Dear Members and Friends

Winter is always a special time in Maniototo as people embrace the challenges of living with extreme seasons.  Our reward is crisp, clear, blue-sky days, beautiful vistas of snow covered mountains, ice sports and long evenings indoors by the fire.  Effective heating is essential and for most of us our homes are well set up with log-burners, coal ranges, wetback fireplaces and plentiful firewood.  Several local operators provide excellent wood supplies, for more information see the list of Naseby Services on the Naseby Vision website.

The insertion of water meters left some roadside tobys vulnerable to freezing when they were re-installed closer to the surface.  A couple of consecutive harder frosts left some homes with frozen tobys. How did your plumbing fare? 

What’s happening in Naseby?

Heritage Streetlight project comes to a close:

The official ‘Turning On” celebration on Friday 30th May was a delight.  The cold clear night saw a good crowd of over 150 people meeting opposite the old Post Office.  The switch was turned on by Stewart Francis, James Hazlett, Freda Trevethan and CODC Mayor Tony Lepper.   After brief speeches,  and a memorable rendition of ‘The Old Lamplighter’ sung by David McAtamney the gathering moved along the street (to the sound of bagpipes) to hear the stories of four of the lamps.  Refreshments and entertainment in the Naseby Town Hall capped a truly delightful occasion.

It was a huge project for a little community organisation to take on however the results are outstanding.  The lights look wonderful and leave a lasting addition to Naseby’s streetscape.

As always, a large number of volunteers made the project possible.   Many hours of liaison with authorities went on behind the scenes as well as the more visible working bees.  Thank you to everyone who made it happen.

Note:  there are a few tools left over from various working bees.  If you are missing anything please contact Stewart Francis.

Photographs of the project can be viewed on the website Nasebyvision.org.nz

The Ice Disco and Ice Festival attracted good numbers in spite of difficulties with unco-operative weather.   The Costumes on Ice Disco is always enjoyed by young and old and makes an excellent mid-holiday event.  Thank you to the hardworking team at both indoor and outdoor rinks for providing such excellent facilities.  We are fortunate to have this complex on our doorstep.  While some staff are paid there is always a huge volunteer effort to make things happen so we can all enjoy ice activities.

Wheelie bin collection changes:

Fortnightly collection has begun, the old green-top bins taken away and we are adapting to thinking more about what goes into our bins.  The recycling centre continues to be well used and apart from a few incidents is used thoughtfully and appropriately.

The following collection dates have been supplied by CODC.  Note:  as bins are collected early on Thursday mornings your bin needs to go out on Wednesday afternoon/evening.  The dates below are Wednesdays.  Please do not put your bin out too soon, they are vulnerable to being blown over and damaged.  Talk to your nearest resident neighbour and come to an arrangement.

Wheelie bin dates
August  6th & 20th
For collection on 7th and 21st
September  3rd & 17th
October  1st, 15th & 29th
November  12th & 26th
December  10th & 26th
January 7th & 21st
February  4th & 18th
March  4th & 18th
April 1st, 15th & 29th

The Rabbit Problem:  discussions are ongoing on how best to resolve the issues with rabbits in the town.  Controlled shooting has been investigated but is not an option.  Authorities are aware of the problem and it is being monitored.  Thank you to Stewart Francis for initiating the meeting on our behalf with Otago Regional Council and others to work towards a solution.

Cell phone tower:  the latest word is that construction is scheduled to begin in November with an estimated build time of around six weeks.

The Eden Hore dress collection:   a business case is being prepared by CODC, in the meantime it is in good hands and being stored with care in Alexandra.  Watch out for a TV3 news item on the subject soon, a film crew was in Naseby recently carrying out interviews.  There is clear consensus from Naseby residents that they would like it to return to Naseby however there’s a lot of work to be done to make this a reality.

Paul Henry show:   TV3 visited the outdoor ice rink and filmed the Paul Henry Show against a backdrop of traditional crampit curling.  Six teams enjoyed some spirited games while the camera crew filmed around them.  All good exposure for Naseby and the unique sport of curling!  Well done to Merv Jamieson who struggled to name nine Griffins biscuits in 10 seconds – a big ask but done in good humour.

Honesty Box at the tennis courts:   If you have used the Naseby tennis courts recently you would have noticed a newly installed Honesty Box and (soon to be installed) signage requesting gold coin donations from users.  While the courts were well built many years ago there is a need for ongoing maintenance.  This cost is not covered by rates and is organised by Naseby Vision.  A recent quote to seal cracking was over $7000 and options are being investigated.

The courts are popular all year round for tennis, all sorts of ball games, scooters, trikes and bikes of all types.  Many of you will remember you or your children or grandchildren taking a first wobbly bike ride there and it is not unusual to see large family groups making good use of them.

Please be mindful of the cost of keeping our courts in good condition and contribute a little each time you visit.  It’s not compulsory but would be greatly appreciated and will ensure another valued community asset is available for the next generations.

Note:  when the Naseby Tennis Club went into recess their remaining funds were lodged with Naseby Vision for safekeeping. 

Maniototo Museum:

A recent article in “The News” noted the difficulties in keeping the museum open due to lack of volunteers.    If you are in a position to take a turn on the roster then the committee would be very happy to hear from you.   During the 150th celebrations a number of holiday-home owners stepped in to help out and really enjoyed the experience.  If you know you are going to be in Naseby on certain dates and can spare a few hours please contact the roster  co-ordinator Kath  Thomas kath.thomas@xtra.co.nz or phone 03 444 9920, she would love to hear from you.  Anyone with a general interest in heritage and our local history would be able to do the job, it’s not onerous, (shifts are usually just two hours long) and you are certainly not expected to know everything!

The ideal situation would be employing a part-time person who could assist in museum development and support the volunteers.  Options are being looked into but in the meantime, any volunteer help would be of great value.  Please give it some thought …

Note from Editor:  I’ve taken a few turns on the roster and really enjoyed the experience.  I found there was plenty information on hand to help answer queries and I enjoyed spending time between visitors looking around our wonderful museum.  Most visitors were happy just to talk to someone about Naseby.

Fuel Survey:

Naseby Vision was recently asked by a number of local business people to scope out the possibility of fuel tanks being installed in Naseby. We approached a couple of national fuel suppliers who expressed an interest and a couple of weeks ago we conducted an e-mail survey of local businesses to see if there would be support for local petrol and diesel pumps.

Fifteen businesses responded - 10 said they’d support a local fuel output and 5 said they would not. On the information we’ve received so far we don’t believe that pumps would be viable. However, before we go back to the fuel companies we have decided to canvass our entire membership to see if that would strengthen a business case for the fuel companies.

If you would like to take part in the survey, please e-mail your answers to the following questions to nasebyvisionfuel@gmail.com by no later than 8 August....

a) If fuel pumps were installed in Naseby would you use them regularly? YES/NO

b) What type of fuel do you purchase - diesel

  - 91

  - 96

c) Approximately how much would you purchase each month of the above?

d) Where would be a suitable location for the pumps?

Please add any further comments or suggestions you might have......

NB: Any decision regarding a local fuel outlet would be determined on a commercial basis by the fuel companies and not by Naseby Vision.

Naseby Vision membership:

The membership has now exceeded the magic 300 mark.  Home owners of Naseby and surrounding districts share a huge range of talents, skills and contacts which combined make great things happen. The Naseby Vision Committee keeps a list of members with skills who have offered their time.

Please help spread the word about membership amongst friends and neighbours.  Membership forms can be requested through the website Nasebyvision.org.nz or picked up from the Athenaeum, Naseby Store or the Naseby Sewing Room.  Meetings are held on Saturday afternoons in winter and Friday evenings in summer.  Anyone is welcome to attend a meeting, just check with a committee member for the next date. 

The present committee is:

Chairman – John Crawford                          Vice-Chairman – Stuart Hore

Secretary/Treasurer – Hilary Allison

Committee members: Eric Swinbourn,         Stewart Francis,         Andrew Stewart,

                                    Keith Beck,                    Nick Simpson           Marilyn Swinbourn.

If anyone no longer wishes to receive Naseby Vision emails/communications please contact the secretary, Hilary Allison on hilary.allison@xtra.co.nz or (03) 4772903 or any of the committee.  Also, if you have been receiving newsletters by post and now have an email address please let us know so we can save some trees, and postage costs.

Positively Maniototo:

This local publication comes out on the 1st of each month and is packed full of local information, functions, sports events, reports and listings for services etc.  It can be viewed through links on Facebook, or on Maniototo.co.nz.   It’s widely read in the district and very effective at reaching a good number of people.

Missing Precious Book – do you remember this story from 2013?

The Athenaeum is on the lookout for a copy of the book compiled by Naseby school pupils for the Centennial Exhibition in 1939.  The shelf copy has been missing for some years now and we would like to replace it …. Well, thanks to the generosity of Marie Moore, Kevin Brown and Nola Howell we now have two copies in the Athenaeum and one in the museum.  The book is an absolute gem and well worth a read.  Thank you to Marie, Kevin and Nola for passing on your copies to be enjoyed by many.

That’s it!!!!!!




Dear Members and Friends

As autumn turns to winter it’s time to plan ahead and prepare for colder days, do you have a pre-winter ritual?  For some it’s tidying gardens, clearing gutters and stowing outdoor furniture, for others it’s stacking the mountain of firewood essential for keeping toasty warm, picking blackberries, gathering apples, raking leaves and hunting out winter woollies.  Before the snow and cold arrives it’s a good time to ensure drains, taps and your water toby are free of growth, silt etc. so they can be accessed easily.

Heritage Streetlight project comes to a close this month:
They say that good things always take time. This project had its beginnings about 6 years and will come to what we are sure will be a sparkling conclusion when the 17 replica lights are turned on at a function beginning outside of the Naseby Information Centre at 7 p.m. on 30 May!

The project was born when Mrs Josie Dick mentioned to one of our committee members that one of her late husband Robert’s great wishes was to see Naseby’s original streetlamps reinstated at key points around the town. Josie offered an initial donation to help fund the project. Committee member John Steele took up the challenge of the project on behalf of Naseby Vision and was shortly afterwards enthusiastically joined by Phil Ballard.

They tracked down plans of the original gas lamps, which were kindly donated by Phil George, and then located an engineer in Dunedin who was prepared to manufacture the lamps and stands at a reasonable price.

After John left the committee due to ill health Phil Ballard worked tirelessly to bring the project together ably assisted by Stew Francis, Andrew Stewart and Eric Swinbourn and a fantastic funding raising effort by Hilary. Many local families with lengthy ties to Naseby provided the majority of the funding for the project with additional funding from the Maniototo Community Board. However, without the hundreds of hours of volunteer labour by Naseby Vision members, the Lions and many other local people and the generous contributions of the sponsor families, the project would not have been possible.

There are just too many people to mention in the limited space that we have in this newsletter however the committee would like to pay special tribute to James Hazlett and Robbie Dobson who both generously donated their professional services to the project.

The annual Highland Ball

The Highland Ball will be held on Saturday 31st May, 8.30pm in the Naseby Town Hall.  It’s always a wonderful night celebrating all things Scottish and local.  It’s a valuable fundraiser for the Maniototo Ice Rink and well worthy of support.  Plan now to bring a group and make a night of it .Tickets can be purchased from Hazel Harrison, 4449937 or they can be purchased at Naseby Store or at Books and Things in Ranfurly.

Property identification
Does your property have its street number visible?  Would a stranger to town know how to get help in an emergency?  It could happen any time!  We’ve noticed since we started this campaign at least two-thirds of Naseby houses now have numbers. So, if you haven’t done so already, make it simple for anyone to describe their location to the 111 operator by ensuring your property is clearly marked at the roadside and the street address etc is displayed indoors.

Also …..  It would be helpful if you ensure your water toby was labelled.  There have been instances where the wrong toby has been turned on or off, with confusing and messy outcomes.

Wheelie bin collection changes:
We need to be aware that in July this year wheelie bin collection will become a fortnightly event.  To avoid leaving bins out for longer periods of time this is a good time to talk to the permanent residents if you need help with taking out and putting away your bin.

Bins on the street are unsightly, at risk of damage and a nuisance to the truck operator as he frequently finds he is handling empty bins.  His solution is to knock them over after emptying – not a good look for the town!

(Maybe there is a little ‘industry’ here for some enterprising permanent resident?)

Recycling facility:

A reminder that with the rubbish collection moving to fortnightly we need to recycle more of our household waste. There are bins located in Lomond Street (just over the Hogburn Bridge) for recycling paper, clean folded cardboard, plastic containers, tins, aluminium cans and glass bottles sorted by colour.  Glass from broken windows is not acceptable as it contains contaminants which cannot be recycled, (bottles only please).  

Please note that inappropriate materials are simply not removed by Wastebusters.  Unsuitable items left recently have included bedding, polystyrene, a quantity of commercial wrapping, used clothing, groceries and an old fridge.    These items should be taken to the Transfer Station or placed in your wheelie bin, please don’t leave them for local volunteers to clear away. 

The Eden Hore dress collection

The first meeting of the CODC project planning and consultation group was held in Alexandra in early April and Naseby Vision is represented in the group. Council staff have already undertaken considerable research and the group will meet regularly to prepare a long-term business plan for collection. However, it may take till at least the end of the year before the various options are fully explored. We’ll keep you posted on developments. 

Summer luge – this will be another attraction and source of fun. Progress is being made on installation but its early days yet.  Watch this space!

Naseby Store hours – after much thought, Kay and Alastair, owners of the Naseby Store, have decided to stay closed on Sundays from 4 May until 28 September.  These are traditionally very quiet times for the store and they have made the decision to enjoy some well-earned family time while they have the chance.
Support for Vodafone’s Resource Consent application
The long awaited cellphone tower is likely to become a reality later in the next 12 months.  Vodafone has lodged a resource consent application with the CODC to erect the tower and Naseby Vision has sent a written submission supporting the application. The tower will provide mobile phone and high speed broadband services for all telcos, including Telecom mobile and 2 Degrees. Please support the application by e-mailing or mailing a short letter of support to the CODC in Alexandra.