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Helping out on the fifth annual Wanaka Sun Christmas Food Drive are Tony Williams, Lucas McTavish, Shea Williams, Billy Sandri and Nigel Sandri. They stopped for a photo while collecting donations in Hawea Flat.

Thanks for the bus page 2

Weather slows growers page 5


Making their own page 7

The gift of giving pages 8 & 9

Who’s the cowboy? page 12

rental listings


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Waiting for summer

Tim Brewster

With only brief windows of good weather in the early part of summer, commercial lake-based operators have been surviving but are looking for more settled conditions to cope with the busy Christmas rush. Simon Stewart from Lakeland Adventures said December is “looking a bit grim” but the year overall has been better. “We are definitely receiving more Asians and Indians.” The increase in business has been needed to offset extra costs such as rates which have risen by 137 percent, he said. Wanaka Kayaks owners Hamish and Lindy Clarbull said inconsistent weather meant they were only just starting to get custom a week before Christmas. Now in their sixth summer of operation, they get mainly New Zealand customers in January, with mostly Europeans and Australians in February. “There are a surprising number of fit people in their 60s who rent a kayak to go to Ruby Island for a picnic,” Hamish said. Guided kayaking tours were also

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getting more popular. A new parasailing business on the lake set up by local swim coach Fiona Hezinger and her professional skydiver husband Jeno has taken two years of preparation, including doing 600 training flights to gain their qualifications for a commercial venture. Fiona also has a background in surf lifesaving and marine

search and rescue and the two are “definitely optimistic” about their new venture, she said, with three customers on their first day on Saturday. Bookings for the Matukituki jetboat operator Wanaka River Journeys are on a par with previous years and they have had “the best November ever,” Sue Pihama said. Like most operators most

of their bookings are often the day before so it is hard to predict how the summer business will progress, she said. They have noticed an increase in Asian visitors, noticeably from Malaysia and Singapore, as well as an increase in Americans with Australian numbers remaining strong but British and European numbers noticeably down from previous years. The most significant change in booking trends is the much more frequent use of Trip Advisor she said. Chris Riley of Eco Wanaka Adventures said numbers were definitely down on free independent travellers making direct bookings due to weather patterns and a downturn of travellers generally into New Zealand. During the winter New Zealand families were not spending on alternative non-skiing activities such as their trips to Mou Waho Island. “European, English and US are still ticking along, but the Australian market is failing due to their currency being so strong allowing affordable travel further abroad,” Chris said. “A summer would be nice now.”



Panto time Matthew Wilson played the Scarecrow in Wanaka Primary School’s end of year pantomime ‘The Wizard of Oz’. The acting, costumes and makeup impressed the audiences of the two shows the children put on last week.

Carols in the park The Dinosaur Park was full of families on Saturday evening enjoying the annual community Christmas carol event hosted by the Combined Churches of Wanaka choir. PHOTO: wanaka sun

Thanks for the ‘bus’ Tim Brewster

to make the walk to school as safe and enjoyable as possible. Having two adults on the ‘bus’ will make it safer and more enjoyable for the children, but we only have one adult at the moment who can walk every day,” council infrastructure services manager, Denis Mander said. Pictured receiving their vouchers are Richard Cubie, Kath Wilson, Lorraine Knowles, Shirley Allan, New World manager Dean Bartley and Paul Tamati. Absent is Debbie Kaye.

Volunteers who helped in the first year of the Wanaka school walking bus received a Christmas treat in the form of a grocery voucher on Monday, courtesy of the QLDC and New World supermarket. The six helpers took turns walking a group of children living in the Mount Iron area to Wanaka Primary School every day, and as numbers grow, more volunteers are being requested. “We want PHOTO: tim brewster

Acting against bullying Caroline Harker When drama teacher Bridget Brady heard about a programme called Acting against Bullying she thought she would love her daughters to do it, so she decided to run the five day programme here in January. It’s for seven to 11 year olds and will be held at Hawea Flat School. “I know it’s the school holidays but it’s a fun course and the children will really enjoy it,” she said. Bridget came across Acting against Bullying while studying for a teaching diploma at Massey. “It looks at the bully, the


bullied and the power of the bystander,” she said. “The bystander is one of the most powerful people in a bullying situation. They can

generally agree bullying isn’t a huge problem in the area they say there are some isolated cases and it’s good for children and parents to

I know it’s the school holidays but it’s a fun course and the children will really enjoy it. say ‘We don’t like what you’re doing’.” The programme uses acting techniques with children playing different roles in various scenarios. “It’s going to be amazing,” she said. While local teachers

know how to deal with it when it occurs. More than 60 parents from all over the district attended a workshop at the beginning of this year on helping children be more resistant to bullying. Speakers at the workshop

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included the local police education officer, truancy officer, children’s social worker and resource teacher (learning and behaviour). Wanaka Primary School principal Wendy Bamford said she brings in “the experts” very quickly when they are needed. “All schools have a problem with conflicts and disputes,” she said. “We have zero tolerance for bullying and we deal with it proactively. All the schools do.” See sunspots for details


Bylaw disappoints locals Caroline Harker The freedom camping bylaw was finally adopted at the QLDC meeting on Tuesday (December 18), leaving many Hawea residents disappointed the no camping zone does not extend up SH6 on the western side of Lake Hawea, despite it being an area with many signs of ‘abuse’ from freedom campers. The new bylaw states no freedom camping of any kind is allowed in specific areas around the Lake Hawea, Wanaka and Makarora townships. The Hawea zone extends from 400m north of the motor camp on SH6 around the southern foreshore to 400m north of John’s Creek on Timaru Creek Road, and south to Cemetery Road. Now the bylaw has gone through this area will once again be policed by council-trained volunteer wardens.

The western side of Lake Hawea (SH6) has been excluded because the land belongs to Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), and the council has no jurisdiction over it. Members of both Guardians of Lake Hawea and the Hawea Community Association (HCA) are

the Wanaka Sun it “manages” the western side of Lake Hawea. “Our service provider will undertake regular inspections of these areas over the peak camping season to address any freedom camping issues,” he said in an email. The service provider is APL Property Queenstown Limited. Bill said the

LINZ seems to have found it difficult to attend to our local concerns. frustrated by the situation. “We have urged council to negotiate with LINZ so some sensible restrictions can be put in place,” said guardian Barbara Chinn. “[Council staff] Gordon Bailey and Paul Wilson have tried very hard to talk to LINZ but they are not very co-operative. LINZ seems to have found it difficult to attend to our local concerns.” LINZ manager Bill Naik told

area is inspected weekly, and there will be two additional inspections over the Christmas period. APL representative Jeff Reidy said he was unable to talk to media regarding LINZ business. LINZ has agreed to a meeting with council and the HCA in late January “to review the current approach to managing freedom camping around Lake Hawea”. Councillor Jude Batson said the

ideal solution would be for LINZ to allow the western side of the lake to be included in the no freedom camping zone. Hawea residents feel this is unlikely due to attempts to negotiate with LINZ in the past. The no freedom camping zone around Wanaka includes anywhere from the lake side of Riverbank Road across to the lake, extending to the Clutha River in the north and the intersection of the Wanaka-Aspiring and Ruby Island roads in the southwest. A proposal to allow up to four self-contained vehicles to camp at Waterfall Creek was rejected following strong objections from nearby residents, motor camp proprietors and the Wanaka Residents Association. The Makarora zone includes both sides of the main road extending about 400m north and south of both Makarora settlements.

Recognition for ambulance crew The efforts and training of some Wanaka St John volunteers were recognised recently with service awards and the presentation of diplomas. Ian Rae and Barbara Roxburgh were the longest serving of the group with 27 years of service acknowledged, with Lynn Rae receiving an award for 12 years. D Hameed, Dean

inbrief Driver disqualified after fatal crash A 20-year-old Chinese exchange student, Kejia Zheng, was disqualified from driving for two years for causing the death of two motorcyclists and injuring two other people in a crash on the Lindis Pass-Tarras highway on November 26. The student was also ordered to pay $10,000 in emotional harm payments. Driver inexperience was cited for the crash which was caused when Kejia over-corrected after hitting gravel on the roadside and drove into the path of the oncoming motorcyclists.

Zero tolerance policing Additional police resources have been dedicated to Wanaka and Queenstown for the holiday period. “The style of policing will be relaxed and engaging’” Queenstown Police Senior Sergeant John Fookes said. “We want people to have a great time but not at the community’s expense,” he said. There will be zero tolerance for intoxication and bad behaviour and extra security guards will enforce the liquor ban areas in both towns. The liquor ban will be extended to 24 hours a day seven days a week from Thursday December 27 until January 6, 2013.

Roblyn, Joan Barkman and Tina Simmonds received awards for their three year commitment to the organisation. The National Diploma in Ambulance Practice was also awarded to Stuart King, Dean Roblyn, D Hameed, Tim Hudson and Simon Shelton pictured here with Leannne Kent and Jana Truslova also receiving the qualification. PHOTO: supplied

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David Ross Hall (Dave) January 3, 1954 – November 24, 2012 Born in Dunedin to Kay and John Hall, Dave was brought up in Hamilton, qualifying as an aircraft mechanic with the Royal New Zealand Air Force after leaving school. He spent eight years with the Air Force, much of it attached to 40 Squadron servicing Hercules C130 Aircraft and 3 Squadron servicing Iroquois and Sioux helicopters. Following that, he worked for Safe Air Ltd in Blenheim and Wellington. Dave’s skydiving career started in 1982 with his first jump at Cowslip Valley under the instruction of Ian Drinkwater. Dave

competed in many New Zealand national skydiving competitions amassing a huge number of top three placings in multiple disciplines. One year he was successfully placed in every event. He completed more than 10,000 skydives. His 10,000th jump was completed in March this year by taking his nine-year-old daughter Maye for her first tandem while 11-year-old Max completed his third tandem skydive on the same flight. Dave also represented New Zealand in eightway sequential freefall skydiving at the World Skydiving Championships

in Empuriabrava in Spain. He pioneered the art of canopy ridge soaring at the infamous Paekakariki, Red Rocks and Pukerua Bay hills during his time in Wellington. Dave also carried out several first base jumps off a radio antennae, bridge and cliff faces. In 1989 Dave base jumped off the famous rock face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in California – one of the very few and first jumpers in the world to have made this base jump. He climbed to the top in the dark and jumped off at dawn. Along with Steve Callaghan Dave also created a stunt called

Para Bungee - a tandem skydive then a tandem canopy piloted by Dave and a passenger (Steve) carrying out a bungee jump off the front of Dave. Dave developed an ingenious drogue pilot chute device which activated when Steve fell free of the bungee. This was a world first, and was never successfully repeated by anybody else. This stunt was carried out with great success on many occasions at airshows including Warbirds Over Wanaka. In 1995, Dave set up Skydive Lake Wanaka with wife Jools, which has since become one of

the busiest tandem drop zones in New Zealand and the world. Much of that success was credited to Dave’s attention to detail and safety standards which were considered second-to-none. The company now employs 22 full and part-time staff and was a Tourism Award finalist in 2007 and winner of the New Zealand Tourism Industry Awards in 2008. It was one of the first businesses in New Zealand to gain certification under CAA’s new rules and regulations. Dave is survived by his wife Jools, children Max and Maye, and brother Marty. PHOTO: skydive lake wanaka


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Luggate test-case for water use Caroline Harker Luggate property owners with leaks in their water supplies have responded well to requests from Council to do something about them, according to QLDC engineer Nichola Evans. Council installed water meters on 122 Luggate properties to establish data regarding water use and leakage. They found 14 percent had water leaks and sent out letters in late October asking ratepayers to investigate possible leak sites and get them fixed. Luggate is being used as a test case for the whole QLDC

region. Meters showed average water use was 0.6 cubic metres (600 litres) per day in winter, although the highest use from

in the summer season. The council has set up a Water Demand Management Plan (WDMP) to save water.

This would indicate a potential to reduce this usage through promotion and education and perhaps later on through charging. one property was 4.8 cubic metres per day. Another survey will be conducted in Luggate from January until March to establish how much more water is used

Research has already established one third of the water in the area is lost through leakage. The pumping cost for this water is $350,000

per annum. WDMP project manager Martin O’Malley’s report, presented at the council meeting on Tuesday (December 18), shows more than 80 percent of the water we use goes into the sewerage systems, although this drops significantly in summer as more than a third of our water is used for irrigation and other outdoor uses. “This would indicate a potential to reduce this usage through promotion and education and perhaps later on through charging,” Martin’s report said.

Weather slows growers

inbrief Christmas services Sunday December 23 New Life Church Christmas Service 10am. Lighthouse Church Nativity Movie 7pm, 26 Old Racecourse Road. Christmas Eve Holy Family Church Christmas Mass 10.30pm St Columba’s Anglican Church Carols 11pm, Eucharist 11:30pm. Presbyterian Church Children’s Service 7pm and Traditional Service 9pm St Ninian’s, Hawea Flat; Candlelight Service 11pm, Tenby Street Hall, Wanaka. Tarras Community Church Carols 7pm. Christmas Day Holy Family Church Christmas Mass 9am. St Columba’s Anglican Church Festive Eucharist 8am and 10am. Presbyterian Church 9.30am, Lake Wanaka Centre.

Tim Brewster

Bio-fuel research

Produce growers in the Wanaka area are reporting being one week to three weeks behind schedule due to colder weather in November, but cherries will still be available for the crucial Christmas week. “The season normally starts the first week of December, so we’re still able to supply buyers, and we’ll be picking for export soon,” cherry orchardist Robin Jenkins said. Robin has the closest cherry orchard to Wanaka on the Luggate-Cromwell highway and said even small geographical differences can make a difference to the timing of the crop. The strawberry crop from the Berry Farm on Orchard Road is usually available in early December but is three weeks behind schedule. “We haven’t picked one yet,” Annette Menlove said. Their main crop is raspberries which are expected to be a week later than usual and will be appearing “well into January,” she said. Dam Good Fruit cherry stallholder Pete

The Queenstown Lakes District Council, the Central Otago District Council, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) and the Department of Conservation (DOC) are pooling resources to investigate the use of wood bio-waste for heating commercial buildings. “We have plenty of raw material here like wilding pines, we need to find out if it will be economical to turn them into a fuel source and if so, will there be demand for what is produced?” QLDC’s district forester Briana Pringle said. Bio-waste could be cheaper than coal and oil and could also offer another option in an area which has been heavily reliant on electricity and LPG. “We’re already seeing bio-fuel used locally at facilities like the Wanaka Community Pool where a bio-fuel boiler was installed last year,” Briana said. Research for the study is underway with Ahika Consulting and the Otago Polytechnic Centre for Sustainable Practice surveying local schools and businesses on current energy use and the potential for conversion to wood energy.

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Stevenson has just set up his summer operation a week later than previous years. Wanaka Organics in Glendhu Bay has had much of their produce ripening two to three weeks later than usual. Weather forecaster David Crow is not

making any predictions for Christmas but is concerned the tropical cyclone in the Pacific could generate a lot of rain next week if it makes its way into the Tasman Sea. “I’m not very happy about it. It is looking a bit unsettled,” he said.

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20 years of Probus in Wanaka Wanaka Women’s Probus Club celebrated its 20th anniversary recently with a function at The Venue. It was attended by 112 members, including 15 of the 20 past presidents and a number of foundation members. Foundation President Mary Redding and three past presidents gave brief speeches. Mary, along with Ngaire Kilpatrick, travelled from Christchurch to share the day with friends. During their talks Mary, Ngaire and Joan Pyle all stated how much they valued

being Probus members and also paid tribute to their committees who served with them during their tenure as president. Local violinist Johanna Hansen entertained the women before they viewed a digital slideshow of past activities enjoyed over the 20 years of the Club’s existence. “These images were well received and excited discussion of the various outings and events members had participated in and also brought to mind

some of the friends they had shared these experiences with but who are no longer with us,” current president Lynda Duff said. Members also enjoyed a two course meal followed by a cake cutting ceremony performed by Lynda and Mary (pictured). Probus is a community service programme of Rotary whose purpose is to advance intellectual and cultural interests and social interaction among retired and semiretired people. PHOTO: Supplied

Monster sale for scanner The fundraising campaign for the CT scanner suite is underway with a monster garage sale planned for February 16. Rotary and Lion’s service clubs are asking for donations of items to be auctioned off to help raise the estimated $150,000 needed for the suite in Dunstan Hospital to be modified for the scanner.


A simultaneous monster charity auction and garage sale will then be held in Wanaka, Cromwell and Alexandra. Starting this weekend a collection point in the Cliff Wilson building in Reece Crescent will be open from 9am to midday every weekend leading up to the auction day for people to drop off goods.

Sustainable hospitality An accreditation programme for hospitality businesses is expanding into Otago. For hospitality businesses to qualify they must meet a minimum of four of the 12 accredited practices. Otago co-ordinator for Conscious Consumers, Megan Williams, is working with local hospitality businesses that are committed to ethical and sustainable business practices. She said they are “looking for businesses who would like to be ambassadors of the programme. We can assist the business to showcase great business practices and they in turn can help us to promote the programme throughout the country.”

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Making their own



Caroline Harker Reap’s Shona Bain showed a group of Wanaka women how to make a Christmas cake for $7 last week. Yesterday they finished them off with almond and royal icing. “Theywereblownawaybyhoweasy it was,” Shona said. “We used condensed milk, only

20gm of butter and no eggs. It’s a great recipe.” Shona bought the ingredients when they were on special which helped keep costs down. “I’m amazed at the needs in the community,” she said. “A lot of young mums don’t know anything about budgeting, basic cooking or sewing and mending.”

Shona has taught other courses in Wanaka this year including vegetable gardening and sewing. She will be doing one on preserving in February next year. Pictured with their cakes are Lesley Haynes and Amanda Nichol, with tutor Shona Bain, and Amanda’s children Myles, 5, and Kalan, 7.

Lodge donation for hall Master of the Masonic Lodge Wanaka, Graeme Muir (left), presented a cheque for $10,000 to the Hawea Hall committee (pictured are committee members Donald Urquhart and Bill McCarthy) to assist with the extensions of three new buildings. The committee then showed Lodge members through the new building. PHOTO: Supplied

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Christmas food drive

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The Wanaka Sun would like to say a heartfelt thank you to the community for their generosity during this year’s Wanaka Sun Christmas Food Drive We couldn’t do it without your support and the support of our many volunteers, drivers, cubs, St Johns cadets, scouts and our emergency services: the Fire Brigades, the Police and St John Ambulance Service. Thanks also to Alan McKay, Hirequip, Cookietime and a big thanks to Mount Aspiring College for the use of the gym to sort the donations. Christmas hampers are now being distributed by Community Networks and the goods you donated will continue to benefit people under the care of organisations such as Salvation Army, Presbyterian Support and Upper Clutha Women’s Support throughout 2013.

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Christmas food drive

The gift of giving It was a great community and volunteer effort on Tuesday night for the fifth annual Wanaka Sun Christmas Food Drive which yielded donations of more than 70 roasts, fresh strawberries straight from the garden, nappies, pet food, gifts and an impressive range of fresh, frozen and canned goods. Emergency service volunteers from the Wanaka Police; the Lake Hawea, Luggate and Wanaka fire brigades; St John Wanaka ambulance crews and youth cadets; Wanaka cubs and scouts; and numerous ute drivers and family volunteers joined in the street collection to replenish the community food bank and fill hampers with Christmas goodies for people in need. Volunteer Kim Nicol (pictured above with cub Kate Goodsell) was in the Mount Aspiring College gym sorting the collected food. “It was very humbling and I was very proud to be


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part of it.” She said the volunteers were incredible and the variety and amount of food gifted by the community was awesome. Kim said she was working with one family who wanted to help out because a donation from a previous food drive helped them out when they arrived from Christchurch after the earthquakes. Another woman said on facebook: “It felt wonderful giving plenty this year as only two years ago we were the recipients of some lovely hampers: Great job to all the volunteers.”

Pictured below, Community Networks general manager Kate Murray, social worker Gaye Thompson Marianne Roulston (volunteer), social worker Jill Dore, and eight-yearold Amelia Dore prepared hampers for distribution yesterday. The food not used in hampers will be put into the Wanaka food bank which is accessed by several local groups throughout the year, including Upper Clutha Women’s Support, Community Networks and the Salvation Army.

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sunnews Ride ‘em cowboy or cowgirl


Children can make their own stick or hobby horse for this year’s Wanaka Rodeo. The Kids’ Stick Horse Race on January 2 has prizes for the best boy and girl rider and horse combination, and races will be run in age groups of three to five years, six to eight years and nine to ten years. Organisers said they are looking forward to seeing all the young cowboys and cowgirls at the Wanaka Rodeo.

Who’s the cowboy? With the 50th anniversary of the Wanaka Rodeo coming just after New Year, organisers have given the Wanaka Sun family passes for readers to win for the big

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event on January 2. The first five people who can identify the aspiring cowboy in the far left of this picture will get a pass for two adults and two children. Still

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living in the Wanaka area, the boy is now a well known national competitor and rodeo identity. Answers by email only to admin@

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crimescene Heed your speed and watch your drinking On December 12, a Subaru driver collided with the trailer of a right-turning tractor while trying to overtake. Constable Peter Reed said the occupants of the car were lucky they did not go underneath the trailer. The vehicle was damaged. Last Thursday a school bus driver found a young child lying in the road. He picked up the child and returned the child to its parent. On Friday night the Christmas star was replaced with a traffic cone. The star was left at the base of the community tree. This coming week and during the Christmas period police are targeting drink driving and speed. A 4kph speed tolerance will be in place on all roads. Wanaka police processed two drink drivers: One on Saturday night and the second on Sunday at 10.54am. “This is another wake up call,” Constable Reed said. “If you had a big night the night before consider if you are fit to drive.”

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

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Summer winery tour Wellington-based Fat Freddy’s Drop will headline the seventh Classic Hits Winery Tour. “We can’t wait for the Winery Tour,” Chris Faiumu aka DJ Fitchie said. “Freddy’s will be celebrating the release of our new album ‘Blackbird’ and I’m sure the audiences will enjoy the energy in our performances.” Filling the middle music slot are Anika, Boh & Hollie: Together in Concert. Anika Moa, Boh Runga and Hollie Smith will perform their own and each other’s hits, as well as new material from their forthcoming debut album, also to be released in February 2013. Completing the line-up are The Adults with Shihad’s

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Jon Toogood, Fur Patrol’s Julia Deans and Dimmer’s Shayne Carter. The Adults’ debut album was a finalist at

this year’s RIANZ New Zealand Music Awards for Album of the Year and Single of the Year. The Wanaka Sun has a double pass to give away for the concert on Tuesday February 19 at Waitiri Creek in Gibbston, the newest venue on the Winery Tour’s 17-show run. The tour’s 100th show will be celebrated this year. To go into the draw to win a double pass simply tell us in which North Island vineyard will the tour celebrate its 100th show? Answer via email to admin@ by Christmas Eve at 3pm. The winner’s name will be printed in next week’s Wanaka Sun.

House tour benefits cadets The president of the Alpha Club Inc, Heather Malcolm (centre right), and several members, presented the St John Wanaka cadets with a cheque for $5800 on November 27. Wanaka youth officer Tina Simmonds (centre left) accepted the cheque on behalf of the cadets and thanked the Alpha Club for its generous donation from the house tour and raffle 2012. The cadets will now be able to purchase a ceremonial flag as well as other equipment. PHOTO: Sue orbell

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BOARD AS YOU HAVE NOTICED IT IS DIFFICULT TO PARK IN WANAKA. THE SOONER WE GET ANGLE PARKING IN BROWNSTON ST THE BETTER. To all you wanaka locals whether you have lived here a week a year a decade come check out the kayak course it is awesome i don’t kayak but worth a Sunday drive just to watch the fun. So lucky to have it and if you surf it would be worth taking your board. Nice project well done everyone involved. My singlet was on the fence 4 a reason.... my bottle of water was under a rock 4 a whoever please leave them where they r as i DO pick them up! Look for the bare necessities the simple bear necessities forget about your worries and your strife! Sports fields free for all if they have dead grass weeds and thistles rocks and rabbit holes mud puddles and long grass. Lush green grass clipped short and watered well costs to keep.

editorial The Christmas swarm descending upon Wanaka in the next week is anything but a holiday for the majority of business owners. Like other resort towns, other people’s holidays provide a lot of local residents with their livelihood. Regardless of how long you have to wait for milk, lunch or the boat ramp, the injection into the local economy is a welcome change from a quiet couple of months. It’s also worth remembering, as you get cut off by some obnoxious SUV driver just when you thought it was your turn for petrol, that the majority of people who come here want to relax and have a good time. They just seem in a hurry to do so. They come to Wanaka for the lake, scenery and chilled-out pace of life but may only have a week to enjoy it with family and friends. We’ve got all summer so why not let them at it and hunker down at home. Besides, it’s a jungle out there with no parking, Roy’s Bay roulette with jetskiers and boats randomly zig-zagging all over the place and hordes of people finding all your quiet special places. Stock up, stay at home or head for the hills or the ocean. Sorry, but it’s someone else’s town for a week or so. Just make sure you have the police and harbourmaster’s phone number on your speed dial so you can dob in the really dangerous ones.

Good to c th kids out jumpin off th bridge again, happy, healthy, love it. Thank you to all the wonderful guys & gals who pick up the recycling, rubbish & litter in our town & those who take care of our parks & gardens. You do a superb job & are the unsung heroes of this town. Have you noticed how many circular irrigators have appeared in hawea flat/ tarras area? could that b where our water goes? Dry garden, dry farms perhaps? 5 days 5 days 5 days!!!!!! Happy Christmas everyone!!!!!! Whoever swiped the blue dog leash from the grass opposite the Catholic church, please may I have it back :) Happy birthday Lornsey, I hope the world doesn’t end on your birthday - that would be really disappointing - and you get to celebrate your 41st!!! ahem 21st, sorry….love you xxxxxxx smiley face Happy Christmas (I love you baby) I can see an even better time to come, where all our dreams come true. 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.


To all our readers, texters, letter writers, photographers, contributors, advertisers and our delivery crew: the McKays, the RD contractors and Wanaka Rowing Club.

Thank you for your continued support. From all the team at the Wanaka Sun.

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Issue 588 Thursday December 20, 2012 Free delivery to Wanaka, Wanaka surrounds and Cromwell urban and rural mailboxes, PO boxes in Makarora, Cromwell, Haast, Wanaka, Albert Town, Hawea. Distributed to motels, hotels and cafes plus businesses in the Wanaka central business district and to drop boxes in Wanaka, Queenstown, Arrowtown and Cromwell. Phone: 03 443 5252 Fax: 03 443 5250 Text view: 021 986 786 Text classified: 022 0786 778 Address: Upstairs Spencer House, Wanaka Postal: PO Box 697, Wanaka

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Feasting without wasting Gina Dempster We joke about getting in training for Christmas meals, and sometimes it feels like you’ve hardly swept the crumbs off the table before it’s laden with a new round of food. The fridge is jam-packed with all the left-overs and provisions for meals to come. Add in the hot summer weather, and it’s no wonder that so much food gets thrown out at this time of year. But all that food waste costs. Research shows that the average Kiwi household throws out $450 worth of food a year. And it costs the planet because the wasted food embodies resources like oil and water. And some more bad news throwing food waste in the landfill can cause methane emissions which worsen climate change. So how can you make sure that only inedible food scraps like teabags and banana skins make it into your compost? It’s simple maths – only bring

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home the amount you and your family and friends can eat before it goes off. Well, it sounds simple, but you’re fighting against prehistoric instincts to stock up in times of plenty. Add that to the sophisticated research that grocery stores have put into their sales strategies, and there’s every chance you’ll end

up bringing home way too much food. The best way to prevent that is to plan the meals you’re going to cook in advance. A list is essential to over-ride your hunter-gatherer instincts; supermarkets are no good at running away from shoppers so your next trip is guaranteed

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to be just as fruitful as this one! Include leftovers in the plan, the ‘love food hate waste’ website has lots of good recipes. Take on the challenge of consuming all the food you bring home and it will add to your enjoyment of one of our most fundamental Christmas rituals – feasting together.


Medal haul for rowers Wanaka’s young rowers reaped the benefits of training with their best medal haul ever at the Otago Rowing Championships at Lake Ruataniwha last weekend. The club came back with two gold medals to Riley Bruce and Jack Porter, both 14, in the under 15 double sculls. They then teamed up with Cameron Arnerich and Nathan Redai to win two bronze medals in the men’s club coxed four and under 15 coxed four. Anna Watson Taylor continued her strong form with two silver

medals in the women’s club and under 18 single sculls. “They just did amazingly well,” Wanaka Rowing Club captain Amanda Inkster said. The club’s increased membership meant it was also a first for Wanaka who were able to enter a squad in the women’s under 15/16 Novice 8. Pictured are the boys’ under 15 quad of Riley Bruce, Nathan Redai, Cameron Arnerich and Jack Porter with coach Rob Bruce standing. Holding the boat is Hamish Roulston.


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Gymnastics wind-up Wanaka’s young Aspiring Gymnasts held their end of year competition last weekend with a range of exercises on the floor and using apparatus. The club has approximately 70 members and trains year round. The Ray and Elsie Armstrong Trust was thanked prior to the competition for a donation toward a specialised padded cover for the beam. The padding covers the hardwood and reduces injury enabling gymnasts to learn and practise manoeuvres with more confidence. On the beam are competitors: Bianca Nolet, Bridget O’Brien, Hannah Prout, Amber Field and Lucy O’Brien. Sitting is Sophie Nelson.

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Come on down to the craft market this Sunday and check out the amazing New Zealand made arts and crafts and meet the clever people who make them!

Get your Disc Golf Frisbee’s at Racers Edge. We have the full range plus score card and maps. Wanaka’s hottest new tourist attraction.

Who is open Christmas Day 2pm to 3pm? Wanaka Pharmacy is. Open until 7pm every other day including holidays.

LYN BROWN BOWEN PRACTITIONER available all through Christmas and New Year holidays. Vouchers available. Ph 4437388 or 0274034128 Merry Christmas everyone

LIFE STORIES writing and book design. Memoirs, histories, letters, diaries - transcribed and published. www. Contact laura@ or 443 4629.

Kids Stick Horse Race at Wanaka Rodeo 2nd January 2013. Entries on the day. Age Groups: 3-5 yrs, 6-8 yrs & 9-10 yrs.

Kauri wood doors $260, Sheepskin 180cm x 154cm Antique wooden rocking chair Cobcraft pottery kiln Octagon $898. 0211119218

Challenge Wanaka Bike Servicing. Get your ride serviced early before the Jaffa rush at Racers Edge. Only 1 month to go… 03 443 8855

MASSAGE THERAPY, Sportsmassage, Deep tissue, Relaxation. Treatment work and stress relief.Ursula Krebs, Dipl. Massage Therapist, Ph: 0276602271, mobile service available.

Wanaka Kayaks are open for rentals and guided tours. See us opposite subway on the lakefront. 0800926925.

entertainment Funk band! Hound legs live 29th December at the Hawea Hotel! Live music! Rockhopper playing new years eve @ the Hawea Hotel! THE LUGGATE HOTEL- Cold beers, great food, sunny garden bar - Where else would you want to be! THE LUGGATE HOTEL- Locals night! This Thursday! Free BBQ, come down for a great night!!

for sale Large Rimu chest $25,two 2 seater sofas in good condition, $45 together. 443 7160 0210 455664 Baby 1st Feeding pillow. Great condition. $20. 0212018614 Beautiful china tea cup bird feeders, great for attracting wax eyes and bell birds to your garden. Make the perfect presents $20 ph or txt 021 680 110 BRAND NEW Northface gortex walking shoe. Blk/blu. Size uk7,eu41,25.5cm. $110ono- GREAT XMAS PRESSIE.0212018614 BRAND NEW coffee machine. Makes 2 to 4 cups. $70ono. Great xmas pressie. 0212018614 Chicken layer mash 25kg 4 $25, 4434944 Christmas gifts from Pirate Pickles at the farmers market from 4pm Pembroke Park every Thursday Christmas Vouchers available for the lady in your life. Facial, massage, 1/2 day retreat at Nirvana Retreat. or call 4432252 Double sea kayak for sale. Fibre glass sisson southern light. $1200. Call 021803114. BAGLEYS’ NEW POTATOES Dug Daily available now @ Selectrix GARAGE SALE. 107 Mount Iron Drive. Wed 19 Dec, 2pm-8pm. Thurs 20 Dec 9am5pm. Toys, clothes, kitchen stuff etc. Great bargains. New coreban paddle boards for sale EZ cruiser 11’6”. Call Wanaka Kayaks on 0800 926 925.

lush $398, $580, 142l

Lots of great gift ideas made right here in paradise at artisans cooperative studio, 56 Ardmore St , come on up! Get Spank at Racers Edge. A new Freeride MTB brand with a beautiful range of pedals, bars, stems, grips and more for your ultimate bike upgrade. Come have a look. PLANTS FOR SALE! FIORDLAND NURSERIES (03)2497706 Pony poo-gold for your garden! 7/4 trailer load $30 delivered ph/txt Grace or Julia 4434494, 0275091972 Triathlon at Racers Edge: 2013 Blue Seventy Reaction, Helix and Fusion Wetsuits plus goggles, caps, gloves and socks. Belts/accessories and nutrition. Off road running shoes, road bike set ups and body/bike fits. Your Wanaka triathlon specialists with experienced Challenge competitor staff. Racers Edge 034437882

Acting against Bullying: a fun five morning course empowering students to deal with conflict. January 21- 25 for 7-11 years. $120. Contact Bridget Brady 443 1773 or Around the New Year period yello! will have buses and taxis from the Dungarvon Street bus park. If you are unable to get through on the phone please go there. Racers Edge Coupon Cutout now operating. We have fantastic in store offers to make Xmas just that little bit easier. 03 443 7882 Craft market this Sunday, Pembroke park, from 10am. Handmade New Zealand arts and crafts direct from the artists to you! Help Disc Golf Wanaka Inc. raise $8880 for the course. If you would like to make a donation please contact Martin at Huge range of summer clothing upstairs at the new Salvation Army Family Store. Lost in the mess? Text the Wanaka Sun on 0220 786778 for your free classified listing: 20 word limit, standard network rates apply.

Tyres On Sale at Racers Edge. Non tubeless wire bead. GEAX Saguaro 26” & 29”; GEAX Mezcal 26” $37.50. Continental Race King & X-King 26” & 29”. Call 034438855.

Organic Express is closed for Christmas and New Years. Online store reopens 4 January. Merry Christmas everyone!

Vitorrio Rubino and Open Corsa road tyres. Superb for Challange. Now at 20% off at Racers Edge.

Salvation Army Family Store MonFri 10am – 5pm, Saturdays 10am- 4pm. Open for sale of pre-loved goods and donations. Help us to help others.

Wheat and barley 4 sale, whole or crushed..30kg bags 021 251 5510

Yello cabs will be running Christmas Day. 0800 443 5555

30% off selected Icebreaker; 15%off Blue seventy 2013 wetsuits; great discounts off Tri gear - all Racers Edge. Great Xmas pressies

Yello! will be operating on Christmas Day from 11am to midnight. Merry Christmas. 08004435555.

employment Dental assistant – specialist practice – part-time: A single part-time position is available from January in a new orthodontic practice opening in Wanaka. Initially 1-2 days per week (Mondays and Fridays) with possibility of additional days in future. Some experience in the dental industry would be advantageous but may not be essential. The role will involve chairside assisting, sterilising of instruments, and some non-clinical duties including reception and telephone work. Good communication skills and organisational ability required. Reasonable computer skills preferred, and must be able to work alone productively. Please apply to PO Box 5217 Dunedin or by email to pdysart@

Babysitter available in Wanaka. Please call 021 999 370 or 443 4039. Blocked drains? All drains unblocked,c.c.t.v camera & locator for drain inspections - call Brendan ,B K Plumbing 443-5727 or 0274483367 Carpets, Upholstery looking sad after the holidays? Call Jae Services Wanaka. We’ll take care of it. 443 1150 Challenge Wanaka race day maintenance course at Racers Edge. Thursdays 6pm – 3rd and 10th January 2013. $10. Max 20 people, bookings a must. 03 443 8855 Cult Skate Wheels | Sabre Longboard trucks in Wanaka. Available online by NZ distributer. Website Design & SEO Professional Web Design Services from Website Development Company Web4 Wanaka, Expert Web Designers for SEO, eCommerce and Online Marketing. Click here for more information. www. • 027 472 9908” Dog walker available Monday to Sunday in Wanaka. Please call 021 999 370 or 443 4039.


rent For Rent: 3 Brm/2Bth Townhouse. Gas cooker and water. Walking distance to town and school pretty yard w/veggie garden ready to go $350/wk. Cl/txt 0212082471 or email avail 6/1/13 Furnished 3 Bedroomed Cottage available now. Short or long term. 5 Mins walk to town. Mature persons preferred. 027 4536959. House for rent? Text the Wanaka Sun on 0220 786778 for your free classified listing. 20 word limit, standard network rates apply. Hawea flat for rent: 3 bedroom quirky, v cool home. Lawns maintained. 220 per week 0211900051.

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ASPIRING MASSAGE WANAKA. Deep tissue - relaxation. Trevor Bailey. 7 days.4432993 or 0274222455. Xmas gift certificates $60.

Need to get organised? Experienced PA ready to help. Please call 021 999 370 or 443 4039. Party Planner: Taking the stress out of your party. Available in Wanaka. Please call 021 999 370 or 443 4039. REFLEXOLOGY GIFT VOUCHERS FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE! Ph: 0276522144 WANAKA WINDOW CLEANING professional, friendly, efficient service. Enjoy those mountain views. High, awkward windows a specialty. Paolo 021 0572505/ 4432420 Waxing special - 20% off waxing for the month of December at Nirvana Retreat. or call 4432252 for details. Yes RIKA wishes her dear customers merry xmas yes i work monday 24 dec and am available during holidays text or call 0273169463 your hairfairy

thanks Thank you to all Subway customers for being so patient while we were training our new staff. You were all great and the girls appreciate it! Merry Christmas


Experienced caretaker available now to look after your property. Ten years caretaking experience with small and large properties. Excellent references. Please call 443 4030 or 021 999370.

DAIRY MANAGEMENT WANTED.Great natured, well experienced Manager seeks work in the Central area. Fantastic references, please phone Gareth 0272655451”

GIFT BLISS! DESTRESSING + DETOXIFYING TREATMENT. Vouchers available for nurturing lymphatic system clearance with Maryann 4436463 0211101160

House sit wanted for visiting parents. Anytime in Feb or March. Email

Girl Friday: no job to small. Please call 021 999 370 or 443 4039. House and pet minder available, local, mature, honest female. Any dates during January to April please phone 021 680 110 Karuna $60 Christmas massage. $15 lash or brow tint. $30 ear piercing, appointment or vouchers call 0226152231 last appointment 7pm Leaks, seeps, drips & drains, BK Plumbing, Ph 4435727 or 0274483367

MAC uniform – girl’s shirts wanted, thank you. Please call 021 999 370 or 443 4039. 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. Volunteers needed @ Salvation Army Family Store Mon- Fri 3.30-5pm. Please call in if you are able to help. Work wanted. Reception/Admin/ Frontline. Experienced in auto/hotel/legal/dental and retail. Flexible with hours. Great references. Ph 0272737663

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Wanaka Bowls Results Week ending 14:12:12 Friday Progressive Skips 1 G Cross 2 N Young 3 D McLeay Thirds 1 J Gale 2 F Anderson 3rd M Baxter Leads 1 D Schofield 2 M Firman 3 B Miskimmin


Friday Bridge 14 December: North/South:Heather Wellman, Deirdre Lynch 61.56% 1. Trevor & Pamela Buchanan 58.50% 2. Mary Gibson-Collings, Mo Schofield 48.98% 3. East/ West:- Dorothy McDonald, Nan Ottrey 65.12% 1. Brice Cathie, Ian McDonald 60.47% 2. Ann Paterson, Pam Taylor 55.43% 3. Sailing results for the tenth and final race of the spring series at Wanaka Yacht Club. 24 boats raced. Junior dinghies: 1 India Fitzgerald on Electric Storm, 2 Rick Sanders on Rising Fast. Senior dinghies: 1 Jonny Benson on Ffinito, 2 Noel Williams on Abfab. Trailer Sailers: 1 Pery Allen on Maverick,2 Matthew Davidson on Pickled Pepper. Etchells: 1 Quentin Smith on Pt of Sail, 2 Guy Alty on 2nd Wind.


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Cubs have a go at disc golf Disc Golf Wanaka Incorporated chairperson Martin Galley and treasurer Robyn Agnew hosted a very enthusiastic turnout of cubs, helpers and cub master George Foreman at the Lismore Park Disc Golf

Course last Thursday evening. A mini tournament was held with the best score for nine holes of 33 by Zach Smith. The disc golf course at Lismore Park is proving popular with locals and visitors of all

ages and disc golf is now on the Mount Aspiring College physical education curriculum. Disc Golf Wanaka Incorporated is a non-profit society run by volunteers and fundraising is ongoing to pay for the target

(chain hole baskets) and tee pad construction. Each target costs $615, and with 12 still to pay for and five tee pads, costing $300 each, Martin said any donations would be gratefully received. PHOTO: martin galley

Medal, crashes for NZ park and pipe crew Freeskier Byron Wells’ long road to recovery from an ACL injury was celebrated with a second place in the superpipe at the Dew tour, championships in Colorado last weekend. Byron’s father Bruce, who also coaches the other three Wells brothers, called it “a nice welcome back to top level competition”. “Seeing him land the best run of his life and end up on the podium at the first major event of the season is a real pleasure for everyone who knows Byron,” Snow Sports NZ’s head park and pipe coach Tom Willmott said. Byron, 20, pictured in the event, has returned to competition after a year off and is part of a team of six New Zealand snowboarders and skiers who have been invited

on the tour which they are using as part of their Olympic qualifying campaign. His older brother Jossi had mixed result,s crashing in the superpipe then placing fourth in the big air event before another crash in the slopestyle. In the women’s freeski slopestyle event Rose Battersby qualified for the semi-finals but a crash in her second run put her out of the competition. Stefi Luxton was the best placed snowboarder finishing in ninth place with another Wanaka based snowboarder, Rebecca Sinclair, suffering a season-ending knee injury in the superpipe final. The team now have a Christmas break before the Copper Mountain Grand Prix in the second week of January.

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Gold, silver start for Adam Paralympic skier Adam Hall has started his Northern Hemisphere winter campaign with gold and silver at a Nor-Am event in Colorado. Against a strong field of competitors Adam won both of the slalom races and took second in both Super Gs, confirming his world number one ranking in the Standing 1 category in slalom and his number three rank in Super G. “I was extremely happy with how I performed considering it was my first day in Super G gates due to lack of snow early on in the season here in Colorado,” Adam said. “It was a challenging day as a brutal storm came in providing us with temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius. Some of the most challenging conditions I have raced in Super G.”

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