NASEBY VISION NEWSLETTER Spring 2015 No 35
Dear Members and Friends
Winter has been slow to leave us this year and sometimes it seems Spring is just a tease, with some stunning mild days followed by a mean Southerly blast. How did your property fare over winter? That sequence of hard frosts took its toll on plumbing throughout the district and tested the quality of our draining and insulating methods.
The cold was a blessing for the hard working crew at the Maniototo Ice Rink. Ice and Luge Camps over July school holidays, a very successful ice festival and fancy dress ice disco on the middle weekend of the holidays and to top it all, a Bonspiel in Naseby for the first time in 84 years! Most of the outdoor curling matches were contested, the Erewhon Cup ice hockey tournament was held plus a lot of very happy visitors came to experience traditional curling. Well done to the ice rink team.
The Audi Quattro New Zealand Winter Games brought Mixed Doubles curling to Naseby, always a colourful time and quite special for little Naseby to host international athletes.
The Great Naseby Water Race at the end of August brought more people to town, as did the sled dog racing competitions.
Recycling centre:You will notice the recycling container and glass bins have been removed. All recycling should now go into the bins distributed to each household. Green waste can be left at the Ranfurly site at any time. Please be aware it is strictly for green waste and we are in danger of losing the open facility if it is abused. It’s been a problem lately.
Street lighting:-Planning for the upgrade is under way and some ‘tweaking’ to the brightness of existing lights is to be done. The light to be installed in Lua Street is closer’ but not date set yet.
Naseby Vision membership:We are very proud to report there are now 337 members of Naseby Vision. If you know of anyone who is not a member please encourage them to join. Membership forms can be found on the website nasebyvision.org.nz , at the Athenaeum, the Naseby Store or talk to any committee member.
AGM:The Annual General Meeting will once again be held on the Monday of Labour Weekend, 10.00am in the Naseby Town Hall. Anyone interested to attend is welcome, paid up members will be given a card to allow their vote to count. Financial membership is by donation recommended at $20 per person or $30 per household.
If you would like to be part of the NV committee, and are a financial member of 12 months standing you would be welcome - nomination forms are available from email@example.com
Naseby Community Plan survey:Survey forms have been sent to households, if you have not received a survey and would like to have input, forms can be obtained from Naseby Store, phone 4449 908. Your thoughts are valuable! Please return them to CODC in the reply paid envelope included, by 5 October.
Consultation for Naseby’s Three Year Community Plan:The results of the surveys from Naseby ratepayers, Naseby Vision members, Naseby business people and Naseby young people will be reported back on at the planning day scheduled at 10.00am on Sunday 15 November in the Town Hall. It’s an opportunity to consider what is valued about Naseby, what will be good ideas going forward, and what the road map needs to look like to get there. Everyone is welcome. The discussion may take 2 ½ - 3 hours and a substantial morning tea will be provided.
Cellphone tower update:In the last newsletter (June) we reported delays in installing the cellphone tower. These delays continue with intermittent wet weather making the access track too difficult for heavy vehicles to use. Once again, watch this space ……
Broadband upgrade:-With more and more use of internet based functions the demand for Broadband is growing. While some people report good service those further out of town or on busier streets struggle with speeds and experience frustration at the quality of the service.
The Otago Digital Strategy for which Warwick Hawker was collating local information and representing the CODC area has applied for additional funds to central government on behalf of some areas on the Maniototo.
The study into Otago wide use of Broadband was revealing. For example:-
“87% of business owners agreed fast internet access was critical and 33% frustrated with current access.
80% business owners said fast internet was key to their choice of new business locations.
21% of small/ medium enterprises were assessed as digitally “mature”
Free Wi-Fi is expected in public places by travellers.
A growing number of the community have limited digital skills eg use of a mouse, sending an email”
There are initiatives planned under the Otago Digital Strategy (some time) to deliver small business training workshops, a digital ambassadors scheme, focussing on not for profit organisations, schools and community groups. They will also develop a 6 monthly Otago wide mobile service for recycling and reusing desktop and tablet devices.
In the meantime, REAP would be happy to run a basic computer course during the day, in Naseby, if there were 5 – 8 people interested. You could phone Bernie Lepper at REAP on 03 4486115 or tell Marilyn Swinbourn at the Naseby Store.
We wondered if one to one tuition on your own computer or ipad would assist older members?
Overall Naseby Vision can be alert to all these possibilities that will assist self employment and new full time householders to Naseby.
Naseby War Memorial:Research is under way to preserve the War Memorial. A sub-committee of Keith Edwards, Stuart Hore and Stew Francis are looking into options including some landscaping of the area.
Wheelie bin collection dates:
Wednesday 23rd September - blue top glass bins
Wednesday 30th September – red top rubbish bins
Wednesday October 7th – yellow top recycling bins
Wednesday 14th October– red top rubbish bins
Mail collection: Don’t forget to check the chalkboard at the store to see if you have mail. Unclaimed mail is returned to sender after three weeks unless other arrangements are made.
CODC Community Awards:Naseby Vision’s committee nominated Stuart Hore for a Central Otago Community Service Award this year and he was recognised recently at the Central Otago District Council awards evening. With the limited audience and a generalised description of service announced on the night, we have asked Stuart if we can record his years’ of service to Naseby and the Maniototo here, for the remarkable endeavour that it represents.
· Councillor on the Naseby Borough Council for 21years - his last term was as deputy Mayor.
· Life Member of the Naseby Volunteer Fire Brigade with 29 years’ service.
· Life Member of the Naseby Bowling Club serving in all executive positions.
· Life Member of the Naseby Golf Club serving in all executive roles at various times. He also served on the Otago Provincial Golf Association for several years.
· Life Member of the Naseby Curling Club being its secretary for 27 years and he still holds that role.
· Secretary of the Naseby Curling Council for 13 years, being Treasurer/Secretary from 1992 – 1999.
· Naseby School Committee for 16 years.
· Maniototo Area School Committee 8 years.
· Stuart held an executive position in the establishment of the outdoor ice rink committee in 1991.
· Foundation executive committee member and deputy chairman of Naseby Vision from 2005.
· Local fundraiser for the Naseby defibrillator, helped with the 2013 150 year gold rush celebrations, and has been relied upon for endless working bees around the town.
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Dates to remember:
Survey forms for Community Plan to be returned 5th of October.
South Island Orienteering Champs, Naseby, Labour Weekend 2015
Naseby Vision Annual General Meeting – Monday October 26th 10.00am in Naseby Town Hall.
Naseby Three Year Community Plan consultation meeting for everyone in Naseby – 10.00 am in the Naseby Town Hall Sunday 15 November.