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Slip blamed for decline The number of nights people spent in Wanaka’s commercial accommodation in October was more than 13 percent lower than the previous year and the slip on State Highway 6 between Haast and Makarora is being blamed. PAGE 2

New Chair for Trust Former Central Otago District Mayor, Dr. Malcolm Macpherson, has been named as Chairman of the Central Lakes Trust. PAGE 3

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The support of his home crowd made a “massive difference” to Wanaka’s Dougal Allan along the Challenge Wanaka course on January 18. “It helped bring out the best in my performance but it also brings another level of enjoyment to the whole race experience. I was one proud Wanaka boy on Saturday.” Dougal (pictured) was placed third in the pro field in his first ever long distance triathlon. He told the Wanaka Sun a real highlight of the day was the final kilometre of the run. “Ardmore Street and the finish line seemed to come to life for me and I’ll never forget the experience of seeing all the kids and parents of the community shouting and cheering for me as I came home in third place,” he said. “Very humbling and unforgettable.”

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Relationship breakdown Jessica Maddock Wanaka Sun


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A “breakdown in relationships” between Wanaka Primary School Board of Trustees, and between trustees and the principal, is behind the Ministry of Education’s decision to appoint an independent consultant to manage aspects of the school. Cleave Hay, a governance facilitator and mediator, would commence his part-time role as a limited statutory manager at the school next week. It would be reviewed within a year. His first month would involve talking to people about what the issues were, and preparing an “action plan” on how they could be resolved and how long it was likely to take.

Until then, he said, he could not comment on the detail of the problems. However, he understood the “breakdown in relationships” had resulted from communication issues within the board, several of whom were new to the

on governance, communication and processes, he said. It was the fourth time Mr Hay, who was from Timaru, had been contracted to help resolve issues at a school. He had already worked with the

It may be all smoke and mirrors, or it may be serious. role, and between it and the principal. Complaints made to the board, which he was not yet privy to, and how those had been managed was a factor. MrHay,whosebackgroundwashuman resources, would take over governance of staff and employment matters from the board, and provide it with advice

Wanaka Primary School Board in November last year, helping it with strategic planning. It had become clear then that it was “not working at the board table. “In some ways, it had started to fall apart and become more and more frustrating.”

He had become involved to take the board through an “impasse. “And the ministry looked at it and decided it was more than a bit of an impasse,” Mr Hay said. “It may be all smoke and mirrors, or it may be serious.” The board had been without a chairperson since Richard Cubie resigned from the role on December 10. In a letter to his fellow board members, which was sent anonymously to the Wanaka Sun, Mr Cubie said the board had had to “deal with a series of complex and contentious issues” and, while it had worked hard to re-establish its focus, his tenure as chair had been “irreversibly compromised. Story continues page 3...


Slip blamed for decline Jessica Maddock Wanaka Sun The number of nights people spent in Wanaka’s commercial accommodation in October was more than 13 percent lower than the previous year and the slip on State Highway 6 between Haast and Makarora is being blamed. The slip at Diana Falls occurred after heavy rain and closed the road for several days in October, and a few days since. People travelling between the West Coast and Wanaka were forced to wait until the road reopened, or turn back. Lake Wanaka Tourism General Manager, James Helmore, said the number of nights people spent in commercial accommodation in Nelson, on the West Coast and in Wanaka was “down considerably” in

October – in Wanaka’s case, by 13.5 percent – when compared to the same month in 2012. These regions’ loss was Christchurch, the Mackenzie district, Dunedin and Queenstown’s gain, as visitors instead travelled through the central South Island, or via the east coast. “It’s probably a fairly compelling bit of evidence of the importance of the Haast Road to Wanaka’s visitor economy,” James said. “We’re relying on one piece of road to allow visitors to come from the West Coast. It’s a fact of the geography we’re dealing with.” Wanaka Chamber of Commerce Chairperson, Alistair King, said some local businesses had benefitted from the road closure, as it had forced some visitors to spend

more time in the town. “But the accommodation statistics show it did have a more adverse effect on Wanaka, than a positive one,” he said. The New Zealand Transport Agency’s Central Otago Area Manager, John Jarvis, said the organisation intended to carry out rock removal work and build fences to catch rocks this year. He could not be more specific about the timing of the work at this stage, but said it would be carried out at times which caused the least disruption to motorists. The NZTA was confident those measures would “improve” the situation, he said. The total number of guest nights in Wanaka in October fell to 32,056. Domestic guest nights were down 15.8 percent on October 2012, to

14,025, and international guest nights dropped by 11.6 percent on the previous year, to 18,031. The average length of people’s stay also fell, from 2.05 nights to 1.82. James Helmore said the commercial accommodation statistics did not include about half of Wanaka’s accommodation, as the rental of private holiday houses, bed and breakfast providers and some lodges were not taken into account. He attributed a drop in the number of Chinese tourists visiting Wanaka in October to a law change in their home country, which prevented Chinese travel guides from receiving a share of the tourists’ retail spend in the countries they visited. However, overall, the number of visitors from Asia was increasing, James said.

Date change for Challenge Staff Reporter Wanaka Sun After eight years of being staged in January, Challenge Wanaka will be held a month later, on February 22. Organisers, after consulting athletes and stakeholders, made the decision for three main reasons: to take advantage of the month’s more settled weather, to gain additional economic benefit outside the holiday period and to give athletes more time with their families during Christmas/


New Year. Race director Victoria Murray Orr said this

windy bike and run legs in the past which has sometimes made life

We’ve had some rough water swims and windy bike and run legs in the past which has sometimes made life even harder for our athletes. year’s race had “almost perfect conditions” before the wind picked up in the late afternoon “but we’ve had some rough water swims and

even harder for our athletes.” The new date clashes with an existing race, Challenge Philippines, but Victoria said both

races had a different athlete market and, with 24 races now on the Challenge calendar, conflicting races were inevitable. Victoria said 95 percent of the people who volunteered were local residents and she hoped their support would still be offered on the new date. “They are remarkable people who give hours of their time.” More than 600 volunteers were needed to fulfil a wide range of roles before, during and after the event.

crash Local women in accident Two local women who know each other were involved in a car accident on Helwick Street on Monday afternoon. One of them received moderate injuries when a car driven by the other woman left the road and knocked her over before crashing into the front window of Gallery 33. “All I can tell you is that the victim has moderate injuries but she is ok,” Senior Constable Sean Hurley said. “The accident was caused by the driver of the car putting her foot on the accelerator rather than the brake. The women don’t want any more publicity. They are quite happy with the way things are resolving.” Two fire engines, two police cars and an ambulance attended the scene, along with a large number of spectators. - Caroline Harker PHOTO: WANAKA SUN

Attempts to deter duck itch Caroline Harker Wanaka Sun People who have suffered from duck itch are needed as volunteers for a project which aims to come up with a solution to the problem. Professor Norm Davies did some research last year and is doing more from Monday (January 27) until February 9. He is trying to find out if somesunscreenscoulddeter the duck itch parasite from attacking humans. While

his preliminary results have shown certain sunscreens are effective, the information is statistically inconclusive – due to difficulties last year, including finding enough parasites and a lack of volunteers. This summer Norm has a PhD student helping him and hopes to find enough material to complete the project and come up with conclusive results, but he needs volunteers. “Volunteers should have

had a reaction [to duck itch] before because part of the test is to compare three different lotiontreated spots with one spot that is not treated,” Norm said. “People who participated last year will be welcome again.” Norm would also like to hear from anyone interested in helping him collect snails and screen them for parasites. See sunspots for details

Future of library services A series of public forums will give the community the opportunity to influence the shape of future library services in the Queenstown Lakes District. “This is a genuine opportunity for people to share their thoughts about what library services will be useful and relevant for our community well into the future. There is no agenda for these forums – it’s literally a blank page,” Mayor Vanessa van Uden said. “We’ll be interested to hear whatever people want to tell us.” The hour-long open forums will be held on February 3 in the Lake Wanaka Centre at 5.30pm and the Hawea Community Centre at 7pm.

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Breakdown at school ...Continued from page 1 “Within a career of over 35 years, within the (United Kingdom) education service, I have not encountered a situation such as the one that has unfolded in the way it has. I believe that some parents, who have raised ongoing concerns or complaints, have been treated in a way as to impugn their integrity as parents. There has been a refusal to work in a conciliatory, empowering way, with continuing support for them…parents, caregivers and whanau have a right to be heard.” “Furthermore, it is not within my experience in education to have encountered a whole school community being held to ‘ransom’ with threats made to the Board of Trustees, the withholding from the Board of Trustees of essential public information, the deliberate destabilisation, by intervention, of the

governance work and responsibilities of the Board of Trustees. This is exactly what has happened… “To continue to hold the privileged public office of Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, would suggest that I support the behaviours described above and more importantly, the disenfranchisement of a significant number of parents from their rights to express their ongoing concerns…,” Mr Cubie’s letter said. The board had been chaired by a chair committee of four existing board members, including Mr Cubie, since his resignation. Those contacted by the Wanaka Sun declined to comment, with some saying they were bound by a code of conduct which prevented anyone other than the board chairperson from speaking publicly. Section 78M of the Education Act 1989 dealt with statutory interventions, as was the case at Wanaka Primary

School, and stated: “These interventions are used only in schools where there are reasonable grounds to believe there is a risk to the operation of the school, or the welfare or educational performance of their students.” Principal Wendy Bamford said it was “definitely a board issue. “Up until the last board election, the board had been innovative, future-focussed. There were no issues. “With the new board, there were some hiccups, mostly around breaches of governance processes and protocols, around policy, procedure and communication. “They required continual reminding to stick to appropriate governance protocols and procedures at full board level.” Dr Bamford said she welcomed the ministry’s intervention, saying she would “continue to work with Cleave, to help the board get back on its feet.”

inbrief Rugby resignation Ian Brown resigned from his role as Club Captain of the Upper Clutha Rugby Club this week. Ian has been involved in club management for a decade, serving roles as secretary, treasurer and coach as well as club captain. Gary Read has taken over as the new Club Captain.

New Chair for Trust Former Central Otago District Mayor, Dr. Malcolm Macpherson (pictured), has been named as Chairman of the Central Lakes Trust. He has been a CLT Trustee since 2010 and was the mayor from 2001 until 2010. His previous governance experience includes four terms as an elected member of the Southern District Health Board, and membership of the Otago Polytechnic Council and the Otago Community Hospice Trust. He has replaced Sir Eion Edgar who retired as a Trustee late last year, after serving the maximum period of nine years on the Trust. Alex Huffadine has been named as Deputy Chair of the Trust.

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Overnight adventure Caroline Harker Wanaka Sun A Kahu Youth overnight tramp to Timaru Creek proved to be a challenge for four local boys. “We did at least 16 river crossings,” youth worker Angie Griffiths said. “They absolutely loved it.” The group camped out in bivvy bags and coped with “thousands” of

sandflies. “It was about outdoor survival,” Angie said. “It challenged the boys physically and mentally and they didn’t complain once. They pulled together really well.” Pictured on their adventure are Oban Hanson, 13, Jack Goodsell, 13, Bailey Mills, 14 and Tana Hansen, 10. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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Services at St Ninian’s Caroline Harker Wanaka Sun Non-denominational monthly church services are to be held at St Ninian’s Church (Hawea Flat) from February this year. They will be led by Warren Judkins who, though better known as a high school maths teacher, is an ordained minister. Warren and his wife Rhonda live in Hawea with their two pre-schoolers and the services are intended to be very child-friendly. They will be held on the first Sunday of the month at 10am and be followed by morning tea. “Everyone is welcome

at these community family services,” Warren said. “We want to offer the community an opportunity to enjoy this church which

Eve services are always packed, as was the 75th anniversary service. Wanaka’s Presbyterian Minister Dianne GilliamWeeks said she had been

We want to offer the community an opportunity to enjoy this church which many people have a soft spot for. many people have a soft spot for. St Ninian’s was dedicated as a Presbyterian church 75 years ago and regular services were held until about a year ago. Christmas

Up for the challenge Staff Reporter Wanaka Sun Three local athletes took their places on the male and female pro podiums for the Challenge Wanaka long distance triathlon (3.8km/180km/42.2km) on

Saturday: Dougal Allan was placed third in the men’s field, Gina Crawford was second in the women’s category and Simone Maier third. Rounding out the podiums were defending champion Christchurch’s Dylan McNeice (first)

and course record holder Nelson’s Richard Ussher (second) in the men’s race and Cambridge’s Candice Hammond won the women’s race. Auckland’s Bevan McKinnon won the Lake Wanaka Half men’s title in

4:27:31 and Larisa Marsh (pictured top right), originallyfromTaranakiand now resident in Auckland, won the LWH women’s race in 4:53:33 after switching from Challenge Wanaka last week due to a training fall.

discussing the proposal with Warren for some time. “He’s doing it with our encouragement and our blessing,” she said. See sunspots for details


The Wanaka Sun was out on the bike and run course on Saturday and photographed these locals competing in the Lake Wanaka Half (LWH) and Challenge Wanaka (CW). Clockwise from above: Joanna Williams was placed first in the female 35-39 category (LWH). Aidan Butler, running for Second Chance, was placed sixth in the mixed team category (CW). Ian Graham was placed third in the male 40-49 category (CW). Mark Cockroft was placed seventh in the male 50-54 category (LWH). Tup Blunt, biking for Shall Remain Nameless, was placed ninth in male team category (LWH).


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Older people struggling Caroline Harker Wanaka Sun A survey of older people in the Upper Clutha has revealed finances are a significant concern for many. Other issues which came up repeatedly were loneliness, falls, problems using computers and a lack of awareness of existing services which offer help. The project was managed by Sarah Ballard (pictured) on behalf of Community NetworksWanaka(operated by the Alpine Community Development Trust). It was funded by the Lotteries Commission. Sarah said the project was deliberately based on faceto-face interviews, rather than an online survey, which participants enjoyed. “They felt valued and the interview process was often quite therapeutic,” she said. “The project is the beginning of making sure olderpeoplearen’tforgotten or disempowered.” The survey summary concludes older people are a “proud bunch who need positive advocacy


to enable them to remain included and well cared for in the community. Their needs should not be minimised by a misplaced perception of well-being and prosperity.” The mean age of the 72 people interviewed was 83 years old. Of those, 65 percent lived alone and 30 percent with a spouse.

A recurring theme in the results is that while the majority were coping adequately, a significant minority was not. “These high risk older adults reported unmet needs and a sense of social isolation,” the summary said. Despite a 40 year career in social work in the United Kingdom, Sarah said even

she struggled with accessing help for the elderly in the Upper Clutha. ‘’I still remain daunted by the mechanics needed to help and support vulnerable people with the resources available which cover such wide geographical areas,” she said. While the survey suggests a solution would be employing a full-time senior citizens coordinator to liaise with service providers on behalf of older people, this seems tenuous, given the recent loss of the Community Networks’ social worker (due to a lack of funding) and the reconfiguration of the Salvation Army’s Senior Service Coordinator position (until recently occupied by Jo Shaw). “These were two core services which were a lifeline for older people,” Sarah said. There will be a public presentation on the results of the project in Wanaka on Friday next week. See sunspots for details.

Central sections for sale soon Caroline Harker Wanaka Sun Residential sections on the old Wanaka Primary School site will probably go on sale in April, according to Lane Hocking - the sole shareholder of Universal Developments Ltd which is the company developing the site. Lane said there is a lot of interest in the sections, particularly from older wealthy locals who want to downsize. “They seem to like the idea of getting a clean section without an old cottage on it,” he said. “They also like the idea of choosing one of our designs and letting us get the house built

for them. However, if anyone wants to start from scratch that’s ok.” Lane owns the Wanaka and Central Otago franchise for David Reid Homes which will build the houses in the subdivision. Universal Developments Ltd has applied to the Queenstown Lakes District Council to subdivide off 16 residential lots. Under current zoning, the site can accommodate 36 houses, however, the current plan is for a total of up to 27 residential sites, more of which will be put up for sale at a later date. Architectural designs for the subdivision have been done by Chris Norman Architecture (Wanaka) and Koia Architecture (Queenstown).

Lane Hocking was an investment banker in Hong Kong before moving to Wanaka with his wife and children in 2012. He had purchased Robrosa Station in the Cardrona Valley three years earlier. This is where Rhythm and Alps was held over New Year. Lane said the festival was an all-round success. “It was an enormous amount of work,” Lane said. “First we had to get all the neighbours on board. They were all overwhelming supportive. Then there was a lot of work with the Rhythm Group and on site. It was hard work, but a bit more varied than what we usually do [on the station]”.

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Hamilton says that the home is a modern take on the region’s foundation during the 1860’s Gold Rush. “The Wanaka home is a beautiful reflection of what the Central Otago region is about. We wanted to create a home that is modern as well as paying homage to the history of the town. I think we have achieved a nice balance with what we have created, it is finished in a modern way, but we have modelled it on the miners’ cottages of old, paying respect to those who paved the way.”

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Wanaka wedding industry growth Jessica Maddock Wanaka Sun Wanaka’s wedding industry is in the midst of another frantic season, with some companies saying it’s their busiest on record. Some newer firms said their business had tripled or quadrupled in recent years, while established companies reported being booked out at least a year in advance. Alpine Image Company Director, Anna Allan, said next month would be the firm’s busiest February to date. “And considering how busy we normally are, that’s a pointer to how busy this wedding season is.” Anna said when Alpine Image Company was established in 1998, there were seven photographers in Wanaka and Queenstown. There were now 113 GST-registered photographers and “probably 600 or 700 others.” Wanaka Photography’s Simon Darby said he was booked throughout February more than a year ago. His schedule in February 2015 was also almost full. He believed more weddings were being held in Wanaka because the number of venues

had increased and predicted the 2015 season would be even busier, given two new venues were opening this year. The length of the season had also grown from January to March, to September to May, he said. “Every Friday and Saturday night, there’s a thousand people dining at weddings in Wanaka. Probably more than in the CBD,” he said. “People have been able to go from part-time to fulltime, or set up businesses.” The Venue Director, Maxine Makeham, said 78 weddings were held at the premises during the year to April 2013 and she had turned away another 40. Twelve couples had already confirmed The Venue for their wedding next year and there was even a booking as far out as 2016, she said. Edgewater General Manager Leigh Stock said 40 weddings were being held at the resort this season, compared to half a dozen five years ago. Weddings had filled the gap left by the downturn in the coach business, he said, with fewer busloads of people now staying at the resort. A newer venue, the Criffel Station Woolshed, also reported significant growth since it opened three years ago, with


about 18 weddings taking place there this summer. Wanaka Wedding Flowers Owner-operator, Shirley Deuchrass, said her business had tripled in size since it was established three years ago and she had now employed a casual staff member. The wedding industry was providing a lot of job opportunities in Wanaka, she said, with young celebrants moving to the town, people

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promoting their lodges as wedding venues, and several new hairdressing and manicure businesses establishing. “It’s good for Wanaka,” she said. Raspberry Creek catering Co-owner, Brona Parsons, said the company only took on one wedding a day, but they often received inquiries from up to four couples wanting to get married in Wanaka on the same day.

Fantail Productions Wedding Co-ordinator, Rebecca Brosnahan, who had spent more than 12 years in the industry, initially as a florist, said this season was definitely a busy one and was extending into winter. The number of wedding service providers was also growing, she said. “There’s definitely more people jumping on the bandwagon doing weddings. “As to whether they’re doing

them well…” Photographer Simon Darby agreed that, given the value of the industry, it was “only a matter of time” before it attracted less professional operators. “I’ve been gritting my teeth and waiting for the first cowboy to turn up, but it has been pretty good here so far.” Wanaka bands were also doing well out of the wedding industry, with a member of the established group Highway 89, Jamie Robertson, saying it had played at five weddings a year for many years now. Helen Carter, from newer band Rockhopper, said the number of bookings and inquiries she had received this season was four times greater than last year. LakeWanakaTourismGeneral Manager James Helmore said, while the value of weddings to Wanaka had not been calculated, the fact there were 350 to 400 a year, with 40 to 100 guests, “painted a pretty good picture.” Wedding guests’ comments to family and friends about Wanaka and the wedding photographs they uploaded to social media sites were also invaluable marketing, James said.



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Local poet praised Caroline Harker Wanaka Sun The Outspoken Festival of Words and Storytelling continued this week with performances by two poets; Hawea Flat local Liz Breslin and Dunedin-based Sue Wootton (pictured outside Bistro Gentil where they performed). Sue also taught a workshop on poetry writing. She has won many awards for her work, which has been widely published both in New Zealand and internationally. Sue and Liz read a selection of their own and each

other’s poetry and Sue was full of praise for Liz. “I think you have an amazing poet in this community here with Liz,” was just one of her comments, along with, “She should get a book out soon.” Liz’s poems took the audience on some interesting journeys, both emotional and geographic. Many exhibited her trademark sense of humour, others her thoughts on her twins Dylan and Lauren. Sue encouraged the audience to tell their families, friends and neighbours about the festival. “You are so

Summerdaze for kids This Sunday, teddy bears are taking over the Dinosaur Park for the annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic. Children are invited to bring a picnic and their favourite teddy bear to the park between 11am and 1pm. Next Wednesday, Wanaka Library is hosting “PJ Party in the Library” from 7pm to 9pm. A nighttime tour of the library will be followed by stories, songs and hot cocoa.

lucky to have poets from all over New Zealand coming to your town,” she said. “I hope the festival is well supported and becomes an annual event.” Liz said she was pleasantly surprised to see many faces in the audience which she didn’t recognise. “It’s very exciting to see people who are new to the local poetry scene coming out of the woodwork,” she said. “And they all seemed to have a good time. One person told me I made them laugh and I made them cry. What more could I ask for.”



The Wanaka Sun has a pair of tickets to a performance by the South Auckland Poets Collective to give away. Amongst the acclaimed performers coming to Wanaka will be Olive Asi, Sacha Norrie, Marina Alefosio, Dietrich Soakai and Ryan Teura. It’s a rare opportunity to hear Pacific Island and Maori poets live in Central Otago. The performance is on Tuesday January 28 from 6pm at the Wanaka Masonic Lodge. To enter email with a short poem on why you want to see the performance.

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Happy birthday to Myrtle Caroline Harker Wanaka Sun Myrtle Withington (centre) celebrated her 97th birthday yesterday surrounded by friends. When asked how it felt to be 97, she replied “Just the same as 96.” Myrtle has lived in Wanaka since the mid-sixties when her husband Archie was the

manager of the new THC hotel. A highlight of their time there was a visit from the Queen Mother. Myrtle and Archie ran THC hotels all over New Zealand and in Rarotonga. They had two children; Peter who now lives in Rotorua and Janet who is in Hokitika. “There are lots of us who keep an eye on her,”

Shirl Ironside, who hosted the birthday party, said. Shirl worked at the THC when the Withingtons were in charge and has been friends with Myrtle ever since. Myrtle first moved into Elmslie House from her Manuka Crescent home about seven years ago. “She decided she was too young to

be there and went home for another two and a half years,” her friend Helen Johnston said. Myrtle moved back to Elmslie about four years ago. Pictured with the birthday girl are Helen Johnston, Raylene Jelley, Ann Trevathan, Jeanette Gillies, Nolene Dickey, Shirl Ironside, Yvonne McLeod and Linley Barkman Rodger. PHOTO: CAROLINE HARKER

Gigacone spreads the message A 15m-high bright orange inflatable pylon, also known as a gigacone, was erected on top of Mount Iron for one hour on Friday morning to signify the start of Challenge Wanaka. The giant pylon has been specially made to feature in the #GigatownWanaka Jet Racing event at Warbirds Over Wanaka in April, and was erected by #GigatownWanaka organising committee members who want to encourage people to use social media to spread the #GigatownWanaka message. “This giant pylon certainly provides a talking point for the town – and we hope that people talk about it more on social media to spread the #GigatownWanaka message,” organiser Pete Marshall said. The gigacone also made an appearance on Pembroke Park during Challenge Wanaka on Saturday. Pete said it will “pop up in all sorts of crazy places over the coming months.” As the Wanaka Sun went to print, Wanaka was in the lead in the nationwide Gigatown competition with 774,137 points. To help #GigatownWanaka increase its lead join in the Supporter’s World Competition starting today (Thursday) at 10am and finishing at midnight on Tuesday January 28. Simply go on to the Chorus Gigatown website, click ‘join up’ and enter your name and email. Then go to your email to confirm your support for Wanaka.


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Still local Caroline Harker Wanaka Sun Contrary to rumour, Racers Edge is still 100 percent locally owned. The shareholders are Steve Schikker (50 percent), Charlie Cockrane (25 percent) and the shareholders of R&R Sport (25 percent) – a consortium which includes Wanaka resident Mat Woods who has been the Managing Director of R&R Sport for 20 years. R&R Sport bought Lucy Fullerton’s share of the business in April last year. Racers Edge became a

R&R Sport franchise store, “hence [the logo] Racers Edge powered by R&R Sport,” Mat said. – In December last year Torpedo 7 acquired R&R Sport, and the Racers Edge franchise was transferred to the new company, “but the shareholding of Racers Edge is still 100 percent local,” Mat said. Torpedo 7 is 51 percent owned by New Zealand’s largest retailer - The Warehouse Group – which includes Noel Leeming and Warehouse Stationery. This is what led to some confusion locally where people thought

Racers Edge was owned by the Warehouse. “It is business as usual for Racers Edge, with the same unique individuality, service and great staff,” shareholder Charlie Cockrane said. “We employ up to 30 people in winter and we continue to give back to the community”. The company sponsors events such as the bike leg of Challenge Wanaka, the Hawea Epic, the Wanaka 10 hour and the Motutapu race, as well as various multis p o r t a nd s no w athletes.

Getting creative Children, aged five to 12 years old, took part in the School Holiday Programme which included activities such as mosaic design (pictured), building cardboard robots and a trip to Ruby Island. Run by Community Networks Wanaka and coordinated by Delfina Feijoo, the programme runs from January 8 to 28. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

inbrief World Cup round up Wanaka’s Jossi Wells earned New Zealand a second quota spot in slopestyle by placing second in the qualifying rounds in Gstaad, Switzerland. He went on to win a World Cup gold medal. Snowboarder Christy Prior, in her best World Cup performance, placed second in her qualifying heat in Stoneham, Canada, and went on to win the final. Team mate Rebecca Torr placed fourth in her heat to earn a semi-final spot where she placed fifth. Stefi Luxton and Shelly Gotlieb did not progress past the qualifying round. All four snowboard slopestyle athletes are in the top 24 on the FIS World Ranking list. In the halfpipe discipline, Rebecca Sinclair finished in fourth place and is now 12th on the official world rankings list. The New Zealand Olympic team will be announced tomorrow (Friday).

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EDITORIAL Many years ago it was proposed by some in the business community that events should be staged outside peak visitor times (when the town is more in need of the revenue). This week’s announcement by Challenge Wanaka, that it has changed its event date from January to February, should be welcome news for businesses then. Attracting visitors to Wanaka for a particular reason or event – as distinct from independent or tour group travellers – has the potential to expand Wanaka’s short visitor seasons. When the Wanaka Sun talked to both established and newer businesses involved in the wedding industry, we found it to be a growing and healthy sector. The wedding season, which a few years ago was just a few short summer months, is now busy and vibrant from September to May. Be it sporting events, conference and incentive trips, or bridal parties, diversifying the tourism portfolio should only benefit the town’s economy.



Sign worth it In reply to the latest petition regarding Duck Crossings, some years ago Wanaka had a Duck Crossing sign on McDougall Street where the Bullock Creek culvert goes under the street just beyond the bowling club property. This was put there because concerned residents were trying to give mother ducks and their broods safe passage over the road. The majority of residents welcomed the sign, and it was a talking point with visitors who respected it too. Two weeks ago while crossing the bridge at the library I was privileged to see a mother duck watching over her ducklings as they fed and waded in the water on the edge of Bullock Creek. The mother stood very tall, occasionally clicking her beak, perhaps to give some advice, but she never took her eyes off her brood and did not make any attempt to feed herself. The bond between her and her ducklings was obvious. We can learn a lot from other creatures and are very fortunate to live in a place where we all have the ability to do so. The minimal cost of a sign is surely worth every cent. Loris King


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Issue 645 Thursday January 23, 2014

Bad example

I want to use this as an example. It just annoys me that people not only park their cars on the footpath, but also their boats. We have a lot of mums and dads who go walking or running with their kids in pushchairs and seeing this kind of thing really annoys me. A lot of this happens around town and I thought it was illegal to park your vehicle on the foot path. What happens if someone was in a wheel chair? Or young kids on their scooters or bikes? People need to be more considerate and abide by the rules. Julie Jolly

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BOWEN TREATMENT from Lyn Brown 4437388 Cathy Rogers 02102201898 highly recommended by athletes for injury/recovery

SKOPE FRIDGE FOR SALE $1100 Commercial or home use, single glass door with 5 shelves, buyer pickup. Avail 25Jan. Ring 021 163 4936. Thanks!

DUCK ITCH research: Volunteers needed for a survey of duck itch which should come up with a solution. Contact Norm Davies on 021 128 6822 or

RIPPON FESTIVAL 1st February. Return bus transport from Albert Town Tavern and Dungarvon St carpark, Wanaka. For all details, go to

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

ANYTHING MASONRY, Brick, Block, Or Stonework. phone 021-1890036 or 443-1229 free quotes

LYMPHATIC CLEARANCE (MLD): Support immune system, relieve swelling, pain. Gentle treatment using pulsed hand pressure. Ph Maryann 4436463 021 1101160 MASSAGE: LOMI LOMI (THERAPEUTIC Hawaiian) relaxing, nurturing, body length strokes, peaceful surroundings.Ph Maryann 4436463, 021 1101160 YOGA @ the lake.with carmen Sunday mornings @ 9. Scott’s beach. All welcome. Txt to confirm on morning. SADHANA LIVING- carmen is presently offering Ayurvedic therapy and consultation in Albert town. ANGEL INTUITIVE in Wanaka - certified by Doreen Virtue. Call Linda on 0211468041 to arrange an angel card reading. EXPERIENCED HOMEOPATH and Healer at Wanaka Wellness Centre. Visit for details or call Linda on 0211468041 for an appointment. ASPIRING MASSAGE WANAKA. Deep Tissue Relaxation. Trevor Bailey. Full time massage since 1994. Ph 4432993 or 0274222455. ABHYANGA MASSAGE or an Ayurvedic treatment: A unique experience of self-healing and relaxation. Call Martin 443 5712, www.ayurvedaora. com MASSAGE IN Wanaka. For all your massage, beauty and make up artistry needs. Check us out @ Or ph 03 4438448. ASPIRING MASSAGE WANAKA. Deep Tissue Relaxation. Trevor Bailey. Full time massage since 1994. Ph 4432993 or 0274222455. YOGA FOR Your Wellbeing: Small classes in peaceful setting. Contact Jill at 443 7655 or for more information. LAMININE SUPER healing food of the 21st century. Listen to http://www.healingsuperfood. com/phyllis-interview.mp3 Helping everybody at every level. Jan Rockliff 0276412019, Sonia Hunt 0212487771, Jodie Rainsford 021356343

for sale SUPER CUTE and smart puppies available for adoption from Dogs Wanaka. Check them out at HONDA ACCORD Euro 2005, silver, 72787kms, $16990. 2 owners, service history, new tyres, exc. condition. Ph John 027 4368717 ORGANIC PRODUCE - we support local growers wherever possible. WASHING MACHINE- Haier Auto 5kg, 18 months old, Perfect condition $200. Text 0211057242 CHOCOLATE MADE in Wanaka. The Chocolate Workshop 03 443 5038 Salted Caramel, Truffles and more. Great to take for a dinner party. WHIZZ AROUND town on your e-bike! No sweat, just fun! Good Rotations Bicycle Shop, 34 Anderson Rd, Wanaka. WANAKA KAYAKS sup and sail! We sell red air paddle boards, enquire today 0800926925

COPPER FIRESIDE set, Poker, tongs, brush, shovel plus coal scuttle suitable for fir cones. $30. ph 4439132 LEATHER SETTEE. brown two seater, very good condition, $500, ph 4439132 1998 FORD econo van, LWB 5speed petrol. Bed and basic cupboards, pioneer sounds. Suit camper or tradesman. $4500 ono 0273230111 BUILDERS 0210349094




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I PHONE 4 brought in August $400 Phone 0211560352 POULTRY WHEAT and barley 4 sale, whole or crushed.30kg 4 $25.. .. 021 251 5510/4434944. GUINEAPIG BABIES. 2 patchey ready now... more ready next month. $10 each email Annabella or call 443 1231 HAINES HUNTER boat 4 sale. 6 m. Yamaha 140hp. Cooker, sink, seaWC, FMradio. Great family boat! $32,500. Located Cromwell. 034453325 or 0279257161 KATHMANDU BABY/TODDLER backpack for sale $40. Has sun shade and stand. Ph 0272803187 BICHON X puppies girls and boys ready 15th February vet check, wormed, vac phone 0210349094 or 0211560352 PONY POO - Gold for your garden! 7/4 trailer load $30 delivered ph/txt Grace or Julia 4434494, 0275091972 BEAUTIFUL CHINA tea cup bird feeders, great for attracting wax eyes and bell birds to your garden. Make the perfect presents $25 ph or txt 021 680 110 LAKE HAWEA section. Close to lake/shops/primary school, mountain views. Only $98000, phone 4439310 or 021656655. 16HH TB Gelding for sale. Excellent to float, shoe and clip, beautiful temperament, inquisitive personality. He loves your company and needs a very special home. Phone 0210 2939 300 for more info. MARTINOVICH RELOCATION sale. Final weeks to get exceptional jewellery before we relocate to Christchurch. 40 Helwick Street. www.martinovich. FAT BIKE frenzy! Surly Pugsley is the monster truck of bicycles. Landing at Good Rotations Bicycles, 34 Anderson Rd, 034434349

notice THE WANAKA Bicycle Revolution has begun! Good Rotations Bicycle Shop now open, 34 Anderson Rd. WANAKA KAYAKS sup & sail all the action you need! Guided kayak trips Paddleboarding classes & catamaran rentals call 0800926925 AVOID THE queues this summer. Shop online at ORGANIC EXPRESS. Wanaka’s online produce market. WANAKA LIQUOR Centre Great selection of Local Pinot Noirs at great prices. Open 7 days 10am to 03 4431466

2 FOLDING pet crates suit medium sized dogs, good condition. Bargain $50 each call 034453317

SPRINGS GUARDIANS meeting 6pm Thursday 23rd at The Community Springs. WELCOME. Rain venue Creek Cafe. Info Richard at 0220770455

SKIKES NORDIC Ski trainers with poles. See www for info - as new $200 tel 034453317

WWW.SOLARCYCLES.CO.NZ MOBILE Electric Bike Hire. Solar charged. Delivered to you. 027 630 3626 or 443 1980.

STUDENT DESK, $80. Almost new, near pristine condition. Easy to disassemble, lockable drawer. Tel. 0211443463

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NOTICE OF AGM: the Luggate Community Association AGM will be held on Saturday 11th January 2014 at 11am in the Luggate Hall. Open to all. A special warm welcome to all new residents. ALL PURCHASES during the Martinovich relocation sale go into the draw to win a 9ct yellow gold bracelet. 40 Helwick Street. DOGS WANAKA desperately needs donations to help vaccinate, microchip, register and spay the puppies and kittens in our care. OFFICE TO Let. 36m2 standalone office plus share of kitchen, toilet, shower, terrace & carpark. $150/m2 plus GST & outgoings, 027 663 6224

services JP SERVICES at Community Networks Tuesdays1pm and Fridays 10.30.For appointments call 4437799 FENCING. ADVICE & quotes for “timber”, “Pool fencing”, “post & Rail”, “custom made steel”, “sound proofing panels & much more. Ph Handy Solutions 0272080175 OPEN 7 days, 10am to 9pm. Ask us about the new fridge. Wanaka Liquor Centre 03 4431466 WHEELS TO DUNSTAN:Free daily transport to Dunstan Hospital & Alexandra specialist appointments. Bookings call 4437799 FREE LEGAL ADVICE at Community Networks Wednesday 5 February 1-2.30pm. For bookings call 443 77 99 SUPERANNUATION DO you need to apply? You can do it at Community Networks Wednesday 12 February, Call 443 7799 for an appointment. HOUSE INSURANCE get a quote online now PLUS contents, Cars, Boat. ROOF PAINTING new, repaints, coloursteel all with guarantee painting in Wanaka 35 years call Wayne 4431715 0272240662 NLP COACHING for unconscious patterns and limiting behaviours- make the most of 2014! VENETIAN BLIND cleaning. Bring them to Jae Services and we will clean them in our ultra sonic machine. 443 1150 SUMMER COLLEGE uniforms ready to go? Repairs, hems, buttons, zips. All easily taken care of. Phone Sue 0272472181 or 4432008 ALL SEWING repairs and alterations promptly attended to. Please phone Sue 0272472181 DRIVING LESSONS available. Call Nicky at Aspiring Drivers to book your lesson and become a confident and safe driver. 0210607310 HEDGE TRIMMING weed eating lawn edging lawn mowing rubbish removal good rates free quotes wanaka and areas JOHN 02108449623 NEED A HAND IN YOUR GARDEN or someone to look after your property while your away? Call Martin Jungen 4435712

DOG TRAINING. Every week. Wednesdays 6.30pm Open Class for all dogs. Thursdays 6pm, post Puppy Preschool class for young dogs 0274314032 WANAKA WINDOW CLEANING professional, friendly, efficient service. Enjoy those mountain views. High, awkward windows a specialty. Paolo 021 0572505/ 4432420 VASECTOMYS AVAILABLE here in Wanaka with Dr Simon Brebner at Aspiring Medical Centre.Ph 443 1226 for an appointment to discuss. CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE restoration – for all motorcycle maintenance. Tyres, oil, batteries, chains and brakes. Top brands, top service, pick-up and delivery. Contact John Holgate 0274322917

thanks A HUGE thanks to the dedicated few who keep deans bank maintained and primo and so much fun. Medals all round. track is awesome ++!

wanted WANTED TO Buy - Samsung S4 phone that has been on telecom network. Ph 0275530096 LOCAL MOTHER daughter require 2bdrm+ home.prefer wanaka,long term,furnished.will consider anything.good refs.please contact kel 0223119113 HOUSE HUNTING?WOULD u like2 consider sharing?longterm local looking4 place and person,female only.please contact kel asap 0223119113 WANTED: OLD snowboards to make garden furniture. Free pick up. Graeme 021 186 9142 ANY UNWANTED/SCRATCHED CDs and DVDs needed!! Please drop off(without cases if possible) to the box in the entrance of the library. Cheers! VOLUNTEER NEEDED to help children cross Anderson rd mon morns in term 1 8.30-9.00. Call kirsty 0272005111 TWO BED apartment in Wanaka wanted to rent from February for local father and two sons. Please call Antony on 022 6149192. HOUSE RENTAL needed from now until Easter for 1 careful tenant and 2 cats please contact Amanda 021 680 110 MERCHANDISER WANAKA. Approx. 3-4 hours/ week in local stores. Calls on Mon/Thurs/Sun. Would suit current merchandiser in the area. Must be permanent Wanaka resident. Email CV to employment

what’s on LALALAND CELEBRATES Australia Day this Sunday 26 Feb from 4pm - late! Count down Aussie radio’s Hottest 100 tracks + great Aussie music with DJ Jake Kilby. Awesome drinks, awesome view & free entry. 99 Ardmore Street (above BNZ). Entry from rear. BE OUTSPOKEN! Don’t miss the South Auckland Poets Collective. Powerful voices and raw stories. 28 January, Wanaka www.outspokenfestival. SAPC = seriously awesome people coming = South Auckland Poets Collective! THE ALPINE Community Development Trust PUBLIC PRESENTATION on the Needs Ananlysis of Older People in the Upper Clutha project. Presbyterian Community Church Centre, Friday January 31, 10am–12.30pm. Morning tea provided. RSVP 4437799.

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MARKETING POSITION The Wanaka Sun is seeking an enthusiastic, bright, outgoing sales person to join its marketing team and help manage a growing list of clients. This is an exciting opportunity to join the team at Wanaka’s local newspaper. Applicant must have a solid sales background, good time management and the ability to assess clients’ requirements. Please send your CV and cover letter to Nikki Heath Applications close on Thursday January 30.

sport results BRIDGE RESULTS: Kingsway Stakes 2. North/South:Michael Chapman-Smith, Peter Recordon 64.59% 1. Josey McKenzie, Barbara Waterworth 62.47% 2. Dawn & Terry Wilson 61.47% 3. East/West:- Jan Cunningham, Gerarda Herlihy 57.84% 1. Alwyne Haworth, Pat Gray 57.50% 2. Bruce Cathie, Peter Hart 57.22% 3. Friday Bridge 17 January. North/South:- Jenny Barratt, Madeleine Reveley and John Mercer, Deirdre Lynch 60.04% 1= Lynda Hodge, Daphne Stewart 58.76% 3.

East/West:- Dorothy McDonald, Nan Ottrey 57.58% 1. Mary Gibson-Collings, Ena Leckie 57.18% 2. Jan Cunningham, Jean Stokes 54.63% 3. LAKE HAWAE GOLF RESULTS 12.01.14. Xmas Tournament. Men 0 - 16. Gross. 1. Kahu Vincent. 74. Nett. 1 Dick Sullivan. 67. Stableford. 1 Gregg Paul 36. 17 + Gross 1 Red Stevenson. 87. Nett 1 Keith Lawry. 69. Stableford 1 Jim Patton 36 o/c Tony Anderson 36. Ladies Gross 1 Linda Wallace 92. Nett 1

Bronnie Stevenson 70. Stableford 1 Linda Osborne 36. Winner trophy - best nett over feild Kahu Vincent. Nearest pin. No 1 Tony Arscott. No 5 Bernie Raffe. Two’s. Bronnie Stevenson & Tony Arscott WANAKA BOWLS RESULTS Friday Progressive 17:01 :14 Skip 1st Glad Cross 2nd Scottie Culverwell 3rd Noeline Turner Third 1st Steve Roper 2nd Neville Dippie 3rd John Maddison Lead 1st Oscar Verbeist 2nd dirk Gootjes 3rd Rick McLean.

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sunsport Final Olympic qualifier The last World Cup Skeleton and Bobsleigh race of the Olympic qualification period took place in Igls, Austria, last weekend. Wanaka’s Katharine Eustace claimed her second 11th place in two weeks. On the short track she tried to push fast to generate speed at the start. “Unfortunately my push wasn’t that fast but I managed to slide well on the first run and had two quite consistent runs,” she said. “I was lying in ninth after the first run but a couple of mistakes on the second run dropped me back two spots.” Katharine said she was happy with her speed during the race. “I think at last I am learning how my sled drives and will look forward to Sochi should I be selected.” Katharine has earned a spot to participate in Sochi but will have to wait for selection from the New Zealand Olympic committee.

Outstanding results at games Staff Reporter Wanaka Sun A team of eight athletes from the Aspiring Athletes Club, supported by a team of parents, coach Rod Jones and manager Kate Brown, travelled to Timaru to compete at the 2014 South Island Colgate Games last weekend. For many in the team this was the first time they had represented the club at an athletics competition. Manager Kate Brown said: “For such a small club, outstanding results were achieved,

many medals and personal bests were gained.” Representing the club in the grade 9 girls, Abby East won the 60m sprint and the 100m sprint. She was placed third in shotput and won the long jump Nico Bowering, Ollie Williams-Holloway, Jack East and Fergus Read were placed first in the grade 12 boys’ 4x100m team relay event. In the same grade Nico was placed second in the 200m and third in the 100m, and Ollie was placed fifth in the high jump.

Jack, in his first season of competitive athletics, broke the Otago children’s record by winning the grade 11 boys’ 400m with a time of 1:03:69. He was also placed second in the 100m, fifth in the 800m and seventh in the long jump. In the same grade, Fergus Read was placed second in the long jump, third in the high jump and fifth in the 100m and Sam Knight was placed seventh in the 200m and 13th in the high jump. Ned WilliamsHolloway was placed fourth in the 100m

hurdles and seventh in the high jump, while Harrison Brown was placed sixth in the 1500m and seventh in the 800m. Both competed in the grade 14 boys’ category. Pictured (back row) are Harrison Brown, Ned Williams-Holloway, Nico Bowering, Ollie Williams-Holloway and manager Kate Brown; (front row) Abby East, Fergus Read, Sam Knight and Jack East. The athletes will next compete at the Otago Club Champs held in Dunedin at the Caledonian Ground in March. PHOTO: SUE RICHARD

Eight sports in eight weeks Staff Reporter Wanaka Sun Eight sports in eight weeks for eight teams is a new social league being established in Wanaka by the Queenstown Lakes District Council. Recreation Programmes Coordinator Tash Falk

described ‘Sport 8’ as a fun social league with no age limit, however, it is mostly targeted at the older teen and adult social sporting community. There are three summer leagues in Queenstown and a similar competition called Sport 10. “We have the resources

and equipment to be able to deliver a similar model in Wanaka and provide the community with a fun social league that we can hopefully grow and expand on in the future,” she said. The eight sports are rounders, turbo touch, dodge ball, four corner

soccer, ultimate Frisbee, cricket, Aussie rules and bull rush. Teams need a minimum of six people, of which two players must be female. Four substitutes are also allowed. The league kicks off on Pembroke Park next Thursday, January 30.

Second in South Island Hawea Wanaka Pony Club senior riders (from left) Alannah Stalker riding Airtime, Zoe McNeilly riding Knightly Venture, and Team Captain Cate Howie riding Just Jackson are pictured with the Otago Southland Dressage Team. Alannah, Zoe and Cate were selected for the team which competed for a national placing in Christchurch on January 9. The team placed second overall within the South Island and tenth overall nationally. PHOTO: SUPPLIED


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