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The 8000sq m site is expected to accommodate
up to 20 guests at any one time.
Work on it has included earthworks to cre-
ate a gravelled hardstand area, constructing of
a small registration kiosk, signage, fencing and
upgrading the entrance to accommodate large
“We expect our members will use the park as
they travel around the district,” he says
“ The council wanted to encourage more tour-
ists to come in and help re-energise the local
tourism industry in Otorohanga.
“We wanted to encourage more of our mem-
bers to visit the town, spend money in businesses
and give back to the community.
“We are simply doing our part by setting up
a site and encouraging our members to use it.
“And we’re really grateful that the council has
worked alongside us to achieve this outcome.”
ODC environmental services manager An-
drew Loe says it’s important for the council to
assist with tourism development.
“We felt that if we didn’t take this opportunity,
and the caravan association set up somewhere
else, those people would be lost to the town
completely,” he says.
“We can say lots of things about coming here
and it being a lovely place to visit, but if we are
positive about tourism these are the sort of things
we need to invest in.”
He says the amount of building that can be
done at the site on Waipa Esplanade is limited
by flood risks, “but it is an ideal place” for a
“The site is peaceful and quiet, with a nice
rural outlook, and it’s within walking distance
into town,” he says.
“ The proposal was always going to be a non-
service site, because most modern caravans are
fully self-contained and that appealed to us.
“It has worked out really well.”
“An ever-increasing number of New Zealand-
ers are acting on their attraction to the motor
caravan lifestyle,” says Mr Imlach.
“ To put it into perspective in terms of associa-
tion numbers, it took the NZMCA 40 years to
reach 10,000 while the leap from 50,000 to 60,000
took just two years.
“We liken ourselves to a city on wheels with
members all over the country and we are experi-
encing significant growth at the moment.”
He says the association is expected to reach
80,000 members in the next two years.
“ There are a number of reasons [for the
growth], but in particular a resurgence in public
interest in camping.
“I think it’s a quintessential part of Kiwi life
and there are more options now for Kiwi families
to buy a caravan or motorhome and travel the
“Buying a bach or holiday home can be expen-
sive and you’re confined to that one space. Motor
homes and caravans have a lot more flexibility
now and a lot of New Zealanders are interested
in exploring their own backyard.”
site is a ‘win-win’
THE Otorohanga District Council (ODC)
granted 20 resource consents in the last
quarter of 2016.
Fifteen were for land use and five were
The number is similar to the same
period in 2015 when 21 consents were
granted (18 land use, 3 subdivision).
In 2016, a total of 83 consents were
granted – 54 were for land use and 29
for subdivision. This is an increase on
the 66 consents granted in 2015 – 54
land use and 12 subdivisions.
In 2016, the ODC also granted 214
building consents with a total value of
$20,367,131. That was slightly up on
2015, when there were 211 building
consents granted with a total value of
Dividend for SFF shareholders
SILVER Fern Farms Co-operative share-
holders will be feeling the love with a $34.5
million special dividend on February 14.
The dividend of 30 cents per share on
all ordinary and rebate shares follows the
completion of Shanghai Maling Aquarius’
$267m investment in Silver Fern Farms Ltd
and the distribution to the co-operative of
$57 million from that process in December.
SFF chairman Rob Hewett says the spe-
cial dividend will be welcome news to
“This is the first dividend shareholders
have received since 2008.
“ Their support and patience as we have
developed our plate to pasture value added
strategy over the past seven years has been
critical to Silver Fern Farms.
“Following distribution of this dividend
and the redemption of our supplier invest-
ment shares completed last week, our co-
operative will have distributed a total of $40
million to shareholders.”
SFF co-op now holds a 50% share in
Silver Fern Farms Ltd and about $17 mil-
lion in cash.
The use of that cash will be determined
by the co-op’s board but is expected to be
available for ongoing redemption of eligible
rebate shares, running costs of the co-op and
potentially future distributions.
The record date for eligibility to receive
the special dividend is 5pm, January 30. The
dividend will be unimputed.
Notices to shareholders holding ordinary
and rebate shares were sent out on Tuesday
advising of the special dividend eligibility
and payment details.
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