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Cycle network expanding A route for a cycling and walking track from Cromwell to Clyde has been identified and investigations into a Luggate to Lowburn trail are set to begin. PAGE 3

School commissioner appointed A Christchurch-based human resources manager has been appointed the commissioner of Wanaka Primary School. Selected by the Ministry of Education, Terri Johnstone would hold all the governance roles and responsibilities of a school board of trustees. PAGE 3 THUR 19.06.14 - WED 25.06.14



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Dress rehearsals are underway for Mount Aspiring College’s 2014 production, Rock Apocalypse, which opens a four night run at the Lake Wanaka Centre on Wednesday, June 25. See story page 5. PHOTO: ANDREW MILLER

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Jessica Maddock Wanaka Sun Anderson Road is an “absolute curse” which needs to be widened and time limits imposed on parking, a longterm businessperson says. The Wanaka Sun spoke to some Anderson Road businesspeople after receiving comments about how busy – and at times potentially unsafe – the thoroughfare has become. Aspiring Auto Court owner Bruce Johnston said one of the main problems was exiting businesses on Anderson Rd, with parked cars along both sides of it restricting visibility and an often

constant stream of traffic. “To get out, you’ve got to stick your (vehicle’s) nose right out into the traffic. “How there’s not more crashes, I don’t know. “I’ve had to breathe in a lot going up and down this street – you worry about hitting (wing) mirrors. It’s just a disaster.” Bruce Johnston said the road needed to be widened with parking bays similar to those on McDougall Street - installed on the Mount Iron side. The commercial side of the road should be left free of car parks to enable people to easily locate and

exit businesses. A strip down the centre of the road to delineate the lanes would also help safety, he said. Bruce Johnston was also concerned car parks on Anderson Road were used throughout the day by people who worked in the area, making parking difficult for customers. He suggested a 30-minute time limit be imposed on the parks. Anderson Road was many Albert Town residents’ route to and from central Wanaka and the amount of use would get “so much worse” as more houses were built at the Northlake residential subdivision on

Aubrey Road. “Something does need to be done. We’ve thought that for a long time. It’s an absolute curse,” he said. Mt Aspiring Motors owner Dave Saunders agreed Anderson Road was too narrow and that the congestion and safety issues would only get worse as Wanaka’s population grew. He also said driving out of his business premises was a “struggle” as the parked cars lining Anderson Road made it difficult to see whether there were vehicles coming. Story continues page 2...

Weather slows work at slip site Staff Reporter Wanaka Sun Progress at the Diana Falls slip site, to re-open State Highway 6 through Haast Pass to two-lane and 24/7 traffic, has been hampered by recent stormy weather. In the last month heavy rainfall and strong winds had closed the highway from Haast township to Makarora on two occasions. New Zealand Transport Agency senior network manager Mark Pinner said approximately 18 days of work has been lost, due to both damage to completed work and time lost when it was unsafe for the team to be working on the slip face. “The weather has brought rocks weighing up to three tonnes and other material onto the road, causing irreparable damage to some of the anchor post bases that


had been drilled into the slip face to support the rockfall fences that are being installed. Unfortunately some of this work has had to be re-done as it was damaged before we could begin to install the first of the fences,” he said. He added that, while the weather had slowed headway, the flip side was the unsettled weather had brought

down some rock that would have eventually come down anyway, meaning the site should be more stable in the long run. “We always knew it would be a difficult time to be working on-site over winter, but it has always been our goal to have the highway back to two-lane and 24/7 traffic in time for the next tourist season,” he said.


Max gets a gong Caroline Harker Wanaka Sun Mount Aspiring College student Max Hall (pictured), 13, has received a Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award. He was nominated by his teacher Carol BradleySimpson who said he has all the leadership qualities the award asks for, namely: intergrity, determination and a will to succeed, being a good team builder/member, hard working and able to have fun. “Max leads by example and he does a wonderful job of inspiring people with his vision and optimism,” Carol said. “He’s a well-respected member of his year group and Team Green. He’s calm, compassionate, thoughtful and kind. He believes in social justice and is able to raise consciousness and awareness on challenging issues without judgement.


Every once in a while, a student comes along and inspires me to be a better teacher. Max is one of them.’’

Max said receiving the award at the school assembly on Wednesday was completely unexpected. “People

were congratulating me and I had no idea what they were talking about,” he said. ”It was a big surprise.” Wanaka Westpac bank representative, Susanne Bingham, who made the presentation, said Max was given the award a month early because he is going overseas with his mother and sister next week. Max said they are going to eight countries in Europe and Asia and he is looking forward to Italy most of all because it has such an interesting history. He said he has always had a connection with animals and loves bugs, so hopes to study entomology when he leaves school. Other Sir Peter Blake 2014 Young Leader Awards will be announced in July. The awards recognise young people (nine - 13 years old) who have shown promising leadership in their schools and communities.

Facebook likes Lake Wanaka A Lake Wanaka image of one of Gilbert van Reenen’s iconic shots of Ruby Island overlooking Rippon Vineyard has literally gone global thanks to Facebook. The giant social media site first posted the image as its homepage banner for what appears to be New Zealand facebook users in April 2012 and, as of yesterday afternoon, it was still there. The page currently has over 152 million “likes” registered. PHOTO: GILBERT VAN REENEN

Old phones to help Caroline Harker Wanaka Sun Wanaka librarian Jenny Merton received a helping hand collecting old mobile phones yesterday from (pictured) Harrison Avery, 3, Mia Waite, 6, and Brynn Smith, 3. Jenny is collecting used cell phones to raise funds for Starship Children’s Hospital and there will be collection boxes at local libraries and

the council offices in Ardmore Street during the next month. The nationwide appeal has raised more than $2.3million since it was started in 2009. The money goes towards the Starship national air ambulance service which is available 24/7. Cell phones in working order or which can be repaired are refurbished and on sold into emerging

markets. Phones which don’t work and can’t be fixed are recycled in line with environmental best practice. Wanaka Wastebusters also receives cell phones at any time for the Starship appeal, and Hawea Flat School is currently collecting the phones and receives some educational resources in exchange for phones collected. PHOTO: CAROLINE HARKER


Calls for road safety measures Continued from page 1... But parking was needed for both customers and staff and he questioned whether there was a site close to the Anderson Road businesses where a car park could be built. The difficulty exiting businesses on Anderson Road, due to the tightly parked cars, was a common complaint, with Active Furnishers assistant Kate O’Loughlin saying it was difficult when not driving a high vehicle. Getting out of a vehicle parked

on Anderson Road was also tricky, given the narrowness of the road and the constant stream of traffic. She was in favour of restricting parking to one side of the road, providing other parking was created in the area. Wanaka Marine and Sport workshop manager Nigel Johnson also said Anderson Road had become very busy and he needed to use a “spotter” when towing boats in and out of the premises. However, he felt it was only a problem for half to three-quarters of an hour around 8am and 5pm and was a situation businesspeople simply

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had to accept, as reducing the amount of car parking on Anderson Road could be detrimental commercially. Queenstown Lakes District Council senior transport engineer, Richard Hilliard, said the organisation realised there was an issue on Anderson Road “but there’s no simple fix. For example, if parking is removed on one side of the road, potentially that would increase traffic speed and shift the parking problem somewhere else. “We look at issues like this on the global scale, rather than just fixing what seems to be the immediate problem,” he said.


Commissioner appointed at school Jessica Maddock Wanaka Sun A Christchurch-based human resources manager has been appointed the commissioner of Wanaka Primary School. Selected by the Ministry of Education, Terri Johnstone would hold all the governance roles and responsibilities of a school board of trustees. The school’s board was dissolved in early June, following the resignation of several trustees in recent months. Terri Johnstone would replace Cleave Hay, who the ministry appointed to the role of limited statutory manager of the school in January. The ministry’s head of sector enablement and support, Katrina Casey, said Terri Johnstone was experienced in providing governance support to schools and had also served on a school board of trustees, including as the chairperson. She was a director of Catalyst for Change, a Christchurch-based

company which specialised in cultural change, mediation and leadership coaching, among other areas. Terri Johnstone would “work with the school management team, staff

and answer any questions. The few remaining trustees of the school asked the ministry to appoint a commissioner late last month, after the board’s numbers dropped to just five, comprising two

Terri Johnstone would work with the school management team, staff and the community to ensure the school continues to be governed effectively. and the community to ensure the school continues to be governed effectively,” Katrina Casey said. The work would involve 40 hours during the first month and 25 hours a month thereafter. An email from Terri Johnstone yesterday, to all parents and caregivers of Wanaka Primary School pupils, said she would hold an informal meeting on Wednesday to meet people, outline her role

parent-elected trustees, one co-opted member, the school principal and the school staff representative. Six trustees had resigned since the start of the year, including five parent-elected trustees and one coopted member. They were Richard Cubie, who was the chairperson for a time, Tracey Gibson, Jo McArthur, Kassandra Jackson and Rachel Cassaidy, who were all

parent-elected trustees, and co-opted member Brian Thomas. Their resignations left the board with just two parent-elected members - Mike Thomas, who was the new chairperson, and Marc Bretherton - one co-opted member, Ben Taylor, the principal, Wendy Bamford, and the school staff representative, Jennie Croxford. Some of the trustees who resigned said they were unhappy with the way parents’ concerns and complaints were handled by the school and the fact there did not seem to be any intention to change the approach. Other trustees said the controversy surrounding the board had made it impossible for them to carry out their governance role. Wendy Bamford told the Wanaka Sun earlier this year the problems related to some board members’ breaching governance processes and protocols around policy, procedure and communication.


Cycle network expanding Jessica Maddock Wanaka Sun A route for a cycling and walking track from Cromwell to Clyde has been identified and investigations into a Luggate to Lowburn trail are set to begin. The Cromwell and District Community Trust announced this week it is confident a Cromwell Gorge Trail will become a reality. A feasibility study by surveying and planning firm, Southern Land, has found the best route for a Cromwell to Clyde trail would be along the true right bank of Lake Dunstan. The proposed 4 0 -kilo m etre track, which was expected to cost about $5.7 million, would follow a stretch of the lake foreshore which was currently inaccessible and both the Kawarau and Clutha rivers, traversing both public and private land and incorporating boardwalks and bridges. Pictured is a four-wheeldrive track along the edge of Lake Dunstan which would form part of the Cromwell Gorge Trail. It would be built to grade one to two standard, which meant an easy gradient of no more than four degrees which would be suitable for most riders; be between two and 2.5-metres wide, with a smooth, allweather surface.


Based on the number of visitors who used similar trails and the amount of money they spent while in the area, the study found the Cromwell Gorge Trail would contribute an estimated $1.4 million a year to the Central Otago economy and support 13 fulltime jobs within five years of opening. It was funded by the Central Lakes Trust and the Central Otago District Council and a specific trust would now be formed to drive the project. Meanwhile, the Upper Clutha Tracks Trust (UCTT) had started work on a proposed trail linking Luggate with Lowburn, which would result in a consistent track from Wanaka to Cromwell via Albert Town. UCTT chairperson Alan Gillespie said BTW South, a surveying, planning and engineering firm, had been hired to complete a feasibility study on the

proposed track. The study would begin once the new owners of land alongside the Clutha River – which Contact Energy was currently selling - were confirmed, as it would involve discussions with them. Alan Gillespie said negotiations with adjoining landowners would be required as there were some areas where the river course had changed since the original survey and eaten into the Queen’s Chain, and there was no Queen’s Chain around some parts of Lake Dunstan. He hoped the study would be finished by early summer. The ultimate dream was a trail along the entire length of the Clutha River, from Wanaka to the Pacific Ocean outlet at Molyneux Bay about 75 kilometres southwest of Dunedin.

Special book missing from restaurant A book with sentimental value has gone missing from a local restaurant and the owners would like it returned, no questions asked. Landmarks of the World, an illustrated guide to important buildings around the world, disappeared from the lounge area of The Spice Room on Ardmore Street last week. Owner Abhishek Saklani said he wasn’t interested in blaming anyone, but would love to have the book back as it had been at the restaurant since the day it opened.

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Off the sauce for a good cause Laura Williamson Wanaka Sun A local teacher is one of several Wanaka residents giving up alcohol for the month of July to raise funds to support adults living for cancer. Annabel Wilson, an English and Media Studies teacher at Mount Aspiring College, has signed up to participate in Dry July for the second year. Dry July is a fundraiser that challenges participants to go without alcohol for a month. Participants enlist sponsors, and all funds raised go towards three beneficiaries: Auckland City Hospital, Wellington Hospital and Christchurch Hospital. Last year’s Dry July raised more than

$765,000. Annabel said her 2013 Dry July was a challenge, but very worthwhile, her efforts raising more than more than $500. She signed up after sponsoring a friend the year before. “I got involved because my mum was a chemotherapy nurse for many years, and I know what level of support they provide. Also, my dad is living with cancer right now,” she said. She added that it was a bonus that participants could target their funds. She donated her earnings to the Canterbury Regional Cancer & Haematology Service, and received an update explaining that her Dry July efforts contributed to a comfortable and

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stylish lounge space for outpatients. “It’s the exact opposite of a room in a traditional hospital,” she said, noting it was satisfying to see exactly how her money had been spent. Dry July-ers could also expect to see health benefits after 30 days of sobriety. Annabel said she noticed feeling sharper, as well as being better physically prepared for the ski season. As for those with a special occasion, like a birthday, in July, there was a loophole: sponsors could buy participants a “golden ticket” for a night off. Individuals wanting to sponsor a Dry July participant or sign up themselves could go to www. nz.dryjuly. com.

A display of 45 etchings and lithographs by Grahame Sydney will be launched by the artist this Friday night at the Warbirds and Wheels Gallery at Wanaka Airport. Sourced from a private collection, the pieces will be shown publically for the first time and join the existing display by the Real Art Roadshow Charitable Trust at the museum. Pictured inspecting some of the works of the display titled “Come up and see my etchings,” is the Real Art Roadshow founder, Fiona Campbell. The evening is a fundraiser for the Real Art Roadshow Trust and the Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust.


Nomad, back and re-structured albumgiveaway

The new 14-track album from Daimon Schwalger, AKA The Nomad, who is sometimes based in Wanaka, is set for release on July 7, but the Wanaka Sun has a copy of ‘7’ to give away this week. In an example of progress stemming from difficulty, Daimon spent four months mixing and marketing the album at Tai Poutini Polytechnic on the West Coast, a sabbatical that was the result of a home detention sentence. He took the time to re-focus and re-prioritise. As well as producing “7” he restructured his business and branding, changes that included switching to distributing his own music independently.


“No one will do a better job with my music than myself,” he said. He also launched a new website, had two videos shot and arranged a remix competition with $2000

prize pool. The remix challenge has attracted 11 entries so far, all of which can be found on the Brok Out Remix Contest Soundcloud group. The competition

closes on July 14. To go in the draw win a copy of “7,” email marketing@ with “The Nomad” in the subject line.

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Burning safely this winter Jessica Maddock Wanaka Sun A fire risk manager is warning people – particularly winter visitors – to learn how to keep chimneys and hot ashes safe, in an effort to avoid these common causes of fires this season. There have been at least 15 chimney fires a year in the Wanaka, Hawea and Luggate area during the past two years. The New Zealand Fire Service’s Central and North Otago fire risk management officer, Stuart Ide, said chimney fires could lead to house fires and people needed to learn how to reduce the risk. He said chimneys should be professionally cleaned at least once a year and firewood left to dry completely before it was burnt. Incorrect disposal of hot ashes was another common cause of fires, he said. Ashes should be transferred from the fireplace into a metal container which had a sealed lid to exclude oxygen. They should be left to cool for at least five days before being put in the rubbish or on the

garden or compost. The cooling process could be sped up by saturating the ashes with water, Stuart Ide said. Gutters should also be kept clear of leaves, or gutter guards installed, to prevent embers from the chimney setting the leaves alight. “It’s just a matter of people thinking through what they have got to do to look after themselves. “People come here from overseas for the winter and they don’t know how to use fireplaces and how to safely dispose of ashes.” There were at least 13 chimney fires in Wanaka during the 2012-2013 year, along with two in Lake Hawea but none in Luggate. So far during the 2013-2014 year, which ends

on June 30, there have been 13 chimney fires in Wanaka, one in Luggate and none in Lake Hawea. Stuart Ide said it was likely some house fires were also started by a chimney fire, but it was often difficult to be certain due to the extensive damaged caused during a house fire. “What is important is that if you have a chimney fire, call the Fire Service on 111. This is a free service and the brigade will check the chimney to ensure your house is safe from fire,” he said. Stuart Ide is pictured inspecting the suitability of firewood.

Rock apocalypse to rock LWC Caroline Harker Wanaka Sun


Rock Apocalpse focuses on a couple experiencing marital problems (played by John Stevens and Phoebe James/Aislinn

New Zealand’s rates of illness from contaminated water and the reasons behind it are being presented at a talk in Wanaka tonight (Thursday). Professor Nigel French’s talk titled “What’s in our water,” covers when, where and how we come into contact with waterborne diseases such as Giardia and Campylobacter, and how those diseases are passed from farmed livestock and wildlife. Nigel is Professor of Food Safety and Veterinary Public Health at Massey University. He is currently Director of the Infectious Disease Research Centre, and Head of the Molecular Epidemiology and Public Health laboratory in the Hopkins Research Institute. He is in Wanaka as part of a national speaking tour sponsored by the Allan Wilson Centre for Ecology and Evolution, Massey University, together with the Wanaka branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Upper Clutha U3A. The talk is being held in the Armstrong Room at the Lake Wanaka Centre at 6pm. Admission is free.

Festival fun for youth A film session, photography competition and a scholarship programme for an adventure film festival are being offered free to youth under-18 years of age in the Wanaka area as part of this year’s Mountain Film Festival. “Offering youth an insight into the possibilities of adventure lies at the heart of the festival’s mandate,” festival director Mark Sedon said. The free 2.5 hour film show also features a talk by Mark on life as a mountain guide and three films on Monday July 7. Details of the photography competition and film school can be found on the festival website.

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Glynn (nurses), Lewis Munroe (systems design analyst), Jack Arbuckle and Johnny Brebner (deadheads), Carlin Richter (secretary) and Johannes Halkenhaeusser (therapist). Director Emily McRae said one of the reasons Rock Apocalpyse was chosen is because it would give technical students experience of some complex sound and lighting. “It was also chosen because students need to have time to take life less seriously and to enjoy performance for performance sake,” she said. “I fervently believe students involved must take away a learning experience they will remember for the rest of their lives.’’

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Anyone who has seen and enjoyed the Rocky Horror Picture Show will love MAC’s 2014 production; Rock Apocalypse, according to the show’s marketing manager, teacher Gena Bagley. “It really is an incredibly fun piece; and definitely gives the audience a form of escapism,” she said. “It’s hilarious.” Rock Apocalypse is both a parody of and tonguein-cheek tribute to horror and sci-fi B-movies from the 1950’s to the present day. The music is rock ‘n roll, blues, gospel, rock and anthem-based. The show satirises the way people’s thoughts, emotions, and perceptions are shaped

Faulkner) who are referred to the Soma-free Institute for treatment. There they must overcome the corrupt megalomaniac Ricky Valiant (Stefan Schwarz) and his mob of Deadhead Zombies who are striving for world domination. Directed by MAC head of drama Emily McRae with musical direction by head of music Angela Mote, and choreography by students Rachel Macpershon and Aly Gibson, the production involves more than a hundred students and staff members on and off-stage. Other lead roles are played by students Callum Rennie/ Luke Burke (narrator), Louise Brooks and Brynee Wilson (brain surgeons), Kirsten Jongsma/Ella


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communitynetworks News from Community Networks Wanaka...

Where would we be without our volunteers? We offer a huge thank you to all the amazing people who offer so much time and energy volunteering. Within Community Networks we are very reliant on volunteers for many aspects of our service - we have a team of seven who help out on our front reception desk and foodbank, seven trustees on our governing body, 30 Meals on Wheels drivers, eight Justices of

the Peace and four to six others who help out when we are running the School Holiday Club. We have worked out that we have the help of about 25 hours of volunteers’ time each week to keep the show on the road. Amazing! The Budget Advisory Service offers a free and confidential service in Wanaka. If you are struggling to make ends

meet or feel as though you are constantly on the back foot financially, then a session with a budget advisor may help. Please contact Community Networks to make an appointment. Our next School Holiday Club is coming up, from July 7 to 18 - if you enjoy spending time with children and are interested in volunteering, please let us know.

Check out our website www.communitynetworks. for the community database which details contacts for local services, support groups, clubs and organisations. Please let us know if any details have changed or if you would like to be added to this list by calling 443 7799, or stopping by our office on Brownston Street (just behind the New World carpark).

New perspective on Mary Magdalene Caroline Harker Wanaka Sun A local psychotherapist is launching a novel in Wanaka tonight (June 19). “La Magdalena: the story of Mary” is based on the life of Mary Magdalene and written by Lauren Sleeman. “The inspiration for writing Mary’s story was to acknowledge that, for over two millennia, women and their experiences have been largely excluded from a historical document of paramount significance in the western world,” Lauren said. She thinks this was done for reasons of exclusivity and political expedience. “I wondered how different ongoing historical and present day paradigms and everyday life might be if this was not so. The idea that Mary Magdalene may indeed have been the one whom ‘Jesus loved above

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all women’ and that she may have been a valued contributor to his teaching, will be heretical to some, fantastical to others, and resonate profoundly with

the rest.” Lauren said she wanted to look at other ways of seeing the world. “To achieve this end, I researched the esoteric teachings of the more ancient and expansive ways of faith and I have drawn on less known historical possibilities to include in Mary’s story,” she said. The novel includes Mary Magdalene’s teachings, her disciples and her relationship with Jesus Christ (called Jeshua in the book). She is presented as a member of an early sect called the Theraputeae which understands ancient knowledge and intuitive wisdom. Mary and Jeshua face the challenges of his imminent death, and the journey she and her followers must consequently take. La Magdalena is available online, both in print and as an e-book.

Call for Wanaka writers Laura Williamson Wanaka Sun A Wanaka writer is looking for fellow wordsmiths to join her in a new writers’ group. Carla Munro was a member of a writing group in Christchurch which met every Tuesday for five years. “They were my best and worst critics,” she said, adding that it was

over this time that she completed her first novel which was now at the proofreading stage. She said writing, especially fiction, could be a very solitary pursuit and it was invaluable to connect with “people who understand what it’s like to have a life at the same time as creating a completely other world inside your

head.” Having come to Wanaka about three years ago during the Canterbury earthquakes, Carla was now hoping to set up a similar group here. Anyone interested in joining the group could contact Carla on carla@ The first meeting would be on Thursday, July 3 at 7.00 pm. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

inbrief Holiday park finalist Aspiring Holiday Park has been named one of the five finalists in its category in this year’s AA Travellers Spirit of Hospitality awards. The park, on Mt Aspiring Road, was built by the current owner Richard “Hutch” Hutchison in 2000 after he had lived in Wanaka for four years. “Obviously we are very proud to be a finalist,” he said. The winner of the awards will be announced next week.

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crimescene Driving warnings, winter theft With the ski season starting this weekend, police are asking drivers to pay attention to winter road conditions with a speed campaign as a result of a number of driving complaints. “This is good to see we are looking out for each other on the mountain passes. Please film or photograph the offenders as this is great stuff. Call on *555 (or 111) and give us the details. Don’t call the station as we may be out and not answer the phone. Our communication people will get us on the radio,” Constable Greg Nolet said. He also warned about opportunist thefts during the winter season. “Watch your bikes, remove valuables from your car and store away firewood, it is the season where they grow legs and walk.”

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

Maoriri - Maruiwi Mixup The mountain named in the caption on last week’s front page photo was incorrectly referred to as Mt Maruiwi. It is Mt Maoriri. The Wanaka Sun apologises for the blunder by reporter Tim Brewster.

No joy from Dr Joy Wanaka resident Maddy Harker reviews a presentation by ecology and zoology lecturer and environmental award winner, Dr Michael Joy… A senior university lecturer has described the intensification of dairy farming as an environmental disaster, both nationally and in the Upper Clutha. “If this isn’t a crisis, what is?” Dr Michael Joy asked during his lecture entitled “The demise of New Zealand’s freshwaters: politics and science” in Wanaka last Friday night. Dr Joy described the country’s freshwater ecosystems as being in a perilous state, saying 43 percent of monitored lakes are classed as polluted and 74 percent of native fish are considered threatened - compared to 30 percent just two decades ago, adding New Zealand arguably had the highest proportion of threatened freshwater species in the world. Dr Joy lectures in ecology and zoology at Massey University and is the recipient of many awards, including the 2013 Charles Fleming Award for Environmental Achievement. He described how the uncontrolled intensification of farming, particularly dairying, and the application of nitrogen fertiliser (a fossil fuel) are largely to blame for the decline in the quality of the country’s freshwater ecosystems. Far from being clean, green or pure in any way, New Zealand leads the world in per capita use of nitrogen and phosphorus, he said. “We have been ignoring the cost of the pollution caused by intensive farming, looking only at financial gain.” In the last 25 years nitrogen fertiliser use in New Zealand has increased by 800 percent. Wanaka photographer Gilbert van Reenen, who introduced the lecture, said when he arrived in the Upper Clutha 30 years ago there were two dairy cows in the region. Now there are 20,000 and the numbers are


set to rise. Nationally, 6.5 million dairy cows produce waste equivalent to between 90 and 286 million people, with one cow producing the same amount of waste as between 14 and 44 people. Dr Joy said farming intensification is rapidly destroying our freshwater ecosystems and we are now at the point where 90 percent of our wetlands have been destroyed and those remaining are threatened. He described wetlands as the liver and kidneys of the ecosystem, in that wetlands clean out and filter the impurities. The proposed freshwater reforms announced by the government in 2013 will not effectively protect our freshwater ecosystems, Dr Joy said. The effects of intensive dairy farming are extremely difficult to reverse - even cleaning the nitrogen from the soil would cost significantly more per hectare than the revenue earned from the land. Dr Joy said he has been criticised in the media for speaking out on the matter,

including being referred to as the “foot and mouth of the tourism industry.” He said the more information he shares, the less funding he receives for research. This allows industry and government to present data in a manipulative way, he said, for example, on the Ministry for the Environment website, it states 44 percent of New Zealand’s lakes are pristine. Nowhere does it mention the statistic given by Dr Joy that another 43 percent are classified as polluted (including almost all of our lowland lakes). People need to “demand hard data” in Wanaka and elsewhere to safeguard New Zealand’s freshwater ecosystems, Dr Joy said, referencing Rotorua as a prime example of the damaging effects of New Zealand’s “handsoff” approach to water regulation. Dr Joy’s solutions on a national level included stopping the use of fossil fuel fertiliser, reducing the intensity of current dairy farming practices and “measuring farm efficiency by assessing a production pollution ratio.”

The times, they-are-a-changing Four decades in the Upper Clutha through the eyes of Wanaka maze founder, Stuart Landsborough... It is now mid-June, and in Wanaka we have had a number of windless inversion cloudy days of the year, no doubt to be followed by many more during the month. But, even in my time in Wanaka - 43 years - things have changed so much. In my early days here, “inversion-layer” month was not June, but May. I remember it well as at that time I had just started “The Maze” and we had to meet and greet the customers through a kiosk window; it was so cold! In those years we had three school holiday periods and May was one of them. May was cold and miserable with the continuous inversion layers, but the following month – June - was usually glorious and clear for Wanaka. Darn cold though! In fact, the winters were much colder then than now. For something like six weeks every winter, nearby Diamond Lake had a good depth of ice on it, which suited the winter sports/ ice skating group of that time. On some moonlit nights they would ice skate and, reputedly, even build a fire on the thick ice to keep warm. In those days, Wanaka’s visitors PAGE 8


were mostly New Zealand holiday makers. Massive numbers came in the summer school holidays and also the four days of Easter, but that was almost it. Apart from that, the May and the August school holidays and a few short public holidays saw just a trickle of holiday makers visit this region. The rest of the year tourism was almost non-existent. The Wanaka ski industry didn’t really exist so there was no winter tourism. For my business, apart from those holidays, during the worst wintry six months of the year, about one in every three days I would return home at the end of the day and say to my wife that it was another “no-dollar-day,” no visitors, no revenue. On a good day, four cars were exciting: four cars

equalled eight adults at 50 cents a person – work that out! The times were bad, but made worse by the “first oil shock” in 1973 when the oil producers massively hiked up the price of oil; the second oil shock in 1979 was worse as, to save fuel for the country, the government brought in “car-less-days” when people were not allowed to drive their cars on a nominated day each week. Getting worse, not long after, in 1983 the new Labour government took off all farm subsidies which meant many farmers suddenly became too poor to have holidays. To finish it off, there was the 1987 stock market crash. Driving across to Queenstown via the Crown Range was a pleasure as the gravel road meant that, as

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there was usually no other traffic on the road, it could be done in “rally-driving” fashion. Driving to Christchurch was on open roads with little or no other traffic. Outside of the school holidays one could often drive from Wanaka to Fairlie and pass no more than half a dozen cars. And yet, at the time, we felt that we lived in wonderful modern times. Most of us drove old cars – it was difficult for the average person to obtain new cars because of government regulations. We felt lucky to have the majority of our roads sealed, electricity and telephones - even if most phones were “party-lines” (by the way, for you younger readers or ex-townies, the expression “party-line” has nothing to do with “fun,” it meant one frustratingly shared the same single phone line with three or four or five other households). If one applied for a new phone line, it took months before the relevant authority installed it. Now, I look back and compare those days with today and realise that I have become “an old-timer” with plenty of history. But, this old timer can tell you that global warming, within my living memory, for whatever reason, has become a reality in Wanaka. Pictured: Puzzling World in earlier days.


MACmonthly Year 13 students Olivia Bonifant, Patti Barnes and Anna Wardman reveal what really happens at the MAC Hostel...

A day in the life of a hostel student Ever wondered what those vanloads of hostel students from MAC are getting up to? They disappear at seven on Sunday mornings and reappear hours later bedraggled, bruised and buzzing after a full day mission into our town’s surrounding landscape. The truth is this: we wake up at some ungodly hour, load ourselves up with porridge and prepare ourselves for a long and unknown adventure. Take our recent trip to Corner Peak for example; we were told to ready ourselves for a long, gruelling day. Our alarms were set for 5.15 and we were walking before sunrise. We split into four groups and started at opposite ends of the astronomical mountain that is Corner Peak. As we followed the valley getting lost amongst the bushes, our navigation skills were put to the test. Though we had highly qualified instructors with us, we were still left to our own devices when it came to directing and managing ourselves. Some call it lost; personally we like to call it a detour. And besides, who doesn’t love crawling through matagouri and thorns, untangling hair from manuka and gorse? The banter never fails to entertain us even when pulling ourselves up vertical hills

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by tussocks. The feeling of finally reaching the summit, puffing and wheezing overshadows the aching feet and limbs when we look out over the basin; the panorama view of the glass-like lake, towering mountains and encompassing valleys. One of the main ideas drilled into us is to always keep a positive mindset; whenever you start to get into that negative place of “I just want to be at home now” or “Why am I even doing this?” you bring

yourself back, look at the scenery and remember that “Pain is just weakness leaving the body.” In fact, another golden rousing quote from our ruthless instructor Bruno was exclaimed in the pitch-dark early hours when we were all feeling groggy: “I love walking up hills first thing Sunday mornings.” I think this resonates with us all in that we feel stronger, both mentally and physically after a long day of outdoor pursuits. We forget about the small things

that pain us (waking up early, getting out of the vans into the crisp morning air, the first half hour of walking) and spend the rest of the day enjoying each other’s company, surprising ourselves with the challenges we manage to overcome and the fizzing feeling at the end of a 14 hour day once we have debriefed, hosed down the vans and plonked our bottoms on the sofa long after sunset, preparing ourselves for the next day’s challenge: school.

MAC performers take to the TEDx stage Free text This Saturday, two students and a teacher from Mt Aspiring College will present their spoken word poetry to the 100-strong audience at TEDx Changemakers symposium at the Rippon Hall. Providing entertainment between the guest speakers, the trio’s work draws on themes of change. Year 11 student Acacia Murray was inspired by the story of Malala Yousafzai to craft a tribute to her story which she will perform in the first break. Later in the program, Kasper Humphrey (together with teacher Gena Bagley) will confront the audience with pertinent questions in their poem “Dear Society.” As Kasper explains, “I’m excited for this opportunity to perform our work which was initially sparked by watching TED talks in our Level Two English class last year. Plus, the venue itself sounds like a prestigious space to share our ideas.” - Tessa Henderson, Year 13 An excerpt from “Dear Society,” to be performed at TEDx by Year 13 student Kasper Humphrey and teacher Gena Bagley. The poem was written by Kasper, Gena and former MAC student Ceilidh Johnston.

Dear society, Why can’t a man love another man, a woman love another woman? Because it’s unnatural, you say? Mankind is surrounded by unnatural acts each and every day. Genetic-modification, Deforestation, Plastic surgery How does homosexuality justify this perjury? “Thou shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination” What most people don’t realise is… This is the same book that encourages people to, “treat others how you wish to be treated”. In which case, ‘queer’ is a word that you’d like to be greeted. Dear society, Why do the insecure pull us down? Attack our values? Identity? Needs? Simply to fit their mould, simply to appease? Stand up and fight against the oppression. Let’s celebrate diversity and avoid the aggression. Regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual preference, You are an identity. One to celebrate. One to treasure.

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Acclaimed play for Luggate Hall


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A monthly book review by a Wanaka Librarian...

Nick Chisholm was a successful architect, rugby player and mountain biker when, at the age of 27, a stroke left him unable to walk, talk or eat – a victim of “locked in syndrome.” His recovery, considered miraculous by medical experts, took 12 years and is the subject of a critically-acclaimed play which is coming to the Luggate Hall for a one-off performance on July 18. Nick: An Accidental Hero is Nick Chisholm’s story, brought to the stage as a one-woman play by actress and playwright Renee Lyons (pictured). Familiar


to New Zealanders from her television roles in Super City and

Jono and Ben, Renee plays eight characters in the performance, including members of Nick’s family, friends, hospital staff, a new girlfriend and Nick himself. Nick’s internal world is recreated th rou g h lig h ting designed by Jane Hakaraia and sound by acclaimed musician Alistair Deverick of the New Zealand band The Ruby Suns. Nick: An Accidental Hero was chosen by the Edinburgh Festival for performances at the prestigious Assembly Theatre and it received a five-star review in The Scotsman newspaper. Tickets for Nick: An Accidental Hero went on sale Monday and are available from www.

World Class finals for Wanaka mixologist

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin The Happiness Project is the kind of title that would usually make me feel a little bilious. So trite. So American. But this particular title passed through the library so many times, and had so many hold requests that my interest was piqued. From the opening pages, Rubin’s style is frank, intelligent and engaging. A lawyer-turned-writer, she was living a frenetic life with her husband and two children in Manhattan. She had plenty of money, a successful career, a loving family – but she just wasn’t all that happy. Readers be warned; Rubin isn’t unhappy. She is not a gloomy person and does not suffer from clinical depression. In fact she is almost maniacally cheerful. But she still felt life could offer her more. Rubin’s training as a lawyer (she clerked in the supreme court), has made her methodical and researchdriven, so she throws herself into the Happiness Project with spread sheets, 12 commandments, a gratitude diary and Aristotle. She backs up her ‘stunt journalism’ pursuits with dense, fascinating research by psychiatrists, psychologists, neuroscientists, saints, leaders and philosophers. Surprisingly, the core of what makes us happy hasn’t


changed for centuries. But there are thousands of other tips and tricks out there to boost happiness, and Rubin seemingly tries them all. Rubin’s greatest insights come in the first half of the book, where she discusses the happiness research and literature, and the reasons she feels her own very privileged life could be improved. She recounts some funny anecdotes of her black moods, short temper, and propensity to drink and mouth off at dinner parties. But the latter half of the book drags, as Rubin’s monthly challenges to “sing in the morning” and “be grateful” become forced and stale. You wonder how her husband coped. “This is about ordinary happiness,” Rubin told The New York Times in a 2010 interview. “I wanted to change my life without making major changes. I wanted to show that you don’t have to do something radical.” Rubin reports that she got the most feedback from readers on a happiness tip which she attempts early in the book: making your bed in the morning. If nothing else – there are now thousands of neat beds out there.

Laura Williamson Wanaka Sun Lalaland Lounge Bar Wanaka owner and bartender Shannon Sanderson (pictured) has shaken and stirred his way to the national finals of the elite category of the Diageo World Class competition, to be contested in Auckland on Monday. If he wins, he will be on his way to the United Kingdom to compete against bartenders from approximately 50 other countries in the global final, at which the Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year will be named. Shannon said the details of the final had yet to be released, but last year’s event involved spending a week on a ship cruising through the Mediterranean. Getting to the national finals had been a multimonth process, according to Shannon. “It’s not just about the best cocktail,”


he said. Competitors were judged on elements included holding a party based around a theme picked out of a hat, with Lalaland drawing “MidCentury Mediterranean Mastery.” Shannon also had to produce a themed cocktail list (his included drinks with home-made ingredients such as tea reduction, house-made

cordials and house-made liqueurs) and Lalaland was mystery-shopped by world class judges who assessed product knowledge, execution of cocktails and hosting. As well as being a great learning experience, national and international success in the competition could help put the Wanaka area on the cocktail map.

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“Cocktail culture has been dominated by Wellington and Auckland,” Shannon said, adding that, as the only representative from the South Island, he could show that mixology magic was not limited to the big cities of the north. Shannon entered the national finals last year for the first time and was placed third.


Cops’ court showing Local police stepped out of their normal roles last week to take on the Mount Aspiring College Year 10A girls netball team. The MAC team led for the first three quarters, but relented in the final minutes losing 26-27. Reports vary on the final quarter with trash talk of a “ring-in” shooter brought on by the police. However, an unbiased observer commented that the mainly 14-year-old girls didn’t want to hurt the feelings of their adult opponents and allowed them to win by a point. Team coach Kate Mackenzie-Smith organised the challenge and it is understood the police have been challenged to a replay to “show them how it is really done.” Pictured rear from left: Aaron Nicholson, Phil Vink, Allan Grindell, Derek Ealson, Greg Nolet, Bruce McLean. Front: Ellesse Andrews, girl behind her - Lucy O’Brien, then Ella Moore, Anna Liggins, Laura MacCulloch, Monique Husband, Mackenzie Ayres, Jenaya Wilkinson and Kate Mackenzie-Smith (Yr 10A coach and co-coordinator), front centre: Caitlin Gibson.

Cross country titles


Staff Reporter Wanaka Sun A group of young runners from Wanaka’s Aspiring Athletics club ended up with three podium places, including two titles and some other strong finishes, at last weekend’s Otago Secondary

Schools Championships. Phoebe Young and Sammy Burke won their respective age groups in the under-14 and under-15 girls, with Janus Staufenberg placing second in the under-15 boys event. Nick Toepfer placed eighth in the under-14 boys race with Janus’s brother Julius, who still has another

year competing in the age group, placing 14th in the same race. Coach Val Burke said the course was “a great cross country circuit” with the mud knee –deep in some places. Pictured: Nick Toepfer (14); Janus Staufenberg (14); Julius Staufenberg (13); Phoebe Young (13); Sammy Burke (14).


MAC cross-dress-country Teaching staff dressed in clown suits and onesies, as well as principal Wayne Bosley in a striped bowler hat, fairy wings and a green tutu, greeted Mount Aspiring College students at a recent fundraiser. The event was a teacher’s cross country race to raise money for the 40 Hour Famine, with $600 raised for a project in Malawi. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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EDITORIAL All roads seem to lead to Wanaka these days. The latest news is that a cycle trail linking the network from Lake Hawea, Wanaka, Glendhu Bay and Luggate to the Cromwell Gorge Trail and Roxburgh could be a reality in the next few years. It’s hoped the trail will eventually enable people to ride alongside the full 338km length of the Clutha River to the Pacific Ocean. And back, for those so inclined. Add the streams of snow-seekers arriving over the next few months, the new faces from China and the Indian sub-continent now starting to travel our way independently, and the social landscape could be very different in a decade’s time. A few thousand more dairy cows could change the physical landscape even further. Another powerful force for change will be the ability to see what Wanaka has to offer to both potential new residents and visitors alike via the internet and any changes in broadband speed. Facebook, for New Zealand users at least, has been beaming one of our more iconic images on its home page for a couple of years now. As more and more Wanaka area images are sent tripping around the globe, the more coveted this place will become. What we decide to do about this is obviously a work in progress.

Dog control

Native fish

I want to express concern at the changes the QLDC is looking to bring in regarding dog laws. I have trained dogs for over 20 years in a range of disciplines including Search and Rescue for 15 years, RNZFB Guide Dog Services and NZ Epilepsy Assist Dogs and have attended seminars throughout the world on dog behaviour. In addition I have given classes and behavioural consultations for many years and in this role have come to understand what increases and decreases problem behaviour in dogs. Sadly some of the changes are likely to increase problem behaviour rather than solve issues. Having come from a larger city I have been impressed by the socialisation of most dogs I see in this area. To date I have not seen any problems but undoubtedly there are from time to time and most would be dog/dog issues rather than dog/human issues. In understanding dog behaviour it is most likely issues occur between dogs on leashes than when they are free running. A timid or anxious dog feels restraint and the fight or flight natural instinct of a dog unable to move away would be to fight. It would not normally choose this option but would feel it had no option. Dog exercise areas appear to be a great option but have been found overseas to cause more problems than they solve. As dogs form small packs they bully other dogs and without realising it owners end up with a dog with many issues. Many dog experts overseas are working with local authorities to close these parks down. Without reservation I support well behaved dogs who are always under control, however , I urge council to reconsider restricting dogs having freedom to be off lead on most of the tracks in the area. The reality is there is very little problem with dogs being off lead and sad that the majority of dogs should suffer for the sake of a very few bad owners. Wanaka is an innovative town and I would love to see us not following the pack and make the mistakes of other towns. I urge dog owners to submit on the council proposal. Leone Ward

I have just read the article in the 12/6/14 edition of the Wanaka Sun about Otago native fish under threat and have the following comment. I was surprised at the statements of DOC’s freshwater ranger for Otago, Mr Pete Ravenscroft, Fish and Game and ORC for blaming trout for the demise of native Galaxias fish. The biggest threat and consumer of native fish, trout and eels are shags. Since shags were given protected species designation some years ago, they have multiplied times over and have blitzed a lot of popular fishing waterways. The Nevis River is a perfect example. More shags there than fish. It’s about time Fish and Game reverted back to what they did in the 60s and 70s and that is cull them out, using steel shot only of course. This action would benefit Fish and Games licence holders and the trout, eels and the native Galaxias. Aaron Radford.

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sunviews Dairying letter The Otago Regional Council and the QLDC “do-nothing” policy regarding intensified dairying on the Hawea and Wanaka moraine plains is very concerning. Surely both councils are already aware of the extensive and ongoing research by the Waikato Regional Council and Taupo District Council – in association with research institutes – into farming on the alluvial pumice soils of the Lake Taupo basin. Those soils are hydrologically identical to our sandy glacial moraine. By first capturing and then analysing the leaching water below the root zone of various farming methods, the Taupo studies have scientifically shown the potential groundwater contamination resulting from forestry, cropping, drystock farming and dairying. The result of those studies has been the co-operative establishment of nitrogen caps and stocking rates within which agriculture can sustainably continue within the Taupo basin. Irrigation is not really the issue – the type of farming certainly is. The Taupo studies showed that dairying is far and away the most dangerous for contamination of groundwater. Cows, much more than bulls, are the worst culprits. The urine of a dairy cow is extremely high in nitrates and a cow produces high volumes of urine. Cows mostly stand still to urinate, thus depositing a deluge of highly-nitrogenous liquid onto a very small area of grass. Only a tiny fraction of the nitrates thus discharged can be absorbed by the grass-cover. The vast majority of nitrate passes through the grass rootzone unabsorbed and begins its inexorable and irreversible journey down into the groundwater – the aquifers below the Hawea and Wanaka/Luggate flats. Presumably those aquifers eventually drain into the Lake Dunstan valley. Taupo studies showed that drystock and sheep farming under controls on stocking rates and how much phosphate and nitrogen can annually be applied can continue within sustainablility limits and is the least dangerous after forestry. Cropping can leach out phosphates and can cause contamination. But dairying (and dairy-grazing) on such soils is setting up an inevitable future disaster. The science is known and proven, the ORC and QLDC must get fully informed of all the long and extensive work carried out in the Taupo basin and exercise some responsibility over agricultural practices affecting our vulnerable water resources. Name withheld on request

The Wanaka Sun received this response from the Otago Regional Council to the above letter: The ORC recently, through its water quality plan change 6A, has set in place a range of rules to control contaminants coming off farms from leaching, runoff and drains. Thresholds limiting the permissible amount of nitrogen leaving the root zone have been set for Otago. These will effectively control nitrogen leaching from urine patches, fertiliser, and other inputs regardless of the soil type, and protect groundwater. The ORC is constantly reviewing and utilising hydrological science. Our focus on controlling nutrient loss means that all types of land use have to be compliant with the applicable nitrogen loss threshold. Dairy farming is one example of a system that can lose high amounts of N, just as winter feed grazing and cropping can (depending on its management). Irrigation methods can also be a major contributing factor to N loss with border dyke and flood irrigation often “flushing” more N rich water through the root zone than a spray system. Nitrogen leaching thresholds have been set at levels designed to provide for groundwater of drinking water standard and to maintain the existing water quality of the Clutha River. In the Lakes Wanaka, Wakatipu and Hawea catchments this is 15 Kg/N/Ha a year. This is much lower than the Taupo or Rotorua examples referred to. In the Hawea basin (below the sensitive lakes catchment) the threshold is 30 Kg/N/Ha yr. These thresholds will in effect determine stocking rates and other nitrogen inputs. Dr Gavin Palmer ORC Director, Engineering, Hazards and Science

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SEASONAIRES SPECIAL. Here for the winter don’t know where to go for massage and beauty therapy? 20% off your first visit @ Massage in Wanaka. Ph 03 443 8448.

ADOBE DREAMWEAVER CS5.5 full retail version. Surplus to requirements $495. Tel. 443 1896.

HAWEA PLAYGROUP send massive thnx to everyone that worked, sang, baked and contributed in a million ways to our garage sale. Awesome day!

YEAR END tax returns at an affordable price. Accounts Office 443 5300

QUARTZ CRYSTAL Singing Bowl Sessions with Kim Tomlin every Wednesday 9.30am @ Wanaka Wellness Centre. General admission $20. 021 626 649 NATURAL HEALTHCARE solutions. Full professional detoxification protocols. Starving not needed! Holistic healthcare at Wanaka Wellness. Ph 443 5991 WANAKA WELLNESS integrated natural healthcare centre for complete wellness. Ph. 443 4668. Sauna special $20 for June RECONNECT WITH a sense of deep peace and love for FREE! View 15 min film The Message at WWW.LIVINGPRESENCE.ORG

HOUSE FOR PRIVATE SALE ideal rental investment, holiday house or first home. View on trademe #693764472 (no agents thanks). WOMEN’S DOLOMITE ski boots white/silver. size 2525.5. Good condition. $200 txt or call 0274 200 728

FRIDGE/FREEZER $150 For Sale - Fridgidaire model good working order 027 553 0096

QUARTZ CRYSTAL singing bowl group sessions for deep relaxation/energy balancing. 1.30PM 8 July. $25 pp. 181 Cemetery Rd HAWEA Jen 022 097 4596 QIGONG CLASSES. Gentle yet effective exercises for body and mind rejuvenation. Hot Yoga Fusion. Fri 7.30 James 443 4122 CHILLBLAINS BOTHERING YOU? Try REFLEXOLOGY for increased circulation. Ph Jo 0276 522 144 REFLEXOLOGY FOR BALANCE, PAIN MANAGEMENT & INCREASED CIRCULATION. 4 treatments for the price of 3. Only until the end of June. Ph/txt Jo 0276 522 144 RESONANCE ASPIRING Podiatry. Comfort for your feet. Injury prevention and treatment. Raewyn Phipps 428 4220 LYN BROWN BOWEN and JSJ Practitioner treating out of Wanaka Wellness Centre. For appts/info pls ph Lyn 443 7388 BODY NEEDING pampered? Therapeutic massage with medicated herbal oils, aroma oils. Body and head. At non-luxury price. Txt 0220 397 103 SanaInWanaka (facebook) NOWSPACE MEDITATION COURSE - Wanaka June 20-22. Simple, easy techniques to improve relationships, clarity and experience peace. Anna 0220 730 167. www.

RODENTS? FOR help with your mice and rat problem, call Jae Services on 443 1150 INSURANCEONLINE QUOTES for Life, Medical, Sickness & Accident, House & Contents,

4WD SUZUKI VITARA 232,000kms, Manual, Petrol. Rego 7/2/2015. WOF 2/12/2014. Serviced 30/05/2014. $3,000. Phone or text 021 100 7356

WHEELS TO DUNSTAN: Free daily transport to Dunstan Hospital & Alexandra specialist appointments. Also connects to Dunedin Hospital transport. For bookings call 443 7799

DREAMBABY CHILD Safety Gate Opening gate plus extension $50. Ph 443 8196 FULL CHILD’S booster seat with tether strap Great condition $40. Ph 443 8196

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F+P FRIDGE/FREEZERS x 2 , 1 x 334 litre top freezer style, 1 x 410 litre bottom freezer style. $165 each. Ph 021 476 209

FREE BUDGET ADVICE available at Community Networks by appointment. Call 443 7799 or email info@

GRAHAME SYDNEY exhibition launch ticket for sale. June 20th. Please contact 0223 119 113 asap. Will sell for $30, was $35 TOYOTA CALDINA for sale. 1996 2000cc 4wd manual. New WOF. 3 month rego 233,000kms. Excellent condition. Ph 021 520 437 STIHL 290 Farm Boss Chainsaw sell. 56.5 cc 2.8 kW Very good order 18” New chain. A great firewood/ farm saw. $600. Inspection welcome. Ph 443 6206 CHAINSAW SELL. Echo 6702 – 24” 66.7cc commercial/ farm saw. Very good order. Powerful saw. Inspection welcome. $750. Ph 443 6206 THE GOVERNOR’S golden lemon butter from Pirate Pickles at Wanaka farmers market from 4pm Thursdays in Spencer House Mall

ROASTED CHESTNUTS! eat them straight or add them to your favourite soup, stew, pasta dish,stuffing or even chocolate cake

TRAIN FOR the season with Pilates – improve your form, strength and endurance on the hill. The Body Garage – or 0212 078 486

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RUG CLEANING? For specialist cleaning of your rugs, bring them to Jae Services at 15 Gordon Road. Ph. 443 1150

PIG MILK Shortdated and expired milk good for pig milk $2 per crate (18 litres) ph 0212 778 818

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FEMALE FLATMATE wanted: double bed in garage. Contact 0223 119 113 asap!

WANAKA PHARMACY is your local pharmacy. We’re the big pharmacy at the top of Helwick Street - open until 7pm every single day. Ph 443 8000

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OFFICE SPACE for rent in Frederick st. Choice of 1- 4 offices with bathroom and kitchen. Price negotiable. Ph 0272 803 187


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EARTHMOVING MACHINERY Operator full time and part time position available. Applicant must be able to work independently, as well as part of an established team. Taking pride in all work is also essential. Please call Blair 021 766 908

FUTSAL STARTING up. Check WanakaFutsal for details. Open sessions from Sunday 29th. Pay to play. Contact 027 242 3767.

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MOVEWELL PILATES, to access Intelligent Movement for your body please phone Joss 021 668 393. Internationally certified Polestar Rehabilitation Instructor and Mentor


GOOD ROTATIONS Bicycle Shop Winter opening hours: Wednesday to Friday 2-6pm, or by appointment. 03 443 4349.

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BEAUTIFUL CHINA tea cup bird feeders, great for attracting wax eyes and bell birds to your garden. Makes the perfect present. $25 ph or txt 021 680 110

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GENTLE YOGA connecting movement with breath, & You. 9:30 Wednesdays. 557 Aubrey Rd. NEXT SESSION 2 JULY $12 classes. Jen 0220 974 596

JUNE WILDERNESS Magazine features Macpac founder Bruce MacIntyre. LWC 7:30pm Bruce’s founding of Seven Oaks school 19 June

HOT ROASTED sweet chestnuts! perfect pre dinner munch. Low fat nutrient dense goodness. Wanaka Farmers market Thursday. VEGE BOXES, juice boxes and staff fruit boxes all available at

notice CUSTOMER LOYALTY cards - ask about these cards on your next visit to the salvation army family store OP SHOP open 12 midday to 4pm at Wanaka Primary School. Use Koru Way entrance, off Totara Terrace, alongside the steps. CHCH FAMILY of 5 require house to care for or rent for 5 days in Wanaka (or close to) between 1-14 August. We were moved on while rental underwent flood repairs and now EQC repairs are required in new rental. Excellent references available. Email alice.nick2@xtra. or call 03 942 4440 VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY Needed - can you spare an hour or two a week? The Wanaka Salvation Army Family Store requires your help. Please call into the store on 48 Helwick Street or phone 03 443 5068 to discuss. Thank you. VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED – The Wanaka Primary School Op Shop requires volunteers for 2 afternoons a month on Tuesday or Thursday. Please phone 443 5755 to discuss. WANAKA GREENWASTE and Landscape Supplies. Open Hours Monday to Friday 10am-3pm, Saturday Sunday 10am-4pm. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday in June, July & August. June Specials Bio Compost, Screened Top Quality $85/m3 or $45/Scoop. Mulch, good for winter weed suppressant and frost tender plants. $45/m3 or $25/Scoop

EXPERIENCED DUTY Manager keen to work weekend shifts. Nicos 0274 073 358 DO YOU have a little dwelling that you would rent, lease or would need some TLC exchange? I am mature, neat & tidy. I would dearly love a long term home. 0210 446 557 WANTED: CHAISE lounge. Any condition considered as happy to recover. Phone or text 0274 793 286 PLEASE HELP US KEEP OUR CUSTOMERS & FAMILIES WARM - GOOD QUALITY WINTER DUVETS & BLANKETS URGENTLY REQUIRED BY THE SALVATION ARMY FAMILY STORE CAR SHARE wanted. Currently driving to Cromwell from Lake Hawea for full-time job weekdays. Text 027 3311 031 WANTED - Claw foot bath / cast iron. Anything considered. Call Jane 0275 652 002 WORK WANTED outside school hours - anything considered - strong and capable –outside or in. Call Billy 0275 652 002 WANTED - caravan as sleepout. Old style fine- anything considered. Call Jane 0275 652 002 WANTED - pot belly stove for shed. Working condition . Call Jane 0275 652 002 WANTED DOULBE or queen bed. Ph Simon 0278 410 879 QUEEN BED base urgently required! Please contact 0223 119 113 VACUUM CLEANER wanted. Ph chrøssy 0276 231 515

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OFFICE ADMINISTRATION, GST & PAYE, annual accounts & year-end returns. Accounts Office 443 5300.

CELEBRATE NATIONAL Martini Day at Lalaland Lounge Bar today - Thursday 19 June! Open from 4pm - 2.30am.

GUIDED HUNTING for tahr, stag, chamois, rabbit, wallaby and boar- ph 0800 02 2569

FUN ATMOSPHERE, FANTASTIC SERVICE, FOOD & PRICING. Warbirds and Wheels cafe at Wanaka airport-come try a sure new favourite!

VASECTOMYS AVAILABLE here in Wanaka with Dr Simon Brebner at Aspiring Medical Centre. Ph 443 0725 for an appointment to discuss.

WANAKA FARMERS Market from 4pm every Thursday in Spencer House Mall, eat fresh and healthy, support local producers

WHY SPEND time working on your accounts when you could be building your business? Call Accounts Office 443 5300.

JOIN US for Happy Hour at Lalaland Lounge Bar Wanaka from 5pm - 7pm daily.

TERRA SERVICES. Landscaping, clearing, grading, & more-FAST, EFFICIENT. $85/hour. www.terraservices. or ring Steve Rumore 027 222 6600 VINTAGE CAR restoration, mechanical & electrical, MOTOR HOME & CARAVAN repair and restoration. Steve Rumore 027 222 6600 WILSON’S PEST control & Window cleaning. Spider & Fly treatments. Do it once, do it well. Licensed & Accredited. Call anytime 03 443 6652 or

FLATHEAD CAFE at Wanaka’s own National Transport and Toy Museum, beside airport SH6. Coffee, hot pies, beer.. Open 7 days! WANAKA BEERWORKS bar open 11-4 daily for tastings, bottle store or just a cold pint... only at Flathead Cafe, National Transport & Toy Museum, open every day. MID-WINTER XMAS Party with yo!rudy on the decks from 10pm, Wednesday 25 June at Lalaland Lounge Bar FREE ICE-CREAM if you like us on Facebook till Saturday!

PAYROLL ADMINISTRATION, employment contracts and IRD returns, affordable accounting services, call Accounts Office 443 5300

GST WORKSHOP - Friday 20 June, 9.30-11.30am at St Johns. To register for this free seminar email advisory. or call 03 951 2208

WANAKA WINDOW CLEANING professional, friendly, efficient service. Enjoy those mountain views. High, awkward windows a specialty. Paolo 0210 572 505 / 4432420

SEVEN OAKS co-founders Bruce MacIntyre & Janet Nicol here in Wanaka Thurs 19th to share their story. LWC from 7pm KINDERMUSIK WITH liz ritchie’, educational and developmental music programme for little people, tuesday 24th June, 9.30am. St. John’s, Link Way, Wanaka. 0212 091 355


SEWING SERVICES for personal or commercial requirements. Please call to discuss. Phone Sue 443 2008 or 0272 472 181

BUSINESS NETWORKING International. The Wanaka chapter of BNI meets weekly at 7am Tuesday morning. Great networking opportunity to grow your business. Contact Jake for information 021 404 641

THANKS TO those people who gave me skiis for art. Some will be exhibited at Mountain Film festival

AFFORDABLE ACCOUNTING services, IRD & GST returns. Call Accounts Office 443 5300

TOY SALE - save 25% off all Mega Bloks, K’Nex, DinoTrain & Aquabeads, only at Wanaka’s National Transport & Toy Museum, SH6 beside airport.

SEPTIC TANK services. Tank cleaning and servicing for all tanks. Ph Aaron 443 4175

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DRIVING LESSONS available. Call Nicky at Aspiring Drivers to book your lesson for professional driving instruction. 0210 607 310

TREE KUMERA! Hot roasted chestnuts. Everyone loves them. Even better than chips bro!

WANAKA DISTRICTS Club, for affordable family dining and great bar prices. Join for just $20 per year.

STILL SKIING toothpicks? Thought not! Surly FATbikes for demo, hire, sale. Good Rotations bike shop, 34 Anderson rd. 03 443 4349,

WANTED TO buy: a trailer load of sheep pooh for my garden. Call chrøssy 0276 231 515

RAFFLE: THE art of nature (painting of a kea) by Central Otago artist Rebecca Gilmore, fundraiser for Forest & Bird local branch. Tickets $2, contact Limited to 1000 tickets. Drawn July 18.

WANAKA SALVATION Army Family Store Opening Hours - Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9.30am4pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

SAVE TIME - do your grocery shopping online.

FREE LEGAL ADVICE at Community Networks Wednesday 2 July 1-2.30pm For bookings call 443 7799

GET FAT this winter! Surly FATbikes - demo, hire, sales. Good Rotations, 34 Anderson Rd, 03 443 4349, www.

WANAKA PHARMACY’S extended winter hours this ski season - 8.30am until 7pm, Monday to Sunday.

LEAD LIGHTS / stained glass windows, lampshades and decretive mirrors designed and made to suit individual needs. Restorations welcome. Ph 443 5530 for info

MUD SUMP full of leaves? Ph Aaron 443 4175 PORTALOO HIRE and cleaning. Ph Aaron 443 4175

A SCHOOL that “champions the human spirit” Seven Oaks, hear their story, cuppa 7, speaker 7:30pm LWC Thurs 19 donation. WANAKA SKI/SNOWSPORTS Club. It’s about fun & family. Social /info night 27th June 6pm @ 5 Hollyhock lane. Ph. 443 5991 LALALAND LOUNGE Bar Wanaka. Open daily from 4pm – 2.30am. Upstairs, 99 Ardmore Street.

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TARRAS GOLF CLUB RESULTS- Club Tournament over 27 holes:Harold Aitken Trophy-Richard Pullar nett 101. Anniversary Tray-Beau Trevathan 58 Stablefords. Kenny Munro Trophy, drawn partners over 18 holes-Richard Pullar and Graeme Rive 73 Stablefords. Two’sRichard Pullar, Tom Moore, Jan Gibson. Women’s Purvis Cup and Putting-Jan Gibson nett 71, 30 putts; Helen Davis nett 74, 35 putts; A. Rowley nett 76, 35 putts. WANAKA STADIUM BOWLS RESULTS – Week ending 15:06:14 Monday Evening Edgewater Trophy 1: Henry Thayer, Richie Muir, Val Ransom 2: Simon Nyhof, Noeline Turner, Pauline Hope, 3: Kathleen Sutherland, Lynette Wilson, Jon Barron Tuesday Afternoon 2x4x2 Pairs 1: Geoff Thomas and Neville Harris 2: Norman Matheson and Bruce Hamilton 3: Jill Millar and John Maddison Tuesday Evening Trades Competition 1: Bowl ‘em Over: J Limmer, J Parrant, S Pinfold 2: B N B: B Macandrew, N Guise, B Lloyd 3: MAC: R Bruce, N Hewett, R Bruce Wednesday Afternoon Triples 1: Doris Studholme, Murray Roberts, Ivy Urquhart 2: Fran Duncan, Bruce Hamilton, Robyn Chartres 3: Kathleen Sutherland, Jim Skeggs, Jon Barron Wednesday Evening Trades Competition 1 Trail Enders 2:

Young Guns 3: G & T Thursday Afternoon 2x4x2 Pairs 1: Scottie Culverwell and Gaye Beattie 2: Maida Baxter and Neville Harris 3: Ewan Miller and Don Stretch Thursday Evening Trades Competition 1: G Dowdall, A Haig, T Mackay 2: S Edwards, W Sutton, I Dench 3: L Cameron, J Herbert, N Robertson Friday Afternoon Progressive Skips:1: Glad Cross 2: Coleen Landsborough 3: Scottie Culverwell 3rds : 1:Murray Roberts 2: John Barton 3: Kura Urquhart 2nds: 1: Jon Barron 2: Shirley Ironside 3: Robyn Chartres Leads:1: Peter Cooke 2: Denise Brown 3: Alison Brown Saturday Studholme Memorial Mount Albert 21, Bremner Park 15, Beacon Point 12, Pembroke 11, Scurr Heights 10 , Rippon Lea 6, Hawea 6,Meadowstone 2. Stadium Mixed Triples 15:06:14 Winner: Simon Nyhof, Michael Barnett, Pauline Hope R/Up : Geoff Thomas, Betty Russell, Jon Barron RESULTS FROM THE CENTRAL OTAGO CHALLENGE HELD AT WANAKA GUN CLUB 15/6/14 10 target HBD eye opener. 10. Ben Everest, Alex Lawrence, Tyler Miller, Jim Marshall, Ray Gunn, Robert Gunn, Ray Anderson, Fraser McGarvie, Des Blair. 15 target HBD Central Otago Challenge. 15, Lockie Weir, John McSkimming, Brett

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Gare, Phill Bayne.. 10 pair double rise. 18, Evan Johnstone, Brett Gare. 17, Ben Everest, Ziggy Potoczny. 16, Lockie Weir, Ray Anderson, Aaron Radford. 20 target continental. 20, Alan Turner, Ray Anderson, Brett Gare, Ziggy Potoczny, Geoff Matheison. 19, Dylan Crawford, Alex Lawrence, Rex Smart, Mark Small, Bob Waugh, Aaron Radford, Fraser McGarvie. WANAKA BRIDGE CLUB RESULTS. Roy Stakes 2. North/ South:- Mo Schofield, Heather Wellman 59.57% 1. Ena Leckie, Kenneth Roberts 58.14% 2. Noeline Goldsbrough, Alan Kelly 57.57% 3. East/West:- Jenny Pryde, Mary GibsonCollings 61.57% 1. Sherril Harries, Maggie Stratford 60.14% 2. Jack & George Foreman 57.71% 3. Friday Bridge 13 June. North/South:- Lynne Fegan, Maggie Stratford 66.93%1. Jan Cunningham, Josey McKenzie 56.95% 2. Ena Leckie, Deirdre Lynch 54.51% 3. East/West:Daphne Stewart, Jean Stokes 70.00% 1. Bryan & Lyla Hensley 65.06% 2. Judy Muir, Shelia White 53.41% 3. Matukituki Pairs 1. North/South:- Maggie Stratford, Michael Chapman-Smith 54.58% 1. Michael Metzger, Jack Foreman 51.00% 2. John & Jenny Milburn 46.83% 3. East/West:- John Mercer, Denise Bruns 70.63% 1. Jason Benton, Lynne Fegan 62.42% 2. Blair & Ruth Coghill 58.92% 3.

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Tarras golf par-tee Staff Reporter Wanaka Sun Rural golfing tradition in New Zealand is being celebrated locally next month with the Tarras club marking its sixtieth birthday. The course was established in 1954 by local families on three farming properties, The Cluden, Lindis Peaks and Malvern Downs, all of which are still in the same hands. The course was traditionally maintained by the families on Sundays, with Saturdays reserved for playing, club captain Jan Gibson said. The club currently has 400 members with tournaments starting annually each September with two men’s days a week competing

for the John Annan Memorial Trophy and a weekly women’s Four Ball match. Interclub matches against Wanaka play for the Lethbridge Jug, with the club also competing

against Lake Hawea and Omakau. The club’s first president in 1954 was S.D. Jenkins with the first senior men’s title won by M.J. Cowie and the junior title going

to C.B. Still. Still was also the club caretaker for ten years, retiring seven years ago. In 1955, Molly Jenkins was the first women’s senior champion with Ruby Smith taking the junior title. Pictured is one of the early enthusiasts, Elsie Lucas of Bendigo Station, believed to have been photographed in 1963. The birthday celebration is being held on July 5 at the Tarras Hall with golf starting at 12.30 and dinner at 6pm. Anyone interested in attending can contact club captain Jan Gibson on Gibsonjan1@gmail. com. Ticket sales for the occasion close on June 28 with no door sales.

Good team effort in Cromwell The UC Orioles played Cromwell in an exciting game last Sunday. They were dominating the field in the first half and scored early through Max Porter. The Orioles performed strongly on the pitch and their good team effort paid off with two more goals through Bradley Gendall. Unfortunately, they couldn’t keep up the fast pace after the break. The Cromwell team found its way back into the game, managing to score four goals and winning 4:3 over UC. The Mini Stick games are held every Sunday morning at the Cromwell hockey turf during Term 2. Pictured back row: Simone Allemann, Lily Wilson, Will Anderson, Max Birkby, Sam Parry, Ocean Allemann. Front row: Max Porter, Dan O’Brien, Bradley Gendall

Wanaka’s football destiny Al Bertini Wanaka AFC has a date with destiny this weekend. After an unconvincing start to the 2014 campaign they have patiently got on with their business, clawing back into contention after going on an unbeaten run stretching back 10 weeks, bringing them one point behind league leaders Frankton FC, who they face this Saturday in a grudge match at the Queenstown Events Centre. A comprehensive win over Wakatipu FC at Jacks Point last weekend sets up a nailbiting finish to the 2014 season, where a winner-takes-all scenario awaits. It wasn’t all plain sailing, however, as a stubborn Wakatipu were intent on ruining the party. They put in a dogged display

during the first half and held out for 35 minutes before Scotty Belsham netted the opener for Wanaka to relieve some pressure. It was short-lived, however, as a Wakatipu cross was not dealt with at the back post,

Poborsky and Matty Gee made the game safe and Carmichael secured his hat-trick and tenth goal of the season with the last kick of the game. It finished at 6-1, taking Wanaka up to second in

History could be made this weekend as Wanaka looks to wrap up a third consecutive league title, a feat which has never been achieved before. resulting in an equaliser for the opposition which left the score level at halftime. Allan Carmichael bagged a quick-fire brace to settle the nerves shortly after the restart, making it 3-1 as Wanaka settled into cruise control. Further scoring by Lukas

the table and leaving fate in their own hands, a scenario they would have gladly taken given the chance at the start of the season. History could be made this weekend as Wanaka looks to wrap up a third consecutive league title, a feat which has

never been achieved before. Win and the championship comes back over the hill to Wanaka, lose and the trophy changes hands to Frankton FC, and in another strange twist of events, if the match is drawn, the title then goes to Lakes United who play Alexandra on the same pitch a couple of hours before. In a few short days, seven months’ worth of hard work, tough training, blood, sweat and tears will come down to a 90 minute battle of the mountain towns. Will the yellow and blacks finish off the job? Head over to the Queenstown Events Centre and find out, kick off 2.45pm. Wanaka Braves finish off their season with a trip to Galaxy this weekend after their game was postponed last Saturday, kick off 1pm at Jacks Point.


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