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Wednesday 11 March 2015

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Paintball park could close down A popular paintball park in Appleby may be forced to shut down unless it is allocated a new site within the Tasman District Council’s Waimea River Park development. The Waimea River Park Management Plan was initially developed by the TDC in 2010, and includes management and development of approximately 394 hectares of land alongside the Waimea River. The four-hectare paintball operation at Challies Island has been on the same site for 26 years, and has been given until next February to move, in order to make way for a wetland restoration within the Waimea River Park. Although owner of Paintball Nelson Appleby, Wayne Stockdale, accepts the need for the wetland restoration project, he is becoming frustrated by the lack of assistance from council to provide an alternative site within the park.

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Monique Bergman Reporter

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“I have no hidden agenda with the council at all and I have known about the Waimea River Park for quite some time now, but I feel I am not receiving any assistance from them on a new site within the park for our business,” says Wayne. The river park plan states that it will review the paintball operation and permit establishment of a paintball operation elsewhere within the park, provided the adverse effects of the activities can be avoided or mitigated. Wayne had a meeting with the council last Thursday to discuss a possible relocation site but could not reach a resolution. Communications advisor for the council, Chris Choat says they are more than happy to work in partnership with

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Appleby boat owner Peter Tait with his steam launch, Vital Spark, at the sixteenth New Zealand Antique and Classic Boat Show at Lake Rotoiti over the weekend. Photo: Jessie Johnston.

Classic boats shine at Rotoiti

The sixteenth New Zealand Antique and Classic Boat Show may have been treated to a shower only the ducks could appreciate, but it didn’t manage to dampen the spirits of those who attended. The two day event attracted around 120 classic and antique boats to the alpine venue at Lake Rotoiti where, if plans had not been disrupted, a schedule of races would have enter-

Jessie Johnston Reporter

reporter@nelsonweekly.co.nz tained a crowd of boating enthusiasts. However, Saturday’s downpour made it difficult to distinguish lake from shore and in the morning the majority of boat owners and public spectators could be found huddled in either the food or registration

tents. Thankfully, the weather came right later on in the afternoon and boat owners who couldn’t restrain themselves any longer were finally able to take to the lake. Appleby man Peter Tait has had his steam launch, Vital Spark, since 2000 and has been to every single Antique and Classic Boat Show

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Waimea Weekly 12-03-15