Waitaki Herald : May 11th 2016
4 WAITAKI HERALD, MAY 11, 2016 stuff.co.nz Lily bulbsonsale for lily lovers SAHIBANKANWAL Hard-to-buy bulbs make an annual Timaru auction a real treat for lily lovers. Cool winters and warm summers make South Canterbury’s climate one of the best places in New Zealand to grow lilies, giving members of the South Canterbury Lily Group plenty of opportunity to grow some unusual varieties. Lily group secretary and publicity officer John Jackson said types ranged from asiatic to longiflorum x asiatic to trumpets, aurelians, species, oriental, oriental hybrids and other types. ‘‘For anyone that grows lilies, it is your one-and-only chance to get a particular type of lily,’’ Jackson said. It would be a ‘‘chance to buy something very different’’, he said. More than half of the bulbs were expected to be unavailable commercially anywhere in the world, and people from as far north as Rangiora and as far south as Mosgiel were expected to come. Most of the bulbs on auction had been bred or grown by South Canterbury lily group members, he said. ‘‘The most unusual bulbs will include Des Paulson’s white dancer and Timaru city. They are two bulbs he has bred and named.’’ The group had 37 members and Jackson hoped 15 would sell bulbs. ‘‘Des Paulson will be selling up to 60 bulbs and I have got 75 for sale,’’ Jackson said. The auction had been held every year for at least the last 10 years, he said. This year’s event will be at 1.30pm on May 14 at the Timaru South Cosmopolitan Club on Browne Street. ‘‘Generally between 30 and 40 people have come in the past. This time it would be nice to get 50 people.’’ There would be a catalogue for attendees to browse through at the auction. ‘‘We advise people to come at 1pm and look at the bulbs and register.’’ Prices for the bulbs will range from $3 to $30 and entry to the auction is free. ‘‘The bulbs not sold are taken home by growers or sent to the Otago Lily Auction in July.’’ Timaru resident Des Paulson breeds his own lilies and will be selling bulbs at the annual lily bulb auction in Timaru. PHOTO: SUPPLIED Dion Glenie Honour for water technician Waimate District Council water technician Dion Glenie has been named the operator of the year at the Water Industry Operation Group (WIOG) conference in Auckland. The award is an acknowledg- ment by industry peers of an individual who has stood out in their efforts to improve themselves, their team or the profession, and is open to all WIOG members in the water and wastewater treatment and reticulation fields. The 26-year-old has a choice of Peter Foote will still be found working on the slopes this season, even though he stepped down from managing last year. PHOTO: MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/FAIRFAX NZ Old face helping Dobson prepare CHRIS HYDE A familiar face is helping South Canterbury ski-field Mt Dobson prepare for the 2016 season. Mt Dobson Ski Area founder Peter Foote is still up on the slopes he created 36 years ago, despite officially stepping down as a manager in 2015. Foote said he remained a director, with his son Bruce having taken over as manager. ‘‘I think it’ll take me a good three years to retire properly,’’ Foote said. ‘‘I still enjoy being up here.’’ Foote said workers had been out and about laying fresh shingle on the access road and doing routine maintenance in the past week with a number of staff in the traditionally high-turnover industry returning for more this year. The chairs for the chairlift would be put back on by a team next week after they were stored away for the summer. Foote said the warm start to May was unusual but it was far from panic stations yet. ‘‘The winter school holidays are a bit later this year, July 8, so it’s possible we could have a great season in that regard. ‘‘It’s all on course.’’ prizes, attending either the New Zealand Water annual conference, or travelling to a conference in Bendigo, Victoria, including a study tour with the travelling WIOG group. In his acceptance speech, Glenie said he was very much part of the team in the district council’s water department. Council asset group manager Dan Mitchell said Glenie had worked for the council for six years, and his drive and initiative, along with his outstanding knowledge of maintenance and capital improvements, made him a valuable asset to the council’s water team.
May 4th 2016