Funeral Notices – Saturday 31st August

If you would like your recently lost loved ones death / funeral notice or memoriam listed here, contact your Funeral Director for more information about this free service.

They can also help you write the notice and offer other helpful advice and services in this time of need.

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CLISSOLD, William (Tony).
Peacefully at Lakes District Hospital on Wednesday, August 28, 2019. Loved husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather to Jill; Nicola and Thomas, Benjamin and Aimee; Carne and Jane, Helena, and Liam; and the late Hamish. Loved brother of Margaret (Perth). Private cremation. A memorial gathering to be advised later this year. Messages only to 113 Waikaka Road, RD5, Gore 9775.

HOWIE, Julia Mary (Sheila) (nee O’Neill).
Of Mosgiel, formerly of Milton and Invercargill. On July 23, 2019, unexpectedly, but peacefully, at Dunedin Hospital, surrounded by her loving family; aged 91 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Andy, beloved mother and mother-in-law of Anne* and Tom Hau, Joyce and Graeme Philip, Neil and Di*, and Wendy. Much loved Nana of her 6 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and 1 great- great-grandchild. The interment of Sheila’s ashes will take place on Saturday, September 7, at 1.30pm at Southland Crematorium, Rockdale Road, Invercargill. (*denotes deceased)

LAING, Naomi Mary.
Peacefully on August 28, 2019 at Gore. Dearly beloved wife of the late John Britton (Brit) Laing, wonderful mother of Janice and Tony Mearns (Gore), John and Jane Laing (Blenheim), James Laing (Alexandra), Super-Gran of Abby and Claudio (Tuscany), Matthew (Sydney), Kristy and Warrack McKenzie (Waikoikoi), Melanie and Blair McKenzie (Knapdale), Jennifer and Jules Kolk (Blenheim), Elizabeth and Andrew Gough (Little River), Mark and Gemma Laing (McKay), Paul and Emily (Poole, UK), dearly loved Great-Gran of Mattia, and Noah; Ella, Riley, and Dominic; Clay, and Darcey; Mikey, and baby Sienna, loved sister and sister-in-law of Douglas* and Elsie* Kilgour, Jim* and Kathleen Kilgour, and Margaret Pratt. (*denotes deceased)
A celebration of Naomi’s life will be held in Hope and Sons Chapel, 523 Andersons Bay Road, Dunedin, at 3.00pm on Tuesday, September 3, followed by private cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to Stroke Foundation NZ would be appreciated and may be left at the service. Messages to 12 Vera Street, Gore 9710, or leave a message on Naomi’s page at www.tributes.co.nz “A good scout at Rest”

LEWIS, Irene Louisa (nee Joy).
Passed away peacefully, after a short illness, at Windsor Park Care Home, on Thursday, August 29, 2019, in her 72nd year. Cherished wife of the late Peter, loved mother, mother-in-law and Nana of Paul and Margaret, and Phillip (Invercargill); Annette Black, and Matthew (Gore). A service to celebrate the life of Irene will be held in Southern Funeral Home Chapel, 106 Hokonui Drive, Gore, on Monday, September 2, at 1.30pm, then leaving for Charlton Park Cemetery. Messages to 7 Walker Street, Gore 9710.

McBAIN, Ethne Ann (nee Maclean).
Lovingly surrounded by family at Strathallan Life Care on August 25, 2019, aged 91 years. Treasured wife of the late Stan. Adored Mum and mother-in-law of Linda and Chris Simpson and John. Cherished nana of Jemma. At Ethne’s request, a private service has been held. A very special thanks to the staff of Highfield Rest Home, Talbot Park, Glenwood Rest Home and Strathallan Life Care for their kindness and support. Messages to McBain Family, 278 Wai-iti Rd, Glenwood, Timaru 7910.

McKENZIE, Beverley Anne (nee Barrow).
On Wednesday, August 28, 2019, in her 80th year. Peacefully and courageously at home surrounded by family. Loved and devoted wife and friend of Robert (Dexter) for over 61 years. Cherished mother and friend of Anne-Marie and Darryl Tamblyn, Rosemary and Trevor Stevens, Nicolas and Anna McKenzie, Libby and Roger Mariu, Simon and Stephanie McKenzie, Sonya and Alex Dickson, Nathan and Kate McKenzie, and Brendan McKenzie. Extra special friend and mentor of Rachael Neuman. Adored grandmother of 22, great-grandmother of 12 and two bumps. In keeping with Bev’s wishes a private family service has been held. Special thanks to Dawn from West Otago Health and Heather from Hospice Dunedin for their support.

PETERSON, Patricia Mary (Trish).
Peacefully at home surrounded by family on Friday, August 30, 2019; aged 67 years. Dearly loved and cherished by all her family, Robyn, Shane, Mandy and Gideon, Keriana, Aneisha, Destiny, Mya, Maui, Greer, Anaru, Kahn, Kylo, and baby; a loved sister and aunty. A service for Trish will be held in the St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Rimu Street, Invercargill, on Monday, September 2, at 11.00am. Interment to follow at the Tuatapere Cemetery arriving at approximately 2.00pm. Messages to 210 Nelson Street, Invercargill.
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PIRINI, Mateka Dawn (nee Anglem).
Peacefully at home on Thursday, August 29, 2019. In her 80th year. Loved by all her whãnau and mokopuna. She will be resting at Murihiku Marae, 408 Tramway Road, until 10.00am on Saturday, August 31, 2019. We will then depart for Te Hapa o Niu Tireni Marae, Huirapa Road, Temuka. Mateka will be laid to rest at her final destination with her tupuna at Arowhenua Urupã. The service will commence on Monday, September 2, 2019, at 11.00am. mwfunerals.co.nz

WILD, Alida Maria (Marianne).
Of Cromwell, passed peacefully at Dunstan Hospital on August 22, 2019, aged 55 years. Dearly loved wife of Trevor, adored mother of Tim and Marcia, cherished grandmother Jordan and Felix. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Marianne’s carers, Colleen (dear friend), Sharon, Lynda, Fiona, Hillary, Claire, Gayle, Carey and Alice. As per Marianne’s wishes a private service has been held. Messages to: 18 Quarry Court, Cromwell 9310. Cared for by Affinity Funerals Central Otago & Lakes District F.D.A.N.Z.

Acknowledgement

BAKKER, Leendert (Lane).
Mattie, Ron, David, Patricia, Gillian and their families wish to express their heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported us with their kindness and expressions of sympathy during the sad loss of a loved Husband, Father, Father-in-law, Grandad and Opa. To those who have visited, sent lovely cards with their lovely messages, beautiful flowers, food and baking, a big thank you. A special thank you to Jill Ridden for your guidance, kindness and thoughtfulness. It was a very special farewell. To the staff of the Medical Ward at Southland Hospital, a big thank you for your care of Lane. Thank you to Darrin and the team at J Fraser & Sons for your guidance and support. Please accept this as our personal acknowledgment to you all.

Invercargill’s Malloch McClean Wins Xero Large Firm of the Year

An emphasis on embracing technology and working alongside clients to grow smarter, better businesses saw leading accounting & business development firm Malloch McClean take out the title of ‘Xero Large Partner of the Year’ at the 2019 Xero Awards, held recently at The Opera House in Wellington.

CEO John Schol is proud of the achievement. “Winning this award is not only fantastic for the Malloch McClean team, it is also great for our clients and the provinces we serve.” He says.

“Xero has been a game-changer for us,” says Schol. “Helping our clients succeed means giving them up-to-date and timely information, and Xero allows us to do that.”

Back in New Zealand for the first time in six years, the Xero Awards celebrate the role that accountants play in helping Kiwi businesses thrive. An “overwhelming” number of nominations, including a record number of partner award submissions, were received in eight award categories.

The Xero Large Partner of the Year Award recognises the Xero accounting partner who has used Xero to offer the best value-added services to their clients from 1 July 2018 to 1 July 2019.

Judges Peter Vial, Phil Veal, Andrew Hamilton, and Vic Crone remarked how Malloch McClean has transformed a traditional accounting firm into one with a more modern approach. “The evolution they have gone through and the cultural change, in particular, made them stand out in our books.”

Malloch McClean has moved a large firm of 70 team members to a cloud-based system while expanding their presence to the Tasman region. They have 48 Xero Certified Team members and coach other accounting firms across New Zealand to make the same transition.

“The use of technology is allowing us to have smarter, better discussions with our clients on a regular basis instead of waiting until year end.” Schol says. “We are now having more conversations around looking forward instead of looking back, and that’s more exciting.”

“Change is inevitable,” Schol claims, “this award reflects the investment in our people, technology, and how we work. Our approach has been to support clients to prepare a plan, produce timely information, and regularly monitor progress.”

Malloch McClean also host free, interactive weekly Tech Tuesday Xero sessions to help small businesses be more confident and give them the skills to gain better business insights that lead to smarter decisions. Their next session is Tuesday 3rd September.

Alliance Group Launches Annual Roadshow in September

Alliance Group is encouraging farmers to attend its Annual Roadshow during September and October.

Twenty-four meetings will be held across the country with the first in Waiau on 26 September and the final event in Akaroa on 22 October. The market outlook, the co-operative’s investment in the global food services sector and its premium portfolio range will be among the topics on the agenda.

“The roadshow is a great opportunity for farmers to hear first-hand from directors and the senior management team about the performance of the business, progress on strategy and new initiatives,” says Alliance Chief Executive David Surveyor.

“As New Zealand’s only major 100 per cent farmer-owned red meat cooperative, it’s vital we meet our farmers and hear what they have to say. We appreciate it is a busy time on farms but we encourage our farmers to attend an event in their area, and to bring along friends and neighbours who may be interested in finding out more about becoming an Alliance supplier.”

The road-show dates can be found in the attached word document or at alliance.co.nz

A TREEmendous Addition To Aparima College

Aparima College in Riverton has given a previously unused area of its school grounds a new purpose by planting hundreds of native trees and shrubs.

Aparima College was one of five schools selected to win a $10,000 grant towards creating an outdoor learning space in 2019 thanks to TREEmendous, a joint initiative between Project Crimson and the Mazda Foundation.

Teachers, students, the wider Riverton community as well as Mazda Foundation Trustees and the Project Crimson team all participated in a working bee on Saturday that saw more than 450 natives planted.

The area that received the TREEmendous treatment was previously a sandy piece of land that borders the school and the neighbouring estuary. The transformation included planting a heritage fruit orchard and modern cultivars and installing bird-tables, insect holes and wildflowers in order to attract bees and insects.

Cameron Davis and Lynne Grove. photo: supplied

Cameron Davis, Principal at Aparima College, says the school is always looking for ways to take advantage of its unique coastal location and the passion both the students and the wider community have for sustainability.

“We have developed a long-term plan to make better use of the wonderful natural resources at our door and being lucky enough to win this TREEmendous event gave us the kickstart we needed,” he says.

Aparima College TREEmendous Event. photo: supplied

On Friday, ahead of the TREEmendous Event, Mazda Ambassadors marine scientist Riley ‘The Sharkman’ Elliott and Ruud ‘The Bugman’ Kleinpaste visited the school.

Elliott spoke to the students about the importance of taking care of our natural environment and educated the students about the importance of sharks in our ecosystem while Ruud introduced his insect friends and spoke to both teachers and students about the importance of bugs in our environment.

Kleinpaste says it was great to see the Riverton community turn up and lend a hand to help Aparima College transform its outdoor area.

“It’s great to see small communities like Riverton making a real effort towards a more sustainable eco-friendly lifestyle.

“I’m confident that this new outdoor learning area will inspire both current students and generations to come,” he says.
After planting all morning on Saturday, the community was treated to a BBQ lunch thanks to Riverton Butchery who donated more than 120 celebratory sausages and SuperValue Riverton who donated other goodies for the hungry workers.

Aparima College was the last of five schools visited by the TREEmendous team this year. This event marks the 49th school to get the TREEmendous treatment in the last 12 years!

For more information and to see some of the past transformations visit http://treemendous.org.nz/

Funeral Notices – Friday 30th August

If you would like your recently lost loved ones death / funeral notice or memoriam listed here, contact your Funeral Director for more information about this free service.

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PUAPUA, Valuniu Poliko.
Peacefully on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Dearly loved husband of the late Sesilia. Much loved father of Talaave and the late Alai. Loved brother of the late Saufo’i, the late Soso, Siolo Fogaafu, Fa’ase’e, the late Sa’o, Tui and Ana. Loved by his nieces and nephews. A family service will be held on Friday, August 30, at 6.00pm, in J Fraser & Sons’ Chapel, cnr Esk and Doon Streets, Invercargill, and the funeral will be held on Saturday, August 31, at 9.00am, in the Lindisfarne Methodist Church, Lindisfarne Street, Invercargill. Messages to 382 Yarrow Street, Invercargill 9810.
‘Rest in Love’ Tribute messages can be left online at frasersfunerals.co.nz/tributes

COIN South Pushes Go on Southland’s Transformation

COIN South will play a key role in the region’s transformational growth, Prue Halstead Chief Starter of COIN South said last night at the official launch party of Southland’s innovation network.

“Like the jet flights to and from Auckland, and the inner-city development, we can all feel the transformation that is afoot in this region and we are riding the crest of this wave.

COIN South is a space for innovation to be nurtured, for businesses to grow and scale and quite possibly, transform our economy. So that our children and our grandchildren can choose to make their homes here, to start and grow businesses here.”

COIN South is an Invercargill based innovation network, collaborating with community organisations, businesses and individual investors to invest in and support the region’s innovators and founders.

Officially opening its doors for business last night, COIN South launch party was attended by over 120 local business people, founders and potential investors.

COIN’s Chief Activator Louise Evans said “To see the space humming with a diverse mix of the community, from game developers and fishermen to chief executives and board directors, was just amazing.”

Startup Dunedin Chief Starter, Donna Hall, guest panellist at the launch said “It was a privilege to be able to attend the COIN South launch event and be part of their journey to establish a start-up ecosystem in the Southland region. The buzz in the room was contagious and we can’t wait to see our deep south neighbours grow and thrive”.

Evans said “We’re keen to meet all the founders, inventors and backyard schemers in Southland. Everyone knows someone who has a side business, or a burning idea. At COIN we can help connect those people with the right expertise and funding to help them grow”.

COIN South has already met with over 40 founders and inventors from around the region. If you have a start-up or business idea, please contact Louise Evans on [email protected]

EXCLUSIVE: Letter To Auditor General & Audio Of ICC Extraordinary Meeting (21/9/19)

EXCLUSIVE: What’s On Invers have obtained a copy of the letter sent to the Auditor General requesting an investigation into the Wastenet tender. The letter from Southland disAbility Enterprises Limited lawyer, is very detailed with a good timeline explaining things.

Invercargill City Council and Gore District Council, Southland District Council (see below) have ‘never authorised’ the RFP Tender document to be put out for tender.

It looks like Wastenet has gone ‘rogue’.  and put it out to tender.

We have republished the full letter below.

Quick points:

  • Gore & Invercargill Councils never authorised
  • Southland District Council are hiding behind Official Information Act, responding to a LGOIMA request, SDC declined a request for the minutes of their meeting.

The Letter

Auditor General
Office of the Auditor General PO Box 3928
WELLINGTON 6140

ATTENTION: Jonathon Keate

BY EMAIL: (redated) @oag.govt.nz

lnvercargill City Council/Gore District Council/Southland District Council – WasteNet Southland -Request for Proposals for Recyclables Acceptance Services Contract Number 850

1. We refer to our telephone discussion with Mr Keate on Friday 16 August last.

2. We act for Southland disAbility Enterprises Limited (“SdE” ). We have been instructed by our client to ask you to initiate an inquiry under section 18 of the Public Audit Act 2001 in respect to WasteNet Southland’s Request for Proposal (“RFP’ ) for the provision of the Recyclables Acceptance Services (“Contract 850” ) issued by WasteNet Southland on behalf of the WasteNet Councils on 14 December 2018.

Background

3. lnvercargill City Council, Gore District Council and Southland District Council, together referred to as the WasteNet Councils have constituted a joint service for achieving their Waste Management and Waste Minimisation Objectives on a Southland regional basis known as WasteNet Southland.

4. The WasteNet Councils have agreed that WasteNet Southland should operate as a shared business unit providing shared waste management and minimisation services to each of the WasteNet Councils.

5. WasteNet is managed and governed under the provIsIons of the WasteNet Joint Waste Management Agreement dated 13 October 2011. Under that agreement a joint committee of the WasteNet Councils was constituted, known as the Waste Advisory Group (WAG). The functions, responsibilities and powers of the WAG are set out in clause 4.12 of the agreement. The WAG does not have delegated authority to award contracts for Waste Management Services.

6. WasteNet entered into a Recyclables Acceptance Contract with Southland disAbility Enterprises Incorporated for the provision of Recyclables Acceptance Services for an initial 8 year term commencing 1 July 2011. The Contract (referred to as Contract 650) provided for a right to an extension for a further 8 year term subject to agreement between the parties on the renewed terms. In 2018 the parties commenced negotiations for a renewed term of 8 years from 1 July 2019. During the course of those discussions, SdE requested a variation to the contract for an increased payment for the balance of the term ending 30 June 2019.

7. At a meeting of the Waste Advisory Group on Monday 27 August 2018 a report was received from the WasteNet Southland representative, Mr Cameron McIntosh of the lnvercargill City Council. The report made recommendations that the Waste Advisory Group in turn recommend that the WasteNet Councils approve the variation requested by SdE by way of an advance of $380,000.00 plus GST for the 12 month period from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019. The report went on to make the following recommendations:

“2.5 Authorise the Waste Advisory Group to enter into Contract 650 renewal proceedings with Southland disAbility Enterprises and that the contract renewal term is a maximum 8 year term;

2.6 Authorise the Waste Advisory Group to authorise the Waste Management Group to prepare tender documentation for a Recyclables Acceptance Service Delivery Contract (should negotiations with Southland disAbility Enterprises be unsuccessful};

2.7 Request the Waste Advisory Group to report back to the WasteNet Councils at the scheduled November 2018 meetings with the outcomes on resolutions 2.1 to 2.5.”

8. At the Waste Advisory Group Committee Meeting held on Monday 27 August 2018 the Waste Advisory Group resolved that the WasteNet Report would be received and the Waste Advisory Group recommended that the WasteNet Councils adopt the resolutions referred to in paragraph 7 above.

9. At the lnvercargill City Council meeting on 28 August, the Council received a report from Cameron McIntosh, Director of Works and Services and titled “Waste Advisory Group Committee Update” which recommended that the Council accept the Waste Advisory Group’s recommendations which mirrored the resolutions of the Waste Advisory Group and were as follows:

“1.5 Authorise the Waste Advisory Group to enter into Contract 650 renewal proceedings with Southland disAbility Enterprises and that the contract renewal term is a maximum 8 year term;

1.6 Authorise the Waste Advisory Group to authorise the Waste Management Group to prepare tender documentation for a Recyclables Acceptance Service Delivery Contract (should negotiations with Southland disAbility Enterprises be unsuccessful)

1.7 Request the Waste Advisory Group to report back to the WasteNet Councils at the scheduled November 2018 meetings with outcomes on the resolutions 1.1 to 1.5.”

10. At its meeting on 28 August 2018 the lnvercargill City Council resolved that Council accept the Waste Advisory Group recommendations and resolutions in the form referred to in paragraph 9 were passed.

11. On 14 December 2018 the WasteNet Councils through WasteNet Southland issued a Request for Proposal for Recyclables Acceptance Services Contract number 850.

12. The issue of this RFP was not authorised by the lnvercargill City Council, nor was it authorised by the Gore District Council. We have made a Lgoima request for a copy of the minutes of the Southland District Council authorising the issue of the RFP but this request has been refused. It is suspected, but as yet unconfirmed, that the Southland District Council did not authorise the issue of the RFP either.

13. The resolutions passed by the lnvercargill City Council on 28 August (and Gore District Council on the same date) authorised the Waste Advisory Group to “enter into contractrenewal proceedings”

with SdE. The Waste Advisory Group was authorised to authorise Waste Management Group to “prepare tender documentation should the negotiations with SdE be unsuccessfuf’. The Waste Advisory Group was to “report back to the WasteNet Councils at the scheduled November 2018 meetings with the outcome of the contract renewal negotiations”.

14. What was anticipated by these resolutions was that in the event that the contract renewal negotiations were unsuccessful, then the WasteNet Councils would consider the tender documentation that had been prepared, and if approved the tender (RFP) would be authorised for release.

15. This step did not occur. There was no meeting in November to consider the RFP and it was not authorised by the WasteNet Councils before it was issued on 14 December 2018.

16. We have spoken to some councillors about this and they have confirmed that they did not authorise the issue of the RFP and they expected that they would approve the RFP before it was issued.

17. The failure by the lnvercargill City Council and Gore District Council to authorise the release of the RFP is significant. Section 76 of the Local Government Act provides that every decision made by a local authority must be in accordance with such of the provisions of section 77, 78, 80, 81 and 82 as are applicable.

18. Section 76 (4) provides that “for the avoidance of doubt, it is declared that, subject to subsection 2, subsection 1 applies to every decision made by or on behalf of a local authority, including a decision not to take any action”.

19. Under section 77 the local authority must “seek to identify all reasonably practical options” and
“assess the options in terms of the advantages and disadvantages”.

20. Under section 78 of the local authority is required in the course of its decision making process to give consideration to community views.

21. In making a decision about how it will achieve compliance with section 77 and 78, the local authority has to have regard to section 79 (Compliance with procedures in relation to decision).

22. There is no evidence that the lnvercargill City Council complied with its Significance and Engagement Policy.

Why is an inquiry necessary?

23. The RFP process has been completed and WasteNet has recommended to the WasteNet Councils that its preferred tenderer, Smart Environmental Limited be awarded Contract 850 for a term of up to 15 years. On 4 June 2019 the Southland District Council and Gore District Council resolved to accept the WasteNet recommendation. On 5 June the lnvercargill City Council voted not to accept the WasteNet recommendation.

24. Subsequently, Gore District Council gave a Notice of Dispute to the lnvercargill City Council invoking a disputes resolution procedure under the WasteNet Joint Management Agreement.

25. The lnvercargill City Council is proposing to participate in that dispute resolution process, which involves mediation and arbitration. The lnvercargill City Council is proposing to empower the dispute resolution process to award Contract 850 to Smart Environmental.

26. The lnvercargill City Council is not bound by the dispute resolution process because Contract 850 is not covered by the WasteNet Joint Waste Management Agreement and in any event there cannot be a dispute about an RFP that the three Councils did not authorise.

27. A further issue which is equally important is that the WasteNet recommendation to the three Councils recommending that the contract be awarded to Smart Environmental Limited was based on a Proposal Evaluation Report which has been found to be seriously inaccurate.

28. We have written to the Council about all of these issues and we will forward copies of this correspondence to you separately by email. No substantive response has been received in respect to any of this correspondenc.e

29. In the meantime, quite apart from the fact that this is a significant contract (15 year term and contract value in excess of $20M) the award of this tender has been the subject of intense public interest. SdE is not for profit organisation which employs approximately 80 disabled under the Recycling Services Contract. There is very wide spread community support for SdE and its continued involvement in the Recycling Services Contract. When it was announced that the Contract was going to go out to open tender in December 2018 an online petition was set up which attracted 25,716 signatures supporting SdE.

30. The Chamber of Commerce Southland ran an online campaign canvasing members as to their support for local businesses and supporting the vulnerable or disabled in the Southland community. The survey canvased members as to whether or not they were supportive of SdE retaining the contract even if this was at an increased cost. The overwhelming majority of those that responded indicated that they would support an increased cost to retain SdE as the provider.

31. We enclose copies of the relevant meeting minutes that we received from the lnvercargill City Council and Gore District Council in response to our LGOIMA request. Southland District Council declined our request for the minutes of their meeting. Please let us know if there is any further information that you require in order to consider this request.

Yours faithfully
CRUICKSHANK PRYDE

Rex Chapman
Partner

Another Record Year For South Port

A steady level of bulk cargo and increased container activity were key contributors to another record year for South Port New Zealand Limited in the period ending 30 June 2019.

A 2% increase in cargo flows confirmed the sustained strength of the southern NewZealand economy – total cargo volume was 3,521,000 tonnes (2018 – 3,445,000 tonnes) another record performance.

Reported after-tax profit of $9.79 million (2018 – $9.66 million) is a 1% increase on last year which South Port Chairman Rex Chapman said “is a pleasing result consistent with the June guidance that strong late season cargo flows would see South Port’s result similar to last year’s record.”

“This result is certainly much better than we expected at the time of releasing the interim report in February, when earnings looked likely to fall within the range of $8.6 million to $8.9 million, as increased infrastructure expenditure continued to impact profit.”

“The strong business activity had given us confidence to continue port developments such as the $1.7 million upgrade to the Island Harbour Cold Stores infrastructure, including the installation of a new blast freezing facility.”

“The Board has confirmed a final dividend of 18.50 cents this year, thus maintaining a steady full year dividend of 26 cents.”

CARGO GROWTH
Bulk cargo remained at 87% of all volumes imported or exported across South Port wharves.
South Port Chief Executive Nigel Gear said “for the second year running log cargoes reached 700,000 MT and combined with woodchips at 320,000 MT, forestry is now 34% of total bulk cargo volume handled at the Port.
Log prices in China recently dropped significantly due to an oversupply into this market.
Container traffic was the standout performer this year in the Company’s trade statistics, increasing by 25% to 48,700 TEU (2018 – 39,100 TEU).

The Mediterranean Shipping Company’s (MSC) Capricorn Container Service made 54 calls this year (2018 52 calls) averaging 900 TEU exchanges per call.

The change in port rotations and reduced transit times to market has resulted in a combination of increased full container exports being shipped and empty containers being recycled through the Port.

COLD STORAGE CAPEX
South Port’s warehousing operations performed above expectations this past season. The closure of the Foreshore Road cold storage complex and the consolidation of this activity on the Island Harbour enabled the business to focus all of its resources at the one location.
To enable this transfer, South Port undertook a $1.71 million capital expenditure project to modify the cargo receipt, container loadout areas and construct a new blast freezer.

“This resulted in a similar volume of containers being packed and loaded out from the one consolidated site versus the same being handled over the two facilities utilised last season, with a reduction in operating costs per tonne handled.

An impressive 50% increase in volumes were handled through the new blast freezer and provided options to a number of clients in the region,” said Mr Gear.

Increased dairy produce was also handled by the Open Country Dairy (OCD) warehousing operation. OCD intends to construct a third drier that will be operational for the 2020 / 2021 dairy season. Mr Gear said, “South Port will be working closely with OCD to ensure the necessary resources at the Port will be available to meet their requirements for this expansion.

New Zealand Aluminium Smelter (NZAS) continues as an important customer for South Port representing one third of the Port’s annual total cargo.

NZAS is currently facing some headwinds paying for higher electricity, raw materials and transmission costs ($334 million for transmission costs alone over the last five years), at a time when aluminium prices are at their lowest since early 2017.

Recently the Electricity Authority released its latest proposal for reforming the way transmission costs are allocated. This reform, if adopted, would see transmission costs reduced by $11 million per year for the smelter but would not take effect until 2024.

South Port continues to work closely with NZAS on opportunities to pack a variety of aluminium products into containers for export on MSC vessels and potentially opening up new markets for this customer.

The Intermodal Freight Centre (IFC) adjacent to the KiwiRail container transfer site at Invercargill processed increased volumes in its third year of operation.
“We’ve started to see a balancing of trade flows with exports of Medium Density Fibreboard for Daiken Southland Ltd being packed and transported to South Port for shipment complementing imported cargo being unpacked at this facility,” said Mr Gear.

The Marine department piloted 352 ship movements through the Port in addition to the 30 pilotage movements carried out in the Fiordland sounds. The recent growth in tonnage handled at South Port has translated to increased ship movements and busier wharves.
All sectors of the business were impacted with the exception of forestry where reduced ship calls reflect larger volumes of logs being loaded per visit.

Mr Gear said, “Cruise activity in Fiordland has increased in recent years with more than 100 vessels now calling each year. South Port has been working closely with Southland’s new regional development agency, Great South, and Cruise New Zealand to attract ship calls into Bluff.

Trade forecasts for the Port, with the exception of logs, remain steady, said Mr Chapman. “The forecasted farm-gate milk price for the coming season looks reasonably healthy which again bodes well for agricultural inputs that are shipped into the region annually.”

OUTLOOK
Based on all known factors, South Port estimates that earnings in the next financial year are likely to reduce by approximately 5%.
“Increased infrastructure expenditure will be a feature for coming years with the focus in the next twelve months being placed on the access bridge, wharves and electrical infrastructure.”

A review of the Port’s Asset Maintenance Plan will see R&M spend increase to ~$3.5 million in 2020 and near ~$4.0 million in 2021 compared with $2.1 million in 2018 and $2.8 million in 2019.

“This lower earnings profile and in the absence of any unforeseen circumstances, the Directors will endeavour to maintain the current level of dividend payment,” said Mr Chapman.

Stags Team Named To Take On Canterbury

Here is the SIT Zero Fees Southland Stags team to take on Canterbury.Saturday August 31st Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch, 2.35pm.

 

Of note this week, Ben Fotheringham is playing his 15th and Blazer game whilst Mitchell Taylor will be looking to make his debut from the bench.

  1. Joe Walsh
  2. Flynn Thomas
  3. Morgan Mitchell
  4. Ben Fotheringham
  5. Raymond Tatafu
  6. Charles Alaimalo
  7. Matt James
  8. Bill Fukofuka
  9. Jay Renton
  10. Scott Eade
  11. Lausii Taliauli
  12. Ray Nu’u
  13. Javaan Fa’amoe-Ioane
  14. Lewis Ormond
  15. Josh Moorby
  16. Greg Pleasants-Tate
  17. Shaun Stodart
  18. Howard Sililoto
  19. Mike McKee
  20. Viliami (Lio) Tosi
  21. Logan Crowley
  22. Mitchell Taylor
  23. Moses Faletolu

Firearm Collection Events in Balclutha, Lawrence and Clinton This Weekend

Firearm collection events will be held in Balclutha, Lawrence and Clinton this weekend, providing firearm owners an opportunity to hand in their prohibited firearm/s and parts for buyback.

It’s also a chance for anyone to hand-in any firearm or part – no questions asked – under amnesty.

If you hand-in firearm/s and parts under amnesty no personal details will be recorded as the amnesty is entirely anonymous.

If you do want to hand-in firearm/s or parts for buyback, please complete the online form at www.police.govt.nz before coming to an event – including listing each firearm and/or each individual part you are bringing along.

The details of the events are:

Friday 30 August: Balclutha War Memorial Hall (car park around the back), 4 Clyde street, Balclutha, from 10am-2pm.

Saturday 31 August: Lawrence Golf Club, 27 Waipori Road, Lawrence, from 10am-2pm.

Sunday 1 September: Clinton Rugby Club, 37 Hillfoot Road, Clinton, from 10am-2pm.

Police want to thank the firearms community for their positive response to the collection events so far, and look forward to welcoming the Balclutha, Lawrence and Clinton firearms community to a collection event.

For more information on collection events please go to https://www.police.govt.nz/advice/firearms-and-safety/changes-firearms-law-prohibited-firearms/local-collection-events-amnesty or call 0800 311 311.