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The Eye 21.2.13
The week that was in the
THURSDAY, FEB 15
Richard Prosser hit the headlines for
his anti-Muslim comments and it
turned out the New Zealand First MP
once ran for Central Otago Mayor.
His comments were of no surprise to
the Central Otago District Council,
the Southland Times were told.
Mayor Tony Lepper said he was
grateful Mr Prosser never did make
it to the Central mayoral chambers.
FRIDAY, FEB 16
A real-life cat burglar made the
news by swiping teddy bears and
anything pretty and knickers
galore'', according to his owners.
He's Skitz the cat, whose five
months of thieving ways in Clyde
made the front page of the Times.
The unlikely thief brought a whole
new meaning to the saying look
what the cat dragged in''.
SATURDAY, FEB 17
First a thieving cat, now a bread-
loving dog. An Arrowtown dog came
out of the woodwork, leading police
on a hunt to find out which pooch in
the small town had stolen the bread
from the local bakery. And 10
paninis, 10 french sticks, 10
doughnuts and 10 bagels was
certainly a big breakfast for the
MONDAY, FEB 18
iPads, laptops, computers and
tablets are all pricey things and
schools are feeling the pinch as they
try to get more technology in their
classrooms. The cost of technology
is racing ahead of government
funding and Invercargill schools are
finding hard to keep up.
TUESDAY, FEB 19
With announcements of school
mergers and closures and decisions
still withheld about the fate of some
schools by the Ministry of Education,
it was a tough day for families and
schools in Christchurch. The
decisions will see the closure of
seven schools, the merging of 12 and
plans for five new schools.
WEDNESDAY, FEB 20
More of our hardworking
Southlanders crossed the ditch this
week but these ones hope to be
back. Five Southland firefighters
headed to Australia to help battle
the fires in the country, the second
group to go. It's a reminder of fires
which are still burning.
For the Southland Times online:
Sister cities mark 20 years
Deep roots: Kumagaya mayor Kiyoshi Tomioka and Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt plant a japanese maple
tree at Queens Gardens on Friday.
The city of Kumagaya has
firm roots in Invercargill ---
and now more than ever.
Delegates from the Japanese
city visited Queens Park
gardens to mark the 20th
anniversary of the sister city
Kumagaya and Invercargill.
The group planted a japanese
maple tree in Queens Park as
part of the three days of
celebrations held for the
A symbolic way of renewing
and always remembering the
relationship between the two
towns, there were a lot laughs
as the mayors Tim Shadbolt
and Kiyoshi Tomioka swap-
ped the normal duties for a
spade and piles of dirt.
Parks manager Robin Pagan
said the Japanese garden was
a special part of the park, and
a further way of fostering the
relationship between the two
The gardens intertwined local
resources such as a 100 tonnes
of rocks from Ocean Beach
and the influence of Japanese
culture and was enjoyed by
both residents and Japanese
visitors, he said.
MAKING THE GRADE
Jesse Gutschlag started Windsor
North School on February 11.
Tahlia Kennedy started Waverley
Park School on February 4.
Rylan Ayers started Donovan
Primary School on February 4.
Charlie Ellis started Waihopai
School on February 7.
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