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ore than 45,000 people turned out for the 80th Wanaka A&P show last weekend smashing last year’s crowd by at least 5000. The show grows in number every year but the 12.5 percent increase in attendance over the two-day event has exceeded expectations of the organisers. Wanaka Show coordinator Jane Stalker says the 80th anniversary celebration Show can only be described as a tremendous success. “It has been a fantastic couple of days and we have hosted visitors from all around New Zealand, many of whom have come specifically for the show. It’s been a real celebration and there’s been a strong recognition of the benefit the show has brought to the Upper Clutha region in the last 80 years. Of course, it’s also wonderful having the continued support from the local community,” Jane said. Continues on page 2



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he message from mothers and midwives to the Southern District Health Board is clear we need more birthing facilities and we need them now. Wanaka’s home birth rate is currently at around 30 percent compared to the national rate of 10 percent according to Wanaka midwife Morgan Weathington, due to the frequency of quick births in and around the town. “The issue of women birthing at home instead of a unit is either one of women’s choice or because that is the best option due to the speed of labour and distance to a unit. It is safer for women to birth in a building than on the side of the road trying to get to a unit. Home births, like primary unit births,


are always attended by two midwives with emergency equipment,” Morgan said. “They are not an unsafe option for low risk women. And in the fast birth cases, they are the only option.” Morgan said that there are two key issues facing Wanaka’s midwives, the first of which is the ever-increasing population one hour or more from a primary maternity unit, and three and a half hours or more from the closest full service hospital in Dunedin. “The District Health Board (DHB) is under obligation to provide a maternity unit within 60 minutes of its populations with over 100 birthing women, and therefore has not lived

up to its expectations for over ten years in the area,” Morgan said. Mum-of-four Jessie Boyd lived in Hawea Flat when she had her fourth child Zara at home 20 months ago after originally planning to travel to Alexandra. “It was about 4am and my midwife told me it was too late to risk the drive and it would have been so painful travelling that far. Looking back it was a wonderful birth but it really annoys me that there is nothing closer,” Jessie said. “It’s dangerous for driving especially in winter or if complications arise and the car ride in labour would be hell.” Hawea Flat mum Emma Burlinson

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who lived at Glendhu Station when she gave birth to son Alfie 15 months ago, had to abandon her plan of travelling to Charlotte Jean Maternity Hospital in Alexandra and gave birth in her midwife’s office. “Close to the birth Alfie had stopped growing which caused some concern, and it was likely that had he not come eight days early I would have been induced at Dunedin. However, he arrived a little early and a lot faster than expected, ” Emma said. Emma headed to her midwife’s office where she was checked over before she planned to continue on to Alexandra, but found that she was fully dilated and would have to give birth there and then. Alfie was born only 40g over the “cut off” minimum weight limit of babies required to be sent straight to Dunedin and Emma was injected with oxytocin due to a large bleed, but both went home happy and healthy. Continues on page 2

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Birthing facility badly needed Continued from page 1 “I was very relieved that everything stacked up in our favour and felt extremely lucky to have a healthy baby, as well as an excellent midwife that made me feel comfortable enough to give birth in such unexpected surroundings. There was a real concern that if things had been different at a number of stages it could have worked out differently,” Emma, pictured with Alfie, said. Wanaka currently has seven qualified midwives in the area who aren’t practicing and in 2018 the town will only be left with two, which is the second problem. “Due to a maternity contract that is tied up in national legislation, lead maternity carers, which is what the midwives of Wanaka are, are being paid less and less each year with the expectation that all business expenses, mileage and equipment comes from this ever decreasing payment/women cared for,” Morgan said. “The payment for the work is not sustainable anymore and the personal toll for midwives and their families too great. Not factoring in on-call hours we are making less than minimum wage. With the on-call hours included it is almost a volunteer profession. For this reason it is hard to recruit midwives here.” In terms of solutions, Morgan said that a sustainable community-led and funded model like Balclutha’s primary unit could work. The unit, funded in part by the DHB and Ministry of Health and in part by a community trust, employs community midwives who staff it and provide antenatal, birth and postnatal care. “A Wanaka primary unit with space for antenatal assessments and community care, a birthing room and postnatal beds, staffed by salaried midwives would work here too,” Morgan said. “If we positioned it strategically we could also have access to more health care providers in emergencies and quick helicopter access.” Liz Disney, Southern DHB’s Acting Executive Director, Planning and Funding said that the board’s primary maternity services project is seeking to identify improvements in service delivery in order


to enhance sustainability, quality and access. This includes ensuring appropriate access to primary maternity facilities across the district, as well as transfer and transport processes when secondary care is required. “Southern DHB is committed to ensuring all women in the district have equitable access to maternity services and that the service is provided in the most safe and effective manner possible,” Liz said. “Currently primary birthing rates are about 12 percent for all births in the Southern district, which is one of the highest rates of primary birthing in the country.” Liz added that Charlotte Jean in Alex and the Lakes District Hospital in Queenstown both provide primary maternity services in the CentralLakes area as well as postnatal facilities.

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The Wanaka Reserve Management Plan was adopted at the Queenstown Lakes District Council meeting in Queenstown last Thursday March 9. The Wanaka Recreation Reserve fronts Lake Wanaka encompassing an area of 7.3ha and is bounded by Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Road, McDougall Road and Stone Street. The southern area of the reserve is occupied by the Wanaka Lakeview Holiday Park, and the northern area of the reserve is leased by the Upper Clutha A&P Society and the Upper Clutha Rugby Football Club. The name of the Plan was amended to include

“A & P Showgrounds” to further identify the reserve. Several groups lobbied for the reserve to be a smoke free area, which was adopted by the Wanaka Community Board. A clause was added by the WCB to encourage a collaborative and non-exclusive use of buildings, so that they are available for community and sporting groups. No further changes were made to the Plan at the full council meeting. QLDC deputy mayor Calum MacLeod said, “it is a good thing for the reserve, for Wanaka and the entire Upper Clutha. I look forward to seeing all users working together to make the facility great for everyone in the town.”

80th Wanaka A&P show a success Continued from page 1 Trade exhibitor numbers were also up this year, with 492 stalls compared to last year’s 472. Cattle entries more than doubled this year with 177 entries this year. Horse and sheep entries were strong at 265 and 194 respectively. The show’s famous Jack Russell race attracted 60 entries on Saturday, which has been a big drawcard for the event for 18 years. The race was judged by Prime Minister Bill English, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen and broadcaster Scotty Stevenson, with the Topp Twins officiating. Mr English told the crowd: “This is a fantastic occasion because it celebrates the long and deep culture of success and primary production in New Zealand. The skills, the attitudes and the people that we have here today are what gives New Zealand its edge in selling to the world, creating a prosperity and having the whole community benefit from PAGE 2

that prosperity.” Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said the Wanaka Show had been a resounding success and she was delighted to be a part of it. “I’ll definitely be back next year and I know the show will continue on from strength to strength,” Jacqui said. Excellent weather most likely enhanced the spirits of the thousands of show-goers who came to see homegrown talent such as the Topp Twins and Wanaka-based celebrity cook Annabel Langbein. “We’re thrilled with the performances by all of our contributors and we suspect they were having just as much fun as their audiences – the atmosphere was sensational,” Jane said. Prime Minister Bill English is pictured on page one with Jacqui Dean and two entrants of the Jack Russell race.


Attempted murder appeal declined In Justice Nicholas Davidson’s verdict at the High Court in cargill, he said that Ahu was the The family of Wanaka man Kahu more violent of the two attackers and Vincent, who was left fighting for fled while Leon waited for the emerhis life in an attack three years ago, gency services. has expressed its joy at the dismissal “In kicking and stomping on Mr of his attacker’s appeal for a shorter Vincent’s head when he was motionsentence. less on the ground, Mr Taylor’s intent Attacker Ahu Stanley Taylor, who was to kill him. The length of the was convicted of attempted murder attack, the level of violence and in July 2016, appealed his sentence the severity of the force used all supof ten years and eight months, with a ported this inference,” Justice Davidnon-parole period of five years. son said. The sentencing relates to a high Kahu’s fiancee Jade Makuru, who profile attack against Kahu, which he has been with for 12 years and left him having to re-learn how to proposed to on New Year’s Eve 2016, speak and walk, by Ahu Stanley said that the family were happy that Taylor and Leon Rowles in Wanaka’s the appeal judge had recognised Night ‘n Day store on May 9 2014. the seriousness of the crime and deIn the Court of Appeal judgement, clined Ahu’s appeal. released last week, Ahu’s counsel, “It’s nice to know he’s not going to Marie Taylor-Cyphers, said that the be getting out any earlier and we can lack of a weapon meant that there was move on from it all,” Jade said. “insufficient evidence on which the “Kahu doesn’t really let this side of jury could have found the requisite things affect him. He likes to stay out to kill.” of it and just focus on the positives Marie Taylor-Cyphers added that and moving forward with life.” Ahu felt aggrieved that he was charged The couple, pictured, and their with attempted murder when Leon two young children are now looking Rowles, who was convicted of in- forward to the future, with their wedtent to cause grievous bodily harm, ding on the horizon and Kahu’s new was not. business taking off.



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Two people were brought safely to shore when their boat malfunctioned on Lake Hawea over the weekend. Wanaka Lakes Coast Guard president Jonathan Walmisley said that three boats were deployed after police were alerted to an overdue boat on the lake just after 11pm on Friday March 10. Two Hawea Marine Group boats searched the east and west shores of the lake, while a Wanaka Coast Guard

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boat searched the middle using its radar, which detected something near the Hunter Valley at around 1.15am. Jonathan said that two people, who had intended to go out on a fishing trip, were found with their boat which had electrical failure. They were escorted back to The Neck by the Coast Guard, who started their engine using a jump start pack. “Everyone was safe and well, but from this we would encourage all boat users to have reliable methods of communication,” Jonathan said. THE WANAKA SUN


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Otago Regional Council Dunstan constituency representative Dr Maggie Lawton (pictured) passed away on Sunday after a brief but determined battle with cancer. Maggie was elected to the council as the constituency’s top-polling candidate at last year’s local government elections and was passionate about environmental issues and the region she served, and particularly water quality. Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Woodhead noted with sorrow Maggie’s passing. “As chairwoman of the council’s technical committee, her contribution, while brief, was an indication of the time and effort she intended to put into her role as an elected member during the remainder of the 2016-2019 triennium. All of us at ORC mourn Maggie’s untimely passing, and extend our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends,” Stephen said. ORC regional councillor Michael Laws said, “In all my thirty years in public life, I’ve never met a more credentialed nor credible person than Dr Maggie Lawton. She was a genuine wonder woman with a great intellect, serious courage and an ability to empathise with almost everyone.” “We started as political rivals in last year’s regional council campaign but quickly became political partners and, most important, friends. Maggie, the environmental liberal – me, the conservative outsider. “Her arguments were always fact-based, well

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Late night town-goers are urged to be vigilant after a scare on Ardmore Street last week. Member of Fitzpatrick’s bar team Lucy Whiteacre posted a warning to social media after witnessing the beginnings of an attack in the early hours of Thursday March 9. Lucy, who was walking home from work at around 2am, encountered a girl who didn’t know the area well being followed by a man who she described as being in his mid-20s to early-30s with dark hair, big round eyes and wearing a black long-sleeved top and tracksuit bottoms. “She didn’t know him so I sent

researched, thoughtful and assertive. She loved the Lakes, loved the Central region, loved our unique lifestyle and environment. She was determined to protect and preserve and enhance our region – an indefatigable voice for the very best of Otago. “We will miss her. But her legacy will endure – I, and countless others, will continue with her causes. “Maggie will always be the wonder woman that keeps us striving.” Her funeral will be held at The Venue, Wanaka on DANIELLE BUTLER March 16 at 3pm. In lieu of flowers, people have been asked to help fund a Wanaka stream restoration project in Mag- Cromwell College has responded to gie’s name by donating to serious concerns about its bullying open-project/in-memory-of-maggie. culture, stating that its board has confidence in its procedures. The parent of a 12-year-old student who had to take time off school due to injuries sustained in an incident of bullying expressed her concerns online prompting tens of other parents and ex-pupils to agree that the school had a bad bullying culture. Principal Mason Stretch said that he was aware that bullying and the school’s response to it had been a recent topic of discussion within the community and the school. “Our pastoral team has already

friends. She was adamant she was okay so I gave her directions and started back but something didn’t feel right,” Lucy said. “I turned around and saw this guy running across the road towards her so I doubled back and watched from a distance. He grabbed her from behind and tried to drag her away.” The man was shocked and ran away when Lucy ran towards the pair shouting. Another witness also noted that the same man had been acting strangely in the middle of the road earlier that night. The incident has been reported to Wanaka Police who are investigating.

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been reviewing our guidelines to deal effectively with this issue and our approach is being communicated again to students. We take all incidents of assault and bullying seriously and work restoratively to repair the harm that is caused,” Mason said. Mason said that any incident of bullying or harmful behaviour is dealt with through discipline procedures that follow Ministry of Education guidelines. “Our board is confident that our discipline and restorative procedures are robust and fair,” he said. The principal added that he would be writing to all families this week outlining the college’s processes and approach, with comments and feedback welcome.

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Construction work began on Monday as contractors finish upgrading the pontoon jetty at Wanaka Marina. The work is scheduled to be complete tomorrow

(Friday March 17). The alternative jetty is open for use and council asks that boaties respect any signage and the contractors.

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The cause of both fires to hit Dublin Bay in a week is still unknown. Otago Rural Fire Authority’s deputy principal fire officer Jamie Cowan, who is investigating the fires which spread through trees on the reserve on Friday March 3 and Thursday March 9, said that an ongoing investigation was unlikely to determine the cause. Although he doesn’t believe them to be the culprit, Jamie has expressed his concern over ash piles from a portable camping stove or barbecue found at Dublin Bay this week. “This is very concerning as ashes are a starter for fire. We need the public to help us identify


what sort of device campers are leaving the ashes from so that we can better understand the risk and educate people about the risks,” Jamie said. Following the first fire, residents erected make-shift signs warning freedom campers to stay away, although Jamie believes there is no evidence to suggest that the road-side site of the second fire, which took seven crews around 12 hours to fully extinguish, had been used for camping. The first fire sparked concern for the management of the reserve’s wilding pines, with a meeting to be scheduled between Queenstown Lakes District Councillors, Wanaka Community Board chair Rachel Brown and Department of Conservation rangers to discuss satisfactory management of the trees.

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There will be two additional top international speakers coming to Aspiring Conversations in April. The session entitled Innovation & Disruption has two panellists at the forefront of technological development who will discuss the constantly changing technological landscape and how it is changing the world we live and work in. Kathryn Parsons is the co-founder and co-CEO of Decoded, a Londonbased tech start-up which aims to


The Holy Family Catholic School is bringing New Zealand diva Lisa O’Neill to Wanaka for a night of hilarity and fun on March 23. Lisa is an author, presenter and motivational speaker and will share the secrets of being a powerful, happy woman. This is a night of motivation for women who want to love their lives. Lisa is passionate about inspiring people who want to change their lives, and has spoken to 16,000 women at public events and conferences last year alone. With a career in fashion, Lisa was fashion editor for NZ Women’s Weekly and has appeared on Breakfast, Paul Henry and Radio Live. Lisa is looking forward to her upcoming show in Wanaka. “I can’t wait to visit Wanaka again, and talk to all of the wonderful Wanaka women about being the best version of themselves! Decode your DIVA is all about showing women how to be Dynamic, Interesting, Vibrant and Assertive. And helping them take charge of their lives,” Lisa said. HFCS committee member Julia Hunt said, “Lisa is really inspiring to women and really, really funny. It’s going to be a great night.” The event will take place at the Lake Wanaka Centre. Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm start. Tickets available on eventfinder at $45 and include a light supper. Net proceeds will go towards education resources for the school.

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The latest graduates of the Business Growth course have passed with flying colours, with all of the 19 students passing the course. Te Wananga o Aotearoa tutor Mylrea Bell said the students will be receiving their Certificates in Applied Business Growth and Development soon. “What a treat – everyone passed. They were such a motivated and entertaining class. It was a great group,” Mylrea said. The class met in Wanaka for one night a week for 24 weeks, finishing at the end of last year. “While past successes in the courses have been high, this is the first time that 100 percent of the Business Growth students have passed,” Mylrea said. As well as gaining business management information and enhancing confidence, the course


Lake Wanaka Tourism (LWT) has launched the first in a series of videos aimed at travellers visiting the region. Released yesterday, the video “Responsible Camping” provides practical advice to people who may be considering freedom camping. LWT worked with the local Department of Conservation office (DOC) and Tom Brownlee and Cam McDermid of All Us In Winterland to create the 60-second video. It encourages travellers to use the area’s permitted camp-sites and the facilities provided, remove waste, refrain from using lakes and rivers for bathing, and observe the rules around fire bans. “The Wanaka region is the perfect place to explore by campervan, motorhome or to pitch a tent. We want

was a great opportunity for creating synergy and networking among the participants’ various businesses. Businesses included high-end accommodation, decorating design and supply, specialised NZ tours, glamping, specialised accounting, kids’ clothes, hair cutting, human resource management, floristry, outdoor maintenance, home and commercial cleaning, fine art, baby linens and bedding, and water fitness activities. “Each person chose two projects to work on to move their business forward, which was then broken down into smaller tasks with dates assigned. This was seen as a great chance for getting things done,” Mylrea said. The class graduates are pictured on the last day of their course. The course is offered free of charge through Te Wananga o Aotearoa. A new course will commence on Queenstown Airport has reported strong passenger numbers for FebruApril 3. ary 2017, with a 16 percent increase in its annual passenger numbers compared to the same time last year. The total number of passengers for the month was up 9 percent at 161,699 compared to last February, cause it makes consumers more likely to buy. “By the time the add-ons are revealed, consum- with a boost in the first week due to ers are more likely to be committed to the purchase Chinese New Year. With the summer season also drawand less likely to shop around,” Sue said. While the Fair Trading Act prohibits misleading ing to a close, the airport reported representations about price, it hasn’t been effective at stopping drip-pricing practices. “Other countries provide better consumer protection. In Australia, for example, companies are prohibited from advertising a component of a price without prominently displaying the total amount,” Sue said. Consumer NZ is inviting people to sign its online petition to get the law changed. The petition can be found at

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Hidden fees cost shoppers Consumer NZ has released results of its latest survey, finding more than two-thirds of consumers have been stung by extra fees when buying goods and services. Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin said consumers could be paying $68 million each year. “These charges, often called ‘booking’ or ‘service’ fees, are increasingly common in the travel and entertainment industries. But they’re not included in the advertised price, misleading consumers about what they actually have to pay.” Consumer NZ has launched a campaign calling for the Fair Trading Act to include rules requiring businesses to disclose the full cost of products. The practice of adding fees to advertised prices is known as “drip-pricing”. Companies use it be-

a seasonal increase of 12 percent, with 524,140 passengers travelling between December and February compared with last year’s 469,117. Now that the peak summer travel period is at an end, the airport will roll out improvement works including runway grooving, car parking and traffic flow improvements as well as kicking off the 12-month trial period for its new park and ride service. -Glenda Turnbull WS

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to continue to encourage visitors to come and enjoy our magnificent natural playground while playing their part in contributing to our region’s well-being,” Lake Wanaka Tourism general manager James Helmore said. “These videos are our way of ensuring we’re engaging with our audiences to deliver practical information such as basic rules and regulations, but adding some personality.” Annette Grieve, DOC Wanaka office spokesperson, said the video communicating responsible camping messages is fully supported by DOC. “It is a friendly and social approach, informing and reminding visitors about the local camping etiquette. We applaud Lake Wanaka Tourism on this initiative.” The next video in the series is planned for release in May 2017.

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3 A 2 F 1 I 1 J 1 N Piece of Pearce This Black Beauty sits perched on an elevated corner site, in this very handy part of Wanaka. With the schools just one block over, and an easy stroll into town through Lismore Park, this area is very popular with families. The house itself would be an ideal permanent, holiday or rental, with fantastic features.


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After establishing the adventure business in Wanaka five years ago, Oxbow are moving their operations to Queenstown at the end of April. The company offers thrill-seekers a range of adrenalin-packed activities in their custom built ‘toys’. Oxbow owner and general manager Darb Richmond is the in-house helicopter pilot with ten years’ experience. He started driving jetboats in Queenstown in 2000, and also worked as a jet boat driver in Makarora. The company is looking to refine and expand the Oxbow experience and Darb said it was a good time to move to a separate property. “We set the business up five years ago on my wife’s parent’s property. It has been a good testing ground, but it is not our land. With the company looking for a new home base and most business coming out of Queenstown it is logical to move the company’s operations over there,” Darb said. The new Queenstown Oxbow will concentrate on packages including the jet sprint boat, clay bird shooting and offroader truck, and for the first time will offer individual experiences. “Both the jet sprint boat and offroader truck are pretty unique rides. Our jet sprint boat is the only commercial one of its type in the world and can go from 0-100km in 0.5 seconds,” Darb said. The boat was built and designed by Peter Coe, eight-time world sprint champion and the offroad truck was designed by National Off-Road Champion Dan Kelper. “People absolutely love these two rides and


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they will be unique to Queenstown,” Darb said. Darb said he and his wife Hails were grateful for the support from the Wanaka community. “The Wanaka locals have been amazing over the last five years and we want to thank you for all your support,” Darb said. In the six weeks up to the Wanaka closing date Oxbow is running individual activities for locals without having to do a package.

GIVEAWAY Oxbow is also offering a giveaway exclusively through the Wanaka Sun. Simply like the Oxbow post on our Facebook page and tell us why the Oxbow adventure is on your bucket list and be into win a Thrill Seeker package for you and two friends. The Thrill Seeker packages include adventures in their custom built jet sprint boat, off-roader truck and clay bird shooting worth $379pp. The competition closes on March 19 at 8pm and winners will be contacted shortly after that.

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Ladies from across Southland and Otago celebrated International Women’s Day last week by making their mark on a collaborative canvas. Around 50 women went to Archangel Vineyard’s Make Your Mark event on Wednesday March 8, which invited women to celebrate creatively by making a large collaborative artwork. Artist and Archangel owner Mary Zurakowski said that the event was lots of fun and they were pleased to see women come from as far as Invercargill and Roxburgh. Parts of the painting, which is made up of four panels, will be displayed in the vineyard’s tasting facility. Pictured: Women add to the collaborative art work on International Women’s Day. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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Cardrona worker Katie Hoffman will head up the mountain on Friday March 17 and come back down one head of hair lighter. Katie, who works in the summer activities crew, is shaving her head as part of Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand’s Shave for a Cure campaign. “I’ve been thinking about doing it for a good five years but kept putting it off. Then one of my family members got lymphoma. She’s fine now, but this is my way of supporting her with what she’s been through,” Katie, pictured, said. Staff from Ali Baba’s will be on hand to shave Katie’s hair at Cardrona and the mountain worker is currently just $20 away from her $500 fundraising target. “I have never shaved before so this is a big step for me but nearly everyone, at some point in their life, goes through the struggle of cancer, whether it be themselves, loved ones, friends or colleagues. This is to raise awareness and to say to them, you are not alone,” Katie said. “Plus, it’s just hair. It will grow back.” To donate, visit and search for Katie Hoffman.

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When seven-year-old Holy Family Catholic School student McKay Heath learned about the imminent closure of Dunedin Wildlife Hospital due to lack of funding after discussing a news article in class with teacher Anne Fauth, he was determined to do something about it. McKay, pictured, spoke with his friends in the year three Mount Roy class and they decided to try to help the hospital by raising funds so it could stay open. He then spoke with HFCS principal Jo McKay to ask if he could put a collection display at the HFCS tent at the Wanaka Show. She said “yes”. Over the two days of the show the fundraiser collected $50.10 which was donated to the hospital earlier this week on its givealittle page. Another donation will have to be made to the hospital after more of Anne Fauth’s pupils have donated money this week. One student brought in $15 of her own pocket money to donate to the cause. The Dunedin Wildlife Hospital’s aim is to treat the South Island's native wildlife under expert veterinary care in a Dunedin-based facility. Without a facility in Dunedin injured wildlife has to be sent to Wellington for treatment which decreases the chance of survival. After noticing a large increase in the number of injured yellow-eyed penguins in 2015, the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust sought funding to contract wildlife veterinarian Dr Lisa Argilla THE WANAKA SUN

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Last week I mentioned that I’ve now decided to turn my half marathon training journey into a fundraising mission as well. Once I hit the halfway point a couple of weeks back my motivation started to go downhill and I noticed I wasn’t really putting my all into my training anymore. I was skipping runs more frequently and cheating more by eating rubbish that wasn’t fuelling my body correctly for the longer, more hilly, and more gruelling runs. Now that my distances are getting more serious, I can’t afford to faff around anymore so I need something that is guaranteed to keep me going. When I ran the Great South Run in Portsmouth in 2014, I raised money for a UK charity very close to my heart - The Willow Foundation. The Foundation offers Special Days for seriously ill 16-40 year olds and touched my life personally when it sent me and my friend Charles, who was battling lymphoma, on a two-day trip to Alton Towers - a theme park in the UK and one of Charles’s favourite places. Knowing that so many people had donated and were rooting for me made it impossible to stop when the going got tough before, and I’m certain it will do the same again. Charles, who very sadly lost his battle about six months after we went on his Special Day, told me once how much he wanted to get into running and fundraising once he got better, and every time my legs feel as though they’re about to drop off or my heart is about to pound through my chest on a run I think of that. Running and training can get insanely tough, but sometimes I have to remind myself that the abil-


ity to put on my running shoes and go is actually a massive privilege denied to many. Last week, I managed an 11km undulating run via the Millennium Track quite comfortably, which surprised me, but this week I achieved a ‘poor’ rating in my beep test with Boxfit trainer Joe after a heavy weekend of booze and food. We’re aiming for a humble ‘average’ rating next week, and I’m aiming to lay off the rum at the weekend, with 14km on the agenda also. As always, wish me luck! Danielle.

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The species of Tylodelphys, the genus to which the new parasite belongs, has a typical three-host life cycle; the fish and bird are the second and final hosts, and the first host will be a gastropod snail. We haven’t yet found the snail with the first larval stage, so this is another mystery waiting to be solved. Also of interest during the dissection, we found that the gizzard was stuffed full of adult feathers. It wasn’t until I looked up the details of grebe behaviour that I discovered that feather eating is quite a thing among birds of this family, and no-one is quite sure why they do it. I’m sure that John has reported such behaviour before in his diary. In addition to the adult gut, he sent us a two-day old chick that had died and it too had many adult feathers in its gizzard. It seems that the adults purposely feed feathers to the chicks after having dipped them in water. They do this sometimes before even feeding them their normal food. Perhaps John

can revisit this strange behaviour on another occasion! By way of a footnote, one of our postgraduate students, Tony Stumbo, has just completed his thesis entirely on the behaviour of the eye-flukes, without having a name to give them. In recompense for this irony, I intend to name this parasite in his honour. Dr Bronwen Presswell. Zoology Department, Otago University. In my correspondence with Bronwen, she mentioned that she had found three types of nematodes, one cestode and three types of trematode in the viscera. Nematodes are roundworms and only some 25000 of the one million or more species have been described. Cestodes are parasitic flatworms more usually referred to as tape worms. Finally, trematodes are a subgroup of the flatworms known as flukes - the guilty one in our story. John Darby



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WANAKA SALVATION Army Family Store. Opening Hours – Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm, Saturday 9.30am – 4pm. We look forward to seeing you here! HAWEA WANAKA Pony Club notice of AGM on 11th April 2017 at SHPG office Wanaka @ 7.30pm all welcome! 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

UNDERSTANDING THE early signs of memory loss, and supporting independence and quality of life Donna Watt, Community Support Officer for Alzheimer’s Otago will be speaking in Wanaka on this topic, Thursday 30th March,11am - 12pm. While specifically aimed at supporting Wanaka’s Companionship for Older People service, interested members of the public are welcome to attend. The topics covered will include:Symptoms of concern - and recognising normal signs of ageingWays to support someone experiencing early signs of dementia or memory loss Ageing well and reducing your risk of dementiaThere will be time for questions and discussion. Venue to be confirmed depending on numbers. Please register for this free talk by calling Community Networks Wanaka, 03 443 7799 or email info@communitynetorks. By Friday 24th March

Wanaka Marina Limited wishes to advise that in terms of the company’s resource consent RAGS, RAGS, rags ... little ones, big ones, cotton ones and drop cloths, conditions, there will be chemical weed control available from the Wanaka Salvation Army Family Store 443 5068 measures taking place from the 20th March 2017 until 8th April 2017 depending on weather conditions. The chemical, Diquat, will be applied within 25 metres of the marina structure by ERMA approved licensed applicator, Landcare Services Limited. Access to the marina and surrounding water ways will be restricted during the period of SHADEPLUS application. Signage will be placed in the area to notify to public of the restricted access. This SHADE SAIL SPECIALISTS notice is given in accordance with the Otago Scott Moyle Regional Council Water Use & Management policy Marine Performance Specialists P (03) 443 7288 P (03) 443 7288 under clause 12:7.1.1ii P (03) 443 7288 M 027 420 6250 M M027 6250 Servicing all brands of outboards 027420 420 6250 For further details please feel free to contact E E E and sterndrives the applicator Graeme Larcombe on New Honda & Suzuki Outboards 027-222 5467 or the Marina Secretary Shane Gibson on 03-443-0086. 16 Rogers Street, Cromwell 03 445-4368 | 027 433 6163

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SERVICES WANAKA PHARMACY is your local pharmacy. We’re the big pharmacy at the top of Helwick Street - open until 8pm every single day. Ph 443 8000 FREE COMPUTER/SMARTPHONE assistance for over 60s – offered by MAC students at Community Networks, Tuesdays from 3.30pm. Bookings essential, ph. 443 7799. THIS MONTH Community Networks is fortunate to have some local businesses supporting us through a tasty fundraiser. Thank you to Francesca’s Italian Kitchen, Speights Ale House, Big Fig, Black Peak Gelato, and Mediterranean Market who are generously donating a percentage of the proceeds from one of their dishes/items. Money raised is going towards our Meals on Wheels service and our Companionship for Older People service. Thanks everyone! VOLUNTEERS WANTED for Visiting Service - Companionship for Older People project. Can you spare a bit of time to visit one our senior citizens, to have a chat or go for an outing once a - week? Both men and women welcome. For more information please call Community Networks 443 7799 or email

TRAINING FOR Not for Profit and community groups. The Otago Chamber of Commerce, in association with the Otago Community Trust and Community Networks Wanaka, are running a workshop in Wanaka: Communication for Managers and Leaders (27 March 2017, 5.30pm). For further information or to register, please contact Kim Cox: FREE BUDGET ADVICE available at Community Networks. Please call Community Networks on 443 7799 to make an appointment INLAND REVENUE are at Community Networks on Wednesday 29 March. If you need help with your Tax return, Family Tax credits, IRD number or Child support give Community Networks a call on 03 443 7799 to make an appointment for this free service.

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.

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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.


HEALTHY DEALS THIS WEEK 2017 Grassroots Awards for children Yr 2 - Yr8 To be used for Snowsports Improvement Lessons @ Cardrona, Treble Cone or Snowfarm. Not for School Skiing. Application forms available from Ph 021 881 263

MARKETEER WANTED - BASED IN WANAKA We’re after a solid marketeer who can take the lead delivering both in-house marketing and consultancy work supporting SME business owners in the region. With at least 3 years’ experience at marketing manager level or above, you’re confident with all aspects of planning and delivering marketing tactics from brand development to creating promotional materials to managing social media. You’re also a great copywriter and get the best from suppliers. A marketing qualification and previous consultancy experience would be ideal. In exchange, we’re offering good pay, colleagues with GSOH and flexible hours – part time to start with. Please send your CV and any samples of your work to

Phone: 03 443 8000 Top of Helwick Street, Wanaka Pharmacy Retail Sales role (part-time) We are looking for sales superstar to join our team. Previous pharmacy or beauty industry experience would be ideal but not essential. Enthusiasm, good product knowledge, the ability to sell and a willingness to learn are absolute necessities. This role will include some late finishes and weekend work. Wanaka Pharmacy is open from 8am until 7pm Monday to Sunday. Please email your CV and a covering letter to: Nikki Heath email: Applications close 22 March 2017





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Phone: 03 443 5252 Fax: 03 443 5250 Editor: Ruth Blunt Journalists: Danielle Butler Glenda Turnbull Social media: Nikki Heath Graphic design: D. Foster Advertising: Leon Durbin 021 786 740 Admin: Benn Ashford 021 956 740 Mail: PO Box 697, Wanaka Deadlines: Display Advertising

4pm Friday prior to publication. 021 786 740 Classified Advertising 5pm Monday prior Text: 0220 786 778 Subscriptions: $175 within NZ (including GST) per year. Overseas rates on request. Remittances to PO Box 697, Wanaka, NZ

N O T I C E B O A R D Amended Meeting Schedule The QLDC March Meeting Schedule has been amended as follows: Additional Meeting: Resource Consent Hearing (Shotover Country Ltd) – Crowne Plaza Hotel (level 3), Beach Street, Queenstown. Thursday 30 March 2017 at 2.00pm and Friday 31 March 2017 at 9.00am.

Closure of Streets to Ordinary Vehicular Traffic PURSUANT TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1974, notice is hereby given that the following roads will be closed to ordinary vehicular traffic for the purpose of holding the 2017 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Balloon Launch: Road to be Closed: Period of Closure:

Mount Barker Road 2.2 kilometres from State Highway 6 Saturday 25 March 2017 for a maximum period of two hours between 0700 and 1300

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If launch aborted the first consecutive day thereafter until successful launch

(NB: the launch is weather dependant, so the proposed closure time will be postponed to the following day until suitable conditions exist) It will be an offence under the above regulations for any person otherwise than under authority of an authorised permit to use the roads for ordinary vehicular traffic during the period of closure.

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QLDC intends to prepare a Reserve Management Plan that will cover the reserves in Lismore Park, Allenby Park, Kelly’s Flat, Faulks Terrace, Kennedy Crescent and Domini Park. We are in the early stages of planning and would like to hear the community’s views about what we should include. We invite you to tell us what you think we should provide for, so that we can produce a draft for formal consultation later this year. Set your imagination free – tell us about the sort of activities you’d like to be able to do in your neighbourhood parks. Should we cut the grass so it looks like a playing field or let it grow longer? Do you visit any of these reserves now? If you do, what draws you there? And if you don’t, what keeps you away? Email us with your thoughts at and put “Wanaka parks reserve management plan” in the subject line. You can also write to us at QLDC, Private Bag 50072 Queenstown 9348. Informal feedback closes on 18 April 2017. After that we will prepare a draft plan and invite formal submissions. This notice is pursuant to S41(5) of the Reserves Act 1977

While every care is taken in the publication of advertisements, the publisher cannot be held responsible for errors or their subsequent effects. The right is reserved to alter, abbreviate, omit or reclassify advertisements for any reason. No portion of the content of the Wanaka Sun may be reproduced in whole or in part without the prior written consent of the publisher.


Client: OnGas, is one of the country’s largest suppliers of LPG, distributing and selling to residential and commercial businesses. The Role: You will be responsible for the delivery of LPG cylinders in a safe and efficient manner, whilst ensuring a high standard of customer service. You will: • Be an experienced driver with a Class 2 licence • Hold a D endorsement • Forkhoist (OSH) licence, F endorsement would be an advantage • Good understanding of H&S in the workplace If you are able to pass a drug test, medical & criminal history check, please email your CV to: or call Andrea on: 0508 436 723 (freephone)

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The 19-strong Mount Aspiring College rowing team competed in 19 events at the South Island Secondary Schools Regatta last weekend bringing home two silver medals. Held in Twizel, more than 1100 students raced on perfect water, despite the wet conditions. The MAC crew performed well with many gaining personal bests and the team making five A finals and six B finals. The girls under-16 double of Greer Porter (15) and Peta MacKay (15) faced challenge after challenge from the halfway stage of their race but hung on to finish second in a huge

field of 36 starters. Teammates Jordan Fox (15) and Maggie Stiven (15) rowed well to finish seventh in the A final. Racing in the under-16 boys, Sam Pearce worked hard throughout the race to take a silver medal in the largest single scull field in the regatta. Bella Cooke rowed well in a competitive under-18 single event, placing fifth. Emma Smith and Estelle Norman finished fifth in the B final of the under-15 doubles and, joined by Rata Horan and Sammy Harry coxed by Quinn Curtis, were placed fifth in the under-15 quad. Sam, Peta, Greer and Bella will now face the best young rowers in the country at the prestigious Maadi Cup in Karapiro which starts on March 27. Pictured: Medal winners Greer Porter, Sam Pearce and Peta MacKay.

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Mount Aspiring College students returned victorious from the Otago Secondary Schools Athletics Championships last week, with all team members winning medals. All 13 members picked up medals at the championships in Dunedin from March 10 to 11 with Jack East and Sammy Burke breaking individual records for the under-15 400m and senior 3000m and Zoe Smith breaking two under-14 records, in the 800m and 1500m. Two of three teams, the under-14 girls and under-15 boys, also won their relays. Swim students also scooped top achievements at the Central Otago Primary Schools swimming championships on Friday March 9

in Cromwell. Of 13 students representing Mount Aspiring College, most recorded personal best times, while Sam Cottier and Emma Palmer won the overall championship category. Cullen Meyer broke the 12-yearold butterfly record and Scarlett Norman won the 12-year-old category while Cruz Morland won the 11-year-old division. The college won the boys 11 year freestyle and the girls 12 and over freestyle. MAC sports coordinator Jacky Toepfer said that best of all, the organisers commented on the great sportsmanship shown and students’ representation of the college. Pictured: Mia Treadwell-Burke, Ruby Burke, Sammy Burke and Laura MacCulloch. -Danielle Butler WS

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The Queenstown Lakes District Council has finalised the ten year lease of an area of land on Kelly's Flat to Wanaka Football Club for storage purposes, but the club still needs to raise $90,000 before its dream of extra storage space becomes a reality. The club has already made several funding applications to commence its fundraising target, but the beginning of the soccer season has seen the committee busy with finalising teams for this season, which has seen a further 10 percent increase in junior players up to 375 players in the under 17 age bracket. While WFC club president Katherine Emerson was excited about the new lease, and the plans for the shed were all but completed, fundraising has had to be put on the backburner while teams are organised, registrations are received and new coaches

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are appointed. “This season we have 36 teams, up from 31 teams last season. We don’t have enough coaches yet for all the teams and would love to hear from anyone who is interested in coaching,” Katherine said. Space to play games is also an issue. “It looks like we may have to split games between Wanaka and Cromwell when we play them as there is just not enough room to field all the games,” she said. The real issue at present is having someone to devote the time to fundraising for the club, while they get on with coaching and playing the game. “We have the plans, we have the resource consent and the lease, now we are looking for that special someone to help us with applying for grants, and organising fundraising,” Katherine said. The club is hoping to raise enough funds by the end of this season to get the storage shed built. THE WANAKA SUN



Grassroots applications open G PHOTO: NIKKI HEATH

Kids attend Road Safety programme G


Students in years four to eight at Holy Family Catholic School participated in a Road Safety programme last week to learn more about bike and pedestrian safety. Queenstown Lakes District Council school travel plan coordinator Kirsty Barr runs the courses in conjunction with New Zealand Police school community officer Constable Phil Vink (pictured biking with Year 5 HFCS students on the programme). “The students learn hand signals, about controlling their bike, knowing what to do when they get

to an intersection and learning how to ride in light traffic. It’s really vital to get them to look behind and look both ways, and they need to practice it. “We take them on a non-road ride with parent helpers and then workshop the turns and intersections so that each of them knows what to do by the end of the session,” Kirsty said. The number of students riding to school at HFCS has increased over the last year with the school having the second highest biking rate in the district in 2016. “It’s really cool when you come across a school where they are increasing the number of students who are actually riding to school,” Kirsty said.

World Champs silver for Zoi S


Wanaka snowboarder Zoi Sadowski Synnott celebrated her birthday by winning a silver medal at her first World Championships in Spain on Saturday March 11. Zoi, who turned 16 on March 6, was the youngest member of the Cardrona NZ Park & Pipe team in Sierra Nevada, Spain for the Sierra Nevada 2017 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships. Zoi was sitting in seventh position after her first run, but she landed a fantastic second run, a highTHE WANAKA SUN

light being landing a double Wildcat for the first time in a slopestyle competition run. She was in first place after her second run with a score of 77.50 until Canadian rider Laurie Blouin scored a 78.00 to snatch her career's first gold in what might have been the closest finish of a slopestyle final in the recent years. Miyabi Onitsuka (JPN) placed third with 77.40 points. Snow Sports NZ head park and pipe coach Tom Willmott said “This is Zoi's first World Championship and a podium is an outstanding result for the 16-year old coached by Mitch Brown. Her hard work and preparation, and nerves of steel, certainly paid off.” THURSDAY 16.03.17 - WEDNESDAY 22.03.17

Applications for the Wanaka Ski and Snowsports Club's (WSSC) Grassroots Award programme are now open. The programme began in 2013 and since then the club has distributed over $20,000 to local children. WSSC secretary Bonny Teat said, “the programme assists our local young snowsports children by subsidising lessons to increase the children's snow skill levels and enjoyment of our mountain environment.” Applicants must be Year 2 to Year 8 children who wish to take group

improvement classes in their chosen snowsports discipline. The award is paid directly to the provider of the programme of choice which must be approved by the WSSC committee and can be at Cardrona, Treble Cone or Snow Farm. School skiing is not considered as part of Grassroots. Recipients must join the Wanaka Ski and Snowsports Club as 2017 family members and are expected to take part in family activities within the Wanaka Ski and Snowsports Club. No late applications will be considered. Applications close on 4pm March 27.

Jackson podiums at X Games S




Local freeskier Jackson Wells has landed a bronze medal on debut at the X Games on Saturday March 11. Jackson was the top scoring competitor in the qualifying heats for the Big Air event held in Hafjell, Norway. The X-Games Big Air final is run against the clock with competitors given 23 minutes to complete as many laps of the jump as possible. The combined total of a competitor’s top two scores from two different tricks is used to determine final placings. Jackson Wells landed a switch triple 12 on his first run and a forward triple 12 on the second for a solid score but only enough for fifth place at that stage. A crash on his third run was followed by a cleaner triple 12 on his fourth run to move him up a place. With 13 seconds left on the clock, first competitor to drop, the USA’s Bobby Brown, sitting in third place, made the call to go for a fifth run. Jackson


came through with his biggest trick of the night, a switch triple 14, to claim third place. Henrik Harlaut (SWE) won X Games gold and Eirik Sæterøy(NOR) won silver.

SPORTS RESULTS Please send your sports results to by 4pm Monday prior to print for inclusion in this section. Lake Hawea Golf Mt Maude Stableford Men: 1st Anthony Arscott 44 2nd Neil Matchett 42 3rd Scott Read 40 on/cb 4th Ian Smith 40 5th Steve Smith 39 on/cb 6th Anthony Anderson 39 7th Josiah Carnie 39 Ladies 1st Bernadette Raffee 40 Closest to the Pin No 1 Men Anthony Arscott Closest to the Pin No 5 Men Scott Read Ladies Kelly MacKenzie Two’s Chris Morrow No 1 Dougal Rowley No 14 Birdies/Net Eagles Hole Number 18 Bernadette Raffee & Neil Matchett. Wanaka Progressive Bowls 24:02:17 Skips 1 G Cross 2 T Tovey 3 D Byers Thirds 1 J Briggs 2 I Fletcher 3 B Kane Leads 1 N Matheson 2 J Rich 3 R Hannon. 3:03:17 Skips 1 T Tovey 2 D Byers 3 B Russell Thirds 1 J Hogan 2 J Bryant 3 M Briggs Leads 1 W Byers 2 J Rich 3 J Briggs. 10:03:17 Skips 1 B Russell 2

D Byers Leads 1 B Kane 2 W Byers. Wanaka Bridge Results Wilkin Pairs (Wed) N/S 1st Hans Limacher, Claire Williams 61.81%. 2nd equal Bruce Cathie, Peter Herbert & Judy Muir, Shona Watt 57.64%. 3rd Lynne Fegan, Noeline Munro 50%. E/W 1st Sue & Ian Halsted 66.90%, 2nd Jason Benton, Sharon Wilson 55.79%. 3rd Sheila White, Jan Wynn-Williams 55.56% Fri Afternoon N/S 1st Sherril Harries, Maggie Stratford 68.40%. 2nd Gabby Marshall, Claire Romeril 62.15%. 3rd Charles Kiewiet, Betty Swift 55.21%. E/W 1st Mary GibsonCollings, Sheryl Strudwick 56.75%. 2nd Ian McDonald, Jenny Turnbull 55.16%. 3rd Joy Baxter, Vivienne Christie 54.37% Mt Barker Pairs (Mon) N/S 1st Allan Kelly, Clare Scurr 62.35%. 2nd Mark Harry, Freda Ryder 56.40%. 3rd Georgie Roberts, Max Shepherd 54.91%. E/W 1st Laraine Shepherd, Terry Wilson 60.74%. 2nd Jan Anderson, Jane Hamilton 54.49%. 3rd Boyd Ottrey, Ken Roberts 54.01%.



THURSDAY 16.03.17 - WEDNESDAY 22.03.17


Wanaka Sun | 16 - 22 Mar 2017 | Edition 809  

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