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President's Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2018

Membership

Our total membership as at 30 June 2018 was 601 members. Although there is constantly new members joining, this number is down on last year due to a tidy up of the database of members that had not contacted the club to resign their membership. We now have in excess of 500 members on email and this is our preferred means of communication, so if you haven’t notified the Secretary of your email address you may well be missing out on up to date information.

104 berths were allocated at 30 June 2018.

Harbour Warden

Fred Inder, our very long serving and humble Harbour Warden has today, on the 30 October, resigned his position due to his failing health, effective immediately.

Fred with the help of his wife Alva, has been the Harbour Warden for the past 26 years and until his stroke two years ago, he was the club’s “go-to” man for all manner of things. Fred has been a wonderful servant to the Club and friend to many of our members. He has saved several boats from sinking, when noticing a slight list, or down at the stern, and all berth holders would have benefited from his careful attention to detail in regards to the berth ropes. Fred’s knowledge of our Lake, the weather patterns and generally all things nautical, is going to be sorely missed but hopefully he’ll be able to make it to the Kids Fishing Competition on 5 January 2019 in his wheelchair, to explain to the kids what they’ve caught, how to identify it and help measure the catch.

A suitable presentation to Fred will be made in the next few weeks at his home.

Position Vacant – Harbour Warden

Over the next few weeks myself and others will format a new job description and advertise locally for a new Harbour Warden.

Meantime Bill Randall and Russel McDonald, both of whom have helped Fred immensely in the last 23 months, will be Harbour Custodians until an appointment is made.

  • Bill Randall 027 229 3342
  • Russel McDonald 027 601 3161

Harbour/Marina Keys

With Fred’s resignation, we have taken up an offer from Committee Member Iain Campbell to be the new Key Custodian for casual hires and replacement damaged keys.

Keys are available from Iain at:

Te Anau Photocentre
62 Town Centre, Te Anau
Phone: 03 249 7620

Finance

The Statement of Financial Performance for the year records a net surplus of $22,055. All revenue streams and expenditure remain much the same as the past year.

The club had net cash funds of around $377,000 at 30 June 2018, invested at SBS Bank and Westpac as per the Performance Report.

Maintenance

The new Maintenance/Overnight/Emergency Jetty has been totally completed and signed off by the authorities, and has received much use. Please be considerate of others when using this facility. Power will be charged when used extensively. Commercial operators have used this facility for maintenance with our permission and are invoiced accordingly. Unauthorised usage of this facility will not be tolerated. If in doubt, ask a Harbour Custodian or myself.

Rat trapping continues, as does the presence of the rats and rabbits. This is an ongoing process.

New Floating Marina

This project, first planned in 2012, is now a reality. Costings have been updated and an application for funding has been successful from Community Trust South. They are advancing the club an interest free loan of $75,000 to be repaid over an 8 year period. This will enable the club to proceed with this project without emptying out all savings. The loan is the culmination of much work and effort put in by the current committee and previous ones since 2012, and has involved many meetings and site visits. Special thanks to Te Anau local Richard Wason, who is a trustee of the Trust, who helped organise the on-site meeting at the harbour and helped facilitate this loan.

This will be the biggest project the Club has undertaken with much work to be done by your committee. The concrete pontoon, fixing componentry, and steel piles will be officially ordered in the next two weeks. A model of the proposal will be at the AGM.

General

This past year has really been one of consolidation and preparation for our next project. Previous projects have been completed and signed off and your current committee is very keen to proceed on the new Floating Marina.

Bill Randall and Russell Cleaver in accordance with Club Rules, retire by rotation and both offer themselves for re-election.

Russell Cleaver is currently the longest serving committee member we have, having been a committee member since 1989. 29 years of service and a genuine hard working member who gets things done as and when necessary.

Bill Randall has been a fantastic asset to the club in his short term as a committee member. He has helped out as Acting Harbour Warden, helped complete the Maintenance Jetty, repaired holes in the concrete walls and together with Russel McDonald, they form a formidable maintenance team. Bill has been a driving force in getting the new Floating Marina Project over the last hurdles.

Please support both Russell Cleaver and Bill Randall for re-election.

Doug Ridley and Tony O’Loughlin have chosen to stand down. Both currently have strong business commitments. Doug Ridley has been on the committee for some time and been a great committee member helping out at many working bees and organising the repainting and decoration of the Junction Burn Hut, a project undertaken by the club. Thank you both

I offer myself for re-election as your President. I am still very enthusiastic about our club and would like to see the new Floating Marina completed, and the club left in a good financial position for future generations to enjoy.

Kids’ Fishing Competition

TO BE HELD – SATURDAY 5 JANUARY 2019

As in other years, fish will be judged on length only. Kids must be accompanied by a current TBC member and need to have a current fishing licence of some sort. Every fish measured will receive a prize, and free hot chips, ice cream and fizz will be available for all participants and crew. This is a great chance for grandad and dad to take the younger kids out on the lake in the boat.

Please be safe on the water and enjoy the up coming summer boating season with your family and friends.

Rodger Cunninghame
President




HOWARD ROBERT PHILLIPS

On 4 November last year during the running of the Dome Island Yacht Race, the Te Anau Boating Club lost a colourful and long term club member on the lake.

Howard or ‘SKIN’ to his acquaintances, was knocked overboard and succumbed to the cold temperatures of our Lake before he could be rescued.

Howard was the proud owner of the older boat ‘SURVECHO’ and had it out of Berth 30 for a ‘re-fit’.

A long term cribby and boaty of Te Anau, Skin and his building partners from Invercargill constructed several buildings around Te Anau including the current National Park Headquarters.

A long term cribby and boaty of Te Anau, Skin and his building partners from Invercargill constructed several buildings around Te Anau including the current National Park Headquarters.

Very few club members have been lost on this lake, so please heed Howard’s passing as a warning to us all.




President's Annual Report for the year 2017

Membership

Our total membership as at 30 June 2017 was 614 members, 19 up on last year. We continue to have a positive membership growth even though our membership is constantly changing. Memberships are being passed down generations and as Te Anau continues to grow, more boats are appearing, so as long as new boaties can see value in our clubs facilities and services, our club should grow with the town.

109 berths were allocated at 30 June 2017, up slightly on last year.

Finance

The Statement of Financial Performance for the year records a net surplus of $26,704. Revenue from memberships and casual hire combined remains steady along with the interest received on our cash reserves. The committee reviewed the Harbour Warden contract following last year’s AGM feedback and approved a new rate for Fred, which was increased from April 2017. The extra maintenance costs of $5,000 for the year are mainly attributable to repairs to the swimming pontoon and marina lighting as well as the replacement of the kiosk roof.

Maintenance

The moss on the original harbour (marina 1) has again been treated. Special thanks to Neil Hodges for assisting with equipment for this work.

The rat trapping continues successfully if you can count the catch as being a success. The rats and rabbits are ever present and we are striving to stay on top of their numbers.

New Maintenance/Overnight/Emergency Jetty

This is now in place and operational and has already had considerable use.

Your committee members saw the opportunity to do some extra tidying up in this area and many hours were put in by Russel McDonald, Allister Hartley, myself and others building retaining walls and enhancing this area.

The main contractors, Metalworks and Te Anau Earthworks did a great job often under trying circumstances. The end result is another great asset to the club, built at a fraction of the cost of facilities further north. myself and others building retaining walls and enhancing this area.

The jetty/walkway has been designed wide enough for access by ambulance stretchers/gurneys and the emergency services around the town have gate keys if the need arises for them to have access to this facility. There is also power points and a fresh water supply mounted on the jetty itself.

Overnight stays are permitted at this jetty, after checking in with the harbour warden. Boat maintenance can also be carried out for several days during off peak periods. Power usage is a privilege that we will monitor on a case by case basis, and those abusing this system will be charged accordingly.

It is the committees intention that this new jetty should eliminate any problems of boats being left overnight at the other jetties.

Inner Harbour Development Project

As this report is being written, the special committee lead by Bill Randall are finalising costings for a new concrete floating pontoon, capable of mooring 26/28 boats in the area where the existing long gravel finger is. This project has been on the back burner for some time but with the club reserves and the opportunity to apply for funding from varying sources, we may be in a position to proceed with this project. This would give us excellent mooring facilities at high or low water levels decreasing the stress levels and workload for those mooring in the harbour and our harbour warden. A plan of the proposed layout is attached.



General

Well what a year it has been for some of us.

Harbour Warden Fred Inder, Senior Vice President Russel McDonald and your President Rodger, all ended up in Southland Hospital on the same weekend at the start of December.

Fred suffering from a medical event, Russel a yachting incident and myself a momentary lack of talent while motor racing at Teretonga in my classic Mustang.

We have all made varying recoveries since, but I would like to thank the many members who visited us and offered their support, but especially new committee member Bill Randall who stood in for Fred Inder as Acting Harbour Warden until Fred was able to resume light duties.

Bill has been a tower of strength to the club in the past year and has got on with things that he observed needed done. Thank you sincerely Bill. Fred’s health continues to improve and hopefully we will have his services for a couple of seasons yet.

To the current committee, THANK YOU for your attendance at meetings and helping out with the various projects we have undertaken. We all have different strengths in different fields and these have been well utilised. Andrea McWilliam, our secretary, takes a very active part at meetings, in running the clubs finances and ensures that the team at McIntyre Dick & Partners do our club membership and key issue as smoothly as possible. With 600 plus members needing new keys each year, this is a big job.

To committee member Michael Stedman, our sincere condolences on the passing away of your wife Peg recently. Michael and Peg were very keen boaties and could be seen anywhere on the lake in their ‘Logan Cruiser’. Michael has been instrumental in getting the TBC website up and going, but has unfortunately decided to stand down this year as a full committee member. Mike is a stickler for making sure things are done correctly and he will be fondly missed at the meetings.

Committee members Allister Hartley and Michael Stedman retire by rotation this year, with Allister offering himself for re-election for a further term of two years.

I offer myself again for re-election as your president, and now that I have retired here to Te Anau, our residence has become a base for meetings and workshop construction.

I would personally like to thank Russel McDonald, the Senior Vice President for all his help with year while I was immobile and for generally stepping up to be our construction overseer on the maintenance jetty project. Definitely a president of the future.

Kids’ Fishing Competition

TO BE HELD – SATURDAY 6 JANUARY 2018

As in other years, fish will be judged on length only and kids must be accompanied by a current TBC member and need to have a current fishing licence of some sort. Every measured fish will receive a prize, and free hot chips, ice cream and fizz will be available for all participants and crew. A great chance for grandad and dad to take the younger kids out on the lake in the boat.

Please be safe on the water and enjoy the up coming summer boating season with your family and friends.

Rodger Cunninghame
President




Lake Levels

As many know, Lake Te Anau was at a near record low level, 3 metres lower then the level in the first week of February.

This has caused a number of problems with boats ending up stranded on the hard which can, and has, resulted in boats sinking as the stern continues to drop.

The volunteer Fire guys did a fantastic job pumping out one owner’s boat, which had sunk.

Fred and the committee do what they can to deal with boats that get into trouble, but at the end of the day, it’s the boat owner’s responsibility to ensure their boat is OK.

There are a couple of very simple things you can do that will help prevent problems, which are described under MOORING VESSELS

TBC 75 YEARS

2018 is the Clubs 75 th Anniversary. The committee is looking at producing an updated history of the club. We already have a very good recent history written by Brian Hall, a past president of the TBC.

We need your help.

We are after information on the early days and photos from the early years, so start digging into those old shoe boxes of your parents/grandparents and see what you can find.

Remember a picture is worth a 1000 words.

We’re also keen to hear from anyone who has an interest in the early history of Te Anau and would like to give a hand with the project.

Once you start digging into the history you unearth some pretty amazing stories of bold ideas, local innovation and real characters who did so much to lay the foundation of the club we enjoy today – so start digging! Email Michael Stedman at mike.a.stedman@gmail.com