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This week I thought I would share with you an insert
from a letter that we received recently which is a subject I have
shared before but had mentioned that it did not initially include our
area which you will see has now changed:
"The Department of Anatomy at the Otago School of Medical
Sciences wishes to announce that it has extended the Invercargill
catchment area from which it accepts full body donations. The
catchment area now includes the towns and surrounding areas of
Riverton, Tuatapere, Lumsden, Tapanui, Winton and Gore." We were
also given with the letter information pamphlets which we have
available should someone express a wish to donate his or her body
to medical science. Any person wishing to register his or her
bequest must ensure that they contact the Department of Anatomy
in advance to complete the required documentation. The
Department can only accept the bodies of persons with whom prior
arrangements have been made. A contact person is Kathryn McClea,
Bequest Administrator, Department of Anatomy, University of
Otago, PO Box 913, Dunedin 9054, phone 0800 580 500, or email:
firstname.lastname@example.org to find out further information.
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Tense meeting: Meatworkers at the Mataura Community Centre for the Alliance announcement. Inset: Alliance Group chief executive Grant Cuff spoke about the proposed changes to the Mataura plant.
FROM THE FRONT PAGE
Sheepmeat move guts workers
What they said
On Newslink's Facebook page.
Antonett Keenan: Honestly, Mataura was just
starting to come alive again, it took this long to get
life into the town after the papermill shut down!
The only thing they are doing by making the cuts is
driving the people away and make it harder for the
whanau, who depend on those jobs to keep their
whanau going. Mataura will soon be a ghost town.
Iemaima Faasipa Afutu: Really feel for all who will
At a glance
750 people are employed at the Mataura plant. Alliance Group made a
$15 million upgrade to the beef processing plant at Mataura. At Blue Sky
Meats 100 jobs could be on the line if a proposal to cut weekend shifts
Southland dairy cattle numbers have increased from 252,000 to 627,000
since 2000. Spring storms and dry summers have driven sheep numbers
down. Sheep numbers dropped 35 per cent between 2000 and 2012.
Alliance Group posted a net loss of $9 million after tax and pool surplus
distributions for the year ending September 30, 2011.
About 300 jobs were lost when Alliance recently closed its Sockburn plant
About 250 jobs were lost from Silver Fern Farms, which closed its lamb
and mutton plant at Belfast in 2008.
We want to hear what you think
about the Mataura plant
situation. Are you a worker there
or what suggestions do you have
to save Mataura's future?
Let us know at:
There is a feeling of uncertainty
among Mataura residents and
The Alliance Group's proposal to
shift its Mataura sheepmeat
processing to Lorneville, which
was expected to affect more than
300 jobs, has left many feeling
uncertain about Mataura's future.
Cheryl Mockford is a volunteer at
Mataura's second-hand store,
which is run by the Gore and
She said people in Mataura were
''gutted'' by the announcement.
''People are not sure where their
future lies, there are a lot of
rumours going around,'' she said.
''From my point of view, I am not
sure how the store will go on. I feel
sad for people and their families,
especially this close to Christ-
She said the proposed job cuts
would affect Mataura ''across the
''Things will get worse,'' she said.
''We are trying to clear stock
because we don't know where we
Falls Hotel bartender Nicki John-
ston said things were ''in limbo at
''People don't know if they will get
another job,'' she said.
She said the reports in Tuesday's
Southland Times about workers
being offered the opportunity to
transfer to the company's
Lorneville plant were not taken
well because people were against
travelling and did not like the idea
of less pay.
''Less pay is a bit cruel,'' she said.
''A lot of people are hoping for
She said the small town had been
very quiet since Friday but people
were hoping to hear more next
week. Mataura resident Wayne
Rogers, who used to work in the
meat boning room at the plant,
said a lot of people were upset
about the announcement.
''But it has been coming for a
while,'' he said.
''Its the times, the dairy industry
is encroaching on the mutton
He said the proposal for workers
to travel to Lorneville was not
feasible because of the high cost of
The idea to provide buses was a
good idea, he said, but he was
unsure whether it would be
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