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Saddle up for cycle day page 2

Designer wows Hong Kong page 3

German born Simone Maier, Wanaka’s only professional female athlete in the race, pictured competing in last Saturday’s Challenge Wanaka. PHOTO: wanaka.tv

Protecting whose lifestyle? Caroline Harker

Caroline is back page 5

Locals take up challenge page 9

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Wanaka may be a ‘Protected Lifestyle Reserve’ but that protection does not appear to include certain things the majority of the population, the community board and the council want. The proposed Wanaka Rowing Club clubrooms will not go ahead at the preferred Stoney Creek site despite the majority of submissions made being in support of the proposal (79 for: 43 against) and despite strong support from the community board. Wanaka Rowing Club president Dave Varney who has been trying to find a site for four years, said that “…after numerous attempts to negotiate and satisfy concerns of neighbours and objectors to the proposed Stoney Creek site we have decided that the costs and time involved in fighting the proposed ‘litigation’…” will be a waste of time. A leader of the Stoney Creek Action

I’m sure those living on the lake edge will grow to enjoy watching these powerful athletes in action. PHOTO: wanaka.tv

Group (SCAG), Peter Waters, told the council “there are a number of us that will strongly contest this proposal at every turn”. The Waters’ Trust has “recently purchased a property at 6 Tapley Paddock”. Peter said he and his wife had a “big issue” namely “our ability

to quietly enjoy living in Tapley Paddock will be severely affected by early morning noise if the rowing club proposal goes ahead.” Local athlete Merryn Johnston supported the proposal saying rowing “is a quiet and beautiful sport to watch. I’m sure those living

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on the lake edge will grow to enjoy watching these powerful athletes in action”. Her husband, local policeman Mike Johnston, told the council: “From a recreational lake user and from a police safety and Search and Rescue perspective this site [Stoney Creek] is the best location.” Lawyer Jan Caunter, submitting on behalf of the action group, said the proposed site was next to the Millennium Walkway: “This part of the Lake Wanaka foreshore is currently free of buildings and the residents wish that position to remain. It is an area that is frequently visited by local residents and visitors alike, who enjoy the pleasure of walking along this pristine lakeside area and using the foreshore for swimming and picnicking, without the intrusion from a building of this size.” EveNZ director Victoria Murray-Orr who supported the proposal suggested that “careful consideration be given to the design of the rowing clubhouse to make it blend into its surroundings. Story continues on page 3...


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West legacy lives on Caroline Harker A new source of funding has become available for Upper Clutha community groups 25 years after the original idea was mooted. It comes from the late Wanaka identities Olive and Graham West who were early commercial boat operators and ran the launch Malibu for many years. Graham’s request that a charitable trust be established was carried out after his death in 1987. His wife Olive lived on in their 1950s house in downtown Ardmore Street until she was 99. After Olive’s death in 2010, the house was sold freeing up capital for the trust. At that time the 1131sq m property had a rateable value of $4.22 million. The Graham & Olive West

Charitable Trust will make its first call for applications for grants on February 1 and decisions will be made before the end of April. People can apply for grants from $5000 to $50,000. Trust chairperson Janice

“The West’s wanted the funds to go to a very broad range of groups,” Janice said. “We are looking forward to receiving applications.” Other Trust members include the West’s nephew Russell Umbers, Wanaka

The West’s wanted the funds to go to a very broad range of groups. Hughes said the West’s had specified funds should “benefit the population of the Upper Clutha”.Theysuggestedrecipients could include groups such as cubs and scouts, girl guides and brownies, Presbyterian Support Services, St John’s, the Volunteer Fire Brigade “and several other groups which no longer exist”.

Tussock rustler caught

Tim Brewster While sheep rustling caused headlines early last year, the Department of Conservation nowhasaproblemwithtussock on conservation land being targeted after discovering that as many as 50 native plants were

Community Board chairman Lyal Cocks, Presbyterian Support Services director Gillian Bremner and accountant Alistair King. The Trust fund will be available for at least 10 years, and currently stands at just under $1million. (An information sheet will be available shortly from the Trust, the library and Community Networks.)

removed from the Pisa Conservation area. An observant motorist reported suspicious behaviour off the Cardrona Valley road prior to Christmas, prompting an inspection by DOC officials. The result was a Wanaka man being issued with a warning after he admitted to the removal of about 18 tussocks. As well as acknowledging his guilt, he made a contribution to Land SAR. “In the latest incident, the acceptance of responsibility and the willingness to make amends were factors considered by the Department before deciding not to prosecute,” DOC Wanaka area manager Paul

Hellebrekers said. This incident highlights the need for individuals to identify the ownership of the land and get the appropriate authorisation before they enter. The illegal removal of native plants from public conservation lands is an offence under the Conservation Act 1987 punishable by fines of up to $10,000 or a term of imprisonment not exceeding one year. “We are taking this very seriously and have talked with the police. Locals in the area are asked to keep their eyes open, and we urge anyone that has information about similar incidents to contact the Wanaka Area Office,” Paul said.

Saddle up for cycle day Local workers are being urged to saddle up and ride to work in a one day event this year promoted by a national cycling programme, Bikewise. The Go By Bike day is part

great how many people in Wanaka already cycle to work or school and we’re encouraging those who don’t or have got out of the habit to give it a go.”

It’s great how many people in Wanaka already cycle to work or school.

Fire at riverbank Wanaka Volunteer Fire Brigade attended a field fire on Riverbank Road last Thursday. A tractor had been topping the field at the time and winds, gusting at up to 80kph, fanned the fire over a large portion of the ten acre site. The fire was brought under control before it could reach any adjoining property.

of the Bikewise challenge held on Wednesday February 1 to see how many businesses and organisations can get their members or employees to ride for at least 10km or ten minutes. Sarah Berger, health promotion coordinator, Southern PHO said: “It’s

The Southern PHOs is the organisation that plans, coordinates and funds primary health care. Last year more than 1500 organisations and departments took part in the Bike Wise Challenge 2011, logging 51,540 rides and more than 800,000kms.

PHOTO: nikki heath PHOTO: tim brewster

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Wanaka woman wows Hong Kong

Rowing club settles for Eely Point Continued from page 1... Having a clubhouse in such a location is a privilege and the architecture should reflect this.” Submitting against the proposal, Lauren Shearer, who travels to Wanaka annually for holidays and “very much enjoys the walk around to Waterfall Creek”, said that she will be getting married in Wanaka in February 2012 and was hoping to have her “photos around this area. This will be very challenging if the photographer has rowers and rowing boats in the background.” Also against the proposal, Jeremy Langford of Wellington will be in Wanaka this summer, “where I will be walking my dog twice a day along this track.” He said he would feel “extremely gutted

Two garments made by Wanaka designer Andi Regan will be on show in Hong Kong this month as part of the first international World of Wearable Art performance. Andi’s Neptune’s Necklace and Pohutukawa Princess were both in the 2011 show in Wellington and were bought for the permanent collection owned by the WOW museum in Nelson. WOW is taking 100 costumes to Hong Kong so Andi is thrilled to have two chosen. “The show is designed to showcase the best of the best so it’s great to be selected,” she said. Andi got an honourable mention in last year’s show. This year she plans to enter the Bizarre Bra section of the Wellington show and “I’m going to try and win” the following year (2013). Andi is yet to enter the Wanaka wearable arts show. “The costumes take five or six months work so I haven’t had enough time,” she said. - Caroline Harker PHOTO: WOW

to see that construction has started because then I know that something special has been taken away from us, Wanaka and New Zealand.” Long-term locals Vicki Ashton and Geoff Wilson do not have the same concerns: “We walk there every second day with our dogs and the site will have very little impact on those behind – when they are in residence.” Other long-term locals who supported the clubhouse proposal Jill and John Blennerhassett said the objections were “spearheaded by two householders with properties immediately adjacent to the proposed building site. Neither view will be ‘built out’ or even critically compromised by the completed building,” they said. Club president Dave Varney

said he has now given up on the club’s other preferred sites (Morrow’s Mead and Waterfall Creek) because “I know members of the same group will object. It only takes one person to object to corrupt the system,” he said. Dave is happy the Community Board will now ask the council to support the Eely Point site. While that site has been discounted in the past due to wind and proximity to power boats it is now seen as the only realistic option. “If that’s where it’s going to be that’s where it will end up,” he said. “Without clubrooms we can’t develop a club. We just need a place to train and get on with rowing.”

Here’s looking at you, kid Three CCTV cameras installed in the central business district before New Year’s Eve are helping solve crime according to Wanaka Community Board Chairman Lyal Cocks. “And we’ve got more cameras coming,” he said. The cameras have been paid for by the QLDC and are monitored by the police. Currently they are set up outside HQ, Opium and the Doughbin, however they can be put in different locations. “We can move them to wherever we think they are most needed,” Senior Sergeant Allan Grindell said. “They’re going to be extremely helpful.” - Caroline Harker

Liquor on Lismore Caroline Harker The Wanaka liquor ban area is likely to be extended to include Lismore Park. Police have asked for a review of the ban due to activities involving alcohol in the park. “The Queenstown Lakes District Liquor Bylaw 2009 has been in place for two years now,” Wanaka Community Board chairman Lyal Cocks said. “There are some particular trouble spots that do not come into the ban area and there are other locations that have no history of any problem at all and could be removed.” The council will review the bylaw this year.

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Glendhu ramps up

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Caroline Harker

Cat and bird performance Anna Coddington and her band; Ned Ngatae on guitar, Riki Gooch on drums and Mike Hall on bass; will perform at the River House on Friday February 3. Anna and the band will play a selection of songs from their latest album “Cat & Bird”, debut album “The Lake” and one or two cover songs. Mike Hall will also play a support set of songs from his band Nightchoir. The audience is invited to bring their own food, wine and picnic blanket to the concert.

Tuning into the natural world Local children stood in cold rivers, drew pictures to describe the sounds of nature they heard with their eyes closed and held rocks to help develop awareness and appreciation of the natural world of Mount Aspiring National Park

recently. The day long activity to become “ Kiwi Rangers” was part of a community networks holiday programme run by DOC over the summer. Seen here at Cameron Flat in the Makarora Valley with DOC ranger Ron

Enzler, the children went through a checklist of activities identifying natural aspects of the park as well as watching a trap demonstration and discussing pest eradication, the DOC ranger responsible for the programme, Jean Kenney said.

A new public boat ramp has been proposed for what has been described as “the only good swimming beach on the west side of Lake Wanaka with good public access.” Wanaka Residents Association chairman Graham Dickson told the community board the beach, which lies immediately to the west of the Glendhu Bay camping ground, was a great place to swim and suggested the location of the proposed ramp be moved from the middle of the beach to one end - so as not to destroy its charm for people looking for a quiet picnic spot. The beach is part of a public reserve created as part of the Tenure Review of Glendhu Station. Station owner Pam McRae told the board she and her husband had planted trees on the reserve and dragged hoses through culverts under the road to water them for many years. She noted that since

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the reserve had gone into public ownership it had got very untidy. She was also against the original proposal to put the boat ramp in the middle of the reserve. “You will have lost that reserve and made it into a trailer park,” she said, suggesting the beach by the signpost pointing out a view of Mount Aspiring would be a better location. She said the second option, for the ramp to be at one end of the reserve, would be a reasonable compromise. Community Board members discussed the importance of maintaining separation between boat ramp users and picnickers, and voted to support the second option, namely recommending the proposed boat ramp be at the end of the beach. They also noted the importance of maintaining the boat ramp at the camping ground so there would be two boat ramps for public use.


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Great day for the ducks

inbrief Back at the Sun Former Wanaka Sun editor Caroline Harker, picured, is back on board – this time as a part-time journalist. As well as working for the Wanaka Sun Caroline is doing some freelance writing, making a short film and has a couple of gardening jobs. She also helps partner Grant Fyfe on their small organic farm in the Maungawera Valley.

Caroline Harker Duck number 1047 swam his way to victory for owner Barry Taylor during the Hawea River Great Duck Race on Sunday (January 22). Organiser Geoff Hewson said Barry’s duck completed the course from the Hawea dam to the Camphill Road bridge- a distance of about 4km - in a time of just 42 minutes to take out the top prize

of $1000. Geoff put the success of this year’s event down to three things – the shortened course(modified after teething problems in last year’s inaugural event), Contact Energy decreasing the flow to 40cumecs per second for the duration and last but not least the help of Hawea Flat kayaker Pete Simpson and his team. “Pete did a great job

for us,” Geoff said. “He got together a team of kayakers and a raft and they went down the river with the ducks helping them out of trouble and making sure none flew away.” Pictured with a boatload of ducks before the start of the race are Pete Simpson (white helmet) with paddlers Josh Rasmussen (black helmet) and Steve Clay (in yellow). The race and the gala

held later in the day raised nearly $5000 for the Lake Hawea Community Centre Building Redevelopment Project. A separate fundraiser at the gala day was “Thirst Aid” which was sold by 8-year-old St John Cadets Caitlin O’Brien (left) and Madi Loudon (pictured inset). The cadets created the label themselves and the water has been selling well at various events over the summer.

Community work for offenders Courts in Central Otago are struggling to impose sentences for some offenders because of a lack of work opportunities in the Alexandra, Cromwell, Wanaka and Roxburgh areas. Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she encouraged Central Otago community groups to consider providing community work for offenders in their area. “In doing so,” she said, “local organisations can benefit from a free voluntary workforce, at the same time allowing offenders the opportunity to learn new skills and make a beneficial contribution to society.”

PHOTO: Bernie Hewson

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Wanaka ranked second Lake Wanaka has come second in this year’s top ten summer destination list as compiled by Bookabach. The rankings are based on the total number of nights booked through the holiday home booking website between December 1, 2011 and January 11, 2012. The total number of booked nights for the top ten destinations was up 25 percent according to Bookabach CEO Peter Miles. “Wanaka’s high ranking also shows that kiwis are no longer limiting their choices to the beach over summer,” he said. “In fact, domestic tourism has really been booming in the Queenstown Lakes District, and we’re certainly seeing that reflected in our bookings. Whangamata was the top destination for the fourth consecutive summer.

The flying razor Germany’s deadliest World War I fighter will fly over Wanaka for the first time this Easter according to Vintage Aviator’s production manager Gene De Marco. The North Island restoration company completed the build of the replica Fokker D-8 ‘Flying Razor’ with a reproduction rotary engine late last year. There is only one original D-8 remaining in the world, held at the Caproni Museum in Italy, Gene said. The nimble D-8 fighter, a parasol-winged monoplane with two machine guns, was recognised as a formidable foe by Allied pilots in World War I. It will be joined by a two-seater British Bristol fighter which served in New Zealand during the early days of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

British ascendancy reflected by XK Tim Brewster Built in an era when post war austerity was giving way to a new found optimism in Britain, the Jaguar XK series of production sports cars built on alloy frames caused a sensation with its flowing handcrafted body shapes, all leather interiors and its title of the world’s fastest production car. Introduced at the London Motor Show in 1948 as a test bed and show car for the new Jaguar XK engine the public response immediately persuaded Jaguar founder and design boss William Lyons to put it into production. The “120” in its name referred to its 120mph (193kph) top speed (faster with the windscreen removed), which made the XK120 the world’s fastest

standard production car at the time of its launch and became a symbol of British ascendancy following the war years. By 1950, petrol rationing had ceased in Britain and the development of the 120 continued apace with the introduction of the pictured XK 140, seen here in ‘OTS’ form (open two seater) designed for the American market. Owned for the past ten years by Christchurch businessman, Bert Govan, who has a house in Wanaka, the black 1956 classic has a mere 48,000 miles on the clock. While retaining the distinctive split windscreen Bert’s car is referred to as the Special Equipment version, with the high performance C - type head fitted, giving it 210 bhp, electric overdrive,

Jaguar XK 140 1956. PHOTOs: tim brewster

Lucas driving lights, twin exhausts and wire wheel options. A standard XK 140 could reach speeds of 125mph but modified versions with the windscreen removed and full length aluminium under tray attached had both the 120 and 140 models reaching speeds in excess of 130mph. Using the C-type heads Jaguar went on to win the Le Mans 24 Hour race in 1951 and 1953, a fact that is noted on the badges of the cars carrying that engine. The following D class engines were also successful winning the event from 1955 to 1957.

A lifelong car enthusiast, Burt has owned a number of other Jaguars, including E types and taken part in classic car racing but his dream set of wheels remains the XK. “I’m a purist.”

Vital statistics Make & model: 1956 Jaguar XK 140 Engine size: 3.4 litre Top speed: 193kph

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Flipping good time

Back to school Wanaka, Hawea, Tarras and Makarora children return to schools and childcare facilities from Monday next week. The Motor Trade Association (MTA) urges motorists to be extra vigilant on the roads, especially during peak pick-up and dropoff times. “All drivers, not just parents, need to be totally aware of what’s happening around school zones, school buses and daycare centres. Safety has to be the first priority,” MTA spokesperson Ana Zandi said. Statistics show that the peak times for injury accidents involving pedestrians coincides with school drop off, 8am to 9am, and pick up times, 3pm to 4pm.

Wanaka Sun winners Lewis Walkinshaw of Cromwell has won the Wanaka Sun U-Fly flight tour experience giveaway. Wanaka locals the McLachlan family, and Graham and Lesly Stewart have both won a family pass, for two adults and two children, to Zirka Circus which is performing tonight (Thursday) until Sunday January 29.

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Colin Boyd, from Wanaka, back-flips into the Clutha River from Albert Town bridge on Tuesday night. The temperature in Wanaka reached 29 degrees Celcius during the week prompting residents to cool down in local waterways. PHOTO: wanaka.tv

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Locals take up challenge

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They came, they swam, they rode the windblown bike course and they ran. Now the thousand or so athletes, along with their supporters and families have packed away their spandex, wetsuits and bicycles and left Wanaka after creating the biggest event since Challenge started seven years ago. Wanaka’s contribution of “about” 200 contestants as individuals and team athletes as well the strong contingent among the volunteer crew did not get lost in the crowds though. Leading the way for the local effort was Simone Maier whose smile stayed in place for most of her 9:57:42 effort to place third just 13 minutes behind three time Challenge winner Gina Crawford after a strong marathon gained her several places. “She’s (Simeone) just

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Gwen Hendry.

Jo Williams.

Tim Brewster

Nat Symonds.

The Findlay family, Scott, Kenzie and Philippa.

fantastic, she doesn’t have the support (sponsors) most of the pros have or the backup,” race director Victoria Murray – Orr said. Physiotherapist Jo Williams 4:57:06 made her the second fastest woman

12:37:34, Shonagh North the second female home in the 30-39 age group in12:24:37, and Ann Scanlan placing second in the women’s 50-54 half iron event in a time of 6:08:41. The Whyndham team of Wanaka’s

Simone’s just fantastic, she doesn’t have the support (sponsors) most of the pros have or the backup. in the half iron event, racing in the 35-39 age group, her time was still faster than most of the men in the younger age categories. Other notable individuals were Rob Ormandy, who the Wanaka Sun featured two weeks ago, placing third in the men’s 50-59 with a time of

Marjorie Cook, Wendy Davison, and Otago’s Wendy MacCulloch, won the women’s teams in the full challenge distance in 11.30:31, and the Wanaka Medical Centre mixed team of Mike Johnston, Andrew Mcleod and Merryn Johnston (run)came second in 10:20:30.

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In the half iron event, the mixed team of Lake Wanaka -A Fun Day Out, with Lisa Mensink, Brian Weedon and Paul Hellebrekers placed a close second in a time of 4:31:23, with Women of Wanaka made up of Gin Bush, Merryn Johnston (swim) and Ailsa Rollinson placing second in the as well in 5:13:39. Getting special dispensation so their daughter could compete as the youngest ever competitor has backfired on Scott and Philippa Findlay. Kenzie,13, the “kingpin” of the team secured a top ten finish in the women’s swim leg in the half marathon but is now looking to secure a place with a faster team for next year. Fortunately her younger brother, Gregor,11, has also successfully swum the course so team ‘3 Findlays’ may get at least one more year in the event.

Paul Hellebrekers. PHOTOs: wanaka.tv

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ticketgiveaway Kiwi line up The Classic Hits Winery Tour will return to Cromwell for the second year on Tuesday February 21 at Olssen’s Vineyard. The 100 percent kiwi line up includes Gin Wigmore, The Mutton Birds and Avalanche City. “Olssen’s captures everything about Cromwell and the region that is there to be had. Great wine, great food and a fabulous ambience in a stunning Central Otago location,” co-promoter Brent Eccles said. “It doesn’t get any better than this.” To win a double pass courtesy of the Wanaka Sun and Classic Hits Winery Tour simply email admin@thewanakasun.co.nz and tell us which vineyard will host the Cromwell gig. PHOTO: Al Gurhtie

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Speed bump solution While on holiday in Australia local photographer Nadine Cagney found “a simple universal solution” to keeping pedestrians safe in and around the Ardmore Street speed bumps. The give way sign clearly indicates that cars have the right of way over pedestrians. The Wanaka Residents Association holds their annual general meeting tonight at the Lake Wanaka Centre; last year the group lobbied the council about the speed bumps. PHOTO: Nadine Cagney Photography

Alcohol related incidents A local male who refused to leave a party was removed by police and spent a night in the cells. Constable Bruce McLean said the male’s “poor behaviour” has also resulted in a future court appearance. On Thursday January 19, a local motorist was processed for drink driving on State Highway SH84.

Theft and vandalism A vehicle was reported unlawfully taken from McDougall Street on Monday night in a domestic dispute. Early on Saturday morning a bottle was thrown into the Lakeview Holiday Park, hitting and denting a 1953 Chevrolet. On Sunday night a vehicle was damaged when its front windscreen was smashed while parked at the Pembroke Park public car park.

Indecent exposure On the mornings of Saturday and Monday a male in his 30s was seen exposing himself on the Albert Town side of the Mount Iron track. Another incident of similar nature was reported on Monday night when a male in his 30s confronted a female in the Ardmore Street car park opposite the Doughbin. The male was masturbating with his trousers around his knees as he approached her.

Court report A 16-year-old male and two 17-year-old males appeared in the Queenstown Youth Court last week for partaking in a serious assault on two Englishmen. Three teenagers were charged and nine were dealt with by the police youth aid section. The Englishmen, aged 25 and 27, who reportedly received facial and head injuries were working in Wanaka at the time of the incident. One of the 17-year-old males admitted one charge of injuring with intent, the second 17-year-old appeared on two charges of injuring with intent and assault. The first defendant is completing community service and has started paying reparation to his victim after attending a family group conference. He was remanded on bail until February 28. Bail for the second 17-year-old was granted until January 31, with conditions applied which included a strict curfew, no alcohol or drugs, that the boy live with his parents and not associate with 11 named teenaged boys. The 16-year-old was remanded on bail, with conditions, until February 14. He is reportedly intending to defend the charge of injuring with intent. Police are expected to confirm the appropriate charge by that date.

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

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Youth Olympians now globetrotting

Tim Brewster After the closing ceremony last weekendlocalathletescompeting at the first ever Youth Winter Olympics are now off to their next lot of competitions around the globe. Wanaka based Piera Hudson (pictured) was one of only 18 15-year-olds competing in the alpine events at the competition. Shefinishedthirdfastestofherage group in the slalom, Super G and

Super Combi. Coach Jonathan Rice said she performed brilliantly in a very experienced field dominated by skiers from Slovakia, Canada and Russia. Piera, who has a part ski scholarship at the prestigious Stratton Mountain School in Vermont will be travelling back and forth between the USA. and Europe to train and compete in the Junior World championships in Italy in March.

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Smoothy wins, Kuzma third in Chamonix

Freeskiers Beau James Wells, 15, who just missed out on a podium spot in the halfpipe, Samantha Poots, 15, and Sam Andrews, 15, and snowboarder Tim Herbert, 16, are all heading back to Colorado where they base themselves to train and travel the competition circuit in the USA. Biathlete Olivia Thomson is staying in Europe to compete. Results page14.

Wanaka big mountain skier Sam Smoothy has scored a New Zealand first winning the Chamonix stage of the highly competitive World Freeride tour with another local, Janina Kuzma placing third in the women’s event. The descent was down Le Brevent’s famous ‘Hotel Face’ in slightly flat light conditions and followed a 32-inch dump of snow just prior to the competition. Born in Cromwell, Sam, 26, has spent most of his New Zealand winters based in Wanaka. He has been competing in free ski events since his teens and this year won the Wanaka Heli Challenge. He earned US$8000 for his win with Janina winning US$1500. The two will be keen to continue their success as the tour moves on to Italy for an event at Courmeyeur, Mont Blanc. PHOTO: j bernard

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Skeleton racers are climbing competition ladder Wanaka physiotherapist and skeleton racer, Katharine Eustace, is building up to her best ever competition season with a career best fifth place at last weekend’s St Moritz World Cup event. New Zealand’s two time Olympian Ben Sanford also achieved his best ever result placing second on the world’s only natural track which is recognised as the birth place of skeleton racing. The two found the results a great confidence builder leading up to the world championships starting on February 17 in Lake Placid, New York state.

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sunviews editorial

TXT MESS AGE

BOARD People! Water is a valuable resource! Clowns that run it down the gutter need to be told! If YOU see it speak up! There is no grass in the storm drain. Rather than complaining about the next outrageous or just stupid thing QLDC has done. Let’s start the process to get our own council Where can i get multisport repellent? Cyclist two abreast at poison creek or the Albert burn . It’s only a matter of when not if. Maybe cyclist should ride into oncoming traffic like walkers and runners do. Bet two abreast would take on a new meaning. Courtesy goes both ways! Our congrats to Wanaka Rodeo Club on their fantastic Rodeo. A bit of dust is all part of the wonderful rodeo experience. Well done team To the person last week about the speed bumps. You said where cars have the right over pedestrian. Good point BUT where does it say that a pedestrian can just walk out in front of car. The humps should be taken out before someone get hurt Why does it have to be such a challenge to live in wanaka while the challenge is on??? Nobody twists our arms to be challenge volunteers. We do it because we choose to honour the commitment of those athletes. Nominated charities are given funds and if the organisers make money, good on them. There have been plenty of forums where those who are not happy with events of this kind can put forward objections. Perhaps next year, complainers could attend those or try volunteering! Now that the rowing club have had to give up their club house site, can we put up a fence to stop the complainant’s gardens encroaching on public land. To the lady in green van who didn’t give way and then didn’t give a hoot, u will kill someone one day Some lovely gardens exist on public land at aspiring rd. millennium track. Boundary details from qldc. Lovely picnic spot. take the kids and dog. I think Challenge is great for this town but I wish they would take some responsibility for the chaos they create on the roads that aren’t closed! How about some marshals to direct traffic in Helwick & Brownston St? What about some lay-bys so people can pull in for directions? Confusion + cars + pedestrians = high probability of disaster! Ever heard of risk management? Here here. People actually enjoy volunteering that’s why they do it. Awesome job to organisers and all the others. Camping grounds for all, not our lake or road sides thank you. he has hit the nail on the head. We are fed up with what they leave behind. Don’t get grumpy, get smart and stop whinging about freedom campers. Sell ya caravan park and start up ya own campervan rental company. Can’t U C that’s what people want? The dog poo all over the hawea track is beyond a joke ... pick it up or leave your dog at home!

Wanaka can be a town of want and want-nots over the most trivial affairs. Witness the texts relating to the organisers of Challenge Wanaka. Does everything that happens in this town have to revolve around the needs of retail, drivers who hate getting out of their cars and can’t stand detours, lycra and cyclists? It would be nice to think that a sporting event such as Challenge could just go ahead purely for what it is: An internationally recognised celebration of sport and fitness. If waiting a few minutes and getting stressed about a few detours and the thought that volunteers want to get involved in an event is so upsetting to people, why don’t we cancel New Year’s, Warbirds over Wanaka and the A&P Show? Now we have a grumpy bunch of mainly holiday home owners so incensed about a rowing club setting up in a low lying, dark dingy corner of the lakefront they’ve formed a group and started the “Say No” campaign. They’ve employed a legal team, made the appropriate noises, set up a facebook page and written a number of submissions basically telling the club to get lost - well at least go to Dunstan, or cohabit among the chaos of jetskiis, biscuits and sailing craft off Eely Point. Witness some of the submissions made to council: People want to come here to get their wedding photo just there on the lakeshore and not see boats, people want to come on holiday and walk their dogs along the lake and not see a rowing club there. People want…what exactly?

Camping restrictions unlawful When will our camping ground operators accept that it is unlawful for council bylaws to restrict freedom camping on public land in the interest of protecting business revenue streams? If this were acceptable they might as well restrict mum, dad and the kids from enjoying a picnic in the park nearby the local fish and chip shop, or from swimming in the lake because this affects the local aquatic centre’s bottom line. The list goes on. Kiwis do not appreciate being told where to stay while on holiday and will not patronage businesses that seek to unfairly prohibit a traditional activity they have come to enjoy. It’s time to think outside the square and consider friendly initiatives to increase visitor numbers. I agree we should support local business were possible, however it would be a sad day indeed if QLDC succumbed to pressure and banned responsible freedom campers from Waterfall Creek simply to protect the financial interests of those concerned. James Imlach Resource Management Coordinator New Zealand Motor Caravan Association

Mr Colorado jeep – How about you open your eyes when you drive? Running a stop sign you nearly crashed into me, stopped by the Caltex corner you nearly backed into me (thank goodness you didn’t need your eyes to hear the sound of my horn blow) and then you managed to cut right in front of another car as you turned off Ardmore St. Nice! How about using the pie window scrappers to break some rocks in the hot sun? The ones near the bridge, on the walking track at Albert town would be ideal Cleaning up the walking tracks around our beautiful lake would be an excellent use of the community services sentenced people. Give them some clippers too! Nice to see a trustee of challenge Wanaka attacking a member of the public for asking a simple question, shows how introverted they are Challenge Wanaka give us our town back, you inconvenience 90% of the town for no economic benefit What moron ok`d closing browston st, flipping traffic jams in Wanaka? chamber of commerce says retailers had a busy week, funny because you could have fired a gun down helwick st, much like the winter games and its purported $50million injection to the local economy your “job” is actually a business, I wish I could get 100s of volunteers for my business New zealand road rules. If your riding with other cyclists don’t ride more than 2 abreast, ride single file when overtaking or when IMPEDING TRAFFIC BEHIND YOU! Probably means on busy town roads or not keeping up with flow of traffic ey? I think the athletes are great and the volunteers are too, but a little bit of respect from the organisers wouldn’t go astray. How about advertising where the route goes, on something other than their website, so we know where to avoid? How about some acknowledgement of the sheer inconvenience??

What’s my problem? After negotiating the numerous road blocks and closures around town last Friday and the lack of many drivers’ ability to obey road rules, I approached the corner of Helwick and Ardmore. I could clearly see a guy with a pushchair looking to cross the road and having direct experience of how tricky this can be when town is busy, I did the decent thing and stopped so he could cross in front. He reached the other side and before I knew it, a young boy with a scooter surprised me from nowhere and went straight out in front of me as well. Finally, I started to let my foot off the clutch and put the accelerator down only to be surprised by another entire family suddenly in front of my car! I quickly slammed on the brakes again and hooted my horn in irritation! I even swore because the incident was so close to ending badly! One of the members of this party then got quite aggressive, walking back to the car which also contained my two young children and said “What’s your problem?” As I had children in the car I decided not to get further involved but my problem is that this is a road not a footpath! If you are going to cross the road in-front of a car, outside of normal pedestrian crossings, at the driver’s discretion.....make sure they see you! I am not responsible for your idiocy! C.Walthew Hawea

Waterfall Creek freedom camping This once beautiful swimming/boating spot has quickly deteriorated into an area full of cars, vans and large trucks camping with no selfcontained facilities on board. The majority of people camping there have no knowledge of what a self-contained vehicle actually means and believe because there is a toilet situated nearby they are free to camp there if they choose. The enforcement of this self-contained requirement is a farce. A ticket is sometimes issued at 6.00am when they have already spent the night camping there. An infringement ticket for $200 is no deterrent – they know they can simply leave the country without paying it. The only recourse for people living in Wanaka who care about this issue is to notify the QLDC and ask for notification of the review hearing date. We understand the review hearing is to be held sometime before the end of February. We urge everyone who feels as strongly as we do about this issue to file written submissions to the council opposing the continuation of freedom camping in the area. Ed and Carol Stevens

What’s up ORC? Now why was I surprised to read an article on rabbits? “Rabbits run rife” – Wanaka Sun, January 25. In recent weeks I have read texts from Elma J Fudd, the infamous Bugs Bunny and what’s up DOC. More appropriately, what is up ORC? Perhaps ORC, regional services group manager, Jeff Donaldson, could check the Cardrona riverbed at dusk. Check the Cardrona riverbed anytime! “Well, anyway, we would like those pesky wabbits out of our lives forever.” “Well now, I wouldn’t say that!” Exactly! And perhaps it is time the titled manager knew that private property owners who legally deal with the drastic problem are being curbed and compromised by the constabulary. Dale Gordon Wanaka

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Bridge results: Kingsway Stakes 2. North/south:- Ken Roberts, Julie Mulholland 62.76% 1. Lynne Fegan, Maggie

Stratford 61.59% 2. Clare Scurr, Ann-Louise Stokes 59.11% 3. East/West:- Alwyne Haworth, Mo Schofield 66.03% 1. Jean Stokes, Gerarda Herlihy 59.65% 2. Freda Ryder, Helen Henshall 56.53% 3. New Zealand team winter youth Olympics results for Wanaka based athletes Innsbruck 2012: Women Alpine Skiing Combined, Piera Hudson,

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Wanaka bowling club progressive tournament results Friday January 20: Skips-1 Betty Russell, 2 Michael Barnett, 3 Jim Skeggs. Thirds-1 Helen Green, 2 Betty McCormack, 3 Bruce Hamilton. Leads-1 Robyn Chartres, 2 Rick McLean, 3 Colin Johnson.

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Success for kayaking sisters PHOTO: supplied

Riders place well After placing first and second in their first attempt at the South Island pony club dressage championships two weeks ago in their respective age groups, Cate Howie (senior) and Alannah Stalker (junior) have gone on to help the Otago Southland team achieve its best ever national result (pictured above). The team placed third after national results for the South and North Island events were calculated using the same judges for both events. In the south island event Alannah, 14, had been placed in first equal position, until a countback saw her relegated to second. Both girls are members of the Hawea – Wanaka club which have enjoyed some good results recently. Grace Thomson, 11, On Rostroon Shimmering Jack (AKA Jack) earned Supreme Champion Paced and Mannered at the Lake Hayes A&P Show. It was Grace and Jack’s first A&P Show together and not common for an 11-year-old on a pony to place overall. Zoe McNeilly and Strictly Kosha were awarded second in their category at the Wakatipu Horse Trials on Sunday.

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Holly Bailey competing in Tasmania.

Tim Brewster Wanaka’s Jessica and Holly Bailey returned from the Australian national and secondary school kayaking championships in Tasmania with some strong placings and silverwear to show for their efforts on the water. In the nationals, Jessica,16, competing in the national U18 event placed fourth in the K1, with Holly, 14, competing in the U16 finishing eighth. At the Australian secondary schools competition that followed, Jessica was second in the 4km downriver race and then combined with Deahna Shearer and Robin Piper, both from Alexandra, to win their event in

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the teams down river race in the 16-year-old age group. Jessica also came second in the K1 slalom, third in the C1 and combined with Robin and Hayley Dangen from Tauranga to win the senior (U18) team’s race. Holly placed fourth in the K1 slalom and first in the U16 teams race with Deahna and Noema Fox from Australia. A rising star on the national kayaking scene, Jessica now has a busy schedule ahead of her, mother Kellie Bailey said. She is currently racing in the North Island for selection in the NZ junior team, including competing at the NZ Open then she is off to Australia to compete in both the Australian and Oceania Open events.


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