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This site would not be possible without our headline sponsors. A massive thanks to them for their support for this important community initiative. 

Fiordland Lobster Company

lobster-logoFiordland lobsters grow in pristine deep waters around the south west coast of our world heritage status national park. Commonly known in New Zealand as "crayfish" the breed of lobsters exported from Fiordland is rock lobsters (Jasus edwardsii). It is a species of bright purple and red spiny lobster; a cold water fish that inhabits reefs in water ranging from one metre to 200 metres deep. The Fiordland Lobster Company is the largest exporter of rock lobster in New Zealand and has an unrivalled reputation for quality. The company is committed to providing a superior product to discerning markets, in particular China. The Fiordland Lobster Company is involved in conservation projects to sustain the population of lobsters and protect the remote marine environment in which they breed. Projects include the Fiordland Marine Area and the Fiordland Marine Guardians. The company also cares about the community in which its business operates and supports community projects. Visit the Fiordland Lobster Company.

Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels 

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Te Anau Kiwi Lakeview Holiday Park & Motels is family owned and perfectly-situated on the shore of Lake Te Anau. Its quiet established park has amazing lake and mountain views, children's play area, BBQs, picnic tables, Sky TV lounge, IAC & wireless internet, laundries, sauna/spa bath, communal bathrooms and kitchens. Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park has achieved a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor (2013 & 2012) and is a Qualmark 4 Star Plus Holiday Park with an Enviro Silver Award. Its owners also own Tracknet, the transport company servicing the National Park and providing transport from Queenstown and Invercargill; an invaluable service for residents and visitors alike. This service also provides transport to the heads of tracks in Fiordland National Park. Visit Lakeview Holiday Park & Motels. Visit Tracknet.  


Club Page: Croquet Club

Te Anau Croquet club has been in existence for over 10 years, it is a fun and social club that is always happy to welcome new members. The club runs under Croquet Southland, along with clubs in Invercargill, Gore and Winton. During the season interclub games are played on Wednesday’s by arrangement. The club plays two forms of Croquet; Golf Croquet, which is easy to learn so it’s a great starting point for new members, a singles game takes about 40 minutes to complete. The other form is Association Croquet, games of this can take up to 2 and a half hours to complete. Croquet provides good exercise, company and a lot of fun! So how to get involved? The club play at the Te Anau sports domain by the rugby club on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 1:30 or by arrangement. To find out more information and when the next session is happening please do get in touch with any of the following contacts.

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Mike Parsisson as club President telephone 03 249 4192

Maureen Budgen as club Captain telephone 03 249 9452

Sheila Petrie as club Secretary telephone 03 249 9558

Te Anau croquet club looks forward to welcoming you!


Polar Plunge 2015

te anau polar plunge event 2015

The Polar Plunge 2015 was a brilliant community event to raise funds for the Te Anau Primary school year six children and their annual camp. 

Thousands of dollars were raised by adults and children in the community plunging into the icy waters of Lake Te Anau on the shortest day of the year, and certainly a wet one, both in and out of the water (it was raining at the time). 

The first to go in, were the brave year six children, dressed in a range of colourful outfits, including a polar bear suit, a tinkerbell outfit, and Frozen characters. 

te anau lake polar plunge 2015The next to take the plunge were local adult "identities", including police officer Dwight Grieve (dressed as fairy cop), pharmacist George Batchelor (bottle of ketchup), former rugby star and local supermarket owner Callum Bruce (red skirt, silver hair), doctor Liz Scott (chicken), and restaurant co-owner Ryan Murray (lego man).

Following on with lots of enthusiasm were many other residents, including children and adults. Nigel Stock, 34, who went in dressed as a Hawaiian beauty, said: "People had smiles on their faces when they went into the water and amazingly when they got out the water. It was so fantastic that everyone was so happy given the temperature! What a marvellous community event."

Arlo Hill, who went in dressed as tigger from Winnie the Pooh, and promises to plunge again next year, said: "People enjoyed going into the freezing cold water. I jumped right in and loved it. They breed people to be tough in Fiordland. But I wasn't born here so I have to admit I was really cold when I got out!"

There were spot prizes afterwards, and prizes for the best outfits. Everyone who plunged got a free hot chocolate and a sausage in a bun. 

te anau lake polar 2015




Urgent plea for support for ultra-fast broadband

fiordland broadband mapThis is an urgent call to support a bid by Venture Southland for ultra-fast broadband in Te Anau, improvements to rural broadband, and mobile services on blackspots on key roads (see map), to help businesses, organisations, home-workers, our schools, tourists, and the community at large.

Te Anau is competing against communities all over New Zealand for this service, and bids that show significant community support are inevitably far more likely to succeed. We are also a small community competing against larger communities, so every voice counts and is vital. Your support is urgently requested therefore by Venture Southland, by sending emails / letters of support and completing a survey by the end of June 2015. So don't delay, support the bid today! 

Read on for how to submit your response and suggestions of things you may wish to say to support this bid. 

How to submit

Letters and emails of support can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and must be received by the end of June 2015. 

The survey can be completed here

Things you may wish to emphasise: 

Here are some suggestions from teanau.net.nz administrators of things you may wish to reference in your submission: 

- Why the internet is so essential to you - for work / home / tourism / education. Remember to include the importance of it to others in your home and workplace, such as children in your home or tourists staying at your accommodation.  (The capacity of ultra-fast broadband to cope with multiple users is much greater.)

- The large number of tourists (half a million) staying or driving through Te Anau and expecting a fast and reliable connection to check for things including weather reports and road reports for safety reasons. 

- The current slow speed of connections in Te Anau compared with what can be achieved through ultra-fast broadband (which Venture Southland says will be six to 20 times faster). 

- Examples of particular things you would like to do online that you struggle to do? For example, meetings and learning via webinars, communication with extended family in other countries, educational projects, access of safety-critical information, etc. 

· Negative experiences you or others have had that you can report upon. 

- You may also wish to mention  the Milford Road and the lack of mobile connections on this road, which is a particularly high-risk road that has suffered fatalities and injuries due to its heavy use by drivers from all over the world who are often not experienced at driving on this narrow, bendy rural road. 

More information including guidance from Venture Southland

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is seeking input into where in New Zealand they should invest funds in ultrafast broadband (UFB2), rural broadband (RBI2) and mobile services in black spots on key roads (MBSF). Venture Southland is coordinating a bid on behalf of the Southland region and the three Councils. Venture Southland undertook a survey into mobile and internet services to which over 700 people responded and proposed sites for new services have been selected - including Te Anau! (See map on this page showing proposed sites for ultrafast broadband in pink circles.)

It's important, if submitting a letter / email, to support the bid as it stands, and not ask for anything contrary to the bid's criteria. So there is no point, sadly, in trying to advocate for Ultra Fast Broadband in Manapouri in this bid. But if enough people support it, a cell phone tower may be a reality.

What this could mean for Te Anau

If successful, Te Anau would be one of the big winners - ultra fast broadband (UFB) services for people and businesses living in the urban areas of Te Anau via ground laid fibre with a starting speed of 30Mbps and up to 100Mbps normally (and even up to 1Gbps). This is 6 to 20 times faster than you can have through Rural Broadband Initiative via fixed line now. It will be a huge improvement on the present.

The relatively small population will be the biggest disadvantage for this bid. Venture Southland will emphasise the importance of UFB for (tourism) businesses so this is something to focus in your letters of support. However, isolation is another point e.g. how will UFB help you and your family – e.g. you may have a student in your family that has access to UFB through the college (provided through another, existing Govt initiative) but their education would greatly benefit from having such access also at home.

Proposed: ultra fast broadband

Possible focus for letters of support: tourism, isolation, attraction and retention of residents.

Manapouri and Fiordland

The proposal for Manapouri is for a cell phone tower (this could be Vodafone or Spark depending who may eventually bid) under the Mobile Black Spot Fund. The key message to focus on in your letter of support could be safety – for you, for your clients and employees, and visitors travelling through Manapouri. You may also want to mention how important communications infrastructure is for small towns to attract and retain people to live in the region and to do business in global markets.

For your information, three other mobile sites in Western/Southern Southland are proposed on the main visitor route: on the Milford Road (on the Appearing Shoulder north of Knobs Flat), as well as at Blackmount, and on Stucks Hill in the Longwoods.

Proposed: mobile tower site

Possible focus for letters of support: safety, attraction and retention of residents.

Letters and emails are needed from you, community groups you are member of, businesses which you are part of, which will support our application.

We want the Government to approve funding and they need to understand:

· How it is for those living out there now, what is your current service like?

· Have you had a particular negative experience? How do you deal with others who cannot communicate e.g. visitors?

· How does this affect how you live, run a business/farm, travel through the area etc.

· What would improvements would mean to you?

MBIE require all bids to be submitted by 3 July 2015. Therefore we respectfully request any emails or letters of support be sent to us by the end of June.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact Rhiannon Suter at Venture Southland 03 211 1404 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Please do forward this request to anyone else you think may be willing to support the application with an email or letter of support.


Adult Education Courses

Adult education courses based in and around Te Anau and Manapouri are organised by Southland Workers’ Educational Association, course take place throughout the year they are non-assessed and low cost.

Cake Decorating

A beginner to intermediate course to learn several aspects of cake decorating including types of icing, gum paste models, flowers, frills and bows. Students earn the art of creating a design, construction, colour matching, applying icings and presentation aspects (board covering and lettering)

The cake decorating course is held at Fiordland Event Centre and is hosted by Kathryn Wright

Drawing & Painting

Suitable for beginners to intermediate level, this relaxed and fun class aims to develop a greater confidence in drawing and painting skills. Students will explore line, shape, tone, texture, colour and composition using a variety of techniques and subject matter. This course provides an opportunity to focus on working from observation in order to develop a strong foundation for personal artistic expression.

The drawing & painting course is held at Fiordland Event Centre and is hosted by Catriona Cunningham

Painting the Fiordland Landscape

A two day watercolour workshop giving students the opportunity to learn a variety of techniques in order to confidently paint the Fiordland Landscape. Suitable for beginners to intermediate level, students will have the opportunity to practice techniques such as wet-into-wet, dry brush and lifting out, as well as learning about colour mixing, tonal recession and composition.


This course will be delivered in a relaxed and creative environment in the tutor's own studio and classroom. Basic techniques will be covered including coiling, slabbing, press moulding and throwing. Technical aspects such as glaze making, firing techniques, mould making and decorating techniques will also be covered.

The pottery course is held at the host’s home studio, Andrew Hill



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