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Poisoned natives to be replaced Council contractors have agreed to replace native trees along the waterfront track below Waimana Place after their ‘overspraying’ of noxious weeds killed between 30 and 50 plants in the area. These included kanuka, manuka, coprosma and matagouri. “This is not acceptable and our contractor has agreed to return to the area to tidy the dead vegetation [immediately] …and plant natives in the area in winter,” QLDC district forester Briana Pringle said. The council was alerted to the damage by landscape architect Anne Steven (pictured). She has asked the council to do an audit of dead and damaged trees to get an idea of how many they need to replace. “They are going to get in touch with Te Kakano and ask them to supply the plants,” Anne said. “[Te Kakano manager] Andrew Penniket will be able to advise them on suitable plants. It would be nice to include some kowhai and cabbage trees too.” Anne said it was great to see the council and the contractor taking a responsible attitude to the situation. The replanting is scheduled for May 6.

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Several calls for volunteers have gone out around town this week, particularly for people to provide a little social support for the sick or elderly. The Cancer Society, the Senior Citizens Club, Age Concern and the Salvation Army all need more help. Volunteering Central (VC) coordinator Heather McClintock said Wanaka’s volunteer resources are stretched for much of the year, particularly with large events such as Challenge. “It’s not that there aren’t enough volunteers out there,” she said. “It’s just that these [requirements for volunteers to visit the sick and/or elderly] are quite big commitments – not just one-off events. It might just be visiting someone once a week, but it works best for everyone if it can be a long term arrangement.” Heather is at Community Networks every Tuesday. “Anyone can come in and have a chat,” she said. “It’s a

question of matching the right person with the right organisation”. Heather said VC matched up hundreds of volunteers to the 160 organisations in the district since it was set up two years ago. Cancer Society Otago and Southland division manager Robyn Flowers said they rely heavily on volunteers

cancer living in their own homes - for example taking them a meal, helping out with gardening, taking them shopping or to appointments, and just dropping in for a chat. She said volunteers are given three two-hour training sessions. Raewyn is at Community Networks every Wednesday. The Cancer Society is

Even someone to help serve tea or do some baking would be great we can’t function without them. and have 800 in the district. “It’s phenomenal,” she said. “People really do want to make a difference.” She currently has a shortage in Wanaka, Teviot Valley and Omakau. Wanaka Cancer Society representative Raewyn Robertson has about 20 clients and has lost several volunteers recently so needs three or four new ones, not for nursing care, but to be a friend to people with

also having an information day for potential supportive care volunteers on March 4. The Upper Clutha Senior Citizens Club has 60 members and club coordinator Viv Fitzgerald is looking for new volunteers to accompany them on day trips to other towns or to assist at meetings. “Even someone to help serve tea or do some baking would be great,” she said. “We can’t

function without them.” Age Concern and the Salvation Army are also looking for volunteers to visit people in their homes. “There are quite a few older people with no family around who are housebound,” Age Concern Central Otago coordinator Eleanor Collier said. “It’s not task orientated. We just need people who would like to spend some time with an older person.” Salvation Army shop manager Lynette Thompson also said there are quite a number of lonely older people in town who would enjoy a regular visitor. Heather said Elmslie House would also benefit from more volunteers. “The staff usually can’t sit down for a 20-minute chat and some residents don’t have regular visitors,” she said. “I’ve seen many examples where volunteering enhances the lives of people, including the volunteers.”


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A team of twenty-two census collectors will deliver internet access codes and paper census forms to every home in Wanaka, Hawea, Albert Town, Cardrona, Luggate and Makarora between February 16 and census day on March 5. Census collectors can be identified by their yellow name tag and large blue bag and will be encouraging people to go online to complete their forms. “If a household completes their census forms online collectors may not have to return. The online option is secure, quick and easy,” General Manager of the 2013 Census Carol Slappendel said.

A proposal to establish a national flag day for the various countries represented in the Wanaka area is underway. Wanaka Residents Association treasurer Roger Gardiner is keen for different nationalities to display their respective flags on their national day on the flagpole outside the QLDC offices on Ardmore Street. The association installed the fibreglass

pole made by a yachting company outside council offices just before Christmas and now he would like to see it get more use. The area has also been tidied up and bench seating installed by volunteers and local contractors. The flag pole has been installed on a plinth from the flagpole that was originally at the Wanaka Primary school before it closed. Roger said he would initially take responsibility for getting the flags installed

on their various days and is also hoping a volunteer could step forward to assist with managing the flags. The flagpole is administered by the council so it would be necessary to access a key from the office to change the flag over. Anyone interested in celebrating their respective national day can contact Roger to make the arrangement. See sunspots for details

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The Baptist church in Wanaka is welcoming a new pastor and his wife this week with Jim and Lois Patrick moving to the area. Both have holidayed here for a number of years and are looking forward to moving the church to the next stage, Jim said. Jim was born to Kiwi parents who were missionaries in Bolivia, and lived there for his first ten years. Lois was raised in Taranaki and both originally trained as primary school teachers. Jim and Lois have been involved in the church for more than 40 years, leading congregations around the country, most recently in Darfield for eight years.

Jim has also been a Police Chaplain for many years and was strongly involved in the aftermath of the Christchurch

earthquake. The two had been retired for the past year and moved here last month in a voluntary

Delivery days to reduce? The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is inviting written submissions on a proposal from New Zealand Post to amend its minimum service obligations, as set out in the 1998 Deed of Understanding. The 1998 Deed requires a six-day-a-week delivery to more than 95 percent of delivery points which

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New Zealand Post want to reduce by 50 percent. The company states there has been a 24 percent reduction in posted items per year (or 265 million fewer items posted per year) since 1998. New Zealand Post is proposing, among other measures, to reduce delivery days to a threeday-a-week delivery for standard letter mail, but states on its online

forum that they “do not need to adjust delivery frequency now,” but are seeking the ability to do so “in the future when we have to”. Submissions on the proposal can be made until 5pm on Tuesday March 12 and the relevant documents can be found on the Ministry website or hard copies can be requested by contacting the Ministry.

role following the invitation of the Otago-Southland Baptist Association. Following a minister’s monthly meeting involving the other churches in the area Jim said he valued how closely the different churches in the Upper Clutha work together. Jim is unsure how large a congregation will come to the church’s welcome service this Sunday but said he is looking forward to meeting people. “We’ll just have to find out. There’s not too many from Wanaka but the Hawea area had a number involved. On Sunday we’ll have a better idea.” See sunspots for details

inbrief Happy nappies The Queenstown Lakes District Council’s Happy Nappy Initiative will run again this year. The scheme is aimed at reducing the amount of disposable nappies going to landfill by subsidising the price of a starter pack of modern cloth nappies. Kate Mead, ‘The Nappy Lady’, will run workshops to discuss modern nappy options, explain the pack, and how to wash and care for the nappies. Participants will receive a voucher that entitles them to buy a nappy starter pack. Packs are available for purchase by people with babies aged 0-9 months or those who are expecting a child.

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Hit and run confession A 39-year-old Hawea male suspected of a hit and run incident late on Friday on Totara Terrace reported to Wanaka police yesterday afternoon. He allegedly drove his white Isuzu Big Horn vehicle into two cars, shunting one an estimated 15 metres before driving off.

The police had appealed to the media for help in identifying the driver and Senior Sergeant Allan Grindell said police were grateful for media coverage of the “unusual’’ late night event. The man has been interviewed and released, pending

further enquiries into his liability for the accidents and police are considering what charges will be laid. The community had come forward to assist the owner of one of the cars which was not insured, resulting in the suspect going to the police.

Third year can be tough Tomorrow is the second anniversary of the fatal Canterbury earthquake and New Zealand Red Cross is encouraging people to make their personal happiness and that of their family and friends a priority. The group is working with an expert in psychological recovery from disaster, Australian clinical psychologist Dr Rob Gordon, who said year three can be the most difficult for some. “The third year can be particularly tough so pace yourself and focus on things that give your life value and meaning like relationships, family, recreational activities, your health or your career,” he said.

Getting out alive Tim Brewster Huhu grubs and other unprotected inhabitants of the Matukituki Valley would be wise to lie low if the resource consent application for a Bear Grylls reality survival show, Get Out Alive, is successful. The show had auditions in the U.S.A late last year and it is unlikely any New Zealand contestants will be appearing as the regulations set out by the production company NBC stated that entrants must be legal residents of the United States. The Queenstown based Mountain Film Unit who made the consent application appears to be the local company involved in the filming, but

managing director Julian Grimmond said he could not discuss details of the project at this stage. He was also unable to comment on the number of Wanaka people employed and whether there would be any penalties if contestants were discovered eating endangered species during their adventures in the wilderness. Wanaka Department of Conservation spokesperson Annette Grieve said the organisation can confirm they are currently working with the film company in considering their application but was unable to discuss the project any further due to a confidentiality agreement. She said she could not

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comment on any potential eating of protected species. The DOC website said there are 45 species of native birds that have been recorded in Mount Aspiring National Park and more than 400 species of moths and butterflies. On the definitely unprotected list are the weasels and stoats that have been part of long term eradication programme by the department. The consent application is from March 5 to March 22 and includes floating down the Matukituki River, carrying fire across it, crossing the Motatapu and swimming around the Craigie Burn bluffs.

shroomy Shroomy strikes Wanaka “yarn bomber” Knitsy has an alternative rival in town. Small hand-painted mushroom figurines have started appearing in discreet locations around the Wanaka area. Trails by the lake, the bottom of some driveways and other areas have been decorated by clumps of the handmade fungi. photo: adam hall

Pilot reaches 20,000 Wanaka aviator and flight instructor Simon Spencer-Bower recently logged 20,000 hours flying time since he first started flying when he

left school in 1967. The hours have been spent in a mixture of 27 helicopters and 70 different types of airplanes, making

him one of the most experienced pilots in the area. The majority of hours have been in helicopters with 18,000 hours logged

including 14,800 in the Robinson brand, and he is acknowledged by the company as the most experienced pilot of the craft in the world.

Wanaka artisan ice cream in top 12 A local gourmet ice cream company has been listed in the Cuisine magazine’s top artisan products in the fifth annual Cuisine Artisan Awards. Wanaka’s Pure New Zealand mascarpone, date and orange ice cream was chosen by a panel of food experts as one of the top 12 products of more than 60 entries. The awards, which are open to all products, excluding olive oil and cheese as they have their own industry awards, aim to find the best New Zealand-made artisan food and drink products. This year’s supreme winner was Auckland’s Quina Fina Tonic Water.

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The local energy supply in the Queenstown Lakes District is on the agenda for a meeting to be held at the QLDC Council Chambers in Queenstown and Wanaka on February 25. The first meeting will look at the region’s energy use and supply over time. A range of speakers will offer specialist knowledge with a future focus. Organiser Steve Henry of the Centre for Sustainable Practice said the aim is to raise awareness of community energy use and how supply and demand will be affected in the future. He hopes people with particular interests in potential energy sources such as wilding pines and alternative energies, as well as those with views and expertise around traditional energy sources, would attend the meeting.

Simultaneous auctions and garage sales held in Wanaka, Cromwell and Alexandra on Saturday raised more than $60,000 for the Dunstan Hospital scanner suite. The events were organised by the Lions and Rotary clubs of Central Otago and involved hundreds of volunteers. Among them were Cromwell Rotary club members

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Jenny and Euan Nicol (pictured). Items for sale included more than 50 original artworks, a car, holidays and fishing trips as well as more usual auction and garage sale goods. The new scanner is currently on its way to New Zealand by ship from Germany, and should arrive by the end of March.

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Twenty-five years of veterans’ tennis was celebrated at the annual tournament last weekend. The tournament, which involves over-40s from Dunedin and Wanaka and was played on private astroturf and grass courts around Wanaka, was first held in 1992. Initially six teams were involved but the number was reduced

to four in 1996 so each team played the other three teams during the weekend. The Wanaka Tennis Club benefits from any excess money raised by the entry fee and, in 2001, playwright Roger Hall, who played in the earlier tournaments before relocating to Auckland, gave a talk in the (then new) Lake Wanaka Centre

which raised $1200. Pictured after a closefought match at Terry Wilson’s grass court are (from left) John Lyness and Jo Barclay, the 25-year anniversary tournament overall winning team ‘The Dawn Raiders’, and Chris Symons and Richard Vaughan from the overall runner-up team ‘Daph’s Diplomats’.

I went into an electronics shop recently to buy a new television. It was an education – did I want one with wifi, blue tooth (what does that even mean?) or high definition? I wanted to turn around and walk back out of the shop in my happily ignorant state, but I couldn’t. The thought of watching another DVD on a small strip across the middle of my television forced me onwards. Yes, I’m a slow adopter. I need a kick up the backside to embrace new technology. Usually I wait until my phone/ television/computer is too old to do the job any more. For any other slow adopters out there, there is a giant cattle prod on its way with the “Digital Switchover” happening on Sunday April 28. If you want to watch free-to-air shows like Masterchef, or the sports news after that date, your television will have to be able to receive a digital signal. You don’t

need a new television, but you will need a satellite dish and a set-top box (unless you have Sky, in which case you’re already sorted). Lots of people are expected to upgrade their televisions during the digital switchover. When Hawkes Bay switched last year, more than 15,000 televisions were recycled in the first month. That’s a power of televisions, especially when you think that each contains mercury, flame-retardant chemicals, lead and other toxic nasties that you don’t want sitting around in a landfill. The fee for recycling a television at e-Cycle depots like ours is $25, and truth be told, that only barely covers the transport, handling and safe recycling costs. But good news - the Government has committed to subsidising television recycling during the switch-over period. The details are still hazy

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- we don’t know yet how much the subsidy will be (we don’t expect it to cover the whole $25), and we don’t know when it will start, but it will be a great chance to recycle any old

televisions you have in the house (or the garage) cheaply. We’ll keep our ears to the ground and we’ll keep you posted. - Gina Dempster

Eminent scientist talking in town An Oxford University professor is giving a public lecture on DNA in Wanaka next Friday (March 1). It will be the inaugural lecture of the Wanaka branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ) – an organisation which promotes, advocates for and supports research in science, technology and the humanities. Human genetics professor Brian Sykes’s lecture is called ‘I met a traveller from an ancient land: interpreting the past through DNA’. Brian is renowned for his work on extracting ancient DNA from

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fossilised remains and using it to determine human origins, evolution, and genealogy. He has published many books and

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scientific papers and is recognised for his work in a number of highprofile ‘forensic’ cases, such as Otzi the Iceman, Cheddar Man in the UK, relatives of the Romanovs and Genghis Khan, and Neanderthals. RSNZ members decided to form a Wanaka branch following the decision to host the society’s third consecutive annual Rutherford lecture here. Brian Sykes is currently on holiday in Wanaka writing a new book. See sunspots for details.


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Green job for Greenway Caroline Harker A former Manchester dairy farmer is impressing his new employers at Wanaka Wastebusters. Jamie Greenway (pictured) took over from Jeremy Bisson (Bis) as recycling manager in December and has been flat out ever since. As well as coping with the extra workload which comes with the holiday season, Jamie’s regular duties include managing the business collections and events recycling, processing recyclable materials and developing new initiatives. He is working on a scheme involving more recycling

in the construction and demolition industry, and has ideas of making waste wood and metals into new products (such as braziers and dog kennels) and selling them on. Jamie grew up on a fourth generation dairy farm which ran 80 cows. “The dairy farming I grew up with and the dairy farming in this country couldn’t be more different he said. “Apart from the milk and the cows.” Jamie first came to New Zealand for a holiday job on a dairy farm in Balclutha. A fitter and welder by trade, he has worked in Wanaka for Morgan

Engineering and metalworker Ryan Cameron. He was introduced to mountain biking around Balclutha and became passionate about the sport. He spent a year fundraising for Bike Wanaka and built the new Rock ‘n Rolla track at the Lismore bike park. He drove a Wastebusters recycling truck for two winters before getting his new job. “It’s a very open job with so much potential, he said. “Waste management is a growth industry. And I’m working with great people and doing something positive in the community.”

Power pole crash Wanaka St John paramedics, Wanaka Police and Lake Hawea fire brigade, along with the local Makarora fire brigade and police from Haast, attended the scene of motorbike crash into a power pole near Makarora. A Christchurch man lost control of his motorbike yesterday morning while travelling to Wanaka and landed on the fallen powerlines. He was airlifted to Dunedin Hospital for treatment.

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‘Lunatic farmer’ coming to town Caroline Harker A man described as the most innovative farmer in the world by Time Magazine is coming to Wanaka next week. American Joel Salatin will be leading a two-day workshop at Glendhu Station and

talking at the Lake Wanaka Centre. Featured in Micheal Pollan’s book The Omnivore’s Dilemma and the movie Food Inc, Joel is famous for his innovative farming methods. He is widely regarded as a world authority on how

small family farms can produce a diverse range of local food profitably and sustainably. His property, Polyface Farms Virginia, ‘is a working model of how small farms can produce pastured poultry (eggs, broilers, turkeys), salad bar beef, free range

pork, forage-based rabbits and forestry products, and then sell those products through successful relationship marketing within the local community.’ Many of Joel’s methods are now being used by Glendhu Station farmer John McRae.

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Graham and Lesly Stewart, and Kaye Hodge have won the Wanaka Sun ‘Opera to Popera’ giveaway. They won the Operatunity CD ‘3 Tenors and a Soprano’, Operatunity’s book ‘Our first ten years’ and a double pass for the concert on March 4 in Mosgiel Coronation Hall. The new show, starring Derek Hill, Elisha Fa’i-Hulton, Susan Boland and Cameron Barclay, will be touring nationally during March and April.

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crimescene Intentional damage, disorderly behaviour and more thefts from cars Two American females were dealt with for theft of bottles of vodka from the Mint Bar on February 12. On Thursday, police had a report of theft from a motor vehicle parked overnight in the alleyway behind New World. There have been more than ten recent thefts from vehicles and boats. A 65-year-old local male was apprehended cutting firewood from the bank of the Hawea River in the Albert Town Camp Ground. A burglary was reported at a Hollyhock Lane address.

One heist and no mistakes Theatre goers will have a chance to see a truly local production in The Shadow Job which opens for a three night season next Wednesday (February 27). The play consists of ‘Seven women. One heist. No mistakes.’ It has been devised by Flat Out Productions – a theatre group formed by a group of women who attended an acting course

in Hawea Flat eight years ago. Since then the group has done several shows, but this is the first one members have devised and directed with no outside support. Flat Out member Anna Shaw is currently in her second year at Toi Whakaari (NZ Drama School) studying for her Masters in Theatre Arts (Directing) and is directing The Shadow Job as

part of her course. “We wanted to create our own piece from scratch,” she said. “We initially came together for a weekend workshop to brainstorm the stories we wanted to tell. Then we started to build up a theatrical language around that and shaped it into a context, hence The Shadow Job. This is the first stage. My dream is to

work it into a piece which could go on tour next year.” The company has created the show in three weeks. Flat Out members in play are: (pictured) Robyn Bardas, Caroline Harker, Tanya Phillips, Jude Faircloth, Sue Wards, Anni Sidey and Rachel Brown. See sunspots for details

ticketgiveaway Test match tickets Cricket fans can catch all the action at Dunedin’s University Oval, when the Black Caps take on England in the first test match. Thanks to ANZ, the Wanaka Sun has a double pass to give away for the fourth day of the test match on Saturday March 9. To be in the draw to win, email your name, address and phone number to admin@thewanakasun.co.nz with ‘ANZ Cricket Competition’ in the subject line.

Black Caps Ross Taylor, Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum and Chris Martin.

A 27-year-old Hawea male, who blew 631mg, was apprehended for excess breath alcohol after he crashed his car on State Highway 6 last Friday. A male crashed his light coloured Isuzu Big Horn into two vehicles on Totara Terrace. Wanaka Police attended six motor vehicle crashes, three of which were at intersections, during the week. Police attended a domestic dispute at a wedding party at Criffel Station on February 16. Enquiries are continuing to resolve the allegations. A dog, located outside the Dough Bin, was rescued by a local lady after a group of males fired a BB gun at him on Saturday, injuring his side. Two local males were arrested for disorderly behaviour in relation to an incident on February 9. Two local males committed intentional damage at an address on Meadowstone Drive, on Sunday, by pulling out the irrigation system. A 27-year-old local male was charged with wilful damage. His co-offender should contact Constable Barham as his identity is known to police. Offenders have removed all the drain covers from the drains and dropped them into the drains in the Meadowstone area, also on Sunday. On Friday police dealt with two local teenagers arguing at the skate park. On Sunday a 13-year-old male was apprehended for disorderly behaviour at the skate park.

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

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Sticky forest crowning Local mountain bikers are expected to keep the tracks in Sticky Forest busy this Saturday with the annual Bike Wanaka membership drive. The event is designed to suit three levels of ability with courses ranging from the open with a 25km for advanced riders, down to an entry level 8km course. The male and female winners of the open event will then be crowned king and queen of Sticky Forest and claim bragging rights for the year.

Back to school after busy summer It’s back-to-school time and the Crib feels strangely quiet after the busiest summer we’ve had by a very, very long way. We’d like to send a huge thank you to all the young people who’ve been hanging out with us this summer; it’s been a blast! Just like the students returning to school, we’ve returned to our office and are planning and organising away like mad. We’ve so many returning programmes and activities it’s hard to keep track of them all. New this year is our outdoor survival course Youth vs Wild, offering

local young people a chance to learn and try out survival techniques. With plans for a third year of our ever-popular radio presentation course at an advanced stage; the boys and girls adventure clubs starting up again; our busy ‘Drop in’ sessions on Friday evenings and Saturdays, both open until 10pm, which run year round; and our restructured ‘Young Change Makers’ sustainable practice group ready for a term one launch, there hasn’t been much time to breathe. On top of that we’ve gathered feedback and tweaked quite a few bits

of our Year 10 mentoring scheme too, which is just rolling into action this week. It looks like 2013 is going to be a great year. If you’d like to be a mentor in our scheme, have some outdoor knowledge you’d like to share with Youth vs Wild, or would like information on anything else mentioned in this article or more about us contact us on 443 5880, kahu.youth@ xtra.co.nz, Facebook: Kahuyouth Upper Clutha or check our website at www.kahuyouth.org. - Richard Elvey

Technical course Four members of the Wanaka junior cross country mountain bike team went to Rotorua last weekend for the National Mountain Bike Championships. The dry conditions made the technical course more

difficult, even for the elite champions, with several falls throughout the divisions. Wanaka teenager Alex Young (pictured) won a bronze medal, missing out on silver by just 15 seconds, in the under

15 competition. Also from Wanaka, Paul Wright came seventh in the under 17s, Luke Wright came sixth in the under 15s and Phoebe Young came fourth in the under 15 division. PHOTO: Oliver Young

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BOARD Further to the spraying of natives on doc land, around twenty plants of mixed species have been cut down with a weedeater on the lakeside of the spring water feature happy birthday dad - keep on sailing through life xx Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience. I didn’t fall. The floor just needed a hug. nice dog poo poem totally agree that this is a real problem spoiling our beautiful town!! It’s a mixed up muddled up shook up world except for lola.hey oh alay lola.la la la lola jingadee jing jajing jing To the metallic mustard car that speeds past the college. do you not know your road rules....plus there is a speed limit when going past a school. be more thoughtful in future. He’s a good guy Lyal Cocks with some help starting to clean up Lakeside Tracks. Keep it up! how many times are they going to dig up the road by caltex it looks like a meteor landed there. Thanks Wanaka Sun for : Opera to Popera: competition should be a great concert. Happy, happy birthday pops, we will raise a glass of something suitable just for you and cheers the moon. Hugs and kisses R2J2. Sad to see the Hurricane go, lovely memories though > I hope to see it fly again someday in France. Remembering all those affected back on Feb 22 and hope life is full of happiness and stable ground for you all. xxx The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up and does not stop until you get into the office. The views expressed in the text board and in the Letters to the Editor are those of the author alone and not necessarily those of the Wanaka Sun.

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editorial As the numbers of retirees increases in Wanaka so does the need for care and company. The social agencies who try to provide care for people in their home have limited resources and often have to rely on volunteer carers to ease the workload. Some tasks that need doing are more arduous than others but often it’s just giving a person who lives alone and can’t get out and about as much as they would like to the time of day. Sometimes though the commitment needs to be long-term and with a number of other organisations who rely on volunteer hours for events and fundraisers, the elderly can miss out. The Cancer Society, Age Concern, Upper Clutha Senior Citizens and the Salvation Army all appreciate the efforts of the care given by their volunteers but they are finding it hard to get enough people who will visit the elderly in their homes. As Volunteering Central coordinator Heather McClintock said, “I’ve seen many examples where volunteering enhances the lives of people, including the volunteers.”

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sportbriefs Tough conditions in bay Competitors faced a strong, gusty nor’wester at Thursday’s regatta in Roy’s Bay. Jonny Benson won the senior dinghy category by a large margin. Matthew Davidson and his crew dominated the trailer sailer division in their Noelex 22 “Pickled Pepper” and, in the Etchells division, club Commodore Geoff Dickey and crew won. Rick Sanders won the junior dinghy division in his Starling “Rising Fast”.

Locals top race two More than 60 runners, including holiday makers from The Netherlands, USA and Australia, competed in race two of the Kathmandu Riverrun Trail Series on Saturday. The 13km race was held on the Clutha River Track from Albert Town to Luggate. Local triathlete Ben Logan finished in 49:59. “I had never done this track before, it was wonderful,” Ben said. “The series is a great way to explore the trails locally and keep you training throughout summer.” Australian Shaun Green came in second in 50:16 and Wanaka’s Blair Smith was third in 52:42. Kelly Spaans of Wanaka won the women’s field in 58:33 with Dani Nicholson 17 seconds behind and local Shannon Foley in third place in 1:01:30. Mike Coombe (54:24) and Fiona Reid (1:01:55) won the men’s and women’s vets’ titles.

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Fourth for Byron at Olympic test Just back after a fourweek injury break Wanaka’s Byron Wells (pictured) has placed fourth at the FIS World Cup halfpipe contest in Russia. The halfpipe World Cup event was part of the Winter Olympic test event being held at the newlyconstructed Extreme Park at Rosa Khutor. Byron was one of five Wanakabased New Zealanders competing in the halfpipe along with his brothers Jossi and Beau-James, Lyndon Sheehan and Janina Kuzma. “I’m pleased with the overall result but disappointed with the way I skied,” Byron said. Also affected by injury this season, his older brother Jossi was “happy to make the finals” at the test event, finishing in ninth place. Beau-James finished in 15th place. Lyndon placed 22nd, opting to play it safe and “land a nice easy run” following a crash in

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training which resulted in a sore shoulder. In the women’s event, Janina also took a cautious approach which meant she missed out on finals qualification, finishing in 15th place. Snow Sports NZ head park and pipe coach Tom Willmott said he is pleased with his team’s performance. “We’ve got a very clear idea of what’s ahead of us now, which will help our preparation,” he said. The team’s main focus is on gaining Olympic qualifying spots under

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a quota system which requires athletes to be ranked within the top 40 in the world. With Byron, Jossi, Beau-James and Lyndon currently ranked within the top 30 for men’s rankings and Janina in the top 12 for women’s rankings, New Zealand should get four men’s and one women’s Olympic spots. Tom said the Sochi test event was “a golden window of opportunity” for the New Zealanders, with the chance to experience the 2014 Winter Olympic venue “invaluable.”


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sport results Wanaka Gun Club 100 north/ south skeet shoot 16/2/13. 1st 50 targets. 50, Clark Pirie, Harry Worker, Lindsay Rogers. 49, Ray Anderson, Grant Taylor. 48, Blake Holden, Lyndon Sanders. 2nd 50 targets. 49, Ewan Pirie, Rex Smart. 48, Blake Holden, Grant Taylor, Brian McGarvie, Lindsay Rogers, Lyndon Sanders, Brian Thurlow. 47, Clark Pirie, Ian Reeves, Richard Craigie, Lindsay Maxwell. High overall off the gun, Lindsay Rogers. High overall handicap, Lyndon Sanders. 2 man teams, Off the gun, Lindsay Rogers and Lindsay Maxwell. Handicap, Ben Robertson and Locky Woods. J W Haugh memorial team challenge 100

Skeet, 17/2/13. 1st 50 targets. A grade, 50, Rex Smart, 49 Grant Taylor, 48 Harry Worker. B grade, 48 Bob Waugh, 46 A Radford, 45 Peter Nelson. C grade, 41 Ziggy Potoczny, Callum Carbon. 2nd 50 targets. A grade, 50 Lyndon Sanders, 49 Jim Marshall, Harry Worker, Grant Taylor. 48, Rex Smart. B grade, 47 Robbie McBride, 46 Doug Smith, 45 A Radford. C grade, 40 Ziggy Potoczny. Alexandra won the J W Haugh Trophy for 2013 and Wanaka was runner-up. Wanaka Bowls w/e 15:02:13 Friday Progressive Skips 1st Kay Chartres 2nd Scottie Culverwell Thirds 1st

Norman Matheson 2nd Travor Tovey Leads 1st Dennis Schofield 2nd Annette Nicholls Bridge Championship Pairs 3. Silver Division: North/South:- Errol Kelly, Ian McDonald 59.13% 1. Max & Laraine Shepherd 58.81% 2. Jenny Barratt, Mary Gibson-Collings 56.41% 3. East/West:- Sandra Simmers, Jo Wallis 62.34% 1. Sherrill Harries, Mo Schofield 56.73% 2. Kate Coe, Lesley Davies 56.57% 3. Bronze Division. North/South:- Denise & Alan Bunn 58.04% 1. Kirsty Hewitt, Bridget Rennie 56.25% 2. Denis Pezaro, Daphne Stewart 53.27% 3. East/West:- An-

nette Clements, Sue Orbell 66.07% 1. Marg Grieve, Helen Henshall 53.57% 2. Peter Gray, Beaton Marr 51.79% 3. Friday Bridge 15 February. North/ South:- Elle & Des Johnston 57.50% 1. Pat Gray, Josey McKenzie 57.29% 2. Bruce Cathie, Michael ChapmanSmith 54.38% 3. Easst/West:- Anne & Brian Jackson 62.73% 1. Denise & Alan Bunn 58.18% 2. Sherrill Harries, Mo Schofield 57.73% 3 .Clutha Pairs.13 February. North/South:- Noeline Goldsbrough, Bridget Rennie 61.67% 1. Michael Chapman-Smith, Ann-Louise Stokes 59.58% 2.East/West:- Jen & John Milburn 62.92% 1. Denise Bruns, Dennis Pezaro 57.08% 2.

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Carpenter wanted Christchurch. Ryan Builders Ltd established 1973 Have a vacancy for trade qualified carpenters. The successful applicants will need to be able to work on residential earthquake repairs and architectural housing. The ability to communicate and work well with others. Able to work to timeframes and produce a high standard of work. Have own transport and licence. Rates paid based on experience. If this role interests you and you have the skills then come join our team. Phone Darren Ryan 0274332776 www.ryanbuilderschristchurch. co.nz

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

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

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Selling: Pint preserving jars and bands $2 each or $20 per dozen Ph. 443 8330 The Shadow Job by Flat Out Productions. February 27, 28, March 1. Hawea Flat Hall, 8pm. Tickets at Video Ezy. Two couch beds $100 each, coffee table $40, sisson kayak $300, potters wheel $100 ph 443 4486 Tyre Special at Racers Edge. Maxxis 29er Tyres only. Fantastic 2 for 1 deal! Drop in to the locals specialist – Racers Edge. Very large hand-carved oregan outdoor table made by Broz. Price negotiable. Call Jas 0223198033

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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

Found rugby ball at Johns Creek Reserve on 17 Feb. Please call 443 1044.

Car paddock racer $50 pick up luggate call txt 0274190737 Rachel

Still lots of free firewood on Lakeside Track from boat club to Eely Point.

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Clothes drier for sale, $90ono, ph 4434175 Collectable. Kauri rolled tram seat for sale. Awesome for veranda seat. Phone Anni 0223198033 Come check out the new Lifestyle range of Oakley Eyeware - now available at Racers Edge. ELBA dishwasher, approx 4 years old, only used for 2 years full-time. Purchased new $1000, as is where is $300. Perfect for Bach. Text 0275 766 966 Golf Nike Driver + Taylor Made iron set awesome condition, $350, 0226903910 GOLF SCOOTER/MOBILITY SCOOTER 4wheel with battery charger. Easily transported.Easily converted into mobility scooter.Price negotiable.ph 4439132 GOLF TRUNDLER lightweight for sale $30. POWACADDY GOLF CART witth battery charger$300. Ph 4439132 hallmark 2 person tent $80, olymus 3 person tent $80, Engel thermo 12v cooler/warmer 8 litre new $50 ph 443 4486 New Season Icebreaker at Racers Edge now! New colours, new fit. Touch and feel in store or visit www.racersedge.co.nz Open style deli chiller. As is where is, $200 ONO. Text for pics and details 0275766966.

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garage sales Clothing/Garage Sale.womens sz 816,shoes sz 8,ski jacket pants,waterskis,ab circle pro,linen.38 Norman tce, 9-1am only Garage sale at Broz’s 538 camp hill road sunday 28th. 12 onward. Collectables, wood, windows, tools, fridge, tv. 0223198033 Premium Garage Sale Selling all household contents. Antiques & collectibles from around the world. Special items-blue Willow set 72 pieces, English Oak dining + chairs, piano. Saturday 23rd Feb 9am. 12 Flora Dora Pde Lake Hawea.

notice Barista Training- learn hw 2 make quality espresso in Wanaka, 9am-5pm Monday 18th March. Call 0800800415 for bookings. ‘The new Wanaka Baptist pastor and wife at 5:30pm this Sunday (24th) 11 Brownston St., Wanaka. Inquiries at phone 443 8961’, Bike Wanaka membership drive race. Supported by Racers Edge – King & Queen of Sticky Forest. This weekend Sunday 23rd Feb.

Inaugural lecture, Wanaka branch, Royal Society of NZ, Oxford professor Brian Sykes Interpreting the past through DNA, Friday March 1, 6pm, LWC. All welcome. Contact Graeme Ballantyne 443 1910. Joel Salatin is coming to Wanaka! Lake Wanaka Centre, 28th Feb, 7:30pm. $20. Check Wastebusters website or facebook for details LIFE STORIES writing and book design. Memoirs, histories, letters, diaries - transcribed and published. www.timeofyourlife.co.nz. Contact laura@ timeofyourlife.co.nz or 443 4629. Local Energy Supply to be considered at forum on February 25 from 4.30 to 6pm QLDC Council Chamber Queenstown & Wanaka (via video conference). All welcome. MoveWell Rehab Pilates beg mat class avail Wed 1-2.15pm Only 4 places left $100/8wks Ph 021668393 Muay Thai, Kick Boxing Beginers 6pm Monday, Advanced Wednesday 6pm, 7 Gordon rd 0275 886464 NETBALL UPPER CLUTHA AGM. 7pm Tues 26th Feb @ Mt Aspiring College. Love netball? Love 2 see ya! Earth Healing Meditation each 3rd Wednesday of the month at The Wanaka Wellness Centre. 8PM 24 Dungarvon St. All welcome! Jen 443.1672 Gentle yoga connecting movement with breath. 9:30 ea Mon and Wed 9 Tyndall St. $10 classes. All welcome. Jen 443.1672 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 Immerse yourself in beautiful sound therapy! Quartz crystal singing bowls for deep relaxation/ energy balancing. 1.30PM each Mon. 9 Tyndall St. Jen 443.1672. Only 2 places left in Mon 7.15pm Beg/Int Pilates class Be in quick Ph Joss 021668393 International certified instructor Primary School Op Shop. Open 12-4pm Tuesday to Thursday. Back entrance to school off Totara Terrace. Racers Edge is committed to all our local sporting events. Servicing, Parts and Nutrition - Racers Edge has it all. 03 443 8855. Salvation Army Family Store Mon-Fri 10am – 5pm, Saturdays 10am- 4pm. Open for sale of pre-loved goods and donations. Help us to help others. SEASONAL CLEANSE; 7 day autumn cleanse.3-9 April. Effective balanced gentle cleansing, prepare for winter wellness. Www.thesadhanastudio.com

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Record fields for Motatapu Athletics success Local track runners Oska Inster-Baynes (pictured) and Lorenz Kissling have both won titles at Otago track and field championships in the weekend. Oska managed a personal best time of 8:32.17 to win the men’s 3000m event in his first outing on the track this year and Lorenz won the 1500m title in a time of 4:03:8 in the 18- to 19-year age group. Oska also

In its ninth year, a record number of 3676 people will be entering the Motatapu event competing in the mountain bike event, triathlon, multisport and running race, all held on the same day. The event has capped the number of cyclists to 2000 riders, but increased entries in the XTERRA off road

triathlon and the Miners Trail events has added to the numbers, race director Gemma Boyle said. Wanaka athletes expected to compete for top places include Braden Currie, pictured, who won last year’s XTERRA event and has just won the Coast to Coast and Olympian Nicky Samuels in the triathlon.

The elite mountain bike field includes current Motatapu record holder and Junior World Champion, Anton Cooper in the men’s event and Katie O’Neill competing in a strong women’s field including current Motatapu record holder, Kate Fluker and professional adventure racer, Elina Ussher. PHOTO: MMPro

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Skeleton series finished Ben Sandford, from Rotorua, placed eighth and Wanaka’s Katharine Eaustace placed 17th in their respective races in the World Cup skeleton race in Sochi, Russia. The race was also an Olympic test event and was the first time the athletes got to slide the track that will host next year’s Olympic Games. Katharine said she was looking forward to returning to the track next year for the Olympics. The World Cup skeleton series, which featured nine races, has now finished. Ben finished the season with a world ranking of 12th and Katharine finished with a world ranking of 18th.

Seniors win Burnett Shield The Lonestar Albion seniors won their first shield for five years. Batting first, Albion made 246 with a 92-run partnership for the second wicket between Jonathan Homer (56) and Tim Cotter (46), followed by contributions from Joe Cotter (34) , Mike O’Connor (26) and Dan Edwards (18). Liam Donnelly took 2 for 29. The Blacks Hill side replied with 218 thanks to good innings from Jamie Henderson (52), Kieren Eathorn (32) and Russell Neville (35). The match finished Albion 247/8, Blacks Hill 218 all out. Captain Jon Lovelock 2/23 off 8, and Matt Anderson 3 / 28, were the best of the bowlers, with Dan Edwards finishing with 3/52. The Burnett Shield will stay in Wanaka until next season.

Hockey call out The Upper Clutha Hockey club is taking registrations for its upcoming season and are in need of coaches, umpires and players.

The club is also hoping to field a senior men’s team for this season. Anybody who is interested in coaching, umpiring or playing should contact

the club. Practices will start from March 5, and registration is by email or on the first day of training. Pictured is the Kiwi Stix (eight to ten year

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