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Ōmārama Gazette
May 2022
 

The May Issue 

The Noticeboard 
Anzac Day 2022 - Ōmārama Remembers
Poignant occasion for Colin
High fliers converge for opening leg
Road trip in a streetcar of desire
Return of  Aerotow to airfield
Something to Puzzle Over 
The Community Reports 
The Directory
The Last Page is Classifieds
The Weather that Was 
The Noticeboard

To have your community notice included here email: omaramagazette@gmail.com
Congratulations to Kacy Jarvis and Robbie Breen (and Kayjay) on the occasion of their engagement.

All the very best to the Ōmārama Collie Dog Club members; Ginger Anderson, Ed Aubrey, Rick Aubrey, Michael Benton and Ben Harris, entrants in the South Island sheep dog trial championships which are on at  Earnscleugh Station, near Alexandra this week.

Leaderboard at the 4pm call on the second day (Tuesday) of the South Island sheep dog trial championships at Earnscleugh Station (in no particular order).— Long head (judged up to run 111): Kevin O’Connor and Jax (Waikoau), Alistair Dickson and Bruce (Cheviot), Steve Murphy and Edge (Whangamomona), Ed Aubrey and Bell (Omarama), Stuart Millar and Laddie (Glenroy), Bernard Arends and Tarn (Weber), John Linton and Cam (Martinborough).
Short head and yard (judged up to run 88): Mark Copland and Deb (Methven), Rick Aubrey and Trump (Omarama), Warren MacLeod and Neave (Palmerston), Brent Mathews and Reef (Makotuku), Scott McRae and Cory (Molesworth), Selwyn Dorwood and Queen (Okawa), Howard Inglis and Lou (Wairarama).
Zigzag hunt (judged up to run 145): Jo McIntyre and Sam (Matawai), Hamish Parkinson and Force (Kaitieke), Steve Kerr and Holly (Mackenzie), Cam Bain and Brax (Millers Flat), Clark Chrystal and Duke (Waikaou), Ned George and Pitch (Wairoa), Duncan Gardner and Boogie (Tai Tapu).
Straight hunt (judged up to run 136): Cam Bain and Hercules (Millers Flat), Grant Calder and Apps (St Bathans), Robbie Calder and Angus (St Bathans), Morris Prebble and Fake (Otairi), Samuel Magee and Edge (Makotuku), Ian Clark and Ash (Cambridge), Aaron Bell and Bec (Waitaki).
 
 
Farewell to Michael and Tarryn Benton and the family, who have moved from Berwen Station to Jeff Farm in South Otago. Wishing you all the best.

All the best to volunteer firefighter Michaela Kennedy who is attending the Fire and Emergency New Zealand  seven-day recruit course this week.

Returning soon… in June, weekly Community Housie, watch this space! 

The Ahuriri Community Catchment Group meets once a month. For time and place contact facilitator Nicola McKerchar. Phone: 022 612 7570; email: committee@ahuriricatchment.com

Kurow Medical Centre  Ōmārama Clinic at the  Ōmārama Community Centre, is open Thursdays, 8.30am to 12.30pm. To make appointments for all clinics, order repeat scripts or make enquiries please contact Kurow Medical Centre 03 436 0760
(Monday to Thursdays). www.kurowmedicalcentre.org.nz

The Ōmārama Community Library is open 9.30am to 11am,  Wednesdays and Saturdays. Library hours can change. Contact Yvonne: 027 476 7473.

St Thomas' Ōmārama Church Community: 
chairperson: Ven Dr Michael Godfrey, phone 022 342 9977 or  email Dylanfreak@gmail.com; committee secretary (Presbyterian): Rev Lee Kearon, phone: 021 250 1060 or email: lee.kearon@gmail.com

The Ōmārama Golf Club  Saturdays cards in 12pm, tee-off 12.30pm. Club captain James Moynihan phone: 027 215 8266; email jwmoynihan@yahoo.co.nz
www.omaramagolfclub.co.nz

The Upper Waitaki Young Farmers Club meets at 7.30pm on the first Monday of each month at the ‘Top Pub’ - the Blue and Gold pub, in Kurow. All welcome. Join the Facebook group.

Ōmārama Playgroup meets at 9.30am each Wednesday during the primary school term at the Ōmārama Community Centre.  For more information phone president Nic McKerchar 022 612 7570  rn.mckerchar@hotmail.com or secretary Tarsh Bell  027 349 0016 tomandtarsh@mchoney.co.nz

Bridge Club - The Ōmārama  Bridge Club meets on a regular basis and would welcome new members. If you are interested please phone Sylvia Anderson 438 9784 or Ann Patterson 438 9493.

The Ōmārama Model Aircraft Club meets on Saturdays from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon at its flying ground at the Ōmārama airfield. All welcome - Contact Don Selbie on 027 435 5516.

FENZ Ōmārama Volunteer Fire Brigade meets 7pm each Wednesday and has its meeting at 7:30pm on the third Wednesday of the month. New members welcome. 

A gentle exercises and social afternoon group meets at the Otematata District Club at 1.30pm  Thursday afternoons. Gold coin donation and a cuppa after the exercises.

Waitaki Newcomers Network: For more information about this group and to subscribe to regular updates send contact details to E: waitaki@newcomers.co.nz
W: www.newcomers.co.nz F: facebook.com/WaitakiNewcomersNetwork/


Plunket Line: 0800 933 922
Ōmārama Plunket Committee: Aimee Snelgrove 
022 350 5536  
aimeesnelgrove@hotmail.com
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Thank you to all who share your stories and
contribute in other ways to the Gazette.

We all really appreciate what you do.

If you find anything amiss in the Ōmārama  Gazette
please contact Ruth Grundy, 021 294 8002 or email omaramagazette@gmail.com
and I will do my very best to put it right.
Anzac Day 2022 - Ōmārama remembers

 - By Ruth Grundy

This year, a smaller than usual crowd gathered at Ōmārama’s Memorial Rock in brilliant autumn sunshine to remember those lost at war from the Benmore and surrounding district, and to honour our returned services personnel.
 
The Ōmārama Volunteer Fire Brigade formed a parade to the memorial led by Sergeant Stuart Heddershaw, of Kurow, who is retired from the Australian Army and formerly with the British Army.
Upper Waitaki Returned and Services Association president John McKinnel gave the address, secretary Karen Hofman gave the prayer, Anzac Dedication and Ode.
The bugler was John Sturgeon.
 
Wreaths were laid by Mr McKinnel, Ōmārama Fire chief Greg Harper and Ōmārama Residents’ Association chairman Lindsay Purvis.
 
Covid-19 Omicron continues to affect the region and impacted the numbers attending.
 
Photos below: Bruce Dow and Ruth Grundy
Photos below: Bruce Dow and Ruth Grundy
Poignant occasion for Colin
Anzac Day holds special memories for Ōmārama man Colin Herd.
He is the owner of a precious momento, a leather belt which once belonged to his great grandfather, David Herd, who came from the Ardgowan area. The belt has been used to display the military insignia awarded to Colin's great grandfather, who served in World War 1.

 
Thank you 

Colin and Sharon Herd would like to sincerely thank all those involved in the recent Boots and Jandals Hotel Ōmārama Social Club 4WD trip for their generous  donations towards costs relating to his ongoing health treatment.
High fliers converge for opening leg
Adam Rimes, co-owner of Generation Disc Golf tests the design of the tournament course,  throwing on the par 5 hole 7 at the Ōmārama Golf Club. Photo: supplied.

By Morgan Harteveld, Generation Disc Golf co-owner

Kitted out with a Kahu - 'a great high-speed driver with a gentle turn good glide and a hard fade'...Ōmārama is made for this sport.  Disc Golf - a twist on regular golf is coming to town.

Disc golf is a flying disc - frisbee-  sport in which players throw a disc down a 'fairway' to a target. 
It is played using rules similar to golf.

In June, Generation Disc Golf which runs multiple events around the lower South Island is hosting a national event - its New Zealand Disc Golf Tour, Sub Zero and the Ōmārama Golf Course features as the opening leg.

Competitors from around the country are expected in town for the weekend of June 11 and 12, with Ahuriri Motels the main accommodation provider.
Spectators are welcome. 

It is an eye opening experience for all, but beware, once you try it you may not be able to stop. If you want to try your hand at this sport Lake Ohau Lodge, has the closest 18-hole course to Ōmārama, with rental discs available.
Graphic: Promoting disc golf and Ōmārama on www.generationdiscgolf.com webpage
Road trip in a streetcar of desire
By Bev and Lindsay Purvis

Easter this year was to be a Zephyr/Zodiac convention at Franz Josef but like so many other events, Covid put paid to that.

The idea of Easter at home doing not much didn’t appeal so, after a phone call or two, three of us decided to do a road trip around the West Coast in our Zodie’s.
Only 16 Ford MK2 Zodiac Convertibles were ever imported into New Zealand ,13 of which are either restored or in the process, so to have ours and one other plus a MK3 together on a trip was quite rare.

We set off from Ōmārama on Good Friday in fine sunny weather headed for Haast. In typical West Coast fashion it rained all night and through the morning but sure enough at lunch time it stopped and the sun came out, so it was mount up, roof down and off to Franz for the night with lunch stop at Paringa Salmon farm. On arrival we discovered that a lot of the Southland Zephyr owners had decided to make the Pilgrimage too so great to catch up with old friends from down there.

In the morning the Coast turned on another stunning day so off we went bound for Greymouth. We decided to visit Okarito on the way and discovered a beautiful little coastal village, well worth a visit if you have a spare ½ hour about 10 minutes north of Franz.
The girls decided to do the Tree Top walk on the way to Greymouth, sadly us guys had to stay and keep an eye on the cars so couldn’t do it.

After a group meeting that night at the Recreation Hotel in Greymouth it was decided to take the turn-off at Stillwater and travel through the Lake Brunner road to Otira for lunch. An interesting collection of antiques and memorabilia is on display in this remote and unique old pub, but great cheese rolls and coffee so it was easy to spend an hour or more there before carrying on our travels.

Up and over the Viaduct and then turning off at Springfield took us inland over the Rakaia Gorge bridge and then turning off at Mount Hutt station and into Methven for an interesting evening in the Brown Pub with the locals.

The next morning one of our friends took us on a guided tour of the animal feed processing plant that he is a shareholder in. This plant takes cereal crops and crushes them to mix with all kinds of minerals etc to produce pellet form supplement feed for mostly the dairy industry although they also produce sheep nuts as well. Sounds simple but I was intrigued by just how high tech this process is.

Then it was time to say farewell to our travel companions and make our way back to Ōmārama.
A thoroughly enjoyable weekend in lovely weather on a road trip that I would recommend to anyone anytime.
On a clear day you can see for ever: The view from the 'other side' of the alps - a stunning West Coast day at Okarito, November 2017. Video: Ruth Grundy
Model aircraft Aerotow returns 
Ōmārama ANZAC Aerotow 2022

After an absence of two years the Ōmārama Anzac Aerotow got underway over the weekend of the 22nd to the 24th April.
This was run by the team from the Ōmārama Model Aircraft Club. With the support of Ōmārama Airfield Ltd and the gliding fraternity we were able to enjoy three days of flying in this unique part of New Zealand.
Thirty pilots travelled from as far north as Auckland and the far south of Invercargill, and everywhere in between. They brought with them nine tow planes and 60 plus gliders [model aircraft].
The gliders were of varying size ranging from a mere 2 metre wing span to the biggest at 50% scale. Some of the bigger tow planes were 40% scale and powered with engines as big as 170cc.
These models were transported to the event in cars, vans as well as some purpose built covered in trailers.
There is always a flurry of activity assembling them on arrival.
Once again we were very lucky to have the use of some hanger space for overnight storage. A big thanks to the people who allowed us to use their hangers.
We had not advertised the event this year due to the ongoing covid situation.
There were a steady stream of spectators over the three days.
We had one lot of cyclists call in thinking there was full size gliding happening only to find they were large scale models. They were most impressed and stayed for a while.

Peter and Jack enjoying the afternoon sun while keeping an eye on the activity.
Photo by Trevor Allan

 
One of the things about this event is not only do we get to catch up with our fellow modellers but we also get the chance to talk with the full size pilots, swapping stories and discussing the art of finding that invisible lift. The light lift conditions kept the tow planes busy. Lucky for us we did not have to pay landing fees. One of the highlights of the event was seeing a 40% Carbon Cub towing the 50% K6.
Ricky Bruce from Invercargill with his 50% K6 heading out for another flight. Photo by Trevor Allan
And it was an Easter fly-in

for another group of regular visitors to Ōmārama Airfield and the Pink Glider Café.
Read their report here...

https://aopa.nz/aopa-members-descend-on-omarama-for-easter/
Something to puzzle over 
The June issue of the Ōmārama Gazette
is Wednesday, June 1, 2022

The close-off for this is Thursday, May 26.

Office hours are from 8am to 10am, Monday to Friday
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To find out about publication and close-off dates,
and how much it costs to place your advertisment, 
 phone 021 294 8002, 03 438 9766 or email omaramagazette@gmail.com
The Community Reports
Ōmārama Golf Club
By Christine Bowman
 
The leaves are falling as autumn is here, and the golf balls are getting  harder to find!! However still loads of fun out there on the golf course.  
 
Our Easter tournament was a great success, with a full afternoon field of 56 players from across the South Island. The weather was sunny, but windy, which created some challenges. We wish to thank all our sponsors which enabled us to have a fantastic prize and raffle table. The following were our major winners:
 
Overall winner by lot         -  Marg Glass (Mt Nessing)   38 stablefords   (photo below with her prize gifted from Norwood Timaru) and 1st Ladies section
 
1st Senior Men's by lot    -  Michael Thomas (Tinwald)    38 stablefords (photo below)
2ns Senior Men's by lot   -  Ali Brosnan (Lower Waitaki/Ōmārama)  38 stablefords
 
1st Junior Men's               -  Ian Niles (Ben Ōhau (Ōmārama)  37 stablefords (photo below with products gifted from Barkers Geraldine)
 
Welcome to our new member Jo Mortimer.

If you are interested in joining the club please contact Christine 027 209 2320 we have a couple of membership options.
Saturday club day cards in 12 noon and tee off 12.30 pm.

Club captain James Moynihan, phone: 027 215 8266;
email jwmoynihan@yahoo.co.nz
Secretary: Christine Bowman phone: 027 209 2320
email secretary@omaramagolfclub.co.nz 
www.omaramagolfclub.co.nz


Photos: supplied
 
Ōmārama School
Term One - By Michelle Green, Ōmārama School principal.
 
Despite all challenges, we had a fantastic term!  Thanks to the vigilance of parents and students we avoided Covid for five weeks allowing us to enjoy teaching outside and getting our senior year 7 and 8 students off to camp at Peel Forest.
  • Peel Forest Challenge Camp – the eight students spent three days in and out of wet suits facing new adventures each day. We started with raft building, sailing and kayaking at Lake Opuha then moved onto river crossing and waterfall adventures. The scariest part was the abseil into the canyon and creek but team support and encouragement was strong! Last day was rafting in two teams down the Rangitata River. Many thanks to the instructors at Peel Forest Outdoor Centre and our two teachers- Ms Green and Ms Blanchard.
  • Our swimming pool received a major upgrade this summer with the donation of a heat pump – thanks to Carl Banks Builders and Te Pakihi o Maru school in Oamaru. The Board paid for installation along with the expertise of Andy Moore and the students have benefitted enormously. With three experienced swim instructors and Kay Mason all students were able to get a lesson three times a week as well as plenty of play time in the warm water!
  • You may notice that the school is receiving a major upgrade.   We are getting a third classroom and a new library space added to our main teaching block.  Builders will be on site for approx. 20 weeks. Luckily we have renovated the old Dental Clinic “Room 5” to be used as a teaching space for small groups and we made a decision to keep the older classroom block for now. It is called the Funhub and is also getting a spruce up to be used as a classroom for the 20 weeks of building then a great space for building, cooking, art and assemblies.
  • Welcome to Clair Winslade, our new permanent teacher starting Term 2 in Clay Cliffs Classroom (seniors). She is joining us from Wanaka Primary School and brings many years of teaching experience, plus a love of the outdoors to our students.
Ōmārama School Board of Trustees
- By David (Gundy) Anderson, Board of Trustees chairperson.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees I would like to thank Tarryn Benton for her work and contribution to the board since July of last year. In the first instance stepping in as secretary. It then quickly became apparent that Tarryn had a lot to offer as a member and when asked agreed to come on board.  Personally, I have found Tarryn  very worthwhile on the board.  She has been a very constructive member, not afraid to speak up and offer her opinions. Tarryn has also been involved at the school helping out as a volunteer and writing tutor.  So thanks for your significant contribution to the school Tarryn. People such as yourself are highly valued and you will be missed.  However we realise Michael and yourself have a great opportunity down south with Jeff Farm and we wish you all the very best.
Thank you and go well

I would also like to thank the relieving teachers who will no longer be with us at the school this term. Belinda Sides, Kathryn Ford, Alison Blanchard, and Pip Smith. Thanks so much for  your  time and skills so willingly given.  We also wish you the very best for your future endeavours.
Friends of Ōmārama School
The Friends of Ōmārama school held its annual meeting last month and new officers were elected to the role of president and vice president..
The new president is Kay Mason and vice president is Jenny Hales. 
Carla Hunter continues as secretary and Christy Zeestraten as treasurer.
 
Secretary: Carla Hunter P O Box 53, Omarama 9448; email: smithyc66@gmail.com
Cheese roll offer extended...
Taking orders until Friday!


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Ōmārama Shed
The Ōmārama Shed group meets at 10am each Saturday 

and at other times, too.

For further information contact: Murray Stuart 027 432 7537

Boots and Jandals Hotel Ōmārama Social Club
 
- by Philip Jannink

The Boots and Jandals Ōmārama Hotel social club had a great day and turn out on Sunday April 10 for their 4x4 drive excursion, in the Lindis Pass, Ahuriri Valley area. Thanks to Lindsay and Malcolm for organizing the event, Matt Todd and Matt Parsons for being our guides on the day, Bruce and Julie and the great team at the Boots and Jandals Ōmārama Hotel for their fabulous support and assistance and a very special thank you from all who attended to the local station owners for allowing access to their properties in making this a brilliant day out and an experience I will always treasure.

Photos: supplied
Ōmārama Community Library 
In case you missed it ... now available to borrow
 
The Ōmārama Community Library now has a "Healthy Homes Toolkit" available for loan thanks to an initiative of Network Waitaki, the Waitaki District Libraries and the Cosy Homes Trust.

The toolbox includes devices to: 
*measure air temperature and moisture level
*find heat loss due to poor insulation or air leaks
*measure water temperature
*measure water flow rate
*measure moisture level in firewood
*measure power consumption of appliances
 
And includes instructions on how to use the devices, what the measurements mean, suggested actions and cost saving tips and a record book to record measurements and energy saving actions for future reference.
 
These can be issued like a book on your library card  - they are free to borrow.
Here is the link to the item in the catalogue 

If you think you may need help to use the kit our Omarama Library volunteers can arrange this for you.

 
The  Ōmārama Community Library  
is open 9.30am to 11am, 
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 
at the Ōmārama Community Centre.
omaramalibrary@gmail.com


Contacts: Georgie  027 486 1525 or Yvonne  027 476 7473
Ōmārama Playgroup
There has been a change of roles at Ōmārama Playgroup following the departure of Tarryn Benton.
Nicola McKerchar replaces Tarryn, Jessica Sloan remains as Vice President. Tarsh Bell is the new secretary and Aimee Snelgrove is the new treasurer and contact for Plunket.
 

Ōmārama Playgroup meets at 9.30am each Wednesday during the primary school term at the Ōmārama Community Centre.  
 
For more information contact:
president Nic McKerchar 022 612 7570  rn.mckerchar@hotmail.com
or secretary Tarsh Bell  027 349 0016 tomandtarsh@mchoney.co.nz 
Plunket: Aimee Snelgrove 022 350 5536  aimeesnelgrove@hotmail.com
Ōmārama Residents' Association 
The next meeting of the 

Ōmārama Residents' Association is
7pm, Thursday, May 19, 2022

at the Ōmārama Community Centre

An invitation is extended to all
(Note: change of time)

Contacts:
Lindsay Purvis, chairperson, 027 438 9630
Yvonne Jones, secretary, 027 476 7473 

The minutes of the March meeting are here
The minutes of the last meeting will be available from Yvonne
 
THE ASSOCIATION HAS ITS OWN POST OFFICE BOX
Could those who want to contact the association by mail, send accounts to be paid, or have correspondence considered at the monthly meetings ensure it is addressed to: 
The Secretary,  P O Box 93, Ōmārama 9448.
The association's email address is omarama.committee@gmail.com

 
ŌMĀRAMA MEMORIAL HALL
& COMMUNITY CENTRE HIRE

To make a booking for an upcoming event or for more
information about hall hire and availability
please  contact  Michelle Kitchen, 027 280 5446

or email hallhire.omarama@xtra.co.nz

‘The Community Reports' is
dedicated to news
from clubs, groups and sports teams.

Contributions are welcome 
Email: omaramagazette@gmail.com

Ōmārama Four Square | 10 Chain Hills Highway | Ōmārama 9448 | Phone: 03 438 9895
 
We now offer the email ordering should you be unable to, or simply prefer not to, shop personally during this time.
 
Orders must be received by 5pm Monday to Saturday for delivery/collection the following day.
NB: Should you email/call outside these set times, the order will not be picked/delivered until the following work day noted above.

Please send orders to - omarama@foursquare-si.co.nz

Below is a link to a template grocery order form to be completed, which on receiving – our team will put together for you.
 
Stay safe everyone. 
From Alona and Blair, and your Four Square team
 

There are two ways to access the order form. In both cases the completed form must be emailed
to: omarama@foursquare-si.co.nz

 
1. Click here to download the Microsoft Word form.
         * save it to your computer. 
         * type in your order, save it, attach it to the email and send.

2. Click here to open the form as a PDF.
      * download the form and save it to your computer
      * print it
      *write your order on the form
      *scan it or photograph it, attach it to the email and send.
Here's the Covid stuff 😀

Let's take this on together 
 


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Our volunteers are here to help - just give anyone of us a call.

If you must self-isolate and there's a few things you've not had a chance to do or get in, or you need to put your mind at rest over something, please feel free to call any of the numbers listed below.
We're a bunch of volunteers able to help with most things.
BUT  we will not approach you unless invited to by yourself or a friend. 
And your privacy and confidentiality will be respected.

🔸Keeping connected - keeping in touch and getting the info
Ruth Grundy, ruthjgrundy@gmail.com 021 294 8002
Adrienne Harper, adrienneharper@gmail.com 021 139 2817
 
 🔹‘Meals on wheels’  and deliveries
Carolynne Grant, kevingrant@xtra.co.nz 03 438 9742 and leave a message.
Georgie Robertson, huntly@xtra.co.nz 027 486 1525

 🔸 Rural tasks (complementing the work of the Rural Support Trust)
Annabelle and Richard Subtil; subtil@omaramastation.co.nz 
Annabelle 027 406 9522, Richard 027 208 9096
 
🔹Taking care of visitors and hospitality industry advice
(If you are accommodating guests in any way eg airbnb and have questions, give Megan a call) Megan Talarico, gm@heritagegateway.co.nz 021 545 566
 
🔸 Drop-offs and deliveries (other than meals above)
 Alona Shaw, Alona.Shaw@foursquare-si.co.nz 027 773 4214
 
🔹Pets and plants and necessary chores.
Tanya Humphreys tanyahumphreys5@gmail.com 022 611 7099
 
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Staying mentally well: This bugger takes its toll. We are all feeling anxious or stressed about this, it’s normal. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. You can call or text 1737 to talk with a trained counsellor for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
 
COVID-19 Healthline: 0800 358 5453
Healthline: 0800 611 116
Health advice about babies or children:
Plunket Line: 0800 933 922; Family Services: 0800 211 211
Work and Income: 0800 559 009
Alcohol Drug Helpline: 0800 787 797
Rural Support Trust: 0800 787 254
Business support: South Island 0800 505 096
 
OTHER USEFUL CONTACTS
Kurow Medical Centre: 03 436 0760 or Mackenzie Health Centre Twizel: 03 976 0503 kurowmedicalcentre.org.nz
Twizel Medical Centre: 03 435 0777 www.twizelmed.co.nz
Mackenzie Pharmacy: 03 435 0883 mackenziepharmacy.co.nz
Four Square Omarama: omarama@foursquare-si.co.nz

FOR WELFARE SUPPORT
Our Waitaki Community Connectors
These people are available to help with non-health-related welfare matters.
Mafa Alaloto mafa@oamarupacific.nz 021 107 8163 8.30 to 1pm
Oamaru Pacific Island Community Group Inc
Lauao Havili lauao@oamarupacific.nz 027 213 8939 1pm to 5pm
Oamaru Pacific Island Community Group Inc
A dedicated 0800 COVID-19 welfare support helpline (0800 512 337) is also available to those who need to self-isolate.

Help for businesses

https://www.mbie.govt.nz/about/open-government-and-official-information/coronavirus-covid-19/
Free business helpline: 0800 505 096

 
 
Because Facebook is unreliable and some people do not run a social media account, all important or urgent messages will be emailed to you, posted on the noticeboard
and/or posted as flyers in your mailbox.
To make certain you are on the list to receive these local notices email omaramagazette@gmail.com and put 'local list' in the
subject box. We'll do our level best to get the messages to you.

The volunteers involved in the development of this community plan include Omarama Police, FENZ Omarama, Otago Rural Support Trust, Omarama Resident's Association and Omarama business representatives.
Outside agencies - emergency services, medical practices, health and welfare will be able to 'feed into' this plan.
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Building since 1939 - available for your all of your construction projects in the Upper Waitaki and Mackenzie districts.
Contact our area manager Jason Pryde on 021 340 694
or email jason.pryde@breen.co.nz 
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This year the Ōmārama Gazette has a focus on community group reports and our 'Noticeboard' section.
Let us all know what you are up to, and any little snippets such as congratulations or farewells.
There are some guidelines and the usual editorial standards will apply.
Contributions of up to 500 words with a minimum of one photo are welcome – as you know most of us have short attention spans.
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