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Meg Timu was a close runner up in the singles in the 2013 Wanaka Junior Open last weekend. Meg then teamed up with Olivia Ray to win the 14 and under girls’ doubles. Story page 14.

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Heavy rainfall, no flood Tim Brewster

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Flood advisory warnings from the Otago Regional Council and media reports of Lake Wanaka reaching its first “warning level” today are being queried by local authorities. “It’s a load of b****cks,” QLDC harbourmaster Marty Black said. “We’ve got over a metre to go, we’d need at least 48 hours of constant rain. I’d be quite surprised.” The lake rose to a height of 278.55m above sea level on January 3 but has been steadily dropping. It was at 278.15m yesterday afternoon and the Clutha River level is currently running at 495 cumecs down from 650 cumecs last week. The lake needs to reach a height of 280m to be considered in flood with the 1999 event peaking at 281m. ORC flood manager Matt Hickey said the heavy rainfall expected would cause river and lake levels

to rise in the Wakatipu, Wanaka, and Hawea lakes catchments. He anticipated Lake Wanaka peaking at 278.9m at lunchtime today. The ORC has also issued warnings to people camping and tramping

The Wanaka office of the Department of Conservation has issued a Code Amber for high alert for the Young Valley area near Makarora. Trampers are being advised that if they intend to use this valley during this period, not to camp in the valley floor and move through the Young Valley as quickly as possible. DOC will review the situation today and, depending on the level of rain received and forecast at that time, may increase the alert to Code Red – closing the valley to members of the public. QLDC communications manager Meaghan Miller said the heavy rain warning and the ORC advisory often could be taken out of context. photo: “ A l l w e ’ r e l o o k i n g a t i s a h i g h asking them to be aware of rising water event.” lake and river levels. Farmers in the lower Clutha are advised to move stock and machinery away from lowlying areas.


Coastguard coffers appeal The Wanaka coastguard has two weeks left of a fundraising drive with a raffle prize package worth more than $100,000 up for grabs. Coastguard members John Rogers, Jonathan Walmisley and Lynn Stuart made good use of their waterproofs yesterday drumming up support for the national raffle which provides equipment, running costs and training for the mainly voluntary coastguard organisation. A new boat and outboard, equipment and a truck to tow it will go to the lucky winner. For every ten dollars raised seven will go to the local coastguard organisation, Wanaka secretary Jonathan Walmisley said. “We’re aiming to sell 1000 tickets and we’re on track for that.” Coastguard members will be selling the raffle tickets around town for the next fortnight he said. He confirmed the new Wanaka coastguard boat will be arriving in February after being refitted for rescue work in Picton. photo:

Boil water notice issued for Glendhu Bay A boil water notice was issued on Friday for the Glendhu Bay Lakeside Holiday Park after low levels of e-coli bacteria were detected at the Glendhu Bay Water Treatment Station. QLDC communications officer Jo Blick said “We’re testing the water on a daily basis and are looking for three clear daily tests in a row.” She said

the boil water notice will most likely be in place until the end of the week. QLDC 3 Waters senior service engineer Michel Hewitt said the heavy rain last week may have caused a spill into the lake. There was no evidence as yet the bacteria had made its way into the actual water supply, but the boil

water notice had been issued as a precautionary measure. Campground users are advised to boil water for drinking, cooking and washing food, and cleaning teeth. The Glendhu Bay Lakeside Holiday Park is the sole user of water from the Glendhu Bay Water Treatment Station.

Southern art on show

Caroline Harker

The sixth annual Aspiring Art Prize exhibition opens tomorrow night (Friday January 11) at the Holy Family School. The exhibition of 73 paintings includes 16 new entrants including Arrowtown artist David John, whose work Monday Blue is pictured. The prize was established by Pamela McBride and John Charrington – a Sydney based couple who have a holiday home in Mount Barker. John wanted to do something for the community and Pamela came up with the idea of an art prize. It is specifically aimed at South Island artists. When they were looking for a location for the exhibition they approached their real estate agent Yeverley McCarthy (pictured far right) who is on the Holy Family School’s board of trustees. The exhibition has been held at the school ever since and funds raised go to the school. Pamela and John both have a life-long interest in art and John’s great grandfather was a patron


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of the arts in England. The top prize of $5000 is sponsored by Craigs Investment Partners. Other locally sponsored

prizes include one for landscape painting and a people’s choice award. This year the judges are former

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Gallery 33 manager Melissa Reimer and Christchurch artist Simon Edwards. The exhibition runs until January 15.

Confidence climbing Thanks to more New Zealanders choosing to holiday in Wanaka, guest nights for the year ending in October 2012 show an increase in visitors to the area. The Statistics New Zealand commercial accommodation monitor shows guest nights up 1 percent to 667,866 with domestic guest nights up 15.4 percent to 298,955. International guest nights were down 8.3 percent to 368,911. The increase in visitors has been matched by an increase in business confidence in Otago according to the latest Westpac McDermott Miller Regional Economic

Confidence survey. The report said economic confidence in Otago has rebounded sharply from its lows three months prior, when it was the country’s second most pessimistic region, to being cautiously optimistic about the year ahead. Findings show households expecting good economic times in the region over the year ahead rose sharply from a net minus 26 percent in September to a net 1 percent in December. “The region has been hit hard by a difficult exporting environment and government

cutbacks,” Westpac senior economist Felix Delbrück said. “However, with signs of improvement in the global economy prospects may be looking less gloomy for the region’s farmers and tourism operators.” A regional breakdown also showed Otago consumer confidence rose from 100.6 in September to 106.0 in December, but is still below the national average of 111.1. “Consumer confidence in the region remains cautious but the fact that it’s also picked up will be welcome news to local retailers,” Felix said

Jobs for collectors With less than two months until the 2013 census, district supervisor Catherine Wilkinson will begin interviewing for the positions of census collector tomorrow, but she said applications for census collectors are open until Sunday. Twentytwo people are needed to cover the district which includes Wanaka Lake Hawea, Hawea Flat, Albert Town, Luggate, Cardrona and Makarora. The 2013 census, undertaken by Statistics New Zealand, will collect information which will be used to make future decisions on hospitals, schools and roads, and it will show how communities

have changed since the last census in 2006. Collectors will be delivering an Internet Access Code and paper forms two weeks before census night on March

stored temporarily in highly secure data centres before being processed by Statistics NZ. Catherine was also the district supervisor for the census in 2006 and the

Collectors will be delivering an Internet Access Code and paper forms two weeks before census night. 5, with an online option now available which will be explained by the collectors. “It’s quick, safe and secure,” Catherine said. The data is encrypted once a census form is submitted online. The data is then

2011 census which was not held on March 8 2011 as planned, due to the Christchurch earthquake in February of that year. The census results will be available from December 2013.

Lightning closes pool Wanaka pool was closed for the day after the facility was hit by lightning during an early afternoon electrical storm yesterday. Lakes Leisure chief executive Ruth Stokes said a child who was showering at the time may have received a mild electrical shock. The child did not sustain any injuries and did not require any medical attention. “Our primary concern is for the child but we have been assured that she is fine,” Ruth said. “This is an accident that no-one could have anticipated, however we are investigating the matter further.”


It’s who you know Caroline Harker Sunday’s 4WD trip from Lake Hawea Station over the mountains to Forest Range Station in the Lindis was the 19th organised for the Cromwell Rotary Club by Murray Dennison. Contacts are everything if you want access to private land and Murray was a shearer and high country fencer for

decades so he knows most of the farmers in the region. “I’ve got those connections,” he said. “So you could say I’ve got a leg in. We try to go somewhere different every year and have hardly ever repeated a trip.” Drivers were charged $100 per vehicle and could take as many passengers as they wanted. Some just had one, others six or seven.

Lake Hawea station owner Tom Rowley gave a talk about the history of the area and the trip finished with a barbecue on Russell Emmerson’s Forest Range Station. “I managed to organise perfect weather for the day,” Murray said. “The views from Breast Hill over the Upper Clutha were amazing.” Money raised will go towards the club’s community projects. photo: Derek Whelan

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Challenge on


With nine days to go, Challenge Wanaka is reporting more than 2000 participants in the weeklong triathlon festival including four-time world champion Chris ‘Macca’ McCormack, Olympians and a record 1500 long course triathletes. Taking on Macca in the men’s event is former Duathlon World Champion, Australian Leon Griffin, Challenge Wanaka 2011 champion, Jamie Whyte, and four-times iron distance champion Bryan Rhodes, both from New Zealand. The women’s event will include New Zealand’s top two long-course triathletes, Gina Crawford and Joanna Lawn, battling it out with local woman Simone Maier (pictured) - a crowd favourite for an upset win. Gina has won Challenge Wanaka four times and is going for a fifth win, and Joanna has won Ironman New Zealand seven times and has come to race in Wanaka for the first time.

Container make-over The container at Glendhu Bay Lakeside Holiday Park has been given a make-over with a mural designed and painted by well known Christchurch artist Tineke McLean. The container is used as the chiller at the busy holiday park and the design and artwork took three weeks to complete.



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Old cottage


coming down

Caroline Harker One of Wanaka’s oldest cottages is soon to be demolished. It is on a 700m2 section at 159 Lakeside Road and sold for $685,000 last year. The new owners, who live north of Dunedin, do not want to be named, but confirmed they plan to pull the cottage down and build a new house there. They have no plans to retire to Wanaka. The cottage was built by Thomas Templeton in the 1880s but is not heritage-listed and, in the words of the new owner: “It doesn’t give a good

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presentation and is ready to be knocked down.” It was owned by the Templeton family for 100 years. They sold it in 1982 to Dr Charles Briscoe who was living in the Chatham Islands. He rented it out until

up the Matukituki Valley. James lived in the cottage for a period and he and his wife had 12 children. His son Owen also lived there with his wife Ellen. They had five children Michael (deceased), Tony (now living

It doesn’t give a good presentation and is ready to be knocked down. last year when it was sold. Thomas Templeton came to Wanaka with his brother James who owned Mount Albert Station and started the Templeton & Sons Engineering business in Albert Town. They also had a sawmill

in Christchurch), Christine (Winton), Noel (Blenheim) and Janet (Timaru). Tony remembers living in the house and biking along a gravel road with a base made of kanuka poles to the one room

primary school. He was born with whooping cough and doctors told his parents that nothing could be done. Tony was sent to live with his aunt Sue, a Plunket nurse, in Albert Town. “She discovered they were so worried about my cough they forgot to feed me and I was starving to death.” Sue nursed Tony back to health and he returned to his parents’ home when he was five years old. “Sue had no children and she was like a grandmother to us all,” he said. Tony said he didn’t think anyone in the Templeton family would be distressed about the demolition of the cottage.

Sun, rain, snow From Christmas Day’s 30-plus degrees Celcius to yesterday’s electric storm, the local weather system is running hot and cold this holiday season. This photo was taken last Thursday morning on the Lindis Pass where 10cm of snow fell. According to the MetService, summer is due to return tomorrow with temperatures of 22 degrees Celsius expected. photo: thierry Huet

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Three locals were in Papua New Guinea (PNG) last month doing their bit to save the rainforest. Film maker Antony Hansen was shooting a documentary for Pacific Forest Alliance – a company which plans to sell carbon credits on behalf of 63 tribes who own 600,000 hectares of pristine jungle. Wanaka-based Environmental Accounting Services project manager Mel Meuller is doing most of the technical work for the project to ensure it meets the international verified carbon standard, and helicopter pilot Nigel Gee flew Antony around the country while he was making the film. Logging, dominated by Malaysian companies, is a major industry in Papua New Guinea. The PNG government is now supporting programmes to save the jungle and turn it into carbon trading revenue. Tribes in the project area have opted for it as a sustainable alternative to logging. Nigel Gee has been involved with logging in Malaysia and said it is good to see tribes being given another option. “They’re probably not getting as much money but they get to keep their forest,” he said. Nigel works month on - month off in PNG for a company called Pacific Helicopters. His other clients include oil and gas companies, mining projects and an American


firm looking for aircraft missing from World War II. “I do it because there’s no work in New Zealand. I have to go away to pay the bills.” There are at least half a dozen local pilots and engineers working in Papua New Guinea on a similar basis. The filming trip was Antony’s first time in PNG and he said it astonished him. Most of the population lives in rural areas with no modern facilities. Many of the tribes in the isolated mountain areas live in a cashless economy and depend on subsistence agriculture. “It’s a very harsh

environment,” Antony said. “When I was there it was over 40 degrees and it rained really heavily. Their only transport is by dugout canoe and the place is full of deadly snakes and crocodiles. Malaria, typhoid and yellow fever are rife.” Mel Mueller made four trips to PNG last year and she has a similar story to tell. “The first time it was amazing. But it was hard working there as a woman because local women don’t have a say in anything. And it’s physically very hard work. We’re in the jungle all day measuring

trees. It was incredibly hot and the ants were terrible. But it’s beautiful. Like something out of National Geographic.” Mel and her boss, Wanaka-based Carly Green, are working out how much carbon is in the project area. Money from the carbon credits won’t be given directly to the tribes. A working group of seven has been set up and tribes will apply for funds for specific projects. The main ones will be health services and education. Others include ecotourism and agricultural businesses.

New DOC brochure for Wanaka Caroline Harker The local DOC office has produced a new brochure which features 30 walks, bike rides or tramps in the region. Called Wanaka Outdoor Pursuits, it includes the Hawea, Lindis and Pisa areas and is aimed at residents and tourists. The brochure includes many of the newest tracks in the region,and details such as the degree of difficulty of the walks


and whether or not you can take dogs. It also includes a good map. The recently opened Newcastle Track (2-3 hours, 12km) is described; “Suitable for biking and walking this track follows the true left of the Clutha River from Hawea River swing bridge to Kane Road.” With regard to the Little Criffel track (6-7 hours return, 20km, no dogs) the brochure says: “The track up to 1341m

Little Criffel is steep and unformed, but provides a good opportunity for fit, experienced walkers to enjoy extensive views of the Upper Clutha Valley. From the car park, cross the Cardrona River and follow the markers and stiles up the hill.” The brochure also includes information on Lake Wanaka islands, rock climbing and the natural and human history of the area.

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One for the collection

Our monthly column where Wanaka librarians review books they are enjoying.

Still Life I was reading our most popular adult fiction report last week and came across the name Louise Penny in between expected names such as Harlan Coben, Lee Child, Jodi Picoult and Nora Roberts. I was a little shocked as I had never heard of Louise Penny and had absolutely no idea what sort of books she wrote. How could someone become so popular without me knowing about them. Immediately I went out to the shelves and as luck was with me, found Still Life, the first in her series of detective novels. From the very first page I was hooked – and this was only the acknowledgements. Penny’s writing is laced with a lovely open hearted, dry, self-deprecating humour. Still Life is set in a small Canadian village called Three Pines which has a very English village feel - reminiscent of the setting of Midsomer Murders everyone knows everyone and there is even a village green, yet this familiarity is tempered by the history and tension that exist between those of French origin and those of English and their respective place in the wider political

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arena of Canadian identity. There is also a wry recognition of the invisibility of the original inhabitants. Our detective in this series, Armand Gamache, a Chief Inspector from the Surete in Montreal, is summoned to

investigate the death of Jane Neale, the retired school teacher of the village who was dearly loved by all, the victim of a possible hunting accident or maybe something more sinister. During the investigation we meet a wide cast of characters ranging from lauded poets and artists to unappealing thugs. Much of the story is told from the perspective of Clara an artist and close friend of Jane’s, yet we also see through the eyes of many other characters, and in doing so, learn of them and their backgrounds. The depth of these characters is probably what appeals to me most about this book, they wrestle with moral dilemmas, have long enduring friendships with each other and become very real as you proceed through the book. Perhaps my favourite aspect of the book is the quotes and references to other works which remind me that there is an untapped world of literature out there with perspectives on the human condition waiting to be read. I have now placed a hold on every book by Louise Penny that we have in our system.

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- D. Wither

This poem, by Wanaka writer Laura Williamson, appeared in the New Zealand Poetry Society collection ‘Building a time machine’, edited by Owen Bullock.

The blues Blue moment. Almost blue. Indigo dye. Am I. True. Night sky right before dawn not quite black not quite gone. The minor key, the drawn out note, the colour of bruise, The taste of smoke. deepest water, surface slate, bottomless, bottomless, bottomless waves. The dark blue world shadows on your face: what we left behind in the blue blue rain.

In the blue blue rain, what we left behind shadows your face: the dark blue world, bottomless waves (bottomless, bottomless). Surface slate, deepest water, the taste of smoke, the colour of bruise, the drawn out note. The minor key, not quite gone, not quite black, right before dawn. Night sky. Am I. True. Indigo dye. Almost blue. Blue moment. - Laura Williamson



Lots to do for the kids Queenstown Lakes District Council arts and events facilitator Jan Maxwell said Summerdaze comes at a good time. “School’s been out for a while, Christmas has been and gone and it’s about now kids start to get bored,” she said. Children have a range of activities to get involved with during this year’s Summerdaze festival including the PJ Party in the Library on January 24, the Teddy Bears’ Picnic on January 26 and the Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka which is on this weekend.

Summer days kite making Kids and kites are the focus of a kite-making workshop in Wanaka tomorrow with the results set to soar on Saturday as part of the Summerdaze Festival. Referred to as New Zealand’s kite lady, workshop leader Julie Adams has made kites with more than 25,000 children. “I still get a real buzz seeing the huge smiles when kids get their kite up into the air,” she said. “I believe that kites

bring out the smiles in people, and that flying kites, or just watching others fly them, is the best way to lift your spirits.” A kite flying session is being held on Pembroke Park from noon on Saturday which will feature a large number of stunt and exhibition kites as well as the kite the children make. The 90 minute workshops are held at the Lake Wanaka centre at 10am, 11.30am and 1.30pm.

An exemplary life Caroline Harker A friendship between retired psychiatrist Ken Bragan and the late internationally renowned dancer and teacher Jennie Kjelgaard began twenty years ago when they met as members of the Wanaka walking group. More recently they began recording the


story of Jennie’s life. Just before she died in September last year Jennie told Ken she would like it to be published. Jennie Kjelgaard – An Exemplary Life is being launched at the Wanaka Hotel tomorrow. Jennie lived in Wanaka from 1981 and taught dance right up until she died at the age of 89.

Ken said she was passionate about teaching. She was born in England and trained through the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) before coming to New Zealand as a war bride. As well as teaching here, for 30 years she made annual teaching trips to Japan, and she travelled all over the world as an

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examiner for RAD. Ken also grew up in England and studied medicine in Edinburgh beforeimmigratingtoNewZealand where he became a psychiatrist. He has written a number of books on subjects ranging from psychiatry and literature to religion. An Exemplary Life is his first biography.

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High octane racing High octane thrills and spills, combined with a lot of rain, made for interesting three days at the Central Motor Speedway in Cromwell. Racing started on Saturday with exciting racing by the saloons, stockcars, super saloons, production saloons and adult and youth ministocks but finished early due to rain. The championship was started again as part of Sunday’s programme, which also included 24 sprint cars competing in the Cromwell leg of the War of the Wings series. Central Motor

Speedway President Andy Erskine finished up front in his heats and in the feature race passed the checkered flag in fourth place. Christchurch’s Matt Honeywell won, second was Ray Bourne also from Christchurch and Chris Gerrard of Nelson was third. Hard, slippery and dusty conditions on Sunday resulted in a number of spectacular offs and pile ups, all without injury. Along with the 24 sprint cars and the 16 saloon cars, the support grades included 11 sidecars, 13 six shooters and 14 modified sprint cars.

Organisers said the support grades were all a real crowd-pleaser but for sheer lunacy and spectacle, and excellent driver and passenger team work, the sidecars seemed to come out as favourites. TheSouthIslandSaloon Car Championship, now in its third year as a nationally sanctioned title, was one of the feature events held on Sunday. Separated by just two points, the championship came down to a race between Blenheim’s Rob Flood and Cromwell’s Daryl Ainsley. The starting line up had Daryl on

row four, and Rob on the fifth. Defending champion, Dunedin’s DaveMcCallion,occupied row one. Pictured is winner, and two-time Cromwell champion, Daryl in car 5t pursued by second-placed Rob in a two-lap sprint to the finish. The New Zealand Saloon Champions will be held in the South Island for the first time with up to 50 of New Zealand’s top drivers expected in the qualifying round and support grades youth saloons and youth ministocks also running, at the Cromwell course on February 1 and 2. photo: Central Motor Speedway

All White coming to Wanaka All Whites footballer Jeremy Brockie is confirmed as a guest coach for a junior soccer academy in Wanaka this month. The Wellington Phoenix player will be present at the rugby grounds

on Thursday morning, January 24 for the academy which is being organised through the Football Central Wanaka Academy. See sunspots for details

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Wanaka tennis has finished one of its biggest weeks hosting the 2013 Wanaka Junior Open and the Wanaka Open. The junior tournament included 99 New Zealand children as well as 12 Australian players. Due to the size of the draws the tournament is played at the Wanaka tennis club and 12 other courts around Wanaka. The highlights for Wanaka were in the ten and under girls’ singles with Polly Marshall winning, and the 14 and under girls’ doubles where Meg Timu and Olivia Ray were the champions. Meg Timu was a close runner up in the singles going down 10-8 in a deciding third set tie-break. Ines Stephani and Danielle Molloy were runners up in the 12 and under doubles losing in another third set tie-breaker. The Open tournament had the largest and highest quality draws in the history of Wanaka tennis. The University of California

Berkeley brought over 12 players, plus coaches and managers and even the coach’s son, adding 15 top level players to the event. The team is ranked 13th in the US College Tennis Circuit with team member, Queenstowner Ben McLachlan, ranked 16th individually and one of New Zealand’s brightest tennis prospects. Berkeley head coach Peter Wright said he could not believe how beautiful the town was and what a great atmosphere there was at the club. He was particularly impressed by the amount of support given by volunteers during the days of the event. Local favourites, Ben and his brother Riki, took out the doubles final against Berkeley team mates Gregory Bayane of France and Denmark Davis Cup player Chris Konigsfeldt. Ben then took the court in the singles final facing Gregory again. In tough windy conditions they

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played high quality tennis with some big serving from both players impressing the crowd. Ben won 6-3 6-3. “It has been really inspiring for the juniors at the club to come out and see how well these guys play,” Perry said. “They are great role models not only because they are such good players, but the way they behave on the court sets a great example for the kids.” The women’s final was also a top level match with defending champion Libby Scott from Dunedin coming from four set points down in the first set to win 7-5 6-3 against New Zealand Junior Team member Annabel Ellis. Suma Ito and Hannah Speight from Queenstown beat Libby Scott and Georgia Hume from Dunedin in the women’s final 6-4 4-6 10-8. Pictured are Finley Hall, Zin South, Jesse Eccles and Bjorn Pollock.



BOARD Maybe we should add some Valium to town’s water at this time of year. There’s definitely lots of visitors to our town that need it. Chill out people. Looks like we’ll all be picking up drift wood in time for the challenge again when this rain comes through! but nice not to have to water the garden! Why have we been asked 2 move inside at bars at 10pm on the most amazing nights how strange is the law here You are spot on with our “inconsiderate species”. Please team - visitors and locals alike- it can’t be that hard to acknowledge your fellow man?!? A nod hello or a thank you when passing on a path goes a long way. None of us are really invisible are we? The laws on land and lake apply to everyone regardless. take note wealthy local businessman seen behaving like a spoilt child at eely point on Sunday. To the local folk using Stevenson’s island main bay as a water ski lane on Sunday nice to see you setting a good example for out of towners and making it an awesome place to swim Don’t you think it would nice for your kids not to see mummy and daddy fighting while trying to get a boat in/out of the water? Perhaps you should a) practise taking you boat in /out of the water in the off season b) watch your language c) calm down because your fighting sure ain’t helping you! And d) take your boat out more than once a year – perhaps then you’ll know how to use it. From the photo in last weeks Sun there doesn`t appear to be any form of noise barrier bunding surrounding the new Jet sprint track by the airport. Is everyone who uses this area just expected to put up with the noise from this facility? What is the use of having a 5 knot speed restriction on the Clutha after 6.00pm if no one takes any notice? Jandals? or woolly socks? come on weather make up your mind!! Drunk old man that racially abused the lovely staff in the pub.... You were an embarrassment to us kiwis. Time to stop drinking i think.

editorial It’s great to see so many locals choosing to stay in the Upper Clutha for their summer holiday. We’ve had some wonderful weather with a just few wet days which keep the farmers and gardeners happy and gives everyone an excuse to stay inside for a change. The lakes are busy with lots of people swimming, sailing and going around in circles behind speed boats. The new water feature on the Hawea River is attracting people of all ages kayaking, boogie boarding or just watching the action. Every second vehicle seems to have mountain bikes strapped on the back and the new trails are being well used. Lots of people are walking the new tracks as well as enjoying their older favourites. With two cinemas to choose from there has been a good range of new release movies to see. Cafes are deservedly busy – the food on offer is as good, if not better, than other tourist towns in the country. Shops are busy but still nice places to be with welcoming staff behind the counters. Tourists operators and accommodation providers are happy, the police report the best New Year’s Eve in a long time, and everywhere you go there are happy people enjoying themselves. What better place for a summer holiday.

We’re all losers Savouring a New Year’s Eve birthday, I was dismayed to hear the remarks of a well known benefactor to our district say: “I’ve been growing on 400 autumn colouring trees (pin, scarlet, oaks, liquid ambers etc) to be planted out between Albert Town and Hawea. Alarmingly I had been warned that if planted they would be ripped out by some vehement native-tree followers. I laughed but the warning was repeated. So the trees will go to a more welcoming community.” The fixation (can we call it fanaticism?) for native trees and shrubs, to the exclusion of all else, is worrisome. Indeed, it is reprehensible that [someone] would threaten such vandalism. Why cannot autumn colouring trees be allowed to grow equally with natives and further enhance our antipodean Vermont? We are all the losers by such intolerance in the name of ecology. (Father) Brian Fenton Wanaka

Issue 591 Thursday January 10, 2013 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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4WD rally Amazing, amazing, amazing. Fantastic scenery and superb weather made for a memorable 4WD rally held last Sunday, January 6. A big thank you to the organisers Murray Dennison and Bill Wilson from Cromwell Rotary but special thanks to Tom Rowley and his family from Lake Hawea Station and Russell Emmerson and his family from Forest Range Station in the Lindis Pass for allowing the 28 vehicles access through their properties. It was a privilege to get up into the top of the high country to see the stunning views all around, enjoy a picnic at the top where Tom gave us all an insight into the whole area dating back from when in 1910 Morven Hills Station was split up into the stations we know today. We all thoroughly enjoyed the whole eight hour trip, including two unscheduled stops for punctures, which ended at Forest Range to quench the thirst and enjoy a barbecue provided by other Rotary members including Peter Jackson and Bruce McMillan. All in all an adrenaline filled day I am sure appreciated by those lucky enough to be there. So thank you to all concerned. Andrew Burton Lowburn

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Hamilton 2 Scottie Culverwell 3 Peter Gray. Thirds 1 Helen Green 2 Norman Matheson

3 Tony Munden Leads 1 Jan Munden 2 Dennis Schofield 3 Michael Bishop



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802sqm section for sale, Little Maude Drive, Lake Hawea. Walk to lake/ shops, mountain views. Price negotiable, phone 4439310 or 021656655.

HONDA PRELUDE 1993 manual. Only 155,000km. Current WOF/Rego. Paintwork tired but reliable motor. $2,800 ono. Margi 021513100 margi.eade@

Lagos, great lunch cafe! Relishes, great for dinner! Ashraf’s, best Indian! Wanaka, just great!

Challenge Wanaka Bike Servicing - don’t leave your bike servicing until the day before race day, get it serviced as early as you can. Call the bike shop 03 443 8855.

Gentle yoga with Jen at 9.30 ea Mon and Wed 9 Tyndall St

Baby first 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 BlueSeventy 2013 Wetsuits still at 15% off at Racers Edge. Great selection of sizes. Try before you buy - the lake is just across the road! 03 443 7882 BRANDNEW Northface Gortex walking shoe. Blu/blk. Size uk7,eu41,25.5cm. $110ono- 0212018614 Carseat for sale! Safe-n-sound, newborn to 18kg.very good condition with safety belt. $100 (was $360).ph/txt 0274644957 Coffee Machine, new in box. Makes 2 to 4 cups. $80 ono. 0212018614 Double bed good condition $140, Formica table + chair $160, x-large suitcase $30, 6 new single bed valences $60, 021730098 Big, blue and very comfy 2+3 couch. Great condition $300. Ph 0272737663 1990 toyota celica wof reg good runner $1700. ono phn 027221665 Babies and infant toys, rattles and books, excellent condition. Buy separate items or bulk call 0212577694 English Cocker puppies, 3 girls, 3 boys. All Chocolate. Undocked, purebred pets. Viewing from Jan 8th. 0211165093 Total Gym 1000. Offers ph 4438128 evenings Women’s size 14, 32 waist Grab Denim Jeans, near new, straight leg regular fit, $50,0212577694 Oak dresser. Good original condition. $120 ph 443 5530 Q Kayak - Sprite. Excellent cond. $400. Ph 0272737663 Assorted Roofing materials for sale. Downpipes, spouting, screws, tools. Phone 4435285 for details. Free delivery - when you buy your groceries online at organicexpress. Wanaka, Albert Town, Hawea and Hawea Flat residential areas. GARAGE SALE. 107 Mount Iron Dr. Saturday 12th Jan 9-4pm. Kids toys, clothes, books, kitchen stuff.

Jim’s Garden. Potatoes, rhubarb, currants, mint plants, grape vines, cut flowers. Look for plants sign end of Anderson Road Kauri wood doors $260, Slalom Kayak $480, European wooden rocking chair $580, Cobcraft pottery kiln Octagon 142l $898. 0211119218 Mountain buggy. Older fixed wheel style. Comes with shade and storm cover. Great condition $ 70. Ph 021684432 Moving on garage sale. Fridge, freezers, washing machines. Trailer frame, gardening tools, collectables, copper. Sat 12th Jan. 250 hawea back rd. Hawea flat. 034432099 0223198033.anni Pony poo-gold for your garden! 7/4 trailer load $30 delivered ph/txt Grace or Julia 4434494, 0275091972 Poultrywheat and barley 4 sale,whole or crushed. 021 251 5510, 4434944 Save 10% off your groceries. Just spend over $50 this month at organicexpress. Stained Glass Leadlights designed and made to suit. Restoration welcome. Phone Jen on 4435530 Astoria Japanese-made 1970s electric guitar for sale. Identical to a Les Paul. Professionally valued at $450. View at Odd Spot on Anderson Road or call Maddy 0278740573.

notice ASPIRING ACUPUNCTURE. Chinese herbs. TCM treats all aspects health eg, hayfever, anxiety, period, Injury, pain. ACC health provider. Very experienced. Jos McLean. Ph 4436242, 021 1639769 Book launch: Jennie Kjelgaard – An Exemplary Life is being launched at the Wanaka Hotel at 5.30pm tomorrow (Friday March 11). Easy partner dance: 8.15pm Thurs 17Jan-14Feb presbyterian hall Tenby Street. 1st timers offer: 5 classes $50. 021566013/ emma@cerocsouthernlakes. Food Combining & Raw Food Workshop - 3 hour hands on learning and lunch. Saturday 19th or Sunday 20th at Nirvana Retreat. www.nirvanaretreat. or 4432252. Hawea Community Association: walk to Gladstone Gap and public meeting:January 12,10am.Please meet at corner of Lakeview Terrace and Muir Road., All welcome.

Lost in the mess? Text the Wanaka Sun on 0220 786778 for your free classified listing: 20 word limit, standard network rates apply. Jeremy Brockie to coach at Football Central Academy holiday clinic. wed 23rd & thurs 24th Jan 9am4pm Pembroke park. From 8 yrs. non members welcome. 021 0555190 or to register

Challenge Wanaka race day maintenance course at Racers Edge. Thursday 6pm - 10th January. change a flat; use CO2 cartridges; minor gear adjustments. $FREE. Bookings essential 03 443 8855

Mums n bubs yoga 10AM ea Thurs 9 Tyndall St. $10 classes. Prenatal classes avail ea Tues 7.30PM. 443.1672 or 022.097.4596 Need to get organised? Experienced PA ready to help. Please call 021 999 370 or 443 4039.

Colour steel fencing. Same both sides. Handy solutions 0272080175

Party Planner: Taking the stress out of your party. Available in Wanaka. Please call 021 999 370 or 443 4039.

Cult Skate Wheels | Sabre Longboard trucks in Wanaka. Available online by NZ distributer.

POST and RAIL fencing. HANDY SOLUTIONS happy to quote. You may be surprised. Ph 4434078 0272080175 SHADE SAILS. Free advise and quotes. Ph Handy Solutions 0272080175

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

Website Design & SEO Professional Web Design Services from Website Development Company Web4 Wanaka, eCommerce and Online Marketing. • 027 472 9908

School Holiday Programme 9 to 29 Jan for 5-13 year olds. Book online at

Dog walker available Monday to Sunday in Wanaka. Please call 021 999 370 or 443 4039.

Huge range of summer clothing upstairs at the new Salvation Army Family Store.

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.

Racers Edge have commenced bike and helmet checks for Challenge Wanaka and issuing official obligatory check stickers. Do it early. Pain Today, Glory Tomorrow

SUMMER REJUVENATION; women’s health, ayurvedic therapies, yoga, upcoming wanaka retreats; empowering self-healing; eliminate the patient; Super fresh fruit and vege - we support local growers wherever possible. The Luggate hotel - cold beer, great food, awesome garden bar. Where else would you want to be this summer! Tongue tied and terrified when speaking in public? Speak with confidence course begins january 31st contact Lee 443 1447/leeball40@ YOGA @ THE LAKE; 9-10.30 Sundays, scotts beach, Weather permitting. txt Carmen 021 02215409

services All types of fencing and gates. Wrought iron. Timber. Colour steel. Post and rail. Glass and steel balustrades. 4434078 0272080175 Avoid the check out queues this summer. Save time and shop online at Babysitter available in Wanaka. Please call 021 999 370 or 443 4039. Motor home & caravan repair and restoration. Steve Rumore 443.1672

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Girl Friday: no job to small. Please call 021 999 370 or 443 4039. GLIDER TRIAL Flights, from 20 minutes. Motor up and glide down. Fun for the whole family. 0800 021 262 Handy Solutions mobile workshop engineering and handyman service. You name it our team will do it. Ph 0272080175 Carpets and Upholstery had a hammering? Call JAE Services 4431150 We will take care of it. House and pet minder available, local, mature, honest female. Any dates during January to April please phone 021 680 110 JP SERVICES at Community Networks Tuesdays 1 to 2pm and. Fridays 10.30 to 11. 30 For appointments call 4437799 LYN BROWN BOWEN Practitioner also treating out of Wanaka Wellness Centre. For appts/info pls ph Lyn 4437388 MASSAGE THERAPY, Sportsmassage, Deep tissue, Relaxation. Treatment work and stress relief.Ursula Krebs, Dipl. Massage Therapist, Ph: 0276602271, mobile service available.

VASECTOMYS available here in Wanaka with Dr Simon Brebner at Aspiring Medical Centre.Ph 443 1226 for an appointment to discuss. Yes call Rika when you are on holiday and don’t no where to go for a quality hair do , I come to you, the hairfairy 0273169463

wanted MAC uniform – girl’s shirts wanted, thank you. Please call 021 999 370 or 443 4039. Routeburn Track vehicle swap for 26-28 Feb required. We drive your car to Glenorchy end and exchange for our keys midway. Graeme 021 186 9142 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. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to assist with School Holiday Program 9th to 29th January, Contact Community Networks 443 7799or email to shp@ communitynetworks,co,nz Wanted to rent 2/3 bdrm unfurnished house - pref with garage. Ph 0272737663 Work wanted. Reception/Admin/ Frontline. Experienced in auto/hotel/legal/dental and retail.Flexible with hours. Great references. Ph 0272737663

rent HOUSE available for rent. Fully furnished. 4 b/r Feb - July 2013 in quiet, established Rippon Lee area. Close to lake. Maree 021 033 1232

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sunsport Catching the train Wanaka athletes claimed the top male and female places racing the Kingston Flyer last weekend, with Oska Inkster-Baynes and Olympian Nicky Samuels both easily beating the train over the 12km course from Fairlight to Kingston. Oska, 21, defended his title from last year finishing in 38 minutes 9 seconds with Nicky, 29, crossing the line in a time of 45.36. Oska is enjoying a strong recovery from an Achilles injury and recently won the national half marathon title. About 300 runners raced the vintage steam train. The event is in its second year.

Flying start for teens

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Oliver Young Last weekend a team of eight kids from Bike Wanaka’s Junior Mountain Bike Team travelled to Bluff for the first round of the NZ MTB Cup.

They were presented with a challenging track with a long climb followed by a downhill with lots of rocks and mud to test their skills. The under 15 boys and girls had to do two laps and the under 17 boys did three laps.

With 282m of climbing each lap it proved a good test of fitness as well as skill for the team. The team scored some excellent results. Pictured, from left, are secondplaced Alex Young, Janus Staufenberg who came

first, and Luke Wright in third in under 15 boys. Team mate Paul Wright also secured a third in the under 17 boys. The team is looking forward to building on this success this season.

Foaming fun Jen Riley from Nelson has kayaked in many places around the world but described the recently completed kayak course on the Hawea River as “the most fun”. The Scott Shipley designed whitewater park is continuing to attract local and visitors on surf boards, boogie boards and kayaks to try out the waves. photo:

Golden New Year for Adam Hall Wanaka based Paralympic skier Adam Hall has had a golden start to his 2013 campaign with three wins at the Winter Park Open in Colorado. “I was extremely happy with how my day went and couldn’t have asked for a better start to the New Year,” Adam said Adam, who was born with spina bifida, competed in the Standing category winning two Super G races, and a slalom. His coach, Scott Olson, called it “a great day for Adam Hall”. PHOTO: supplied

Skeleton warming up Errors on her second run meant Wanaka-based skeleton racer Katharine Eustace ended up with a final placing of 16th at the Altenberg World Cup in Germany last week. “Unfortunately I drove badly on my second run making a few mistakes which I wasn’t happy with. I am still pushing in the top five women in the field, so when I can get the sliding going well I’m sure the results will come.” Marion Thees of Germany won by the smallest margin of 0.01 of a second, from Katie Uhlaender, USA who was leading after the first run, Noelle Pikus-Pace of the USA was third. Racing continues next week in Germany from the Bavarian track of Koenigssee.

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