Te Anau buzzing at Labour Weekend

Auctioneer Herb Kirkwood touting for bids during the 48th Te Anau Lions Club Steptoe Auction held...
Auctioneer Herb Kirkwood touting for bids during the 48th Te Anau Lions Club Steptoe Auction held at Labour Weekend. Photo: Julie Walls
KidsCan NZ  Pork Pie Charity Run 2019, Team Kelly. L to R: Josh(Driver) and Mike Kelly of Dunedin...
KidsCan NZ Pork Pie Charity Run 2019, Team Kelly. L to R: Josh(Driver) and Mike Kelly of Dunedin , Julie Kelly of Dunedin and Irene Benfell-Herron of Red Tussock Motel, The run starts in Kataia on 19 April and ends in Invercargill on 25 April. Photo...

Labour Weekend had Te Anau buzzing with nine events vying for everybody’s attention and they were not disappointed from family fishing competitions, markets, art, home show tour, auction, garage sales and more.

Weather was awesome, while some preferred to be inside soaking up the art, there was plenty of retail therapy of all types from paintings to plants in TeAnau/Manapouri, Fiordland.

The weekend for most, was full of activity with plenty of visitors around bolstering all kinds of sales.

The 48th Steptoe Auction hosted by Te Anau Lions Club on the Saturday of Labour Weekend, was a little quiet said organiser John Hayman. They were also collecting/accepting any “Unwanted” Mobile Phones, Old Coins, and any old pairs of glasses. All proceeds went to Starship Hospital. Contact John Hayman on 03 249 7673 or 027 897 4477 or Doug Ramsay on 03 249 9516 or 027 680 5677 for further information.

Te Anau Kepler Lions Club Open Home Show held on the Sunday 21 October from Te Anau Club attracted 200 people, raising $6,000 for local projects.

Brony Eason said “There were quite a few men on tour this time round and included lots of people from all over Southland, with some just coming to Te Anau for the day to participate in the home show tour”.

“Many commented on the quality and variety of the homes this year, on how great they were and we had the perfect mix”

“Without the support of the six homeowners and local businesses, especially the Te Anau Club this year. We would not be able to organise such a successful tour,” Brony said.

The opening of the Red Tussock Motel 8-unit motel block was held in conjunction with an Art Exhibition which showcased Fiordland photographers work in the new units.

Manager Irene Benfell-Herron said “It was a busy weekend with over 50 people through the units over the weekend”.

The monies raised from the weekend gave a percentage raised through accommodation, sale of art and entry to new units towards KidsCan NZ, as part of the fundraising for Team Kelly on the 2019 run.

Irene has been supporting and sponsoring KidsCan NZ over the past three Charity runs which are held every 3 years. Irene’s involvement is with Team Kelly who compete against other Teams to raise the most funds and the weekend activities is part of Team Kelly’s fundraising as there are 60 cars participating in the 2019 run. KidsCan NZ Pork Pie Charity Run 2019, from Kataia on 19 April to Invercargill, arriving 25 April.

Irene said “there are 9 schools that are currently being supported by KidsCan NZ in Southland”.

Te Anau Community Market at the Fiordland Community Events Centre and the Fiordland Sunday Market at Te Anau Club were held on the Monday due mainly to venues being over loaded in the previous days.

Next market will be held for Fiordland Sunday Market 11 November 10.00am-2.00pm. Contact: Jan Popham Phone 03 249 4303 Email: desandjan@xtra.co.nz

Te Anau Community Mega Market had 40+ stalls and 7 food trucks, a first for the market and proved to be popular with art lovers as well as market attendees. Next market will be held 24 November 10.00am-3.00pm.

 - Julie Walls

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