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Harvest migration: Magdalena Tunkova, of the Czech Republic, thins a peach tree on
the first day of her orchard job in Earnscleugh on Monday.
Workers arriving for
fruit harvesting work
By CHE BAKER
Vineyard and orchard workers have
begun their annual migration to
Central Otago in preparation for the
fruit picking and grape harvesting
Workers' accommodation has been
filling up and orchardist and
vineyard managers have been on the
hunt to fill employment positions.
Seasonal Solutions manager Craig
Howard said there had been a few
fewer inquires made for jobs
compared to this time last year but
30 people had been placed in a job
during the first week of the month.
People had been arriving from Asia,
Germany, Chile, Czech Republic and
Britain looking for work.
''There is a heap of backpackers
around,'' he said.
Many workers from Vanuatu
involved in the agencies Recognised
Seasonal Employer programme had
also returned for the season.
Each year the agency helps between
800 and 1000 people find work.
But the busy time of the season
would not start until mid-December
when it would be time to start
picking cherries, Mr Howard said.
Hospital to turn 150
Milestone to be marked: Central Otago Health
chairwoman Ainsley Webb outside Dunstan Hospital in
Clyde with the plaque acknowledging former Prime
Minister Helen Clark who opened the refurbished
premises in 2005. The hospital will celebrate its 150th
birthday next year and is searching for former staff
members become involved in the sesquicentenary
Expressions of interest in the Dunstan Hospital
150th celebrations can be emailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Central
Otago Health Inc, c/- Box 355, Alexandra. All
interested persons are urged to register and tell
friends and family involved about the event.
By CHE BAKER
Ex-staff invited to
The hunt is on for former doctors, nurses and all
former workers and friends of Dunstan Hospital
to help celebrate its 150th anniversary of serving
the Central Otago community next year.
The hospital opened on August 8, 1863 and the
weekend of August 9-11 next year has been set
aside to mark the milestone of the sesquicenten-
Since it opened the hospital had been through
several relocations and upgrades.
In 1878 it was moved to higher ground because of
flooding and around the turn of the century a new
wooden building was constructed. This was
replaced by another building in the 1950s.
The modern purpose-built facility that sits on the
site on the outskirts of Clyde today was
extensively refurbished in 2005 and opened by the
then Prime Minister Helen Clark. It includes a 24
acute bed in-patient ward, including three-bed
High Dependency Unit, and provides secondary
health services to about 25,000 people living in
Central Otago Health chairwoman Ainsley Webb
said the 150 celebrations would likely included a
meet-and-greet, garden party and photos, formal
dinner and church service.
Mrs Webb said while it was early days in the
planning, members were keen to start notifying
former employees, supporters and friends of the
hospital so they could mark the date in their
It was also hoped during the celebrations that the
CT scanner, due to be up-and-running at the
hospital in April, would be officially opened.
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