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Sue Wards Wanaka’s homegrown musical duo Maenad is going on tour. Fiona McMartin and Martine Faircloth-Harding began their musical career as Mount Aspiring College students, with their first big gig at Rippon 2006 soon after winning the national

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Smokefree Rockquest female musicianship award. Fiona and Martine begin their first national tour today (Thursday), taking their acoustic alternative folk from Dunedin to Wellington, culminating in a gig in Wanaka on October 15. “This is a really exciting step for us, taking our music out of Wanaka

(after eight years) and on the road,” Fiona said. They will be accompanied on tour by fellow Wanaka musician Danny Fairly, aka Civilian Sol. Maenad will also open for Anika Moa and Barnaby Weir at Rippon Hall on October 14. The pair plan to record their first album next year. PHOTO:

Scorched earth “horrifies” Sue Wards

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A high country farmer is “horrified” a planned burn-off of bracken fern on his land spread to a nearby reserve late last week, resulting in the loss of 30 hectares of regenerating native bush. Richard Burdon of Glen Dene Station told the Wanaka Sun the fire was “a major upset for all of us at Glen Dene”. The destroyed area at Craig Burn was set aside for regeneration almost 30 years ago as part of Glen Dene’s “conservation values”, Richard said, and was later sold to the Crown through tenure review. “We’re horrified. It’s very disappointing,” he said. The area comprised mainly of bracken fern, manuka, cabbage trees and pittosporums. The Department of Conservationpermitted burn-off of a small area of farmland was expected to take an hour, Richard said. “I wasn’t present and we’re still working through what happened.” DOC, which has begun an investigation into the fire, responded by urging farmers to comply with fire permit conditions and take extra care with burn-offs. DOC Otago conservator

and principal rural fire officer Marian van der Goes reminded fire permit holders to check weather forecasts before lighting fires and to ensure fires are carefully attended. DOC Wanaka spokesperson Annette Smith said both

these aspects will be looked at as part of the Craig Burn investigation and she would not speculate on whether they were factors. Richard Burdon was absent when the burn-off began and a farm employee raised the alarm about 4pm

Burning has become a very stressful part of farming and we don’t take it lightly. PHOTO: DOC

on Friday, in windy conditions. Anyone responsible for causing a fire which spreads to public conservation land can be held liable for the cost of putting it out, Marian van der Goes said. The Craig Burn fire was attended by five helicopters using monsoon buckets, dozens of firefighters and ten DOC staff, with costs likely to be in the tens of thousands. A decision about costs will be made as part of DOC’s investigation into the fire. “Burning has become a very stressful part of farming and we don’t take it lightly,” Richard Burdon said. “They’re not the easiest things to manage and at times they can be extremely tricky.” While they are using alternatives to burn-offs on Glen Dene, Richard said, “When you’ve got 2000 hectares of bracken fern country it doesn’t happen overnight.” Fire fighters prevented the fire reaching an extensive section of regenerating and mature beech forest, part of the Matatiaho Conservation Area above Lake Hawea. Another fire in the Neck Creek area of Hunter Valley station burned out of control earlier last week.


inbrief Interest grows in old school More and more people are showing interest in using the old Wanaka Primary School for a community and arts hub. After a public meeting early in September, a working party has been formed to formulate a business plan and explore funding options. The group is facilitated by Alpine Community Development Trust chair Dame Sukhi Turner, who said it is a perfect example of diverse local groups working together to lease a facility they can all use. Other members of the working party are Wanaka Community Networks manager Kate Murray and Rev Denis Bartley, both instigators of the Wanaka Community House Trust, and Christy Rolfe and Heather Kerr, instigators of the Wanaka Community Creative Spaces. People interested in utilising the old school should contact Kate Murray at Community Networks for more details.

Local stars shine It was the talk of the town last week – the 19th annual Stars in their Eyes show at the Lake Wanaka Centre. “This one went off like a house on fire,” organiser Jamie Robertson said. This year’s show featured new talent and familiar faces, and of the 20 songs performed, 18 were soloists, offering something for everyone. There were no production hiccups, the audience was with the performers the whole way, and there was close to a full house every night, Jamie said. He hopes this year’s performance will raise the goal amount of $15,000 to give back to the Wanaka community.

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Surprise change in camping legislation

Paul Holmes in Wanaka Well-known New Zealand broadcaster Paul Holmes is in Wanaka talking about his new book ‘Daughters of Erebus’ at a function at the Edgewater Resort this evening (Thursday). Paul has called for a parliamentary exoneration of Captain Jim Collins and First Officer Greg Cassin, the pilots of the DC-10 which crashed on the side of Mt Erebus on November 28 1979. As well as examining the technical arguments around the cause of the crash, Paul’s book looks at the personal impact of the accident on Captain Collins’ family. Proceeds from this evening’s event, organised by Paper Plus, will be donated to the Stellar Trust.

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Sue Wards Concerns about water quality in Hawea Flat remain on the agenda after a public meeting attended by Otago Regional Council staff last weekend. More than 100 people attended the meeting, many asking for guarantees their ground water supplies will be protected from the development of intensive farming, include dairying, in the Hawea area. ORC chairman Stephen

by what they had to say”. “They specifically said they could not guarantee that the very good water quality we currently enjoy would be maintained, though obviously they will try,” Mark said. POW had earlier hoped to secure a Drinking Water Protection Zone in Hawea Flat but had been discouraged by the ORC. POW now intends to approach the QLDC, seeking for dairying to become a restricted activity, subject to site specific resource consents.

The time has come to re-look at the district plan and look at controlled land uses like there are in other zones. Woodhead and environmental information and science director John Threlfall told the meeting the council could not guarantee water quality because the council does not control land use, although it sets rules for maintaining and monitoring ground water quality and prosecutes land owners for breaches. Protect Our Water (POW) spokesperson Mark Thomas said while the community appreciated the information offered by officials they were “far from reassured


Pictured are Eugene Wolfin performing as Roger Daltrey and Sarah Lees (inset) as Katy Perry.

“People are justifiably alarmed because of the track record of dairying around the country,” Hawea Community Association president Rachel Brown said. “The time has come to re-look at the district plan and look at controlled land uses like there are in other zones.” The QLDC is currently reviewing the rural zone as part of a district wide plan review.

The Hawea Community Association was surprised to discover a last-minute change of heart by the Government resulted in the recent Freedom Camping legislation only applying to council-owned reserves, not along highways or on LINZ owned land. Land affected by freedom campers’ waste in Lake Hawea is not protected under this legislation. HCA president Rachel Brown raised the matter at the Queenstown Lakes District Council meeting on Tuesday. “I had the assurance of the Minister of Conservation on 30 June [by letter] that the QLDC by-law would be enforceable about the district.” Rachel said. “I found out now that’s not the case. I’m flabbergasted. What are we going to do about those shocking places that

are only getting worse.” The Association plans to approach the Government Ministers directly with their concern: “who is going to look after LINZ land?” QLDC general manager of community services Paul Wilson told the Wanaka Sun he had “personally submitted to the select committee on that point” - that legislation should cover LINZ land. While his preference is for the legislation to cover those areas the current framework has to be accepted. Meanwhile Paul has written to community associations asking for nominations for volunteer wardens to police the QLDC by-law and has received one nomination from Kingston, one from Glenorchy and four from Lake Hawea. Training for the volunteers begins tomorrow.

Petition presented Ritual Café owner Chris Hadfield presented his ‘speed hump’ petition to Mayor Vanessa van Uden at the Queenstown Lakes District Council meeting which was held at the Lake Hawea Community Centre on Tuesday morning. The petition was signed by residents concerned about the design and number of humps, and the confusion they cause between motorists and pedestrians regarding right of way.

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Next step for sports hub Sue Wards The next step toward Wanaka’s new sports hub has been revealed to the community. A report on the proposed facility mix was presented to the community by the Queenstown Lakes District Council on Monday evening. A meeting was held earlier on Monday with stakeholders and sports group representatives. Reaction to the report was mainly positive, although people raised concerns about whether there is enough space allotted

Sue Wards With only three weeks to go until Wanaka’s annual spring celebration - Willowridge Wanakafest - new festival attractions continue to be unveiled. A highlight of this year’s festival is likely to be the Wine and Food Fest, which will include a series of masterclasses by some of our region’s leading food and wine experts. The half hour sessions, which will reveal some trade secrets, will be taken by Nick Mills of Rippon Vineyard, Sarah Kate Dineen of Maude Wines, Dave de Vylder (pictured) of Wanaka Beerworks and chefs Luengo Lippe and Tex from Lone Star.

for sports fields and whether the proposed Sport Centre of Excellence will impose a cost burden on Wanaka. QLDC project manager Ken Gousmett said the available area

as a practise area), three indoor courts and a Sport Centre of Excellence. The proposed centre of excellence may include foam pits, trampolines, harnesses for aerial awareness, a 30m sprint track,

Most people see it as a benefit to the wider community. is 5.5 hectares which can’t support more than two full-sized outdoor soccer fields in addition to other facilities, which include three outdoor courts (providing the equivalent of half a hockey field

The masterclasses will be held on the first day of the Wine and Food Fest, which runs from Saturday 22 to Sunday October 23. The Fest will feature fresh local produce, gourmet cuisine and entertainment, all in a family-friendly setting on Pembroke Park. On Sunday local chefs, vineyards and brew masters will showcase the wild and wacky side of their products with some interesting creations. That evening, the final of the Rugby World Cup will be screened on the Wanakafest big screen. Wanakafest organisers are still looking for volunteers to assist with the Wine and Food Fest. Visit their website for more information.

gymnastics exercise floor and an indoor dry slope. “Most people see it as a benefit to the wider community,” Ken said, while the steering group considered the centre of excellence as a “point

of difference” for Wanaka. The centre would need to be self funded in some way, Ken said. The facility mix report is based on feedback from the community, including the results of a questionnaire undertaken to help develop a draft mix of facilities and a draft concept design – both of which can be viewed on the QLDC website. Feedback on the draft report should be made to council by Thursday October 6.

Countdown to festival

inbrief ‘Gateway’ building planned A ‘gateway building’ is being designed for the corner site at 93 Ardmore Street, replacing a private home owned by local identities the late Gra and Olive West. Plans for a new two-level commercial building on the prominent site were initially reviewed by Wanaka’s urban design panel, who asked the applicant, Ardmore Holdings (Wanaka) Ltd, to give more special identity to the site. Amendments were made by the architectural designer employed by Ardmore Holdings, who has described the building as a “gateway building” to Wanaka’s retail sector. A decision on whether or not the application will be publicly notified will be made in the next few weeks.

The pressure’s off Variable water pressure is causing a delay to the development of a water feature on Lakeside Drive. The Wanaka Springs Trust community group has been working for almost five years towards development of the water feature, planned to celebrate Wanaka’s fresh spring water. Several groups, including the Wanakafest Community Trust, have contributed funding towards the project, which has stalled because of problems sourcing enough water. The water shortage was discovered when a pipe was installed to convey water under Lakeside Drive to the lake front near the Dinosaur Park, where the $50,000 water feature is planned. Springs Trust spokeswoman Jude Battson said the group are now looking at other options to source water to the site, including exploratory digging to identify water sources. Work on the project was due to begin last month. PHOTO:

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inbrief The future of tourism A group of local business people will join Lake Wanaka Tourism general manager James Helmore tomorrow (Friday) to discuss the future of tourism. The other panelists are Andy Oxley of Mt Aspiring Guides, Jools Hall of Skydive Wanaka and Leigh Stock of Edgewater. The session takes place at Wanaka’s Otago Polytechnic campus (from 12.30pm) as part of the Centre for Sustainable Practice Speaker Series.

Poets make anthology The poems of eight Mount Aspiring College Rutherford students have been chosen for the 2011 New Zealand Poetry Society Anthology. The students have also been invited to the launch of the anthology in Wellington to read their poetry. The poets included are: Chloe Larkin (Shouting Why), Amy McIntyre (World Records), Helena Crawford (The Mirror, A List of Lists, and Puffball), Cameron Arnerich (Silence and Treason), Michaela Rogan (Brother), Spencer Deaton (What makes me happy?), Amy Knight (Night-time) and Jhada Parker Vincent (Cancer).

Jup’s progress Wanaka’s famous plumber, Jup Brown, who is running the length of the country to raise funds for the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand, will arrive at Picton this Friday. Jup fractured a bone in his thumb after falling over in Christchurch, so he is now running with a cast. On Saturday Jup will catch the ferry across the Cook Strait to the North Island.

Dance Wanaka students rehearsing for Cirque de Danse. PHOTO:

Circus theme for young dancers Charlotte Trundle More than 130 local dancers will take to the stage at the annual Dance Wanaka showcase this weekend called Cirque de Danse Wanaka. The show is based around a

circus theme, with performers of all ages dancing in the styles of jazz, lyrical, hip hop, musical theatre and ballet. For the past ten years the show has been held at the Lake Wanaka Centre, but due to an increase in rental

costs they had to change their venue. “ It is extremely disappointing this year to be outpriced by the Lake Wanaka Centre considering this is the community of Wanaka’s children that we are showcasing,” Dance

Wanaka owner Rachel Erichsen said. There will be two performances on Saturday. October 1 at 3pm and 7pm at the Wanaka Primary School hall. See sunspots for details.

Gig Guide

This week at Mint Bar

Thursday 29th Giant twister tournament, $50 bar tab up for grabs for the winner. Challenge your mates or go head to head with the backpackers. Friday 30th DJ Mox, Wanaka represent this Friday, drum n bass, dub step, breaks and hip hop. $5 drinks until midnight. Saturday 1st King of Queenstown “DJ Pops”. A night of dancehall, jungle and old school hip hop, with the master of the dancefloor DJ Pops. Sunday 2nd NZ vs Canada 3pm. Book a table of 6 (it costs ya nothing) for the rugby and get a free platter of our famous chicken wings (25 wings) for free. Warriors grand final live and loud with $8 BBQ, steak, sausages, onions, bread and salad bar. From 6pm. Come in with your Treble Cone day or season pass and the first 100 through the door with a pass after 6pm get a free beer. Monday 3rd No karaoke this Monday - it has moved to Wednesday but come in for some of Wanaka’s best drink specials and our famous $8 meals. Tuesday 4th Free pool when you buy a beer. Chilled out reggae and dub session with Roz. Wednesday 5th Karaoke with Shaneo and Zoe. Wednesday night karaoke with bar tabs and Shotover jet boat prizes. Free drinks for giving it a go and heaps of drink specials all night long. All house spirits 2 for $10 all night long (+ Malibu).


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Funding welcomed at Plunket Charlotte Trundle Plunket families in the Upper Clutha welcome a grant from the Central Lakes Trust. The money will enable the Plunket rooms to stay open 18 hours a week, with a room hostess available every day of the week. The Ardmore Street facility has baby changing and feeding facilities, as well as hosting a range of information sessions for local families including baby massage, dental hygiene, hosting new mother groups and coffee mornings. “Funding has become harder to obtain recently and so we are very grateful to the Central Lakes Trust for their belief in the service that we offer to our local families and whanau,” Upper Clutha Plunket

Committee president Carol Wyeth said. “We are always looking for other ways to raise funds to support the grant and have a few events lined up to boost the other expenses involved in having the rooms open five days a week.” Upcoming events for the diary include a fundraising evening of gardening and cooking at Mitre 10 on October 27 and the Plunket Biannual Garage sale on November 5. Plunket is also recognising their sponsor, the New Zealand Rugby Union, by getting behind the All Blacks with the creation of ‘Go All Blacks’ posters which can be downloaded for free on their Facebook page.

Puppy love Guide dog trainer Lorraine Knowles was overjoyed to get a new puppy called Geffrey this week. “Now the community will get to see a new puppy grow up,” she said.

Mini All Black supporters Sam Coupland, 2, Annabel Harridge, 1, and Oli Wyeth, 2.

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PHOTO: charlotte trundle

ticket giveaway Rhythm Kings

Costume rehearsals are underway for Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire cat and all the Three Blue Dresses cast. Mount Aspiring College students (pictured) will perform the adaption of Alice in Wonderland by young playwright Aaron Blackledge, to the public on Tuesday, October 3 at the Lake Wanaka Centre at 7pm. Tickets are available at the MAC office. PHOTO: charlotte trundle


Singer songwriter Mel Parsons and her band the Rhythm Kings will be in our region this weekend on their RED PHOTO: DEAN MCKENZIE GREY BLUE album release tour, and the Wanaka Sun has a double pass to give away to a reader. Email and tell us the name of Mel’s new album to go into the draw. Mel plays at The Winehouse in Queenstown this Saturday, October 1, so the winner will be notified tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.

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Whare Kea book winners Three Wanaka Sun readers have won copies of ‘Wanaka: Earth to Heaven at Whare Kea’ – a glossy new book which celebrates what makes Wanaka unique. Gill Loughnan, Andrea Fife and Simon Midgley may pick up their signed copies of the book from the Wanaka Sun in Spencer House Mall. The book, launched on Sunday at Whare Kea lodge at an event attended by about 100 people, was commissioned by lodge owners Martyn and Louise Myer and written by Michal McKay. It features local activities, profiles and seasonal recipes.



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Aspiring elves Charlotte Trundle Hundreds of aspiring elves and townspeople waited patiently for a chance to be an extra in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movie. Those who turned up were asked to fill out an application form before being measured and photographed from two different angles. The films public relations agent was tight lipped


on the casting call but an advertisement stated that elves needed to be slender people, aged 1725-years-old and taller than 168cm. Townspeople had to be aged from 30 to 80-years-old and have “interesting character” faces, but all shapes, sizes and ethnicities were welcome. Filming will take place in the Twizel area in late November and December this year.

Alcohol A 21-year-old female seasonal employee was apprehended on Monday September 19 for excess breath alcohol. Last Saturday a 26-year-old local female was apprehended for excess breath alcohol. On the same day a 27-year-old local male was arrested for breach of liquor ban.

Damage Pictured auditioning for The Hobbit are from left Fiona Quirie, Hayley Furze, Caroline Scott, Sian Watts and Erica Leather. PHOTO: charlotte trundle

Youth shaping future

Pictured from left, Aleisha Bunting, Lucy Miller, O’Brien, Hollie Davison interviewing Paul . Mila Arnerich and Samantha Wilkinson

PHOTO: supplied

Students of the Upper Clutha primary schools (Holy Family, Hawea Flat, Tarras and Wanaka Primary) went out on the streets of Wanaka last Friday to survey members of the community as part of the community-led Shaping Our Future project. The survey questions were designed by the children to capture a “vision of success” for up to 50 years in the future.

The students said it was a very interesting project to be involved in and they are looking forward to collating the information they gathered once back in their own schools, which will then be published for members of the community. The final Wanaka workshops in the Shaping our Future visioning process take place today (Thursday September 29) at the Lake Wanaka Centre from 4-6pm and 7-9pm.

The was graffiti reported on Gordon Road on Wednesday September 21. A report of wilful damage was made on Friday last: Three males picked up garden chairs from a property on Mount Aspiring Road and smashed them on the footpath.

Theft and fraud On Wednesday September 21 a 49-year-old female was apprehending for using someone else’s pass at Treble Cone ski field. Two foreign nationals, who were booked into the Lakeside Apartments, left without paying for the accommodation. There was a burglary reported at an address on Trevathon Lane.

Focus on seat belts Constable Sean Hurley advised that a seat belt campaign will be running this week. Wanaka Police front counter will be shut this weekend October 1 and 2 but uniform staff will be working and available. If the station is unattended and the matter is urgent - you have been the victim of a crime or involved in an accident - use the phone outside the station and select the option to go through to Dunedin Police. They can put you through to the communications centre to log the job and advise the officers on duty.

If you have information on any crimes call 0800CRIMESTOPPER (0800555111).

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Thursday 29 September to Wednesday 05 October 2011

Thursday 29 September to Wednesday 05 October 2011




Sheep on screen

Volunteers pitch in Hundreds of seasonal workers have contributed to the Wanaka community through volunteering during their winter stay. “Visitors to this town have been amazing,” Volunteering Central coordinator Gillian White said. Volunteers have helped out with snow sports and other events supporting Plunket, Kahu Youth, the Upper Clutha Senior Citizens and Te Kakano. “Our winter visitors have really made a positive difference to the community through volunteering,” Gillian said. However, volunteers are still needed for the Community Networks School Holiday Programme which runs from October 10 – 21, and the Willowridge Wanakafest during Labour Weekend. Interested volunteers should contact Gillian at Volunteering Central or call in to Community Networks (Brownston Street) on Thursdays to see Gillian.

SOS James Suddaby of Hawea Flat has a go on a flat box under the guidance of Snow Park snowboard instructor Lahra Gauld. Eight students from Hawea Flat School and five students from Mount Aspiring College recently participated in SOS Outreach’s two-day SnowCore programme at Snow Park NZ. SOS Outreach NZ is a Wanaka-based youth development charity that builds character through outdoor adventure.

Hisashi Sasaki (Bruno) and his pet sheep Miffy at home. PHOTO: Charlotte Trundle

Charlotte Trundle Wanaka’s Hisashi Sasaki and his pet sheep Miffy will star on a Japanese television programme called Ends of the Earth. The show looks at the lifestyles of Japanese people living and working overseas in remote places. When the film crew first approached Hisashi, who is better known as Bruno, he wasn’t sure if he fit the bill. “I told them Wanaka wasn’t very remote, but they came along anyway,” he said. To give the story a kiwi flavour, the shows

producers decided to film the family’s pet sheep Miffy. “I think people in Japan may be a bit puzzled I have a pet sheep which I take for walks, but she walked along so calmly like a dog,” Bruno said. The television crew tried to convince Bruno to take Miffy to Rob Roy glacier but he didn’t think she would enjoy the car ride. “It would be cool if she got famous, she could be a good movie star.” The show is expected to air in Japan at the start of October.

Man day Snow rugby, wood chopping, meat eating, beer drinking and clay bird shooting were some of the activities enjoyed at the first local ‘Man Day’. Organiser Liam Peter Ryan said the aim of the free day, was to celebrate everything “manly”. “The banter was one of the funniest parts of the day, always being told to harden up,” he said. “There will be another Man Day next year.”

- Charlotte Trundle PHOTO: Pablo Azocar

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Making a change Charlotte Trundle

Rippon tickets on sale Tickets for Wanaka’s Rippon Festival go on sale next week. The 2012 lineup covers musical genres from afrodisco to pop grunge. Spokesperson Lisa Simmers said the biggest change to previous events revolves around the new hall on the vineyard site. Organisers are expecting tickets to sell quickly and there will be 400 fewer tickets available to the public as they assess the impact of the new hall. Five Wanaka Sun readers are in the draw to win their own Rippon 2012 ticket. Emma Bradford, Stu McIvor, Rachel Harvey, Matty Town and Hemi Mitchell must answer one more question to go to the final level. Email and tell us which Rippon 2012 band performs the song “Gods Are Bored”, and read the Wanaka Sun next week.

Wanaka’s young changemakers organised a unique way to show they care about climate crisis by hiking the mountain at the weekend instead of catching the lift. The day was run to coincide with Moving Planet day, when groups around the world take action to draw attention to the issue of climate change. “We were hoping to raise awareness about

the issues, but also go one step further and act. Walking up the hill meant that we got to understand first hand how much energy goes into taking us up on the chair lift,” organiser Simon Williams said. The event was called 360 for 350 as the name for the global campaign to combat climate change is 350. “It refers to the scientific studies that say we need to have 350ppm of carbon dioxide in the earth’s

atmosphere for us to maintain a temperature suitable for life as we know it to continue into the future. We are currently at 391ppm and rising,” Simon said. About 30 people hiked Snow Park 60 times. “It was a real success. Given the weather and lack of people at the park during the morning we had amazing support from everyone. The young people were amazing, they ran the whole event.”

It will be easier to obtain a ROAR hunting permit in the Wanaka area as a result of recent changes made by the Department of Conservation (DOC). A new ballot system will replace the “first come, first served” process used in previous years following a survey of hunters conducted in 2010. Hunters can now apply from October 1 to go into the ballot draw for the 45 hunting blocks available over the fourweek roar period from late March 2012. Applications must be received at the Wanaka Area Office by Friday November 18 to be eligible for the draw.

The mild winter has created good conditions for the start of the new fishing season on October 1, according to the Fish and Game Council. The large glacial lakes continue to fish well and Central Otago dams are full. Anglers are reminded to check their regulation guide, as there are several changes in Otago for the 2011/12 season, and to travel prepared for changeable weather conditions. The major lake tributaries, backcountry fisheries and Manorburn Dam do not open until November 1. John Barlow’s fishing column will resume in the Wanaka Sun next week.

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Pictured (back) Michael Heym, 12 and James Hey, 12. (front): Byron Weastell, 14, Luis Filipe, 15, and Blake Phillipson, 19.

Anna van Riel and her daughter Matilda Urquhart. PHOTO: Charlotte Trundle

Charlotte Trundle A Hawea mother is so grateful to the help and support Ronald McDonald House gave to her family while her daughter had a life threatening condition she has organised a fundraiser for them. Anna van Riel and her husband Lochlan Urquhart’s baby Matilda was born with a rare condition called a ruptured giant Omphalocele (a type of abdominal wall defect requiring multiple surgeries). Matilda was placed directly into intensive care when she was born and endured

Roaring success

Otago fishing prospects

Family fun day

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PHOTO: Simon Williams

All Blacks support Calling all keen All Blacks supporters: the Wanaka Sun has three ‘ultimate All Black supporter kits’ to give away to readers. Each kit includes a backpack, rugby ball, facepaint, balloons, beanie, chilly bag, fake tattoos and a top. The kits are supplied by the All

three major surgeries before being allowed home to her family in August. Anna is organising a Family Fun Day at Nook Road Nursey on October 24 to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House who she credits with helping her family through that difficult time. “I’ve had huge support from Wanaka businesses for the fun day and all the prizes are awesome, it’s all very exciting,” Anna said. There will also be ‘knit wits’ competition with three categories: classical, creative and kooky.

Blacks’ fan club BackingBlack, who will be in Queenstown next Monday October 3 (from 126pm at the Queenstown Event Centre), offering a fun day out for the family, including inflatable rugby themed games and the latest in virtual technology.

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prize giveaway To go into the draw to win an ultimate pack, email admin@ and tell us who you would like to see play the All Blacks in the RWC final.

sunviews editorial


BOARD Lifestyle cough cough reserve cough. Farmers being great custodians of the land with their matchboxes again Do Luggate rate payers know they pay more for storm water than more valuable properties in qtn? gutters on my street... Who would want to stop the new cinema. Must be one of the big shots who thinks they haven’t made enough out of this town. Back of and let the little fish have a go Txt board is freedom of speech. Why in this great town and country that we were born, why try and stop it. It’s like tv - if you don’t like it don’t look at it. Simple. Whingers give it a rest. Panda bears - priceless placement. Love starts with a smile, grows with a kiss and ends with a tear. Blue

New Zealand is one of the most urbanised societies in the world - by some measures 89 percent of New Zealanders live in urban areas, yet at the same time we live in a curious situation where two thirds of our export income is derived from primary production, which involves fewer than 10 percent of the population (the other big revenue earner is tourism). Before he left office, the previous Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Morgan Williams, described this contradiction between urban and rural New Zealand as a timebomb waiting to go off. Part of his concern came from our very poor regulatory framework. One of the major transitions that’s taken place in New Zealand since the 1960s is that farming is no longer the dominant rural land use. Now a whole constituency of New Zealanders see rural land as a place they want to spend time for recreation and amenity use - or just enjoy the view. New Zealand’s increasingly powerful tourism industry lines up solidly behind this. There was supposed to be a solution to this tension: the Resource Management Act 1991, which tasked local authorities with reconciling all these points of view in key land use decisions. The general academic consensus is that it has spectacularly failed to achieve this. Instead we are left with a series of messy local conflicts where groups slug it out with vastly different visions of appropriate rural land use. Sound familiar? In the absence of any regulatory solution to de-fuse Morgan Wiliams’ timebomb, all we can now rely on is civil dialogue and a recognition there are multiple, conflicting and passionately held points of view.

You would think that 2 bumps and a 30kmph limit would do the job...blame qldc not fulton hogan for what we have.... I LOVE the txt board! Maybe people could be a bit more positive. Wanaka’s a great place! Here’s some ideas. Chlorinate the flats water, ban long drops and septic tanks. Poison the broom, demolish the shacks and shock/horror beautify with trees and gardens. Then the sky really would fall Farmers have been doing burn offs 4 years and r a huge part of the local economy, why do people think they can move up here and change everything? Isn’t it amazing that with all the exploration, drilling, refining, distribution and large profits 4 everyone involved at all levels that petrol is still cheaper than milk. shame we can’t drink it. Who remembers dragging chairs to the old town hall to watch a movie? Paradiso did a wonderful thing for this town back then and should be supported NOW! Cinema Paradiso rocks. We’re behind u all the way! QLDC shame on u - a movie theatre bad? What about all the bars and drunk bums in town? Hey I’ve cracked it.....don’t want dairy farm, stop drinking milk put contraceptives in the water and don’t let any more people into the country!! Methemoglobinemia, a condition in humans caused by high nitrate levels....... I am amazed at all these modern high performance cars that have the most amazing handling and yet they seem to need both sides of the road to make it around the corners. Don’t figure? Why are there gangs of spandex wearing middle aged men having coffees 2getha and then riding 2 to 4 abreast in the middle of the Hawea road? They’re both dubious things. Knitsy! Love your work but some of it’s starting to look a bit shabby. Will we be seeing specially adapted graffiti-removal vans cleaning it up?! pow please stop bombing the papers & radio we get it! U r starting 2 sound like a cracked record it’s getting annoying.

Photo with a local flavour Kate Norman wins a voucher for $40 worth of delicious Yohei goodies for the best monthly photo with a local flavour. Drop in your photos to Yohei or email them to to go into next month’s draw.

Water clarity

I hope next time you have, there are two screaming kids to ruin your peaceful coffee!

We would like to clarify a mistake in our letter to the editor last week. Regarding the north-south flow of the aquifer, most Hawea Flat water bores are, of course, “upstream” of the Camphill Station dairy conversion and so should not be adversely effected by effluent or leaching from that farm. Our major concern is future unrestricted dairy development on the land north of Hawea Flat. Our bores are “downstream” of this land and vulnerable to contamination from intensive dairy farming. There must also be concern for the Hawea River, which is directly adjacent to the Camphill Station dairy farm.

Due to the burning tragedy the other day and with horrendous costs in burning reserve the big question is should farmers be allowed to burn off.

Mark Thomas and Hugh Barnard Hawea Flat

ACT. Association of clowns and tokers! Aren’t we so lucky to have some awesome people keeping our town beautiful? Thanks gardeners and rubbish picker upper dudes! Fantastic job! Well done! Forget dairy farms. If Brash is elected we can have marijuana plantations in Hawea.

Different Bruce Bruce Thomson of Aspiring Consultancy Ltd is in no way related to the Bruce Thompson whose views have recently been published in this section of the Wanaka Sun. Bruce Thomson Wanaka

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happy birthday nikki!!!!

The views expressed in the text board and in the Letters to the Editor are those of the author alone and not necessarily those of the Wanaka Sun.


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Caravan and motorhome repairs, renovations, parts, accessories, design, fabrication. Wiring, rust, coachwork. Done before summer! Overland Engineering. 022 097 4596. Bowen Therapy! A Gentle holistic healing system for back pain, pregnancy, infertility, stress, realignments and balancing call Cathy 02102201898 CV writing services and interview coaching - call Cherilyn 021 665 013

TC CHARITY DAY, Sat 8 Oct, supporting Aspiring Avalanche Dogs & Wanaka Rowing Club x250 tickets, $40 cash only @ Racers Edge, last chance 4 turns in 2011! Celebrate who we are at Willowridge Wanakafest on Labour’s about our community and the amazing place we live and it’s gonna be awesome!

Gentle yoga to tone your body, mind, and spirit. Private instruction or classes Mon and Wed 9 30 in Wanaka. 443 1672.

Cirque du Danse Wanaka this Saturday at Wanaka Primary School hall. 3pm and 7pm. Tickets at Hamills. $5 children 12 and under $10 adults.

Lovely professional singing! Weddings, dinner parties, funerals, birthday and anniversary serenades, and more. References available. Travel OK. Jen 443 1672

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MIND BODY BOWEN THERAPY! Gentle and effective, great results for back pain, pregnancy, infertily, stress, insomnia, digestive issues call Danielle 021806656 Moving out? Remember to book your window clean! Wanaka Window Cleaning, professional, friendly, efficient service. Paolo 021 0572505/ 4432420 Pregnancy Yoga classes, Mondays 7pm - 8.15pm Hawea Flat hall. Please bring a mat and cushion. $10, Call kate 443 2635 or text 0276957772 Tantra in Wanaka! Sharon and Kenneth Mauldin support love, vitality, connection. Workshops, private sessions 21-29 Oct 0221037972 www. WANAKA WINDOW CLEANING professional, friendly, efficient service. Enjoy those bluebird winter views. High, awkward windows a specialty. Paolo 021 0572505/ 4432420 www.mexicanyumyum. com located at 12 The Mall, Cromwell. Monday to Thursday 10am to 8pm, Friday 10am to 3pm, $10 lunch special. Phone order 034450456. Text orders 0226479498.

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MECHANIC WANTED to run our car and 4WD department Must be WOF AVI. Please call Bruno or Marg Galloway 443 7749 wk or 443 8267 a/h Wanaka Tractor Services.

Don’t miss cirque du danse wanaka. Saturday 3pm and 7pm. Wanaka Primary School hall. Tickets at Hamills $5 kids, $10 adults Go Wanaka Super Liquor! Awsome All Blacks display.. great to see! The Rotary Club of Wanaka meets weekly @ 6.00pm @ Oakridge Grand Mercure. Wheels to Dunstan. Do you need to get to Dunstan Hospital? Ph 443 7709 before 3 pm to book your seat on the Free Shuttle. Fun, fun, fun for all - 19th November - watch Sunspots for more details soon YOHEI - ASIAN AS!! New Room Hostess Hours at the Plunket Room: Monday and Tuesday 10am-noon (closed every second Tuesday of the month), Wednesday and Thursday 10am-3pm, Friday 10am-2pm Family Fun Day/Knit Wit competition, Nook Road Nursey, October 24: To enter a stall or the Knit Wit competition please email Anna van Riel for more details : A fun day with face painting, sausage sizzle, kids art competition, plant sales, planting tips and lots of live music.

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sunclassifieds sport results Wanaka Bowls: Friday Progressive Bowls, Skips, 1 Coleen Landsborough 2 Peter Gray 3 Jim Young. Thirds 1 John Barton 2 Ross Davey 3 Trevor Tovey. Leads 1 Rick McLean 2 Robyn Chartres 3 Fred Anderson. Wanaka Golf Club: Saturday Ladies, September 24, Medal & Stableford: Medal: 1 Glad Cross 69. Stableford: 1 Sue Collinson 36. Nearest the Pin: Hole No4 Glad Cross, Hole No15 Glad Cross. Saturday Men, September 24, Spring Medal: Division 1: 1 Mike Bassett-Allen 67, Robert Steel 67, 3 Matthew Prince 68 ocb, B Collinson P Wright, M Simmonds. Division 2: 1 Bill Coupland 60, 2 John Barton 61, 3 Russel Leary 63. Hole in One: Bill Hunter on Hole No4. Morris Trophy, September 25, Mixed Foursomes, Round 1: 1 Craig & Jenny Laing 66, 2 Graeme & Margaret Begg 66.5, 3 Brian & Sue Collinson 67.5, 4 John & Avril Templeton 68. Hole in One: Margaret Begg on Hole No4. Wednesday Men, September 21, Sorted Architecture Stableford: Division 1: 1 Bill Holden (Everglades) 43, 2 Bruce Scott 42, Geoff Ballard 42, Jeff Couch 42. Division 2: 1 Derek Hope 44, 2 Mel McLellan 43, Mike Kelly 43, Des Johnston 43. Nearest to the Pin: Hole No2 Grant Read, Hole No6 Dave

open homes Keimig, Hole No13 Graeme Barbara, Hole No15 Roy Tempero. Ladies Club Championships: Senior Championships: Champion Liz McRae, Runner Up Yeverley McCarthy, Consolation Margaret Read, Runner Up Nora Hastings, Flight Penny Wilson, Runner Up Susie Baillie. Intermediate Championships: Champion Sue Collinson, Runner Up Jenny Laing, Consolation Lynn Rae, Runner Up Viv Grant, Flight Maureen Hawke, Runner Up Janet Anderson. Junior Championships: Champion Jeanette Gillies, Runner Up Nan Hogan, Consolation Glad Cross, Runner Up Ann Dodds, Flight Carolyn Wallace. Lake Hawea Golf: 25th Sept 2011: Lake Hawea Golf Club Stableford. 1 Joy Hanson 40, 2 Gerry Browne 37 c/b, 3 Gerard Haggart 37, 4 Bryan Burgess 36 c/b. Nearest the Pin: Dick Sullivan. Tarras Golf Club: Women’s Purvis Cup and 6th Putting- Kate Norman 109-46-63 and 33 putts, Pat Holder 119-54-65 and 39 putts, Annabel Spiers 94-28-66 and 33 putts, Gilly Taylor 108-41-67 and 41 putts, Jan Gibson 88-20-68 and 34 putts, Maria Wilson 123-54-69 and 41 putts. Two-Jan Gibson. Jack and

Noni Mead Trophy- Margaret Sell and Graeme Rive +8 on countback, Jack and Avril Templeton +8, Jan Gibson and Bonar Rowley +7, Nicky Mead and Colin Pledger +7, Barb Annan and Mark Hervey +7. Bridge Results: Championship Pairs 11. Silver Section: North/ South:- Lynda Hodge, Madeline Reveley 57.69% 1. Marion Furneaux, Jenny Pryde and Mary Gibson-Collings, Deirdre Lynch 53.27% 2= East/ West:- Selwyn & Pat Green 57.50% 1. Pamela Buchanan. Vivienne Christie 57.12% 2. John & Jan Lyness 54.62% 3 Bronze Section: North/South:Pauline Davidson. Jane Hamilton 61.34% 1. Toni Cathie, Carol Orbell 60.65% 2. Bruce Cathie, John Hogg 57.64% 3. East/West:- Kate Coe, Lesley Davies 59.26% 1. Hugh Fraser, Bob Menlove 53.94% 2. Sarah Oscar, Gavin Stevens and Lesley Hook, Lyn Howson 52.31% 3=. Friday Bridge 23 September:- North/South:- Lynne Fegan, Maggie Stratford 67.29% 1. Margaret Hunt, Madeline Reveley 60.00% 2. Jenny Muir, Ann Paterson 58.96% 3. East/West:- Sherril Catsburg, Mary Gibson-Collings 64.32% 1. Lynda Hodge, Karolyn Macandrew 56.82% 2. Alan & Denise Bunn 55.82% 3





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1/10/11 $650,000



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On the 6th October we will launch Relay For Life, an event to support the Central Otago region.

We would like you to be there If you are interested in learning more about Relay For Life or would like to register a team.

12.30 pm Thurs 6th Oct,

Community Networks, 73 Brownston St, WANAKA

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by Friday 30th September Email: Phone 0800 233 345 Team registration is $100 ($10/person for a minimum of 10 people) Teams who register at the Launch will have first pick of tent sites!

Thursday 29 September to Wednesday 05 October 2011

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Tour of Tairei Wanaka’s Scott Cunningham (pictured) scored an impressive win in a stage of the Tour of Tairei cycling race this month. Scott upstaged some big names in the world of road cycling, including international professionals Michael Vink and Jason Allen, to win the time trial stage in a tour that was otherwise over for him after a crash put him out of contention the day before. Scott is building towards the Tour of Southland in November and hopes for a good performance at the elite national championships in January. PHOTO: supplied

The Askin family (from left): Nick, Sophie, Rod and Josh.

Mini competition Treble Cone hosted the Pump Mini Mountain competition for freestyle skiers and snowboarders under 13 last weekend. Top freeskiers Geoff Small and Jamie Adcock were among those involved with the coaching day when the children learned competition technique, skills and tricks. About 80 competitors took part in a two-run big mountain event on Sunday on the Home Basin course. Huck Harrington and Florance Marshall placed top in the under 7 category. Ben Harrington and Polly Marshall won in the under 9 category. Finn Bilous and Phoebe Young were winners in the under 11 class and Nico Schikker and Olivia Johns won the under 13 category. Roman Alty, Hannah Prout, Blake Alty and Cole McIntyre placed in the snowboard divisions.

Junior nationals PHOTO: supplied

A family affair Charlotte Trundle Squash is a family affair for the Askin family of Wanaka, who have been competing with success around the country. Nick, 17, Sophie, 16, and Josh, 13, are all number one in the Otago District

for his age group and has recently started beating A-grade players. Rod said the whole family is very passionate about squash. “They train most days of the week and are all very talented. Nick can beat me in most games, but I

The 2011 Freeski and Snowboard Junior National Championships got off to a strong start on Monday at Cardrona Alpine Resort. Almost 200 competitors will compete in snowboard slopestyle, ski dual giant slalom and skier cross. Young athletes will compete in grommet (ten and under), youth (11-13), junior (14-16) and rookie (17-19) divisions during the five day event.

It’s a combination of strength, speed, fitness and tactics. for their age groups, and their father Rod is a former Wanaka Club Champion. Sophie is ranked sixth in New Zealand for her age group. She won the South Island under 17 championships this year, as well as taking out the Junior Highlander series. Nick is ninth in the country

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got one back on him the other day,” Rod said. He said squash was like a physical game of chess. “It’s a combination of strength, speed, fitness and tactics.” All three teenagers will represent the Otago District at the New Zealand Junior Nationals championships which start on October 7.

Ladies champs


The Wanaka Golf Club Ladies Championships were held on the weekend. Pictured are Junior Champion Jeanette Gillies (left) and runner-up Nan Hogan. See sports results for details.

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