2016-03-06

NASEBY VISION NEWSLETTER March 2016 No 37

Dear Members and Friends
What a summer!  We’ve enjoyed day after sunny day with some scorching temperatures at times.  Most people experienced spectacular weather for their Naseby holiday, we hope you were amongst them.  As usual, the Christmas/New Year period was packed with activities.  A big thank you to the organisers of the Christmas church services, the Maniototo Rodeo at Waipiata, the Maniototo Garden Club tour of Ranfurly gardens, the Lions Steptoe Auction,  the Book Sale, the New Year’s Eve fireworks display, the Family Fun Day plus various sports events enjoyed by many.   All these activities are made possible by willing volunteers and we thank them all.  They make Naseby a special place to live and holiday in.

Naseby Community Plan:-
Since the last newsletter the revisited version of the Naseby Community Plan has been completed.  Thank you to all who took time to submit to the plan, and especially to those who attended the meeting with CODC staff.  Congratulations to Tyne Grant whose survey form was drawn to win the prize.  (See more of this below)

The first draft of the Plan is now being reviewed by Naseby Vision’s committee and after some further consultation with the CODC we hope the Plan will be released within the next couple of months.

High Speed Broadband now just a few months away in Naseby!
If you’ve been frustrated by progressively slower internet speeds over the past months, help is on the way.
Naseby Vision has been working with Chorus over the past year to try and facilitate an improvement in the town’s broadband services. The good news is that Chorus has just advised us that they have given Naseby’s case priority and will be upgrading, weather permitting, our broadband service to ADSL2+ which equates to a download speed of 10 – 20 Mbit/sec in late May.  A dramatic improvement on what we currently have. For those living within 900 metres of the Derwent Street cabinet, the news is even better. They will have the option to upgrade to VDSL, which has download speeds of better than 20Mbit/sec.
To make the most of these vastly improved speeds many homes will have to upgrade their aging modems with a new ADSL2+ modem, otherwise there will only be a minor incremental difference to your service. New modems cost upwards of $100, however Naseby Vision plans to talk to suppliers and arrange discounted prices for Naseby Vision members.
The new high speed internet will have substantial benefits for local businesses and residents. We are planning to run a workshop after the new service starts to help people explore the benefits that the new service will open up, such as more efficient business management solutions and the new entertainment options such as Lightbox and Netflix.
Naseby War Memorial:
Plans for repairing the memorial and improving access and the surrounding area are under way.  The base is degrading rapidly and is now very vulnerable to increased damage from freeze/thaw in winter.   There have been roadblocks along the way however the sub-committee is determined to achieve a result and will persist.

Information is being gathered on the servicemen named on the monument and some wonderful stories are coming to light.  Anyone with information or a particular interest in this project is urged to make contact with Secretary Hilary Allison on hilary.allison@xtra.co.nz

Picnic tables at the Swimming Dam:
Naseby Vision has funded the purchase of a new picnic table which is being installed with assistance from the Maniototo Lions.  There is a hopeful plan to install a second table when funding via the Community Board becomes available. 

Drinking fountain:
A smart new public drinking fountain has been installed adjacent to the amenity block at the recreation ground.  This Naseby Vision initiative was partly funded by the Maniototo Community Board and a NV member’s donation.
Naseby History to be released as an eBook
Naseby Vision’s 150th anniversary history of Naseby is to be released shortly as an eBook through the meBooks and Amazon websites. The popular 516 page book, authored by Keith Scott, had an initial print run of 500 copies and sold out within a few months of its release. 
We are still receiving numerous enquiries from people wishing to purchase the book but unfortunately the cost of a reprint makes this option unviable.  “Naseby – a History” will be available as an eBook in early April.
Wheelie bin collection dates:
Wednesday  2nd March Red bin (rubbish)
Wednesday 9th  March - blue bin (glass)
Wednesday 16th  March - Red bin
Friday 25th March - Yellow bin (recycling)
Thursday 31st March - Red bin
Wednesday 6th April - blue bin
Wednesday 13th April - Red bin
Wednesday 20th April Yellow bin
The collection dates can be found on the CODC website, note they are the day before actual pickup as the truck calls early.  Please don’t put your bins out too soon, if you don’t have a kind neighbour to put your bin out on due date you can leave your name and address with Marilyn at the store. A resident Naseby Vision member will put it out for you on due date.

Maniototo Early Settlers Museum
Open from December to April, Tuesday to Sunday each week, between 10.30 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Have you visited the refurbished portrait gallery?  Our museum constantly receives praise from visitors, well done to the hardworking team who keep things ticking over and preserve our unique history.

Winter Highland Ball:
The Maniototo Ice Rink is pleased to advise the Highland Ball will be held on Saturday 19th June 2016 as part of the Rink’s 25th anniversary celebrations.  Please note this date has changed from the previously notified date due to an important sporting clash in Dunedin.

Mini book sale:
Sunday 27th March, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm in the Naseby Fire Station rooms, proceeds to the Naseby Information Centre.  If you can lend a hand for a couple of hours please contact Hazel Harrison.

Visiting Car Rally:
Also on Sunday 27th, the National Studebaker Rally will be in Naseby between 1.00 and 2.00pm.  There will be some stunning classic American cars on show.
Naseby Easter Church Service:
Easter Sunday (27 March) 11 a.m. St Georges Anglican Church, Derwent St.

Torpedo 7 12 Hour Naseby Mountain Bike Challenge
2 April, 2016 – all day, based at Larchview Holiday Park.

Great Naseby Water Race Ultra-marathon
26th -28th August

NZ Distance Sled Dog Club 
3rd September 2016 in and around Naseby Forest – watch for more information nearer the date

When the forest is closed:
Hot weather over summer leads to the inevitable closure of the recreational area of the forest from time to time.  As mentioned in previous Newsletters, when the reading reaches ‘Extreme’ the gates are locked and access is not available.  Please respect this by staying out!   As well as locked gates there are advisory signs around the town in the pubs, the store and town noticeboards. 

Mountain biking options:
Mountainbike tracks at the Sandpit area will usually remain open when the main forest is closed due to their down-wind location.  The entrance is a few hundred metres past the curling rink and there is a range of tracks at all levels.  Ongoing harvesting of logs has meant many changes to existing tracks in the main recreational area.  A revised map is being prepared.  In the meantime, please be patient and respectful of all signage.  The lovely sunny days we cherish combined with hot drying winds mean there will be times when the forest is closed to the public.  Information on the FWI (Fire Wind Indicator) can be located on the Ernslaw One website, along with other information about the recreation area.   

Goodbye to Lynne and Neville:
Lynne and Neville Brown have cheerfully and capably managed the holiday park since August 2015 and have been excellent ambassadors for Naseby.  They have been tempted away and leave after Easter for a similar role at Fox Glacier.  They fitted right in to Naseby life and we are sorry to see them go.  All the best, we know you will be back one day.

Naseby on Facebook:
Christy Ballard looks after the Naseby Vision Facebook page.  It’ easy to find on Facebook and a good way to stay up to date with Naseby happenings.  If you have anything to share please do not hesitate to contact Christy on christy.ballard@hotmail.com.

Speakers of interest:
We were privileged recently to have a visit from Dr Ian Griffin of Otago Museum who spoke on the history of the museum and his role there.  His photography of our night skies (in particular Aurora Australis) is outstanding, as was his ability to bring his subject to life and appeal to all ages.  We are ideally located in Naseby to view our amazing Southern Skies and I now realise how little I know of what is above us every night.

Following the success of Dr Griffin’s visit, and an earlier talk by Professor Gary Wilson on his Antarctic experience there has been discussion around organising a series of Speakers of Interest.  We have an amazing range of talent amongst our Naseby community and we know there are people with stories to share.  If you have ideas for possible venues, timing and dates, and of course speakers please make contact with Hilary Allison.
Tyne Grant’s story:
When Tyne Grant (aged 8) was encouraged to pick up a survey form asking for ideas and input for the Naseby Community Plan he didn’t even know there was an incentive prize being awarded.  He came up with some well thought out and valuable ideas.  Thank you Tyne for taking the time to take part in the survey, well done, we know you will enjoy using your voucher at Naseby Store.

How his entry was selected is another story.  There were 40 eligible entries and Naseby Vision member Stu Hore suggested using the Lotto bonus number in the next Lotto draw as the winner.  Tyne’s survey form number matched the Lotto number drawn and he was awarded a $50 voucher to use at Naseby Store. 

Changes to the Incorporated Societies Act 1908:
If you are involved with other Incorporated Societies hopefully those executive committees are aware of this? There is an explanatory meeting in Dunedin 12 April and the closing date for submissions is 26 June.

Naseby Vision membership:
There are now 355 members of Naseby Vision.  Membership is open to anyone with an interest in Naseby and is by donation of $20 per person or $30 per household.  Forms can be found on the website Nasebyvision.org.nz, at the Athenaeum or at the Naseby Store. 

Membership annual donation 2016 reminders:
These were sent out recently with an excellent response.  Thank you to those who have donated already.  We encourage everyone to join and benefit from information links and the opportunity to have your voice heard in guiding the future of our town.  A few properties have changed hands recently, if you have new neighbours please let them know about Naseby Vision.

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