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‘Speedo’, captained by eight-year-old Spencer Cunliffe and launched by his seven-year-old sister Holly, won best design at the Kahu Youth cardboard boat race on Sunday. There were ten entries for this year’s event which attracted a big audience to the lakefront.

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Height restriction for trees? Tim Brewster

Festival photos pages 8 & 9

Pink ponies on parade page 12

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Albert Town is in danger of becoming “a hard, intense urban environment dominated by buildings and fences,” if a community association recommendation restricting heights on plants and trees goes through, according to a local landscape architect. A proposed rule on boundary planting, outlined in a recently circulated discussion document by the QLDC, “potentially constrains an owner’s ability to aesthetically and environmentally enhance their own property. Fundamentally, it is anti-nature,” Alan

Cutler said. On the other side of the hedgerow is the Albert Town Community Association which wants to establish clear rules on planting in the township. In the document, sent to 750 residents requesting feedback on zoning and development by November 30, residents were asked about a rule restricting the height and type of boundary planting in Albert Town. The document states: “Discussions with the community association support the possible introduction of a rule requiring owners to keep all trees and hedgerows below 1.9m in height within 2m of

PHOTO: jo haines

their boundary.” Alan (pictured) shows

the maximum height that would be allowed for a

cabbage tree on an Albert Town property under the possible new bylaw. The measuring tape he is holding extends 2m from the boundary which would be the closest allowable distance for any plant more than 1.9 m high. “All we want to do is bring Albert Town into line with Wanaka and Lake Hawea,” ATCA chairperson Margaret Barrow said. The ruling would apply to new dwellings being built as well as new plantings on existing properties. The main issue is blocking views and sunlight, Margaret said. “I like my trees, but we’re just trying to tidy up an anomaly.” A major focus of the association for

the plan is stop species of wilding trees such as pines, Douglas firs and Eucalypts. The ATCA, made up of an estimated 30 households in Albert Town, attempted to get bylaws about plantings in place in the last district plan, but ran out of time, Margaret said. Former ATCA chair and current Wanaka Community Board member Bryan Lloyd said the association had been concerned for a number of years about a lack of clear guidelines especially in the case of large trees where there was little a neighbour could do if their light was being blocked. Continues page 2...


inbrief Competition catering The Wanaka and Districts Lions Club provided the catering for the Bike Wanaka 10 Hours of Deans Bank on Sunday. The nutritious menu, of baked potatoes, rib-eye steak sandwiches, vegetable soup and bacon and egg rolls, was popular among the competitors and all the proceeds from the event will be put into community projects. Lions’ member Mike Hartley said the group welcomes feedback on the catering and to get in touch if interested in getting involved with the club and making a difference in the community.

Height restriction for trees? Continued from page 1 QLDC policy analyst Monique Frampton said Lake Hawea and Wanaka are the only places in the Queenstown Lakes area that have the proposed rule in place, but under the property act, problematic trees can

be dealt with in Albert Town. “Some people like trees and others don’t. It’s a good topic as it does polarise people so it will be interesting.” A public meeting will be held after the feedback has been received with the final date for notification set for October 13, 2013

followed by formal submissions for a final decision on the District Plan. Groups such as the community associations don’t necessarily have more clout, she said. “It’s not about numbers, it’s about arguments relevant to the Resource Management Act.” The

feedback forms and public meetings are an informal way of getting as many people involved in the decision making process, she said. Alan said the new rules would be undesirable and unnecessary. “The proposal is particularly concerning

when considering small sections and large dwellings. The ATCA proposal is the thin edge of the wedge [creating] an urban environment that is sterile and lacking in greenery. Planting and trees should be encouraged not discouraged.”

Wastebusters restructures Caroline Harker The Wastebusters executive committee wants to change the organisation from an incorporated society to a community owned company, and is putting forward a motion to that effect at the annual general meeting on November 14. “While being an incorporated society was appropriate for the fledging organisation formed in 2000, it is no longer an appropriate legal structure for what has become a significant trading organisation,”

committee chair Russell McGeorge said. Originally formed by a group of residents who wanted to develop recycling in the area, Wastebusters is now a commercial organisation providing a range of recycling services, and recycling and environmental education and consulting services in the Upper Clutha and at a national level. In its last financial year Wastebusters had a turnover of $1.6 million with a payroll of $1 million. “Suchanoperationhassignificant operational and trading risks which

is why the executive committee wants to make this structural change,” Russell said. Theproposednewlimitedliability company will be called Wanaka Wastebusters Ltd, and be operated as a not-for-profit organisation. Sharesinthecompanywillbeowned by the Upper Clutha community, through a community trust. This new Wanaka Wastebusters Trust will be made up of representatives of various local community groups with some co-opted members. The trust will appoint the Wastebusters company directors.

Russell said the committee has consulted various community groups about the proposal and had good feedback. They also have the support of Sally Middleton, Bridget Rennie and Dr Denis Pezaro who were all part of the original group that established Wastebusters. There will be a drop-in session at the Lake Wanaka Centre on November 7 (a week before the meeting) for anyone wanting more information on the proposed changes.

Backcountry intent Tim Brewster Backcountry users are being urged to get familiar with and start using the new intentions system on the adventure smart website. Last year an estimated 600 intention forms were filled out at the Wanaka DOC office, but with the new system, trampers and mountaineers and other outdoor users will need to go on the internet to either download a form or email a trusted contact obut their plans. DOC Wanaka area manager Paul Hellebrekers is keen to get this new message out there and said one of the key

points of the Outdoor Safety Code is to “tell someone your plans before you go into the outdoors. This is particularly important in a remote place like Mount Aspiring National Park. The adventure smart website is a simple way of encouraging people to take these steps.” The website has options for leaving intentions from just telling someone where you are going through to an online service. This enables people to nominate a ‘trusted contact’ they can notify when they safely return from the outdoors. If they become overdue the trusted contact contacts emergency services.

The new system, developed in collaboration with NZ Police, NZ Search and Rescue, Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand, Land Search and Rescue and DOC will ensure a consistent approach to leaving intentions across New Zealand. It will also provide more certainty for search and rescue responses. Visitors are encouraged to organise leaving their intentions in advance before setting out on their venture. However it is still recommended to check in with local DOC visitor centres for up-to-date track and weather information before heading out.

National award for Jessica Caroline Harker Despite there being no fashion design course at MAC and having a mother who doesn’t sew, Year 13 student Jessica Jay (pictured) has beaten hundreds of students nationwide with her wearable art creation to be named Young Designer of the Year 2012. Jessica was competing against entries in photography, drawing and painting, architecture, lighting, product design and jewellery for the overall prize. “I sent in my entry and didn’t hear a thing for three whole


months and I was freaking out,” Jessica said. “Then I got an email on Friday [October

19] saying I had won Young Designer of the Year. Full-stop. It was amazing.” Jessica’s entry was a gown covered with 2000 feathers, each one sewn on individually by Jessica. “I wanted to do something with feathers and birds because they usually feature in my art. Birds represent freedom and the overall theme for the dress became freedom versus entrapment. That’s why it’s got a high Elizabethan neck at the front and a low back; and a long train on a short skirt. There are lots of references to women’s rights too.”

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Jessica’s gown was modelled by Year 12 student Katharina Stapper at the Passion for Fashion show last week, and yesterday Wanaka Wearable’s organiser Kate Paterson-Ross invited Jessica to enter that show too. Jessica is also a recipient of a $2000 grant from the Central Lakes Trust for her studies next year. She passed NCEA Level 2 with excellence last year and got a scholarship for Level 3 History. This year she is sitting scholarship in painting, photography and English and well as studying Level 3 classics by correspondence.


More submissions wanted on camping Caroline Harker The QLDC decided on Friday to go ahead with its amended draft bylaw on freedom camping and is calling for submissions, which need to be in by November 21. An extraordinary meeting of the council was called to discuss whether the bylaw was necessary and after much discussion council resolved it was. QLDC manager regulatory and corporate Lee Webster said he expects to receive a number of submissions, including some from submitters on the previous draft. Changes to the bylaw include a reduction in the size of the proposed no camping zone, in particular excluding land owned by LINZ. QLDC general manager community services Paul

Wilson said the Freedom Camping Act prevents the council from enforcing bylaws on land it does not administer. “LINZ was asked during

Another change in the amended bylaw proposal is to allow some camping at Waterfall Creek. “The proposal recommends allowing a limited number

The proposal recommends allowing a limited number of self-contained vehicles to camp at Waterfall Creek for a maximum of two nights. the select committee stage if the land it administered should be included in the Act and their advice to the minister was that they can manage freedom camping,” Paul said. “Our submission to the select committee sought to have LINZ land included in the Act. We will continue to encourage LINZ to manage its land to prevent the undesirable effects of freedom camping.”

of self-contained vehicles to camp at Waterfall Creek for a maximum of two nights,” Paul said. In the interim, council and its wardens throughout the district will continue to move freedom campers on from unacceptable camping spots (town centres and urban areas). Paul said the enforcement will be undertaken through the Litter Act.

Design dominates Caroline Harker Of the six MAC students who received $2000 tertiary education scholarships from the Central Lakes Trust on Tuesday, three are planning to study Design at Massey University in Wellington. They are Finlay Woods (pictured), Cody Tucker and Jessica Jay. Two of the other recipients also intend to go to Wellington, this time to Victoria University: Rosie Thomson wants to do a double degree in Law and Commerce, and Nicholas Jackson plans to study Architecture. The sixth recipient, and the only one intending to go to Otago University, is Gabriel Schwarz who wants to study Physical Education. Finlay Woods said he plans to specialize in industrial design, although he will also take some

PHOTO: caroline harker

film making papers. Finlay has already made a name for himself as a local filmmaker, in particular for his wakeboarding film starring Cody Tucker which did well at the Mountain Film Festival. Since then he has made a film

about singer Maggie Ruddenklau which she is using as her show reel. Finlay said the scholarship will be a great help to him in Wellington as he anticipates an expensive year. He also hopes to get last year’s summer job back again, planting tussocks at the proving grounds. The trust gave scholarships to 37 students from the Central Lakes district. The initiative was introduced in 2007 and 152 scholarships have been awarded in five years. Applicants have to be between 16 and 19 years old and have lived in the Central Lakes region for at least two years. The trust lets the five high schools in the region select scholarship recipients. The criteria include future aspirations, financial need, work ethic, community involvement and academic ability.

Climate change bad for snow

Blasting to cause delay There will be an extended delay of about one hour from 1pm today while blasting work is being carried out on State Highway 6 about 16km south of Makarora. The work involves removing around 500m³ of fractured rock to stabilise the slip that came down in early September. NZ Transport Agency area manager Central Otago, John Jarvis, said there will be ongoing delays of up to 20 minutes during each working day as clearance work continues.

Regeneration? Awaiting regeneration this burnt kowhai, estimated to be several hundred years old has survived a number of other burnoffs on Mount Roy, but possibly not last Mondays. PHOTO: supplied

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Climate change means in Central Otago we will have warmer temperatures, more rain and wind and fewer frosts, according to Lincoln University Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Tourism Susanne Becken, who spoke to the tourism sector yesterday. “Ski fields will increasingly rely on artificial snow-making to ensure snow reliability,” she said. “Later this century, temperatures will get so warm the windows for snowmaking will become quite limited.” Susanne spent three years researching the effects of climate change on tourism in Wanaka and Queenstown. “Queenstown and Wanaka are currently both winter and summer tourist destinations,

so significant climate change won’t write off the tourism industry per se because they already benefit from a relatively diversified portfolio,” she said. Susanne has also been involved with a recent study in Northland around disaster management planning for the Regional Tourism Organisation, and these findings will be presented to civil defence and tourism representatives today. “Although the topics sound a little like doomsday, the findings themselves will in fact assist the industry to anticipate change and be ‘disaster ready’ – putting them in a position of knowledge and confidence rather than having to be reactive,” Susanne said.


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Fun day fundraiser

Signs to garden by

A fun day gala will be held Saturday, November 3, at the Holy Family School on Aubrey Road. The money raised on the day will be used to fund literacy programmes, and to purchase technology and athletics equipment. The entertainment will include dunk the teacher, the bouncy castle and crazy bikes and cater to all ages from toddlers to adults. There will also be a Paddy’s market, auction items and raffle prizes.

What to do this month Make compost The lawn is growing rapidly: it is compost-making time with all those grass clippings. if you need some practical tips and easy composting solutions come to my local ‘Get Composting’ workshop next Thursday.

Nomination for Ralph Local identity Ralph Fegan has been nominated for the Aviation, Tourism and Travel Training Organisation A+ Awards which will be announced on November 2 at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington. Ralph is the airport operations manager at Wanaka Airport and undertook his NCEA level qualification in Airport Operations and Safety which qualified him for the awards. On the ATTTO website Ralph’s referee is quoted as saying: “It has certainly been a pleasure to assist him in gaining this qualification and I can only hope that all of my future assessments can be as enjoyable and positive as what Ralph has made his. I feel he is a great ambassador for ATTTO and should help encourage anyone no matter what age to accept the challenge of gaining another qualification.”

Sow Sow more seeds in containers every couple of weeks to keep those seedlings coming. Sow some carrot seed direct in the garden

Plant, plant and plant some more... PHOTO: ben elms

As always the growing season is shaping up to keep us on our toes with a fantastic spring-like winter and a wintery spring: not unusual living among these mountains. Knowing when to plant your plants takes some local knowledge (and luck), and everyone loves to pass on their favourite rules. “Sow your broad beans on Anzac day”, “plant your garlic on winter solstice”, “plant your garden at Labour Weekend” and “plant your spuds and tomatoes when the snow has melted off Mount Roy” are some of the classics. But what to do when there is a quality dump of fresh snow on Mount Roy and you could be waiting weeks? I dive in and take a risk, attempting to soften the potential failures. I quietly planted tomatoes

in the tunnel house at the beginning of October hoping Jack Frost wouldn’t hear about them: so far, so good. That’s not to say Jack Frost hasn’t visited, he just hasn’t made it into my tunnel house. One of the biggest signs I look out for in the garden is a southerly wind of any sort. If the wind is blowing southerly when I go to bed I know there’s a good chance that it will be clear and still, with Jack jumping all over my garden in the morning. With this knowledge in hand, out comes the frost cloth and straw, and the plants at risk are tucked up and hidden from his frosty tentacles. Don’t be under any illusions: Jack Frost can pay a visit any month of the year so keep an eye out for those southerly evening winds. It’s not just the southerly

winds we need to keep an eye on. The northerly winds can be just as damaging, with their strength and ferocity day after day. You can easily lose freshly planted, tender young seedlings to a day or two of the nor’wester. Put up some kind of windbreak to give them a chance of establishing themselves. Think outside the box here, there is no need to spend money. Have a look around the garden at what you can reuse or get down to Wastebusters to see what you can use with a bit of imagination. When planting seedlings you’ve grown or purchased, remember to acclimatise them first. They’ve been growing somewhere cosy and warm, you need to give them at least a few days near their new home before you plant them out.

Plant tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, eggplants and capsicums inside a glass or tunnel house. Plant a zucchini in your tunnel or glass house for an early crop. You can pull it out when space becomes a premium and outside plants are established. Plant out onion seedlings, try planting three of four together as a space saver. Plant a comfrey patch somewhere you want it to be forever, it’s a great plant for creating liquid fertiliser teas and putting in the compost heap. Plant a strawberry bed if you haven’t already. It is not too late to get some taste sensations later in the season. If the weather is looking good this month, start planting your pumpkins and corn outside. Plant them next to a heat sink like a glass or tunnel house, a north-facing wall or a water tank, this will help them survive any unexpected visits by Jack Frost.

PHOTO: ben elms


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Back to school MAC PHOTO: Eachann Bruce

Caroline Harker The MAC 25th reunion has been haled a great success by organisers with 80 people registering and more than 300 attending the main event: MAC a Night of It. The evening featured past and present school musicians including The Slur Tones, Jody Direen, Bobby Sarginson, Sonata McLeod, Anna van Riel, Martine Harding, Tim Chillman, Ashley Hale, Rockhopper, Colour Classic, Jeromy van Riel and kapa haka and the Wolfmen. The night was organised by former MAC Head of Music Lynne Christie who taught many of the musicians. Committee member Katy Macpherson said it was wonderful seeing the teachers and students from 1987 arrive at the school on Friday afternoon. “It was great seeing them catching up after so many years,” she said.

On Saturday morning the school kapa haka group welcomed visitors and the school’s new sculpture, Sentinel by Mark Hill, was unveiled during the opening ceremony. Former pupils had a tour of the school and staff had a special reunion lunch. The school’s first principal Mike Allison was a special guest at the event. During his 11 years at the helm Mike established the school hostel, the outdoor pursuits programme, the students in the community programme and the international language centre. He is credited with establishing the ‘positive, progressive school culture that defines MAC to this day’. MAC’s second principal Maurie Jackways was also at the reunion. During his reign Maurie brought in the Rutherford programme, saw the roll reach 500 and oversaw the building of new classrooms, courtyards, playgrounds and an administration block. The current

principal is Wayne Bosley and MAC has more than 700 pupils. Pictured below are kapa haka group performers Mariah Nelson, Layne Opetaia and Samatha Haynes.

PHOTO: Susan Turnbull

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wastebusters Supporting young gardeners A local organic farmer gave us a call at Wastebusters a couple of weeks ago with a proposition. John McRae (Wanaka Organics) would like to donate 25 percent of the proceeds from the organic eggs he sells in the next month to Wastebusters, to support the work we do in the community. That includes the eggs he sells to local cafes, as well as eggs sold direct to the public. Wow, how can you say no to an offer like that! The money will help support the Enviroschools work that Simon Williams does with early learning centres in the Upper Clutha. Simon will be able to spend more time with the teachers and kids, and some of the money will be spent on tools, seeds, compost

or raised beds; whatever they need to grow some plants in their own gardens. Enviroschools is a ten-year-old nation-wide programme teaching children about sustainability. Simon is the local facilitator and he now has all the Upper Clutha primary schools on board, as well as three of the early childhood centres. He has helped schools build worm farms and taught them about composting, recycling and zero waste. Often his job entails taking workshops for teachers so they pass on information about sustainability. He also connects people up – for example if a school wants to set up an orchard or a vegetable garden Simon will find someone with the right skills to help them do that.

John McRae is passionate about healthy, local food, so he is rapt to support the schools and early learning centres in the work they’re doing to show their kids where food comes from. He likes it so much he also offered to donate a tray of eggs to each early learning centre for their baking or healthy lunch programmes. Recent research in the UK shows that fewer than half of young people there knew butter comes from a cow, and a third didn’t know eggs come from hens. No chance of that here when the preschools have their own gardens and sometimes even their own hens. - Gina Dempster

Poet Laureate in Wanaka New Zealand Poet Laureate (2009-2011) Cilla McQueen will perform in Wanaka on November 9. She lives in Bluff and has been invited to Wanaka by Poetic Justice. Cilla has published ten volumes of poetry and has won the New Zealand Book Award for Poetry three times. She has been represented in most anthologies of New Zealand poetry since the early 1980s. Her words have been incorporated in

paintings by the artist Ralph Hotere and in musical compositions by David Farquar, Gillian Whitehead and Anthony Ritchie. She was awarded a Hon. Litt D. by Otago University in 2008. According to the Oxford Companion to New ZealandLiterature:“Writing poetry developed out of McQueen’shabitofkeeping a diary, which explains its approach to life as a rich mixture of days, moments, casual acquaintances,

intimate confessions and occasional shopping

A poetic performance Organiser and founder of the annual Cardrona Folk Festival, Martin Curtis, in full flight at the popular Performance Poets Brunch session at the Labour Weekend festival. New Zealand music aficionados from all over the country and two from Australia attended the 37th festival. This year’s theme was ‘gold’ to mark the 150th anniversary since the discovery of gold in the Cardrona river. PHOTO: Gilbert van Reenen

lists: ‘One Marmite one coffee one flour. One / fine day with or without frost’ (‘The Shopping’). Despite its eclecticism, certain characteristics recur. She writes of the Otago region with an intensity reminiscent of Ruth Dallas or James K Baxter, yet with a unique personal perspective on these landscapes ‘that we trample / or stroke with our toes or eat or lick / tenderly or pull apart’ (‘Living Here’).”

New Ruby Island cabaret An eight-piece ragtime band will entertain guests at a cabaret on Ruby Island in February next year. The event is intended to echo the legendary Saturday night cabarets held on the island between 1928 and 1932 and guests will be asked to dress in “befitting attire”. The original cabarets were held on a dance floor which had a base of car tyres ‘for ultimate dancing pleasure’. A new dance floor will be built at the top of the island on the original site. “It’s an absolute privilege to restage this event, and the feedback from the community has been overwhelming,” Lake Wanaka SouNZ Inc director Lynne Christie said. She is keen to hear from anyone with memories of the island, especially from the early days (prior to 1950). Sound recordings and photographs will make up part of an audio-visual zone during the cabaret. Lynne hopes it will become a regular event, held every second year.

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Dan Trewern from Dunedin is pictured competing in the under 19 men Urban Downhill on Saturday. Eighty-eight riders took up the downhill challenge negotiating obstacles on Lismore Park before facing the stairs onto Ardmore Street, a quick bike through a recycling truck and onto the Dinosaur Park.

Valerie Franzisca Jochmann and Claudio Andruetto enjoy the festival.

PHOTO: john foster

PHOTO: john foster

Ben McNab from Wanaka falls from crate stacking.

Isabel and Sofia Fitzgerald with their dog Cleo ready for the pet parade.

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PHOTO: john foster

Local woman Jes Guy won the South Island women’s disc golf championship held during the weekend at Lismore Park. Jes won her competition by nine points and was the only local person in the top six. She was also the first woman in more than five years to make the top six.

Manider Sindh strikes the ball during the beach cricket on Pembroke Park. PHOTO: nikki heath


PHOTO: john foster

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‘Jetty’ the boat was captained by Blake Alty, 11, who is at the rear of the boat and crewed by Louis Hughes, 12. They won the fastest time at the Kahu Youth Cardboard Boat race on Sunday.

Strong winds on Saturday temporarily disrupted the entertainment on the main stage but the problem was fixed in time for Anna Coddington’s afternoon set.

PHOTO: john foster

PHOTO: john foster

Jax Hamilton shows off one of the master class dishes she prepared on Saturday.

With the lake temperature at about 12 degrees Celcius, only the brave took the plunge on Sunday.

PHOTO: john foster PHOTO: john foster

Babu Blatt, modelling for Wanaka Wastebusters, leads Matthew Quirk on the catwalk at last week’s Passion for Fashion and Veronica Saldana modelled for Base. About 500 people attended the sell-out show which was staged in Mitre 10’s timber yard last Thursday.

PHOTO: john-jo ritson

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BOARD Removing a fire risk by starting a large out of control fire, excuse me if I fail to see the logic. Hopefully the farmer who lit the mt roy fire is heavily fined as well as being made to cover all the firefighting costs. 70 ha of doc land burnt The i-site charges commission for taking bookings. The businesses that don’t pay commission don’t do bookings through the i-site. They still pay a fee for advertising. If you happen to be driving on central roads and come across a group of cyclists try taking your foot off the gas and engaging your brain, it will be great for your stress level, these are public roads after all, what’s the big hurry anyway Congrats on yet another excellent editorial. I agree The time has come to make burn-offs a thing of the past. I’ve been here 19 years and don’t consider myself a local and I’m not a farmer. The farms here are mostly handed down through generations and they’re the ones who have shaped Wanaka into what it is today, I sense that negative comments last week about the burnoffs are from “new locals” which are the type this town doesn’t need! Freedom camping, like when u go tramping , climbing or mountaineering. Or are these activities exempted. Three strikes of a match is all it takes to go unpunished when setting fire to DOC estate. Can we finally expect action from DOC, or another “fireside” chat? It seems FH on a ute stands for in a Flicking Hurry. No need to observe speed limits, yellow lines or oncoming traffic. From a local a real local,that was the best thing to happen to that head high bracken(so called native bush) enjoy the green mountain in weeks to come Megs you did so much more than you got credit for. We know the truth of it. You were also the mvp As if we’d needed proof: shouldn’t have messed with the Jersey! Not sure if people know but a ground fire/ burn off is The best thing for vegetation regeneration and the scrub on that face was rubbish anyway. Not great that it got out of control but better for the land in the long run! quit moaning about cyclists its a great healthy sport and better for our community than an intolerant attitude Gosh it would be nice to have a pedestrian crossing on the lakefront. Couldn`t get across the other day! Shame on u locals that didn’t show 4 the mac reunion, people came from auzzie, up north, nelson 2 c u. The views expressed in the text board and in the Letters to the Editor are those of the author alone and not necessarily those of the Wanaka Sun.


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editorial Even with a howling wind that almost lifted the wine and food marquee up to the hills, last weekend was a great success. Labour Weekend is traditionally the first busy presummer get together for a lot of Wanakabound holiday makers and travellers. There is now, something for most tastes. Ten hours on a bike, or an urban downhill or skateboard race, and beach cricket. A rapidly evolving fashion show, street parade, the afore mentioned food and wine, music from MAC-a-night-of-it and other locals and imports, art and full days of entertainment for the kids. Consider the effort put into the cardboard boat race. Kids don’t always just play on computers all the time in Wanaka. Watching the huge amount of family involvement in the activities like simple pleasures of the wheelie bin race makes that obvious. Despite the Gucci farmstylers, encroaching urbanisation and café culture of Wanaka darkly observed by some of our more earthy residents, Wanaka still wants to be a country town.

Commission clarity In response to the letter from last week, ‘Challenging time for tourism’, our business is one of those named as not paying commission to the i-Site. Unfortunately what wasn’t reported is that we, along with the other named activity operators, do not have our product sold at the i-Site (no bookings are made) therefore we have no booking agent relationship thus no commission agreement. We have our product featured in various formats in more than 30 i-Sites around the country all under this type of arrangement - many operators around the country operate on this basis. Our business is not capacity-restricted nor operates scheduled services unlike many others that for these reasons stand to benefit from a centrally located booking agent. It has always been our business decision to not utilise the i-Site network as a booking agent, but rather solely as a source of information as indeed more than 80 percent of visitors to the i-Site use it for. I hope this clears up any misunderstandings caused by the article. Duncan Spear Puzzling World EDITOR’S NOTE: In the October 11 article “Commission hike queried” one of the suggestions made to the Wanaka Sun by local operators on how to keep the commission rate down included charging commission to those operators who presently don’t pay. Duncan has subsequently brought it to our attention that the companies mentioned in the article do not pay commission as booking are not made through the i-Site. We apologise to the companies for the misunderstanding.

Too fast I notice with increasing concern the speed with which motorists are travelling through Lake Hawea township recently. No doubt nothing will be done until, as on previous occasions, there is a serious accident or fatality. Motorists, whether local people or visitors to the area, perhaps lulled by our sleepy aspect or rustic looks, appear to think they are exempt from legal speed restrictions and so may speed through the village with a supreme indifference to the local populace. In a long period of local residency I have noted any number of instances of near-accidents by virtue of humans, children, on foot and bikes or trikes, dogs, cats and other road hazards. The police cannot be expected to monitor the roads 24 hours a day. I would therefore recommend that consideration be given by the authorities that a chicane or two, some judder bars (as installed in the centre of Wanaka, with apparent acceptance and success) or even a roundabout be installed in appropriate locations. Name supplied, Lake Hawea

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Wakatipu wins Joanna Nimmo’s acrylic ‘Wakatipu’ (pictured) won the painting section of the Wanaka Arts Society Labour Weekend exhibition. There were about 80 paintings in the exhibition as well as ceramics, works in fibre and patchwork, e m b ro i d e r y, p h o t o g r a p h y, wood, sculpture and printmaking. Most entrants (including Joanna) were from the Upper Clutha although entries were received from as far away as Garston in the south and Auckland in the north. Vice president Jim Bohm said 819 people attended the exhibition, far more than in previous years. “Sales were also substantially higher than usual and we had a lot of comments about the high standard of the work on display,” he said. Metalworker Ernie Maluschnig was the guest artist at the exhibition, and this years judges were Trevor Scott, Janet Malloch and Ann Salmond.

- Caroline Harker

Theft Police received information that the offenders involved in thefts from cars on the West Coast, as well as a campervan that was broken into at the Blue Pools car park, may be driving a light coloured BMW. Senior sergeant Allan Grindell said: “If you see the occupants of a vehicle fitting this description acting suspiciously please contact police immediately.” A Luggate resident reported a boat winch handle stolen from a boat and trailer parked on their property.

Vehicle accidents

Pink ponies on parade Clyde Pony Club hosted a “Think Pink” mini show on Sunday to raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer NZ. Pink was the theme of the day with special ribbons, spot prizes and raffles. The show catered for riders of all ages and abilities, the youngest was four

years old. Show classes were held in the morning followed by a grand parade and supreme champion judging. The hack title was won by Wanaka horsewoman Pip Thompson and Gem Star, and six-yearold Billie Willson and Fortification Kitty Kelly

(pictured) won reserve champion led rein. Riders were encouraged to decorate their mounts and themselves for the afternoon jumping classes and various pink embellishments, including onesies, tinsel and fairy wings were seen in the ring. PHOTO: Infinity Images

Police in Wanaka attended a number of vehicle accidents in the last week. A male cyclist was hit by a vehicle at an intersection and received minor injuries. Due to fatigue a driver crossed the centre line and crashed. A reversing driver clipped another vehicle. A vehicle, indicating to turn, was rear ended by a following vehicle. A driver lost control of their vehicle and crashed into private property. A pillion passenger sustained moderate injuries in a motorbike accident on the Crown Range. A local man overdue from a trip to Queenstown was located by Queenstown Police. He had been badly injured in a vehicle accident and was flown to Dunedin Hospital for treatment.

Domestic incidents In the last week police were called to two separate domestic incidents where alcohol was a contributing factor.

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

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Clothes drier for sale, $100 ono, ph 4434175

Wheat 4 sale, whole & crushd, 30kg@$25. Crushd barley and chicken mash too. 4434944/ 0212515510

Astrology for Beginners course starts 3rd November. Enrol now - call Carol Squires, fully qualified Astrologer, 35 years’ experience 4432719, 0210448666,

car/van/4wd service & repair, 6 month 5000km warranty,$30/ hr 0220465893 www.facebook. com/RisingSunAutomotive

Spring into Summer - get out of winter mode with Nirvana’s detox. or call 4432252 for details.

Make an offer-2 seater + 1 seater couches. Call 027576213 or 443 5115 AH Cactus Clothing at Racers Edge. Super tough pants, jackets and shorts. For workwear or leisure they last forever – like good memories. 03 443 7882 Triathlon junkies - We have Blue Seventy at Racers Edge the Tri specialists. New 2013 Blue Seventy Reaction, Helix and Fusion Wetsuits plus goggles, caps, gloves and socks. Belts/accessories and nutrition. It’s all at Racers Edge. For amazing last season wetsuit deals visit 03 443 7882 Sunglasses in stock at Racers Edge.All price ranges from Bolle, Smith, Vuarnet and Oakley. It might be a bit nippy still, but hey, the sun is shining! Troy Lee bike tops, shorts and gloves all at super reductions. Massive deals. Call into Racers Edge on Ardmore St and find out more 03 443 8855 Beautiful china tea cup bird feeders, great for attracting wax eyes and bell birds to your garden. Make the perfect presents $20 ph 443 1017 or txt 021 680 110 Fax/copy/scan. Brother machine for sale. Hardly used. 20 dollars. Txt 027 4434143 Firewood - free delivery. Old man pine, $60 per/metre. Phone Shane 021 0237 9852 GYM WEIGHTS BENCH, leg curl, curl mate and weight stand. 70 Dollars. Txt 027 443 4143 Half price off everything at the Salvation Army Family Store until they move Quality gift baskets full of central otago tasty treats. Delivered anywhere in nz. Order now for xmas. Kauri wood doors $260 each, Sheepskin rug 1.60m x 1.70m $480, Antique wooden rocking chair $580, Cobcraft pottery kiln $1200. 0211119218 Subaru Legacy Station Wagon 2000. 2lt Auto 95k. Silver, ski racks, good tires, wof&reg. $8800. Ph 4431434 or 0274640415 TELESCOPE FOR SALE. Start price 50 dollars. Trade Me listing 526131477. Closes SUNDAY. Would make a great present.

Xmas toy raffle $500 of toys, $3 or two for $5 tickets @ Wanacare and childcares or ph 021541204 Wanaka Toy library

notices Calling local musos. Book your busking slot at the summer farmers market. 0273679940 or email anna@ Catch The East’s Liv McBride and Graeme Woller 4-6pm at this weeks Farmers market. Delicious Organic acoustica :-) Cult Skate Wheels | Sabre Longboard trucks in Wanaka. Available online by NZ distributer. www.terrabangskate. com Website Design & SEO Professional Web Design Services from Web4 Wanaka, Expert Web Designers for SEO, eCommerce and Online Marketing. • 027 472 9908 Emergency Compost Toilet workshop. What to do if the shit hits the proverbial fan. Wanaka WasteBusters, this Sunday 1~3.30pm Emergency Compost Toilet workshop... spread the word and see you there :)

Racers Edge is pleased to announce the introduction of a 10% discount to our Friends of Racers Edge Loyalty Rewards programme. Salvation Army Family Store MonFri 10am – 5pm, Saturdays 10am- 4pm SELL YOUR PRODUCT! Book a stall at the Holy Family School Gala Nov3. 10am to 2. Ring 0273196968

DOGS NEED DAILY EXERCISE. I can help you give your dog its daily walk. Pet Care Services Wanaka. Ph 021 201 1121. GENTLE YOGA. $10 Classes at 9 Tyndall St Wanaka. Mon, Wed 9.30AM. Tues 8.45AM. Thurs Mums and Bubs 10AM. Jen 443.1672.

The Luggate Hotel Sunday Session this week feat Dangerous Mike and the Destroyer from 3pm. See you there!

JP SERVICES at Community Networks Tuesdays 1 to 2pm and. Fridays 10.30 to 11. 30 For appointments call 4437799

Wanaka Wastebusters AGM. Armstrong Room at the Lake Wanaka Centre on Wed Nov 14th at 7pm. All welcome.

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

WILD HEARTS WELLNESS FESTIVAL Wanaka 24-25 Nov Lake Wanaka Ctr. Stalls & more avail for hire $100 for weekend. Ring Christine 443.1777

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Haast furnished unit available for nightly or weekly rate ph or txt 0272435318.

Racers Edge Loyalty Rewards programme The more you spend the greater your loyalty discount. Just ask, sign up and you’ll get it

90 min Massage & Facial -Spring Special at Nirvana Retreat. or call 4432252 for details.

Get Composting’ workshop Thursday 1st Nov, 12.30pm - 2.30pm, Wanaka QLDC council office, 47 Ardmore St

ASPIRING MASSAGE WANAKA. Deep tissue, sport, relaxation. Trevor Bailey. Available 7 days. 4432993 or 0274222455

Lookout Lodge residential retreat 9-11 November. Re-charge and rejuvenate on many levels. See or ring Jen 443.1672.

DOGGY DAYCARE. Loving care for your dog staying at my home while you’re on holiday. Pet Care Services Wanaka ph 021 201 1121

FUN CLIMBING COMPETITION: Sun 4 nov, Basecamp. Top rope (lots of age groups) 10-1pm; Lead 1-3pm. Register on the day, $15 entry, more info ph 443 1110

Forest & Bird field trip. Saturday 27th October. 10am. Come and see the miniature world of the Pisa Flats in full bloom. Meet at the Red Tractor turn-off on the Cromwell to Wanaka Road. Afterwards an inspection of the Elfin Totara Reserve on the slopes of the Pisa Range. For more info please contact Andrew Penniket 021 342 187 or 03 443 1211

Lions club new members please contact the President on 03 443 2909 or at For feedback on the catering contact

CARAVAN and campervan renovation, repair, custom design, fabrication. Mobile service optional. Steve at Overland Engineering. 022.097.4596

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Babysitter available with 20yrs experience. Current first-aid. Nites only. Ph 0223014391 Babysitter/Nanny Available to help you when you need it! Have references. 022 080 2330 Personal Assistant available in Wanaka. Please call 021 999 370 or 443 4039.

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Need a Taxi? Try KT. Local Rates, Friendly Service Ph 443 9368 or 0800 27 27 00 Osteopaths are medically trained to diagnose the exact cause if your pain so we get results quickly. Call The Wanaka Osteopathic Clinic on 443 OSTE for ACC. PET MINDING AT YOUR HOME. Daily visits for feeding, attention and cuddles while you’re away. Pet Care Services Wanaka. Ph 021 201 1121 Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls at Wanaka Wellness Ctr. Deep relaxation. $20 group sessions ea 2nd, 4th Tues 5.30 24 Dungarvon St. 443.1672 Jen Babysitter available in Wanaka. Please call 021 999 370 or 443 4039. Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls: Soothe nervous system, balance energy and chakras. $20 group sessions ea Mon 1.30 9 Tyndall St. Private/couple appts. 443.1672 Jen Dog Walker available in Wanaka. Please call 021 999 370 or 443 4039. Septic Tank Cleaning, Oasis servicing, Porta loo hire and cleaning, Ph Aaron, Septic Tank Cleaners Wanaka 4434175 0800885886 “Sharing strategies for coping with long-term illness and/or disability”. Gold coin donation. Friday October 26, 10 – 11.30am, showroom next to Print It.

Sump cleaning services, ph Aaron 4434175 WANAKA WINDOW CLEANING professional, friendly, efficient service. Enjoy those mountain views. High, awkward windows a specialty. Paolo 021 0572505/ 4432420 Wanaka Window Cleaning Xmas bookings now being taken. Professional, friendly, efficient service. Call Paolo now. 021 0572505/ 4432420 WHEELS TO DUNSTAN:Free daily transport to Dunstan Hospital & Alexandra specialist appointments,Bookings call 4437799 Girl Friday available in Wanaka. Please call 021 999 370 or 443 4039. House and pet minder available, local, mature, honest female. Any dates during December to April please phone 443 1017 Party Planner available in Wanaka. Please call 021 999 370 or 443 4039. Service? Bike? You? Yes, it happens to every bike just like most humans. They need TLC. Call 03 443 8855 for expert guidance.

thanks THANK YOU! From Wanaka Playgroup. P.S. Jellybean- guessing raffle results next week... Wanaka Playgroup thanks everyone who baked or bought or manned the stall (or all three!) for our Wanakafest Cake Stall.

wanted Salvation Army – Volunteers wanted for Saturday’s 10-12, 12-2, 2-4pm Please call into the store- various hours available. Help us to help others. Caretaking position wanted for local single mother with 12-year-old daughter and two well-behaved dogs. 10 years caretaking experience on small and large properties, excellent references. Looking for somewhere long term to call home 4434030 or 021999370. Volunteers wanted – Salvation Army Family Store Mon- Fri 3.30-5pm. Please call in to see if you are able to help Open for sale of pre-loved goods and donations. Help us to help others Girls Mac Shirts needed. Please call 021 999 370 or 443 4039.

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sport results Bridge results: Monday 22 October: North/ South:- Bob Menlove, Ken Roberts 58.10% 1. Pamela Buchanan, Mary Gibson-Collings %54.86% 2. Deirdre Lynch, Heather Wellman 53.94% 3. East/ West:- Annette Clements, Lyn Howson 59.03% 1. Noeline Goldsbrough, Pat Ross 56.25% 2. Joy Baxter, Linda Sutton 55.56% 3. Friday Bridge 19 October: North/South:- Lynne Fegan, Maggie Stratford 70.95% 1. Toni Cathie, Dorothy McDonald 56.19% 2.

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Pamela Buchanan, Margaret Waterman 48.57% 3. East/West:- Gretta Bussell, Lyn Howson 61.11% 1. Joy Baxter, Barbara Waterworth 52.78% 2. Noeline Goldsbrough, Claire Romeril 51.67% 3 Wanaka Bowls Results Week ending 19:10:12 Friday Progressive Skips 1 G Cross 2 R Hamill 3 K Chartres Thirds 1 B Russell 2 F Anderson 3 M Wilson, Leads 1 D Schofield 2 N Dippie 3 R McLean

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deans bank Locals shine in endurance race Four-hundred-and-sixty-two competitors completed 2171 10.4km laps at the Racers Edge Trek-Wanaka 10 hour at Deans Bank on Sunday. The best of the local contingent were Brian Weedon (second) and Andrew McCloud (third) in the solo veterans; also in second place were Floortje Draisma in solo women and Horohoro Paihikara in the men’s team event; and coming in first in the mixed team event was local team Collectively T and more. Pictured is Jamie McFarlane finishing a race lap. PHOTO: john-jo ritson

Croquet anyone? Tim Brewster Wanaka’s croquet club enthusiasts are concerned they may lose their facilities without an injection of new players. The membership is estimated to be less than 30, club president Brian Gilbert (pictured) said. The club’s financial issues came to a head recently when their ride-on lawnmower broke down. A

replacement mower would almost empty the club’s coffers and leave insufficient funds for any ongoing maintenance. Any suggestions or offers of support would be welcome, club member Ken Bragan said. “We have an excellent facility and it would be a shame if it died,” he said. The club has a social morning on Wednesdays at 10am and new players are welcome.

available NOW at Phone: 03 443 8000 Top of Helwick Street, Wanaka

Adaptive events for Winter Games

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New Zealand’s adaptive snowsport athletes will have the opportunity to compete against the world’s best next August following the confirmation of three events for the Winter Games. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will be hosted by Winter Games NZ for the World Cups in alpine slalom, giant slalom and para-snowboard cross. “This is great for New Zealand, Winter Games and the athletes from throughout the world being able to help towards qualifying for Sochi. With the event being a World

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Cup this will help attract so many more athletes from around the globe to come and compete. Personally for me I am very excited. To have a World Cup here at home is going to be an amazing feeling,” Paralympic gold medallist

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Adam Hall said. The three IPC events join five FIS events bringing the total number of World Cup events to eight as part of Winter Games NZ 2013. “We strongly believe no distinction should

be made between any athletes that perform at the highest possible level, against the best in the world,” Winter Games NZ CEO Arthur Klap said. “The last two Games have shown how well combining able bodied and adaptive athletes in the same competition on the same courses works and we continue to work for even greater opportunities for these athletes.” The results of the World Cup events will count towards qualification points for selection for the Sochi Paralympic games.

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