The Mayor's Blog
There's nothing like a bit of sunshine to put smiles on people's faces. The Santa Parade in Te Anau was a great opportunity for everyone to get into the Christmas spirit and watching children's faces light up as Santa Claus waved to them from his lawnmower was such a joy.
School reunions are a special time of reflection for everyone involved and the reunion of the Te Anau School at the weekend was no exception. A few years ago my own rural primary school, Lowcliffe in mid Canterbury, held its reunion and I remember what a significant event it was. None of us had ever pictured ourselves getting older and the way I recognised some people was by looking at their children and grandchildren!
I had the privilege of attending the New Zealand Country Music Awards in Gore recently. On arrival, Deputy Mayor Jim Copland and I met everyone outside the theatre after a fire alert led to the evacuation of the building. Luckily, there was no fire and we were not long out in the cold before we were all ushered back into the awards night for a fantastic array of entertainment.
The golden autumn weather has changed again so please remember to drive safely on our Southland roads. Thanks to all of you who have braved the wet and cold to attend the Representation Review public meetings. Staff are driving all over the district to explain the process to you and are always pleased to meet you and hear your views.
How lucky we are that the beautiful autumn weather has continued, we have been truly blessed this year. I enjoyed a spectacular drive up through the Queenstown Lakes region on my way to the TRENZ 2012 Conference that was organised by the New Zealand Tourism Association. There was a fantastic variety of tourism products on display that are available throughout New Zealand.
School holidays are always a busy time for families. It has been really good to see families around our area enjoying the great outdoors we have to offer in Southland.
It's been a busy week for me but firstly I would like to congratulate Mayor Shadbolt for breaking the Guinness World Record with his 26-hour interview. We women know that men can talk more than us and now the record is there to prove it!
Since arriving back from Thailand I've barely had time to unpack my suitcase. The trip was highly successful and I can't help but be impressed with the seven Southland school representatives that worked so hard and demonstrated the utmost professionalism while we were away.
People ask me why Council plans so far ahead as things can change tomorrow.
It was a send-off to match anywhere in the world and the children from Limehills and Otatara Schools did us proud when they farewelled Gareth Morgan's group heading to the Enderby Islands.