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Record attempt for life savers GLENDA TURNBULL aime Hutter (42) has taken on a huge challenge. On December 3 he will embark on a 24-hour solo world record to row 277km on an indoor rowing machine to raise funds for Wanaka’s St John, Coastguard and LandSAR. Jaime (pictured) has lived in Wanaka for the last 12 years and is originally from New York. He rowed at university and in 1995 he was part of a team of students at Dartmouth College who set the team record of rowing one million metres. “There were dozens and dozens of us. The record stood until just recently and when I noticed that it had been smashed, I thought, I don’t have a record any more. I was training for the Deans Bank 10-hour race and it got me exploring rowing records. The 24-hour solo record looked like something I could do and I wanted to test myself,” Jaime said. After his university days he took a long break from rowing and got into triathlon, completing Challenge Wanaka in 2012. He took up rowing


again after that and has been involved with the Wanaka Rowing Club for a number of years, but finds it easier to row on his indoor rowing machine. “I have had a rowing machine since

is a conventional wisdom about how to approach the training, which I am trying to follow. The longest I have rowed in training so far is six hours, travelling 75km, and that went really well,” he said. Jaime has picked the brains of two other people who have done a similar challenge, who have answered a lot of his questions and he is being supported by local coach Merryn Johnston who is helping him with nutrition and race plans. Jaime chose the three organisations because of the great work they do in the community. “These people are willing to sacrifice their time to us. They are available 24 hours a day and give us that peace of mind that if something goes wrong they will be there to help us,” he said. Jaime is inviting people to join him during the challenge to row or bike for an hour or more. “It is a long way and I don’t really want to do it PHOTO: GLENDA TURNBULL on my own,” he said. 2001, but it stood upright as a coat To book a time slot or make a donation, email rack until 2012.” Jaime on or post a message Jaime said his training for the on The record record is going well. attempt will take place in the Faulks Room in the “The funny thing is there Lake Wanaka Centre on December 3 and 4.

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Civil Defence conference in Queenstown last week discussing the threat posed by the South Island’s Alpine Fault has raised questions of how we would deal with the impacts of a major earthquake, and just how severe these might be. Conference delegates were updated on Project AF8; the joint effort to develop a coordinated response should the fault, which runs up the spine of the South Island, rupture. Geosolve’s Wanaka-based engineering geologist, Graeme Halliday, who worked for the Earthquake

quake, this one will be the ultimate rural earthquake. We would expect it to be a Richter magnitude of about 8.1 and we would experience probably a few minutes of strong shaking in Wanaka,” Graeme said. Graeme predicts that the quake would uplift the Southern Alps by three metres and that this region would suffer consequences including magnitude 7 aftershocks, numerous landslides in the Alps and on roads, possible tsunamis on lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Wakatipu and possible liquefaction effects.



Commission in Christchurch following the 2011 earthquakes, said by studying tree rings the average time between fault movements can be placed at 300 years. The last time the fault ruptured was in 1717, 299 years ago, putting the probability that it will rupture again within the next 50 years at a high, in geological terms, 30 percent. “It would be a world-class earthquake, certainly the biggest in the European history of New Zealand. Whereas the Christchurch earthquake was the ultimate urban earth-



“Natural systems will be seriously damaged and roads will be extremely difficult for years. Loss of life would probably not be huge as the earthquake would mostly affect uninhabited areas, but it would be very bad news for the tourism industry and the economy of Wanaka. The recovery part is going to take years and require a massive civil defence effort,” Graeme said. Project AF8 has received $245,000 of central government’s Civil Defence and Emergency Management’s Resilience fund. Research conducted around the project aims to inform a series of workshops with the South Island’s six Civil Defence Emergency Management groups to help develop a plan which will be finalised in the next two years. Continues page 3

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Audio safety a winner Missing tourist’s thigh bone found STAFF REPORTER Canadians Connor Hayes (25) and Joanna Lam (24) died on September 10, 2013, when their campervan was struck by an avalanche of trees, rocks and other debris and swept off State Highway 6 near Diana Falls down a steep bank into the Haast River. Joanna Lam’s body was found ten days later, 55km from the wreckage of the campervan, on a beach near the Haast River mouth. Connor Hayes’ body was not found. A post-mortem revealed she had suffered head, chest, spine and limb injuries and Coroner David Crerar found it was likely Connor Hayes died from the same injuries. In August 2016, a hunter located a human thigh

bone at the confluence of the Haast and Burke Rivers. Subsequent DNA analysis has confirmed it to be part-remains of Connor Hayes. West Coast Area Commander, Inspector Mel Aitken said a further search was completed on the Haast River on Sunday October 16, 2016. “This involved volunteers from Haast along with New Zealand Police and LandSAR members from Wanaka and the West Coast,” she said. “The search recovered a number of items of interest from the riverbed but police are yet to confirm whether they belong to Mr Hayes.” “Anything, including bones, which is believed to belong to Mr Hayes, will be released to his family in Canada in due course. Police would like to thank everyone involved for their efforts in searching for the remains of Mr Hayes, in the hope of providing some closure to his family back home.”


STAFF REPORTER A Bluetooth system delivering audio safety messages to South Island rental car drivers has won a national award. A collaboration of GO Rentals, Ministry of Transport, New Zealand Transport Authority, HMI Technologies and Resolve has taken out the Charted Institute of Transport and Logistics’ Safety, Security & Environmental Innovation 2016 Award. The trial started earlier this year for GO Rental customers on the route between Christchurch and Queenstown. Safety messages were sent

from roadside transmitters, via Bluetooth, to devices fitted in rental vehicles. GO Rentals general manager James Dalglish said he was thrilled and honoured to be part of a wide team that received the national award for the road safety trial which has shown how intelligent technology has improved the safety on a busy tourist route. “Without a doubt, this trial is a world first and is certainly groundbreaking from that perspective. I think this has a massive future and could shape the way forward for many years to come,” James said. Pictured: James Dalglish.

Pool opening pushed back DANIELLE BUTLER The opening of Wanaka’s new pool, to be housed in the Three Parks recreation centre, has been delayed by three months. Queenstown Lakes District Council’s (QLDC) current annual plan, adopted at the end of June, scheduled the construction of the pool for completion by the end of September 2017. This has now been extended to the end of December 2017 and, with the addition of a period of commissioning and testing before the pools

are ready for use, the facility is not expected to be open to the public until the end of March 2018. QLDC chief financial officer Stewart Burns said, “It has taken longer than expected to finalise some design elements and to review the final pricing for the new pool. QLDC is keen to ensure that the project remains within budget but this has impacted on the construction timetable.” In QLDC’s 2016/17 annual plan, rate charges for the district had increased by 2.99 percent overall, which included an annual increase for Wanaka ratepayers of $56 per annum for the new pool.


Local’s support for sight in Africa DANIELLE BUTLER Wanaka optometrist Katie Bennetts is nearing her visit to Africa to provide eye care to people living in extreme poverty, and the 600 pairs of glasses she has collected are already there. When The Wanaka Sun spoke to Katie in July, she had collected 60 pairs of old reading glasses that people no longer needed, and since then the extra 540 pairs have flown in, getting her to her goal of 600. Katie, pictured, will spend two weeks in Ghana

and Cameroon next month, volunteering for charitable organisations Unite for Sight and VOSH International, working alongside local ophthalmologists and optometrists screening for eye disease, implementing education programmes and coordinating sight restoring surgery. “I have had all my vaccinations, I have my visas, my flights are booked and I have just submitted my online training regarding what the typical volunteer programme involves, as well as social and cultural customs of Ghana. I am just really looking forward to getting to Africa now,” Katie said.

No more measles in district DANIELLE BUTLER

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No more cases of measles have been reported in the district following a case in Queenstown earlier this month. Southern District Health Board (DHB) medical officer of health, Dr Marion Poore, said, “No further measles cases have been notified to Public Health South at this time. We are urging people to ensure they are fully vaccinated with two doses of MMR vaccine as this is the most effective way of preventing illness and preventing the spread of disease.” Southern DHB want to encourage everyone to check their immunisation history and if they do not have a record of two MMR vaccinations, or are unsure if they are vaccinated, then they should seek immunisation from the doctor. The combined mumps, measles and rubella vaccine is free for anyone born after 1969, whereas THURSDAY 20.10.16 - WEDNESDAY 26.10.16

adults born before 1969, when measles was widespread, are considered immune and don’t require vaccination. Parents of small children should continue to work to the immunisation schedule, which has the MMR vaccine at 15 months and four years. Symptoms of measles include a runny nose, cough and fever around three to four days before the onset of a rash, starting on the head and neck. Meanwhile, Infection Prevention Week is in full swing this week (October 16-22), with this year’s theme being ‘break the chain of infection’. The week’s key message is that the public and healthcare professionals can prevent the spread of infection by simply washing their hands. “Hand hygiene is critical in saving lives. The best way patients, family and visitors can help stop the spread of infections is by cleaning your hands and asking everyone around you to do the same,” Southern DHB charge nurse for infection prevention and control, Jo Stodart, said. THE WANAKA SUN


Beven sentenced for fraud GLENDA TURNBULL Former general manager of Wanacare Ltd, Richard Gregory Beven, 42, was sentenced to prison for three years and seven months when he appeared before Judge Bernadette Farnan at the Queenstown District Court on Monday October 17. Richard Beven admitted fraud charges of stealing $730,000 from operating company Wanacare Ltd and of false accounting. Police dropped a charge relating to the theft of $57,194 from Lakes After Hours Ltd. Directors of Wanacare Ltd Simon

Brebner, Virginia Rutledge and Andrew McLeod issued a statement saying, “We are keen to put this difficult situation behind us and are very pleased that the Wanaka Lakes Health Centre is in good stewardship going forward. “Det. Bryan Gillespie of Wanaka Police has provided exceptional assistance throughout the investigation process, for which we are very grateful. “With some closure now, we thank our staff, tenants and wider community for their support and understanding since Beven was arrested at the start of this year.”

Predicted earthquake’s impact Continued from page 1 The Group Alpine Fault Earthquake Plan is one of seven plans proposed within the Otago group that QLDC are cooperating with. Queenstown Lakes District Council’s (QLDC) local emergency plan for 2013-2016 states that the relatively rapid development of infrastructure in the district over the last four decades using progressively quakerisk aware building codes mean that the building stock is likely to be more resilient to earthquakes. The plan also notes that the district’s relatively dispersed population provides less chance that a large number of people will be impacted by any single event, but does pose a challenge to coordinate and concentrate emergency management efforts. Local communities are starting to

prepare for a large-scale event, with Dunedin’s regional chairperson of neighbourhood support Lois Scott talking at a Hawea neighbourhood support meeting to provide support and advice. As a result of the meeting, a notice was put in the Hawea Community’s weekly newsletter last week advising residents of key items that could be useful should the fault become active, or in any other case of emergency. The notice said, “We need to remember that the Alpine Fault could become active at any time, causing local earthquakes and cutting off roads and other means of communication. Other disruptive emergencies can also occur, so it is a good idea to be as prepared as you can be.”

Congestion easing projects GLENDA TURNBULL With the busy summer season just around the corner, two new projects in Queenstown will help with car congestion. Queenstown Lakes District Council Mayor-elect Jim Boult has announced the contract for construction of Hawthorne Drive, known as the Eastern Access Road, has been awarded to Fulton Hogan for the tendered price of $21.8 million. Work is expected to start immediately and be completed in December 2017. The project, funded by the QLDC with support from the New Zealand Transport Agency, will provide an alternative route for drivers travelling between Frankton and the Shotover River. The route will enable travellers to avoid the existing junction of SH6 and SH6A at the BP Roundabout, which is a long-standing choke-point for traffic. The project will be completed in two stages with the initial connection between Glenda Drive and Remarkables Park expected to be open to motorists before winter next year. Jim is delighted to see such an important project off the ground. “This has been a long time in the making and it is great to see the contract awarded so work can begin right away. Being able to open up a transport link before winter next year will be of huge benefit to locals and visitors alike.” “This announcement is a credit to both the previous council and THE WANAKA SUN

the Transport Agency for laying the groundwork to get this project underway,” Jim said. Meanwhile Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) has started expansion works to its short- and longterm car parking facilities. This work is due for completion on November 29 and will provide approximately 50 additional car parking spaces, an increase of over ten percent. Car parking rates will be reduced for the period of works in the long term car park (October 14 - November 3). The project also includes expanding the commercial zone for pick-ups and drop-offs for commercial operators. QAC chief executive officer Colin Keel said the works formed part of the airport’s short-term infrastructure improvement programme. “The airport has experienced phenomenal growth with a 38 percent rise in passenger numbers over the past three years alone. This growth has presented us with a range of opportunities and challenges, including the increased need for car parking,” Colin said. “The works have been scheduled at a quieter time of year to ensure minimal impact on visitors, staff and the broader airport community and our contractors and staff will be actively monitoring and managing the expansion plans to ensure it is as seamless as possible for our customers. There will be temporary signage in place to help guide drivers and staff will be outside directing traffic at all times.”


Ballantyne Road on the agenda GLENDA TURNBULL Queenstown Lakes District Council has taken on concerns about the safety of Ballantyne Road after the fatal crash that occurred last week. QLDC general manager, property and infrastructure Peter Hansby said in a statement received by the Wanaka Sun, “QLDC, along with the rest of the local community, was saddened to hear of this incident last week. We have taken on community concerns around this particular stretch of road and have been working with the Wanaka Community Board to look into the possibility of Otta Sealing the remaining sections of Ballantyne Road.” At the September workshop of the Wanaka Community Board it was agreed to implement a temporary speed restriction of 50kph on the remaining unsealed sections. The temporary speed restriction signage has been in place since October 3. “Options considered at the Wanaka Community

Board public meeting in March included Otta Sealing the road, which includes some re-metaling and re-shaping of the road, or fully sealing the road which would include design and an NZTA business case funding application,” Peter said. The issue of Ballantyne Road will be discussed again at the first ordinary meeting of the Wanaka Community Board, the date of which is yet to be determined. Peter said it should be noted that roading construction work including sealing generally can’t be completed during winter due to colder temperatures and wet weather. Ballantyne Road resident Dr Dave Allen said, “the council has been proactive in managing the road since the autumn meeting and with our recent spate of accidents. Traffic and speed control is still of concern whatever the surface and it will require more management.” Contractors were working on the stretch of Ballantyne Road near Dr Allen’s property on Wednesday October 19.

Wanaka Community Board confirmed DANIELLE BUTLER Wanaka’s new community board has officially been decided, with Ruth Harrison claiming the fourth seat after a final count of votes. QLDC electoral officer Jane Robertson said the inclusion of special votes had not changed the outcome of the Wanaka Community Board election, in which Ruth Harrison was only 21 votes




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ahead of fifth candidate, former WCB deputy chair Bryan Lloyd. “I am absolutely delighted to be confirmed. I am really looking forward to working with our community making Wanaka the way we want it to be,” Ruth said. Ruth joins Rachel Brown, Ed Taylor and Quentin Smith to make up Wanaka Community Board, alongside QLDC Wanaka Ward councillors Calum MacLeod, Ella Lawton and Ross McRobie.




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Community talk by Johnson The Source Gin wins gold medal STAFF REPORTER Social entrepreneur Sam Johnson will be in Wanaka next month to talk about his work around the world at the intersection of disasters, resilience and youth movements. Integral in establishing the Student Volunteer Army in the wake of the Christchurch earthquakes, Sam and the SVA team have worked for five years to develop community mobilisation strategies with community leaders, universities, UN agencies and volunteer groups throughout the Asia/ Pacific region. Sam was Young New Zealander of the Year and Communicator of the year in 2012 and in 2011 he received a Special Leadership Award from the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Trust. He recently received a Minister for Youth's International Leader-

ship Award. The community talk, brought to Wanaka by Volunteering Central and Central Lakes Trust, will be presented at Edgewater on October 25 at 7.30pm. “We were fortunate to see Sam speak in Wellington and were blown away,” Volunteering Central’s Gillian White said. “We are therefore thrilled to bring him to Wanaka to share the highs and lows of his journey in a high energy talk and Q&A. We wholeheartedly recommend PHOTO: SUPPLIED coming to see Sam. The session is open to everyone and will of course appeal to those with an interest in volunteering, community mobilization, social media or those with links to Christchurch. We guarantee people will leave entertained and inspired.”

GLENDA TURNBULL The Cardrona Distillery has taken out a gold medal for its gin at the prestigious New York World Wine and Spirit Competition 2016. The distillery’s point of difference is they use New Zealand malt barley to produce its base spirit and from there they add juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, lemon, orange zest and seasoned rosehip to produce its The Source Gin. “It is distilled eight times through our copper pot and column stills to create a unique and rare New Zealand gin,” distillery co-owner Ash Whitaker said. The stills were handbuilt by friend Paul Mercer in Timaru. “He is either on crutches or in a wheelchair and he still is able to craft something as beautiful as these stills. We are absolutely stoked and it has won us this award,” Ash said. The distillery has been five years in the planning for owners Ash and Desiree Whitaker, and Alvin and Judith Reid. Building started on January 5, 2015 and they opened the doors on December 18, 2015. “We approached the Lee and Scurr families with our idea and they opened up their maps and asked, ‘where do you want to put it?’” “It is a great location. People jump off the plane in Queenstown and drive over to Wanaka. They stop in and have a look around. They can see it, touch it and feel it and they go away and talk about it and then you have up to 2000 reps to tell people about your product,” Ash said. The distillery also produces The Reid single malt vodka, Rose Rabbit New Zealand orange liqueur and The Cardrona New Zealand single malt whiskey. They filled their first barrels of the whiskey

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A FUN FILLED DAY FORTHE WHOLE FAMILY It’s time to be thinking about “Getting Outdoors for Summer!” Mrs Woolly’s Campground opens for the season on Saturday 22nd October, so come on up for Labour Day weekend! 10:00am – Market stalls & car boot sales open •  “Fresh and Yummy” veg stall – ripe and spray-free from the North Island •  Locally-made cakes and pies •  Mrs Woolly’s hot-off-the-grill BBQ Breakfast Buns served 11:00am – Family fun begins Face painting, balloon man, children’s and family races

An afternoon of inspiring workshops: 1:00pm – Nature Inspired Metal Sculpture Made from found objects 2:00pm – Planting Your Own Organic Produce By and for both grown-ups and kids


3:00pm – Five Secret Hikes At the head of the lake, heart of the mountains 3:00pm – Camp Glenorchy Tours! Come see the progress on NZ’s first Net Zero Energy campground ALL AFTERNOON: $99 Heli Flights with Heli Glenorchy •  Treat yourself to a birds-eye-view of the head of the lake! •  Specials at the Store on garden, adventure and outdoors supplies 5:30pm – Roasted dinner made on Wild Earth wine barrels ($35 including dinner & movie)

6:30pm – Adventurer, Chef and Winemaker Quintin Quider with stories of living on Stewart Island, founding Wild Earth Wines and learning to cook fresh local foods that pair well with his exquisite NZ Pinot Noirs 7:00pm – Film Showing: Hunt for the Wilderpeople Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the NZ countryside. When tragedy strikes, he and his cantankerous foster dad go on the run in the bush. “An oddball and oddly affecting take

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Lots on for Labour weekend Sale of Real Art Roadshow collection STAFF REPORTER Kicking off on Friday with the annual art exhibition presented by Wanaka Arts Society, there is plenty to do this Labour weekend. Join women from around New Zealand, and their supporters, at Bullock Bar on Saturday and Sunday for the Perfect Woman competition. Wanaka Springfest will be held on Pembroke Park on Sunday October 23 from 10am. Bike’vember is one of the organisations to attend

the festival, collecting old bikes to sell and issuing bike passports, which will be stamped whenever the holder attends a range of Upper Clutha events. Doctor Compost and Local Food Wanaka’s annual seed swap stall will also be in attendance. Plastic Bag Free Wanaka will also be joining in the festival to distribute the limited edition Wanaka bag. Head to Bullock Creek for Rotary Club of Wanaka’s annual duck race at 10am, followed by The annual Great Kahu Youth Cardboard Boat Race and Polar Plunge at the jetty between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.


After ten years on the road inspiring a whole generation of New Zealanders, Fiona Campbell and Mark Richter are selling the Real Art Roadshow Collection. The Real Art Roadshow was set up in 2006 by the Wanaka-based duo. Fiona had a keen interest in the visual arts and a need to make her own journey “matter” after becoming wealthy overnight from the sale of Trade Me shares. Fiona and two curators (Rob McLeod and Gerald Barnett) travelled the length and breadth of New Zealand and collected this diverse collection of artworks specifically with school kids proactive rather than reactive when it in mind. The collection celebrates the wealth of contemporary art in the country. comes to suicide prevention strateFiona pledged to run the roadshow for ten years gies. We’re also hoping to generate and it has surpassed all her expectations. interest in a three hour safeTALK “The stories these artworks have told. It has workshop which will be held later in been amazing to watch the artworks encourage the year, and open to any member of these growing minds to think outside the square the public.”

Workshop talks suicide safety DANIELLE BUTLER Last week hosted 2016’s mental health awareness week (October 10-16) but Community Networks will still be conveying the week’s important message at the end of the month, with a preventing suicide workshop. The workshop, facilitated by counsellor Greg Dobson, will give attendees the opportunity to engage in conversation about suicide and to learn what practical steps can be taken to promote a suicide safer community. Greg said, “It’s really about generating conversation, dispelling myths, and encouraging a community to be

SafeTALK is an internationallyrenowned programme which stands for Suicide Alertness For Everyone, Tell Ask Listen Keep safe, and trains communities to be alert when it comes to suicide risk. The workshop is free to attend, and will be held at Mount Aspiring College room 7, between 7pm and 8pm on Thursday October 27. For all enquiries contact Community Networks on 03443 7803.

and see how powerful visual art can be,” Fiona said. The collection is one of the most viewed and loved art collections in New Zealand. Since 2006 over 300,000 people have visited the gallery. It has visited 708 schools for free all over the country from Invercargill to Kaitaia with a focus on visiting rural communities. Educator Paul Forrest said, “Included in the collection are some great examples of contemporary Maori artists and it has been an empowering experience for many to see modern interpretations of Maori PHOTO: SUPPLIED culture being expressed in so many different ways. It has been an absolute privilege to share these artworks.” The truck and display unit is pictured in Wanaka on Pembroke Park on its last visit. The collection, which includes contemporary New Zealand art from artists such as Don River, Ralphe Hotere, John Walsh and Sylvia Siddell, is to be sold at an auction on November 1 in Auckland. The sale of 126 artworks will be overseen by Art and Object, Auckland.

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Business awards finalists STAFF REPORTER More than 50 local businesses entered the inaugural Ignite Wanaka Business Awards, with finalists now chosen. There are four finalists in each of the five categories: Outstanding in Infrastructure/Trades, Professional Services,Tourism,Retail/ Hospitality and Outstanding Innovators. The Supreme Business Award and Outstanding Individual will also be announced at a gala dinner at Rippon Hall on November 4. Convenor of judges Simon Telfer said: “We have had an outstanding calibre of entries – all of which reflect the rich tapestry of business in Wanaka. Entries show real innova-

tion, strong business performance and a commitment to developing great teams of employees.” The finalists include Eyes on Ardmore, NZ Fine Touring Group, Adventure Consultants, Cardrona Alpine Resort, Puzzling World, Skydive Wanaka, Caltex Wanaka, Mons Royale and kin2kin. The independent judging panel comprises four high-profile and successful businesspeople living in the Wanaka region: Governance specialist Simon Telfer, professional director Anne Urlwin, past winner of Ernst & Young's New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year Bill Day and Tarras-based director and lawyer Giselle McLachlan. Pictured: Simon Telfer.

Median house prices in Wanaka continue to rise according to recent figures from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand. The national median house price rose $30,350 (up six percent) to $515,000 from September 2015 to September 2016. Central Otago Lakes recorded the largest percentage increase in median price compared to September 2015, at 41 percent, followed by Nelson/Marlborough at 22 percent and Waikato/Bay of Plenty at 18 percent. The number of properties available for sale across all regions in New Zealand except Auckland has continued to fall in the last year, with most regions having a ten-week supply, while the number of days to sell has stayed steady at 31 days. Queenstown Lakes District Council Mayor-elect Jim Boult said, “As the REINZ figures show, housing affordability is becoming an issue across the whole district and not just in the Wakatipu Basin. While I don’t officially take up the office of Mayor until next Tuesday afternoon, I have already had discussions with a number of people who are keen to be involved with the council in initiatives to address housing supply and cost. I am also coming up to speed with what the council already has underway and where there are limits on our legal

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powers to act. I will also be engaging with central government on the matter.” Jim said there has been good work done by the Queenstown Lakes District Housing Trust to date. “I look forward to working with the trust to further their work. I look forward to being able to share more information with the community in the next few months about ways in which the council can help improve housing affordability,” Jim said.

New chair for COHSL STAFF REPORTER Allan Kane has been elected as the new chairman of Central Otago Health Services Ltd (COHSL). COHSL is the community owned, not-for-profit company which is responsible for providing health services out of Dunstan Hospital. The Upper Clutha high country farmer has been a member of the COHSL Board since November 2012. Allan is also the current chairman of the Manuherikia Catchment Water Strategy Group, which represents the interests of the irrigation

companies and water users in the Manuherikia and Ida Valleys. The appointment was effective as at the COHSL AGM on Tuesday October 11. Russell McGeorge held the position of chairman for the past ten years but had advised his intention to stand down as chair at the meeting. COHSL chief executive Karyn Penno said in an email, “His leadership and business acumen combined with his knowledge of and support for our community has been instrumental in getting COHSL to where we are today. We are very pleased that Russell will be continuing his involvement as a member of the Board of Directors.”

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Graffiti vandalism on the rise DANIELLE BUTLER The amount of graffiti in and around Wanaka is continuing to rise, with new marks made on the town appearing almost every week. A large amount of graffiti on the water towers at the top of Lismore Park has been added to, whilst smaller amounts continue to pop up around the centre of town. Last month, an incident in which the roman numeral ‘XIII’ was stenciled around 11 times on a wall of the

toilet block at Mount Aspiring Road was reported to police but no-one has yet been found responsible. Communications manager for Queenstown Lakes District Council, Michele Poole, said that people who notice graffiti are asked to contact the council so that they can arrange for it to be removed. “If the police are able to find those responsible we always hope that they will be ‘encouraged’ to help in the removal or pay for the cost of having it done,” Michele said. Pictured: The water towers.


STAFF REPORTER The Block NZ stars Tiff Mair and Niki Osborne are among 25 ladies battling it out in this year’s Stonewood Homes Perfect Woman competition. The competition requires contestants to perform a range of tasks this Saturday (October 22), ranging from the practical, such as changing a car tyre, to more unusual challenges including throwing a gumboot through a netball hoop. Ten finalists will then go on to compete in more challenges on Sunday to decide the winner. As well as providing a bit of fun and entertainment, the event has become a major fundraiser for The

Canlive Cancer Trust, which runs annual cancer lifestyle retreats around Wanaka. One of Sunday’s challenges is a test flight with Wanaka Helicopters. Competition founder, Stew Burt said, “It is incredible that we are able to offer this opportunity to the finalists, but only fitting, as they provide the entertainment and become the stars of this fun packed showpiece.” The competition kicks off at The Bullock Bar on Saturday October 22 at 1.15pm and continues at Wanaka Helicopters on Sunday at 9.30am. Pictured: Emma Sweney, one of only two contestants to have entered the competition before will compete again this year.


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Hollywood hits town for dance party fundraiser DANIELLE BUTLER Budding Elvis Presleys, Audrey Hepburns, Marilyn Monroes and Charlie Chaplins can bop down to the Lake Wanaka Centre next month to the charity Hollywood Heroes Dance Party. The dance, organised by Wanaka Rotary Club and Southern Lakes Ceroc, will raise money for Wanaka Volunteer Fire Brigade and Wanaka St John Ambulance. Co-organiser Bernie Kennedy of the Southern Lakes Ceroc Club last got together with the Rotary Club to organise a Great Gatsby-themed dance around three years ago, which raised $14,000 for the local


hospice trust. “The last one was very, very successful so back in May we decided to have another dance party, which will be fun and a good vehicle to raise funds for charity. The funds are going to be specifically for advanced training, and every cent that we make will go straight back into the Wanaka community,” Bernie said. Bernie added that the event has attracted generous sponsors and auction items including a five-night holiday to Noosa, a two-night stay at Arrowtown’s Millbrook Resort and dinner for eight at Federal Diner. The Hollywood Heroes Dance Party takes place on Saturday November 12 at 7.30pm. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased from Paper Plus.

Caveman shaves to save DANIELLE BUTLER Cromwell rugby player Cory Winstanley, known as ‘the caveman’ for his long dreadlocked hair and ginger beard, will have to find a new nickname after he shaved off all his locks for charity. Cory’s ‘shave to save’ raised $5603.65 for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand on Saturday October 15 in honour of a close friend. “We lost one of our very good mates who committed suicide last year and I have suffered with depression myself so this felt like a good way to get it out there and raise awareness,” Cory said. Cory, whose famous dreads have been a part of his appearance for six years, first came up with the fundraising idea around two months ago when thinking of getting a haircut. “My partner suggested it and the goal was to shave my hair off once we had got to $5000. I wasn’t expecting to raise that much, but the rugby boys and the community really got in behind it so I was real stoked to actually do it. My old man


shaved his moustache off as well and I have never, ever seen him without it in 26 years,” Cory said. All money raised will go to the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, which provides campaigns and services covering all aspects of mental health and wellbeing.

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Water-damaged revamp DANIELLE BUTLER Sorry-looking grass at Scott’s Beach in Hawea is due for some tender loving care next week, with work beginning to refurbish damaged areas. Queenstown Lakes District Council’s (QLDC) maintenance and operations supervisor in Wanaka, Diana Manson, said that the work would involve placing new topsoil and seeding the areas of reserve which were disturbed by the new water scheme in Lake Hawea. The refurbishment is due to start next week and expected to take

DANIELLE BUTLER The Wanaka Sun has welcomed on-board its newest team member, business development consultant Leon Durbin, pictured, who joined the newspaper last month, bringing more than 30 years of experience with him. Tauranga-born Leon originally came to Wanaka for a break with his wife, but once they got back home they decided they missed the town so much that they would move here permanently. “I love it, it’s the best town. I’ve seen quite a few places around the world but you can’t beat Wanaka. I saw the Wanaka Sun the first time I came here in the mall and said to my wife, ‘I want to go and work for that paper.’ I liked the fact that it was for local people, supporting the local town,” he said. Leon, who worked in both sales and management at the New Zealand Herald for 17 years before going on to work for the Bay of Plenty Times and Sky Television, is looking forward to getting into his new role alongside local businesses. “This is the best town in the country; I want to see all of its businesses succeed and I believe the Wanaka Sun is the way to do it. I firmly believe that the Sun is the best advertising medium there is, which is proven by the statistics. The fact that over a week we’re 500 to 800 percent stronger than any

around two weeks. It will mean that the reserve will be off-limits to the public for a further six weeks while the grass grows back. The work, which is being carried out by contractor TIC, who are also currently undertaking refurbishment and irrigation installation at Wanaka’s showgrounds reserve, will be complete by Christmas. Residents had previously expressed their concern at the state of the grass, which was degraded last year during the installation of underground water bores and pumping station for the Lake Hawea township’s water supply upgrade.

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other competing media just blew me away,” Leon said. “I’m not here to just sell advertising. I am here to help your business grow.” With Leon’s wealth of experience he can help you plan ongoing strategies to take your business success to even greater heights. To speak to Leon about what he can do for your business, call 021 786 740 or email marketing@

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23 percent compared to the same time last year. September’s domestic passenger numbers have increased by 22 percent compared to September 2015 and international passenger numbers have grown by 25 percent. The airport has also reported an all-time high in its 12 month passenger number, which reached 1.7 million for the first time ever.

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Keep your pre-election promises Now that the dust has settled and the votes are counted I want to firstly say thanks to all the people who put themselves up for election for removing their signs in a prompt fashion. They are an awful eyesore so it’s great to see them gone. Secondly, a lot of people didn’t vote, so shushhhhh! You didn’t have your say so no moaning for the next few years. Thirdly, a lot of people did vote for you folk - elected or not - and you made promises which you really should keep. So all those who pipped up on social media - just to ingratiate yourselves with the natives - get your rubbish bags and yourselves out there on November 5 down at Cardrona River. You made a promise. You made a promise to get yourself votes. It probably worked even if you didn’t get enough votes. So don’t go back on your word. Do what you said you were going to do. Because we all know who put up their hands pre-election and we’ll all know if you are a person of your word post-election. And like elephants, we’ll remember. (We’ll remember the big stuff too.)


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Freedom camping fine not fine We wish to express our disbelief at a $200 fine on our recent visit to Wanaka! We arrived late afternoon, spent over $1000 in your shops while there and we had a fully serviced vehicle and thought we had parked far enough out of town then woke up to your unpleasant present. We had budgeted to stay in parks every second night to spread love around but that changed everything so no parks received our custom in our entire two week trip. Economic sense this does not make for you! Certainly leaves a bad taste in our mouth at thought of returning next year. John and Julie Marano Noosa, Australia

Queenstown Lakes District Council could not comment on this specific matter without details of the infringement, such as the infringement number. QLDC did tell the Wanaka Sun that the freedom camping rules are there to benefit the local community and, if people break them, then they can expect an infringement notice.


Grebe Diary No 2 - October 17 2016. I briefly introduced young Jack Sandford in my last diary, but many of you may have already met him. He was the ten-year-old youngster outside the Wanaka supermarket in August playing his guitar and busking to raise money to be able to build a grebe nesting platform. How cool is that! We were able to help a bit; because I had recently received a box full of damaged pool noodles from the Queenstown Events Centre (thanks heaps) and these provided the buoyancy for his new platform. Jack’s plan was to put this platform close to a beach at Minaret Station where grebes had attempted to breed a number of times, but due to southerly storms, almost always failed. I might add it was a pretty good excuse for me to take a journey with Jack and his dad across the lake from the Neck in the same boat that brings the three Wallis children to and from school every day. Needless to say, the Wallis family are keen grebe fans. Jack kept me company in a kayak at the marina last week and helped record which birds have laid what and when, and asked ‘when will they hatch?’ The official incubation period is 23-26 days, but one of the things we have discovered in this study is that in most instances the first egg does not hatch. Birds lay eggs at roughly two day intervals, but start incubation immediately the first egg is laid. We could tell which egg was new by its colour.

Consultation on Proposed Amendments to the Policy on Development Contributions In accordance with the Local Government Act 2002, notice is hereby given that the Council has begun consultation on amendments to the Policy on Development Contributions. The reason for the amendment is to provide for the recovery of the growth related capital costs of the proposed Eastern Access Road (EAR) on the Frankton Flats. The proposed amendments to the Policy on Development Contributions include the introduction of: 1. A new targeted Frankton Flats Transportation Development Contribution to recover the major portion of the growth related capital costs of the proposed Eastern Access Road on the Frankton Flats. 2. An adjustment to the existing Wakatipu Ward Transportation Development Contribution to recover the minor portion of the growth related capital costs of the proposed Eastern Access Road on the Frankton Flats. Copies of the Statement of Proposal and the revised Policy on Development Contributions are available on the Council website and by emailing Copies are also available in Council offices at 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown and 47 Ardmore Street, Wanaka. A hearing will be held if required in November 2016. Please indicate in your submission if you wish to speak to it in person. All submissions will be made public. Submissions close on Monday 7 November 2016. They can be emailed to or posted to DC Policy Submission, Queenstown Lakes District Council, Private Bag 50072, Queenstown 9348.

Amended Meeting Schedule The QLDC October Meeting Schedule has been amended as follows: Additional Meeting: First Meeting of the Queenstown Lakes District Council Following the Triennial Election – Lake Hayes Pavilion, State Highway 6, Queenstown. Tuesday 25 October 2016 at 1.00pm.

Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund Opens For 2016/2017 These are the hatch dates estimated by Jack: Nest two on October 24, nests three and four on October 26, and nest ten on November 1. -John Darby

The Rural Travel Fund is open to all sports clubs and school teams in the Queenstown Lakes District to apply for funding to support teams participating in regular local sport competition during weekends, but excludes inter-school and intra-school competitions played during school time. Applications forms are available from both Wanaka and Queenstown Council offices or from our Council website: The funding round closes 5pm Friday 28 October 2016.

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SUN CLASSIFIEDS NOTICES WANAKA SALVATION Army Family Store. Opening Hours – Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm, Saturday 9.30am – 4pm. We look forward to seeing you here! DONATIONS KINDLY received. Please drop them into the Salvation Army Family store or ph 443 5068 to book a pick up. BUSINESS NETWORKING International. The Wanaka chapter of BNI meets weekly at 7am Tuesday morning. Great networking opportunity to grow your business. Contact Rosie Ford for information 021 189 6671 WANAKA PRIMARY School ‘Op Shop’ open Tues & Thurs - 12 midday to 4pm. Use Koru Way entrance, off Totara Terrace, alongside the steps. RAGS, RAGS, rags ... little ones, big ones, cotton ones and drop cloths, available from the Wanaka Salvation Army Family Store 443 5068

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‘PREVENTING SUICIDE – A Community Conversation’. Open to everyone, this is a free, onehour presentation and conversation about suicide and what you can do to help. Thursday 27 Oct, 7pm, Mt Aspiring College Room 7. Any enquiries please contact Community Networks Wanaka. WHEELS TO DUNSTAN –free shuttle service to Dunstan Hospital or Alexandra specialist appointments, also linking with the St Johns Health Shuttle to Dunedin Hospital. For bookings please call Community Networks on 03 443 7799 before 3pm the day before. CAN YOU no longer drive? The Total Mobility Scheme provides subsidised taxi services to people who have an impairment that prevents them from being able to drive. Contact Community Networks for more information on 443 7799. INLAND REVENUE are at Community Networks, Wednesday 26 Oct, 9am – 12.30pm. If you need help with your Tax return, Family Tax credits or the changes to Child support give Community Networks a call on 03 443 7799 to make an appointment for this free service.

JP SERVICES are available at Community Networks every Tuesday from 1pm and Friday from 10.30am. Please book your appointment by ringing Community Networks 03 443 7799. FREE COMPUTER lessons for older people - Community Networks is offering one-to-one or small group lessons in your own home on your own device. If you are interested or know of friends or neighbours who are struggling please call in to Community Networks or phone 03 443 779. Our thanks go to the Synod of Otago and Southland for providing the funds for this project.

WANTED VOLUNTEERS required at The Salvation Army Family store if you have some free time and would like to be part of a team which makes a difference, come and see us. VOLUNTEERS WANTED as Companions for older people. You would visit approximately once a week for at least an hour. For more information email or contact Community Networks 443 7799.

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Call Sue on 027 322 9675 for more information. NZ Mountain Film Festival Charitable Trust’s applications for funding are now open! The funds from our 2016 charity auction need to be given away and there is a grant scheme for three different causes the Trust believes in: Fund youth (18 years and under) in adventure film making courses and/or adventure skills training, Financially support local environmental projects like river cleanups, native tree re-planting and other similar projects, and assist with funding people with disabilities to buy specialist sporting equipment. Apply for between $500 and $1,000 before the October 30th deadline. See grants/ for more information. THE WANAKA SUN

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GLENDA TURNBULL Sandflies, snakes, dingoes, track diversions and soft sand did not stop Tony Culshaw from completing his epic 481km six-day Simpson Desert Challenge. He began his journey on September 27 in Perni Bore and cycled into Birdsville with his fellow competitors claiming a well earned beer at the famous Birdsville Pub. Weather conditions for the race were good, raining only once on the second day. “Apart from that we had great weather. One morning it was quite cold at 4 degrees, but by 9am it was 30 degrees with a top of 35 degrees during the day,” Tony said. Tony said he underestimated the logistics of the race and how weather conditions affected the roads. “It took me and my support person five days to drive from Adelaide to Perni Bore, camping out for four nights on the way there and then we had to do it all over again on the way back.” A huge storm, which saw the entire state of South Australia lose power, threatened to derail his plans to compete, but it abated in time for organisers to give the go ahead for the race. “We were lucky all the way through. We managed to avoid all the floods.” Once at the race start, he was amazed at the organisation it took to run the race. “What became apparent to me pretty quickly was it was a full on expedition. There were 30 vehicles

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with medics, water stops and attendants. It was very well organised and they had extra to do this year as there was a lot of track diversions because of the conditions, but they got us all through,” he said. This year was the first year in the race’s 30 year history that every competitor completed the entire course, leaving the sweep (the support person who picks up anyone in distress along the race route) with nothing to do besides cheer on the competitors and take photos. Tony said he had done enough training for the hot conditions. “Out of all my training, the snow training was the most beneficial. Pedalling through the sand was like pedalling through treacle, so you had to watch out for your traction all the time and my snow training helped with that,” Tony said. The only issue Tony had with his bike for the whole race was on the last day when he snapped his bike chain. “The biggest problem was the sand. I had to lay my bike down, hold onto the split chain, put one end in my mouth and put the new link in. Then I dropped the link into the sand and I couldn’t find it. I had four spares, so luckily I only dropped one,” Tony said. Tony completed the race in 14th position with a time of 29:23 hours and raised $2500 for the Australian Royal Flying Doctor Service along the way. He is thinking about being a support person next year. “Don’t mention it to my wife, I haven’t told her yet.” Pictured: Tony with his finisher’s medal. THE WANAKA SUN

New sports fields to be ready for next winter GLENDA TURNBULL Two new fields at the Wanaka Recreation Centre are on track to be ready for use in the 2017 winter season. Queenstown Lakes District Council parks and recreation manager Stephen Quin said they were trying to get them ready as soon as possible. “The fields are likely to be completed in winter next year. We have to put in the irrigation and get the fields up to playing standard. The process of growing the grass takes a while,” Stephen said. QLDC have allocated funding of $260,000 to complete the works from development contributions for reserve improvements in Wanaka. At this stage there is no funding available for lighting the fields. In the meantime maintenance of the current fields has been stepped up. “We have been doing a bit of extra turf renovation work on Pembroke Park and will be carrying out vertidraining, new grass seeding and fertilisation at Kelly’s Flat,” Stephen said. Wanaka Associated Football Club committee member Richard Vostermans said getting the two new sports fields at the recreation centre is fantastic. “Stephen Quin has been hugely

helpful. His is trying his best for us over here. He went into bat for us and got funding approved to get the two football fields at the recreation centre and funding for extra maintenance for Kelly’s Flat and Pembroke Park, which is great,” Richard said. The QLDC is currently reviewing its Parks and Open Space Strategy and the club is preparing a submission asking the council to address the need for more facilities for sport in Wanaka. “We have set up a sub-committee and are preparing a submission for the strategy. We want the council to address the growth of sport in Wanaka and the lack of any infrastructure or planning to facilitate that growth,” Richard said. Richard said the previous plan identified that there would be a shortfall of sports fields in Wanaka. “The 2002 strategy identified that sports fields could be built on the Scurr Heights property, but that has now been sold. Getting the two new sports fields at the recreation centre is fantastic but it’s still a huge shortfall. Even with those fields we are at capacity already.” The club has seen a 100 percent growth in the number of players in the last two years and are now the biggest club in the district. Submissions for the new strategy open to the public in the next couple of weeks and will close in midDecember.

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STAFF REPORTER The Snow Sports NZ Alpine Youth Development Camp, funded by the Snowvision Foundation, was held in Wanaka last week. The camp was open to under-14 and under-16 ski racers and selection to attend was based on national points and results throughout the season. Blake Hartley and Ethan Baxter-McAsey from Cardrona Alpine Ski Team, Will Cashmore (Stockman Sports), Nikau Whetu (Team Ohau/ Twizel Snow Club) and Queenstown Alpine Ski Team members Cameron Marshall, Alex Hull, and Jini Lee attended the October 10 - 11 camp. Alice Robinson (QAST), Kate Richards (CAST), Paige Causer (Team Hutt) and Sam Hadley (CAST) were unable to attend.

The athletes undertook dry-land training at the Snow Sports NZ / HPSNZ High Performance Training Centre. Day one’s sessions included an introduction to strength and conditioning by NZ Olympian Ben Griffin; movement screening with NZ men’s team physio Robbie Moore; warm-up protocols mentored by Willis Feasey and Adam Barwood; and athlete life and life skills by coach Nils Coberger. On day two, Ron Kipp gave a presentation about deliberate practice, outlining for the athletes the difference between good and excellent in training and competition. Ben Griffin ran a second session on agility and coordination, giving the athletes dry-land training exercises which can be practised year round. The camp wrapped up with a motivational talk given by Snow Sports NZ High Performance director Ashley Light.

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String of success for karate star DANIELLE BUTLER Rising karate star Holly Wigg has rounded off one of her busiest and most successful years yet with a win at the Otago Southland Regional Championships at the weekend. Holly, pictured, competed in the championships on Sunday October 16, scooping a win in the teenage women’s open kata. This success is just one in a long list of achievements in the karate field for the Mount Aspiring College (MAC) student, who has also been studying for her level one NCEA exams and successfully holding down a spot on MAC’s netball A team as well as being selected for Central Otago’s under 17s representative netball team. Holly’s mother, Caroline Wigg, said, “We are extremely proud of her for everything she has done while still keeping up her level of karate. She is really stepping up to that level of time management, it is a lot for her to juggle but she has managed it really well, especially to be able to do so well over last weekend after such a big year.” Back in April, Holly won her age division (14/15 years) in premier kata at the New Zealand Open



Karate Championships in Christchurch. “That was a big win for her, as competitors were from all over the country, competing in all different styles of karate,” Caroline said. In the same month, Holly was awarded junior sportswoman of the year in the Central Otago Sports Awards and was picked alongside two others to represent Otago at 2016’s Sport Otago Awards.

Warbirds bag silver medal STAFF REPORTER Hawea Masters Warbirds team came home from the 16th South Island Masters Games with a silver medal in netball. The games were held from October 7 to 16 in Timaru. The ladies won two games, drew two games and lost one game on their way to the final against gold medal winners Cromwell. This is the the ninth medal the team has won at

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the South Island Masters Games, having already bagged three gold, two silver and three bronze medals in the past 12 or so years. They have also excelled at the New Zealand Masters Games winning two silver medals and one bronze medal over the years. Pictured: Carolyn Murray, Barbi Sarginson, Nicky Allum (coach), Kelly Thomas, Noeline Winslow, Judy Clarke, Christine Humphrey (manageress), Trena Williams, Judy Thomas, Sonya Bostock, Nicky Hewson and Sonya Dickson.

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