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Poets take road tour through Southland
Gore District residents can share the
spirit of National Poetry Day this week
by performing alongside two established
poets. Dunedin poets Kay McKenzie
Cooke and Jenny Powell will take their
J&K Rolling Whistle Stop poetry reading
tour to three Southland libraries, as part
of nationwide celebrations for National
Poetry Day tomorrow.
Taking place in Gore, Winton
and Invercargill, the performan-
ces will also include time for
Southlanders to recite their own
poems and quiz the professional
Co-organiser Rebecca Amund-
sen said it was a great
opportunity for residents
interested in poetry to hear it
recited live, as few published
poets lived in Southland.
''It's quite different to hear a poet reading
their poetry. It can bring a different
meaning to their work and to your
understanding of the poetry.''
McKenzie Cooke grew up in Western
Southland and wove her childhood
experiences into her poetry, making her
especially relevant for the southern
poetry day celebrations, Ms Amundsen
The J&K Rolling Whistle Stop tour will
arrive at Gore Library at 10.30am tom-
orrow and head on to Winton Library at
2pm, before finishing at the Invercargill
Library at 10.30am on Saturday.
Easy as: Emily Crump, 5, of Wyndham, shows off her hurdling skills, which will be put to the test when the Wyndham Athletics Club opens for the
season. Behind her are Taylor Kirk, 6, Ben Muir, 5, Lachlan Dale, 5, and James Mitchell, 6.
Photo: BRIDGET RAILTON 628299383
Club leaps funds hurdle
Future athletic stars: Back from left are,
Lachlan Dale, 5, James Mitchell, 6, bottom left,
Ben Muir, 5, Taylor Kirk, 6, and Emily Crump, 5.
They will benefit from Wyndham Athletics
Club's new gear.
It's hoped an injection of new gear will
bring new life to the Wyndham Athletics
The Wyndham Charitable Trust granted
the club $450 for new gear for the coming
Club children's co-ordinator Jane Muir
said the money would be used to buy new
shot puts, starting blocks and markers.
''It's for the basic necessities.''
The club, which started up again three
years ago after a 10-year hiatus, has since
gone from strength to strength, doubling
their numbers in the past two years, she
''The first year we had about 35 children,
now we have over 60.
''We take on kids from the southern
coast, as well as Wyndham, Edendale and
Tuturau. It services a large area.''
It is hoped the new gear in the shed will
inspire members of the young squad to
stay on in future, and one of the club's
goals was to increase their numbers in
the over-13 age bracket, she said.
''We want to keep them when they get
Grants such as the one from the
Wyndham Charitable Trust were inte-
gral to local groups and clubs, she said.
''We are really very grateful.''
The Wyndham Athletics Club were one
of 11 recipients of the 2013 grant money.
Trustee Pam Yorke said the 11 projects
selected this year bring significant
benefit to the community and each was
undertaken by a local group or
''There are a lot of fantastic projects
happening in our local community. The
trust was thrilled to be able to support
projects spanning a wide section of our
''This is our third year distributing these
grants and to date we have assisted 25
organisations/community projects and
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