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Earthquake: one year on

New and established locals gathered together yesterday at Wanaka Districts Club to commemorate the one year anniversary of the 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch. More on pages 4 and 5.

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Events bane or benefit? Tim Brewster

Cycling for Africa page 7

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The Wanaka events calendar has filled up over the past decade, but is it all good news? “Different sectors are affected by different events,” Wanaka Chamber of Commerce chairman Leigh Stock said. Leigh is the general manager of Edgewater Resort and said while Challenge Wanaka does little for increased bed nights, the A and P show with its estimated 18,000 visitors over two days does. The biannual Warbirds over Wanaka is the largest event in the area with an estimated 65,000 visitors over the three days. A report from the Southern Institute of Technology provided by event manager Mandy Deans estimated a $12.3 million direct expenditure by visitors at the 2010 event leading to an $18.6 million increase in input to the Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago economy. Challenge Wanaka estimated last year’s event created 27,000 bed nights and $4 million spent in the Lake Wanaka area during the week, Victoria Murray-


Orr said. To reach their estimate of the economic input the organisation surveys all the competitors who enter and ask them how many people are in their party and how much they spend when they are here. “We also should recognise the indirect benefits. It’s not all cash in registers.

Extensive media coverage motivates people to come here,”she said. Businesses that have a specific focus such as Thunderbikes note a spike of activity prior to a cycle event, with their rental business also picking up for events such as Warbirds over Wanaka (pictured). Base co-owner Chris Walsh said

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Warbirds over Wanaka is consistently one of the most beneficial events, and the Rippon music festival also draws in large number of younger clients because of the clothing and accessory range they stock. The company also get involved with smaller music events which fit in their demographic. Aspiring Jewellers has found that Warbirds over Wanaka is their busiest time, especially when held over Easter with the biannual Festival of Colour also bringing in lots of custom. “We get lots of ladies travelling in groups and that helps a lot,” co-owner Pam Mayo said. Racers Edge partner Lucy Fullerton said the shop has targeted events which requires some effort, such as setting up a stand at the A and P show. “So we benefit but it’s quite a bit of work.” The shop also has a longer term involvement with Challenge Wanaka which runs during the months leading up to the races and also gets involved with the Motatapu and Contact Epic races. “It’s a big commitment (investment) but we also do it for the benefit of the event.” Continued page 2...


inbrief Safe and active travel Walk n Wheel Week returns for the second year on Monday February 27. The week long event, run by the Queenstown Lakes District Council in partnership with Sport Central, Racers Edge, NZ Police and local schools, promotes safe and active travel to school. QLDC transport manager Denis Mander said the week was a proven success in helping to develop road safety skills and increasing children’s confidence on the road. “There will be an increase in the number of children on the roads during Walk n Wheels Week and as always we’re asking drivers to give young walkers and cyclists extra time and space on the road to ensure they have a safe journey to school,” he said. Wanaka Primary and Holy Family schools will run a joint event on Kelly’s Flat Reserve and they will run a cycle championship for Year 5-6 students. Participating schools which have at least 50 percent of their students walk or wheel during the week will go in the draw to win a bike.

Wanaka events bane or benefit Continued from page 1... Restaurateur Peter Scott who has run the White House on the corner of Dungarvon and Dunmore Streets for 19 years said the events make little difference to his business. In the case of Challenge Wanaka, it has a negative effect due to the road closures. “I’d like to see events in the times the town needs revenue and numbers. We make more money in the middle of January than all winter, so what’s the point of shutting the

town down?” He said the estimates of the revenue generated for the area are not substantiated and are biased as they are presented by

smeared in vaseline can ride their carbon fibre bike through town. It’s not the Tour de France.” Warbirds over Wanaka has

I’d like to see events in the times the town needs revenue and numbers. the groups who have a financial interest in the event. He also said he’s observed abusive behavior of marshals towards people trying to go about town on their business, “just so someone in lycra and

also become increasingly self contained, with some people not inclined to come into town, he said. Chris Lumsden who has managed Paper Plus for 14 years said his view of events

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More stuff for airshow A simulator version of the Martin Jetpack will appear at the Warbirds over Wanaka in April. Glenn Martin, the Jetpack inventor, will accompany the machine and present the Jetpack story to airshow visitors. There will also be a static display of the Jetpack which flew at the Oshkosh Airshow in the USA. The Jetpack can climb more than 1000ft per minute and cruise at 100kph. At a record-breaking test in Canterbury the unmanned version flew to 5000ft before deploying the first ballistic jetpack parachute.

has changed over the last couple of years. “I don’t think like that anymore. With the global financial crisis and the Christchurch earthquake, specific events become a side issue. I’ve stepped back and I’m taking a holistic approach. I’m seeing a downturn in revenue, fullstop, so I’m in favour of any event that gets people into town. Whether it’s a Rippon, Challenge or whatever, bring it on.”

The 2012 Mount Aspriing College student council is ready for action: (from left)Back row:Ruby Reddington, Nic Jackson, Ben Sherson, Ellie Greenwood, Max Schikker and Meg Topping. Front Row: Elliott Meldrum, Gabriel Schwarz, Rosie Thomson, Charlotte Jolly, Robin Long, Courtney Poole, Taylor Jongsma and Eden Bray. (Absent: Emily Wilson, Tennessee Davis, Ashley Robb and Eugene Wolfin.)

Six 2011 Mount Aspiring College students have been awarded scholarships placing them in the top 3 percent of all Level 3 NCEA students in the country. Five of the six are now studying in Wellington. The sixth student, Jessica Jay, received an ‘Outstanding’ scholarship in History which places her in the top 1 percent for this subject. Jessica was studying Level 3 History as a Year 12 student and is still at MAC this year. Jordaine Wilson became the first MAC student to receive a scholarship in Drama. Three students received two scholarships each: Hugh Haworth in English and Media Studies, Samatha Stokes in Design and Graphics, and Eleanor Merton in History and Design. Elle Scurr gained a scholarship in Economics. Scholarship candidates are expected to demonstrate high-level critical thinking, abstraction and generalisation, and to integrate, synthesise and apply knowledge, skills, understanding and ideas to complex situations.

Onepass to rule them all Tim Brewster A new ski pass covering eight ski areas, including four in Wanaka as well as 42 other holiday activities in the area is set be a winner for the region, according to Wanaka Chamber of Commerce chairman Leigh Stock. “The entire concept is fantastic, it’s a credit to the operators involved and will be a major benefit to the area.” OnepassNZ provides access to Cardrona and Treble Cone, with an electronic scanning system enabling users to go directly to the lifts instead of waiting in line to buy tickets. The pass can also be used to buy other on mountain products such as rentals and ski lessons and covers Snowpark, Snowfarm, Ohau, Mt Dobson, Roundhill and Porters ski areas. Off mountain activities including jetboating, restaurant meals, scenic flights, skydiving and wine tours can be paid for using the ‘snow dollars’ if users choose to take a day off the slopes. “Its key benefit is that it can reach further in terms of convenience and flexibility and the value that comes from that,” Treble Cone marketing manager



Nigel Kerr said. Previously the marketing manager at Cardrona, Nigel has been pushing the idea of a combined marketing effort for years. “Coming together in a joint marketing venture means that both the ski fields and the tourists win,” he said. The pass is specifically designed for mobile winter visitors on a one to two week holiday providing them with a total of 2230 hectares of terrain, eclipsing the amount of skiable area on’s

three mountains by almost twice as much. Travel industry wholesalers, especially in Australia are excited about the potential of the pass, Nigel said. “It provides visitors with the online ability to manage their holiday budget and activities.” The wholesalers are already promoting and selling the new product making it much easier for holiday makers to pre-purchase ski products and other activities, which should make a big difference for the

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upcoming winter, especially for the valuable Australian market he said. “It’s fantastic, it’s great to see the unity among the mountains and other operators,” Sue Pihama of Wanaka River Journeys, which is part of the pass network, said. Holidaymakers will be much more informed about the Wanaka area before they arrive as well as being able to change their plans depending on weather and preferences she said. Passes cost $95 for one day with additional days $90. Users will also be able to top up their account online. Porter Heights general manager, Uli Dinsenbacher, said the pass will “definitely help us, when people book holidays, they love to have options.” Ohau co-owner Mike Neilson said the product will definitely help in targeting the mobile “ski-safari” visitor. Nigel said he’s expecting the pass to be popular with North Island visitors but in terms of potential growth and penetration, the Australian market has the greatest potential. “It’s early days, and we’re just scratching the surface right now.”


Clutha gets a reprieve Caroline Harker There will be no new dams built on the Clutha River until “well into the next decade” according to Contact chief executive Dennis Barnes. “We’ve put it on the back burner,” he said on Tuesday. However Contact media person Janet Carson was quick to point out the four options for dam sites are still being assessed. “[Contact’s] Neill Gillespie is still meeting with members of the public, including a meeting with Probus next week,” she said. The news regarding no new dams in the foreseeable future comes as no surprise to Clutha River Forum coordinator Lewis Verduyn. “The demand for new electricity has dropped every year since the global depression began in 2008,” he said. “I’ve done a study and there will be no increased demand for electricity before 2045.

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“It would be more cost effective for Contact to concentrate on getting energy more efficiently than to build a new dam,” he said. “My research shows 25 percent of the electrity currently generated

is wasted.” Contact yesterday reported a 3 percent decline in firsthalf underlying profit to $76.3 million. National hydro storage levels

were at a 15 year all time low in January. Contact said its other generation assets (wind and geothermal) may be required to ensure continued security of supply to customers.

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Best and worst packaging judged Caroline Harker Barbie dolls are competing with the disposable coffee cup for the 2012 Unpackit NZ Worst Packaging Award – an initiative of Wanaka Wastebusters. Contenders for this year’s Best Packaging Award include the IdealCup which is an alternative to the disposable cup, and the Apple iPhone4 described by the judges as having minimal packaging. Unpackit spokesperson Gina Dempster said it was tough choosing 16 finalists from 215 nominations. “People have really got into naming and shaming the companies who have excessive or frustrating packaging, with 118 nominations for the Worst Packaging Award,” she said. “There is still a lot of excessive, non-recyclable packaging out there.” Gina had some good news for anti-packaging people: vacuum-packed corn, one of the Worst Packaging finalists in the 2011 awards, has been withdrawn from sale in New Zealand.

The NZ Transport Agency has developed a more challenging practical test for learner drivers entering the restricted licensing phase which comes into force on Monday February 27. The new practical test aims to improve the safety of young and novice drivers as part of the government’s Safer Journeys road safety strategy. “The new test will be much more challenging,” NZTA chief executive Geoff Dangerfield said. “Young drivers will need to put in a lot more practise and demonstrate a higher standard of driving to pass, and we make no apologies for that.” According to NZTA statistics more than 700 teenagers died in road crashes in the past decade giving New Zealand the highest death rate in the OECD for 16- to 17-year-olds. Road crashes are the single biggest killer of teenagers in New Zealand with figures in recent years showing an average of one teenager killed every week on New Zealand roads. “That’s a situation no-one should accept, and New Zealanders are looking for decisive action to reduce this needless waste of young life and young potential,” Geoff said. “Raising the standard of driving required to gain a licence with harder tests is an essential part of the solution.”

District Plan Review Community feedback is sought as the initial stages of the District Plan Review process get underway. “We want to find out what issues people have with the current District Plan,” Queenstown Lakes District Council’s general manager policy and planning Philip Pannett said. During the next year and a half, public opinion will be sought on various parts of the plan and a formal submission process will be prepared for October 2013. “Basically it’s a chance for people to tell us how they want their neighbourhoods to look and help us to shape and streamline the current District Plan so that can be achieved,” Philip said. Discussion documents and brochures will be released in stages to canvass people’s opinions and will be available online and at the library. Philip said the QLDC is asking the community to give some thought as to what their experiences of the current plan have been and how they see it affecting the areas in which they live. The focus is currently on rural areas and town centre noise. More issues will be opened for discussion every month.

Sophie Ward and Gina Dempster.

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Earthquake seems like yesterday Caroline Harker The 2011 February earthquake may seem a long time ago to some, but for Cantabrians now living in Wanaka it remains a huge part of their lives. Some lost friends or family members, many are still traumatised and almost everyone is battling insurance claims. They all say they remember it as clearly as if it was yesterday. Evacuee Amanda Hodge moved here in March having lost her job after the December earthquake and her home after the February one. “When I came down here I couldn’t believe how happy and normal everyone seemed. I felt incredibly fragile and I was nervous all the time. I’m still having nightmares.” Like Amanda, the people who have moved here said they are grateful for the support and help they have received. One name kept appearing at the top of the list of good Wanaka citizens. Salvation Army social worker Jo Shaw has been singled out by many, and one woman described her as a guardian angel. Jo contacted every evacuee family she could find in Wanaka and made sure they got an immediate cash grant of $250 if they needed it. She has provided ongoing support since then, going beyond the call of duty. All this despite losing her birth mother who was in a rest home and slipped and


banged her head during a February aftershock. She died several days later. Jo was in Christchurch at the time working as part of a team going door to door checking on people. “Professionally it was the peak of my career,” Jo said. “We were right amongst an extreme situation. People were so traumatised. They didn’t know whether to leave or stay. Children were hysterical. I had to use all my professional skills. It was emotionally exhausting for everyone.” Jo knows about ten Christchurch families who have moved permanently to Wanaka since the earthquake but said new people are still arriving. “They’ve finally been paid out and now they are moving,” she said. Many of the original evacuees had their house rental bills in Wanaka paid by their insurance companies and are now facing the end of that 12 month bonus. “Financial stress is the biggest problem I’m seeing now,” Jo said. “Most people haven’t bought a home here because they still don’t know how much they will get for their Christchurch properties from insurance or the government. Many have lost well paid jobs and had to compromise, and often the man of the family is still commuting to work in Christchurch. The other major stress is simply being evacuees. Many have left extended family

Jo Shaw. PHOTO: caroline harker

Financial stress is the biggest problem I’m seeing now.

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behind, and they’ve all lost the community they once lived in. They feel very disconnected.” The Wanaka community immediately offered help to earthquake

victims. People provided accommodation. Locals donated enough food to fill 350 banana boxes during the Wanaka Sun Quake Food Bank Drive and businesses gave

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goods and vouchers to Jill O’Brien’s Welcome to Wanaka packs for evacuee school children. The schools opened their doors to extra pupils: at one stage Wanaka Primary School had 130 refugees and Mount Aspiring College had 135. About 30 of those children have stayed. A Quake Support Drop-In Centre was set up in the old Catholic church in Brownston Street and was used by an average of 50 people a day. When the drop-in centre closed Rachael Ashby organised a weekly coffee morning at the Anglican Church. Lynne Christie, Jen Shelton and volunteers raised almost $11,000 at the Red & Black Quake Relief Concert, and the Festival of Colour donated proceeds from its Island Summer Concert. Locals also organized special treats for refugees including holiday breaks, a sailing regatta and kayaking. The new Wanaka residents from Christchurch have enjoyed being here but they still need support. “Just letting us talk about it is really helpful,” Amanda Hodge said. “We know the ground’s unstable and there’s nowhere to hide. It’s a constant fear.” Amanda said, like her, no-one seems to want to go back to Christchurch to live. “My job and house are gone. My land has been red-stickered. It hasn’t stop shaking. Why would I go back?”


Vivienne’s story Vivienne Fitzgerald lost her home in the September 2010 earthquake. She and husband Mike and their daughters Sophia, 9, and Isabelle, 7, were living in a caravan next to their house when the 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch in February: The council ordered us off our land. The house was red-stickered. We came straight down here for a break. The girls were traumatised. We arrived with one bag of clothes. Luckily the drop-in centre had food and clothing for us. Two weeks later we were about to head back to Christchurch and Mike said “What are we going back for?” Nothing. “Let’s not go then.” We found a house to rent in Wanaka that day. The community here supplied everything we needed. [Social worker] Jo Shaw is like our guardian angel. The school’s been great to the kids and Paper Plus donated school books. The kids were all broken when they arrived. They’re much

happier now. I know we made the right decision to leave Christchurch. Our friends up there – you can see the stress in them, and the anger. We’ve got friends there who won’t talk to us. They think we’re weak. Defectors. Getting up and leaving your community and your friends and everything is not a sign of weakness.

we’ve got our dwelling settlement and we used it to buy a house. I only know one other family who’ve reached an insurance settlement. My husband’s a computer programmer. He still has to spend about a week a month in Christchurch. I had a beauty salon. That was destroyed in the earthquake. I’m not working down

Getting up and leaving your community and your friends and everything is not a sign of weakness. It’s hard. We moved for the children. I wouldn’t want to be back there. All the infrastructure is still broken. But we still have to pay our rates up there. They told us if we didn’t pay they would take legal action. We know about ten Christchurch families down here. Every one of them has got lots of insurance problems. I’ve got a whole folder of them. Because our house was destroyed in the first earthquake

here yet. There’s been too much going on. Through this we’ve had to reevaluate what’s important in life: like spending time with the kids, getting involved in activities. In Christchurch we lived close to the sea but we never went to the beach. We thought we were too busy. Now we go down to the lake all the time. Wanaka has been wonderful for us.

Doreen’s story I never said goodbye... Doreen Tyree was 81 years old when the February earthquake struck: I missed the first big one because I was in Dunedin visiting my sister. I went back and put up with the aftershocks. They scared the hell out of me. After the Boxing Day one [2010] I decided to move to Wanaka. I was lucky because my house was undamaged and I managed to sell it and buy something here. I was on a bus to go back for a visit when the big one [February] came. My son rang me and said ‘Where are you?’ I was in Geraldine. He said

‘Get off the bus now’. He was at his holiday house at Hawea and he drove up to Geraldine

and perhaps weep a bit. Everyone here has been so kind. I couldn’t

Half of me wants to go back but the other half is too scared. and picked me up. I never went back to Christchurch. I never said goodbye to my neighbours. Half of me wants to go back but the other half is too scared. I probably will go back one day to look around the old haunts

sleep when I first came. I got very depressed. They said I had post-traumatic stress. The two people who saved me were [social workers] Jo Shaw and Gaye Thompson. They pulled me out of the hole I was in and now I’ve got friends and I’m happy again. PHOTO: caroline harker

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Cycling for Africa


Sheree Fitzi and Andrea Price. PHOTO: tim brewster

Tim Brewster Needing a goal to get motivated to see the country by bike prompted two strangers to pair up and ride the length of New Zealand to raise money for charity. Sheree Fitzi,23, from the Waikato and Andrea Price,29, from Canada met on the travellers networking site couchsurfing after Andrea decided to get involved in a worthy cause as part of her travels.

The two arrived in Wanaka on Tuesday after an arduous trip over the Crown Range with their touring cycles after setting off from Bluff a week ago and are using their trip to raise money for Worldvison’s campaign to reduce famine in the Horn of Africa. They are continuing to use the couchsurfing site to rely on places to stay on their journey, although neither Makarora and Haast are yet to produce any

prospective hosts. They hope to arrive in Cape Reinga in ten weeks time and are taking a relaxed approach to their schedule. “We’re just enjoying the countryside by bicycle, sometimes we’ll stop and pick flowers, or we sing as we’re riding along.” Sheree said. Sheree and Andrea have raised $1400 since they’ve started and are documenting their ride on a blog which links to the project they’ve chosen.

Alien art? Local man Matt Dyer got a surprise when he arrived to work on Sunday morning. A number of spirals had been carved into the sand along the lake front between the Dinosaur Park and the log cabin. “It’s really weird,” he said. “They look like crop circles.” Matt didn’t know who had carried out the sandy artwork. PHOTO: ruth bolger

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Kahu Youth in the house Tim Brewster

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Children cheered, the ribbon was cut and alcohol-free bubbly was sprayed in celebration of the official opening of the new Kahu Youth premises at 11 Russell Street on Saturday. As the former premises of Wanaka physiotherapy for more than a decade, the doors are more used to welcoming broken, bruised bodies, but now the building will be used as a base for in excess of 100 youth aged from ten to 20 years. Youth workers Richard Elvey and Angie Griffiths are both excited at the potential for the new building, with a large number of programmes and

activities being planned for the future. “Parents have been overwhelmingly pleased so far,” Richard said. Financial support has

the ‘drop in’ evenings on Friday and Saturday night. Events such as the ‘blue moon’ drug and alcohol free social evenings, film nights and participation in

Parents have been overwhelmingly pleased so far. come from a range of sources, including the Central Lakes Trust, the QLDC and a number of local businesses and philanthropic individuals. As well as the different groups such as the ‘changemakers’ and the adventure groups, the new building will have much more room for

Matariki celebrations will continue as will their strong involvement in Wanakafest parade. Also planned is a new website and a mentoring programme coordinated with Mount Aspiring College. The group spent two years based in a room

underneath Cinema Paradiso and had a seven month wait for resource consent issues to be resolved before they could make the move. “We’re always indebted to Callum [McLeod] as we had nowhere else to go.” Their new building has a separate kitchen and lounge, a reception area, office space for the youth workers and two activity rooms. Richard is also grateful for the patience shown by the building’s owner, physiotherapist Gin Rutledge and husband Dan, as the group waited for consent before they could take up the lease. The long term goal is for the group to be able to buy their own property.

According to a tradition dating back at least four centuries February 29 was the only day a woman could propose to a man (tradition also stated it that if the man refused the proposal he had to gift the woman a frock or a kiss). Peter Hendriks and Julie Tucker at Classic Flights are so excited about this leap year legend they have teamed up with the Wanaka Sun to give away the perfect setting for a woman to propose to her man on February 29. The Freedom of Romance Experience will take the couple for a flight in two open cock-pit TigerMoths over Lake Wanaka and Mou Waho. They will land at a remote, private location overlooking the lake to enjoy a romantic dinner for two with a bottle of local Central Otago wine (before popping the question) and returning to Wanaka Airport. To be in the draw to win, write us a letter telling us why you should win this experience, worth almost $800, to propose to your man. Letters should be received by email or to the Wanaka Sun office in Spencer Mall by 4pm Tuesday February 28. The winner should be ready for their flight on Wednesday February 29 (4.30pm -7.00pm, weather depending). The winning letter will be published in the Wanaka Sun.

Byron Weastell, 14, Bradley Mathews,14, and Lyal Cocks. PHOTO: tim brewster

Ardmore Street crossings A guide to the “courtesy crossings” also known as “speed bumps” on lower Ardmore Street was to be provided by council project manager Rob Darby this week. He passed the information on to councillor Lyal Cocks who sent an open letter to the paper which mentioned research on the crossings but did not provide any details. The Wanaka Sun has requested details on the research and we hope to provide them next week.


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Students join working bee


inbrief Cardrona River meeting A meeting to determine a minimum flow for the Cardrona River is being held tonight at the Lake Wanaka Centre (Thursday February 23). Topics at the Otago Regional Council’s meeting include: what water management means for Cardrona and Wanaka residents; how flow levels and aquifer levels on the Cardrona River interact; and how taking water from the river and aquifer will affect flows and what it means for potential users.

Travelling musician Travelling to Wanaka today is New York musician Gideon Irving who is cycling around New Zealand, playing free gigs and towing his musical instruments behind him. He has been performing in homes across the North and South Island and will play at Nook Road Nursery in the apricot orchard tonight. Gideon said the trailer carrying his instruments, which include a banjo, bouzouki, shruti box, mbira, jews harps and harmonicas, weighs about 65kg.

Twenty-nine hostel students from Mount Aspiring College joined volunteers for Saturday’s Ruby Island Working Bee. Jude Battson (front right) has been coordinating the

working bees, which have involved replanting and weed clearing, since 1998. She said established natives on the island are showing visible signs of stress and the land is desperate for rain.

The students worked mainly at clearing weeds and cabbage tree leaves and they also learned about the rehabilitation project which started on Ruby Island after a fire in 1992 destroyed almost

all the growth on the island. “They soon realise fitness is essential to work on steep terrain,” Jude said. She also said they made a noticeable difference to the work carried out on the day. PHOTO: supplied

A hearty romp

Emma Newborn, Mel Parsons and Amelia Guild. PHOTO: Jemima Helmore

Singer/songwriter Mel Parsons is returning to Wanaka in March, this time with actresses Amelia Gould and Emma Newborn for a night of music, theatre and comedy. They will perform around the South Island in rural venues which include the oldest working woolshed in New Zealand and an aircraft hangar. “All three of us are thrilled about coming to perform in Wanaka.” Mel said. “We are very much looking forward to our show at Criffel Station, and meeting the locals at the woolshed bar after the show.” Mel, a two-time Tui Award finalist, will sing from her latest album Red Grey Blue before Amelia and Emma present their unique take of life on the farm. Entitled ‘The Bitches’ Box and Mel Parsons’, the gig promises to be a hearty romp around the sheep pens. “I always enjoy playing in Wanaka - wonderful fun audiences down there.” Mel said. “Also it’s a treat to be on the road when we get to stop in places like Wanaka with such a wonderful back yard.”

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No more kerbside wastebusting Councillor Jude Battson has suggested people should line the streets to give a grateful wave to the Wanaka Wastebusters recycling team as they do their last kerbside pickups next week. “The Wastebusters trucks are a reminder of what we as a community owned, supported and believed in,” she said. “How one guy is going to do both the driving and the pickup and achieve the same results is yet to be seen.” Smart Environmental Ltd takes over the kerbside recycling on March 5. Wastebusters will continue to do business recycling, operate the shop and people can drop their recycling off at the depot.


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Events office proposed for district crimescene Caroline Harker A new district events office has been proposed by the Shaping Our Future events task force, with the aim of coordinating the entire event sector in the Southern Lakes region. Events would range from big ones like Warbirds over Wanaka and the Festival of Colour to small ones such as locally produced theatre productions, school fairs and community barbecues. The office would aim to get to get more funding for events from local and national government sources including the QLDC and the Ministry of Economic Development.

“Compared to other centres, the Southern Lakes District receives significantly less funding and support for events both at

“This is the first time Wakatipu and Upper Clutha basins have got their heads together to talk about events,” task force

This is the first time Wakatipu and Upper Clutha basins have got their heads together to talk about events. a community and commercial level,” the Shaping Our Future events task force report said. The report will be presented at a public meeting this evening (Thursday) at Mount Aspiring College with video links to Queenstown.

convener Dave Roberts said. “If the task force has got it right things should proceed easily.” The task force report said the office would “establish a long term strategy for events in the district, target a balanced calendar of events, streamline

the processes involved, advise and assist, provide contacts and networks, secure funding and infrastructure, represent the event interests of the entire community”. The QLDC arts and events facilitator role would be incorporated into the new office, if the recommendations are accepted. The task force included QLDC arts and events facilitator Jan Maxwell, Wanaka events manager Victoria Murray-Orr, Deputy Mayor Lyal Cocks, Wanaka businessman Brent Harridge, Lake Wanaka Tourism GM James Helmore and five other people from Queenstown.

Are you doing enough to protect yourself and your kids?

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the world. The evidence linking melanoma to sunburn during childhood and adolescence is strong, with sun avoidance estimated to reduce it by up to 80%. It is vital to educate ourselves and our children to establish sun safe habits. With this in mind here are the most important points to remember about UV protection:

Sunscreen • Reapply after 90 minutes regardless of the water rating or spf. The cumulative affect of UV will build up anyway, so if you are out in the sun for longer cover up. • No sunscreen is 100% effective

Car burglar caught A series of thefts from vehicles in remote areas recently has resulted in the arrest last Friday of a 21-year-old Wanaka man. Police are not seeking any other offenders and have recovered a number of items that had been reported missing. Vehicles parked at Waterfall Creek, Roys Peak Track, Hawea and other spots around Wanaka had been targeted with bags taken and sometimes discarded after items of value had been removed. Laptops and other electronic goods seemed to be the main focus of the thefts, senior constable Emma Fleming said. The arrested man has not been named and will appear in Queenstown District Court on February 27.

Late night intruder Police are reminding residents to remember to lockup after an offender entered a house at night through an unlocked door earlier this week. They were discovered inside by the resident who had been woken by noise. The offender dropped the items they were trying to take and ran off.

Paraglider fatality Sean Kerridge, 40, originally from Dargaville in Northland, was killed after a speedflying crash on the slopes of Treble Cone last Friday. His body has been returned to his family for burial. An inquest into the incident is several months away Wanaka police search and rescue coordinator Sergeant Aaron Nicholson said.

Sheep collision Police were called on Friday night when a car ploughed into sheep after the animals escaped from a paddock near Luggate. No-one was injured but the car was moderately damaged when about 40 sheep wandered on to State Highway 6 between Church Street and Shortcut Road. Fifteen animals were killed when the car hit the flock.

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

• Apply sunscreen daily and liberally, at least a teaspoon for each limb, front and back of the body and half a teaspoon of the face neck and ears • Apply it before you go into the sun. A head start of 20 minutes or even an hour gives it the chance to be absorbed in the skin • Water, drying off and sweat will severely reduce the strength of sunscreen

Clothing • A broad brimmed hat and sunglasses should be required for children playing in the sun at all times • The Australian rating system stipulates garments rated below UPF 15 cannot be marketed as UV-protective. A white cotton T shirt is estimated to fall between UPF 5-8. When wet it’s protection drops to 30% - 50% of that • Darker coloured garments that are closely woven such as rash shirts are much more effective • Garments that are overstretched, wet or worn out will have severely reduced UV protection

Shade • Creating shaded areas for outdoor activities will encourage safe playing practices for children, especially if their toys and play equipment are well covered • When creating a space or a building that will be used by children, design shade areas as part of the structure, not as an afterthought - This is a public service advertisement paid for by Richard Hutchison, Aspiring Campervan Park -

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s r u o n o h l a n o Nati for local swimmers

Local youngsters Sophie Fairbairn and Gregor Findlay exceeded all expectations at the National Junior Swimming Championships, with three silver and two bronze medals, the best result ever for Wanaka swimmers. Swimming in the 12-year-old division, Sophie, who was featured in the Wanaka Sun several weeks ago, placed second in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke and Gregor won bronze in the 11-year-old’s 100m and 200m backstroke. Coach Fiona Hezinger said she knew they would do well but “didn’t expect them to do so well.” The result also means that the Wanaka Swim Club is now ranked number one in Otago for 12 and under age group swimmers for the first time.

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BOARD Would the person who rides a horse on the footpath on camphill road either refrain or pick up your horse droppings. This path is used by children going to school and people walking. Lake hawea fishin comp awesome day awesome people awesome prizes will def be back thanks hawea community :) Wandering dogs. The only way I can express my thoughts 2 the owner of the black and white fox terrier , who is allowed 2 roam and drop turds in Heuchan Lane. I only hope that someone from your family walks in it and comes home and grinds it into your carpet. Long may it stink. Keep ya dog in ya own back yard.

What would Wanaka do in an emergency? Looking back at the events and aftermath of February 22 last year it seems Wanaka responds well to others in emergency. Those from Christchurch who sought shelter in Wanaka said we were welcoming, we were kind, we gave support and practical things too. But what would happen to the people of Wanaka if we were hit by an unseen force, if our homes were shattered, if our lives and our land were forever altered? I hope we would all be as brave as the families affected: those who have stayed and those who have left. I hope we would act with kindness, support and practical things too.

Kia Kaha Christchurch

A huge thanx to the people who stopped to help me after my freakish car crash on Saturday morning at lake Hawea. I like how the police say for us to call them if we see the flasher,why don`t they go down the tracks and do some undercover work or stake out,duh! Sad to see another duck run over..slow down be patient. they`re not tourists after all. Well said loris king what’s wrong with putting something in front of the huge hedge at the rugby club? How crazy is it for one person to drive 10 to 16 or so metres, stop get out of kerb side truck pick up glass filled re cycle container, throw into back of truck get back into truck and do it again, and again for how many rate payers? Not my job thank god. I’d want equivalent pay of two people to do that eight hours a day, several days a week. As far as the rowing club debate goes, I’d be more concerned the effect the toxic and bitter attitudes expressed by supporters has on the youth than moving the clubrooms. RE: editorial 09-15 Feb. The rowing club `stage` is not being denied, it is being moved - to a more suitable location.

Eat the Rich From my experience in this town most people believe that the rowing clubs bid to place its club rooms on the Stoney Creek reserve was totally inappropriate and clearly picking a fight with the affected landowners. How much of the very vocal minority objections are motivated by “eat the rich” thinking. Clearly the rating valuation of these properties reflect their special lakefront reserve positions. Both the council coffers and all ratepayers benefit from their larger rate bills. Once again ratepayers benefit from those lakefront reserve landowners who maintain the council reserve at their personal cost. You only need walk the track past the end of Waimana Place to see the overgrown weed infested lakefront reserve that is council maintained. Guy Russell Wanaka/Christchurch

The hysterical lynch mob-type behaviour towards those who opposed the Stoney creek rowing site is an embarrassment to Wanaka. 7.50$ to 9.50$ for a bit of cod???? Explain as I thought the limit was 30 a person, heaps of them and easy to catch, can someone remind me why the rowing club shed can’t be by the yacht club. Seems the perfect spot! I am sure there is enough room to squeeze them near by! The rowing club already train on the Stoney Creek side of the lake! So for the local rate paying kiwi - you certainly don’t know what’s going on round you! As a community let’s buy the lost power generated by Hawea dam. Sure if we all chipped in we could have cheap electricity for ever. Wasps seem to be a big problem here, are we all being vigilant around our properties. Please check your yard. tuesday morning radio re discussion on tv coverage 1 year on from feb earthquakes if u do not like it do not watch If cyclists want to share the road then shouldn’t they stick to road rules stop means stop I just watched two girls on riverbank rd fly though stop signs on ballantyne rd 21/2 at 140 pm you know who you are. dumb really dumb it’s a 80 kpm area People sick of hearing about Chch are small minded, don`t watch coverage, go back to your small life! Kia Kaha Kia Kaha Christchurch

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.

Crossing confusion There is a “speed bump/courtesy crossing” (call it what you will) that is a constant cause of confusion for pedestrians and motorists alike in Great King Street, Dunedin. Thank goodness it is only one. The fiasco that is Wanaka’s lower Ardmore Street should have its designer placed in stocks on the lakefront! I hope this illconceived measure is to be reviewed. Cheaper, and surely more sensible, would be two yellow-painted speed bumps, one where the road flattens out and another before the intersection with Dungarvan Street, with a proper zebra crossing west of the Helwick Street corner. Alternatively, place a myriad of signs at both ends of each of the raised strips informing pedestrians that they must give way to traffic, or paint white lines on each to indicate that they are indeed zebra crossings. Not a pleasing look, but it would clarify what is currently aesthetically attractive confusion but nothing to do with safety. June Turnbull Dunedin

Opportunity hijacked It is a shame those individuals with little appreciation of the sport of rowing, have hijacked a perfect opportunity for the rowing club. Rowing is a growth sport for young students of many high schools around the country - high schools lucky enough to have the environment and vision to offer such opportunities. MAC is one such college. These students learn discipline, teamwork, organisational skills, fitness, learn to push themselves outside their comfort zones, learn to work in teams and to take orders from their coaches. These students learn much about themselves and are better young people for that journey. It is not all about winning medals, rather the development of skills and positive opportunities. Rowing is a sport which takes hard work and dedication. Training is generally done in the early morning. Rowers are a focused group, who do their work, pack up expensive gear and get to school or workplace ready for an ordinary day. They are not the noisy drinking hoons, rather the opposite. They display the qualities we should be developing and encouraging in our young people. Rowers use the water now. The only proposed change is the location of the boat shed. This council should be celebrating ways to help bring out the best in our citizens especially the young people who take up this challenge. This council should not be ruled by a very selfish minority. Shame on the council. Brigid Borowczyk Christchurch Ratepayer Wanaka

Bottle-to-bottle I would like to clarify the situation with bottle-to-bottle recycling in Wanaka, mentioned in the Wanaka Sun article last week. Wanaka Wastebusters is, and always has been, fully supportive of bottle-to-bottle recycling and we included this in our unsuccessful tender bid. We have been working towards this change for a while now. From March 5 all glass collected by our business collections team or dropped off at Wanaka Wastebusters will go to bottle to bottle recycling. This means we will colour-sort the glass at our site, and send it to the O-I factory to be made back into bottles. It is a step forward for recycling in Wanaka that all recycled glass, whether it is recycled by us or by Smart Environmental, will be made back into bottles from the beginning of March. In the past, recycled glass has been used as roading aggregate, not an ideal solution. Bottle-to-bottle recycling is an example of closing the loop, which is the best way of dealing with our waste. Sue Coutts General Manager Wanaka Wastebusters

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ABC tutoring, personalised tutoring service for primary aged school children. Call 0210329114 and book today. $35 per hourly session.

Your medical centre may have moved but your pharmacy is still right here! Wanaka Pharmacy - serving the Upper Clutha for 40 years & here for you daily until 7pm at the top of Helwick St.

Hardly used Milano portacot +mattress $80.Umbrella stroller $10.Kids (0-4yrs),maternity & women clothes (size8-10),toys etc. 4437604,0210347369

HANDY SOLUTIONS. You name it. We do it. 4434078 or 0272080175

Biodynamic workshop #4, Compost tea, Potting mix & Pest control at Glendhu Station, 26 Feb, 9am-12pm, tickets $25 from wastebusters. Ever wanted to learn to meditate ? in 3 sessions learn the complete practice call liz for more details course starting in march Pilates 6 week mat rotation start march 5th $95 at Core Strength Pilates 443 1711. Mummy class, evening and day time classes YOGA SESSIONS, tonight 5:45 casual class, wanaka wellness, for other times, and ayurveda info, go to, 02102215409/ 4432202 ZUMBA FITNESS CLASSES! Now running in town. Mon 6:30pm & Wed 7pm $9 per class. Contact 02102795639 for more info.

rent 4 bedroom Bannockburn Homestead available for rent march 6. Pets welcome, grazing available. 420/week. Ph 034453042 or 0211615553 For rent fixed term 1.5.-31.8.12: studio and house while owners overseas. Call 4436593. Ideal for 1 couple in each. Rent a Dunlope rowing machine just for $10 a week.

lost Lost at sunday market 19th feb 2 glass earrings in a small black mesh bag. Reward. Ph 022 171 2718 REWARD OFFERED Retro silver/sapphire ring lost on Rob Roy Glacier walking track, 1st 500m. Return to Wanaka Police for details.

Wanaka Pharmacy Healthy Rewards lets you earn 1 Reward point for every dollar you spend!!

Kid’s football bed with mattress for sale. Complete with Manchester Utd quilt, cover, bed sheet and electric blanket. Bargain $150 phone 4432133

Lake Hawea Netball Club registrations/fun day taking place sun 4th March & sat 10th March at 10am Hawea courts. New and old players welcome. Any queries contact Sonya on 443 1945.

Mountain bike avanti black thunder in working order 21 shimino gears 66cm wheels new seat$95 4436494/0277365582

All money raised by the district club from the BBQ lunch yesterday 22 February will be donated to the Christchurch Earthquake appeal FREE team training at ProActive Gym. Feb 27 - Mar 2. Call 443 6500 to secure your spot. Achieve more! HU SONG this Tues 21st at Wanaka Wellness Center 5.30pm till 6pm. Gold coin donation. All welcome. 4437388 info Inland Revenue are at Community Networks Thursday 24 February 9am!-1pm,For help with personal or business tax,child support,student loans or family tax credits call 4437799 to make an appointment. JP SERVICES at Community Networks, Tuesdays 1pm, Fridays 10.30am, For appointments call 4437799 Lake Hawea Netball Club Agm Thurs 1st march 7.30pm at the Hawea Community Centre. nominations please to all welcome !

Portaloo hire and cleaning short or long term options available, ph 4434175 Septic Tank Cleaners WANAKA 0800885886 POST and RAIL fencing. HANDY SOLUTIONS happy to quote. You may be surprised. Ph 4434078 0272080175

Mini works of art , fun greeting cards , scenic postcards , all at artisans cooperative studio , Ardmore St

Oval shaped beech coloured Boardroom table for sale 2400mm long by 1200mm wide by 25mm thick with 4 office chairs bargain $350 call 4432133

Rotary Boot & Ute sale this Saturday 25th Feb @ Lonestar Carpark. Sellers setup @ 8.30 open to buyers 9am-noon

Portable gascooker & grill with 4kg LPG bottle $75.Axe $15. B&D drill with drill set $25.4437604 or 0212045224

The next craft market is having a week off to re stock and will see you all on Sunday march 4th

Single sprung mattress for saleas new-offer & take away no space! -Julia 0275091972, 4434494


WHEELS TO DUNSTAN:Free daily transport to Dunstan Hospital & Alexandra specialist appointments,Bookings call 4437799

Subaru legacy GT 1999, 2.0l auto, 115,000km, valid WOF & reg. Excellent condition. $6500 ono. Ph 0210642766

WWW.LAKESBOWENTHERAPY. COM Bowen therapy practitioners in Wanaka, Cathy 021 02201898 & Hawea, Nikki 4436765

Travelling musician Gideon Irving plays Nook Road Nursery at 6.30pm for an hour. Free gig.

for sale Art Supplies, 2 MAC Kilts, MAC Fleecy, reasonable, and some free stuff at Rotary Boot Sale, red ute, @ LoneStar Saturday 9-12 Personalized message number plates, follow me 4ACOFE highest offer phn or txt 021 0783055 Atlas free standing oven clean condition offers ph 443 1017 Computer desk with pull out tray , $60, good cond Tel 4435103 Filing cabinet with 11 pull out plastic drawers $50 Tel 4435103


For your Septic Tank, Grease Trap or Sump clean, ph Aaron, 4434175 or 0800885886 Septic Tank Cleaners Wanaka

2 Draw Filing cabinet (metal) good condition. $140 ph 443 2427 Executive Office Chair. High back with Arms in black fabric. Swivel and Tilt good condition $160 ph 0275530096 Jolly jumper $20 ph or txt 0220154972 Crom PRAM emmaljunga brand has detachable bassinet and toddler seat gud condition $100 ph or txt 0220154972 crom Mountain bike 4 sale Avanti Black Thunder in working order 66cm wheels new seat all for $95 4436494/0277365582 Single axel trailer well built suit the trades or farmer has sheep crate ph 021999253 Washable Nappies, as new. Each different colours. small & medium sizes. Offer! 0211612885

Tasty Onion chutney from Pirate Pickles at the Wanaka farmers market from 4pm Thursdays on Pembroke Park Wheat 4 sale, whole or crushd, barley whole or crushd 30kg 4 $25. Mash 25kg 4 $25. 4434944. Yamaha Alto saxophone for sale and mouth piece phone 027 8500 196

services All types of fencing and gates. Wrought iron. Timber. Colour steel. Post and rail. Glass and steel balustrades. 4434078 0272080175 Are you experiencing back pain? At Central Lakes Physio we love to fix backs. Call 4431711 to just fix it. ASPIRING MASSAGE WANAKA. Provider to High Performance Sport N.Z. Trevor Bailey. Available 7 days. 4432993 0274222455

RELATIONSHIP SERVICES Professional counselling for all relationship & family issues available in Wanaka. Call 0800RELATE (0800 735 283)for an appointment. Sewing repairs and alterations. Quick service reasonable rate. Phone Sue 0272472181

thanks A big Thanks 2 noel and the district club 4 hosting us all yesterday 2 commemorate the first anniversary of 22nd Feb quakes

wanted Caretaker required march until easter in bannockburn. Free accommodation in exchange for 1-2 hrs work daily. View cottages on www. ‘cairnmuir cottages’ ph 0211615553 Flatmate wanted for warm sunny spacious house near river in albert town. Call or text 027 637 0047 Freezer wanted, anything considered. Ph 0278103288. Professional couple seek two or three bedroom house long term partial or unfurnished phone or txt Neil 0277335917


RECEPTION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED by Community Networks,Call 4437799 for information

Counselling? Call liz on 443 1955 over 20 years experience

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Tank Cleaners 0800885886

CRYSTAL HEALER- JADE KYLES Qualified crystal healer in Alexandra. Relaxing, healing, soothing and rejuvenating. Ph 03 4488004 or 0272519300

Wanted baby back pack and safety gate call4437907 or tex 02102201898

LYN BROWN BOWEN THERAPIST now also treating out of Wanaka Wellness Centre. For appts/info pls ph 4437388

Wanted to buy book ‘Wanaka story’ by Irvine Roxburgh. also history books on central otago for family tree research. Ph 022 171 2718

Pembroke Massage - deep tissue, sports massage, located at the new Wanaka Lakes Health centre, phone 4430737 or text 0274653700.

WANTED wooden push along trolley for 1yr old. Please text 021 431 837 or phone 443 5656

Child’s rip curl wet suit size 12 $50. Office chair. Offers 4437694

Portaloo hire and cleaning short or long term options available, ph 4434175

Goldfish for sale.great little pets for pond or tank.various sizes from $5 per 4439306

Septic Tank Cleaners WANAKA 0800885886

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sport results Lake Hawea Golf 19th February. Bisque Par Men 0 – 14. 1 Kahu Vincent +8, 2 Rick Johnston +7. Men 15+ 1 Red Stevenson +11 on c/b, 2 Richard Henderson +11. Ladies 1 Bronnie Stevenson +7. Net Eagle Rick Johnston No11, Nearest the Pin Kahu Vincent. Twos; R Henderson No1, K Vincent No5, T Cotter No5, C Hanson No5. Wanaka Gun Club 200 skeet weekend 18/2/12. L G TAYLOR MEMORIAL 100 SKEET 18/2/12. HOA. Rex Smart 99, 1 A Grade, L Rodgers 99, 2 K Gutsell 98, 3 R Roy 97. Handicap 1 L Rodgers, 2 R Smart, 3 E Pirie. 2 person team O/G, E Pirie/ L Rodgers. H/C, E Pirie/ L Rodgers. Moa Creek North/South at Wanaka 19/2/12: A Grade. K Gutsell 99, R Anderson 97, L Rodgers 96, B Grade. G Mathieson 87, P Nevil 84, D Smith 80. C Grade. M Tait 90, W Field 75.

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Bridge Club Results: Clutha Pairs Silver 1.:- Brian Twigger, Rosemary Boswell 63.89% 1. Dorothy McDonald, Errol Kelly 62.50% 2 Clutha Pairs Bronze 1:- Peter Hart, Pauline Davidson 56.25% 1. Debbie Brent, Kay Ross and Jacqui Roberts, Shona Watt 52.06% 2=



notice NETBALL UPPER CLUTHA AGM 7.00PM ON Monday 27th February 2012 Room 21, Mount Aspiring College, Plantation Road WANAKA Nominations are being called for all Executive Positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Game Development Officer, Umpire Co-Ordinator, Representative Co-Ordinator and Primary Grade Co-Ordinator.


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Dead heat, but Samuels takes the win

Quick at champs Two local runners placed well at the Otago Athletics championships last week with Lorenz Kissling winning the 16-17-year-old 800m in a time of 2:01 and third in the 3000m in 9:18. Oska Inkster-Baynes, 20, more known for his ability in the half marathon where he placed fifth in the nationals last year came third in the senior men’s 800m in time of 2:02 and also competed in the 3000m which doubled as the New Zealand championship event.

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Tim Brewster Wanaka based triathlete and Olympic hopeful Nicky Samuels (left) has finished first alongside Chilean Barbra Riveros in what is considered the first ever dead heat in the Contact series triathlon in Takapuna on Sunday. Nicky,28, had been dominant in the first two phases of the race creating a 40 second lead after the 16km bike, but after a strong

run from the world number five South American, the two were level with less than a kilometre to go.

behind her and surged back coming up side by side for the last couple of metres and finished in a dead heat. Yes

Yes my arm crossed the finish line first but as athletes we know it’s all about the chest. In an email to the Wanaka Sun Nicky described the finish, “With about 50m to go she surged past but I jumped

my arm crossed the finish line first but as athletes we know it’s all about the chest and they couldn’t tell from the

footage so with the technical officials and Barbra and I all content with a tie that’s what they called it.” Nicky is now back up at the Snow Farm doing altitude training in the lead up to the Oceania championships in March, followed by her main focus, the Olympic qualifying race at the Sydney ITU World Championship race in April, where she must finish in the top eight to qualify for the Olympics in London.

Olympic hopeful cleans up More than 60 athletes took part in the second Kathmandu Riverrun Trail Series which saw Olympic hopeful, triathlete Kris Gemmell (pictured left) winning the top spot covering the 13km along the Clutha River in 45:23 minutes. Peter Oberlin-Brown of Dunedin claimed second place, crossing the finish

line in 54:43, with Paul Kane taking third place in 58:44. Whitney Dagg was the fastest woman in 59:44 with Claire Crowe placing second in 1:01:33. Maree Piebenga of Cromwell took third place in 1:06:54. Last year’s series winner Mike Coombe won the men’s vet title in 52:51 claiming his

second win of the series. Graham Sinnamon of Oturehua placed second in 53:16 with Alex Schafer taking third in 55:10. Fiona Reid of Wanaka won the women’s vet title in 1:05:21 with second and third place going to Emma Bilous (1:08:01) and Fiona Carruthers (1:11:47).

Ines Stephani and Caitlin Gibson (pictured) are all smiles after placing second in the 12 and under girls doubles at the ILT Southland Tennis Junior Open held at the weekend. Caitlin also won the 12 and under girls singles.

Season passes The 2012 season prices for Treble Cone and Cardrona were announced last week with little change to last year’s prices. New for 2012, the early bird adult season passes will receive $100 loaded onto the pass to use across rentals, café and childcare at Treble Cone. A free youth pass is again on offer for all children who enroll in Treble Cone’s Riders & Sliders and the TC Free Ski Programme. At Cardrona a loyalty discount is offered to 2011 pass holders purchasing a 2012 season pass; $20 off adult and student passes $5 for children and $10 for veterans. As in previous years, children under six years and adults 75 years and over receive free day passes or can purchase a season pass for a small processing fee. Cardrona is introducing a new ticketing system using smart card technology enabling skiers to have direct access to the lifts.

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The Wanaka Sun  

Wanaka's local weekly newspaper

The Wanaka Sun  

Wanaka's local weekly newspaper