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Silver award for preschool Enviroschools facilitators Simon Williams and Steve Brown awarded a silver Enviroschools Award to Wanaka Preschool on Tuesday after they assessed its programme and practices as a sustainable enviroschool. PAGE 2

Drugs targeted Southern Police made arrests and seized large quantities of LSD, MDMA (Ecstasy) and cannabis last weekend in an operation targeting Class A and B drugs in the Wanaka area. PAGE 3

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Here comes the sun

Aspiring Ballet School’s end-of-year concert ‘Sophie and Alice’s Sleepover’ is coming to Lake Wanaka Centre this Friday. Approximately 70 students aged from three to 70 from Cromwell, Queenstown, Tarras and Makarora will perform in a variety of dance styles, including ballet, jazz and contemporary.



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Laura Williamson Wanaka Sun Fire investigators were speaking to a man on Wednesday regarding a fire that destroyed 60 hectares of bush in Mount Aspiring National Park. He was a “witness who’s assisting us with the investigation,” DOC Wanaka spokesperson Annette Grieve said. According to a Wanaka police spokesperson, Constable Martin Barham had picked up a male from the Matukituki Valley on Tuesday and transported him to Wanaka Lakes Health

Centre for medical care. It is understood that his camping gear was destroyed in the fire and that he had suffered burns to his arms. He had attempted to walk out in the night, but only got part way, making his way down the valley towards Cameron Flat in the morning. The fire was reported at 7.30pm on Monday by a helicopter operator flying in the area. According to Annette, it was believed to have originated on the East Matukituki track, near Hester Penny Creek, suggesting the blaze may have been started by trampers.


Three helicopters armed with monsoon buckets attended the

fire until dusk on Monday, and a ground crew headed to the

site at 5.30am on Tuesday with four helicopters in support. Two further ground crews were deployed to site later in the day. By Wednesday morning, two crews were still on site “mopping up,” Annette said. “In beech forest, often embers will flare up underneath, so the crews do a detailed search on the ground.” The fire had flared up again on Tuesday night and two crews as well as a helicopter had responded. Story continues page 3...


inbrief Home ownership down The latest batch of 2013 Census results from Statistics New Zealand, released on Tuesday, showed home ownership has declined since 2006 but the number of dwellings has increased. “The Otago region reflects those trends,” Government Statistician Liz MacPherson said. “The 2013 Census results showed the region’s rate of home ownership was 68.0 percent in 2013, down just slightly from 69.0 percent in 2006.” Also in Otago the census showed: Otago has the lowest percentage of Māori among its population with 7.5 percent of people who live in Otago identifying themselves as Māori; The median income for people aged 15 years and over, which has increased by 21.8 percent since 2006, is $26,300 compared to the New Zealand median income of $28,500; There was an increase of four percent of people aged 15 years and over with a university degree or equivalent since 2006; After English, the next most commonly spoken languages are French (1.7 percent) and te reo Māori (1.6 percent) – which is similar to 2006.

Silver award for preschool Staff Reporter Wanaka Sun Enviroschools facilitators Simon Williams and Steve Brown awarded a silver Enviroschools Award to Wanaka Preschool on Tuesday after they assessed its programme and practices as a sustainable enviroschool. “We are proud to have a team of inspirational educators, creating an environment that encourages thinking and acting for sustainability,” senior teacher Annie Davies said. “This is a whole-centre approach and has become embedded into our children’s everyday way of thinking at preschool and is being shared at home.” Parents have been encouraged to purchase composters and reusable sandwich wraps and the children have been involved in the Explorer’s programme, composting, worm farm,


recycling, maintaining the preschool’s edible garden,

using natural and recycled materials for creative projects

and learning te reo and tikanga Maori.

Local families benefit from food drive Staff Reporter Wanaka Sun

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Community Networks general manager Kate Murray said donations for the Wanaka Sun Christmas Food Drive have already started arriving at the Brownston Street office with fresh spinach and eggs among the donations. She said its great to receive fresh produce and homebaking, preserves and chutneys are welcome as are meat, milk and vegetables, the three items Community Networks has to replenish most often during the year. The store room is equipped with large freezers to store perishable goods.

in groups of two or three utes led by an emergency service vehicle, volunteers collect donations from streets in the area. The Wanaka Sun Christmas Food Bank Drive will benefit local families who are referred by community groups such as Senior Citizens, the Cancer Society, Jigsaw and the Upper Clutha Women’s Refuge, and it will also replenish the food bank store room at Community Networks. PHOTO: WANAKA.TV

Wanaka Sun Christmas Food Bank Drive coorganiser Nikki Heath (pictured here with coorganiser Alan McKay) said a few more utes or

cars with trailers are needed for December 18 to help with the street collection. “We also need some food sorters for the Wednesday night

in the Mount Aspiring College gym, and a few more street collectors,” she said. The food bank drive starts at 6pm on Plantation Road and,

If you’d like to volunteer, please get in touch with Nikki on 027 2467835 or through the Wanaka Sun Christmas Food D r iv e Facebook page.

Health services highlighted Laura Williamson Wanaka Sun With the year coming to a close, Central Otago Health Services (COHSL) is reaching out to inform the Wanaka community of the services offered by the non-profit company to residents in the region. In Wanaka, COHSL is based in an office at 107 Tenby Street, where the district nurses are located. District nurses primarily receive

referrals from GPs, Dunstan Hospital and Dunedin Hospital. They provide a seven day a week service, including seeing patients with wounds, palliative patients and patients requiring complex intravenous medications and patients with some general nursing care needs. Monthly clinics for people with diabetes, run by a diabetes clinical nurse specialist in conjunction with a dietician, are also provided at the Wanaka Lakes Health Centre.

Allied services include occupational therapy, mainly consisting of home visits to clients needing assessment, rehabilitation and the delivery and installation of equipment. Presently the Wanaka OT is Kim McAtamney who spends Wednesdays visiting Wanaka clients. COHSL also provides medical social worker services involving home visits to clients in the Wanaka area who need social work support and assistance relating to a health condition. This team

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also completes the clinical needs assessments in the Wanaka area. Physiotherapy services are provided by Wanaka Physiotherapy while Wanaka children with long term disabilities are assessed and treated by child development service therapists. Physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech language therapy are also provided to these children and their families.


Fire causes injury ... Continued from page 1 Annette said that the vegetation in the park is very dry for this time of year, and the plant life in the area was diverse, including beech, snow tussock and alpine tussock, sometimes called “turpentine shrub” due to its flammability. She added that both the time of day and the steep terrain presented difficulties in battling the blaze, as ground crews could not work in steep terrain at night. Three of

the crews involved were from Wanaka and one was Queenstown-based,

to be taken at all times” around fire, including in the use of cookers with open

In beech forest, often embers will flare up underneath, so the crews do a detailed search on the ground. while the helicopters were all from Wanaka. Fire investigator Jamie Cowan was on site Tuesday afternoon collecting evidence. Fire rules for the national park state that “care needs

flames, Annette explained. Open fires are not allowed without a fire permit. According to the MetService website, rain and colder temperatures were forecast for the weekend.

Drugs targeted Tim Brewster Wanaka Sun Southern Police made arrests and seized large quantities of LSD, MDMA (Ecstasy) and cannabis last weekend in an operation targeting Class A and B drugs in the Wanaka area. Police used ten search warrants at addresses in the Wanaka area and arrested eight people who now face a variety of drug charges including supply of LSD and MDMA (Ecstasy).

They range in age from 19 to 49 years. Police said they started the operation in July using undercover police officers in the Wanaka area. As part of the operation, police said, they have seized approximately $13,000 in cash, located several indoor and outdoor cannabis grows, hundreds of tabs, as well as other drugs yet to be analysed by ESR. Daniel Miller, 29, plasterer, Oscar Jimmy

Gold Arlidge, 28, Daimon Jon Schwalger, 41, and Campbell Blair Smith, 28, appeared before Judge David Holderness in Queenstown District Court on Monday charged with drugdealing including cannabis, LSD and ecstasy-related offending on dates between August and October. Police involved in the investigation were not available to comment on the remaining four arrests at the time of going to print.

Fire in the Flat The Lake Hawea Fire Brigade, along with a tanker from Luggate, attended a scrub fire in Hawea Flat on Wednesday afternoon. According to station officer Brent Arthur, the fire was on a property to the south east of Windmill Corner. It covered approximately 3000sqm and took an hour to extinguish. Brent said the flames came “extremely close” to some trees. “If the wind had picked up it would have been a different story,” he said.


Celebrating student success Laura Williamson Wanaka Sun Mount Aspiring College’s top student achievers enjoyed their moment in the spotlight last Friday at the school’s annual senior prizegiving. A stirring haka opened the proceedings and student performers entertained the audience throughout the evening. Principal Wayne Bosley said he enjoyed the night immensely. “I was thrilled with the positive response from the students to their celebration. I, like many, am overwhelmed by the number of talented students we have in such a variety of fields,” he said. Jamie Bowley was named Dux for 2013. He was recognised for academic excellence in

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computing, economics, mathematics with calculus and physics, as well as completing the Students in the Community programme with Distinction and the

PE was acknowledged as well as her extra-curricular involvement in netball, public speaking, MAC radio and the student council. She was also this year’s recipient of

I, like many, am overwhelmed by the number of talented students we have in such a variety of fields. Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. He was also a member of the Under 19 men’s coxed four who won at the National Rowing Championships. Lions Best All Round Girl was Ellie Greenwood, whose academic strength in drama, English, food and nutrition, media and

the Proximae Accessit award, which is runner up to Dux. She was joined by Lions Best All Round Boy Finn Moore, identified as a leader in academics and sport, as well as for his role in leading the college haka over many years. Finn was also a recipient of the Otago Daily Times

Class Act award this year for his all-round excellence and, in particular, for his football excellence. Academic awards were given out for “strivers” and “highest achievers” in Year 10, as well as top achievers in individual subjects for Years 11 through 13. Performances included an a cappella arrangement of the national anthem sung by the MAC vocal group, a spoken word piece by Ceilidh Johnston and Kasper Humphrey, and songs from student bands Oddity and Fire Eyed Society, as well as Smokefreerockquest regional winners Mainstreet. The Junior Prizegiving for students in Years 7 to 9 is scheduled for this Friday evening.



Call for Plunket volunteers

Flat Stanley Second grade students in Cherokee Trail Elementary in Colorado, U.S.A. have each designed their own Flat Stanley (after reading Jeff Brown’s story Flat Stanley) to learn about different cities and countries. The paper creations have been dispatched to willing participants around the world who photograph the Flat Stanley and write to the children to tell them about its travels. So far “Harley” (pictured) has been to Buxton, United Kingdom, “worked” as an archeologist in Dublin, Ireland, visited the Wanaka Sun office yesterday and will fly to Australia this weekend.

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Upper Clutha Plunket needs your help. The organisation urgently requires volunteers to fill the roles of president, treasurer and secretary and is calling for nominations ahead of its AGM next week. According to current president Carol Wyeth, five of the ten members of the current core committee are potentially stepping down, and they need to be replaced to ensure the volunteer side of the organisation continues to function. “For the ones who have been on the committee for a while, their kids are now turning five and they’re leaving. We need a new group of mums to get involved,” Carol said. She said the executive roles did take up a bit

of time, but they were “great for your CV”, and opportunities for upskilling came with some of the positions. For example, the treasurer

of volunteers, including fundraising to fund the roles of room hostess and parent educator, managing the upkeep of the building,

For the ones who have been on the committee for a while, their kids are now turning five and they’re leaving. We need a new group of mums to get involved. would get full training on the accounting software package Xero. C arol ad d ed th at there was a list of other available positions in the Plunket Rooms. “We need a lot of people to do a little bit,” she said. Many of the services provided by Upper Clutha Plunket are supported by the work

and services such as providing baby change and feeding facilities at all local events. The Upper Clutha Plunket AGM will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday, December 12 at the Plunket Rooms on Ardmore Street. See sunspots for details

Licensing committee Four people have been appointed to serve on the new District Licensing Committee by the Queenstown Lakes District Council. Mayor Vanessa van Uden said the council “was very pleased with the calibre of candidates who made themselves available for selection”. The four are District Court Judge Bill Unwin of Nelson and Wanaka (who will chair the committee), former Councillor John Mann of Queenstown, Malika Rose of Queenstown and Councillor Lyal Cocks of Wanaka.


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On top of Gigatown


Tim Brewster Wanaka Sun

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Spam sweepers, regional calibration and New Zealanders’ “natural competiveness” are all adding to the Gigatown dramaasWanakacontinues its push to claim the prize of ultrafast internet access. “New Zealanders are very competitive. We have spam sweepers go through the sites regularly so if we get a sequence of ten tweets in a row that are very similar they will be discounted,” Chorus spokesperson for the Gigatown competition, Elissa Downey said. She said the criteria had not changed, but the organisation had been focussing on spamming with a number of unrelated postings discounted. She said the discounting was based on posted content that had little or no relation to competition and was not community focussed. Spam examples such as lol #Gigatown, coffetime #Gigatown and photo sequences of cute kittens are given on the competition website. Correct postings on Facebook sites and blogs verified by Chorus would be counted, with only established communitybased Facebook pages used, she said. Points can also be accumulated by correct posts on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Flickr. Last week, a recalibration of Queenstown’s and Wanaka’s points based on their true population catapulted Wanaka into the lead overnight for the nationwide Gigatown competition, a change which irked some in the Oamaru online community who had been leading until then. Yesterday Wanaka

Workers and employers will pay $387 million less in ACC levies in 2014/15, ACC Minister Judith Collins announced on Monday. The new rates will be in place for the levy year which starts April 1 2014. “The average New Zealand household can expect to keep just over $200 each year. Small businesses will also be around $180 better off annually and larger employers will receive, on average, a $6000 reduction,” she said. The minister said the cuts largely reflect the Earners Account (paid by workers) and the Work Account (paid by employers) being fully funded, as there is enough money in those accounts to cover the ongoing cost of claims. Motor Vehicle Account levies, incorporated into car registration and petrol prices, will stay the same as that account is not yet fully-funded. She said the Government is on track for further levy cuts in 2015/16 as signalled in the Government’s budget this year. The Government expects to introduce cuts for motor vehicle owners from July 1 2015.


had a lead of 100,000 points over the Victorian-themed, steampunk capital. The change in points was all fair and above board according to a local organiser, Wanaka Chamber of Commerce chair Alistair King. He is part of a local advisory group for the campaign which had communicated with the internet provider Chorus two weeks ago to clarify what made up the Wanaka area. The company had earlier designated Wanaka and Queenstown as one region as they were administered by the same council. Once it had been understood the WCB acted as a local body authority, Chorus revised the points to reflect the recent census population of Wanaka, Hawea, Luggate and surrounding areas, Alistair said. Queenstown’spopulation was also reduced and their competition points recalibrated to take into account the separate areas. Alistair said getting the ultrafast broadband would be a strong incentive for industries such as film, software development, healthcare providers,

education and tourism in general to be drawn to Wanaka. “It’s a fantastic opportunity as an enabler to drive the economy.” ElissasaidnextSeptember the top five towns will have an overall winner decided by a national vote. “It will come down to the most compelling case for the town to win. It’s about what social media can do for that town.” Describing the effect of improved educational and business opportunities and other benefits would help with the final vote, she said. Doctor Andrew McLeod of the Wanaka Medical Centre said a much faster broadbandservice wouldbe a big benefit with changes in health technology. “It has a number of applications. We send a lot of big files around the world. We have more patient decision support tools. Blood tests and other results, contacting specialists online, it’s getting a lot more prevalent now.” Videoconferencing, managing patient’s blood pressure and other minor check-ups can be now done from their own home

reducing the amount of travelling to the clinic. “Logging into some of the systems is ugly right now, it’s hideous.” The centre also has a strong teaching component which requires a good internet connection for tutoring which would be enhanced by a faster service, he said. Wanaka-based social media consultant Jamie Roy has run a number of workshops on the Gigatown competition and said email signups and commenting on the GigatownWanaka Facebookpagewasthemost effective way to accumulate points. Pictured are Elle Scurr and Alaska White sign up with Gigatown volunteer Richie Johnston on Tuesday. “Most importantly we need the Wanaka community to be consistent with their support. Just get involved. It goes for 12 months and we need all the support we can get.” A Gigatown competition is planned for next week with details released today. In the last competition Wanaka won, accruing an additional 10,000 points.

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In plain English, there will plenty of hot and calm days ahead. Wanaka was the hottest place in New Zealand on Monday and Tuesday, with MetService predicting a high of 27 degrees

on Wednesday afternoon, only one degree shy of Alexandra’s forecast of 28. Wanaka local Martin Cedes, originally from Uruguay, shows off his diving skills on Monday afternoon.

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Double dress disaster Laura Williamson Wanaka Sun It started with a call for help on Facebook. The wedding was imminent and things had gone horribly wrong. There had been dress disaster. A double dress disaster, in fact. The bride had ordered a gown from Australia and she’d been told it wouldn’t arrive on time. If this wasn’t bad enough, the mother of the bride’s dress, bought on Trade Me, was missing in action. Local caterer Nichola Laird had been working closely with a Southland family on planning

their big day, set to take place this weekend near Omakau, with 119 guests invited. She received a call last Wednesday from the mother of the bride, who told her about the

family, and it just seemed wrong that this had happened,” Nichola said. She decided to put a post on Facebook to see if anyone could help. It was mid-morning. Responses

They’re such a nice family, and it just seemed wrong that this had happened. problems with the dresses, the first time in six years of wedding catering she’d heard of a bride without a gown so close to the day of the nuptials. “They’re such a nice

started to come in within 20 minutes, and by lunchtime multiple offers of help had appeared in her newsfeed, including loaner dresses and a posting on the Upper

Clutha Trading Post. The next day a local business offered to steam the dresses for half price. Nichola was blown away. “The response was amazing. It was really lovely,” she said. Word soon came that the family had rallied and a dress had been found for the bride, while Mum had sorted out an outfit. All’s well that ends well, and, as Nichola posted soon after, “the people of Wanaka are very caring.” Good news, because dresses or not, we all get caught short sometimes, and it’s nice to know Wanaka has our backs.

Riders rein in medals Tim Brewster Wanaka Sun Wanaka’s riders have returned with two gold, two silver and a bronze medal after competing in last week’s New Zealand Special Olympics in Dunedin. Simon Scaife and Chloe Wigg won respective golds in trial riding and equitation with Morgan James taking silver in the top division

for equitation. “They really had a good time. It was a fantastic, well-run event,” team coach Ange van Asch said. The equestrian event had more than 40 riders from all over the country and was held at Telford Polytechnic in Balclutha. Pictured at the event are Simon Scaife, Anna Freeman, Morgan James and Chloe Wigg.

Santa travelling in style Wanaka’s self-styled Christmas fairy Jen Anderson is pictured escorting Santa from his helicopter-sleigh to the Montessori Christmas party and movie night on Sunday at the Albert Town Tavern. The children had their photo taken with Santa in a special Christmas sleigh set up on the lawn, then they enjoyed a Christmas movie complete with popcorn, home baking and ice creams at intermission and fish and chips to top off the night. PHOTO: NIKKI HEATH


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inbrief Spots and stripes day Wanaka Primary School Year 6 students Maude Roger and Sophie Fenn organised a Spots and Stripes Day last Friday to raise money for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The Philippines was hit by one of the strongest recorded storms in early November. Children at the primary school were asked to wear their “coolest” spots and stripes clothes and bring a gold coin donation to be given to Oxfam.

Volunteer day From the Festival of Colour to Riding for Disabled and Upper Clutha Plunket, volunteers are at the heart of Wanaka events and organisations. Today is International Volunteers Day: a chance to acknowledge and thank more than one million New Zealanders who give their time and skills to make a difference in their communities every year. Volunteering Central is the local non-profit organisation which brings together volunteers, community groups and anyone in need of volunteers, as well as volunteer and organisation support, training, recruitment advice and networking. The organisation is funded by the Central Lakes Trust, and has more than 200 volunteers working with 160 organisations across the four hubs (Alexandra, Cromwell, Queenstown, and Wanaka).


Hospice boost from races Tim Brewster Wanaka Sun A $2000 donation to the Upper Clutha Hospice Trust from the Hawea Picnic Races is another step to the reality of a care facility in the town. “We’re always thrilled when the community gets behind the town. We get great support,” Trust chair Russell McGeorge said. The trust has plans for a partnership with Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village to build a multi-use residential room with another room for family to stay. He said it is envisaged the room will be used for palliative care,

respite for local residents and observation of patients by health professionals from the Wanaka Health Centre. The Hospice Shop which opened this year is being used to raise

funds for the project which he anticipated will be finished “toward the end of 2015.” The shop had been set up in advance to build a fund for the building work and the estimated

annual cost of $175,000 for running the facility. The final building cost was yet to be determined, he said. “We’re confident the way the shop’s going we’ll make it.” Hawea Picnic Races president Craig Knight, who presented the cheque, said the racing event had been going for “70 to 80 years” and annually contributed its surplus to local projects such as Riding for the Disabled, the Hawea Community Centre and St John. Pictured at the cheque’s presentation are trustees Ray Rudkin and Russell McGeorge, Picnic Races Craig Knight and treasurer, Sharryn Kitto.

Airshow joins forces with motor racing Staff Reporter Wanaka Sun Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow is teaming up with Cromwell’s Highlands Motorsport Park to provide a new joint ticket - one day at Warbirds Over Wanaka and one day at the Highlands Revival Easter motor racing festival. “We know that for many people Warbirds has been on their bucket list for years,” WOW General Manager Ed Taylor said. “With the added incentive of a second day at New Zealand’s newest and most


exciting motor racing track it becomes a bit of a no-brainer. It just makes this area

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the place to be next Easter.” Highlands Motorsport Park owner Tony Quinn is excited about working in with the international airshow. “There’s nowhere else in the world that I know of where you can spend a day watching some of the great classic fighter aircraft and then shoot 20 minutes down the road the next day to see some of the world’s greatest classic racing cars in action.” Warbirds Over Wanaka and Highlands Motorsport Park hope to have the combo ticket available for purchase soon.


Wordsmiths in Wanaka

Wilful damage, intoxicated female

Laura Williamson Wanaka Sun A new annual festival is set to “unleash the magic of words” in Wanaka, according to organisers. The Outspoken Festival of Words & Storytelling will run over six weeks this summer, starting from January 12, and is bringing a variety of nationally-renowned poets and spoken word artists to Wanaka. Performers will include QSM recipient Sam Hunt, awardwinning poet and author Sue Wootton, the South Auckland Poets’ Collective (member Dietrich Soakai pictured) and rapper Tourettes. While the first year of the nonprofit initiative is being supported by local businessman Luc Bohyn, who was inspired by spoken word dinner performances he saw in Europe, the Outspoken team is seeking further funding to cement the future of the series, which will include an outreach programme in local schools and libraries. “We really need community support to make it a yearly event. In addition to bringing acts from around New Zealand, we are running workshops and performances in


Reports of wilful damage around town this week include several windows and lights being smashed in the arcade between Ardmore Street and Dunmore Street overnight on the weekend. The windows of Pembroke Putt building were also smashed. The sprinklers were damaged at the Dinosaur Park. A local female was arrested on Saturday when she refused to leave a local bar due to her level of intoxication. Constable Mel Twyman said cyclists using footpaths are causing a few issues. “Cyclists are meant to be on the road,” she said. “If you think using the footpath will get you off a ticket for not wearing your helmet, you’re wrong. Please use the road and stop scaring pedestrians using footpaths.”

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the library and schools and look forward to inspiring the wider community,” artist liaison Liz Breslin, who is also a featured performer at the festival, said. Liz said she was particularly excited about the inclusion of the South Auckland Poets’ Collective. The group was formed in 2008 as

a platform for Pacific and Maori poets in South Auckland, and would bring an eclectic array of voices, stories and experiences to their show. As well, she was looking forward to the Wanaka Showcase evening. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with a lot of talent here, and it will be great to

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see some of our local performers take the stage,” Liz said. She added that one of the goals of Outspoken was to offer something for everyone, bookworms or not. “Even if you’ve never read a book, you will be spellbound,” she said.

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Congratulations to Mike Greer Homes and the Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village on the completion of the Village’s new Lifestyle Centre.


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Congratulations to Mike Greer Homes and the Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village on the completion of the Village’s new Lifestyle Centre.

Resort Living with new Lifestyle Centre Life at the Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village will get even better this week, with the opening of its new Lifestyle Centre. Mayor Vanessa van Uden will officially cut the red ribbon later today – with residents all keen to enjoy what is on offer… “I’m looking forward to getting back into swimming or aquacise, now that I have an indoor heated pool right on my doorstep,” said Claire Gibson. The pool is perfect for both and it has a spa for relaxing, as well as a wellequipped gym overlooking it. There is another large spacious room off the pool area that will be used for tai chi and pilates. And when it’s not being used for exercise, the room will be in use as a craft room – where classes will be held for various arts and crafts, as well as the very popular flower arranging classes. Next door is the Wellness Centre – where outside providers can use the rooms to give residents

massages, beauty treatments or hairdressing. In the social part of the Centre, there is a combination of intimate and open spaces housing a cinema, library, bar, lounge and café. “The kitchen has the latest F & P appliances, and we’re looking forward to creating Sunday night roasts or catering for special occasions, as well as providing great coffee, tea and regular home baking,” said Aspiring CEO, Aaron Armstrong. “There are a couple of great BBQs set up in the outdoor courtyard – complete with a petanque terrain and central lawn area.” “The building and design team at Mike Greer Homes have done a great job in creating something wonderful for our residents,” said Armstrong. “They delivered on time, on budget and with their usual great quality. We look forward to seeing everyone that lives here enjoying the resort lifestyle right on their doorstep.” *ADVERTORIAL

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Congratulations to Mike Greer Homes on the completion of Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village’s Lifestyle Cente.

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be a very stressful process is as simple and hassle free as possible. Mike Greer Homes specialises in offering a complete design and build service from the initial design brief and concept plans, managing the construction process, through to handing over the keys to your new home at project completion. We have our own in-house design, project management and construction teams. This allows us to better control the process, meet our deadlines, maintain our quality expectations and deliver a product that meets

your every requirement. Mike Greer Homes is a member of the Master Builder’s Federation and all our homes come with a ten year Master Build Guarantee. By choosing Mike Greer Homes you can feel secure in the knowledge that you have a partner with the experience, history and commitment to turn your dreams into reality. We aim to exceed your expectations! Mike Greer Homes has branches in Greymouth, North Canterbury and Central Otago (Wanaka), which operate as joint ventures with the head office located in Christchurch.

We will be opening a new office in Wanaka on Reece Crescent early in 2014. Mike Greer Homes Central Otago has built many houses in Wanaka and the surrounding region as well as completing more than 50 villas at the Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village. Our appliance provider of choice is Fisher & Paykel, because their products are adaptable, functional and durable – they don’t just make things that fit the spaces provided, they create products that fit the lives lived around them. Our stylish new Wanaka Show Home at 18 Clutha Place is now open! *ADVERTORIAL


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Congratulations to Mike Greer Homes on the completion of Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village’s Lifestyle Cente. This modern 2-storey home has stunning views and a sleek sophisticated interior. Relax on the deck and soak up the

breath-taking views of Lake Wanaka with a wine in hand, while the children swim in the adjacent community pool facility.

The Show Home is open Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm and 2 – 5pm on weekends & public holidays. We can offer house and land packages and are happy to provide competitive quotations on your own plans. Call us on 03 443 2065 for more information. A selection of our designs and projects are also on our website at *ADVERTORIAL

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inbrief Summer working bee The first Ruby Island Working Bee of the summer takes place this Saturday with pick-up from Wanaka Marina on Lakeside Drive at 9.30am. “We need more helpers, please, to tidy up the island for the holiday season and reduce the fire risk,” organiser Jude Battson said. Transport to and from the island and a barbecue lunch will be provided.


Out of the box experience Staff Reporter Wanaka Sun Last week local adventuretourism operators teamed together to offer a two-day “out of the box” experience to 55 corporate Australians for the ‘Flight Centre Australia Greater Area Leader Challenge’. “The Wanaka challenge was about pushing boundaries; forging bonds through adversity; getting to know and understand each other through extreme challenges; inspiring confidence and a commitment to individual’s work, life, physical and mental balance,” Flight Centre Australia’s Executive General Manager Tom Walley said. “We wanted something extraordinary, something totally out of the box.” The group was split into teams for the activities and on the first day they went canyoning, jet boating and paddleboarding; the next day they had a heli-flight to the glaciers followed by the Rob Roy Glacier walk. “We jet boated four of the groups on the Matukituki River, showcasing the amazing Matukituki Valley scenery and giving many of the participants their first jet boating experience,” Wanaka River Journeys co-owner


Sue Pihama said. “We linked in the jet boating with canyoning by dropping participants at Glenfinnan stream which was a short walk to the staging point for Deep Canyon.” Sue said most of the participants had not visited the area before and “were blown

away by the scenery and the activities they encountered during their stay.” The groups stayed overnight at the Otago Boys High School lodge in Mount Aspiring National Park. The high school received a donation of 20 tents and 40 sleeping bags and were “thrilled

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with the respect shown for the lodge and with the generous donation,” according to the OBHS spokesman Jim Black. Tod Horton, Flight Centre Active Travel Global Business Leader, said it was one of the best challenge-conferences they have had in years.


Talking touring and Fly My Pretties album with Mel Parsons

Laura Williamson Wanaka Sun The Fly My Pretties Homeland Tour shows at the Lake Wanaka Centre in September were two of the most memorable nights of the winter, so locals will no doubt be excited to see that the musical collective has just released its fifth album, ‘The Homeland Recordings’, which was recorded live over the course of the tour. Christchurch-based singer songwriter Mel Parsons joined Fly My Pretties on the road for the first time in 2013, and her song Far Away is the third track on the new album. “It was lovely to be asked to join Fly My Pretties, it’s a fantastic thing to be involved in,” she said, adding that each artist brought his or her own songs to the show, and then worked in close collaboration with the other musicians on instrumentation and staging. A two-time Tui Award finalist, Mel said the Wanaka gigs were a highlight for a number of reasons. She said the Lake Wanaka Centre had a “really nice vibe” and that playing two nights meant the crew enjoyed a down day in town


FMP prizes The Wanaka Sun has a Fly My Pretties prize-pack to give away this week which includes a tote bag, a hat and a copy of Fly My Pretties new album ‘The Homeland Recordings’. To be in the draw simply enter online on the Wanaka Sun facebook page or via email to admin@ thewanakasun. and tell us your favourite Fly My Pretties song.

taking in the lake and the views. A keen skier, she also managed to sneak up to Treble Cone for closing day. “A friend in Wanaka lent me some gear. Afterwards I drove straight to Queenstown for a sound check,” she said.

The Homeland Tour took in a number of smaller regional centres, and Mel said she valued the response from those audiences. “Those towns don’t get a lot coming through. The place really get’s buzzing--it’s

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not an everyday thing for them,” she said. Mel has played in Wanaka before, both as a solo artist and with The Bitches’ Box comedy show. She may be here again this summer for a show.



Snowsports funds Staff Reporter Wanaka Sun Snow Sports NZ has received $4717.69 to help support adaptive snow sports programmes thanks to a fundraising appeal by the Young Stroke Survivors NZ Fundraising Appeal. Wanaka resident Maria Fredatovich launched the fundraising appeal in October 2012 with the aim of assisting young stroke survivors. Maria had a stroke in 1996 at the age of 13, paralysing her right side and causing the loss of her peripheral vision. With the help of her family and her own efforts she has since been able to participate in a number of activities including walking over Gillespie Pass, skiing, mountainbiking and paddleboarding. She started the appeal to assist another young stroke survivor, Mackenzie,


to come down from Auckland to go skiing with New Zealand adaptive Snowsports instructors at Cardrona Alpine Resort. The fundraising efforts were so successful that, as well as sponsoring McKenzie’s trip to Wanaka, Young Stroke Survivors NZ has been able to donate additional funds to Snow Sports NZ to support its adaptive snow sports programme. “Maria’s enthusiasm is inspiring and we look

forward to being able to put the generous donation provided by the Young Stroke Survivors NZ Foundation to good use supporting other young stroke survivors. It is truly humbling to see how Maria has embraced adversity and focussed her time and energy on helping others who find themselves in a similar situation to what she experienced as a teenager,” SSNZ CEO, Marty Toomey said.

Rider in the storm Jessie Landreth and her mustering thoroughbred horse were pictured riding from West Wanaka to Queensbury on Saturday. Jessie wasn’t too worried about the gathering storm clouds, telling the Wanaka Sun that she did a lot of mustering with her horse on the West Coast and they were used to it. PHOTO: NIKKI HEATH


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Good on the Gigatown competition organisers


you’ll get a sense of what that would be like.)


more people living here than there are. And the

for noticing that Wanaka does not have a population of 30,000. Things would be a bit crowded around here if we did. (Hit the supermarket at 3pm on Christmas Eve and You can see how they might have been confused, though. We managed to be in second place despite having our points credited as if there were three and a half times GigatownWanaka Facebook page has 3138 likes, versus 606 over the hill. Porirua does have 5329, but there are 50,000 of them.


Our population is small (got that Chorus?) but out commitment is big.


Hopefully one gigabit big. Nice work Wanaka, keep it up!




Roadworks My reason for writing concerns the considerable activity of the roadworks department (or whatever they are called). It started with the roundabout at the Wanaka-Luggate Road and Anderson Road junction, they then repeated the exercise by the Caltex Garage. I think they thought they had got the hang of this roundabout-building lark and they built another one, at the junction of Lakeside Drive and Ardmore Street, which seemed rather superfluous to requirements. Be that as it may, my main concern is with the four speed-bumps on Ardmore Street. Now, I have no problem with the speed-bumps - if they slow down the traffic and make the road a safer place. Slowing down the traffic, I’m sure they do, but there are absolutely no signs to say who has the ‘right of way’ over these things. The majority of pedestrians treat them as ‘zebra-type crossings’, whereas some motorists just regard them as ‘speed-bumps’ and plough straight ahead. What is not in doubt is nobody seems to know what they are. The current situation is hugely ambiguous, indeterminate, unclear, and extremely and utterly confusing for motorists and pedestrians alike. It is only a matter of time before someone is knocked over, possibly killed, and then there will be a huge fuss, court-cases and lives ruined, all because of a lack of clear signage. I have no axe to grind either way. If the pedestrian has ‘Right of Way’, fine. But say so. If he doesn’t. Also fine. But say so. At the moment, it is total confusion and a fatal accident just waiting to happen. So, far from making that road a safer place, it is now a mine-field and far worse than ever before. All for the lack of a small sign at each speed-bump. Someone needs to make a quick decision, and do something about it. Before I can say….” I told you so”. Rod Hudson

021 986 786 Place to remember Issue 638 Thursday December 05, 2013 Free delivery to Wanaka, Wanaka surrounds and Cromwell urban and rural mailboxes, PO boxes in Makarora, Cromwell, Haast, Wanaka, Albert Town, Hawea. Distributed to motels, hotels and cafes plus businesses in the Wanaka central business district and to drop boxes in Wanaka and Cromwell.

Phone: 03 443 5252 Fax: 03 443 5250 Text view: 021 986 786 Text classified: 022 0786 778 Address: Upstairs Spencer House, Wanaka Postal: PO Box 697, Wanaka Editorial manager: Ruth Bolger Journalists: Tim Brewster Caroline Harker Production: Adam Hall Advertising: Amanda Hodge Jake Kilby Accounts:

I feel sure all the locals who walk around our town must be as impressed as I am with the landscaping work in progress providing user-friendly paths, unambiguous crossings, garden and grassed plots, and seats placed strategically to take in the views. With the number of visitors also taking photos around town, Wanaka will surely be a place they will remember. Loris King Wanaka

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Roadworks Reply from Erik Barnes QLDC General Manager – Infrastructure and Assets The roading features that your correspondent refers to as “speed bumps” are courtesy crossings designed to create a zone where pedestrians and motorists both watch out for each other and proceed with caution. The concept has been successful overseas, including the US and the Netherlands, and has been working well in Wanaka for more than two years. Although they are not official pedestrian crossings and technically pedestrians do not have ‘right of way’, the crossings do indicate to drivers to be more cautious. The crossings ensure vehicle speeds are lower, which increases the decision-making time for drivers and pedestrians and allows both to be courteous and considerate of one another. From a safety point of view, it means that pedestrians should be on the lookout for vehicles and drivers should be on the lookout for pedestrians. Research shows that courtesy crossings have a better safety record than pedestrian crossings. The courtesy crossings were constructed in line with our Transportation and Parking Strategy and the Town Centre Strategy. We want locals and visitors to be able to move between the lakeside reserves, iSite, car parking and the CBD easily and enjoyably. The previous crossing points were too small for bikes and buggies, and cars passed at 30-50kph within a few inches. Pedestrians often got stuck in the old refuges waiting for a gap in the traffic. Construction of the four courtesy crossings has created a slow speed environment along the front of the CBD, making it far easier and safer for pedestrians to cross and the road still functions. The courtesy crossings are working as intended and in nearly three years since they have been installed there have been no reported incidents.

Musical gift We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in the collaborative approach of Stars in Their Eyes within the Wanaka community. The wonderful entertainment provided and then the generosity towards the Wanaka community in providing the opportunity to apply for musical resources. This year was slightly different in that we had to specifically itemise what we would like, which, with the involvement of the children, was an exciting proposal. After much consideration we applied for and received ukuleles and dancing ribbons, drums and tambourines from Trade Aid for the Kaho children (older children) and wooden shaker eggs and drums for the Tipu children (younger children). The dancing ribbons have provoked learning through dancing, encouraging relationships and expressing themselves. The drums have been utilised for discovering rhythm and beat, soft/ quiet, hard/loud. The Tipu children are discovering a variety of sounds and rhythm utilising the shakers and drums. The Aspiring Beginnings ELC Teaching Team



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AYURVEDA EXPO; Free info evening with demonstrations, shirodhara, kati basti, ayuryoga, massage, 7-9 pm Dec 4. Lake wanaka Ctr

WWW.EUTOPIAWANAKA.COM MOBILE massage. Priced realistically, massage shouldn’t be a luxury when it’s a necessity. Call carol 0221979171

PRIVATE SALE of Household Items (and commercial kitchen equipment) - Books, Toys, Christmas Ornaments, Gifts, Clothes, & MORE. Pre-loved, New, & Brand New. 50 Reece Cr (the old Mediterranean Market building). Starts 1pm Saturday 7th December - Not before

RUBY ISLAND Working Bee Saturday 07 December. Meet 9.30am at boat ramp beside the Marina in Lakeside Road. Dual Image will provide transport. BBQ lunch return by 1.45pm phone Jude 443 1602 or text 0275616088

VINTAGE CAR restoration, mechanical & electrical, MOTOR HOME & CARAVAN repair and restoration. Steve Rumore 443.8854 or 022.176.2748

ANTENATAL MUMS n Bubs YOGA! Bring your new blessing with. Each THURS 1:30 PM. 181 Cemetery Rd. $12 classes. Jen 022 097 4596 ASPIRING MASSAGE WANAKA. Deep Tissue - Relaxation. Trevor Bailey. Full time massage since 1994. Ph 4432993 or 0274222455. www.aspingmassagewanaka. AYURVEDA ORA, Natural devotion, Massage in Wanaka , Ayurveda Arts, Sadhana Living. Meet the people behind the name, wed 7-9 pm lwc BEGINNERS BOXING and fitness class, Mondays 6pm at 7 Gordon road. All welcome, casual/weekly options available. Contact Sanna 0212010954 EARTH HEALING Meditation Weds 18 Dec 8PM at 181 Cemetery Rd HAWEA. All welcome! Jen 0220974596 FEAR OR phobia holding you back? NLP coaching can eliminate so you can do the things you want. GENTLE YOGA connecting movement with breath, and You. 9:30 EA WEDS. 557 Aubrey Rd. $12 classes. All welcome! Jen 0220974596 ARE YOU healthy, wealthy and wise? Looking for a paradigm shift? DIVINE CLEARING helps! 02102781955 ::: www.divineclearing. ... HU SONG at Wanaka Wellness Centre this thursday 5th December 5.30pm to 6pm All welcome Gold coin donation Ph 4437388 LYN BROWN BOWEN Practitioner treating out of Wanaka Wellness Centre. For appts/info pls ph Lyn 4437388 MASSAGE THERAPY, Sportsmassage, Deep tissue, Relaxation.Treatment work,stress relief. Ursula Krebs, Dipl. Massage Therapist. Ph: 027 6602271, mobile service available MOVEWELL REHAB Pilates for your Mat Classes, Studio Equipment Sessions or Private Sessions Call Joss your certified experienced instructor 021668393 Move Well Live Well Play Well MUAY THAI boxing, intermediate class, Wednesdays 6pm at 7 Gordon road. All welcome, casual/weekly options available. Contact Sanna 0212010954 NEW GENTLE YOGA CLASS w Jen 5:30PM EA TUES at Wanaka Wellness Ctr 24 Dungarvon St. $12 classes. All welcome! 0220974596 PERSONAL TRAINING for your MIND. NLP coaching for the unconscious, FREE consultation just mention WanakaSun REFLEXOLOGY FOR WHOLESOME HEALTH! I can come to you or you can see me for a treatment at my home clinic or Wanaka Wellness. Gift vouchers available. SADHANA LIVING, connect with the living earth, living with the rhythm of nature. Yoga & Ayurveda rejuvenation with carmen

QIGONG CHINESE movement art for body & mind rejuvenation. Classes Hawea Flat 7am & 7pm James 443 4122

THERE ARE lots of artisans at the craft market this sunday, pottery, silk painting, toys, books and more. Pembroke park from 10am

WANAKA WINDOW CLEANING professional, friendly, efficient service. Enjoy those mountain views. High, awkward windows a specialty. Paolo 021 0572505/ 4432420

SHED FOR sale. 1.8x2.6 containing shower, wc, tub and califont. Insulated. $3800. Ph 021963050 or 4289380 evenings.

UPPER CLUTHA Plunket volunteer positions: For more information, contact Carol Wyeth on 03 443 2782 or the Plunket Rooms on 03 443 8799.

WANAKA WINDOW Cleaning Xmas bookings now being taken. Professional, friendly, efficient service. Call Paolo now. 021 0572505/ 4432420

HONDA ODYSSEY Car 1996, very reliable, good condition $2200 ono Ph 03 4432285 or 0212248568 Nikki/Greg

TRUE ORGANIC skincare comes with its own “My Handful Of Quiet” insert to inspire you to take a few moments out of your everyday busy life.

URGENT – VOLUNTEERS wanted for any time, even an hour a week would make a difference at The Salvation Army Family Store – please call in for more info 48 Helwick Street

WHEELS TO DUNSTAN:Free daily transport to Dunstan Hospital & Alexandra specialist appointments,Bookings call 4437799

NISSAN NAVARA 96. Dle cab 4wd 2.7 turbo. red.recon gearbox. New clutch.good tyres o276976067

TV PHILIPS 22in with cabinet. $50 txt or ph 0274335566

WANAKA WASTEBUSTERS has presents that don’t cost the earth. Gift table and vouchers. 9am-5pm every day except Christmas Day.

vehicles 2001 TOYOTA estima 7 seater great family car new motor 58,000 k`s call 0278244284 for details or To view

employment LOOKING FOR a part time housekeeper. Must be a hard worker, a can do attitude, great customer skills. Send CV to :

for sale FRIDGE-OLDER STYLE Kelvinator by F&P. Excellent condition $150. Ph 0274335566

SGT DAN Poultry layer mash $25 for 25kg. 4434944

ZAZOU POTTERY is now listed on the share market, the Sunday Craft market where we share good ideas for Xmas at the Pembroke park. Come and invest in gorgeous mugs and you will profit every morning from returns, tea coffee… or call Jacou 443 9181 BEAUTIFUL CHINA tea cup bird feeders, great for attracting wax eyes and bell birds to your garden. Make the perfect presents $20 ph 443 1017 or txt 021 680 110

WIFI RISKS - on YouTube ‘Dangers of Wifi’ , ‘Wifi in schools - The Facts’ , ‘Smartmeters + EMF Radiation - Health Crisis’. And websites; , , ,


HOUSE MOVING GARAGE SALE ... Saturday 7 December... 9am Kingston Str ... Albert Town

STUDIO UNIT. Centrally located, close to town beside Mount Aspiring College/Primary school. Suit single. Modern, Cosy, warm, private, good storage. WiFi. Best pad in town! $250/week bills inclusive. 6 month min. Call 027 472 9908. Eddie.

PRICED TO sell 802sqm section, Lake Hawea. Close to lake/shops/primary school. Price negotiable, phone 4439310 or 021656655.



BIG PAINTING - Oil, French Street Scene, 1020 x 770. Nice order. $100 ono. Ph 4439511.

BEAUTIFUL CAT needs home, 7 years old, neutered, male, good with children and other pets. Call/text 0273023368

BOAT INSURANCE get a quote online now PLUS House, Contents, Travel.

BIG PICTURE - Very old print- The Wounded Hound 1040 x 770 in original frame. $100 ono. Ph 4439511

FREE PICK up service for your household donations please phone The Salvation Army Family Store 443 5068 to arrange

DRIVING LESSONS available. Call Nicky at Aspiring Drivers to book your lesson and become a confident and safe driver. 0210607310

DRAPES TO fit 2 ranchsliders, cream colour with heavy thermal backing. $250. Ph 4439511

FRENCH TUITION - interested in learning conversational French or need help with NCEA? Contact Asher on 0274435354

FOUND A swarm? call me 0211633811

PONY POO - Gold for your garden! 7/4 trailer load $30 delivered ph/txt Grace or Julia 4434494, 0275091972

WANAKA’S TRUE certified organic skin care, for face, body, mother & baby. Available now @ Wonder room, Soulfood & Wholefood Haven. EARLISE CHERRIES at farmers market pembroke park 4pm thursday. 500g first grade 7 dollars, second grade 5 dollars FREEHOLD COMMERCIAL BLOCK FOR SALE - 22,736sqm in secluded area. Consented building platform, can be subdivided, ideal builders’ yard. $295,000 +GST if any. Urgent sale, phone 443 0087 GREAT BOOKS at the Sunday craft market this week, written and illustrated right here in wanaka, what a great gift! HAAST, WEST COAST Cheapest section in the area, no hidden costs! We have a 1050 Sqm² section with compaction test, temp power and phone ready to be built on NOW! Will throw in FREE set of plans (worth $6000) for architecturally designed two storied house, self-contained unit downstairs. Bush and Sea Views, located in Hannahs Clearing. $95,000 + GST if any. Ph: 03 7500 153 JONSARED RIDE on mower new battery – good working order $2750 o.n.o 443 6069 or 021626649 POULTRY WHEAT and barley 4 sale, whole or crushed.30kg 4 $25.. .. 021 251 5510/4434944. ü

GARAGE SALE, children clothes, toys, buggy, car seats, houseware, tools, Saturday 7 December, 9am, 3 Kakapo off Rata street

HORSE GRAZING/AGISTMENT, short or long term-secure & safe individual paddocks use of facilities & riding area including all weather arena. On site owner close to Wanaka. 0275091972 KEEPING IT natural at the craft market this Sunday, organic cotton handprinted t’s, natural skin care products, pembroke park, from 10am LIFE STORIES writing and book design. Memoirs, histories, letters, diaries - transcribed and published. www.timeofyourlife. Contact or 443 4629. MOVING ON? Wanaka Wastebusters picks up donated goods for free, call 443-8606 to help us help our community and the environment. Resaleable condition only please. NO LAKE YOGA THIS SUNDAY 8 dec. will resume again nxt Sunday. Namaste. OVERSEAS CHRISTMAS mail closes soon, come on down to the Sunday Craft Market on the 8th and pick up some fantastic N.Z arts and crafts RECONNECT WITH a sense of deep peace and love for FREE! View 15 min film The Message at WWW.LIVING-PRESENCE.ORG

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INLAND REVENUE are at Community Networks Thursday 19 December 9am 1pm,For help with personal or business tax,child support,student loans or family tax credits call 4437799 to make an appointment. JP SERVICES at Community Networks Tuesdays1pm and Fridays 10.30.For appointments call 4437799 NEW WEBSITE required? Give Weka Web a call. 4437937,

thanks THE SALVATION Army Store wishes to thank everyone for shopping at our store, with your purchases we can help people in need in our community.

wanted ACAPPELLA WOMEN’S choir seeking a conductor. Please make enquiries to Kirsty at 0272005111. FREE! ONE click on Facebook and Wanaka’s internet capabilities may multiply 10 fold+! VOTE ASAP IN THE GIGABYTE TOWN COMPETITION!!! HOUSE SWOP Wanted Dec 28th - Jan 5th by professional couple. We have a large home in Otatara 5 mins from beach, golf, bike/walking tracks; only 30 mins from surfing at Riverton and Colac Bay. Escape the holiday rush - ph 0276723530. LONG TERM RENTAL NEEDED: local mother & daughter need a new home, ideally lake hawea, superb tenants! Ph carmen 02102215409 THE SALVATION Army Family Store would like a strong volunteer to help with heavy lifting. WANTED CLIP clothes hangers, please drop into The Salvation Army Family Store 48 Helwick Street.

what’s on SOPHIE & Alice’s Sleepover. Aspiring Ballet School’s end of year performance. 8th December 6pm. Lake Wanaka Centre. Door Sales.

PEST CONTROL. Over run by flies? Call Jae Services. We will take care of it. 443 1150

ASPIRING BEGINNINGS ELC invite past families to our children’s Christmas party @ lakefront Rotary playground BYO dinner @ 4 . 3 0 Monday 9 th December

PRISTINE STEAMING can make your special garment fresh & wrinkle free for your special ocassion. Ph Neda on 0211612885

CATHOLIC CHURCH, 152 Aubrey Road. Holy Mass Sunday 8th December at 11am. All welcome.

PRISTINE STEAMING specialise in bridal & bowl gowns and suits. Ph Neda on 0211612885 or E. pristinesteaming@gmail. com for free pick up.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Sun 8th Dec, 104pm, Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall. NZ made arts/crafts, clothing, jewellery, toys etc. Gold coin entry.

READY NOW for your BRICK, BLOCK, OR STONEWORK PH 021.1890036 or 443.1229 for your christmas tidy up , thanks.:-)

LAZE ON the lawn this Sunday at Amigos. DJ from 4pm. Bring a blanket to sit on. $5 Tacos.

SUPERANNUATION DO you need to apply? You can do it at Community Networks Friday 11 December, Call 443 7799 for an appointment.

PLUNKET AGM Thurs 12th December. 7.30pm @ the Plunket rooms. Seeking new members. All welcome, THE SUNDAY Craft Market is on this week come on down to Pembroke Park, for great handmade N.Z arts and crafts.

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sport results BRIDGE RESULTS: Christmas Pairs 1. North/ South:- Freda Ryder, Terry Wilson and Ena Leckie, Kenneth Roberts 59.46% 1=. Helen Cornwell, Ann-Louise Stokes 58.33% 2. Sherril Harries, Deirdre Lynch 56. 89% 3. East/ West:- Michael Chapman-Smith, Peter Reardon 60.58% 1. Marion Furneaux, Maggie Stratford 59.78% 2. Jan Cunningham, Josey McKenzIe 56.09% 3.Friday Bridge 29 November. North/ South:- Sherril Harries, Heather Wellman 63.39% 1. Jacqueline Roberts, Pat Ross 57.44%2. Mo Schofield, Deirdre Lynch 55.06% 3. East/West:- John Mercer, Brigit Neill 57.44% 1. Dorothy & Ian McDonald 56.85% 2. Mary Gibson-Collings, Carolyn Field 54.76%3. Makarora Pairs 2. 27 November. North/South:- Ena Leckie, Mo Schofield 53.75%1. Georgie Roberts, Ann-Louise Stokes 52.50% 2. East/West:Sherril Harries, Kenneth Roberts 73.13%1. George Foreman, Jane Hawkey 52.13% 2.

LAKE HAWEA GOLF CLUB RESULTS December 1 Medal, LGU and Ringers Men 1 Gerry Browne 77-16-61, 2 Gerrard Haggart 8321-62, 3 Bryan Burgess 82-17-65, 4 Neal Brown 91-24-67, 5 Red Stevenson 86-19-67, 6 Neil Matchett 79-11-68, 7 Stew Burt 87-18-69. Ladies 1 Bronnie Stevenson 9726-71 ocb, 2 Alison Brown 98-2771, 3 Kay Ross 107-33-74. Nearest the pin No1 Steve Wallace, No5 Linda Wallace. WANAKA BOWLS RESULTS Friday Progressive Skip 1 Brian Holmes 2 Betty Russell 3 Don McLeay, Third 1 Meryl Firman 2 Maida Baxter 3 Glad Cross, Lead 1 Dick Patterson 2 Isobel James 3 Annette Nicholls Friday Progressive 29.11 Skip 1 Trevor Tovey 2 Madeleine Wilson 3 Coleen Landsborough Lead 1 Jon Barron 2 Oscar Verbiest 3 Iain Fletcher Monday 2x4x2 25.11 1 Maire McElrea and Graeme Ferguson 2 George Russell and Iain Fletcher 3 Betty Russell and John Maddison.


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Big weekend out for multisport Tim Brewster Wanaka Sun The usual multisport suspects are celebrating another successful weekend with wins in Methven, another across the Tasman and a last minute call up to the World Adventure Racing championships. Dougal Allan and Jess Simson (pictured) won the title for the fastest male and female in the 124km Big Day at the Office event held around Mount Somers on Saturday. Dougal’s time of 5:47.12 was 13 minutes ahead of his nearest rival Glen Currie (brother of Coast to Coast winner Braden) and also beat the fastest team as did another local, Hamish Fleming, who placed third. Jess also won with a substantial margin in a time of 6:55.21, more than 20 minutes ahead of her nearest rival, Emily Wilson and fourth place place-getter, Ailsa Rollinson, both from Wanaka. In Tasmania, Coast to Coast rivals Braden Currie and Richard Ussher teamed up to win the overall title for the five-day, 350km Tasman Challenge


adventure race. The two finished in a time of 19 hours and 59 minutes, more than two hours and 42 minutes ahead of the second place. Braden and Richard are confirmed to compete in next

year’s Coast to Coast event where they placed first and second respectively earlier this year. Richard has also confirmed his entry for Challenge Wanaka which takes place three weeks earlier.

Wanaka physiotherapist Jo Williams started the world adventure racing championships yesterday as a late addition to Swedish-based team AXA Adidas. Jo flew to Costa Rica late last week to join the team.

Mind sport mavens Tim Brewster Wanaka Sun

New escort boat The Wanaka Rowing Club has a new escort boat for safety and coaching, thanks to a $26,000 grant from the Graham and Olive West Trust. The 4.1m Stabicraft with a 30 horsepower engine will replace an “old noisy dunger” which has been used until now, club secretary Marg Galloway said. The new boat is much quieter and, with a centre console it will be much more functional for coaches and keeping a watch for swimmers in the area. Marg said the Wests were great boating enthusiasts, having been the first commercial operators on Lake Wanaka, and Olive West had been a strong supporter of the rowing club. Trustee Russell Umbers and Sue Templeton, a great-niece of Graham and Olive, christened the new boat with a bottle of champagne last week sheltered from the rain by Marg and club coach Rob Bruce. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Competing in their first national competition, Wanaka bridge enthusiasts Lynne Fegan and Maggie Stratford surprised themselves with a national title in the intermediate division. “We were stunned,” Lynne said. “[We] never expected to be in the Otago /Southland team.” The pair had been playing for nine years and had partnered for the last three before the trials in the provincial team in

May for the seven region interprovincial competition last weekend in Wellington. Despite winning by a “healthy margin” Lynne said they never expected to win. “No, we spent a lot of time arguing (maybe debating) over our systems. [It was] a tough environment to play in, very competitive, not like Wanaka.” She said they had received a lot of support from friends around the country, with people watching the event online knowing the results first.

They missed the prizegiving but understand there is a sizable cup and medals for their win. The pair play up to three sessions a week in the Wanaka Bridge Club which has more than 170 members. Bridge NZ is affiliated to Sports NZ as, like chess, it is considered a “mind sport”. “The club is delighted to have two of its members winning a national prize,” club president Anne Louise Stokes said. “This is a great reflection on the standard of play at the Wanaka Bridge Club.”

Cricket reserves up, seniors down A slump in the last over saw the Albion seniors lose to the Queenstown last Saturday. Batting first on their home pitch at Luggate, Albion scored 107 runs with skipper Ryan Wheeler the top batsman with 35 runs. Queenstown, who are currently the competition leaders, took the win with five balls to spare despite some strong bowling from 16-year-old Sean Webber. Albion senior reserves had a 15 run win over Alexandra with captain Sean Nugent scoring 68.

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