morning to night and it doesn’t stop there for Joannie and Sandra, as the accommodation side of the business sleeps and feeds weary bikers usually on their last leg of the journey to Middlemarch.

Originally known as the Otago Central hotel in the gold mining days, the building was brought back to life seven years ago by local woman Ngaire Sutherland. Ngaire has impeccable taste for interior furnishings which fosters the warm, homely atmosphere of the hotel. her amazing vision and ability to see an idea through to fruition has been an asset to the hyde community. After her work was done on the hotel, Ngaire turned her attention to the old hyde school, refurbishing it into a function centre that is out of-this-world with exquisite fittings and contemporary furniture. In the busy months it is used as the dining room for the hotel’s overnight guests and it’s also an ideal wedding venue, which compliments Ngaire well as a qualified marriage celebrant. Joannie says: “local people are just as important to us as our Rail trailers. they are always here at the drop of the hat if we need something done and they

Joint managers of the Hyde Cafe Joannie Christie (left) and Sandra McKenzie enjoy the positive team culture they have created in the business.

will happily chat away to our out-of-town guests telling them a yarn or two about the area.” “the Rail trailer is a great type of customer, too,” Sandra adds. “they are usually pretty happy and relaxed, keen to just take their time. Sometimes we might get the odd grumpy one, if they’ve been cycling into a head-on wind for most of the day, but a cold beer or wine and it doesn’t take long for them to come right,” she laughs.

As winter approaches and the Rail trail season starts to wind down, Joannie and Sandra look forward to catching up on themselves and the upkeep work that is typically done at this time. Sandra says “I like the fact that this job is seasonal. yes, it gets extremely busy for a time, but you know it’s not going to last so you just put your head down and go for it. All of our girls feel the same, we enjoy each other’s company and we love our work.”

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Practical young people each month we bring you a story from a local can-do kid. Regan Watson Vintage tractor enthusiast When I was doing community service for Les and Debbie Walsh at the Goodwood Kennels, as part of my Duke of edinburgh medal, I discovered Les had an old minitractor and my uncle Darryl, who owns Park Bros engineering, reckoned he had a part which might get the tractor going. So one day in the holidays, a couple of years back, we got it going. I wanted to buy it off Les but he was kind enough to give it to me. I wanted to get it painted too and Stewart Johnston, the local sandblaster, helped me out there. I love working with old machinery and seeing how it runs and I find the history about the pieces quite interesting. I joined the vintage machinery club a while

back and display the mini-tractor at local events like the A&P Show and what not. It’s a great wee piece of machinery to have around; you can get all sorts of attachments for them like little mini-ploughs, rotary hoes and mini-loaders. One of the guys in the club said once I get the mower attachment I’ll be able to mow Mum and Dad’s lawns, but I’m a bit weary – old being old, you never know what might fly off! Yeah, I get a bit of flak from my mates at school about my hobby; one of the girls posted a photo of me on Facebook saying ‘Regan and his little red tractor’ but it doesn’t worry me. I like to keep busy; it means I don’t have time to get into mischief around the streets.

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Autumn forage

Each month Bayleaf Cooking School instructor and passionate foodie rowan holt creates a unique dish using local ingredients after WWii. They are Our hOliday home is less than a 15-minute drive absolutely packed full away, yet it feels like a of vitamin C. i have million miles. a theory that nature Within 100 paces from offers us these nutrients at this time of year the front door, i can start my autumn forage with the to protect us through delights this season offers. winter. after i have i especially love rosehips, finished on the rose and there is something bush, i amble to the Rowan Holt about sporting a weathered wild pear tree and feed basket and filling it with little some to the old horse red pods. that lives in the paddock, and select These pods were once picked by some walnuts from the ground people paid by the government, to under the big tree. make cordial to feed to children i wander back to the house, make

myself a pot of tea and think about what i’m going to make. Eventually, i settle on a simple syrup that i can use in a variety of ways, for example: swirled over vanilla ice cream and poached pears, lace my gin for an autumn martini, drink with hot water and a slice of lime or bake on puff pastry shapes for a quick, sticky afternoon tea. in researching this recipe i came across many complicated examples. But actually, i don’t have time for that so i’ve come up with my own version that is pretty straightforward and the end result is perfect enough for me. real purists might find it a little cloudy, so you can use a jelly bag or muslin. Rosehip syrup an ice cream container full of rosehips with the stalks removed and cleaned in cold water. 6 cups water Put in a large saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes. Take off the heat and strain through a sieve into a large bowl. leave for a couple of hours or overnight.

* Note: i don’t like super-sweet things so i use less sugar; if you want a sweeter, thicker syrup, add another cup. heat gently to dissolve avoiding stirring. When the liquid is hot, add 1 t citric acid. Stir.

return liquid to the saucepan and add 2 cups of sugar.

Bottle into pretty, sterilized bottles and use within six months.

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1 2 Our lovely autumn harvest display.

Gardening in your gumboots! By Sally Brown Blueskin Nurseries WHaT a lot of rain we have had. The gumboots and winter woollies are out for another year! I am most impressed with my new gummies. They are comfortable and pretty funky too. We have a fantastic array of Slogger gumboots in store, available in blues, red and black patterns, zebra stripes and leopard print. Now is the best time to choose the tree or shrub you want for that striking autumn display. To name a few with brilliant autumn colour: Acer rubrum (red maple), Quercus coccinea (scarlet oak), Fraxinus oxycarpa Raywood (claret ash), acer griseum (paperbark maple), Viburnum plicatum Mariesii and Cotinus goggygria (smoke bush). and don’t forget the Sorbus (rowans), Malus (crab Below: Our vibrant Slogger Gumboots. Right: Chilean Guava (Myrtus ugni).

apples) and liquid ambers. The trees and shrubs are laden with berries. a favourite of mine is the crab apples with their bright yellow, red and orange fruit, ideal for making jellies. Pyracantha brilliant is another with an absolutely stunning display of red berries. We have been harvesting a variety of fruit and vegetables from the garden. The carrots have been a huge success. If you have splits in your carrots, this is a result of the wet weather. Despite the splits they have been making fantastic carrot and coriander soup in the café. Chilean guava, also known as the New Zealand cranberry (Myrtus ugni), not only looks fantastic and smells delightful, but also has a sweet strawberry-like taste. It is a hardy evergreen shrub with small green foliage, popular for hedging and topiary. It has white waxy flowers in summer followed by masses of mahogany red

berries in autumn. They prefer a sunny position with moist but well-drained soils. These berries make a tasty jelly or even berry shortcake. I would be interested to know if Myrtus ugni survives in the colder frost areas of the Maniototo. Quinces are in abundance this year too. There are some lovely recipes in the latest New Zealand Gardener Homegrown Recipes. These plants make a great gift, available now at Blueskin Nurseries. It’s time to start planning your orchard and rose gardens for the year. If you have a particular fruit tree or rose you are after, we advise you to place your order now so you aren’t disappointed. Fruit and nut and rose lists are available now. You can either call into the garden centre for your free copy, download from our website, or phone us and we will happily post one out to you. Enjoy autumn in your garden and if you have any questions come and see us or send me an email. Blueskin Nurseries & Café, State Highway 1, Waitati. Phone 03 482 2828 email

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May’s top tips Start thinking about a basic spray programme for your stone fruit and pip fruit. Apply a dose of copper oxychloride immediately after leaf fall. You can also spray your flowering cherries, crab apples, ornamental pears and roses too. Keep up with the housekeeping by removing leaf litter from around the tree and remove any fallen fruit or mummified fruit that may still hold onto the tree. This will prevent disease spores over-wintering on and around your trees. Pumpkins – How big are your pumpkins this year? Remember, the longer you leave them on the vine the more flavour they have. Wait until the leaves die down before harvesting. Garlic and shallots should be planted from late May until early spring. Remember when planting, to plant them so half the bulb/clove is in the soil. If they come out of the soil with growth, push them back down into the soil. Yams and parsnips need a couple of good frosts to bring out the flavour. So don’t dig until this has happened. Hopefully the frosts don’t come too soon!

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Blueskin A&P Society’s Giant Car Boot Sale and Family Fun Day Highlight: The display of old machinery was interesting and had a great point of difference to the other things on show.

Hatch ‘n’ Match, Middlemarch Highlight: Jamie Tisdall’s departing dance moves were ... inspiring!

Margaret Hay, Laurence Hay and Scott Willis on the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust stall.

Claire Brown and Mark Dickson.

Jeff Burrow and George Osmers.

Mark Brown and Peter Appleby.

Steph Macauley, Amanda McCutcheon, Jodie Tisdall and Janice McCutcheon.

Graeme and Gail Maxwell, Helen Fincham-Putter and issy Thomas.


Gimmerburn Cricket’s 50 years Past and present players of the Gimmerburn Cricket Club got together recently to celebrate 50 years as a club.

Opening batsmen Matt Weir and George Paterson for the Presidents’ Xi.

Max Paterson, ian Smith, Tony Morgan and George Paterson.

Judy Hawkins, Jo Roney, Caitlin Blakely and natalie Blakely.


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Going for gold Shooting hoops in the backyard is the pastime of many a Kiwi kid and the dream to ‘go pro’ isn’t as hard to achieve as some might think. OceanaGold is the principal sponsor of Otago’s National Basketball League (NBL) team this year and as the guys head into the 2011 season, Southern Attitude caught up with a couple of the key players and Mac the Miner, their cheeky mascot. OceaNaGOLd NuGGetS captain Sam to‘omata says he got into basketball as a young kid in order to get out of church. “Sundays meant church for most of the day and I used to skive off and play basketball with my brothers and cousins instead. I think Mum knew what I was up to, but dad didn’t, probably still doesn’t,” he laughs. Sam grew up in Winton and didn’t get serious about basketball until he was offered a scholarship at Nelson college for Boys. “I was playing rugby and basketball right through and it wasn’t until the scholarship came up that I had to make the choice which one I wanted to play.” the decision has paid off for to‘omata . this is a full-time job for him and he reckons even when the going gets tough, he’s glad he is doing a job which he loves. Import player to the OceanaGold Nuggets this year is craig Bradshaw. Born and raised in Wellington, Bradshaw has seen a lot of the world thanks to his basketball boots. things got serious for him when he got a basketball scholarship at an american university and for four years he went winter to winter, playing in the american NBa and then back to New Zealand for the tall Blacks. Bradshaw lists half a dozen foreign countries where he’s played and reckons his best “job” was in Korea, playing in a corporate league for Samsung. “the major companies like Hyundai, Samsung, daewoo, to name a few, all play against each other and they import top players from around the world to play in the teams. I was effectively an employee of Samsung’s. It was fantastic,” he says. Bradshaw credits the entertainment value of basketball as one of the main reasons why he enjoys the sport. “the crowd is constantly being entertained. It’s a high-energy, non-stop kind of

Meet Mac the Miner

game and people get a real buzz from the atmosphere.” to‘omata and Bradshaw both agree that to go places with basketball, education is important. Bradshaw says: “In the States, if I didn’t pass I didn’t play, so it was really important to keep a handle on the studies.”

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to‘omata adds that staying grounded and never missing a training session is also important. “at university it’s really easy to fall off the wagon with all these new distractions. It’s important to have a life, but you’ve got to ensure you don’t lose sight of your big picture goals, too.”

Mac works as a mine operator at Macraes. He drives whatever he fancies and occasionally pours a bit of gold when he’s short on funds. Mac’s “electric copper” golden locks and chiselled good looks have girls screaming his name and women swooning – well … he thinks it’s his looks and not his pay packet. His ultimate claim to fame is his ability to dribble, so once again Basketball Otago has signed him up for another year with the OceanaGold Nuggets. Of course, Mac will be at each game entertaining the crowds with his high energy and great humour.

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Southern Attitude together with OceanaGold wants you to experience the high energy atmosphere of an OceanaGold Nuggets home game in Dunedin. We have one family pass to give away for each game between 13 May and 3 June. Go to for more information on how to grab one of these passes. An excellent night out for families and sporting enthusiasts.

Southern Attitude May 2011  
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