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Heritage a community issue
Proposed: Cr John Lane's Central Otago Heritage Strategy working group
wants the community to take the lead in the preservation of the region's
historic features we all take for granted. Photo: MARY-JO TOHILL/FAIRFAX NZ
By MARY-JO TOHILL
Read it: At Central Otago
District Council service centres,
libraries and at codc.govt.nz
Submissions close: September
A "super group" should steer
the management, promotion
and protection of Central
Otago's heritage, district coun-
cillor John Lane says.
But it should not be the Central
Otago District Council, he told
members at a council meeting.
As the Central Otago Heritage
Strategy working group's chair-
man who helped write draft
proposals around the protection
of about 270 significant build-
ings and sites, Cr Lane was
adamant that the community
should drive the project, not the
''We've given the community a
number of options therefore we
are reliant on the submission
process to get some feedback on
the draft strategy.''
This contained a full inventory
of local treasures including
cottages and huts, bridges, war
memorials, hotels, churches, old
farm and retail buildings, ruins,
tailings and mining artefacts,
along with significant trees.
He said it was important that
the council did not play a ''big
brother'' role, or be seen to
dictate to people how heritage
should be preserved, particu-
larly when some of the sites
were on private land.
Cr Lane saw the council being
one of several stakeholders,
with membership on ''The
Super Group'' committee which
would run an organisation to
manage, protect, promote and
raise funds for heritage preser-
Although it had paid $10,000 to
draw up the draft strategy, the
council would be lodging a
submission ''along with every-
one else'' during the consul-
tation period which closed on
September 14, he said.
In an earlier interview with the
Mirror Cr Lane said he saw a
strong need for a pooling of
heritage expertise to save the
region's treasures ''that we all
take for granted.''
The draft strategy document
contained 22 proposals about
preservation of heritage
through community awards,
developing new heritage events,
establishing a district-wide
strategy for museums, review-
ing heritage sections in the
Central Otago District Plan, and
to encourage heritage in chil-
dren's learning through collab-
oration between schools,
museums and libraries.
Student falls for
By MARY-JO TOHILL
Outdoors: French exchange student
Pauline de Jesus enjoys Central Otago's
Photo: MARY-JO TOHILL
What exchange students usually like
most about their host towns is the
contrast to their home towns.
For French exchange student Pau-
line de Jesus, Alexandra is no
exception. It's the town's ''very
recent history'' that fascinates her,
compared with Chateau-Thierry
where she is from, 90 kilometres
north-east of Paris and steeped in
bloody battle history, the most
recent being World War I.
''I love how there's no bad stories
here,'' she said.
Yet it's the sense of history most
people visiting her picturesque town
find fascinating, with famous nat-
ives such as 17th century author and
poet Jean de La Fontaine.
Even the school she goes to, Jules
Verne High School, named after the
author of 20,000 leagues Under the
Sea and Around the World in 80 days,
gives her town, dominated by a big
chateau, a sense of age.
But there are some preferences
which reveal Ms de Jesus' true
French heritage -- including a love of
champagne, grown in her famous
As Dunstan High School student
Charlotte Stringer said when she,
Sarah Booth and Nadine Ward went
on a exchange earlier this year, each
new host family always had a glass
waiting to celebrate on arrival.
The girls are part of a three-year-old
exchange programme between their
two schools; the idea being to
improve language skills.
Kiwi-style English has caused Miss
de Jesus much confusion and
''I'm always saying 'can you repeat,
The words ''bed'' and ''bad'' have
been the hardest words to dis-
tinguish but she is certain her
English has improved in the six
weeks since arriving. She hopes to
be able to sit exams in November
along with her new classmates.
Before coming to Alexandra, the 18
year old completed a science-based
course and passed her Baccalaureate
or final school exam.
Education is different in France,
with much longer school hours -- up
to eight a day -- and at her school
students cannot mix arts and science
courses. She likes how students get a
choice in New Zealand schools.
Miss de Jesus said she had fallen in
love with the New Zealand landscape
and the contrast of being able to visit
lush Fiordland one week and to go
curling in arid Naseby the next.
Her big hope is to study at an
English university where she would
like to qualify as a French teacher,
teaching at English-speaking
She will head to Arapawa Island in
Marlborough to work as a
WWOOFer (a willing worker on
organic farms) in January, return-
ing to France in February.
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