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Julian Miles QC: the biggest issue this community has faced in a very long time and that QLDC's and QAC's plans impact on every element that makes Wānaka what it is [...] and are of enormous importance.
Some of the Upper Clutha residents who attended the High Court hearing in Queenstown on the second day of the five-day judicial review. From left: Michael Ross (WSG chair), Yvonne Perkins (Luggate Community Assn member), David Hawkins (Luggate Community Assn committee member), Graeme Perkins (Chair Luggate Community Assn), Terry Hetherington (commercial pilot/WSG core team ), and Noel Williams (WSG core team).
he Wānaka Stakeholders Group Inc (WSG) representing nearly 3,500 Upper Clutha residents opposed to the development of a second jet airport in the Queenstown Lakes region opened with its submissions in the High Court judicial review in Queenstown on Monday. WSG was asking a High Court judge to review the decisions made by QLDC in relation to their local airport, leading to the awarding of a 100 year "lease" of the airport, which they say is unlawful. In his opening submissions to the Court, Julian
Miles QC described this as the "biggest issue this community has faced in a very long time" and that QLDC's and QAC's plans "impact on every element that makes Wānaka what it is [...] and are of enormous importance." WSG Chair, Michael Ross said that the group was relieved that the issue was now before the High Court. "Our legal team has spent hundreds of hours during the last 12 months preparing for this case, supported by the wider WSG team in Wānaka. After years of frustrations, blocked information and lack of transparency from QLDC and QAC, we're very pleased to have the opportunity to put our concerns about their handling of Wānaka
Airport before a High Court Judge. Even more so in light of our recent discovery of Council's $2.7m spend on Project Pure as a direct result of the airport lease." On the second day of the hearing (Tuesday), WSG's legal team continued with detailed submissions to the Court. Julian Miles QC worked through more of the team's evidence contained in 20 affidavits, and then through some of the key documents before the Court. In the afternoon, Bob Hollyman QC continued with a deep-dive into the key legislation and case law which are relevant to the case. As well as some of WSG's core team who will attend all five days of the hearing, a contingent of
Upper Clutha residents were in the public gallery to witness the hearing and show their support on day two. WSG deputy chair, Mark Sinclair, said "This is a detailed and complex case involving over 10,000 pages of evidence. The amount of work undertaken by our legal team has been immense. We've been thoroughly impressed by the way the QCs have stepped through the complex details as the first two days have unfolded, and we're eager to hear what QLDC's and QAC's legal teams have to say in reply as the hearing unfolds." The hearing is set to finish tomorrow, with a decision from the Judge likely to be delivered later in the year.
Lost paraglider’s body found after four weeks Joanna Perry
The body of a Kiwi paraglider pilot and former Wānaka resident who went missing in Nevada, US has been recovered after a four-week search. James "Kiwi" Oroc Johnston went paragliding on August 22, where he took off from the Shoshone Mountain range in Nye County. His last recorded GPS location was just south of Eureka, Nevada. An extensive search and rescue operation was suspended by authorities after a week, but a private search coordinated by his family continued with a team of volunteers - both on the ground and online, with people worldwide studying satellite imagery for clues. His wing was located on September 18 after a couple travelling through the area called in a
sighting of a parachute billowing in the wind. The wing, an Ozone Zeno, was found tangled around bushes about 16km downtrack of Oroc’s last known point. A search of the immediate area led to the discovery of his body the next day. Search team member Amanda Jane said that he was found “peacefully at rest under a tree,” and although the circumstances that led to his death were still unclear, “after seeing his equipment, combined with knowledgeable opinion, we are relieved to believe that James died instantly.” “Although the search to recover him took weeks, it is comforting to know that he did not suffer and was not waiting for us to show to save him,” said Jane. A dual citizen of the US and New Zealand, Oroc has been a worldwide paragliding athlete and writer for over 30 years. He reportedly began
MAC recruiting for a new principal Joanna Perry
The recruitment process for the next Mount Aspiring College (MAC) principal has been underway since the start of September, with a “reasonably good” amount of interest in the role so far, according to Limited Statutory Manager (LSM) Madeleine Hawkesby. Hawkesby, a Christchurchbased employment law and HR specialist, was commissioned by the Board of Trustees in early June to complete an analysis of issues at the Wānaka secondary school, after Principal Wayne Bosley resigned following closely behind the Board of Trustees Chair. Her scoping report, completed in August, identified nine objectives requiring immediate attention, including a need for strategic leadership and accountability. Hawkesby said that the role of principal would be advertised through local, national and international channels for four weeks, and she hoped to be “in a position to offer the role” by mid-October. The successful candidate would ideally commence at the end of term 4, 2020, but at the latest be in place for the start of term 1, 2021. “We have planned for the fact that the successful candidate may not be able to start immediately and may have to give notice in their
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Hawkesby said that the role of principal would be advertised through local, national and international channels for four weeks, and she hoped to be “in a position to offer the role” by midOctober.
current role, which may be up to two months notice,” acknowledged Hawkesby. In that event, Dean Sheppard, who is currently Acting Principal, would remain in the role until the end of term 4. Hawkesby said the school was looking for a “future-focused leader who sets high standards and has a proven track record of leading a large school.” The ability to lead change and motivate people and a “transparent and consultative style” were key aspects of the role, along with being an “innovative and strategic thinker with the ability to galvanise a school community around a common vision and shared values.”
Inadequate maternity services were a hot topic at a Meet the Candidates event last week in Cromwell, with District Health Boards accused of being too slow to act. Around 80 people attended the gathering organised by Connect Cromwell, with over 600 more watching live online. Seven candidates answered questions on diverse topics including methamphetamine abuse, education, housing, the Tarras airport proposal and global goal setting. Labour candidate Liam Wairepo said improvements to maternity services had taken DHBs too long. He believed families needed facilities that operated 24 hours a day, adequate transport to services and equity of access. Green Party representative and Dunstan Hospital doctor, Dr Sampsa Kiuru, said isolation and distance were very challenging for new parents. He believed a rural voice was needed on what was an urban-focused system. All candidates agreed midwives in Central Otago were under serious pressure and better services were urgently needed. The addition of midwife aides was suggested by Advance NZ candidate Heather Meri Pennycook, as a possible solution to quickly address “unacceptable” workloads faced by local midwives. The candidates all expressed concern
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over methamphetamine and associated crime finding its way south. National and current Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said her party’s approach was increasingly to help addicts and treat them as victims whilst “clobbering the cooks” who produced the drug. “We know that methamphetamine is being traded and cooked in this town, we know that because it is happening in every small corner of New Zealand and it’s creating enormous distress.” National had announced an action plan to fight the drug which included ongoing support for police and assistance with social, affordable and emergency housing. “Families that are well housed are more likely to succeed.” Sean Beamish representing the Act Party said attacking the highly organised groups at the core of the supply chain was essential to prevent them benefiting from proceeds of their crimes. Increasing the number of scanners that detect drugs at our ports, boosting police resources and helping people escape poverty were favoured by New Zealand First’s Anthony Ordering Independent candidate Daniel Shand believed a Muldoon-style direct approach could help. “I would go and meet the people who are producing this stuff and have a talk to them. Just meet it head on.”
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paragliding after he moved to Wānaka in the 1980s. On behalf of Oroc’s family, based in New Zealand, and other search organisers, Jane thanked the Eureka County Sheriff ’s office and the Eureka County Search and Rescue Service for their support, along with the many volunteers who helped in the search and the thousands of donors who raised almost 100,000 USD to fund it. Jane said it had been “humbling” to see so many come together. “As a veteran pilot of 30 years in the worldwide paragliding community, Kiwi connected with PHOTO: Facebook an incredible network of pilots who rallied from Search team member Amanda Jane said it had been all reaches of the globe to find him. We cannot “humbling” to see so many come together in the thank you enough for your ingenious efforts, search for James "Kiwi" Oroc Johnston. the combined intellect and mastery of the team The Wānaka Sun extends its deepest behind the search who formulated possibilities sympathies to Oroc’s friends and family in New against all odds was extraordinary.” Zealand and the US.
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The final question of the evening regarding the United Nations Agenda 2030 proved the most rousing of the crowd. Candidates were asked their views on the Prime Minister’s attendance at Bill and Melinda Gates’ Goalkeepers Conference on global sustainable development where Agenda 2030 was discussed. The movement, aimed at addressing environmental and social issues, aroused controversy, particularly in its earlier ideologies around depopulating the world and fundamentally changing how decisions are made. Advance NZ’s Heather Meri Pennycook said people should be aware of this as it was highly important and would mean decisions made at all levels would have to fit guidelines set globally. The 2020 General Election will be held on October 17 along with the End of Life Choice and cannabis referendums. Voting will open two days earlier than usual with extra voting places available because of COVID-19. Voting opens on October 3 in New Zealand and September 30 for overseas voters. Connect Cromwell spokesperson Jessie Sutherland said the full livestream video was available for viewing anytime on the Connect Cromwell facebook page, for anyone wanting to learn more about their candidates and what they stand for.
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New maritime rescue centre essential Pat Deavoll
A new maritime rescue centre at Eely Point could be the difference between life and death in the event of an accident, a resource consent hearing was told at the Lake Wānaka Centre last Friday. The current Coastguard Wānaka Lakes (CWL) rescue vessel was housed in a shed at the A&P showgrounds, and on occasion, the crew have had to drive all the way down Golf Course Rd and Orchard Rd to get to the marina in Lakeside Drive. CWL president Jonathan Walmisley likened PHOTO: Nikki Mackay the coastguard to St John and Fire and Emergency. Coastguard Wānaka Lakes averages 20 operations a year and helps about 22 people a year back to shore. He said CWL averaged 20 operations a year and A new rescue vessel was due to arrive application had attracted broad support from a helped about 22 people a year back to shore. The proposed Eely point site for the rescue next August. The new building could also range of individuals and organisations, including centre would give the quickest response time for accommodate the harbourmaster, the hearing Eco Wānaka Adventures, the Guardians of Lake Wānaka, Wānaka Marina, the Wānaka Scout the volunteer crew and would not require the was told. Counsel for CWL Jenna Silcock said the Group and Upper Clutha Environmental Society. vessel to be towed across the busiest part of town.
"Even the submitters in opposition support the concept of the rescue centre – just not in the proposed location," she said. Silcock said a Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) report recommending consent be declined based on landscape and visual amenity effects had recommended amendments to the proposal to allow approval to be granted. Silcock said seven of the nine recommendations had since been adopted. "To date, we have complied with the wishes of the QLDC and those neighbours who have expressed an opinion regarding the suitability of potential sites and the identification of the current site," Walmisley said. "We owe the marine rescue centre to those who use the lake both recreationally and commercially and to the volunteers who put themselves out there to help others." A decision would be made before the end of October.
New rules for Christmas campers Further funding and name for new Luggate hall Pat Deavoll
A set of new rules has been introduced for the Albert Town Campground in an effort to wipe out unruly behaviour over the Christmas holiday period. Most notably - and in line with other campsites in the area - bookings will now require a minimum age of 21 years, with the exception of families travelling together, from December 20 to January 5. Campground manager Rudi Sanders said that he wanted to reinstate the campground as a “family holiday park,” where families could enjoy themselves “without having to worry about racing cars and drunken behaviour.” The final straw for the campground had been an incident last summer where a seventeen-yearold boy had to be revived by first responders after his heart stopped from taking alcohol and drugs in the heat. “We can no longer justify having those large numbers of young people gathering in a holiday park like this where we cannot control the boundaries,” said Sanders. “I don’t want to have it on my conscience to have a young person die here.” The Wānaka Community Board (WCB) confirmed board members were “happy with the proposed changes” for the two-and-a-half week period, which included a ban on glass bottles, spirits and off-road motorcycles, and a limit on the number of young campers at the Albert Town site, as well as a family-only policy, a ban on nonresident cars, and an access gate to control traffic on the Hāwea River side of the campground. Following an increase in unruly behaviour
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Campground manager Rudi Sanders said that he wanted to reinstate the campground as a “family holiday park,” where families could enjoy themselves “without having to worry about racing cars and drunken behaviour.”
in Wānaka over Christmas and New Year - with police dealing with groups of up to 500 young people on the lakefront on the nights before and after New Year's Eve over the last two years - prevention plans are also being developed in town to keep young people safe. “Council officers are currently working with Police, St John, Red Frogs and the Community Board to plan for this year’s upcoming holiday season and ensure everyone is able to safely enjoy the Christmas and New Year festivities,” said a WCB spokesperson.
Wānaka Community Board has agreed with the recommendation that $1 million from the Wānaka Asset Sale Reserve be allocated to the total project cost for the new Luggate community facility. That brings the total funding for the new community facility to $4,845,000 with grants also made recently by Central Lakes Trust ($750,000) and the Otago Community Trust ($400,000). At its meeting in Hāwea last Thursday, the Board also agreed the English name for the facility should be Luggate Memorial Centre. The Māori name would be Whare Mahana. Board chair Barry Bruce said one of the Board’s roles was to help identify new and existing projects that would be appropriate recipients for reserve funds. These funds have accumulated over time with one of the largest contributions coming from the proceeds of Queenstown Lakes District Council’s sale of Scurr Heights in 2016. “The key criterion is that projects must benefit the Upper Clutha community. The replacement Luggate hall ticks all the boxes and we had no issues recommending that Council agrees a $1 million allocation,” said Bruce. “Not only will it meet an essential need for the Luggate community but, as one of the first community buildings in New Zealand built to ultra-low energy ‘Passive House’ standards, it will also make its mark on a national stage.” The Board agreed on the facility’s name following a meeting of the local stakeholder group on September 2 that concluded that ‘memorial’
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The new Luggate Hall will receive a further grant of $1 million and a new name.
should be included. That was to acknowledge the previous Luggate Memorial Hall which had been closed since failing a seismic assessment in 2017. Bruce said its Māori name, Whare Mahana (meaning ‘warm house’), was gifted by Kāi Tahu in response to the facility’s Passive House standard and its warmth and comfort for the community. As a Council-managed asset available for a range of uses and activities, the new Luggate Memorial Centre will be a focal point for the local community as well as residents of the wider district and visitors. QLDC Property Director Richard Pope said registration of interest was in the market as the first stage in selecting the main contractor. “Shortlisted companies will be invited to tender next month. Once selected, the main contractor will be responsible for the construction of the new centre which is planned to start early next year,” said Pope.
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Affordable housing at Hikuwai Pat Deavoll
Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust's (QLCHT) assisted ownership model, Secure Home, is coming to Wānaka for the first time – with six houses under construction at Hikuwai. QLCHT was building two 2-bedroom, three 3-bedroom, and one 4-bedroom houses at the subdivision. Construction was due for completion in April 2021. QLCHT executive officer Julie Scott said the Trust was planning to allocate four of the properties into its assisted ownership model, Secure Home. Secure Home is a programme where people purchase the properties through a 100-year land lease arrangement, with the Trust retaining ownership of the land in perpetuity. "We have received a lot of interest from our waiting list for people wanting
to purchase one of these homes. It's exciting to be able to offer this programme to the residents of Wānaka for the first time," Scott said. The remaining two properties will be retained as long-term rentals through the Trust's various rental programmes. The six sections were transferred to QLCHT by the developer as part of its obligation when the land was rezoned from rural to residential. This process, known as inclusionary zoning, enabled a small portion of the value uplift created through the upzoning of land, to be shared with the community for the purposes of affordable housing. Hikuwai developer Lee Brown said: "Although our development includes a portion of sections already pitched at the more affordable end of the market, it's rewarding to know we are playing a role in helping a small number of families into their own homes, who would not otherwise be
able to access homeownership." Wānaka-based QLCHT Trustee Phil Smith said Hikuwai was a sought-after subdivision. "Property sales have remained strong for Wānaka post-COVID-19, and the Hikuwai subdivision provides good value for money. It's in a desirable northfacing location, and just five minutes' drive to the town centre, schools and the shores of Lake Wānaka." Established to manage and deliver affordable housing solutions to residents who cannot afford it, QLCHT has several programmes in place to help lowmoderate income households including public housing, assisted rental, rentto-buy, and assisted ownership. It has assisted 177 households to date with another 55 expected over the next 12 months. It has 630 households on its waiting list , of which about 120 are Wānaka-based.
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One of the most coveted kitchen and bathroom design awards in the country, the first project to be recognised was a bathroom in a Wānaka home designed by Wānaka local Hannah Withy of HM Design.
Otago kitchen and bathroom designs were celebrated on Friday 18 September, at the 2020 NKBA Excellence in Design Awards. One of the most coveted kitchen and bathroom design awards in the country, the first project to be recognised was a bathroom in a Wānaka home designed by Wānaka local Hannah Withy of HM Design. It won the 2020 NKBA Excellence in Design Southern Chapter Kitchen & Bathroom Recognition Award and the 2020 NKBA Excellence in Design First Runner Up Supreme Bathroom Design Award. Withy also won the First Time Entrant Award. Located in a five bedroom architecturally designed home, on a one of a kind plot of land,
overlooking Lake Wānaka, the bathroom draws inspiration from the Wieliczka Salt Mine Chapel Cave in Poland. Sophisticated, modernist and cave like, the bathroom’s walls and floors are in a natural stone finish. The space features a double walk in shower, a bath, a crystal chandelier and views of the vast mountains and lake. NKBA judges said the brooding bathroom fitted its beautiful alpine location. “There is a sense of rawness to the design with its tactile quality and textures. It is creatively different and absolutely meets its brief. These lucky homeowners have a special bathroom space with a view of the mountain range, what more could you ask for,” said the judging panel.
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Upper Clutha winter workshops a hit Pat Deavoll
Sometimes you have to go back to the drawing board, literally. With the 31st annual Wānaka Autumn Arts School cancelled due to the COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown, the Upper Clutha Community Arts Council, the school’s organising committee, decided to try a different angle this year – and the community loved it. The committee came up with the idea of supporting a series of winter workshops. In the end, thirteen one and PHOTO: Supplied two-day courses were held throughout Mental and physical health and a desire to connect with history and nature are July, August and September, with six among the motivations for time in the outdoors, according to New Zealanders who different local tutors teaching in three responded to a DOC survey. venues. The series was a hit, with 121 locals coming along for classes in life drawing, digital photography, sewing and overlocking, polymer clay, embroidery and non-fiction writing. “We reached out to local creators to become tutors, and helped them source Joanna Perry funding from the Central Lakes Trust firstname.lastname@example.org CLASS scheme to run the courses,” New Zealanders living in Otago was a major positive Susan Mason, a UCCAC committee have the highest participation in of living in New Zealand, although member, said. Many of the classes filled sightseeing and mountain biking only 42 per cent agreed that they up quickly, and attracted a new audience than all other New Zealanders, take pride in the current state of the according to the Department New Zealand outdoors - which was of Conservation’s (DOC) New lower than the level of agreement for Zealanders in the Outdoors Survey. all New Zealanders. The survey, undertaken before The survey and analysis also the impacts of COVID-19, revealed preferred outdoors Pat Deavoll between September 2018 and experiences, with short walks (less email@example.com February 2020, had around 3,800 than three hours) the leader, enjoyed respondents and was designed to by 93 per cent of Otago respondents. The Wānaka A&P Show has announced help DOC better understand New Picnics and barbecues were an exciting new vegetable-growing Zealanders’ experiences in the enjoyed by 87 per cent, followed by competition ahead of next year’s Show. outdoors and nature. sightseeing (81 per cent). A community competition open The findings highlighted how Significantly, visiting cultural or to participants of all ages, Produce a being in nature contributes to the historic heritage sites was the fourth Patch aims to inspire local families and wellbeing of New Zealanders. 41 per most popular outdoor experience, individuals to get busy in their gardens over cent of respondents referenced their with 72 per cent of Otago residents spring and summer and create a vegetable mental health as a key benefit, 35 - and 66 per cent of New Zealanders patch in any location in the Upper Clutha per cent referenced physical health, - showing a desire to connect with A&P catchment region (Wānaka, Lindis and 34 per cent cited a desire for their history. Saddle, Makarora, Crown Range, Victoria connection with nature. Getting away “Since the impacts of COVID-19 Bridge and Cromwell). from everyday routine and reflecting we’ve seen a desire from New The vege beds will be judged by Harvest was also considered important. Zealanders to get out into nature,” Homegrown founder Erin Allison, local “In their comments, some of said Bamford. “The survey helps gardening expert Liz Buggs and Ben the survey respondents referred build DOC’s understanding of Elms (aka Dr Compost) who will visit specifically to how being outdoors how and why people use the great and evaluate each patch on March 1, improved their wellbeing, using terms outdoors so we can best cater to 2021. Produce Patch winners will be like ‘mindfulness’, ‘calmer’, ‘restful’ and their needs and help build mutually announced by celebrity gardener and ‘invigorated,” said DOC Strategy and beneficial experiences where judge Lynda Hallinan at the 84th Wānaka Insights Manager Tim Bamford. people take time in nature for their A&P Show on March 12-13, 2021. 90 per cent of Otago respondents wellbeing, and give back to nature Wānaka A&P Show event manager agreed that access to the outdoors for its wellbeing.” Jane Stalker said there has been a surge
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from the one that traditionally attends the regular Arts School, which runs for five days over the school holidays, a tricky time for parents. “Thanks to the CLASS funding, we were able to keep course costs low and therefore accessible to everyone,” Mason said. As well, Mason said that COVID meant the creative community really “needed a boost” in the form of paid work, as did the venues used for the workshops; Lake Wānaka Centre, Mount Aspiring College and the Wānaka Community Hub, which had all lost income during the pandemic. The students, such as Phillipa Lumsden, who took two of the Digital Photography courses with Simon Larkin, were thrilled with the classes. “Simon is so passionate about photography and very keen to share his knowledge. We were all so grateful on our course to have been able to do such an extensive course, with a great tutor and for so little cost. For the tutors, the series was a chance to share knowledge, connect with the community, and create something positive out of what is a difficult time for many of us. Non-fiction writing tutor Liz
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Breslin worked with students on telling their own stories. “I so enjoyed being able to workshop with the local community, using writing to reflect on and connect through our COVID experiences in and beyond. We had a packed two-day programme which culminated in our own mini festival session, sharing our work and celebrating.” And the life drawing classes even employed six life models, most of whom had never worked as artist models before. The Upper Clutha Community Arts Council provides funding for local groups wanting to do an art projects, such as exhibitions, books and performances. Get in touch with the council on UCCAC@ outlook.com for more information and to get a funding application.
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in interest in DIY vegetables in recent times and Produce a Patch hopes to further encourage this by offering prize incentives as well as education and advice from expert gardeners. “Wānaka locals are a skilled bunch when it comes to gardening, and it’s fantastic seeing this skill being passed on through younger generations,” she said. “Produce a Patch is an event that people of all ages can participate in and learn something from, and we are delighted to include this as a highlight of our Home Industry category at next year’s Wānaka A&P Show.” There are two entry categories of Produce a Patch: Best Open Garden and Best Family Garden. Produce a Patch champions will win prizes to help take their gardens to the next level, from including two greenhouses and other gardening-related prizes. To enter, participants must fill out the Produce a Patch entry form via the Wānaka Show’s website by October 31, 2020. Details of garden dimensions and other terms and conditions are also
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Getting through together: mental health awareness week Joanna Perry
Health professionals throughout the Southern district are promoting ‘Getting Through Together’ this NZ Mental Health Awareness Week, September 21-27 . Southern District Health Board (SDHB) Health Promotion Advisor David Pirie said the impact of COVID-19 has raised issues of mental health and wellbeing throughout New Zealand as people face uncertainty and unexpected stress. “The focus of Mental Health Awareness Week this year is Reimagine Wellbeing Together – He Tirohanga Anamata,” he said. “This year hasn’t been easy, so taking the opportunity to recharge and reimagine what wellbeing looks like is vital. It’s a great chance to build on the things we’ve been doing to look after ourselves and to support each other to get through, together.” The national campaign is about reminding ourselves that there are simple things we can all do to look after ourselves and others, like connecting with nature, being creative, listening to music or getting
lost in a good book. In the Central Lakes area, the impacts of COVID-19 have seen growing demand for mental health support, and new workforces being implemented. These include social workers in schools, and new mental health support roles known as health improvement practitionersmintroduced into general practices - including Wānaka Medical. Adell Cox - Southern DHB’s Director for Allied Health, Mental Health and Addictions, and chair of the Central-Lakes Wellbeing Recovery Group - said the way in which all sectors of the community have joined together to support those in need has been outstanding. “Our message is, if you need help, please reach out. You are not alone and there are services there to support you.” SDHB are complementing the campaign by offering podcasts, seminars and workshops to help people cope, adapt and thrive after the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.
WAO Summit returns to Wānaka Pat Deavoll
For the third consecutive year, Wānaka based charity WAO is hosting a weeklong summit, bringing fresh thinking, workshops, hands-on tours and speakers to the community. The WAO Reset Summit will take place in the Upper Clutha from Tuesday, October 27 until Sunday, November 1. This year, the Summit will include a series of RESET Conversations. The opening discussion will set the scene on the 'where to from here' discussion. It will focus on the big picture with our next challenge, decarbonization of the economy, with two United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) lead authors, Carly Green and James Salinger. Green will focus on what ticking that offset box means, in particular for developing countries whose land is fast using up. Salinger, lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, will give us the lowdown on what climate change means for the district. To follow will be six days of workshops and events - over 20 separate events in total - with organizers expecting over 1,600 individual interactions with delegates during the week. Topics covered will span building and construction, fashion, the circular economy, virtual reality tourism, food
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and fibre production and the issue of suicide in the construction industry. WAO was founded by Wānaka locals Monique Kelly and Arna Craig in 2018, and has since hosted workshops, events and summits in both Queenstown and Wānaka. It aims to further its mission "to educate, inspire and enable New Zealand communities to accelerate towards a Carbon Zero, regenerative future and beyond." Kelly won an award for sustainability at the Ignite Wānaka Business awards last year, on top of previous business awards. "This year's programme is superb," said Kelly. "With all the additional stresses and strains we are facing because of Covid-19, right on top of the climate crises we have to deal with, we need big conversations and bold solutions. The Reset Summit is about providing the space to have these discussions
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and bringing in expertise in workshops for practical solutions to big issues. We are taking a whole of community approach, focusing on building capacity and creating partnerships within the community so that we accelerate towards the district's Vision Beyond 2050." Kelly said the Summit ends with the Well Being Reset day. "This is a free community event which is 100 per cent about connecting the community with wellbeing providers. People will be able to learn how to ferment their food, make a healthy meal on a budget, listen to some of our local experts. "The idea behind this free day is for the community to walk away feeling refreshed and inspired with plenty of tips that can be integrated into daily life to create a healthier, resilient and connected community,” Sara Acland, the key organizer of the event.
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Budgeting experts from Presbyterian Support Otago will be dishing out some top tips on managing your finances as you head to Uni or go flatting for the first time. Lake Wānaka Centre, Monday 19 October from 5.30-7.00pm. Free to attend. Bookings appreciated via email@example.com (03) 443 0410.
Bookings for Wanaka Rec Centre’s spring holiday programme (28 Sep-9 Oct) are now open. Visit qldc.govt.nz/recreation to check out the awesome activities on offer for kids aged 5-12. Prices from just $45/day.
Library Holiday Programme
Be inspired by nature at your local library these school holidays. Free craft sessions designed for ages 5-10 at Hāwea, Makarora and Wānaka libraries. Bookings preferred. For a full list of days, times and activities visit codc-qldc.govt.nz or pick up a flyer. Children must be supervised at all times.
Three Waters Bylaw It’s the final week to submit on the newly proposed Integrated Three Waters Bylaw! Keen to get some key pointers on how the Bylaw could affect residents and trade premises in the district? We’ve pulled together a handy advice sheet to highlight how each part of the Bylaw could work. Take a look at letstalk.qldc.govt.nz and let us know your feedback by 27 September.
Quality of Life Survey How’s Life? Take the annual QLDC Quality of Life survey and let us know what life is like for you in the Queenstown Lakes District. Understanding the issues the community is facing and what peoples future aspirations are, will help us plan for a better tomorrow. Head to letstalk.qldc.govt.nz by 11 October, fill out the survey and be in to win a $250 prezzy card!
Wānaka Community Board drop-in session Have you got a problem or a concern that you’d like to raise with a Wānaka Community Board member? Or maybe a helpful suggestion that you think the Council should consider? If yes, you will find a warm welcome, a cuppa and a Board member at the monthly Wānaka Community Board drop-in session. The next one is on Wednesday, 7 October at the Wānaka Recreation Centre between 12pm and 1.00pm - no appointment is necessary and no question or comment is too small.
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Quite the journey for Advance NZ Party candidate Pat Deavoll
For the past few weeks, we have been profiling the electoral candidates for the Waitaki electorate. Out of the woodwork comes another candidate. Meet Heather Meri Pennycook who lives in Wānaka and has recently decided to stand for the newly formed Advance New Zealand Party. The Party is led by Jami-Lee Ross and Billy TK Jr. The idea for the Party was first unveiled in a newsletter from Ross released in April 2020. Ross claimed the Party was a centrist and anticorruption movement designed to appeal to voters "in the middle". Ross had been a member of the centre-right New Zealand National Party until a public spat with leader Simon Bridges during which he accused Bridges of corruption. Advance New Zealand claims to want a fairer New Zealand with a political system that is focussed on solutions for Kiwis, not politicians. "We believe in a New Zealand that stands up for our nation's freedom and sovereignty, forging ahead as an independent country delivering highquality public services, investing in infrastructure to create jobs and better prosperity for citizens, and providing solutions for our economic, social and environmental well-being. "it says on its website. Prior to this interview, Pennycook had been all the way to Omauru for her first official meeting with the public. It was really good to meet the other candidates and answer questions for the people, she says. It was a substantial confidence-building exercise. "When I got back from Oamaru I had a threehour Zoom meeting with the Party because we are busy putting together policy as fast as we can. As a new party, we still have a lot to work through, so it's all go." Obviously a hard working woman! Pennycook was born and bred in Makarora, but the past 2.5 years have been here in Wānaka. Her children are at school at MAC. "I have worked in a variety of industries but have always had a love for the land and the environment. I have ever had a particular spot in my heart for the small towns and rural communities in the South Island," she says. Penicook first became involved in the Advance New Zealand Party earlier this year. "Half way through lockdown I happened across Billy TK Jr. talking about his disillusionment with politics and I thought, this guy is saying what I am feeling. He was considering forming a political party, and I thought, if this guy stood up and walked his talk, we could see a completely different political scene in New Zealand. "I got interested and was in the North Island when he was doing a public meeting in Thames, so I went to it. I was impressed with his integrity and honesty. "So I started emailing the Party saying I would
I'd like to introduce myself properly to the public. My name is Daniel Shand. I'm running for Parliament. I'm from Whanganui where I worked for a time on farms. I've moved down to finish a building apprenticeship. I know what it's like to feel undervalued and ignored by the government. I'm getting involved in government because no one should feel like that. I'm not a politician, I'm just a normal guy. In the old days, rugby players were farmers, builders and tradesmen, and there was something more honest about it. They played with heart. Now, they're professionals being paid to play for different teams. We've lost something, and I think it's the same in politics. We can learn something from the old days. I'm not on the left or the right, I am running as an independent for the Waitaki electorate. I'm not affiliated to any party. I feel a representative of a district should represent firstly the people of that district, not a party line. I will try to make decisions based on input from experts in their fields, and from consultation with the community. The people
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Heather Meri Pennycook lives in Wānaka and is the new Waitaki electorate candidate for the Advance New Zealand Party.
love to see the stuff you are saying brought down to the South Island. Would you come down and I will organise a meeting? "Then I heard Billy was having the launch of his Party (start of August) and I felt I was being told to go up to Auckland to the launch (by my Christian faith). "The launch was fantastic, and they announced they were going to stand candidates in every area and were asking for people to put their hands up. "I felt a compulsion to put my details forward – and have ended up the candidate for Waitaki.” Pennycook had never been involved in politics before apart from being chair of the Makarora Community Board and having a lot of involvement in emergency services- search and rescue in Wānaka and the fire service in Makarora. But I'm one of those community get-it-done type people, she says. "I'm one of those people who have an interest in so many things and go into them giving 150 per cent and end up in a position of responsibility. I enjoy challenging tasks and working with people to see how we can make it happen, I love helping people to overcome issues and problems, and I think that's part of why I want to get into politics." Pennycook says she has never been a fan or followed politics. She has been disillusioned with politicians, saying they don't seem transparent or accountable. "But I have a passion for social justice and looking at what's happening; I want to stand up and fight, for instance, for the farmers who are being hammered by the new legislation. I want to see fairness and accountability." Advance New Zealand is the voice of the people, she says. Behind having good rules and legislation passed in Parliament, we want to see our economy, small businesses and farmers thrive. We want to look after this country that we are so blessed to live in. "Let's all work together to right what's not working and make our economy thrive. It's quite a journey, but I'm so passionate, and it's given me hope."
should be involved in the decision making process, in the true spirit of a ''Representative'' democracy. I know I might seem like I'm making fun of politics sometimes, but I do really care. And I think you deserve to be heard better. It's hard to take politicians seriously, and I can't help a bit of tongue and cheek. I feel the politicians have it coming to them and I feel the public might secretly enjoy it. Parliament does look like a bit of a circus sometimes, and you might need a sense of humour to survive it. I feel I can take it and give it out it equally. I'd make the Waitaki electorate proud to have someone independent that can stand up by themselves in parliament. I'll level with you, I'm not a politician. I won't have all the answers to all the questions. But I am one thing; I am honest, and I care about the public – all of the public. I get along with everyone most of the time, and I don't hold grudges. I am interested in what the people have to say. And I'll promise you one thing, I'll always call it as I see it. Find Me On Facebook as ''Vote Daniel Shand'' Or ring me on 0224097101 Authorised by Daniel Shand 100 Pisa Rd, Cromwell, NZ
Stage 2 planting is underway at Lindis Peaks and Mt Pisa.
Deep Creek Fruits NZ LP - established to develop two significant cherry developments in the Upper Clutha region of Central Otago - has successfully raised the capital required to begin its second phase of planting. The completion of the first tranche is the result of interest from a range of New Zealand wholesale investors keen to take advantage of the exponential global demand for quality New Zealand cherries. Investors included the sheep and beef landowners of Lindis Peaks Station and Mt Pisa Station. They approached Deep Creek Fruits' management company Hortinvest Limited with plans to diversify a portion of their land into horticultural use. Director and global sales marketing professional, Sharon Kirk said the successful first tranche was the realisation of orchardist husband Ross Kirk's vision. Together, the Kirks set up Hortinvest in 2016. Sharon Kirk said the successful first tranche was the realisation of
orchardist husband Ross Kirk's vision to help investors tap into the lucrative cherry industry. "Having the vision is one thing, realising it is another and we're extremely excited about the future for New Zealand cherries and the investors who stand to gain," she said. Stage 2 planting would see 25 hectares at Lindis Peaks and 72 hectares at Mt Pisa, in addition to 11 hectares planted at both locations last winter - a total of 119 hectares. A board of directors including the chair, Michael Ambrose had been appointed to report to investors on the progress of the development. Ambrose was an experienced director, business consultant and chartered accountant. Kirk, a horticulturist with global sales and marketing expertise, said the developments had created jobs for two full-time employees during the planting phase and more would follow in coming months. Positions would include orchard and administrative roles, she said. "We expect to open the next capital raise in the near future. This will include an additional 45 hectares at Lindis Peaks. The final planting stage will be completed in winter 2021," she said.
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Wānaka snow sports athletes are out in force in the Snow Sports NZ 2020 Annual Awards nominees list, with more nominations than any other club. Amongst those nominated was Ben Adams for Coach of the Year. Head coach of the Para Alpine Ski High Performance Programme, Wānakabased Adams coaches para-skiers and adaptive Snow Sports Athlete of the Year nominees Adam Hall and Corey Peters, who are listed alongside Tuakau’s Aaron Ewen. Up for Alpine Ski Racer of the year is Piera Hudson, alongside Queenstown athletes Alice Robinson and Willis Feasey. 19-year-old Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, who made it onto the winners podium for all three of the Winter Games NZ Obsidian individually-scored events last month, is nominated for Snowboarder of the Year with Rakai Tait and Queenstown’s Tiarn Collins. Fellow Obsidian competitors Craig Murray and Hank Bilous are up for Freeride Athlete of the Year alongside Ohakune’s Jess Hotter, and Finn Bilous, Nico Porteous and Margaux Hackett for Freeskier of the Year. Winners of the Cross Country Skier of the Year and Masters of the Year awards will be announced on the night, and finalists for the overall Athlete of the Year award will be drawn from the winners of each category and decided on the night. The awards will be held on Saturday, October 10 at the Lake Wānaka Centre from 7pm – 10.30pm. Instead of a guest speaker, two panels
of three snow sport discipline expert speakers will answer questions about their sport from presenter, commentator and journalist Ed Leigh. A Snow Sports NZ spokesperson said: “New Zealand snow sports athletes have once again achieved incredible results everywhere from World Cups to the Freeride World Tour, X Games, the Youth Olympics and more. This year, more than ever, we look forward to celebrating success and thanking everyone who made it possible.”
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19-year-old Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, who made it onto the winners podium for all three of the Winter Games NZ Obsidian individually-scored events last month, is nominated for Snowboarder of the Year with Rakai Tait and Queenstown’s Tiarn Collins.
NEWS IN BRIEF Repatriation flight to South America this month Xtravel Queenstorn has secured 70 seats on a cargo flight to South America for repatriation, and tickets are selling fast. The flight leaves from Auckland and includes two pieces of 23kg baggage per person, as well at 7 kg of carry on baggage. Interested parties should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a seat. QLDC Appeals Subcommittee meeting A meeting of the QLDC Appeals Subcommittee will take place on Thursday 24 September 2020 in the Council Chambers, 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown at 1.00pm. The public are not invited to attend. QLDC Community and Services Committee Meeting A meeting of the QLDC Community & Services Committee will take place on Thursday 24 September 2020 in the Council Chambers, 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown at 10.00am. The public is invited to attend as part of the public forum. Those who wish to speak must register with the QLDC governance team 24 hours before the meeting starts. Child car seat recycling now in Central Otago Used, damaged, and unwanted child car seats are now able to be recycled in the Central Otago region thanks to the SeatSmart programme. “It’s a real waste to send these materials to landfill especially when you consider some 100,000 car seats reach their expiry date each year. That’s a lot of lost resources,” said programme manager Toni Bye. The service is currently being offered at the Alexandra or Cromwell transfer stations with a $10 recycling fee (after $15 funded from the local council).
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Advance NZ co-leader coming to Wānaka This Saturday Jami-Lee Ross, co-leader for Advance NZ is coming to Wānaka with other lower South Island political candidates to hold a public meeting at the Lake Wānaka Centre at 7pm. Third Rippon Ceilidh Dance Fundraiser next month Revellers in Wānaka and beyond are gearing up to paint the town tartan at the third Rippon Ceilidh Dance Fundraiser, a feast of music, dancing and conviviality celebrating all things Caledonian. The event will take place on Saturday the 3rd of October at the Rippon Hall and will be in aid of both Te Kakano and Kahu Youth. Kahu Youth worker Richard Elvey said “Bloody good fun way of raising funds and putting them towards awesome causes”. Mount Aspiring College arts students win regionally Mount Aspiring College has taken out this year's regional Showquest On Screen competition for the Otago/Southland region, getting them one step closer to the national final in the nationwide performing arts event for schools. The MAC film makers captured their affiliation with their local environment, appreciating the importance of the simple, the beautiful and the present world they noticed post-lockdown in their piece ‘Nga Mea Iti’. Student director Kiera Gray said it was important to the team to produce something meaningful that they could share with their local community, “We were able to create something beautiful and enjoy being together in our environment. The performing arts are important because they create rounded individuals who have the ability to show empathy, work under any circumstance and respond to change.”
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My first and probably last closing day Joanna Perry
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Until about 8am on Sunday morning, I thought taking my first trip to Treble Cone on closing day, hungover, with a group of experienced skiers all inexplicably dressed in animal onesies was a great idea. It was only when my flatmate shotgunned his first beer in the back seat as we turned off the highway that I realised I may have made a mistake. I had spent the whole season waiting to be good enough for TC. I’d been told by so many people that even the beginner slope was really an intermediate, so I wanted to be confident before I attempted the narrow runs. I left it to the last minute - and unfortunately, it was too late. I probably would have been fine on any other day, but I don’t think Sunday was like any other day. It was hot, busy, and tipsy people in tutus were hooning down the slopes with no mercy for nervous little beginners like me, who - by the way - didn’t get the fancy dress memo. After two terrifying runs during which I narrowly escaped being mowed down or poked in the eye with a ski pole, I felt like I needed to lie in a dark room for the rest of the day. I hid in the cafe, drinking coffee and watching with growing amusement as staff patrolled the outside tables, taking cans right out of the hands of unsuspecting cowboys and tigers. Not that it stopped anyone from skulling and skiing; it just moved them to the car park. I did think at some point I would get back out there, but as the day grew more chaotic and the picture in my mind of the stampede from The Lion King became more prolific - I decided it just wasn’t for me. If I couldn’t beat them, I may as well join them. The sun was still high in the sky as I took off my snowboard boots, grabbed a can of warm car beer, and headed in the direction of the music.
TC fundraiser for ski patroller Joanna Perry
The Treble Cone ski patrol team are holding an online and onmountain fundraising event for TC patroller Rachael “Roo” Stanford, who is currently undergoing intensive cancer treatment after being diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in July just weeks after giving birth to her second child. The team have organised a silent auction and raffle to help provide financial support for 37-year-old Stanford, partner Neil, their son Oscar and baby Isla. A number of items, ranging from yoga passes to skis, are available for silent auction over Facebook, and $10 raffle tickets to win a 2021 Treble Cone/Cardrona seasons pass and more can be purchased up the mountain (which will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week) or at Racers Edge Wānaka. The event will take place on Saturday, September 26, with final auction bidding available in person
from 10am - 12:30pm in the Treble Cone plaza. All funds raised will go help to support the family’s financial needs. According to friend Camilla Rutherford - whose givealittle page has so far raised over $35,000 despite a “devastating diagnosis,” Stanford is “fighting every step of the way to climb this mountain and become a radical remission survivor.” “And luckily climbing mountains is one thing this girl knows how to do. A ski patroller, landscape designer, mum extraordinaire and adventurer extreme, she has one hell of a spirit. If you are fortunate to have met this beautiful family, you will know that they will not give up, but they do need all the help they can get.” For more information or to donate, visit www.givealittle.co.nz/ cause/roo or the Treble Cone Ski Patrol Fundraiser for Roo Facebook page.
The Treble Cone ski patrol team have organised a silent auction and raffle to help provide financial support for 37-year-old Stanford, partner Neil, their son Oscar and baby Isla.
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Support keeps growing for local hero Lochie Win’s 40 days of skiing fundraising campaign for the Cancer Society. To mark his 500th lap on day 36 of 40 last weekend, the awesome six-year-old was joined by a camera crew from Newshub - and featured on the 6pm news and More FM’s morning show earlier this week. Tomorrow (Friday, September 25) Forage Information Centre & Café in Lochie’s hometown of Cromwell will give $2.00 from every coffee sold to his fundraiser, which has now raised over $5,500 [will update tomorrow].
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100 years ago over 50% of deaths were people under 15 years of age. That meant that by the time they grew into adults they would have gone to maybe 50 or 60 funerals and knew what the meaning of a funeral was. Now, with more than 70% of funerals the person is over 69 years of age; meaning that a lot of people now can be 40 or 50 years old before they have any input into organising a funeral. By that time we are busy in our careers with some just wanting to ‘get it over with’ so we can just get on with our lives. They don’t see that grieving for those we love is part of getting along with our lives. So remember, to keep life in perspective and remember to value the relationship you have with the person who has just passed away. Take the time to grieve for them and enjoy reminiscing about that person in the company of others.
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The frustrations of Government’s backtracking There are immeasurable benefits to a government hearing from an array of voices, experiences, and perspectives, particularly when drafting laws with wide-ranging repercussions. As the Coalition Government has discovered, there’s also a price to pay when you selectively choose only the voices you want to listen to, and largely disregard those with differing views. As an example, the ink was barely dry on the Government’s newly released Essential Freshwater regulations when troubles with implementing the package became clear. This was despite the exact issues being voiced loudly and clearly by the farming sector throughout the submission process. Ironically, in the weeks immediately following the release of the regulations, both Ministers Parker and O’Connor dismissed concerns raised by Federated Farmers and others with “of course they would say that” type responses. However, as the frustrations around the workability of key aspects of the regulations became louder, it also became clearer that what might be workable for a farmer Minister Parker had once visited, on the day he had visited, didn’t mean it
could be workable for all farmers, all the time. Changes were hastily made, first to the definitions around intensive winter grazing, and then came acknowledgements that the regulatory map for stock exclusion ‘low slope’ land was inaccurate and would need fixing. The most critical backtrack came in an interview with Minister O’Connor published on September 11, 2020, where he acknowledged that the regulations would need to be “tweaked” to accommodate regional differences in weather and other factors. Frustratingly, throughout the interview, Minister O’Connor quoted the very points Federated Farmers had been making throughout the submission process. If only he had listened to those points at the time they were being raised. The Minister also acknowledged that the regulations would put more costs on to ratepayers and councils. Importantly, he also acknowledged that “highly prescriptive rules such as those around pugging in pastures would probably need adjusting to fit different circumstances.” The Government has now taken the view that other flaws or unworkable aspects of
the regulations can be addressed through implementation guidance provided to councils. But that raises real legal uncertainty, given the critical importance of the wording used within legal instruments. In short, these are clarifications that would not have been needed if the regulations had been through a better process. Similar backtracking has occurred around the conversion of farmland to pines. Over the past two years, the farming sector has been urging the Government to stop the drivers behind the blanket conversion of good sheep and beef farmland to monocultural pine plantations. Currently, the distortions created by the carbon price, the billion trees scheme and the rising regulatory pressures forced onto farmers, had led to it becoming twice as profitable for farmers to plant pine trees than to farm sheep or beef. The repercussions on our rural communities, exports, environment, and food prices will take a significant toll. Minister Parker has recently acknowledged that the rules the government thought were ‘right at the time’ ultimately had been too
blunt an instrument. The knock-on social and economic impacts had become clear, as had the increased pest-management and fire-risks. Changes to those regulations will also now need to be made. None of the above matters would have been a surprise to the Government had they listened to the sectors most impacted before finalising them. We’d rather the Government get its regulations right up front than scramble to fix them after they’re finalised. In the meantime, farmers and rural communities have to deal with the uncertainty and concern resulting from the regulations, not knowing what’s on the agenda to be ‘fixed’ next, and what investments and changes are worth making. Whatever form the Government takes post-election, we urge more open consultation and collaboration, particularly with those most impacted. We want the next Government to get New Zealand back on track, not put out unworkable regulations that subsequently need backtracking, derailing the country from the path it needs to be on.
Many farmers stuck in connectivity slow lane The vast majority of urban New Zealanders can get on the information superhighway at speed, but the latest connectivity survey by Federated Farmers shows too many rural families and businesses are still stuck in second gear on a potholed back-road. "We had nearly 900 responses from our members from every farm type and geographical spread, but a bitter irony was that several more couldn't complete the on-line questions because they didn't have internet access or connectivity was too patchy or slow," Federated Farmers President and telecommunications spokesperson Andrew Hoggard said. Around 68 per cent of respondents have download speeds of 20Mbps or less, and nearly 24 per cent are enduring download speeds of just 0-5Mbps. "While around a third are on unlimited download monthly plans, many of those on capped plans complain they'd like to go unlimited but their ISP - often their only choice of ISP doesn't provide that option.
"It's interesting that several respondents told us that during level 4 COVID-19 lockdown, some providers extended unlimited downloads to them. This would seem to indicate it's not technical issues getting in the way of offering unlimited plans to these rural clients," Hoggard said. Mobile coverage remains a concern, with around one in three farms surveyed indicating only up to 50 per cent of their farm gets a connection. Not far short of a quarter get 25 per cent of farm coverage or less. "And yet 92 per cent of these farmers had a smartphone, and around 75 per cent told us they use smartphone apps to support the farm business," Hoggard said. While in many of the connectivity measures there have been improvements since the Feds' 2019 survey, it's usually only by a per cent or two. "The task ahead is less one of pushing broadband into ever more isolated and remote locations and more one of addressing the gaps in coverage and constraints on the capacity of earlier builds. More targeted investment towards
Around 68 per cent of respondents have download speeds of 20Mbps or less, and nearly 24 per cent are enduring download speeds of just 0-5Mbps.
bespoke builds would go a long way towards addressing connection speed and reliability concerns," Hoggard said. "Competition is a concern with many members finding they only have the one provider and have to take it or leave it as regards price and quality of service. "We've got to achieve faster improvements in this space." Many of the new technologies employed on farms, whether cloud software or smartphone applications, require connectivity to realise and maximise the benefits of their use to the farm business. Farmers are also increasingly expected to engage electronically with business services and
government agencies, such as banks, IRD and local councils. And, just like urban families, the farm owner's home - and the on-farm houses of staff - have partners and children trying to get online to look up information, do homework and engage in social media. "Connectivity is a vital means of connecting with loved ones and maintaining relationships beyond the farm gate. This is especially relevant for the families of those who work on the farm that would otherwise struggle with geographical isolation, and is a factor in securing and retaining farm staff and their families," Hoggard said. – By Federated Farmers
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MAC students launch ‘Pursonally’
Volunteer fixer Susie tackles some broken ceramics, while Steve examines an antique telephone.
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The concept for Pursonally came when our enterprise group was finding it difficult for an idea for a product.
Four Year 13 Mount Aspiring College students have recently launched their business enterprise project ‘Pursonally’. The group are selling locally made designer purses of a variety of patterns created with a strong focus on social and environmental sustainability. CEO Kareem Jodeh said that, “The concept for Pursonally came when our enterprise group was finding it difficult for an idea for a product. We were researching issues in our global society and came across an article about period poverty; out of interest, we looked into how this issue affects New Zealanders and found that 51 per cent of Kiwi women have
found it difficult to access sanitary items at some point in their lives. Already set on our company having something to do with fashion, we decided to incorporate both ideas and created Pursonally.” Some of the profits of each Pursonally product will be going towards the sending of sanitary products to women’s refuges across the country, said Jodeh. The group hope to grow their business with the rest of the profits. The enterprise project hasn’t come without challenges, thought. Jodeh reflected that, “Establishing a business with strict values and morals with little capital investment was very difficult at times as often it is cheaper for lower quality products, however, this was not even a question for Pursonally.”
Repair Revolution kicks off Joanna Perry
The Wastebusters Repair Revolution kicked off last Saturday in Wānaka, with almost 60 people bringing in their broken treasures for repair or advice. This was the first in a series of free, repair cafe-style events this spring in Wānaka, Hāwea, Alexandra and Queenstown, during which members of the community can bring their broken treasures to be mended by volunteer fixers. The events aim to help reduce waste by offering an alternative to our ‘throwaway culture’, share repair knowledge and skills and build community connections. Generally speaking, any broken item which can be carried is welcome - but before each event a list will be specified by the Wastebusters team, based on what volunteers will be attending and what skills they have available.
Communications coordinator Ruth Blunt said an “eclectic” mix of items were brought in for repair by the 25 volunteer fixers on Saturday, including jackets, backpacks, duvets, teddy bears, teapots, gumboots, ski boots, headphones, kettles, flat tyres and an antique telephone. The team at Wasties is also on the hunt for more fixers to volunteer. “If you enjoy repairing things and sharing your know-how, we invite you to join us as a volunteer fixer at Repair Events,” said Blunt. “Your repair skills in fixing household items such as computers, electronics, small appliances, small furniture, clothes, jewellery, books, bikes and more, are all welcome.” The free events are running until November with the next one taking place at the Lake Hāwea Community Centre, on October 18, from 10am - 2pm. For more details, visit the Wastebusters Facebook page or www.eventbrite.co.nz.
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The WCB Word Another busy month with plenty happening in our region and mother nature putting a coating of spring snow on the mountains. The many happy Kiwi's visiting and enjoying the many activities on offer augurs well for our business community and hopefully will continue throughout our summer season. "Caring for our community" is the theme for this month's WCB Word with several initiatives underway. Quality of Life Survey 2020 The annual Quality of life survey kicked off last week for the third year running, and Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) is keen to find out what life is like for people living in the district. The survey focuses on how you feel about key issues such as employment, housing, health services, the environment, transport, growth and more. The information is of real value when prioritising future funding needs and helping with planning decisions. We've included many of the same questions as previous surveys so progress can be tracked year on year along with a further focus on how COVID-19 has affected our communities. It's essential to understand and follow this data as work to support the district's recovery evolves. The survey is open to all members of the community 18 years and over (not just ratepayers) and will run until 5.00 pm Sunday 11 October. Last year more than 2,000 people participated so join in this time around and go into the draw for one of five $250 prezzy cards.
It takes about 20 minutes to complete at letstalk. qldc.govt.nz. Mental Health Awareness Week QLDC proudly advocates health and wellbeing in the community and is very supportive of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from 21-27 September. One of the key messages I've taken away is that it's OK to not be OK. If you aren't feeling 100 per cent right now then there is help out there and a heap of handy resources available. There is also a wonderful group of local wellbeing practitioners. They have been donating their time to run free of charge wellbeing sessions such as yoga, meditation, mindfulness practice and more. For details on what activities are happening through September around the country check out mhaw.nz/whats-on Keep New Zealand Beautiful and Community Clean Up's It's is great to hear about locals getting together in the community and taking part in the "Keep New Zealand Beautiful" clean up week, which has now been extended to run from 7 – 27 September. Get a group together and target an area for a Clean Up; it can be very satisfying to make a difference. We're all very proud of our local environment here in the Upper Clutha so if you are keen to get involved, grab some friends and register today at www.knzb.org.nz Don't forget to have your Health and Safety Plan in place which follows government
COVID-19 requirements. QLDC is showing support by offering registrants free disposal of collected rubbish at Queenstown and Wānaka Transfer Stations until 27 September. Already one group has done an amazing job of cleaning up over 1,200kg of rubbish from the Cardrona River area just off Ballantyne Road. I encourage as many groups as possible to get involved so we can make a huge difference with lots of small clean-up projects. A reminder to those who are doing a spot of spring gardening to dispose of your green waste responsibly. I asked local expert, Dr Compost for some advice and he told me in his dream world the goal should be to keep all that green so-called 'waste' on site. This is the fuel for growing your own lush oasis. Grass clippings can be composted or used as mulch anywhere and everywhere. The soil doesn't like to be naked, so cover it up. Prunings can be cut smaller and left around the bottom of trees and shrubs to break down naturally adding valuable food sources for bacteria and fungi in the soil. Leaves can be composted into leaf mould. There's very little reason to remove all that green goodness. If you have to remove it, take it to one of the local composting facilities. Wānaka Community Board news Finally, I'd like to mention that the Wānaka Community Board has just signed off on: • Funding of $1million from the Wānaka Asset Sale Revenue for the Luggate Memorial Centre along with the final English name (the te Reo Māori name is Whare Mahana). • The affected persons approval for the proposed new flood lights at the Wānaka
"Caring for our community" is the theme for this month's WCB Word with several initiatives underway.
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OPINION: Singular ‘they’ is here to stay Ollie Blyth
Words, words, words. What’s not to like about words? They seem to be pretty important to the ways that our society functions. Without words, we wouldn’t be able to do a lot of things, especially critiquing the ways that other people use words (admittedly, it is quite fun to correct people’s incorrect use of ‘your and you’re’). One thing that’s clear is that words are always evolving; words are constantly changing to become words that communicate the most information with the least effort. For instance, I don’t very frequently encounter the everyday citizen asking me “how art thou?” as much as I do “sup.” One particular set of words that is becoming the subject of debate is the singular use of the pronouns they, them, and theirs (it’s not as boring as it sounds, I promise). Here’s a bit of a summary… Pronouns are words that we use to replace a noun, such as: I, it, that, you, etc. Most people understand ‘they’ to be used for plural groups of people, but forget the singular use of the word when talking about an individual. I would be surprised if you didn’t go one week without saying something along the lines of, “someone left their wallet here, I hope they come back to get it.” Seems pretty conventional, nothing all that weird about it, what’s the controversy? The reason that the singular use of they/them/theirs has become a hot topic among the general population
is when it is used to describe a particular individual in relation to gender. English, being a patriarchal language by nature, has pronouns which denote someone’s gender like he/him/his and she/her/hers. However, this presents a challenge for those who fall outside of the gender binary (man or woman). Use of they/them/theirs pronouns for non-binary people like myself, for instance, is an incredibly helpful thing, as it is able to effectively communicate a lack of one binary gender or another. Unfortunately, this is when people decide to suddenly become english professors and dictate how other people can use words. The most common argument used against singular they is that it is exclusively for groups of people, and therefore confusing and ‘grammatically incorrect’, which we’ve already proven to be wrong (go on, consciously stop using singular they pronouns, I dare you). It’s quite clear that when people are talking about words when it comes to gender, they aren’t really talking about the words at all. Most of the backlash around these words (which certainly exists in our Wānaka bubble) comes from people who find themselves trapped in binary thinking around gender (and I feel really quite sorry for these people). As our understanding of the fluidity of gender evolves, our language around it will evolve. So when (and yes, when) you meet someone who uses they/them pronouns, it’s important to give it your best shot. If it feels uncomfortable at first, keep trying, and keep trying after that. As someone who uses these gender pronouns, that’s all I can ask.
Crimeline Wallbank B Ben Constable, NZPD Well, today (Monday) is the day that New Zealanders will huddle around the T.V for the COVID-19 lockdown update as if it was the grand finale of their favourite show. We can all agree that the restrictions have meant a different way of life for a lot of people, and in acknowledging this, we want to thank you for helping the process. So, here’s just a snippet of how the week has been for your fellow boys and girls in blue. There was a crash out at Timaru Creek Road on Tuesday where one vehicle drove off, luckily
no one hurt, but we think someone might have some dents in their rear bumper that they might want to report. Wednesday saw another crash. This time on Ardmore Street which I’m sure a lot of you saw. Thankfully the driver is recovering well. Thursday another scam was reported. If you get a phone call from a person claiming to be your bank, or another financial institution, think before you give out any personal information. These fraudsters will sound very convincing and likely make a strong case for why they need your details urgently. If in doubt, take their name and call the company back using a phone number you’ve looked up in the phone book, or, come in and see
us if you’re really unsure and we’ll help you out. We also had a burglary reported out towards Häwea Flat late in the afternoon. We hope this is just a case of curious children, but that still doesn’t make it ok. Please look out for your neighbours and they’ll do the same for you. Friday night saw our Prevention Team out and about with a licencing officer from QLDC visiting all the bars. It was really good to see managers having good processes in place re Covid and people still supporting the local trade. Later that night, a driver thought that the roads were a bit bland and decided to decorate them with tyre rubber in a few places. Officers were like a dog after a bone and the Prevention
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Team picked up the driver soon after and took his vehicle for 28 days. On Saturday a drink driver who had also been smoking cannabis provided a high breath alcohol reading and has lost more than just their car for 28 days. Sunday was the official closing party at TC. Our awesome Prevention Team were out and about up the ski field getting amongst it, (although apparently they scored only 5/10 on their fancydress). They also ran an alcohol checkpoint with our Road Policing and Wānaka Officers, checking over 500 vehicles, and only having 25 drivers with alcohol in their system – but ALL under the limit. We’ll done TC on a well-run close-down party.
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MAC 1st XV captain Ryan Schmack and prop Rhys Hughes have been rewarded for their efforts this year with selection to the Highlanders U18 training camp this year. Twenty-nine standout players from this year's Otago and Southland 1st XV competitions will train together in Dunedin next week before taking on the Crusaders U18 squad in Timaru on Friday October 2. Hughes said it was a privilege to be selected and especially with one of his mates who he’d been playing with since they were kids. “It’s something we have been working hard towards and pleased to be given this opportunity,” he said. Schmack said: “I’m very stoked to get selected with Rhys and be able to learn off some of the region’s best coaches. My teammates have helped me throughout the season and I wouldn’t have gotten this opportunity without them. It’s great to be able to represent Wānaka and country rugby.” – By Clint Hughes
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The Wānaka Tennis Club will be hosting two open afternoons on October 10 and 11, from 1-4 pm. These are free for everyone, and there will be fun activities and tennis for anyone interested in having a go with racquets supplied. The club encourages families and anybody wanting to come along and see what it has to offer. Members are also encouraged to come along and play tennis. There is a nationwide prize draw for participants to enter merely by attending. They will have the chance to win a trip for two to the Te Anau Invitational Tennis Tournament on December 28 – 29.
The 2020 Festival of Sport and Recreation, due to be held at the Wānaka Recreation Centre in November, has been cancelled. A wish to maintain the integrity of the event was behind the difficult decision recently made to cancel. With Covid-19 restrictions potentially still being in place and knowing the success of previous Festivals where hundreds have attended, organisers were aware that the event couldn't take place as planned.. “We very much regret having to take this action, but limiting attendees or holding the Festival simultaneously at multiple smaller venues would defeat the main purpose of the Festival, which is to bring the whole community together to celebrate and showcase our sport and recreation sector”, said festival coordinator, Amy Allan, on behalf of the Upper Clutha Sports
Sadly the Festival of Sport and Recreation, due to take place at the Wānaka Rec Centre later in the year, will no longer be.
Community Trust. “We are grateful to those businesses who have already pledged their support for our event and promise them and our community that we will do all we can to deliver an amazing 2021 Festival of Sport and Recreation,” said Allan. “The Upper Clutha Sports Community Trust will instead focus on other initiatives for the remainder of the year and make plans for a busy 2021”, said UCSC trustee, Diana Schikker.
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Ryan Schmack (left) and Rhys Hughes are part of the Highlanders U18 1st XV.
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Wānaka Premiers knock off league champions Wānaka AFC Premiers hosted the Southern Premier League champions Green Island AFC (GI) on Saturday at the Recreation Centre on a beautiful spring day. Straight from the first whistle, it was a game of contrasting styles as GI looked to impose their long ball game and play everything through and off the robust Matt Brazier. Wānaka looked to play a shorter passing game. It was GI and Brazier who attacked early, and Brazier twice found himself scoring from offside positions in the first 20 minutes. But Wānaka’s centre back pairing of Alan Carmichael and Thomas VanHees kept a well organised defensive line. Wānaka striker Steve Pleskun and left-back Adam Hewson were causing Gi problems. Pleskun forced a save from Firth in goal for GI after in the 10th minute, then again in the 15th minute as Pleskun blazed over the bar from a handy position. Meanwhile Hewson was making dangerous runs down the left wing but not quite finding that final pass or shot to finish off these promising moves. GI keeper Firth continued delivering long balls to Brazier, but Wānaka stood firm matching his physical presence - something it had failed to do in previous encounters. As the half wound down, it was another jinking run by Hewson that almost broke the deadlock as he beat players and drove into the GI penalty box. His cross to Pleskun was well-read by Brynn Sinclar who cleared the danger. Half time 0-0. The second half was similar to the first with both teams having some clear chances to score. In the 65th minute, it was Firth with a long goal kick which found Brazier; he flicked onto
Wānaka’s Adam Hewson goes for the ball against Green Island.
the supporting run of Liam Carrington who by his standards had a quite game. The ball dropped into the Wānaka penalty box, and Wānaka’s keeper Aaron Molloy advanced and held his space as the onrushing Carrington headered the ball to the side of Molloy. The two collided; GI appealed for a penalty as the ball was cleared for a throw in and after some debate the throw-in was awarded . It was a crucial stage of the game, and Wānaka felt the correct decision had been made. GI and their supporters felt hard done by. Wānaka continued to absorb the pressure GI
Wānaka’s Fletcher Cavanagh challenge’s for the ball against Green Island.
were applying from free-kicks and corners, and the game looked like it could have ended in an exciting 0-0 draw. Hewson, Pleskun and Toa Roode all had shots which didn’t trouble Firth, and Molloy made a couple of great saves to deny a free-kick from Milton and a one-on-one at the feet of Brazier. Then in the 90th minute, Wānaka took the lead. Ironically it was Wānaka who played a long ball from Carmichael which couldn’t quite reach Pleskun. Milton won it and played it forward, but it was Wānaka’s substitute Scott Mitchell who attacked the ball around the centre circle and
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