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QLDC councillor Ella Lawton to stand for ORC.


RUNNING FOR MAKE A WISH The third annual Wanaka Sun marathon event is fast approaching, with the addition of a half marathon route this year.



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he Upper Clutha Premiers (the Rams) opened their 2017 campaign with a hard fought win against old rivals Clyde Rugby Football Club. In a spirited comeback at Wanaka Showgrounds, the Rams came from 14-3 down to win 22-17, thanks to second-half tries from second-five Peter Hartwell and winger Luke Grant (pictured). Despite a strong start by Clyde, the Rams were first on the score-board with an easy penalty by centre Jordie Reid, after sustained pressure in the Clyde 22. The score was the last Upper Clutha would register in the first half however as Clyde piled on the pressure. A quick backline move, complete with a contentious, possible forward pass, led to Clyde scoring out wide. The score was converted well, shooting the visitors into a 7-3 lead. A scrappy 15 minutes followed, with several penalties going either way, and some big hits going in from Upper Clutha captain Ben Purvis. Continues on page15


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go with that date. It’s not good planning for Wanaka.” The Moorings co-owner Peter Sutherland said, “It makes no sense. We are already booked solid for the A&P Show now, anyone wanting to book for the Motatapu will miss out which is a shame. How could they bypass Lake Wanaka Tourism when they were making this decision. I have concerns about that.” Lake Wanaka Tourism general manager James Helmore was disappointed to see the conflict with the Wanaka A&P Show. “We were not consulted about the change in date for the Motatapu event. In our opinion this situation does nothing to help our visitors

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ews that the Motatapu Race and the Wanaka A&P Show are scheduled for the same weekend in 2018 has some Wanaka hospitality and accommodation providers upset. A clash with the NZ Golf Open in 2018 has seen the Motatapu event pushed back to March 10, the same weekend as the Wanaka A&P show. Urban Grind owner Gavin Humphrey contacted the Wanaka Sun and said accommodation providers had not been consulted about the change. “Those that are aware the change has been made are extremely unhappy for obvious reasons. The last A&P show attracted over 40,000 visitors. How many spectators will be attending the Hills Golf? Is this an example of QLDC’s ‘Queenstown first’ policy?” Gavin said.

He said Wanaka accommodation providers claim that the record numbers seen at this year’s show has a direct relationship with previous changes to dates avoiding the two events being held on the same weekend. “Basically more rooms were available for both events when they are not held on the same weekend, it is simple logistics,” Gavin said. Edgewater general manager Mike Barton said, “We tend to be full at show weekend anyway, but it will mean some people will miss out. In an ideal world the Motatapu would be on a different date to the A&P Show. The Motatapu is driven out of Queenstown and they’ve made a decision to

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enjoy our region and these events, and creates unnecessary conflict between participants. Once we became aware of the conflict we contacted the Motatapu event organiser to discuss it and have also brought this to the attention of our local councillor and deputy mayor Calum MacLeod so it is on QLDC’s radar. Discussions are ongoing,” James said. QLDC communications manager Michele Poole said, “We recognise the enormous boost that events give to the local economy. The ideal outcome would be to stagger major events so that they didn’t overlap but this isn’t always possible. The availability of accommodation is just one factor that organisers take into account when scheduling their events. Ultimately, they make the decisions about when an event is held. QLDC’s only mechanism for influencing timing is through facilitation, event funding and safety concerns (if any). Continues on page 3

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Nominations have opened for the Dunstan Constituency vacancy on the Otago Regional Council (ORC) created by the recent passing of Dr Maggie Lawton. Dr Ella Lawton, second term councillor on the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC), Wanaka Community Board and daughter of Dr Maggie Lawton has indicated she will be standing in the election. “Over the next decade, the Dunstan Ward will be challenged to ensure strong environmental protection while enjoying economic growth. Through community engagement, ORC must have a long-term sciencebased plan to ensure we can protect what we love about the region, while enabling a strong and diverse local economy. This has been my focus on the QLDC, and a role I hope to bring to the ORC,” Ella said. As a QLDC councillor, Ella is the Deputy Chair of the Planning and Strategy Committee and an RMA Commissioner on the District Plan Review. She has influential roles on the Upper Clutha Water Group, Lake Wanaka Tourism, Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust, Albert

Town Community Association, Upper Clutha Tracks Trust, and Kahu Youth. She also sits on the Central Otago Community Organisation Grants Scheme panel that provides for community groups across Central Otago and is a founding member of the Alpine Lakes Research and Education Centre. The Local Electoral Act states that when Ella puts in her nomination for the ORC she has to resign from QLDC. “It’s such an unusual situation, but I’m right in there, boots and all. I have confidence I’m the right person for the job and that the local community will back me 100 percent. Mum and I were a very close team, and worked together on different projects. The council was the project to work on together. In terms of a legacy it’s about achieving our vision we had collectively,” Ella said. ORC electoral officer Pam Jordan said candidates for the vacancy must be nominated on the nomination paper obtainable from Central Otago District Council, QLDC, Dunedin City Council or ORC websites. Nominations must be returned to the appropriate district council electoral officer before 12 noon on Monday, April 24.

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Dunstan Ward councillors Graeme Bell and Michael Laws successfully supported a resolution to postpone the development of a new water plan for the region. The councillors hoped there would be “a little less anxiety in the Central and Lakes districts” because of the postponement. The proposed Water Plan Change 1D was put before the full council in Dunedin last week, and was recommended to proceed. The plan change was a regional council attempt to manage and restrict irrigation access to river and stream tributaries in the Central Otago region. The councillors said that the proposed plan change came at a time when other water plan changes were still ongoing, and were causing real uncertainty and anxiety. PAGE 2

“We felt that the consultation process had raised questions that needed to be properly clarified and answered. Councillors themselves were unsure as to the extent of the proposed plan – setting residual flow limits for river tributaries,” Graeme said. As a result, a motion to let proposed Plan 1D “lie on the table” was successfully passed, halting any further action in the meantime. “We successfully petitioned for an Open Workshop on the issues around residual water flows and for interested parties and communities to have a direct say into that workshop. The best advice will be from those dealing with irrigation and water issues on a daily basis. They need to be alongside the scientists and policy planners – not apart from them,” Michael said. Graeme said that he had suggested Alexandra as the best and most central venue for the Open Workshop.


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WellSouth initiatives GoodYarn, Breastfeeding Friendly Pharmacies and Books on Prescription have been accepted for presentation at the World Congress of Public Health next week. The health programmes, developed and implemented by WellSouth’s Primary Health Network Health Promotion Team, pictured, are designed to create environments which support health for the

southern region. Team Leader Paula Randall said that the presentation would provide an opportunity to get world class feedback on the team’s programme work. “Keeping the people of Otago and Southland healthy in their community is the priority for our team, we strive to deliver robust, evidence-based programmes, which are effective for our region,” Paula said. The World Congress of Public Health will take place in Melbourne from April 3-7.

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Hawea Stand for Pure Water is encouraging residents to make submissions to voice their opposition to the council’s intention to introduce permanent chlorination into Hawea’s water supply. The proposal is included in this year’s Draft Annual Plan, which has been adopted by the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) ahead of a month-long consultation period. QLDC chief executive Mike Theelen said that $500,000 had been allocated in the 2017-2018 budget to chlorinate the water supplies for Arrowtown, Arthur’s Point, Glenorchy, Hawea and Luggate on a permanent basis. “The proposal would provide a uniform standard of water treatment for all the Council’s supplies across the district. Wanaka and Queenstown’s water supplies are already chlorinated. Providing budget for chlorination does not pre-determine the outcome of the consultation; it simply ensures that

the funds are available to chlorinate if that is what the council decides following consultation.” The Arrowtown and Hawea supplies were chlorinated on a temporary basis over the summer, following advice from Public Health South. That temporary chlorination will come to an end on March 31 in line with the commitment the council gave last year. A spokesperson for Hawea Stand for Pure said, “no-one actually feels like they have been consulted and we encourage people to read the Draft Annual Plan and make a submission and attend the consultation meetings. We intend to fight permanent chlorination.” In January the group launched a petition on Toko to be delivered to the QLDC. The petition already has over 300 signatures. A summary of the Draft Annual Plan will be delivered to all ratepayers. Consultation meetings will be held in the Luggate Hall on April 10 from 5pm to 6.30pm and Hawea Community Hall on April 20 from 5pm to 6.30pm. Consultation ends on April 28.

Intersection crash rate causes concern After another crash at the Albert Town - Lake Hawea turnoff, Wanaka Police have asked drivers to be mindful when turning at the intersection. After the crash was reported in Crimeline there was a lot of discussion with regard to the correct lane to turn into to merge when turning right towards Wanaka. NZ Transport Agency senior safety engineer Roy Johnston said, “From what we can tell from Police reports, the crash was a result of someone failing to give way at the intersection when turning from the

right turn bay on State Highway 6 towards Albert Town. It was not due to people failing to turn into the correct lane. Police were promoting that drivers need to be careful when turning at this intersection: to give way and to turn into the correct lane”. The Transport Agency is concerned at the number of crashes happening at this intersection and confirmed there have been two minor injury crashes and four reported non-injury crashes in the past 12 months. “Given the crash history, a roundabout would be a suitable safety solution, however it would need to be prioritised against other national safety priorities,” he said.

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Four friends who met in Wanaka have set up a monthly social event for travellers in the town to get to know each other better. The idea was born from the women’s travel blogging website Traveling Voyager, which is a platform for travellers from all over the world to share their stories, photos and videos. Charlie Meyerhoff, Emily Menzies, Maddy Harker and Danielle Butler, pictured, hope that the casual social event will become a place where everyone feels welcome, whether they are new to town, a long-termer, Kiwi or from another corner of the globe.

“We all agreed that in such a transient town it would be great to have a social evening for anyone looking to chat, have a laugh and meet some new people. It doesn’t even have to be just travellers, anyone is welcome,” Maddy said. Traveling Voyager founder Charlie Meyerhoff said, “The website came about from wanting a place to share our travels and adventures with the world, and wanting others to do the same.” “As Wanaka is the current home of Voyager, it felt like a good idea to have an actual meet up here for anyone who wants to share their stories and meet new people.” The next meet up is at 7pm on Monday April 3 at Water Bar. For more information visit or search for them on Facebook.

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After issuing an abatement notice to Northlake Developments in December 2016, Queenstown Lakes District Council has once again received multiple complaints from the public about dust generation from the site. The December abatement notice requested Northlake cease earthworks in unfavourable conditions, as well as control and/or mitigate dust, silt run-off and sedimentation that occur on site. QLDC has advised that following the issuing of the abatement notice further controls have been used on the site to control and contain dust nuisance. In a statement the council confirmed, “Since the

issuing of the abatement notice the Northlake site has been monitored regularly by QLDC officers to ensure compliance with the conditions of their resource consent conditions. The QLDC subdivision and monitoring and enforcement officers will continue to monitor the Northlake site to ensure compliance throughout the duration of the development.” Strong wind on March 3 led to multiple complaints being received from the public. “Following this the QLDC monitoring and enforcement team undertook a site meeting with the project and site managers to address what further measures could be utilised in order to control dust during high wind events.” “QLDC’s legal team is currently reviewing our position.”

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A concerned resident has contacted the Wanaka Sun to warn locals, and especially the elderly, about an email scam. The resident, who wished not to be named, said she had received emails purportedly from Countdown, Four Square and New World recently advising she had won $2000 worth of gift vouchers. The emails then ask you to contact them and provide personal information in order to collect the vouchers. “I rang Countdown and Foodstuffs to let them


know and they have confirmed it is a scam. These emails come from all over the world. Obviously they want to get into my computer but it keeps coming up,” she said. The first email from Countdown was sent from Italy, the second one from the United Kingdom and the third from Dunedin. “It is not only the gift voucher email. There are also emails saying they are from Apple or Paypal. There may be people out there who are unaware of this. I don’t want someone elderly getting caught up in it.” If you receive a suspicious email don’t open any links, put it in your spam folder and delete it.

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In a statement of evidence to Queenstown Lakes District Council, planner Craig Barr has recommended the council reject the proposed plan change of Sticky Forest to low density residential. Through the Ngai Tahu Claims Settlement Act 53 original owners were identified as owners of “the neck” (between Lake Wanaka and Hawea), but as this was not available the 50ha Sticky Forest was given as a substitute. There have been 1019 descendants of the original owners identified and representatives of the owners appointed by the Maori Land Court are considering possible governance structures and future options for the land. In February there was a public meeting held by Bike Wanaka, who are custodians of a popular network of mountain bike tracks in Sticky Forest, to gain more information about

the future intentions of the owners for the land. Mike Beresford, a representative of the landowners, made a submission to the council to have the land rezoned from rural to low density residential. The council statement said “applying the Low Density Residential Zone to the land would result in approximately 765 allotments. The submission was not accompanied by any technical reports evaluating the significant development proposal.” It was considered the most appropriate zoning for the land is Rural. “The site has important landscape views and its relationship at the urban edge to the established urban zoning within the Wanaka UGB make it unsuitable for urban development under the Low Density Residential zone.” It sited significant constraints in terms of access as well as the provision of water and wastewater services being problematic.

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Upper Clutha Plunket will host its autumn garage sale this Sunday, April 2, at the Wanaka Recreation Centre off Ballantyne Road. Upper Clutha Plunket committee member Tracey Eaden said they currently had 12 stall holders but there was still room for more “as the space is much bigger at the Wanaka Recreation Centre”. Interested stall-holders can contact Tracey on 021 024 68 907 or Plunket has a baby and toddler clothes stall and will also have its Mother's Day raffle tickets available to buy on the day.

“All funds raised go directly back to Upper Clutha Plunket and keeping the rooms operational for families in the area,” Tracey said. The Plunket Rooms on Ardmore Street are open during Clinic Hours for families to drop in and feed bubs, change nappies or just have some time out. The facility is free for families but there are expenses for the group. This event is part of the committee's fundraising efforts to maintain and retain the Plunket facilities. Tracey asked that marking shoes and high heels were not worn in the venue so as to eliminate the risk of denting or marking the floor. The sale will be held from 10am to 2pm, with a gold coin donation on entry.

Disappointment as events clash Continued from page 1 “It generally works well as everyone is looking to run a successful event.” Ironman regional manager New Zealand Chris Randle said the change came about because the NZ Golf Open could only take place on the first weekend in March due to the PGA international calendar. “It would not be feasible to host both the NZ Golf Open and the Motatapu in Arrowtown on the same

weekend.” Chris acknowledged the issue of clashing event dates was less than ideal. “We conducted an assessment of various date options and consulted with various stakeholders including QLDC events team and the A&P Show and the only other option available to us was the second weekend in March. Unfortunately the date is now locked in and cannot be changed,” he said.

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Programme swaps kids for dogs D


One joyful little Central Otago pup is waiting to be rehomed in the Pedigree Child Replacement Programme. ‘When your kids move out, move on’ is the programme’s message, encouraging the parents of adult children to foster or rehome some of the hundreds of Otago’s rescue dogs over the next month. Cormac van den Hoofdakker, spokesperson for the Pedigree Adoption Drive Charitable Trust, said, “at this time of year, thousands of Kiwi parents will be feeling the effects of seeing their children leave home for the first time as they head to university or to start work.” “There are also just as many rescue dogs in need of rehoming throughout New Zealand, we want to do all we can to bring


them together.” People can search for dogs who need a home online by area or by their absent child’s characteristics and appearance. So far, the only dog in search of a home in Central Otago is Lab Cross Neville, pictured, who is described as a “delightful, sweet, bundle of joy.”

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Wanaka Camera Club will open its exhibition this week with a talk by world-renowned photographer Andris Apse. Andris, who is also a guest exhibitor, has been a full-time landscape photographer since 1983 working around the world, featuring in major books and publications such as The New York Times and winning countless awards for his work. “We’re thrilled that Andris has offered his time to come and be our guest exhibitor and that he will grace us with the introductory talk and

a presentation of some of his photographs,” Camera Club president Mike Horder said. The photographer will kick off the exhibition at 5pm on April 5 in the Festival of Colour’s Crystal Palace. The exhibition, which will showcase around 100 photos from club members, will then run until April 9 at the Wanaka Hotel conference room. Entrance to the talk will be $5 including a glass of wine and nibbles, while entrance to the exhibition is by gold coin donation. All proceeds will go towards the club’s costs of mounting the exhibition and providing its monthly Camera Club meetings.

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Trout Bar’s Ricky Barbara will compete globally after being crowned the country’s top bartender at the Heineken Star Serve finals in Auckland. Ricky, pictured, competed against six semi-finalists from across the country who were judged on their ability to pour the perfect glass of Heineken

draught beer. Ricky, who has been serving up beer at Trout Bar for the past year, will travel to Amsterdam in September to represent New Zealand at the Star Serve Global Finals. “The competition was incredibly close so I am absolutely stoked to win. I cannot wait to see how I stack up at the world finals and I promise to do New Zealand proud,” Ricky said.


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Preparations for the Festival of Colour are well underway with rehearsals having commenced (pictured) for the community choir “Sing it to my Face”. A sing-off between generations, four local choirs of very different ages express how they really feel about the society we live in. Writer and director Jo Randerson said sometimes in the performance there are some quite strong things said to each other. “It is an intergenerational conflict through song. It’s not all lovey dovey. The choirs sing their dislikes to each other, but ultimately they all come together at the end,” Jo said. Jo and composer and musical director Julian Raphael were really delighted with the turnout here in Wanaka, with around 70 local singers of all ages committed to the project. “There is such a strength and enthusiasm in the THURSDAY 30.03.17 - WEDNESDAY 05.04.17

singers. Lots of people remembered the songs we did in the workshop, which is fantastic and we are really excited with how it’s going. The show next Tuesday night is going to be great,” she said.

GIVEAWAY The Wanaka Sun has two double passes to giveaway to the Festival of Colour’s Dangerous Song, performed at the Luggate Hall on Sunday, April 9, at 6pm. Dangerous Song is an intriguingly beautiful and moving musical performance that combines the human voice with the sounds of endangered and extinct animals. Like our post on Facebook and tag the person you’d like to take to go into the draw. Entries close Sunday April 2 at 8pm.




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Mitre 10 staff took the chop for charity last week, raising $1000 for fundraising initiative Shave for a Cure. Hairdresser Sally Sharp chopped the locks of willing staff members, with Mitre10 donating $100 per staff member on top of matching the do-

nations of customers and staff. Shave for a Cure is Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand’s signature fundraising event, which invites people to shave their heads to raise money for the charity and show solidarity and support for those diagnosed with a blood cancer or related condition. Pictured: Mitre 10’s Matt Dyer.

School funding options open D


A funding avenue has been opened up to local schools by the Otago Community Trust’s new Learning Impact Fund. The fund, which will be available to schools within the Otago Community Trust’s funding area from April 1 2017 to March 31 2020, can be used at each school’s discretion but is not available for core school activities, operational expenses or retrospective projects. “We wish to offer a fund to schools that provides them with the flexibility to respond to the needs of their students,” Trust chief executive Barbara Bridger said. “We are looking to encourage new thinking and also collaboration, it will be exciting to see what comes forward.” Schools can apply for a dollar for dollar fund, which has an allocation of $1.5 million, for projects that explore new practices or practices that may require additional resources or an innovation fund for innovative projects. Barbara said that the fund wouldn’t

affect funding available to assist other projects supported by the Otago Community Trust. Holy Family Catholic School principal Jo McKay said that the school would definitely be applying but are still in the planning process. Mount Aspiring College principal Wayne Bosley said that the college was having a series of meetings to determine how to best put forward some ideas to the Trust. “We greatly appreciate the opportunity and will certainly be applying but I cannot confirm our proposal at this stage,” Wayne said. Dr Wendy Bamford, principal of Wanaka Primary School, said that the school was very excited by the offer as it gives it the freedom to pursue projects that tightened school budgets would not allow. “The OCT have been great supporters of schools and this is a great opportunity to put in some resources that are lacking such as counselling and behaviour support. We want these funds to have the impact on our schools that the name of the fund suggests so will consider carefully within and across our schools before registering our interest,” Wendy said.

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The Otago Community Trust gave a total of $142,475 to 13 community organisations in March. Three local projects were among those to benefit for this round of donations. The Central Otago Riding for the Disabled Association received $1000


to assist with the cost of volunteer training while the Central Otago Indoor Bowls Association Inc received $3000 to assist with the cost of purchasing six sets of indoor bowls. Closer to home, Ravel Productions received a donation of $3000 to assist with the cost of producing the new theatrical work, No Science To Goodbye, at the Festival of Colour.



The launch window for NASA's next super pressure balloon (SPB) launch from Wanaka Airport has begun, but the weather forecast has yet to provide a launch opportunity. Winds need to be light and flowing in a reliably easterly direction to support a launch attempt. "Given all the variables we work with, the least of all being Mother Nature, seeing favourable launch conditions on the first day of a campaign's launch window is uncommon for our operations," Gabe Garde, NASA mission manager for this year's flight

campaign, said. "As with previous campaigns, our team will assess weather daily to determine if the conditions are right to support a launch attempt." In the meantime, NASA continues to work necessary overflight clearances for countries that could potentially be along the balloon's flight path as it travels around the world in the southern hemisphere's mid-latitudes. Nearly 250 people attended a "Locals Day" Open House event (pictured) at the Wanaka Airport March 23 to learn more about the super pressure balloon and the Extreme Universe Space Observatory-SPB science payload flying as a mission of opportunity on this year's mission.

Less angling offences in Central Otago S


The number of offences detected by Otago Fish & Game rangers has dropped when compared to the same time last year. Otago Fish & Game council operations manager Ian Hadland said last fishing season was one of the worst for a decade with 64 offenders being apprehended but so far this season, which is nearly over, just 21 offenders have been apprehended. “We are not sure if that is due to a lack of activity by anglers over what was a pretty average summer weatherwise or if it’s a general improvement in compliance overall. We’ll know more when all the

ranger reports come in,” Ian said. He said that publicity of some heavy fines for unlicenced angling and an increase in the number of licences sold and improvements in compliance is probably all related though. This month Gavin Livingstone was prosecuted in the Queenstown District Court and was convicted for fishing without a licence and providing misleading particulars to a ranger. He was fined $2630. “The majority of that fine could have been avoided if the bloke told the truth the instant he was caught and actually, the whole matter could have been avoided entirely if he had bought a $20 day licence before he went out. It’s that simple,” he said.

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Lake Hawea 3 Mary Lane

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Albert Town 10 Hunt Place

Time to say goodbye Retirement beckons on the east coast so it’s time to pack the bags and head away. The owners will be sad to say goodbye to this delightful home having spent 10 great years working away on the garden making it the delight it is today. The immaculate home has plenty of character with timber features and lots of space for a family to enjoy. Call today for further information. Auction 3.00pm, Friday 21 April 2017 (unless sold prior) View Saturday 12pm & Tuesday 11am or by appointment Fiona Reid 0274 859 651

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Wanaka 114 Tenby Street

Owners Committed Elsewhere The owners of this fantastic 4 bedroom home (plus office) are moving out of Wanaka and with one member already working elsewhere the decision has been made to sell. This home has been lovingly designed and from the minute you walk through the front door the style and flair are obvious. Take advantage of the owners change of plans and enquire today.

Auction 3.00pm, Friday 21 April 2017 (unless property press) View Thursday 2pm Fiona Reid 0274 859 651



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Ode to the 80s Back when Edgewater was a brand new resort, stylish 80s homes were being built in the shelter of Rippon Lea. 27 years on of fun family times, this large Oamaru Stone & timber home is offered for the first time to the market. While sound & spacious, there is room to up-style the home, & improve on 30 year old fittings, or maybe 80’s is your dream.

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.

Auction 3.00pm, Friday 21 April 2017 (unless sold prior) View Sat & Wed 11am or by appointment Jayne MacDonald & Joss Harris 021 909 821, 021 220 7693

Auction 3.00pm, Friday 7 April 2017 (unless sold prior) View Saturday 4pm & Wednesday 3pm or by appointment Duncan and Kelly Good 0274 488 321


Wanaka 75 Tenby Street

3 A 1 F 1 I Kiwi Classic When you first set eyes on this cute kiwi classic you’ll be forgiven for thinking, worst house on the best street. However look a little closer and the solid construction of the home coupled with the work the owner has done to insulate the property ensuring it complies with the new tenancy standards make this the perfect wee rental and land bank investment.

Auction 3.00pm, Friday 21 April 2017 (unless sold prior) Ray White Office, 1 Helwick Street, Wanaka View Saturday & Tuesday 1pm or by appointment Rachel Walsh 0274 432 683

Wanaka 24 Sargood Drive

3 A 2 C 2 F 2 I Hunt for the Lucky People The vendors have already migrated north and committed to their new plan so 10 Hunt Place is ready for a lucky new owner. Set in a quiet and established cul de sac, your family will love this leafy enclave. This sunny low maintenance home has all the comforts for modern life and with 2 living areas and a fenced backyard, it has great room for your family and pets. Enquire today.


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Wanaka Lot 1, 61 Eely Point Road

Locked in Lake Views This family classic has locked in lake views from upstairs thanks to some smart planning by our original owners in placing a height covenant on the neighbouring properties, ensuring the stunning lake and mountain vistas that complement this home remain. Loads of potential here, whether you have an eye for renovations or simply just strong returns and gains.

Auction 3.00pm, Friday 7 April 2017 (unless sold prior) View Wednesday 2pm & Saturday 3pm or by appointment Duncan and Kelly Good 0274 488 321 LICENSED (REAA 2008)

955 sqm P Eely Point Woodland Famous for its wooded seclusion, shelter and privacy, Eely Point Rd offers up this family heirloom in a long-forgotten grove in the heart of Wanaka’s golden triangle. Hidden in a family portfolio for generations, this wee gem is unearthed as a 955m2 parcel of land that is potentially subdividable. This is a woodchopper’s dream! Auction 3.00pm, Friday 21 April 2017 (unless sold prior) View by appointment Joss Harris & Jayne MacDonald 021 220 7693 021 909 821, LICENSED (REAA 2008) PAGE 6

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Environment Canterbury has applied for approval for a new variant of haeomorrhagic disease. The new variant, known as RHDV1 K5, has already been approved in Australia. Environment Canterbury have applied on behalf of a co-ordinating group (RCG), which includes Otago Regional Council, and is aiming for a release date of March 2018. Graham Sullivan, Environment Canterbury Regional Leader Biosecurity, said the targeted release date was later than originally anticipated due to further work on regulations around permitting legal importation of the new variant. “The revised timeframe will allow the RCG to learn valuable lessons from the Australian release,” Graham said. RHDV1 K5 is expected to boost the effects of the existing RHDV1 strain and help slow the increase in wild rabbit numbers. “While exact figures are unknown, we expect improved knockdown in areas where the current strain is less effective. Research shows that autumn is the best time to release the virus because immune young rabbit numbers are low and vectors such as flies are active,”he said. To maximise the effectiveness of the new variant, regional councils and researchers are proposing a nationally consistent release process with appropriate monitoring. “These actions will help safeguard the potential introduction of further biological control agents in future,” Graham said. Federated Farmers provincial president Otago


Phill Hunt said, “You can see the number of rabbits that are in various places. A lot of people are spending a considerable amount of money controlling rabbits and hopefully the new variant will improve this. It was hoped it would be available this autumn as it is the best time to release it, but it looks as though it will be 12 months out.” Pet rabbit owners are concerned about the possible impact of a new RHD variant. “A vaccine is available to protect pet rabbits from the current RHDV strain,” Graham said. “A key part of the application assessment by the Ministry for Primary Industries will be whether an effective vaccine is available to protect farmed and pet rabbits from the new variant. The virus only infects rabbits and there are no human health risks associated with RHDV1.”

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A monthly column by Kim Reilly, Federated Farmers South Island regional policy manager, on issues affecting the Upper Clutha’s rural community…


The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has launched a new tool to monitor drought conditions across New Zealand. Called the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI), it is an easy-to-use, colour-coded map that defines the scientifically observed drought status of every New Zealand district. Modelled on similar indexes used around the world, it displays the dryness of each district in five categories - dry, very dry, extremely dry, drought and severe drought - each with its own colour code. NIWA has developed the index in conjunction with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) over the past two years. The new index will be used by MPI as one of the criteria, alongside the wider impact on the rural community, to determine whether a drought is a medium or large-scale adverse event. The MPI will

then decide what support and recovery measures should be made available. NIWA climate scientist Dr Andrew Tait says the index is based on the most up-to-date science and the information is automatically updated daily. “This is a useful tool for farmers, irrigators, regional councils, water managers and anyone who needs to know about dry conditions. They can rely on the science behind the index to monitor what is happening in their area,” Dr Tait said. Federated Farmers provincial president Otago Phill Hunt said, “the new NZ drought index is in an easier format than what we have had before. NIWA maps provide a great service and this new update will show us where the droughts are getting harder. It gives real time information and farmers will no longer have to interpret the data.” The charts also have the ability for people to seek more information about a particular district. The NZDI can be accessed at drought-index.

It may come as a surprise to those reliant on the media or minority politicians to inform their views about water, but I’m yet to find a single farmer who isn’t on board the concept of wanting clean, swimmable rivers, lakes and streams. At the end of the day, we are all after the same thing. Water is the lifeblood of our country, and equally it is the lifeblood of those who live in the country. It is at the heart of the vast majority of our farms and rural communities. There are indisputably areas across New Zealand where some serious conversations are now needed around how we use our water, and how we can better manage the activities that ultimately impact on our waterways. But let’s be clear, this is the case whether we are talking farmers, industry, infrastructure or urban New Zealand. We all have a part to play. What’s frustrating for those farmers pouring time, energy and money into working on community or catchment solutions, planting riparian strips, fencing waterways and otherwise adapting their farm practices and infrastructure to improve environmental outcomes, is that regardless of what they do, many are still tagged with “dirty farmer” labels. Elsewhere in the world, farmers are held in pretty high regard – they’re the providers, the early risers, the hard workers and the

custodians of the land. But hey, in New Zealand these days, it often feels like you’re only as good as the latest feature in a PETA or Greenpeace stunt. Federated Farmers, along with our primary industry counterparts, want some open conversations that build upwards from a base of good science and robust data, and which can fully maximise our access to the world’s technological and innovative advancements. For that to happen, we need to ensure we have a clear idea of what the issues are and how we’ve arrived at them, before there’s a panicked scramble into locking in quick and expensive attempts to fix a problem we haven’t yet clearly defined. Next time you take a drive through our stunning country, keep in mind that there’s a hell of a lot of hard work that goes into managing the land, the animals and the crops, let alone keeping on top of weeds, pests and our unpredictable weather. Farmers aren’t after a pat on the back for what they do, but I reckon it isn’t too much to ask for a fair playing field and a bit more of an open mind from those judging them. It’s good to keep the pressure on the water debate. But when it comes to emotive political propaganda built on nothing but the rhetoric of those opposed to farmers or farming products, let’s turn the tap off.

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Cromwell athlete, Benjamin Blanche, returned from the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games on Monday, March 27. Benjamin competed in the Super G and Giant Slalom events, achieving sixth and seventh placings and beating his personal best performances. Part of a contingent of 13 New Zealand athletes, Benjamin competed alongside more than 2600 Special Olympics athletes from over 105 countries at the Games in Graz Austria. The Games was the largest sporting event in the world to be held in 2017. The combined New Zealand delegation won 18 medals between them. Special Olympics New Zealand chief executive Kathy Gibson said not only did the athletes impress

with their sporting performance, but also with their courage and commitment. “All of our athletes have achieved personal best performances at the Games and shown extraordinary bravery when things didn’t go to plan. We had one athlete lose a ski on course and complete the race on one ski, and one had a fall but got her ski back on and finished the race,” Kathy said. “The Special Olympics New Zealand community is extremely proud of our athletes for all of their hard work and achievements, and we look forward to welcoming them home.” The supporting team of seven managers and coaches, led by Head of Delegation Brian Benn, has also put in a huge effort to support the New DANIELLE BUTLER Zealand athletes. PHOTO: JO BOYD “Our management and coaching staff have done an amazing job of Wanaka’s youth sailors celebrated supporting our athletes to perform at their best, not some stunning results in the Wellingonly at the Games, but in their lengthy training and ton Open Regatta earlier this month. preparations,” Kathy said. Six sailors from Wanaka Yacht Club competed in a large BIC fleet of 50 boats, racing in the gold and silver divisions. Laura Erichsen came top of the under-19 age group and third overall in the gold fleet, catching the eye of sailing legend Russell Coutts, who hand-picked her to go to the World Championships in Italy later this year. Laura, pictured, will also head to Switzerland for a week’s coaching with Russell before the competition.


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“We’re really thrilled for Laura, she’s spent a lot of time on the water and this will be a well deserved and fantastic opportunity for her,” Yacht Club commodore Jeff Mercer said. “We’re also thrilled for Stella Netia, who came first in the silver division. She’s always got a great attitude towards the sport and has come on in leaps and bounds. I think she’s going to go far.” Nicola Sanders came second place in the under-19 age group and sixth overall in the gold fleet while James Watt and Kahu Netia came 11th and 20th. Over in the silver division, Olly Thomas finished in an impressive eighth place.

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The organising committee for the Wanaka Trail Ride is seeking locals with trucks to help with a vital role at its upcoming trail ride. The event is a joint fundraiser for Wanaka Primary School and Montessori Children’s House Wanaka. Riders come to the area from all over the South Island to enjoy the all-abilities trail bike ride set over three private stations in Tarras. The event first took place in 2015 and is led by a volunteer team, mostly parents from the two schools, who work together to deliver the trail ride which has proven popular amongst riders and has raised over $28,000 for the two schools so far. “We are busy planning for our third event and everything is coming together really well. Volunteers roles are gradually filling up but we still have

a shortage of people to help get the base paddock set up (and broken down) in preparation for the big day. Without volunteers to collect the tents, chairs, tables and signage, we simply don’t have a base from which to operate,” volunteer coordinator Alice Lovelock said. Having helped to make soup to keep the volunteer marshals happy over the past two years, Alice has joined Volunteering Central’s Gillian White to recruit and coordinate volunteers this year. Previous funds raised have gone towards the playscape at the primary school and a new kitchen and floor in Montessori’s Bambini classroom. If you have a truck and a few hours to spare sign up to volunteer at The Wanaka Trail Ride takes place on Sunday April 23, with $1 from every donation donated to the Upper Clutha RSA’s Poppy Appeal in recognition that the ride takes place on ANZAC weekend.

The sports programme for this year’s Audi quattro Winter Games NZ has been described by CEO Arthur Klap as the best since the inaugural Games in 2009. For the first time all the Central Otago ski areas – Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Snow Farm, Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone – will host events. The diverse sports schedule includes World Cup freeski and snowboard events, alpine, paraalpine, cross-country and curling competitions. Also included in the programme of events this year are The North Face Frontier at The Remarkables, Para Snowboard World


On match day two of the Central Otago Football League, Wanaka faced a tough early season test as they travelled over the hill to face last year’s cup finalist Frankton. Wanaka dominated the early stages of the game but failed to convert a few early chances. They finally made a breakthrough when Steve Pleskun latched onto a headed knock down to crash the ball home from close range. A well deserved lead midway through the first half. Wanaka continued to control possession and territory for the remainder of the first half and were rewarded just before the break. Paul Hodgson picked up the ball and burst up the right flank. After a cute one-two with Steve Pleskun, Paul slammed the ball into the back of the net with a left-footed drive past the Frankton keeper to put Wanaka 2-0 up at half-time. The second half began with a much more competitive nature. The Frankton half time team talk obviously worked and the game shifted momen-


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HALF MARATHON TRAINING DIARY Week Twelve Danielle is a journalist at the Wanaka Sun and is training for the half marathon which is part of the Wanaka Sun Marathon event on April 8th



This week I went to the scene of the crime - the Upper Clutha River track in Albert Town where the half marathon will start next Saturday. I thought I’d best attempt a run along the actual route so that I would know what I was letting myself in for and I was actually pleasantly surprised. The 17km run I had planned is the furthest I’ve ever run in my life, slightly beating my Great South Run from three years ago, so I was a bit nervous before going. I knew that if I couldn’t do this, I probably wouldn’t be much good at the half marathon either. Most of the course was flat which felt easy compared to the hilly Millennium Track I’ve been training on for the past few weeks, which was a nice surprise. I also loved how cool and shady it was along the track from Albert Town back into Wanaka. There was something about the route which just seemed calm and serene, particularly with the


low hanging clouds and the smell of the rain all brought on by a very autumnal day. I’m ashamed to say that in a year and a half of living here I’ve never visited the Upper Clutha River Track, which I now hugely regret. During the run I only stopped once and this was only because I somehow ventured off the track and onto the beach, which was not easy to run on at all! The last two miles were the toughest but I did them nonetheless and it’s quite a nice feeling to know that I can almost run the 21km half marathon distance - something which I never thought I’d be able to say. I hope that this offers a confidence boost to anyone reading this who might feel as nervous as I do about training - if I can do it I’m pretty sure anyone can. It was also awesome chatting to fellow bootcamper and half marathon runner Brontë MacKenzie this week, who is running for Make-AWish New Zealand. Go and check out her story on page 16. Sponsored by

Time to act for access It is most commendable that Federated Mountain Clubs, Fish & Game, Upper Clutha Tracks Trust and Walking Access NZ have been vocal in their demand for access into the Hunter Valley, via Hunter Valley Station. They recognise the splendid value and outstanding natural landscape of this area. Many have not seen this valley due to access difficulties, but truly it is one of the jewels in the crown of the Southern Lakes District. The Hunter Valley Station is currently in the process of being sold to an overseas buyer, with no provision for free, unfettered access from Kidds Bush on to the Hunter River and Hawea Public Conservation area. The possibility of access via the well formed track through the Station would offer the most direct, expedient, safe and easy route for kiwis to enjoy this asset. (Please see Walking Access NZ report, August 2016) Well paid lawyers have put forth arguments such that access cannot be granted due to farming. This is absolutely incorrect; there are numerous access points throughout the country which cross farms. A case in point would be access via the Matukituki Valley to Mount Aspiring National Park. This

wonderful valley is made up of a working farm and access tracks for the public. The landowners should be applauded for their efforts, and I would like to buy them all a drink! But I worry. I worry that the sale of this station to the American, Mr Lauder, will result in the barring of access past Kidds Bush. It will be closed under the dubious argument of ‘farming’ and ‘health and safety’. Kiwis will miss out on this great opportunity for viable access to public land. And a foreign buyer will have their secure bolt hole in NZ paradise; their closed gate, exclusive hideaway that they can jet off to, should northern hemisphere politics take a turn for the worse. So my challenge to Mr Lauder is to engage New Zealanders, and discuss with the public how to work together to provide access past Kidds Bush. And failing this I call upon the Ombudsman and the Commissioner of Crown Lands to make proper and enduring access to the public lands in the Hunter Valley a condition of the sale of Hunter Valley Station to foreign hands. Now is the time to act. J Robinson, Wanaka

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The scientific paper that postulates that feathers clear the grebe gut of parasites comes from the Netherlands in the late 1980s. The sample size of grebes was 407 individuals caught in set nets in Lake IJsselmeer from 1978-1985. (I only add that information because it is almost equal to the total time that Dr Bronwen Presswell had to wait to get just one bird to examine.) Bronwen also queried something that had puzzled me in this original paper. It stated on many occasions that feathers were found in the stomach of the grebes, whereas Bronwen found the feathers in the gizzard, and though I have barely touched grebe anatomy, my bet is that you would not find feathers and associated fish bones in the stomach as such. It logically follows that if the bones were in the stomach, then the eating of feathers to stop bones reaching the stomach had failed. The gizzard of course is part of the stomach, but it has a very specific role in digestion by breaking

down large food items to a more manageable and safe size. As well as being the first line of attack to unwelcome and dangerous food items that might damage the more fragile parts of the digestive system. Notwithstanding, Bronwen noted the presence of parasites in the stomach and gut of the bird suggesting that feathers are unlikely to control parasitic infestations of any type. All birds have gizzards, some birds such as pigeons have gizzards and crops, but not all birds have crops. Back to the parasite that Bronwen has just described. When Bronwen did this she would have examined the structure and DNA of the specimen and will write this up and put the name up for approval. That actual specimen becomes the Holotype specimen, unique in the world of biology and all and any future references to this species must be checked against that description. John Darby




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A Wanaka Croquet Club member has emerged from a Dunedin tournament as the club’s first national invitational champion. Brigitte Westaway (pictured) competed against eight intermediate players, including her husband Peter, at the R.A. Clarke Copper Tray Invitational Tournament from March 17 to 19 at the Punga Croquet Club. Brigitte won six out of seven games earning her the Mrs R.A. Clarke Copper Tray for the Intermediate Section and several other honours. It is the first time that a Wanaka

Croquet Club member has won a national invitational event. “The games were at a high level of play. I won against Peter and the highest seeded player in the event. Needless to say by the end of the tournament I had improved my overall ranking,” Brigitte said. Brigitte and Peter, who learnt to play croquet in Wanaka and have played since the club was founded around 17 years ago, were invited to the tournament by the New Zealand Croquet Council president. The couple is no stranger to competition, competing in many New Zealand tournaments over the summer months each year.

Breca exceeds expectations G OMG! I think I may have found my new favorite sun protection. The Snowberry Everyday SPF Broad Spectrum Medium Sun Protection feels so light and moisturizing. What I really love about the Snowberry Everyday SPF is that it doesn’t leave behind a greasy or white residue. It doesn’t feel heavy either. In fact, it doesn’t even feel like you’re applying sun protection. It feels like you’re applying moisturizer ...


Wanaka provided a “stunning backdrop” for the inaugural Breca Wanaka 2017 with local participants taking on international competitors in the gruelling swim-run event. The Breca Wanaka consisted of a 42km run, 8km swim with 18 transitions, covering a total of 50km. The Breca Wanaka Sprint consisted of a 15km run, 3.5km swim with eight transitions during the 18.5km course. Mike Phillips and Nick Berry of team Philliberry led the field throughout the race, finishing in five hours and 55 minutes – a course record that will be hard to beat. Sam Clark and Bonnie Van Wilgenburg claimed first place in the mixed category and second overall. Fiona Crombie and Julia Grant of team Tri Survive put in a great performance to both win the women’s category and finish fourth overall, completing one hour and

37 minutes ahead of the next placed women’s team. Wanaka team We Got This, comprising Rachel O’Connell and Gwen Hendry, placed third in a time of nine hours and 27 minutes. Braden Currie and Courtney Atkinson of Team Red Bull dominated the Breca Wanaka Sprint, finishing well clear of the rest of the field in a time of two hours and three minutes. Breca Wanaka race director Ben De Rivaz said, “Both the performances throughout the field and the warmth and generosity of the local community and the volunteers who supported the event exceeded our expectations. Wanaka was always going to provide a stunning backdrop for the race, but the weather brought out the best of the landscape, offering moody overcast skies in the morning and brilliant sunshine to round off the day. The energy and enthusiasm at the finish has left me in no doubt that swim-run has a bright future in New Zealand.”

SPORTS RESULTS Please send your sports results to by 4pm Monday prior to print for inclusion in this section. Wanaka Progressive Bowls 17:03:17 skips 1 G Russell 2 D Byers Thirds 1 C Kiewiet 2 R Chartres Leads 1 W Byers 2 S Morris 24:03:17 Skips 1 J Barton 2 G Russell 3 D Byers Thirds 1 J Hogan 2 C Mortcart 3 J Skeggs Leads 1 C Kiewiet 2 R McLean 3 W Byers.


Bridge results Matukituki Pairs (Wed) N/S 1st Pauline Davidson, Carole Turner 61.38%. 2nd Maureen Hawke, Noeline Raffills 56.61%. 3rd Miranda O’Leary, Betty Swift

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56.35%. E/W 1st Pam Miller, Sheila White 61.61%. 2nd Denise Bruns, Dennis Pezaro 58.04%. 3rd Julie Mulholland, Shone Watt 54.17% Friday Afternoon N/S 1st David Brewer, Lynne Fegan 57.64%. 2nd Jan Baird, Tommie Munns 55.09%. 3rd Josey McKenzie, Madeleine Reveley 54.63%. E/W 1st Sherril Harries, Maggie Stratford 62.73%. 2nd Margaret Newell, Shona Watt 59.26. 3rd Dorothy McDonald, Nan Ottrey 57.87% Cardrona Stakes (Mon) N/S 1st Josey McKenzie, Jenny Muir 60.83%. 2nd Ken Saxby, Clare Scurr 59.79%. 3rd Mary Gibson-Collings, Sherril Harries 56.46%. E/W 1st Helen Cornwell, Boyd Ottrey 57.70%. 2nd Allan Kelly, Deirdre Lynch 57.27%. 3rd Joy Baxter, Carolyn Grey 55.91%.




Teen’s World Cup win S


Wanaka snowboarder Zoi Sadowski Synnott, 16, has won the 2016-17 season's slopestyle World Cup finale which was staged at the in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic,on Saturday March 25. She earned silver at the FIS Snowboard World Championships in Spain earlier this month and claimed World Cup bronze in Snowboard Big Air in Canada last month but this was the teen’s first World Cup win. Last to drop of the six female finalists, Zoi recorded her top score of 87.35 on her final run having already

scored 85.18 on the second run to beat Spencer O'Brien (CAN; 81.22) and last year's winner Silvia Mittermueller (GER, 73.40). “My last run was the best, I felt so comfortable,” Zoi said. She will compete in the Junior World Championship Slopestyle and Big Air in Spindleruv Mlyn from March 30 to April 1. Zoi is the third Kiwi in history since Juliane Bray (Sapporo, 2001) and Christy Prior (Stoneham, 2014) to win a snowboard World Cup event. Pictured: Slopestyle World Cup women’s podium with third Silvia Mittermueller, first Zoe Sadowski Synnott and second Spencer O'Brien.


Locals take freeride podiums S


Wanaka’s Craig Murray (pictured) won the Freeride World Qualifier tour event in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Austria on Saturday March 25. It was the second time this season that Craig has claimed victory in a four-star World Qualifier Tour event. He also won the Big Mountain Hochfugen in Austria in January. Meanwhile on March 24, big mountain skier Sam Lee claimed third place in Haines, Alaska, for his first podium placing on the Freeride World Tour (FWT). “Competing in Alaska has been one of the best

experiences of my life, and maybe the most exciting competition to date,” Sam said. “Although I made a few small mistakes in my run I am stoked with the way I skied. I really just wanted to go fast and big, and it felt so good to rip a backy at the top. “To pick up my first FWT podium in Alaska of all places is way beyond my expectations for this season.” Sam was ranked eighth overall after placing fourth, eighth and 12th in the first three FWT stops before the event but has moved up into sixth overall. Only the top 12 male skiers in the competition have made the cut to compete in Alaska and the finals in Switzerland will take place from April 1-9.

Two from two for WYFC Rams start the season strong S


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Wanaka Youth Football Club registered its second consecutive win in the Central Otago League at the weekend, playing away against Alexandra B. WYFC dominated from the start with year 13 Mount Aspiring College student, and last week’s multiple goal scorer, Adam Hewson, scoring the first goal. Despite WYFC spending much of the first half in the opposition goal box, it was Alex B who scored twice to take the lead into half-time. They notched up a third goal after the break. Trailing 3-1, WYFC kept up the attacks and worked the ball around to come back and score four goals in the second half, all by Adam Hewson to take his goal tally for the the first two games to nine. The final score was 3-5 to WYFC. Adam wasn't the only stand out



player for the WYFC, year 13 MAC students Rimu Roode and Ben Hadida were outstanding in midfield. With Rimu, pictured, dominating the left flank and Ben in the middle, both players set up two of Adam's goals and put down a solid platform for him to feed off. Captain and centre back Chris Byrne was a wall in defense and MAC students Tom Reaney, Alex Plimmer and Joe Sharratt, who was making his debut, all had good games. Next week WYFC play in the local derby against Wanaka Braves.

Five minutes from the half-time whistle, the Clyde forwards pushed over for another score after eight phases of play. The second-half started brightly for the Rams, with replacement scrum half Willie Short making some dangerous runs into the Clyde half. Willie set up the Rams’ first score, taking the ball from the base of the scrum, feeding fullback Ben Purvis, who was able to hit Luke Grant running a great insideout line to score in the corner. The conversion sailed just wide, bringing the score to 14-8 in the 50th minute. James Duncan V then replaced Ben Morris for his debut, and Luke Robson replaced Matty Templeton in the front row. A scrappy deadlock in the middle third was finally broken with a strong driving maul from the Rams creating space out wide for replacement first-five Jai Baxter. Jordie converted well, taking the score to 17-15 with ten minutes to go. Jason Richan then replaced winger George Gilchrist, going on at 12, moving Peter Hartwell out to the wing. A neat backline play involving Ben, Jai and Jordie created the space for Peter to jog over

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in the corner. Another great conversion from Jordie followed, bringing the score up to 22-17, where it would remain for the rest of the match. Some massive performances in defence, most notably from captain Ben Purvis and open-side Freddie Dowling, created the platform for what turned out to be a strong home win. With Arrowtown away next week, and the White Horse trophy up for grabs, the Upper Clutha Rams will have to be on the top of their game to be in with a shot of bringing the cup home.



Epic support for charity PHOTO: SUPPLIED



The Contact Epic celebrates its tenth birthday next month and to celebrate it has teamed up to support Wanakabased charity So They Can. A group of riders will compete in the mountain bike race on April 22 to raise money for unsponsored children at the Aberdare Ranges Primary School in Kenya where the charity, which aims to empower communities in Africa through education, now educates 1080 children. Race director Danielle Nicholson said that although the bulk of funds raised goes to the local community, organisers like to use the event as a way to help promote other charities doing good work elsewhere. Danielle said, “through our promotions we are hoping to raise a substantial amount of money to support the children who are currently unsponsored. The positive energy and great camaraderie of this event makes

The Informant Optimising ACC

Since the early 1900s, New Zealand has developed and implemented a framework around accident compensation. The system has been promoted by some to be world-leading and revolutionary. Love it or hate it, the vast majority of New Zealanders pay ACC levies in one form or another. For business owners and the self-employed in particular, a brief review of your ACC policies and settings could be well worthwhile. Common feedback in the past was that ACC invoices were often difficult to interpret. Sometimes multiple account types covering several different financial periods arrive in the post at the same time. Working out what cover is in place, and exactly what is payable is sometimes easier said than done. As a response, ACC have recently taken steps to improve the clarity of their invoices. Care still needs to taken to ensure that all of the information fields are correct.


it unique and we want to be able to share that feeling with those far away. We set this race up to help athletes raise the bar, face the challenges and beat the odds. How fantastic to be able to work with a group doing the same for children.” So They Can CEO Cass Treadwell said that the support from Mount Aspiring College students and the wider Wanaka community had been instrumental, particularly volunteer and challenge trip manager Raewyn Phipps, fundraising and child sponsorship support Sarah Holmes and Contact Epic’s Danielle. “This is a really big year for the charity as we will see our first group of children that we took in eight years ago graduate in October and we are expecting a 90 percent pass rate which will be amazing,” Cass said. Fifty sponsors, including ten from Wanaka, will go over to Africa to see their children graduate. Pictured: Cass with her four children’s sponsor students in Africa.

Here are some guidelines below: • Which type of ACC account does your invoice relate to? ACC may have billed you based on self-employed earnings, or under the shareholder account for company non-PAYE salaries. Or it could be your employer account, which is based gross wages information extracted from the PAYE returns that you have filed for your business. • You should check that the ACC liable earnings figures correctly match the income tax or PAYE returns that your business has previously filed with the IRD. • Is your working status correctly recorded as either full-time (>30 hours per week) or part-time? For full-time earners, a minimum annual liable earnings value ($30,680 for 2017) applies. Whereas part-time earners are billed based on their actual liable earnings. • For those whose earnings are over the full-time maximum ($120,070 for 2017), check that you have not been levied beyond this point – particularly if you have earnings streaming in from multiple sources. • Is your nature of business correctly


Running for Make-A-Wish D


The third annual Wanaka Sun marathon event is fast approaching, with the addition of a half marathon route this year drawing more runners in to give it a go on April 8. Competitors will compete in the marathon, half marathon, 10km and 5km events all starting in Albert Town and traversing along the Clutha River. Among those giving the new half marathon a try is Brontë MacKenzie, pictured, who is fundraising for Make-A-Wish New Zealand. Brontë started training at Wanaka Body bootcamps last June. “My partner and I came back from travelling South East Asia and to my horror I’d put on some unwanted kilograms from too much rice and

recorded? For many businesses, this is straightforward. Other business classifications may be not so easily defined. There are substantial differences in levy rates across different industries, so it is an important area to check. If in doubt, refer to, or telephone ACC to find the best classification unit (CU) code for your business. • In cases where there are multiple business activities within the same company, there could be opportunities to make levy savings by setting up multiple CU codes. This can be a complex process for some, and it’s recommended to run your scenario past your business advisor to explore what potentially can be achieved. ACC have an optional product called ACC CoverPlus Extra, which essentially acts like an agreed-value insurance policy. This is particularly recommended if your earnings fluctuate. Likewise if you’re starting out in business and have no established earnings history. ACC CoverPlus Extra can potentially provide you greater peace of mind around your level of cover, as well as give you more

curry,” Brontë said. Brontë went on to tackle the 7km Jacks Point trail run and Queenstown Marathon 10km route late last year before deciding to give the half marathon a go. “With not having done any long distance running before I thought I’d really like to set myself a goal and do it for a good cause. I used to loathe running but now I can see how it gets addictive,” Brontë said. “The Bayleys Foundation is a proud elite sponsorship partner for Make-A-Wish New Zealand and I chose this charity because being able to help with the process of granting wishes is truly heartwarming, to bring joy and happiness to children.” Wanaka’s Jan Hron was first in last year’s marathon, which was listed in the top 50 trail running events in the world by Race The World magazine.

certainty around levy costs. Some situations affecting your capacity to work fall outside the scope of the ACC regime (for example, illness or degenerative conditions). To address this, you may opt to seek additional cover from a private insurer. It’s important that your insurer fully considers your ACC policy settings, so that overall cover is comprehensive but does not overlap. It’s sometimes possible to dial up or dial back ACC cover via ACC CoverPlus Extra so that it works in tandem with your private insurance policies. Levy payers should first seek advice before modifying their ACC cover, in order to ensure there are no unintended negative outcomes. Here at Crowe Horwath, we are able to link your ACC account to our agency, enabling us to monitor and review ACC invoices and policy settings on a regular basis. Please contact us if you would like a more in-depth explanation of any of ACC topics raised, and how they may apply to your situation. ACC has a compulsory element for most, so why not take a little bit of time to make sure it’s optimised?

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Peter Humphrey

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Wanaka Sun | 30 Mar - 5 Apr 2017 | Edition 811  

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