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With Wanaka’s lakeside air temperature at 2degrees Celsius, Wanaka lake swimmers were technically in a warmer place for last week’s dip in the lake. A visitor from Hawaii even wore a bikini as members of the informal club leapt off the wharf or clambered into the 8degree Celsius water for a group swim out to the pontoon. Pictured are Rachel Rankin, Eddie Spearing and Jamie Rankin.
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Rural support after blizzard Tim Brewster Wanaka Sun
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The strong response within the rural community to help save stock from perishing in snow in the high country around the Tarras area has earned the gratitude of landowners in the area. “Amazing. Outstanding. It was such a relief when you knew you’re going to get people pitching in,” Nicky Mead of Shirlmar Station said after a day-long rescue on Sunday. An estimated 500 sheep in two mobs became trapped at just over 1000m on the station which borders the Dunstan Range. A ring around for “fit strong people with farm experience” on Saturday night resulted in a rescue party which was helicoptered up to the sheep. A track through the snow, which was chest deep in places, was stamped out and the sheep herded down to a lower altitude and eventually onto the flat on Monday after “a lot of blood, sweat and tears,” Nicky said. “The sheep get balled up with snow, they get cold and can’t move and we’re responsible for the animals’ welfare. It can be hard to get on the
Amazing. Outstanding. It was such a relief when you knew you’re going to get people pitching in.
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phone to ask for help but then you know you can do something.” The station had moved the stock onto sun-facing slopes prior to the cold weather but the nature of the high country terrain and the unpredictability of the snowstorm meant by Saturday night a rescue
became necessary. “We don’t do little paddocks, the one they were in was 226ha, so finding and moving them can take time.” Lesley Purvis at Cluden Station said they only had a small number of stock trapped but received offers of help from a number of people.
“There was a lot of rallying around. That’s what happens. It’s amazing. I got home at night and there were five messages on the phone of people checking.” A number of farmingrelated businesses sent staff to help and groups such as Rural Women of Cromwell sent food, she said. “It’s swings and roundabouts really, one day we can help out.” Morven Hills Station which is next to Shirlmar also had an extensive rescue effort thanks to volunteer assistance, Lesley said. Station owner Richard Snow was unable to be contacted as it is understood he is still attending to his stock. “A number of the callers offering assistance are saying they have been in a similar position and know what it means to have someone offering to help out … These people are spending the majority of the day wading through snow up to and over their waists, concerned about the health of stock,” Otago Rural Support Trust coordinator David Mellish said. “The feedback I’ve had is that the knowledge there are so many people willing to step forward to help, has been a boost in itself.”
inbrief SAR members awarded Efforts to rescue a 15-year-old boy trapped under a waterfall in the Motatapu Gorge on New Year’s Day 18 months ago have earned Wanaka search and rescue members awards from the Royal Humane Society. Wanaka Senior Constable Mike Johnston was awarded a silver medal and Geoff Wayatt, Milo Gilmour and Richard Raynes received a certificate of merit for their roles in the rescue. The first people on the scene were Jeffery Simmers and Latham Woodhaugh who were awarded a bronze medal for their attempts to free Dion before the arrival of Search and Rescue. Despite what has been described as a superhuman effort by rescuers to free him Dion tragically died of hypothermia later in Dunedin Hospital. The awards were made as part of the society’s criteria for rescues or attempted rescues from drowning provided the rescues are accompanied by personal risk.
Baby and child expo Upper Clutha Plunket’s first ever Baby & Child Expo will be held this Saturday (June 29) at the Lake Wanaka Centre. Plunket wants the expo to be a platform where parents can access the multitude of resources available for families in Wanaka directly and in one place. There will be children’s entertainment, guest speakers, warm food and drink, plus a variety
of stalls which will cater for babies, preschoolers and their parents. The topics under discussion during the morning include ‘Nurture infant massage’ about the benefits of massaging your baby; ‘Mitzy Moo Knits’ is an informal chat on knitting for children and infants; and Plunket Parent Education Courses
will be explained. Talks will continue in the afternoon with ‘communicate speech therapy’ (how apps can promote speech and language development in children); chiropractic care; and parenting strategies for kids. Doors open at 10am and entry is by gold coin donation with all the proceeds going to Plunket.
4G or not 4G for Wanaka “The waiting’s over. 4G is now live in Wanaka…”, according to the Vodafone website. But if you read the fine print, or look at the map on the website (pictured), 4G is only live out on the lake, near Puzzling World, around Lismore Park and a few other places. Most of the town is not in a 4G coverage area. Chamber of Commerce chair Alistair King said he understands (from his Vodafone contacts) 4G won’t be fully laid out in Wanaka until the end of July, and that it is being done in conjunction with getting ultrafast broadband into the area. “As
far as the Chamber is concerned it’s all good news,” he said. “It’s making Wanaka a whole lot more digitally-enabled to grow businesses, tourism and the economy. It’s all good stuff.” Many Vodafone customers have been frustrated by phones not sending or receiving texts around Wanaka during busy periods and public holidays. A few weeks ago the website said it was upgrading its network in several areas around the country, including Wanaka. “You’ll have better coverage and faster 3G speeds,” it said. The Wanaka Sun asked Vodafone
Communications Manager Emma Carter what plans the company has for the Upper Clutha. She said Vodafone is working with the Government and Chorus to deliver a Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), which will provide an additional 6000sqkm of coverage by 2015, nationwide. With regard to the Upper Clutha specifically, she said Vodafone has built two new towers in Clutha District – Kaitangata and Owaka – and will complete five upgrades to existing Clutha sites – in Balclutha, Clinton, Milton, Mt. Stuart and Lawrence.
ticketgiveaway Heli-hunting warning Film festival session two The NZ Mountain Film Festival kicks off in just over a week (July 5 to 9) and the Wanaka Sun has two double passes to give away for the Environmental Show on Saturday July 6. The Environmental Show is the second session of the festival in Wanaka and features films which highlight the issues and ways to help with environmental insights into the future. The four-hour session begins with the award-winning documentary The Cove(USA) which follows an elite team of activists, filmmakers and freedivers as they embark on a covert mission to penetrate a remote and hidden cove in Taiji, Japan, shining light on a dark and deadly secret. This film has some disturbing scenes and is not suitable for children. It is followed by the films Highway Wilding (Canada) and the subtitled North of the Sun (Norway). To be in the draw to win a double pass email email@example.com with NZ Mountain Film Festival in the subject line.
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A hunting incident involving a helicopter operating illegally on Department of Conservation land during the Roar season has resulted in a formal warning but no prosecution. The warning followed a formal complaint made by a hunter that his experience on his balloted block on the Stack conservation area
had been ‘ruined’ by helihunting activity. “The investigation established on a prima facie basis that an offence
to prosecute,” Wanaka DOC Area Manager Paul Hellebrekers said. Paul said he did not want to reveal the names
The operator involved has been issued with a formal warning and advised that any further breach may result in prosecution. was committed, however the Department has decided that overall it is not in the public interest
of the parties involved or comment any further on details of the incident as the decision not to
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prosecute had been made. “The operator involved has been issued with a formal warning and advised that any further breach may result in prosecution,” Paul said. Paul said the department does take such illegal activity seriously and will actively follow up on any reports it receives. “We’re trying to improve the way DOC and hunters work together and taking action on reports of this nature is a key step.”
Hawea Flat bores Caroline Harker Wanaka Sun Hawea Flat residents are about to begin a second round of tests on water quality in the area, despite having to fund these themselves. It will cost about $150 for each bore to be tested (four times per year) for E coli and nitrates. “Testing the bores reassures residents their drinking water is safe,” Protect Our Water (POW) spokesperson Kim Fogelberg said. “Results will be passed on to the Otago Regional Council’s science team to help with their studies and to have historical data as reference in the future.” Tests conducted by POW last year showed the water was not polluted, despite claims from the Otago Regional Council that it was allegedly polluted by septic tanks. Kim said the ORC’s claims never
made sense and were eventually found to be based on drillers’ data never intended for scientific research. The ORC is now installing its own bore. “We have surveyed the corner of the QLDC reserve [Windmill Corner] and engaged a drilling contractor for
National Groundwater Monitoring Programme sites in the Flat. “As land use is changing quite rapidly in the area I feel it’s really important to do as much monitoring as possible,” Kim said. “Our water is currently pristine, and consistent water sampling is all
As land use is changing quite rapidly in the area I feel it’s really important to do as much monitoring as possible. the work,” Groundwater Resource Scientist Jens Rekker said. “There is some paperwork to complete [...] my best guess is that we will be drilling in early spring.” Kim said the ORC bore will be able to monitor water levels, which means there should be some warning if the aquifer is running low. The ORC is also continuing to monitor
that can be done to keep tabs on it.” She hopes more testing can be done in the wider Hawea area, that results could be on the Hawea Community Association website and that public funding can be found for the test. The ORC suggested applying to the Ministry for the Environment’s Community Environment Fund.
Drug and alcohol talk An educational evening on drugs and alcohol and the effect they are having on young people will be presented in Wanaka next month by a leading researcher on the subject. Upper Clutha community groups have joined together to organise a visit by Colin Bramfitt, the executive director of the Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Education. The evening will be held on July 11 at the Lake Wanaka Centre.
Pink breakfast to go ahead A pink breakfast organised for Tuesday June 25 was postponed last week due to unforeseen circumstances, but a new organising committee is keen to see the event go ahead. A group of local ladies has taken up the mantle and are determined to make the breakfast happen to raise funds for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. Several local businesses have already shown their support for the event, with numerous raffle prizes already donated. The Wanaka Sun will announce the new date for the fundraising breakfast as soon as the venue is secured.
Annual Plan gets big tick PHOTO: ADAM HALL
Caroline Harker Wanaka Sun QLDC approved the 2013/14 Annual Plan, and amended the Long Term Plan 2012-22, on Tuesday this week. Council received 300 submissions on the plan with large numbers supporting the events strategy, the proposed economic future agency, repaying debt, recycling and a zero rates increase. The biggest change made as the result of submissions is a $200,000 increase in the Events Fund to $500,000 per year. The fund is for commercial events ‘in recognition of the economic benefit of events in the district’. Another large change is the approval of $80,000 to fund a study to consider the development of an Economic Futures Agency. This was the result of a Shaping our Future forum which
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‘identified a vision to ensure a complementary, diversified, high-value, knowledge-based, sustainable economy’. Increases to grants in the Upper Clutha as a result of submissions include $35,000 to the Upper Clutha Tracks Trust (up $10,000); $34,000 to Community Networks (up $4000); and a $2000 increase for the Luggate Community Association. Also as a result of submissions, $18,000 of capital funding has been reinstated for the Glendhu Bay boat ramp, $29,000 has been approved for 3-phase power at Pembroke Park, and the Upper Clutha Historic Records Trust received $1000. Last but not least Wanaka received an extra $50,000 for ‘minor improvements’ to be prioritised by the Wanaka Community Board. “What you see in this
[Annual Plan] is some serious momentum towards our vision of a council that delivers better service for less cost and what better way to demonstrate that commitment than a zero rates increase,” Mayor Vanessa van Uden said. “Over the next year you will see a commitment to our local economy as we work towards the potential development of a world-class convention centre [in Queenstown] and an injection of support for events in our district.” “The cost of running Council will go down and service quality will increase,” QLDC CEO Adam Feeley said. While the average rates increase will be 0.0 percent (after allowing 1 percent for growth) the range of changes is from -1.71 percent to +2.03 percent, depending on the value, location and services to the relevant
property. Under the revised DC policy, developers in Wanaka will now pay 1.25 percent (dwelling equivalents per 100sqm GFA) for industrial developments and 2.76 percent for commercial developments. The new industrial differential category reflects the demand on transportation for industrial uses. In the new plan the forecast for growth in the district has been reduced from 1.9 percent to 1.0 percent. Last year overall growth was 1.4 percent. Big figures in the Annual Plan include operating costs of $92.7million - an increase of $5.2million from the Long Term Plan budget; operating revenue (excluding rates) of $49million – up $1.4million; and capital expenditure is forecast at $48million – down $8.7million.
Road and school closures Hitching was slow going for Estonian visitors Triin Jaagus and Maarja Manniste who were spotted trying to make their way to Haast on Thursday. State Highway 6 from Wanaka to Haast was one of the many roads closed that day due to snow. Wanaka schools were closed on Thursday and all but one pre-school also shut due to the inclement weather. The dangerous driving conditions and road closures due to snow also prompted several sports groups to postpone weekend fixtures, and delivery of mail and other retail stock was also briefly affected. PHOTO: NIKKI HEATH
Success for enterprises Caroline Harker Wanaka Sun In what could turn out to be a touch of genius a group of local teenagers has invented an ANZAC biscuit flavoured icecream. The biscuits are being made according to a secret recipe at The Bakery in Frederick Street and the ice-cream is being made at the NZ Pure factory in Wanaka. The students hope the ice-cream will be on sale in Wanaka from July. While it is a school project, under the subject Enterprise, the students in the company – Ice Cold PAGE 4
Ice Cream (pictured are company directors Freyah Zwart, Keegan Limmer, Matt Fluit, Lewis Gibbins and Harriet Varney) - hope their product will be so successful they will be able to keep making and selling it long after the school year is over. Their hopes have been endorsed by the Young Enterprise Trust which gave them a runner-up place in the High Growth Potential category of the Young Enterprise ‘Dragon’s Den’ finals held in Invercargill. They were pipped at the post by a company which has invented flavoured butters.
A second MAC company - Wanacook - won the Best Business Plan category. Their product is a set of five fridge magnets with recipes on them. The students decided on classic kiwi food and settled on recipes for fish and chips, lemonade scones, pikelets, lamb roast and pumpkin soup. “We googled the recipes and then gave them our own spin,” Wanacook CEO Isobella McNabb said. The other Wanacook directors are Sam Johnston (production), Patrick de Groot (finance) and Cate Howie (marketing). The magnets will be on sale within a fortnight.
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A third MAC student company - Hector was runner-up in the Business Card category. Hector’s product is, in the company’s words, ‘a high quality beanie made to provide warmth, comfort and style to consumers. The directors are Marcus Williams, Max Bradfield-Watson, Emile Lods (designer), Julia Sugrue, Mitchell Scott and Nick Cooper. Enterprise has been a Year 13 subject for some years at MAC. There are two classes for the first time this year, one taught by Greg Thornton and the other by Lauren Whiteley.
Labour exchange with new time bank Tim Brewster Wanaka Sun A Wanaka Time Bank which involves people exchanging hours of their labour instead of cash has been set up recently in Wanaka. “The beauty of the time bank is that it’s ours,” WTB spokesperson Tim Ryan said. A website for the time bank recently went live with 21 members already registered and exchanges for services such as yoga sessions and social media training already taking place he said. Based on a concept developed in the USA in the 1980s by Edgar Cahn, a civil rights campaigner and former speechwriter for Robert Kennedy, members of the bank can exchange their hours of work banked with any other members of the group. Negotiation can also take place if tools or machinery are used to cover expenses such as fuel, Tim (pictured) said. “The core of the bank is everyone has value.” There are currently 22 countries using time banks according to
inbrief Help from their amigos Kahu Youth’s Taking over Amigos nights, which took place last month, raised almost $1800 for the youth group. Amigos confirmed the total, which is 50 percent of the takings for the six nights the group took over the restaurant. Twenty-four young people were involved and ran each evening in groups of five or six with owners Nikki, Warren and Dylan Bradley, plus the waiting staff supporting them.
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the Timebank UK site. Earlier this year open source software was introduced globally with a template for time banks enabling groups to set up their own website. The Wanaka bank is also considering being completely independent from
the international network, Tim said. He was also involved with setting up and administrating the Upper Clutha Trading Post site which has grown to almost 1500 members in the local community.
The bank has similar benefits as it creates a closer community with people getting to know one another through the exchange of their labour, he said. The website is almost fully functional, with coordinators working on the final stages.
Locals say library survey is urgent Caroline Harker Wanaka Sun While some QLDC councillors don’t want the promised community survey regarding libraries to be until next year, councillors from this side of the hill said at Tuesday’s council meeting the survey should be done this year, Hawea-based councillor Jude Battson told the Wanaka Sun. Wanakabased Deputy Mayor Lyal Cocks agreed. “We want it done as soon as possible but the timeline is not yet confirmed,” he said. Wanaka Library supporter Kate Bariletti said if the council does not do the review within the next month, “We [library supporters] are ready to do our own. It is a priority and should occur as soon as the head librarian is identified,” she said. In the last fortnight councillors have received letters expressing concerns about the situation at the library from both Kate Bariletti and Claire O’Connell. Mayor Vanessa van Uden and Cath Gilmore replied to Kate’s letter and Lyal Cocks responded to them both.
Lyal told Claire he had been “endeavouring to influence the CEO’s process in relation to the library and am continuing to do so as the implementation starts, but regrettably without notable success.” He agreed with Claire the community survey of what people want from their libraries should
Claire said in her letter the community had invested a lot of effort into the library which had resulted in a good relationship with learning in the town. “We are not totally gormless and are disappointed and incredibly saddened by the way we are being treated by
We are not totally gormless and are disappointed and incredibly saddened by the way we are being treated by our councillors. have been done before the review, but said it was still important. He said he would, “continue to keep the pressure on the new manager responsible for libraries so she is fully aware of the community scepticism and concern that level of service will suffer and that is not acceptable.” He said a problem was the definition of ‘level of service’ and he had been working on that with library supporters and presented the work to the new manager [former Lakes Leisure CEO Ruth Stokes].
our councillors,” she said. In her letter Kate Bariletti asked councillors to reconsider. “You have reduced services to our community in the following ways,” she said, continuing (abridged): “You have let go a librarian of 22 years… who has the greatest knowledge of our library system and books, will no longer be able to help us. You have failed to establish a children’s librarian who we can go to for advice and recommendations on children’s and teenage literature. You have
eliminated the person who has admiringly filled out an AV section of music, DVDs and audio books. I often recommend such resources to families who are supporting members who find reading difficult, physically or otherwise. You have removed the reference librarian … our bicultural expert with knowledge of Maori culture. People throughout the South are stunned the council has essentially fired (through reorganisation) our wise and skilled librarians.” The Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aoteoroa (LIANZA) Heather Lamond, also wrote to the council CEO about proposed changes for the library. “LIANZA does not accept that there will not be a drop in the standard of library services provided by Queenstown Lakes if the proposed staffing changes go ahead,” she said. “The end result of de-professionalising these positions or moving the responsibilities elsewhere will be a degradation of services and the required expertise needed to run a complex and specialised function of council.”
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inbrief Special CO artist prize The Central Otago District Arts Trust (CODAT) is offering a special prize of $2000 for a Central Otago artist in its second art competition. The Arts Gold Awards 2013, previously known as the Central Otago Art Awards, also has an Art Excellence Award with a prize of $5000. It is open to any New Zealand artist over the age of 18. “This time we are allowing video art entries for the first time,” CODAT arts coordinator Maxine Williams said. “We say we want to attract new and interesting work and if we exclude video works, I don’t believe we are moving with the times.” This year’s judges are Dunedin Public Art Gallery Director Cam McCracken and Christchurch Art Gallery curator Felicity Milburn. Entries close on September 20. Winners will be announced on October 25 and this will be followed by an exhibition at Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery in Alexandra.
A night to remember Erin Hurley On Wednesday and Thursday night (June 12 and 13), the Masonic Lodge came to life as Mount Aspiring College Level 3 Drama students came together with a blast of energy and excitement for their last public performance representing the school. The play, titled ‘Behind the White
Picket fence’, acted as a behindthe-scene insight into a whole array of conflicts that families from all over experience at some stage. These thespians portrayed selected scenes from famous plays including Tennessee Williams’ A Street Car Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie, Michaelanne Forster’s The Rosenberg Sisters and Jo Randerson’s The
Unforgiving Harvest. All four storylines were very strongly acted, and cleverly interwoven, so that despite having different texts within the same play, it still maintained the feeling of a unified production. Level 3 Drama teacher Emily McRae, who directed the entire production, felt it was a very strong performance and said she “had shivers at the end”
and was “so proud”. When asked about the class’s final performance to the community, Ellie Greenwood, who portrayed Amanda from ‘The Glass Menagerie’, said: “After doing drama for four years, I feel it was an amazing end to a collection of incredible performances. I will miss performing with my fellow classmates very much.” PHOTO: SUPPLIED
A gathering of geezers About 25 of New Zealand’s living motorsport legends will be honoured together for the first time under one roof at the ‘Chemz Gathering of Geezers’ gala fund-raising dinner in Wanaka this November. The event will raise money for the Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust and the Upper Clutha Children’s Medical Trust. Confirmed celebrity guests include Graeme Lawrence, Steve Millen, Paul Fahey, Warwick Jones, P G Knight, Graham Standring, David Oxton, Mike
Marshall, Allan Woolf, Paul Radisich, Inky Tulloch, Leo Leonard, Hugh Anderson, Roger Bertram, Phil Kerr, Owen Evans, Jack Nazer and Kerry Jones. Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust General Manager Ed Taylor (pictured) said the list of champions for this celebration is only scratching the surface. “There are so many others we could have invited,” Ed said. “If the dinner is successful we’ll look to do it again next year celebrating more champions.”
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A bizarre bra book
Caroline Harker Wanaka Sun
Disorder and violence up, speed down
A bra designed by Wanaka artist Andi Regan is being featured in book called WOW Bizarre Bras. The book features entries from Wellington’s World of Wearable Arts shows and most of the funds raised will go to the Breast Cancer Research Trust. “I’m thrilled and proud to be in the book,” Andi said. Her bra is called Bee Supporters. “It’s about how bees and blooms are a perfect match,” she said. “And I hope it will bring attention to the worldwide decline in bees. Without them we won’t have any blooms.” The bras in the book are made out of an extraordinary range of materials including hedgehog skins, old telephones and wire, human hair, chrome teapots, imitation pistols, and a typewriter. Andi’s is made from cable ties. She has had work in the last three WOW shows and is already working on an entry for 2014. She has not entered this year. The show was started in Nelson 25 years ago. It now attracts more than 300 entries from all over the world, and an audience of more than 50,000 people during it’s 11 night run. WOW Bizarre Bras comes out in mid-July and is published by Craig Potton.
There has been an increase in disorder and violence this week. A 32-year-old male was arrested for assaulting his partner after a night of drinking. A 29-year-old male was arrested after being ejected from the Water Bar and threatening the door staff. He was taken to a cell to sober up and will be facing a charge of disorderly behaviour. Police were called to a local residence after an unknown drunk 26-year-old male was found in their kitchen eating food from the fridge. Wanaka LandSAR team were flown to the top of the Lindis on Sunday after a helicopter beacon was set off. A solo pilot mustering sheep had to put his machine down in the snow, but nobody was hurt.
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Fresh winter sounds For a limited time, Wanaka will get a new radio station. Base FM is now broadcasting on 107.3fm: the new frequency has been made possible with the help of Wanaka’s Sam Hudson, Wanaka Beats FM owner, the community radio station which has been broadcasting independently since 2006 on the low-powered frequency. Musician and teacher Daimon Schwalger said it was a “real treat” to have the station in town. “There’s a lot of young people that travel here each year and we all need fresh sounds, it means that we can have an outlet for music, gigs and keep tabs of what’s fresh in New Zealand music. It’s nothing short of a great thing; we are very lucky to have this happen.”
A Hawea local passed out as he drove van into his driveway at 8pm last Monday (June 17). The out-ofcontrol vehicle travelled 190m down a bank, across an empty section, through a few fences and came to rest in a neighbour’s lounge. Nobody was hurt in the incident. “I would like to thank the people whose house was extensively damaged for being so forgiving towards the driver, who was very upset at the carnage he had caused,” Constable Dion Phair said. The driver fainted after a long day at work without eating. As part of a national campaign, police will be targeting those failing to wear seat belts, which could yield a $150 fine. Police report there are very few drivers speeding around Wanaka recently.
If you have information on any crimes call 0800CRIMESTOPPER (0800555111).
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According to the most recent Westpac McDermott Miller Regional Economic Confidence survey Westpac Otago’s regional economic confidence has improved for the third consecutive quarter. Findings show households expecting good economic times in the region over the year ahead rose from a net 5 percent in March to a net 12 percent in June. Westpac Chief Economist Dominick Stephens said the region’s health and education sectors have been feeling the pinch, but tourist numbers have picked up. “Early snow might have buoyed confidence around the upcoming ski season.”
Tim Brewster Wanaka Sun Snowbound sheep needed rescuing from the mountaintops, schools were shut and passes closed but the upside of last week’s early season blizzard has meant the best snow on record for opening Wanaka’s ski areas. Cardrona Alpine Resort delayed their opening last week after too much snow
and has had a week of “incredible conditions” marketing manager Nadia Ellis said. Treble Cone had a bonus day yesterday to test systems prior to opening today. Marketing manager Nick Noble said the plan is to open the Saddle Basin which had a two-metre base “if conditions allow.” The Snow Farm on the Pisa Range is starting the season
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on Saturday with a free locals’ day for crosscountry skiers to recognise the first year the area is being operated by the Pisa Alpine Charitable Trust. Both Treble Cone and Cardrona were also involved with dramatic sheep rescues with three sheep rescued from the Saddle Basin using ski patrol sleds and a small mob of merinos carried out by a groomer from the Arcadia Chutes.
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Heavy snowfall yields snowpeople Where there was snow there was snowmen, women and animals popping up over the weekend after the heaviest snowfall in the area for many years. Anti-clockwise from top left are snow creations from Rata Horan and Willow Strawson, Finlay and Minnie Gilmour, four-year-old Jake Brewster, and three-yearold Matthew Sandford on a snowdeer which was grazing on the side of the Lake Hawea Albert Town Road.
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Freezing Friday Tim Brewster Wanaka Sun They came, they skied and they froze. The 12th annual Wanaka waterski day on the shortest day of the year coincided with some of the most wintry weather seen for years. An estimated 25 participants including wakeboarders, a surfboard and a barefoot skier braved
the conditions last Friday raising $353 for this year’s beneficiaries of the event, Kahu Youth. Organiser Graeme Vallance said the event started 12 years ago when he and some other tradesmen were doing building work up at Treble Cone in June while an inversion layer remained above Wanaka for almost six weeks. He said they
would come downfrom the sunshine into the gloom and “everyone was so stressed and miserable from the cloud” he and several others decided on a mid-winter waterski session to cheer people up. Since then the event, which relies on a gold coin donation, has raised funds for a number of local organisations.
New futsal season kicks off PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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The futsal season will kick-off on Sunday (June 30) with an open ‘pay to play’ evening. The bonanza night on July 7 will feature quick games and spot prizes for best goal among other more unorthodox awards, and then the league will start on July 14. The indoor football (futsal) Sunday night league, held in the college gym, has been going for more than 15 years. Although it has seen a few changes, the ethos and the idea have remained the same: like-minded football enthusiasts getting together, having a good time and keeping
active through the winter. Unfortunately though, football playing can take a toll on the body and some of the teams that have been in the tournament from the beginning are not getting any younger. Founding team French For Fun (FFF) split up a few years ago. Mike Bassett was a member of FFF and now plays for Wanaka Poker Club. “I’ve been playing this game for more than 15 years. I love it but I just don’t seem to be getting any better,” he said, summing up the league’s lack of seriousness. Not that it lacks a competitive edge. All the games are hotly contested and the skill level is always
entertaining to watch, and there are always smiles on players’ faces after the game. To keep the dream alive for indoor football in Wanaka, the format of the competition is being addressed. There is some new blood in the organisation and great plans are afoot. Traditionally, there has been a league which is decided over the course of the season and then a cup night where the top eight play-off on one night to decide the champions. The new plan is to have the cup running at the same time as the league, one game each week, to then be decided on the cup final night. Once
that is played and the cup decided, a friendly ‘World Cup’ will group all the nations’ players together for the Wanaka World Cup Final. Andre Klein is one of the new organisers. “We are busy trying to think up ways of injecting a bit of life and fun back into the competition,” he said. “So keep the Wanaka tradition going and get involved.” New players and teams are welcome. Pictured above are members of new team Football Central; Olly Ceci, Jayden Fisher, Caleb Nicol, Connor Ceci and Harry Waters. See sunspots for details
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BOARD DOGS CAN’T BE ON LEADS ALL DAY, THEY NEED TO PLAY AND SOCIALISE, BUT NOT IN THE TOWN CENTRE TO ALL WHO WANT THE WANAKA CAMPGROUND TO BECOME A SPORTGROUND: DO YOU REALIZE THAT 80% OF WANAKA LIVES FROM TOURISM? WE NEED THAT CAMPGROUND FOR OUR TOURISTS WHO ARE SPENDING THE MONEY WE NEED TO KEEP OUR JOBS AND LIFESTYLE !! SO REDEVELOP THAT CAMP A.S.A.P!!! LOOK AT THE FUTURE AND DON’T THINK SO NARROWMINDED HAPPY XMAS BIRTHDAY SWEETIE X X GREAT TO SEE WANAKA KEEPING UP WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD..... AWESOME ROUNDABOUT FOR TRAFFIC CONTROL....AND NOW A FULL ON MCDONALD’S COMPLETE WITH DRIVETHROUGH BEING BUILT ON REECE CRES NEXT TO THE OLD BUTCHERS SHOP.... GO YOU GOOD DEVELOPERS!!!!
EDITORIAL Internet use to socially engage people in the community has taken on a number of forms in the Wanaka area recently. The Protect Wanaka Library page brought a hugely disparate group together and helped members of the community feel they had the opportunity to make their opinions heard and validated by others. The growth of a number of other groups from lake swimmers to home traders to ski mates keeping in touch and sharing their adventures through facebook and other homebuilt blog sites can add another rich dimension to the Wanaka experience. Other developments such as community-based trading sites, online business networks and the recently-established Wanaka time bank all add into the mix to potentially keep some people occupied all day staying in touch online. Admittedly some people get so addicted they barely see another real human for hours but at least that is their choice. What is not a choice for those outside a functioning mobile network is the inability to get help when things go wrong. The recent snowstorms leaving stock exposed to the elements were an example and the fact the majority of the Lindis Pass has no coverage through most of it is not good, considering the number of vehicles who travel it, especially in winter time. There are several black spots for mobile users in the Wanaka area yet we are constantly reminded about the fantastic broadband rollout and high speed coverage to keep New Zealand at the forefront of technologically developed nations. We pay the same taxes and network bills as people who already have that coverage. When are we getting the same service?
NO CVERGE NO PAY FUR MOBLE CMPNY!!!! I THINK THE ROCK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROUNDABOUT LOOKS AWESOME! NO DANGER IF U TAKE CARE AND INDICATE CORRECTLY WHEN DRIVING AROUND IT. IT IS NOT OK 2 LET UR DOG POO ON THE FOOTPATH AND WALK ON BY. STONE STREET? SUNDAY? YOU WERE SEEN! WHO OWNS THE ROOSTERS AT WESTERN END OF LOACH ROAD THAT CROW FROM 6AM TILL DARK, ENOUGH! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOE FINALLY MADE IT INTO THE WANAKA SUN. FAME AT LAST MATE! I’M NOT SO SURE THE CONVERSATION SHOULD BE OVER ON THE SPORTS GROUND WHEN IT IS BECOMING CLEARER THE VERSION OF WANAKA DECREED BACK THEN IS NOT THE CURRENT WANAKA WE LIVE IN. DON’T CLOSE THE DOOR ON THIS DISCUSSION. WOULDN’T IT BE NICE IF THE SKIFIELD MANAGERS ASKED THEIR FIT YOUNG STAFF NOT TO PARK IN THE DUNGARVON STREET CAR PARK. IF THEY WENT AROUND THE CORNER TO BROWNSTON STREET THE CARPARK WOULD BE FREE FOR SHOPPERS, THE ELDERLY AND OTHER PEOPLE WHO WANT A CONVENIENT PARK FOR AN HOUR OR TWO. OMG PEOPLE: POOP BAD, DOGS GOOD. BE SENSIBLE, BE COURTEOUS AND DON’T LITTER (THAT INCLUDES YOUR DOGGY POOP). CANYA BELIEVE THOSE FOLKS GETTING IN FOR A WEE DIP ON THE WEEKEND CRAZY!! ARE YOU FOR REAL – DECORATION IN MIDDLE OF ROUNDABOUT SHOULDN’T AFFECT HOW YOU DRIVE IT – YOU GO AROUND!!! NOT THROUGH!!
Revisit decisions It is with some concern that I write this letter in response to last week’s front page article: “Discussion about location over.” In the present world of change social or economic reasons force us to revisit our decisions. That, in my experience, makes good business sense. I am sure the majority of readers of the article will be aware that over the past few months and recent years changes to plans have had to be made because of the world environment we all face. It is having direct implications on our town of Wanaka. Just a quick look at our town reflects this. Empty retail spaces and an abundance of office areas says it all. Rents are stagnating or decreasing – the boom is over in Wanaka. Surely the council is able to see this situation. We are already a very fragmented town with a central business district, Anderson Road commercial area and the Ballantyne Road commercial area. I believe in this economic climate we cannot afford to begin another area of this town beginning with a sports complex that is designed to develop yet another area. My response is, as other professional persons, property owners and business persons have indicated in the article, it is time the council and management revisit the situation in an appropriate way that is responsible in the present and foreseeable future of Wanaka. There are alternatives.
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Kayakers brave the cold Top of Helwick Street, Wanaka
Fifteen kayakers were greeted by a white frost on the Kawerau Arm of Lake Dunstan for round two of the Southern Lakes Multisport Clubs winter kayak series on Sunday. The race was pre-seeded by a 30-minute coaching session then paddlers left at intervals. The elite kayakers, which included Wanaka’s Dougal Allan, Nathan Faavae and Bob McLaughlin, departed 25 minutes after the lead kayakers. Competitors who could read moving water
had a distinct advantage as many found the slight flow taxing. NZ Skeleton Racer Katharine Eustace, from Wanaka, did well, closing the gap on the leaders over the moving water section, but World Adventure Racing Champion, noted kayaker Nathan Faavae, miscalculated the flow and lost contact with his co-back markers Dougal (pictured) and Bob when he chose the middle of the river option. First across the line on handicap was Wanaka’s Peter Hewitt who had a race-long dual with
fellow local John Walker who came in just ahead of Jo Phelan and fastfinishing Katharine who cut eight minutes off their lead over the 9km journey. They were followed by Mike Kelly who had a lonely paddle off the 18-minute mark holding out Dougal, Bob and Nathan who all finished within a threeminute margin. Dougal had the fastest time. Emily Wilson had the fastest women’s time. Round three will be held in Wanaka on July 7 with two distance options. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Jup runs for tomorrow Wanaka’s running plumber Jup Brown is joining a ten-person team of elite marathon runners, on R4T (Run for Tomorrow) - a continuous relay-style run around the world. Each member of the team runs a marathon (42.2km) and passes the baton to the next runner. The team will run for 200 days and nights, starting from Canada and running through more than 30 countries, including stages in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South East Asia, India, South Africa, Africa, Europe, Scandinavia and the British Isles.
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sport results BRIDGE RESULTS: Roy Stakes 3. North/South:- Josey McKenzie, Dennis Pezaro 61.94% 1. Ian McDonald, Boyd Ottrey 57.36% 2. Jenny Barratt, Ena Leckie 57.22% 3. East/ West.:- John & Judy Cook 62.22% 1. Ken & Jacqui Roberts 60.56% 2. Alwyne Haworth, Dorothy McDonald 58.47% 3. Friday Bridge 21 June. North/South:- Lynne Fegan, Marion Furneaux 66.43% 1. Dorothy McDonald, Nan Ottrey 63.81% 2. Lynda Hodge, Josey McKenzie 53.67% 3. East/West:- Jan Anderson, Ena Leckie 59.85% 1. Sherril Harries, Mo Schofield 59.09% 2. Julie Mulholland, Jacqui Roberts 56.44% 3. Wednesday Night Bridge 19 June:- Marion Furneaux, Jan Anderson 1. Jenny Pryde, Lynne Fegan 2. Helen Miller, Kay Ross 3. WANAKA STADIUM BOWLS RESULTS Week ending 22:06:13 Monday Edgewater Trophy 1 Bill Turnbull, Don Stretch, Colin Leckie 2 Scottie Culverwell, Bruce Macandrew, Gloria Westaway 3 Lyall Croft, Richie Muir, Roy Tempero Tuesday 2x4x2 Pairs 1 Kathleen Sutherland and Peter Wil-
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son 2 Peter Herbert and Bruce Hamilton 3 Marj Morrish and Dave Minson Tuesday Trades Competition 1 New Guys – R.Marshall, R.Key, I.Hodges 2 4M’s – T.Mayen, T.McKay, B.Morgan 3 Mitre 10 – S,Grant, D.Minson, G.McMillan Wednesday Triples 1 Doris Studholme, Fran Duncan, Robyn Chartres 2 Graham Godby, Jim Skeggs, Isabel James 3 Gordon Barnes, K Chartres, John Smith Wednesday Trades Competition 1 Trail Enders 2 Bowl Busters 3 Young Guns Thursday 2x4x2 Pairs 1 Geoff Thomas and Norman Matheson 2 Neville Harris and Don Stretch 3 Jill Millar and John Gale Thursday Trades Competition 1 Lex Cameron 2 RMD 3 Ray Anderson Friday Progressive Bowls Skips 1 Norman Matheson 2 Bill Hodge 3 Scottie Culverwell Thirds 1 Graeme Ferguson 2 Iain Fletcher 3 Mike Kelly Leads 1 Dennis Schofield 2 Robyn Chartres 3 Meryl Firman Saturday Studholme Memorial (Points after 6 rounds) Hawea 22pts; Beacon Point 20pts; Rippon Lea 18 pts; Meadowstone 17 pts; Mt Albert 14 pts; Scurr Heights 11pts; Pembroke 10 pts; Bremner Park 7pts
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PRIVATE SALE 802sqm, Little Maude Drive, Lake Hawea. Walk to lake/shops, mountain views. Price negotiable, phone 4439310 or 021656655. ROAD BIKE:2010 Scott Addict R2 52cm full carbon frame with Ultegra Componentry & Ksyrium Elite wheelset. 1 owner from new, good condition $1800 ono. Phone Tup 03 443 9310 RINNAI TIMBERFLAME FS35ETR + flue. Silver freestanding. Freshly serviced & uninstalled. $500 ph. 4435249 SGT DAN Poultry layer mash $25 for 25kg. 4434944 TRUNDLER BED For Sale, bought new in Sept 2012, only used a few times $450 Ono Ph/Txt 0211861806 UNDER BED storage. 2 units 1metre x 1metre x 300mm. Great for kids toys. Call 0210342553 $40 UNION FORCE bindings New, Large $250 ono txt/tel 0210342553 VILLAGE NUTS roasting the finest local chestnuts down town every dry day from 3 to 6 pm. come check us out WANACOOK RECIPE Magnets Iconic kiwi recipes on them. $30 for 5. Orders to wannacook@yahoo. co.nz Support your favourite local YR13 enterprise group!! Facebook/ wanacook
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EARTH HEALING Meditations 8PM 3rd Weds of ea month at 24 Dungarvon St/Wanaka Wellness Ctr. By donation, all welcome! Jen 443.1672 FLY YOUR own plane with Ruth at U-Fly, need time out from the slopes? Best way to explore Wanaka. u-flywanaka.co.nz 443 4005 FOR MORE information on Wanaka Futsal text or ring 021761641 or check out the Facebook page. GENTLE YOGA connecting movement with breath, and You. 9:30 ea Mon, Wed & now THURS. 9 Tyndall St. $12 classes. All welcome. Jen 443.1672 IMMERSE YOURSELF in beautiful resonating sound. Quartz crystal singing bowls for deep relaxation/ energy balancing. 1.30PM each Mon. 9 Tyndall St. Jen 443.1672. NEW YOGA offering: Deeper movement with breath flow yoga practise. Enhanced distinctions, awareness and refinements. $12 9:30AM Thursdays 9 Tyndall St. Jen 443.1672 ORGANIC PRODUCE - we support local growers wherever possible. organicexpress.co.nz PENNIE LANE taking now desirable quality preloved winter clothing to sell on your behalf 49 the mall Cromwell ph:021522501 PRENATAL YOGA class openings now! Time to connect with the miracle inside of you. Mons 11:30 9 Tyndall St. $12/class. Jen 443.1672 PRIMARY SCHOOL Op Shop. Open 12-4pm Tuesday & Thursday. Back entrance to school off Totara Terrace. PRIVATE YOGA LESSONS! In home, one on one or small groups. All levels! Well experienced teacher. Ph 0224689642 RABBIT PROBLEM? Safe, responsible, local shooters are looking for land to shoot rabbits on. Please phone 4439310. Thank you. RESPONSIBLE, CAPABLE, experienced 11 year old boy happy to give your dog a walk and a play. 30min $7. 443-1672 or 022.097.4596
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SEE MT Iron Crafts stand at the Baby and Child Expo for lovely children’s crocheted hats, puzzles, and quilts. WHO WANTS to win Wanaka Playgroup’s Mid Winter Christmas Hamper Raffle? We’ll be @ Plunket Baby&Child Expo. Fab idea Mid Winter Mama!
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services DR LIANA Poole (MOst.) has been very successfully treating complex complaints in infants, children and adults for the past 10 years. Call today on 443-6783 or visit wanakaosteopathic.co.nz. ASPIRING MASSAGE WANAKA. Deep Tissue. Sport. Relaxation.Trevor Bailey. Full time massage since 1994. Ph 4432993 or 0274222455. www. aspiringmassagewanaka.co.nz FREE LEGAL ADVICE at Community Networks Wednesday 3 July 1-2,30pm,Bookings call 4437799,
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wanted COW HORNS wanted, any in your cattle yards? I will collect and pay for them if over 3 inches long. 0211438233 URGENT – VOLUNTEERS wanted for Friday afternoons 1.30 -3.30pm at The Salvation Army Family Store – please call in for more info 48 Helwick Street WANTED CLIP clothes hangers , please drop into The Salvation Army Family Store 48 Helwick Street. WANTED: WORKSHOP/SHED TO RENT. Must have electric, water, and concrete floor. 70 sq mtrs minimum. Steve 443.1672 or 022.176.2748 WANTED: LAND to shoot rabbits. Safe, responsible, local shooters are looking for land. Please phone Tup 4439310. Thank you.
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Rippa rugby for MAC A Central Otago rippa rugby competition featured two Year 7/8 Mount Aspiring College teams travelling to Cromwell to compete last week. Coaches Layne Opetaia and Ollie Jarvie stayed positive despite challenging games. Mitchell Mahoni-Rae
alongside Scotty Opetaia seemed to be a natural captain, leading his team to win three out of four games, leaving the team just short of competing in the Otago tournament. The coaches said all of the players should hold their heads very
high for their hard work and determination. They also thanked Ellis Meyer-Budge and Luke Jarvie for coaching two primary school teams as well as Nico Schikker and Bailey Nolet for refereeing all day. Pictured are (back) Breagha
Rennie, Erica Ayres, Simone Johnson, coach Mitchell Mahoni-Rae. (Front): Ty Sarginson, Oscar Cochrane, Jesse Robertson, Cole McIntyre, Lachlan Weir, Matt Wilson, Masyn Opetaia, Jasper Klein. Lying down: Toby Jarvie.
inbrief Cool runnings A number of local runners have maintained their training through the early winter with some good results. At the Queenstown Winter Festival Wanaka athletes took the top three places at the golden mile event with Oska Inkster-Baynes winning in four minutes 34 seconds, Fynn Thompson second in 4:36 and Lorenz Kissling third in 4:34. Merryn Johnston placed fourth overall and third in her age group with a time of one hour 29 minutes at the Balclutha half marathon.
â€œUnbeatenâ€? Cromwell are beaten Snow and icy roads meant the cancellation of a number of sports, including hockey, last weekend in the Upper Clutha. The only game played by the Upper Clutha Hockey Club was by the senior men. Upper Clutha Senior Men took on an unbeaten Cromwell team on Monday night. Having lost 3-1 the last time the teams met, it was always going to
be a tough game, but Upper Clutha had won their last two games and went into the game confident. Cromwell started the better team and took an early lead after only five minutes. Upper Clutha however refused to be shaken and showed plenty of attacking intent, winning a number of penalty corners and making more attacks than
Cromwell in the first half. Jeff Ward scored an excellent equaliser displaying, great dribbling skills before smashing the ball high into the net. Scores remained level until the break, but in the second half Upper Clutha came out full of purpose. Dylan Bradley slotted home the second goal, followed by Jeff who added his second after a brilliant
flowing move. Cromwell, facing their first defeat of the season, began to get back into the game as Upper Clutha looked to defend their lead. They managed to scramble a goal from a penalty corner with about ten minutes remaining, but Upper Clutha held firm for a great 3-2 win which leaves them just three points from the top of the table.
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