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Clutha Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

In my trav­els across the south­ern re­gion for Stuff and its com­mu­nity pa­pers, I al­ways look for­ward to spells in South Otago.

I’ve been head­ing south from my home in Brighton to fill in at the Leader for sev­eral years now, and it’s one jour­ney I never fail to en­joy, with a thrill of ex­pec­ta­tion for the days - and oc­ca­sion­ally months - ahead. Be­cause Clutha ticks the ‘‘com­mu­nity’’ box in so many ways. Above all, it feels like a gen­uine com­mu­nity, with friendly, straight­for­ward peo­ple who ‘‘say what they’ll do, then do what they say.’’

I may oc­ca­sion­ally be re­garded with a wry smile and a wink - as a Brit townie wrestling with the finer points of, say, sheep drench­ing, or the dif­fer­ence be­tween ‘‘chips’’ and ‘‘crisps’’ - but the hu­mour’s al­ways there to be shared in, rather than en­dured.

The good peo­ple of Clutha have never failed to make me feel wel­come, and have fre­quently gone that clas­sic Kiwi ex­tra mile to put an in­ter­est­ing com­mu­nity story my way. So here I am­a­gain, till Septem­ber 21, any­how. Look for­ward to catch­ing up soon.

Richard Dav­i­son RE­PORTERS: Richard Dav­i­son (03) 418 4991 or 022 425 0342, richard.dav­i­son@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz; Mary-Jo To­hill (03) 418 1115 or 0274 372 683, MaryJo.To­hill@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz. NEWS DI­REC­TOR: Geoff Mein, geoff.mein@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz, 027 200 4404. SALES MAN­AGER: Linda Far­relly, (03) 418 4992 or 027 4053786. ME­DIA SALES: Rachel Har­ri­son, (03) 418 1115 027 2106528. CLASSIFIEDS: LaDonna Ry­der/Me­gan Pope, (03) 418 1115, Email: clutha.leader@stl.co.nz

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