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Singers – particularly tenors and basses – are still welcome to join a local choir which has been rehearsing for a performance of Handel’s Messiah next month. Organiser Marjon Gilbert said the singers have been enjoying the twice-weekly rehearsals and are likely to be joined by at

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There will be a workshop for interested singers this Sunday at the Presbyterian Church, and the final performance will take place at 7pm on Sunday December 11 at the Presbyterian Church (on Tenby Street). The gold coin donation will go to the Salvation Army for Christchurch.


Dog culture questioned Sue Wards

Kindness rewarded

least 20 more singers, including some from Alexandra and Cromwell, for the performance, which will also feature a flute duet. While rehearsals have been hard work, Marjon said members of the group are keen to plan another performance at Easter. “It’s good for the soul,” Marjon said.

A Wanaka man says out-of-control dogs pose a threat on local walking tracks and he is concerned a dog will have to attack someone before the situation is brought under control. Roy Warren, who moved to Wanaka from Auckland early this year, said his six-year-old daughter was rushed at by a Great Dane two weeks ago while biking along Waterfall Creek near Edgewater. “The dog was bigger than she is,” Roy said. “She was shaken up to say the least.” Roy has been “rushed at” by dogs at least three times in the past few weeks. “It’s an amazing asset but it’s got all these out-ofcontrol dogs on it,” he said of the Millennium Track. Roy had complained about these incidents previously to Lakes Environmental and was asked to provide details such as car registrations

next time. On this occasion, he confronted the dog’s owner, who was with a group of friends. The group offered no apology for the dog’s behaviour, he said, and a “huge argument” ensued. Roy eventually asked the dog’s owner for the dog’s

is ironic that a dog which rushed at his daughter only merits a warning to the owner, while farmers have the right to shoot dogs for rushing at stock. “There’s a strange dog culture here,” he said. Lakes Environmental regulatory

The dog was bigger than she is... She was shaken up to say the least. registration number and reported the incident to the Lakes Environmental dog control officer Darryl Taylor. After an investigation, which involved Darryl speaking to the dog’s owner about the incident, the owner was given a warning. Roy believed the owner should have been given a $200 infringement, and said “I suppose the dog would have had to attack someone” for the owner to have been fined. He said it

and corporate manager Lee Webster said a warning was the appropriate action in this case. “The dog hasn’t been aggressive but has startled the young girl,” he said. The dog’s owner had then called the dog to her and it obeyed her. The law does not require dogs to be kept on a lead at all times, he said. “As a community we are all using these tracks. The dog owner must keep the dog under control.” With more than

3000 dogs in the district and a lot of recreational space, “there’s give and take for all parties”, he said. Lee said out-of-control dogs are not a problem in general, but there has been an increase in complaints about menacing dogs throughout the district. The number of complaints about “menacing dogs” (dogs which have attacked) has risen from two a year to 15 a year in the past two years. As a result, Lakes Environmental has “absolutely clamped down on dog control”, in particular owners who do not take responsibility for their dogs, Lee said, for example through introducing the concept of probationary owners. “If there is an issue, tell us,” Lee said. “I’m not going to use a sledgehammer to crack open a walnut.”


inbrief Busy agenda Wanaka Wastebusters will hold their annual general meeting on Tuesday November 29. General manager Sue Coutts will discuss the society’s financial position and options for the future in light of the council’s decision to award Wanaka’s kerbside recycling contract to Auckland-owned company Smart Environment Ltd. There are at least three places available on the executive committee for 2012 to be elected at the meeting as current chair Ross McRobie and Victoria Murray-Orr are standing down this year. Nominations have been received for the executive member positions available. Wastebusters await confirmation from the council to secure a 35-year lease for the recycling centre site on Ballantyne Road as recommended by the Wanaka Community Board.

Stroke fundraiser Local plumber Justin ‘Jup’ Brown has raised $18,500 for the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand by running the length of New Zealand. In addition to the money already raised, Australian company Decmil will donate $1 for every kilometre covered during the 68-day, 2900km adventure. Jup will present the final amount to the Stroke Foundation in Wellington in December. He heads to Australia on Wednesday to start saving for his next challenge. He hopes to complete a run in Japan next year to raise money for Tsunami victims.

Volunteers wanted! Wanaka Sun Christmas Food Bank Drive Tuesday 20 December, collection from 6.30pm. All enquiries to the organiser Alan McKay 03 443 5661 / 0274 457167

Milford tunnel vision The Department of Conservation has given cautious approval to a proposal to construct a tunnel between Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks. Milford Dart Limited has applied to build a single-lane commercial coach tunnel to link existing public roads in the Routeburn and Hollyford valleys. The tunnel is designed to halve the current nine hour return journey for commercial tourist buses travelling between Queenstown and Milford Sound. DOC is inviting public submissions on the proposal, which would require the construction of about 150m

of new road in the Mt Aspiring National Park and an 11.3km tunnel under the Humboldt and Ailsa Ranges.

DOC’s initial view is that, with appropriate conditions, the impacts of the proposal are acceptable. Before it can proceed with the plan, MDL requires a concession agreement from DOC along with appropriate resource consents. Southland Conservator Barry Hanson said DOC has carefully examined the environmental impact of the proposal on the

How’s business? Responses to a business confidence survey in Wanaka have closed and the Wanaka Chamber of Commerce is now analysing the results, which may be released next week. Chamber chairman Leigh Stock said the survey, which may be

land it manages. “DOC has sought independent expert advice on the proposals and MDL have made an assessment

and agreed to minimise any environmental impacts from the proposal,” he said. “DOC’s initial view is that, with appropriate conditions, the impacts of the proposal are acceptable but DOC will take the outcome of public consultation into

account before taking a final decision on whether to approve the concession.” Public submissions on the proposal will remain open for 40 working days after which DOC will hold public hearings to consider the submissions before reaching its final decision. DOC can only consider the impact of the proposal on land managed by DOC and wider issues raised will be dealt with by resource consents required from the Southland and Queenstown Lakes district councils, Barry Hanson said.

Community award

undertaken annually, was initiated to get a clearer picture of how local businesses are faring in the current economic climate. The chamber also intends to compare the results of the Wanaka survey to the results of a recent Otago business survey.

Honours for dancers Wanaka dancers Sarah Lees, 18, and Isobella McNabb, 15, were awarded the highest results in Australasia for their Jazz Addict examinations. More than 2000 dancers from New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong take Jazz Addict exams each year. “It’s fantastic news for Sarah and Isobella, whose achievements should be highly celebrated,” Dance Wanaka owner Anna Thomas said. “It is an indication of their high level of dance performance skills and dedication to dance.” Sarah received honours with 94.5 marks in Advanced 2 level and Isabella received honours with 97 marks in Intermediate 3 level.

Fundraising bike ride A fundraising bike ride will take place this Sunday November 20 to promote the Wanaka to Luggate bike/walk track. The bike ride begins at 1pm and a gold coin donation is requested with all funds raised going to the Luggate Community Association. For registration details and transport options contact staff at The Luggate Hotel.

Lyal Cocks and Loris King present Colleen Carr (centre) with her award. PHOTO: Charlotte Trundle

Charlotte Trundle Former Mount Aspiring College teacher Colleen Carr received the Bill King memorial award for outstanding community service last week. Loris King and QLDC deputy mayor Lyal Cocks presented a $500 award at a special afternoon tea at the Wanaka Districts Club. Colleen said she was very surprised to have won. “Everyone

had tricked me into attending the ceremony, so I was so shocked to have

in local community groups such as the Lake Hawea Community Association, the Upper

I love helping the community. I never expected anything in return. been chosen,” Colleen said. “I love helping the community. I never expected anything in return.” Colleen is heavily involved

Clutha Lions and Community Networks. Colleen plans to donate some of her award money to the Hawea Foreshore project.



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Resource consent pending Reroute proposed for Millennium Track A public hearing will be held next month about the controversial Damper Bay resource consent application. The application, from Damper Estates Ltd, directed by Mark Taylor of Queenstown and Aucklanders Craig Heatley and Trevor Farmer, seeks to have

about 417m of the Millennium Track rerouted so the six houses proposed in the application will be less visible to the public. Upper Clutha Environmental Society secretary-treasurer Julian Haworth said the rerouting proposal is a “red herring” which would not make the houses less

visible from the track but would simply make a mess of the track. The society also complained to the Ombudsman after the Queenstown Lakes District Council refused to provide information about meetings the council held with the developers. The society is concerned the

council have done “a back room deal” with developers regarding the track, Julian said. The society is awaiting the Ombudsman’s decision. The development hearing will resume on December 5.

Wanaka winners

Sue Wards

Jamie Roberston.

There were plenty of Wanaka winners at the TrustPower Queenstown Lakes Community Awards this week. The Wanaka Musicians’ Society, which puts together the annual Stars in Their Eyes show, won the Arts and Culture Award for the region. Chairman Jamie Roberston, who has been behind the shows for the past

19 years, said the win was “really great for our group” and acknowledges hours of volunteers’ time contributed to the show. The $500 prize will go towards helping make next year’s 20th anniversary show “quite special”. The Cardrona Adaptive Programme won the Sport and Leisure Award for the region and Mount Aspiring College student Saasha Bruce won the Youth Spirit Award (see story page 12). Other Wanaka

winners were the Upper Clutha Tracks Trust which was runner-up in the Heritage and Environment Award, the Lake Hawea Volunteer Fire Brigade which received a commendation in the Health and Wellbeing Award, and the Kahu Youth Trust which was the runner-up in the Education and Child/Youth Development Award. The supreme winner of the awards was the Arrowtown Trust.

inbrief Scanner decision The Southern District Health Board has decided the Central Otago and Queenstown communities should decide whether a CT scanner should be located in Queenstown or Clyde. Board chairman Joe Butterfield said the board would facilitate discussion between interested parties but would not take the lead in the decision. A recent National Health Board report recommended the scanner be located at Lakes District Hospital in Frankton, but Central Otago Health Services Ltd wants the scanner in Dunstan Hospital. A scanner would require significant community funding, regardless of where it is located.

Kane Road upgrade Wanaka Community Board member Jude Battson has been asking for improvements to Kane Road (between Hawea Flat and the Clutha River) for years, and improvements are imminent – thanks to the arrival of dairy farming in the district. The Queenstown Lakes District Council has decided to widen Kane Road in expectation of increased traffic related to the large scale dairy farm underway in Hawea Flat, as laid out in the council’s report to the Community Board last week. While Jude told the Wanaka Sun her initial reaction to the news was “why should the rate payers pay for the trucks”, she is pleased the road will finally be upgraded.


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sunnews Remembering John

Vote for nation’s favourite plant Voting has begun to find New Zealand’s premier plant. New Zealanders can vote for their favourite native plant via the Plant Conservation Network’s website until December 17. Nationally endangered Surville Cliffs kohuhu currently tops the website’s leader board but, as the Network’s president Philippa Crisp points out, “with more than 2350 different species to choose from this vote is definitely not a two-horse race.” The results will be announced Monday December 19.

The Wanaka community mourned the death of farmer, conservationist and leader John Aspinall last week. John, 60, passed away on November 4 and is survived by his wife Sue, daughters Catie and Rachal, and son Randall. The Aspinall family have farmed Mount Aspiring Station for four generations and almost 100 years. John, the eldest of four children, took over the running of the family farm 34 years ago and handed the business

setting up the Hieracium Control Trust, he sat on the Otago Conservation Board for eight years, was on the Walking Access Commission and a member of the Biosecurity Ministerial Advisory Committee. He was on Federated Farmers Otago section committee from the 1980s and the Federated Farmers National Board from 1999 to 2005. He was also chairman of the Federated Farmers High Country National Board for three years in the 1990s.

was normally the first port of call for people in trouble to raise the alarm if help was needed in the park. John always gathered the right information, offered advice and importantly, through his empathy and calm manner, looked after these people who were often very anxious and distressed.” A profile in Wanaka: Earth to Heaven at Whare Kea, written by Michal McKay, described John as a high country farmer who proved that conservation

Through his empathy and calm manner, John looked after these people who were often very anxious and distressed.

John Aspinall, during the winter of 2009.

over to his son Randall and daughter-in-law Allison in 2010. John’s primary school years were spent under his mother’s watch as a correspondence student before he moved to Otago Boys’ High School as a boarder. He went on to gain honours in a bachelor of agricultural science degree at Lincoln University before returning to the station. He met his wife Sue while studying for his degree. John balanced a busy workloadonthestationwith an active involvement in a number of organisations. As anaturalleader,heledmany farming, conservation and community organisations. He was instrumental in

He was a member of the National Rural Fire Advisory Committee and the Mid Dome Wilding Tree Trust. More recently he joined the Queenstown Lakes Shaping the Future Steering Committee 2011. He was also an active member of Land SAR. “John was a great asset for the police and Land SAR group with his location at the head of the valley and his intimate knowledge of the Aspiring area,” search and rescue coordinator Sergeant Aaron Nicholson said. “We often called on him, at all times of the day and night, to check for vehicles and the like of overdue trampers at the Raspberry Flat car park. He

concerns did not preclude agricultural success, and who believed in a balanced approach to public access to private land. John and Sue were recognised for their sustainable approach to farming when they were the supreme winners of the Otago Ballance Farm Environment Awards in 2006. In 1995, John was honoured with an achievement award by the Otago branch of the Institute of Agricultural Science. “His involvement with the LAND SAR group as a volunteer and with the wider community will be greatly missed.” Sergeant Aaron Nicholson said.

PHOTO: kieran scott

Kronic clarification In the edition of the Wanaka Sun published on 30 June 2011 there appeared an article headed ‘Kronic trader targeted’. It has been pointed out to us that the article may have carried the implication that businesses owned by Good Group Ltd and Beaver Liquor Ltd were acting unlawfully or illegally by selling the product ‘Kronic’. As stated in the article, the only Good Group Ltd business which sold Kronic at that time was Betty’s Liquor Store. No other Good Group business, including Barluga, Botswana Butchery or Woody’s, have ever sold Kronic, nor has Beaver Liquor Ltd. We acknowledge that at the time Betty’s Liquor Store sold Kronic, it was not in any way illegal to do so. Neither the Wanaka Sun nor Mr Nigel Greening intended to suggest that any of the named businesses had acted illegally and apologise to those businesses for any adverse views about them that may have been taken from the article.


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Sue Wards The Warbirds & Wheels attraction is one step closer to opening with the arrival of an RNZAF Skyhawk this week. The fighter jet arrived on Monday and was in the process of being reassembled with the help of RNZAF personnel and Safe Air contractors. Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust chairman Murray Cleverley said the Skyhawk will be a significant drawcard for the new display and for Wanaka.TheSkyhawkwillbedisplayed alongside a Strikemaster, Hurricane, Vampire and WW1 SE5A. Developing Warbirds & Wheels, which replaces the New Zealand Fighter Pilots’ Museum, was “an ambitious project”, Murray said,

which is almost completed. While the Trust hopes to formally open Warbirds & Wheels in the New Year, Murray said he is hoping to see some coffee being made in the new café in the next week or so. Warbirds & Wheels, at Wanaka Airport, will include a collection of privately owned classic cars, a permanent exhibition on Sir Tim Wallis, a visual arts gallery showcasing New Zealand art and design and a retail shop and cafe. The Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow will take place next Easter, commemorating the75thanniversary of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Warbird arrives

Volunteer programme


On the road to recovery Charlotte Trundle Snowboard instructor Richie Johnston, 29, and his father Rob, 57, are recovering well after a transplant operation in which Richie donated a life-saving kidney to his father. Rob has been unwell since last November and has been receiving peritoneal dialysis four times a day for the last three months after his kidneys failed. Four hours after the operation Rob did not need dialysis anymore.

“Everything went to plan with the operation,” Richie said. “Dad is super brave to take this on and the rewards

lots of rest, pain killers and help from Mum (Janey) and my sister Rose who is a nurse at the hospital.” Rob has to

Dad is super brave to take this on and the rewards he will get will make it all worth it. he will get will make it all worth it.” They checked out of hospital within five days of surgery and have been taking it easy since. “We have had

take 20 anti-rejection pills each day so that his body’s immune system does not reject the new organ. “We’re a great tissue type match so he should


be sweet,” Richie said. Richie’s recovery is on track to return to Vancouver and be on the slopes of the Whistler skifield by mid-December. Rob and Janey moved to Dunedin for a year to be close to medical services but intend to return to Wanaka. They are keen to talk to anyone about the operation to educate people about organ donation. Richie has created a personal blog which follows their operation and recovery.

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The Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust has begun its quest to find 650 people to join the Locations’ volunteer crew. The volunteer programme will support the Upper Clutha Children’s Medical Trust as its main charity. “We are delighted to be selected as a beneficiary from the 2012 Wanaka Challenge,” Upper Clutha Children’s Medical Trust spokesman Peter Wilson said. This year up to 40 volunteers will have the opportunity to attend a free training course in traffic control or first aid courtesy of the Sports Trust. The Challenge Wanaka Triathlon festival runs from January 15-21, 2012.




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Singapore showcase Charlotte Trundle Aspiring film makers Daisy Thor-Poet, 13, and Mikaela Cooper, 14, will be winging their way to Singapore to showcase their short film, The Invitation, after winning the national Kid Witness News (KWN) short film competition. The year nine Mount Aspiring College students will compete in February at the Asia/Oceania finals of the competition which is run by Panasonic. Winners fromtheregionalcategories will then travel to Los Angeles for the global finals. The New Zealand winners were announced on the television show

Mikaela Cooper and Daisy Thor-Poet. PHOTO: Charlotte Trundle

What Now on Sunday. The girls watched the announcement separately, but said they called each other upon hearing the news. “We are so excited. It is going to be a long three months to wait until

we go. We are counting down on the calendar,” they said. The five-minute movie tells a modern messagein-a-bottle story, that of a lonely young girl who attaches a mobile phone

to a bunch of helium balloons and waits for a response. They were initially chosen as one of five sets of top-tier winners in New Zealand, and won a Panasonic broadcast quality camera, editing software and a day of mentoring from television commercial director Blu Steven. They then had about two months to complete their project. They wrote and acted in the film together, with Daisy working as director and producer. Daisy hopes to be a film producer and Mikaela is interested in pursuing photography.

Relay for life Registration is open for Central Otago’s 2012 Relay For Life next March. Fortyeight teams have registered already for the 24-hour event which takes place at Cromwell Racecourse. Funds raised through Relay For Life will be used for cancer research, health promotion and education, advocacy, information and support services.

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It must be fete Christmas shopping in a festive vineyard setting is the focus of the first Festive Fete at Olssens Vineyard in a few weeks. The fete, on December 2, will offer 85 stalls featuring art and crafts, clothing, furniture, lifestyle and gardening products and children’s toys. There will also be a range of food and wine available along with entertainment - including jazz and country music. If you would like a discounted entry to the fete, call into the Wanaka Sun and pick up your discount voucher, while stocks last. Proceeds from the Festive Fete will support a range of local community groups. PHOTO: supplied

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sunnews Math whiz

A special day Charlotte Trundle November 11, 2011 was a special day for many couples who chose to tie the knot in Wanaka. Although exact numbers are not available from the Ministry of Justice yet, local marriage celebrants estimate between 12 and 14 weddings had taken place. Andy and Nan Dougherty of Wanaka married at 11am at Lake Wanaka. It was also their son Leo’s first birthday. “I think it was fate as everything fell into place with that date,” Andy said. Local marriage celebrant Jools MacKnight

said November 11 was a huge day for weddings in Wanaka and celebrants had done multiple weddings to keep up with the demand. “I was lucky enough to officiate for four local

Math whiz Hamish Greening (pictured) is celebrating success after gaining distinction at the Australian Mathematics Competition. The year seven Mount Aspiring College student was awarded top honours for placing in the top 15 percent of competitors in Australia and New Zealand.

Iron. The couple had held a commitment ceremony on the February 2, 2002, the day after civil unions became legal in New Zealand, so it was only fitting to hold their civil union ceremony on

I think it was fate as everything fell into place with that date. couples,” she said. “This number of ceremonies in one day is most unusual for me.” Locals Chris Hadfield and Paul Tregea also said “I do” in a civil union ceremony near Mount

November 11. “We heard this date is very lucky and it is easy to remember,” Chris said. The next big day on the wedding calendar is December, 12, 2012, Jools said.

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Nan and Andy Dougherty with their children Liam, 13, Leo, 1. PHOTO: Charlotte Trundle

Christmas cheer

On the fly

Mal Haskins speedflying from 5900m at Mt Manaslu in Nepal. PHOTO: supplied

Charlotte Trundle Although Wanaka adventurer Mal Haskins, 39, had to abort his attempt to speedfly off a 8000m Himalayan peak, making the summit was a success. Mal and climbing companions Ben West, of Australia, and Siddhi Mama and Phemba

Sherpa, of Nepal, reached the summit of Manaslu (8136m) on October 12. Mal planned to climb the peak and jump off, using his speedwing to fly and ski down the mountain at speeds of up to 100kmph, but strong winds stopped the world-first attempt. “Being on the top felt like a great relief and

was an amazing view,” Mal said. “I am not upset not to be able to fly, only disappointed, as there wasn’t an opportunity to fly with the right conditions.” Mal won a $10,000 Hillary Expedition Grant and a Sport and Recreation New Zealand Grant for the expedition.

It’s time to start thinking about brightening up Christmas for families in our area, according to Community Networks Wanaka and the Wanaka Sun Christmas Food Bank Drive organiser Nikki Heath. Community Networks Wanaka manager Kate Murray said 60 Christmas food parcels were distributed to local families last year, and demand for the food bank has been high in recent months. “Now’s the time to start thinking about what people might like at this time of the year,” Kate said. A contribution towards a Christmas meal and small gifts for children are welcome, as is perishable food, as Community Networks has a freezer and fridge for storage. “And if people want to put a Christmas decoration in a box, that’s all part of brightening things up,” Kate said. Referrals are already arriving at Community Network from a range of organisations who work with families. “If anyone knows of a family who needs their Christmas brightened up, let us know,” Kate said. The Wanaka Sun Christmas Food Bank Drive is also a great way to get children to think about others at Christmas, she said. “It gets them thinking about what other families do and how they cope.” The food bank drive will take place on Tuesday, December 20, with collectors on the streets from around 6.30pm. The Wanaka Sun is looking for volunteers to help out during the drive: contact Alan McKay on 443 5661 if you are interested. This is the fourth year the Christmas food bank drive has been organised by the Wanaka Sun as a community project. - Sue Wards

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Armistice day Charlotte Trundle A fly-past by a Tiger Moth marked the end of two minutes’ silence for Armistice Day in Wanaka. In 1918 an armistice was signed which signalled the end of World War 1. Each year the moment is remembered at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month. Services remember those who have served, are serving, and have given their lives in military service. About 50

Bruce Walker and Lyal Cocks at the Wanaka cenotaph. PHOTO: Charlotte Trundle

people attended a ceremony at the Wanaka cenotaph including pupils from Wanaka Primary School kapa haka group, who sang the national anthem, and representatives from local fire brigades, RSA, and police. Lieutenant-commander RNZNVR Bruce Walker, of Dunedin, gave an emotional speech about the Navy’s involvement in World War I. A fly-past by Peter Hendriks of Classic Flights concluded the service.

Security scam Wanaka police are asking people to be wary of phonescammers after a local received a scam call last week which purported to be from a home security company. The caller asked a range of questions about their home security, raising the resident’s suspicions. The police advise people to end calls from people asking personal questions about home security.

Intoxicated driver

Good scouts The Wanaka Scouts are looking forward to much more fun on the water, thanks to a donation of $5780 from the Alpha Club, which will be used to buy about 40 life jackets. Scout leader George Foreman said a lack of life jackets has limited the scouts’ ability to use their rafts and kayaks, as they have always had to borrow jackets from Mount Aspiring College. The proceeds of the Alpha Club’s annual house and garden tour have now solved the problem. “We’re hugely grateful and our whole experience with the Alpha Club has been fantastic,” George said. The scouts welcomed members of the Alpha Club at the Scout Den last week, making them cups of tea and biscuits after the women presented them with a cheque for $5780.

Alpha Club members Margaret Newell and Carol Orbell (centre) receive a thank you card from scouts last week.



- Sue Wards

A 28-year-old local male was apprehended by the police in Luggate in the early hours of the morning after he failed to stop for a random drink-driving check and then crashed his car. The man was taken to the Wanaka Lakes Health Centre to be treated for intoxication and an injury. He was transferred to Dunedin Hospital and police are awaiting the results of a hospital blood alcohol specimen before formalising charges.

Intoxicated school boy Police said an 18-year-old school boy was found in “an extremely drunken state” in the early hours of the morning and was brought into custody for detoxification. “Perhaps he should have tried to preserve those brain cells until the examination season was over,” Senior Constable Sean Hurley said.

Injured tramper Police and SAR volunteers assisted St John Ambulance staff to locate and evacuate an 18-year-old male tramper who had cut his foot and was unable to walk out from the riverbed near Junction Creek, Matukituki River. He was transported to the Wanaka Lakes Health Centre.

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

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inbrief Preventing farm accidents Last year, about 18,700 New Zealand farmers were injured while at work. Federated Farmers and ACC have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the human causes of accidents on farms. ACC’s field research focuses on near miss incidents and accidents to learn how to prevent such accidents occurring again. “Our research has shown that tiredness, time pressures, poor maintenance of equipment or bad choices were common factors in preventable accidents,” ACC general manager insurance and prevention services Keith McLea said. Simple measures such as planning ahead and maintaining equipment are “good choices that could prevent an injury”. Farmers can request a Human Factors in Farming review which highlights the key factors which contributed to the accident or near-miss situation. FarmSafe and AsureQuality carry out the free service and will recommend solutions for safer farming.

Kindness rewarded Charlotte Trundle Mount Aspiring College student Saasha Bruce started volunteering at age 11, so it is no surprise the talented teenager was awarded the TrustPowerYouthCommunity Spirit Award. The award, presented at the TrustPower Queenstown Lakes District Community Awards on Monday night at the Arrowtown Hall, recognises secondary school students’ service to the school and the community. To be considered for the award students had to have contributed widely to their school and community, while developing good relationships and showing respect and care for others. Saasha started volunteering at the Wanaka library when she was 11-years-old. Her love of helping people led her to umpire netball, basketball

and rowing. She is also involved with the Upper Clutha A & P show, local productions and looks after two children. Saasha is also an outstanding rower who holds nine Otago records and recently trialled for the New Zealand Junior Rowing World Championship team.

relations representative Jess Somerville said Saasha is a ‘natural leader’ with positive values. Mount Aspiring College Year 13 dean Joss Walker nominated Saasha for the award. “Acts of kindness come naturally to Saasha,” Joss said. Saasha received a framed

All my community service seems normal in my family, as we are all heavily involved. “All my community service seems normal in my family, as we are all heavily involved,” Saasha said. “My grandma was so excited when I won the award. She won a Queen’s Service Medal for community service, so you could say it runs in the family.” TrustPower community

certificate and $500 prize money of which 50 percent goes to an organisation of her choice. She chose to donate $250.00 to Kahu Youth, for their new pool table fund. The award is jointly run by TrustPower and the Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Saasha Bruce at Lake Wanaka. PHOTO: Charlotte Trundle

New CEO for Snow Sports Snow Sports New Zealand has appointed Martin Toomey (pictured left) as its new chief executive. Toomey, a former All Black, Team New Zealand Fitness Trainer and SPARC high performance general manager, is currently acting chief executive of High Performance Sport New Zealand. Snow Sports NZ chair Tony Hannon said they conducted a

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wide search for the right person to lead the organisation through what is set to be an exciting time. “Over the last year we’ve been working hard on a strategy to take snow sports to a whole new level. We have big plans, including getting the sport on to a better commercial footing and the eventual development of a Winter National Training Centre.” Martin said he developed a

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love of skiing and the outdoors during his university days and is looking forward to being closely involved with snow sports again. “This role provided a once in a lifetime opportunity to lead a forwardthinking organisation during what’s set to be a really exciting period of growth.” He will take up the role in early February and will be based in Wanaka.

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BOARD Sludge going to queenstown . how appropriate Why do we have coloured playground? Drrr- cos we have children in this town and they enjoy colour!! To scott and rebecca - congrats Congrats to Scott and Rebecca on your engagement from all your family and friends Dear birman cat lover circular man is not a postman try facts b 4 txt A year has passed on the 18th that you were taken from us. my mum and my best friend. i miss you so much not a day goes by that you`re not in my thoughts. love you....julie

News of the proposed tunnel link between Queenstown and Milford Sound this week made Wanaka Sun staffers check the calendar – but it wasn’t April 1. The 11.3 km tunnel set to plough its way through part of Mount Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park isn’t the first clever idea to funnel tourists more efficiently from A to B. Plans for a $200 million scenic monorail linking Queenstown and Milford Sound are on the table and one of the developers, Wanaka’s Bob Robertson, is hopeful of a DOC consent within the next few weeks. The monorail would halve the travel time between Queenstown and Milford. A long-standing idea to build a road from Jackson’s Bay to the Hollyford Valley was also resurrected recently. The ambitious new road would follow the coastline south from the road to Jacksons Bay before heading inland to connect through the Hollyford Valley to the Milford Road. Of all these proposals, Wanaka would be most obviously affected by a road from Jackson’s Bay by-passing us completely (giving us an idea how Te Anau residents may be feeling now) but locals are sure to have an opinion on the wisdom of digging up kilometers of southern national parks regardless. It may be nice for visitors to ‘do’ Milford Sound in a short and convenient bus trip, making it just another tick in their Lonely Planet before they’re off to their next destination. But while this fast-food approach to travel suits some people, the well-travelled Wanaka Sun staff can’t help feeling some of the journey would be lost. Perhaps our efforts are best spent encouraging tourists to take the road less travelled – it may make . 16 all the difference. Mo-gress, day

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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sport results Bridge Results: Rippon Rosebowl Handicap 2. North/South:- Sherril Catsburg, Madeline Reveley 62.28% 1. Pauline Davidson, Marg Grieve 59.27% 2. Janet Anderson, Alwyne Haworth 58.70% 3. East/West:- Jan Anderson, Toni Cathie 58.30% 1. Alan Chisholm, Ken Muir 57.70% 2. Joy Baxter, Carole Turner 57.46% 3. Friday Bridge 11 November. North/South:- Elle & Des Johnston 55.63% 1. Errol Kelly, Vivienne Christie 55.00% 2. Heather Wellman, Ann-Louise Stokes 51.88% 3. East/West:- Madeline Reveley, Lynda Hodge 56.25% 1. Joy Baxter, Carole Turner 55.63% 2. Bet Godfrey, Jean Stokes 51.88% 3 Wanaka Bowling Club: Bowls, Friday 11 November. First Team Coleen Landsborough,Clive Pearson Muriel Pearson. Second Team George Russell, John Barton, Neville Dippie. Lake Hawea Hotel Fishing Competition held on the 11 & 12 November 2011. Friday’s Results – Adults Rainbow: 1st - Paul Scarsbrook 1.661 Kg 2nd - Mark Crosby 1.21 kg 3rd - Ross Cochrane 1.103 kg Brown: 1st - Brooke Lawrence 1.745 kg 2nd - Matt Connell 1.645 kg 3rd - Paul Scarsbrook 1.485 kg Salmon: 1st - Paul Scarsbrook .492 kg, 2nd - Craig Morgan .491 kg 3rd - Kevin De Groot .438 kg Saturdays Results – Adults Rainbow: 1st - Mark Hutton 2.877 kg 2nd - Jim Blackmore 2.564 kg 3rd - Murray Robertson 1.979 Brown: 1st - Craig Barclay 1.659 2nd - Phillip Fitzgerald 1.6 kg 3rd - Ken Robertson 1.438 kg Salmon: 1st - John Fitzgerald .502 kg 2nd John Haggitt .491 kg 3rd - Robert Oliver .489 kg Saturdays Results – Junior Rainbow: 1st Michael Hutton 2.85 kg Brown: 1st - Michael Hutton 1.273 kg Salmon: 1st - Olly Higgins .444 kg 2nd - Thomas Dalwood .435 kg 3rd - Hugh Shields .424 kg Saturdays Results – Child Rainbow: 1st - Charlie Burdon 1.62 kg 2nd - Kim Dalwood 0.903 kg Brown: 1st - Hunter Hewson .629 kg Salmon: 1st - Luke Keen .420 kg 2nd - Goegie Burdon .419 kg

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3rd - Hunter Hewson .407 kg Heaviest Fish Child - Charlie Burdon 1.62kg Rainbow Heaviest Fish Junior - Michael Hutton 2.85 kg Rainbow Heaviest Fish Woman - Marilyn Oliver 1.186 Rainbow Heaviest Fish Overall - Mark Hutton 2.877 Rainbow Wanaka Golf Club Weekly Results Business House Golf: Golfer Grade: 1 Kitchen Direct 69, 2 World Travellers Wanaka 66ocb, The OBs 66 ocb. Non Golfer Grade: 1 Mark Evans Builders 67, 2 Golf War 66. Nearest the Pin: Hole No2 Michael Johnston & Jenny Pryde; Hole No6 Brian Collinson & Margaret Read; Hole No13 Brendon McCutcheon & Helen Henshall; Hole No15 Jeremy Haynes & Sue Collinson. Longest Putt: Hole No9 Brian Collinson, Hole No18 Dan O’Regan. Saturday Ladies November 12 – Medal & Stableford: Medal: 1 Coral Cooper 70, 2 Suzie Baillie 72ocb, Margaret Anderson 72. Stableford: 1 Harriet Byrne 38. Nearest the Pin: Hole No4 Suzie Baillie, Hole No15 Harriet Byrne. Saturday Men November 12 - Summer Stableford: Division 1: 1 Cobra Ross 38, 2 Stuart Petrie (Otago) 37, 3 Ross Parry (Otago) 36. Division 2: 1 Philip Selby 40, 2 John McRae 39, 3 Leon Scott 38 ocb, Warren Sutton, 38. Tuesday Ladies November 8 - GNZ Medal: Division 1: 1 Marilyn Steel 69 ocb, Kathy Smallbone 69, Karen Studholme 69. Division 2: 1 LynHore 72, 2 Judy Dawson 73 ocb. Division 3: 1 Avril Templeton (Tarras) 70, 2 Sandra Simmers 71, 3 Colette Kelly 73. Division 2: 1 Carolyn Wallace 73 ocb, Kay Ross 73, 3 Dorothy Grigor 78. Wednesday Men November 9 - Edward Gibbon Medal. Division 1: 1 Grant Read 60, 2 Nick Finch 63, 3 Brendan Anderson 66 ocb, Norm Facoory 66 (Witikiri), Geoff Ballard 66. Division 2: Stefan Billing 59, 2 Derek Hope 64, 3 Phil Noble 67 ocb, Allan Kelly. Thursday Nine Hole Ladies November 10: Stableford: 1 Sandra Harris 18, 2 Daille Rogers 16, 3 Kerin Kahn 15 ocb, Robyn Chartres. Nearest to the pin: Bev Marr.

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Going down More than 50 mountain bikers took part in this year’s Dirt Park downhill in the Cardrona Valley, which was also the final stop for the Southern Series. “We had a great day up the hill, definitely very different to last year’s hot and dusty conditions. Dropping off the top of a mountain into the mist with nice tacky dirt under the tyres made for great racing,” Bike Wanaka member Jamie Greenway said. Tristan Muirhead of Wanaka won the oldies category (30-39) and was the overall Southern Series winner for the dirty old men category. Cam Johnson was second in the downhill open men’s category (19-29) and was the overall Southern Series winner for open men. Local Brett Jarvie won the pensioner’s category (40+). PHOTO: Simon Williams

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Fishy tales There were few tales about “the one that got away” during the Lake Hawea Hotel annual fishing competition last weekend. Good fishing conditions on the second day of the competition led to some good-sized fish and very few hard luck stories, according to event organiser Carolyn Hay. The annual event was well attended by visitors from Southland and some from South Canterbury, alongside some experienced locals – who did particularly well in the juniors’ competition. Lake Hawea residents volunteered their time, with Tony Higgins weighing fish all weekend while John Haggitt patrolled the lake. The $955 raised by the event will be given to The Upper Clutha Children’s Medical Trust. See sports results for details.

Cross-country champion Charlotte Trundle Cross-country mountain biker Paul Wright, 13, (pictured) is giving men a run for their money, after placing second in the open men’s category at The Big Bang 40km race at Clyde. The Mount Aspiring College student is no stranger to success. This year he placed third overall for his age group

(under 13) at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Mountain Biking Championships and placed second overall at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Mountain Biking Championships. Paul is now training hard towards the Oceania Secondary Schools’ Championship competition which takes place in Rotorua next year. PHOTO: charlotte trundle

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