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MUSICIANS TOUR SCHOOLS Four members of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra are visiting Hawea Flat School.



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ount Aspiring College students showed off their best haka to more than 850 people on Wanaka’s lakefront at the Festival of Colour’s opening night on Monday April 3. Following the haka and waiata, year 9 student Jacob Field lit the first of the three bonfires which would light up the rest of the evening. Some of the hundreds of people present huddled around the bonfires on the crisp, autumnal night which kicked off the seventh Festival of Colour. Performances from festival acts also led the celebrations, including poetry from Bill Manhire, author of Tell Me My Name, music from The Song Dispensary and songs from choirs featured in Sing It To My Face. Festival general manager Lindsey Schofield said the night was perfect for the event. “We had beautiful weather with light cloud cover and stars speckled the sky as the community came together to celebrate the festival.” The Festival of Colour runs until Monday April 10 with theatre, dance, comedy, music, community events, a schools programme and inspiring discussion in the Aspiring Conversations sessions.


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ork on Councillor Maggie Lawton’s plans for an Alpine Lakes Research and Education Centre (ALREC) in Wanaka is continuing to progress in her memory. The late Otago Regional Council councillor revealed plans for the development of the centre in September 2016, which aims to support the management and safeguarding of the South Island’s alpine lakes and their watersheds as well as providing an education and outreach facility for the community and school groups. Councillor Maggie Lawton’s plans came from the fact that the Southern Great Lakes are currently virtually unstudied and their management


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needs poorly understood, with the nearest research accommodation facilities more than three hours away, limiting research potential. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the newly formed Lake Wanaka Trust, Otago Fish and Game, and the University of Otago, who will use the facility among other researchers. Councillor Lawton’s daughter, current Queenstown Lakes District Councillor (QLDC) and member of the ALREC steering group Ella Lawton said that the centre was really championed by her mother and was an amazing project to be involved in. “It all comes down to having the right people around the table and we’re actively doing that now. The next step is to draw up a really solid business plan to take to funders and have serious conversations about what it is and what we want to do,” Ella said. Continues on page 2

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Wanaka’s Community Patrol team is on the look-out for enthusiastic individuals keen to come on board as patrollers. The independent and voluntary team is one of 150 community patrol groups across the country and has been looking out for people on Wanaka’s streets late at night for two years. Chairman Steve Worley said that the group, which contains a variety of members from lawyers, accountants, bankers, shop owners and retirees aged in their early 20s to mid 70s, is looking to get involved in Civil Defence, first aid training and defensive driving. “The idea is that if something happens we’re useful to the police. We might go along to traffic accidents and that sort of thing to help and pro-

vide support,” Steve said. Volunteers always patrol the town in pairs and a typical shift would run from 9pm to 1am once a month. “We try to deter people from doing silly things because silly things lead to more serious things and that leads to the police getting involved. We just ask them to think about what they’re doing,” Steve said. “We’re always looking for new people to come on board. More hands make light work.” Steve said the voluntary role is a good stepping stone for anyone thinking about joining the police and would suit anyone who is keen, alert, wants to know what is going on in their community and wants to help. Anyone wanting to know more can contact Ian Henderson at Wanaka Police on 03 443 7272, see Steve at Kodak on the lakefront or visit Pictured: Some of Wanaka’s Community Patrol members.

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It is now a waiting game for the Wanaka Watersports Facility Trust (WWFT) to hear the outcome of the Environment Court appeal. The hearing took place last week over three and a half days before a judge and two commissioners. WWFT received resource consent approval in July 2016 to erect a 420sqm building on the lake shore near Stoney Creek to provide storage for boats, a gym with 12 rowing machines, toilets and changing rooms with access boardwalks to enable better accessibility.An appeal was lodged in August 2016 by Wanaka Hawea Reserves Trust and Save Wanaka Lakefront Reserves Society.

Wanaka Hawea Reserves Trust member Alan Cutler said, “I could not help but note no politicians managed to pop in to observe proceedings. This is a pity as a number of them may have/should have learned something. They were, after all, complicit with this case going all the way to the Environment Court.” WWFT chairman Michael Sidey said the hearing went really well. “From the WWFT point of view the witnesses were exceptional. We were really pleased with their presentation.” The decision is expected within the next two months. “We couldn’t have done a better job than we have. We can walk away knowing we’ve done the best we could for Wanaka,” Michael said.


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The new pool construction is well underway with the pool walls now in place. Progress to date is on track for the pool to open in March, 2018. The pool facility includes a ramped 25m, eightlane pool, 20m x 10m learn-to-swim pool and toddlers area, spa pool, change rooms and ancillary facilities. The ground pipework, block walls to the sand filters and floor slabs have now been installed.

Fundraising for the new pool has reached $1.96 million, with donations from Central Lakes Trust $1 million, Otago Community Trust $500,000, Olive West Trust $50,000, Project Funding Lotteries $400,000 and Rotary $10,000. The total project cost is $12.28 million. Holmes Consulting has been contracted to re-examine the current Wanaka pool regarding strengthening works to the old pool on Plantation Road to ensure the pool can be kept open until March, 2018. Early indications are that this is highly achievable.

ALREC plans continue to progress Continued from page 1 “We don’t just want to build a building that will remain empty. We want it to be used to achieve our goals.” Niall Watson, chief executive of Otago Fish and Game, who has provided an area of its hatchery reserve fronting on to Stone Street to the south of Bullock Creek for the project, said that Otago Fish and Game’s Council saw merit in the research centre proposal. “We felt it was compatible with one of our objectives for the site - to protect the springs that form the source of Bullock Creek and the creek’s riparian margins,” Niall said. “We see this as a really tangible contribution to the project and we want to support the project in any way we can. Increased freshwater research effort in the Central/Lakes area is essential if we are to understand some of the lake and river management issues we face.” Ella said that providing scientists with a place to carry out research will ensure the focus and continuity needed in understanding the key issues affecting our lakes including lagarosiphon, didymo and lake snow (also know as lake snot). “ALREC is very much looking at the big picture. We need good science that looks at all of the possible impacts and outcomes. We need to look at everything that happens in our waterways from

right up to the high alpine and down to lake levels. “The lake snow issue is obviously something that is very important right now and the regional council, QLDC and all the organisations involved need to do as much as they can.” Alongside Ella, the ALREC steering group includes QLDC Deputy Mayor Calum MacLeod, Department of Conservation’s Ruth Harrison, Guardians of Lake Wanaka’s Don Robertson and others representing the local community. The newly formed Lake Wanaka Trust, established by the Guardians of Lake Wanaka in response to concern over the water quality and health of Lake Wanaka, will help to fund ALREC, with chairman Russell McGeorge saying that the Trust is keen to talk to community groups and individuals wishing to become members. The Trust offers individual, household, organisational and sponsor membership as part of its fundraising, assisted by local and national grants, to raise the centre’s preliminary cost estimate of $2 million. Russell said that the Wanaka Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand had provided the Trust, which relies on the work of volunteers, with seed funding to assist with setup and administrative costs. Anyone wishing to become a member can contact Russell on 03 443 9176.

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A SafeTALK workshop will be held next week to raise suicide awareness and provide advice on how to help vulnerable people. The workshop, held by Community Networks on Wednesday April 12, will include a presentation by registered mental health practitioner and experienced facilitator of the internationally recognised SafeTALK Greg Dobson.


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SafeTALK aims to expand the reach of suicide intervention skills in communities around the world, and Greg will provide guidance on how to follow the simple yet effective TALK steps; Tell, Ask, Listen, Keep safe. The workshop starts at 5.30pm at the St John Rooms, Link Way, and is open to everyone aged 17 and over. Admission is $10, which includes supper and bookings can be made by contacting Community Networks on 03 443 7799 or by emailing



Anti bullying initiative grows




Students are taking anti-bullying initiative Sticks n’ Stones to new heights in Wanaka, Cromwell and Hawea, expanding the organisation to help more students across the district’s schools. The student-led programme started in 2013 at five schools including Cromwell and Mount Aspiring colleges and now ten-year-old Tay Simpson wants to introduce it to Hawea Flat School. The ten-year-old Hawea Flat student, pictured, plans to run taster sessions, games and training days at school next week, alongside Sticks n’ Stones facilitator Karla Sanders, to give his fellow students an idea of what it’s all about. “My mum got involved in Sticks n’ Stones two years ago. It’s a great group and I think it deserves to be at Hawea Flat School,” Tay said. Tay’s teacher Hannah Carter said that it was great that Tay had taken the initiative to bring the group to Hawea Flat and that it really showcased his leadership skills. “It’s a changing world now with the growth of social media online and a big focus of our school is keeping the children safe,” Hannah said. Meanwhile, the Cromwell College and Mount Aspiring College groups are going from strength to strength.

Cromwell College’s coordinator Anna Smyth said that the college has around 35 members of year 7-13 students involved in Sticks n’ Stones, with a leading ambassador group of ten. “We are an ever-evolving group and have a goal to have at least 50 members by the end of the year,” Anna said. Facilitator Karla said that the idea behind Sticks n’ Stones was to create a youth-led organisation that focuses on prevention and empowering young people to understand the impact of their words and actions, to support one another and to give and seek support when they see harassment or bullying. The organisation’s volunteer students, called School Action groups, meet at least once a fortnight and undertake training from the likes of health nurses, the police, Youthline, Rainbow Youth, Attitude and the Ministry of Youth Development. “We want to give our advocates the skills to give safe and meaningful advice and are developing training programmes to support them in doing that,” Karla said. “This year sees our group developing from a regional project to a national programme as a registered charity but that brings with it the need to secure additional funding to ensure the growth is meaningful and indeed sustainable.”

Lagarosiphon on Lake Dunstan agenda A special meeting of the Guardians of Lake Dunstan will be held today (Thursday April 6) to discuss the issues facing the lake and the group’s progress in the matter. The group is hoping to encourage the Otago Regional Council to join

them in the fight to control lagarosiphon in the whole lake. ORC Councillor Michael Laws will be the guest speaker at the meeting. The meeting will be held at 7pm at the Harvest Hotel (Golden Gate) Conference Centre.

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Councillors from Queenstown Lakes District Council toured the Upper Clutha area with Wanaka Community Board members on Monday April 3. QLDC Mayor Jim Boult said in the Wanaka Sun recently the field trip was particularly important for the non-Wanaka Councillors in gaining an understanding of the issues facing the community. They made site visits to the Cardrona wastewater scheme, the transfer station, Ballantyne Road, the airport, the Wanaka Recreation Centre, the new pool and sports fields, and the waterfront. Councillors were briefed about other local issues, including freedom camping at Luggate, the

proposal to chlorinate the water in Luggate and Hawea, Sticky Forest and planning matters. QLDC communications manager Michele Poole confirmed that although the councillors didn’t visit Hawea this time, this month’s council meeting will be in Hawea on April 20 and there will also be community drop-in sessions to discuss the annual plan proposals. The sessions will be held in Luggate next Monday (April 10, 5-6.30pm), in Wanaka on Tuesday April 18 (5-6.30pm) and in Hawea on Thursday April 20 from 5-6.30pm after the council meeting. Pictured: Quentin Smith, Val Miller, Ross McRobie, “Ferg” Ferguson, Rachel Brown, Ed Taylor and Calum MacLeod listen to QLDC senior project manager for Wanaka infrastructure Rob Darby explaining the wastewater plant at Cardrona.

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New World’s new recycling programme for soft plastics has proven popular with the community since its installation last month. Wanaka New World became one of seven stores across the Queenstown Lakes District to take on the $1.5 million Love NZ soft plastic recycling programme in March, launched by the Packaging Forum. General manager of Wanaka New World Dean

Bartley said that the new plastic recycling bins will now be a permanent fixture in the store, having attracted the use of lots of customers since they arrived. “We’ve noticed lots of traffic flowing through and using them and it’s a very positive thing for us to have here,” Dean said. The bins mean that soft plastics including plastic bags, bread bags, frozen food bags and confectionary wrappers can now be recycled into new durable plastic products rather than being sent to landfill.



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Four local artists have come together again to present their “4 play with art” exhibition to be held at the Wanaka Masonic Lodge over Easter. Local artists Lizzie Carruthers, Sharlene Nyhon, Jenny Chisholm and Belinda Innes (pictured) will present their new works to the public at the exhibition. The four friends have put together around 50-60 pieces which will be shown over five days. Belinda will be presenting abstract art, framed monoprints, cave drawings and miniature works. Jenny specialises in relief carvings and will be showing her latest works in this genre. Lizzie’s works are predominantly animal portraits and she is presenting famous people in animals and Sharlene specialises in oil landscapes. PHOTO: SUPPLIED “We fancy each other‘s company, playing around with art. We have a good laugh and are a good support network for each other,” Sharlene said. The group’s art has grown over the time the four have spent together. of anything. He is incredible.” “It is interesting to observe other people’s proThe sessions were all well attended gress. It is amazing how everyone has branched out with Evelyn Vallilee’s Love Food Hate and their work has changed and evolved. You are Waste being very popular with 80 people attending. “Evelyn made a cake out of banana peel and oat pulp. I didn’t get to taste it but apparently it was really delicious,” Sophie said. GLENDA TURNBULL Sophie said the event was a huge success. “I would say this year was the big- Four members of the Christchurch Symphony Orgest by far. It was a really busy day. We chestra (CSO) are visiting Hawea Flat School this did not have enough hours in the day week as part of a three day residency programme. to get through all the fruit, so people First violin went away with a jar or two of chut- Cathy Irons, ney, some apple juice from the press principal oboe and some fresh fruit,” she said. Jennifer Johnson, principal bassoon Selena Owen and 2 Brownston Street, Wanaka principal timPhone (03) 443 6641 panist Mark La Roche presented Karawhiua! Let’s Play to 2012 KIA RIO the children on Tuesday, 1.4 LITRE AUTO and will be 112,253KM workshopping again today NZ NEW IN VERY GOOD and tomorrow (Thursday and CONDITION Friday). ONLY On Monday the musicians visited Wanaka Pri$11,950 mary School, Makarora and Tarras Schools where the children learnt an Irish Polka on the ukelele. The CSO community engagement programme

brings live music to people in the community so that everyone may have a chance to enjoy it. CSO community engagement project leader Cathy Irons said, “We can expose the children to live orchestral instruments, but we also expose them to different sounds and engage them in musical activities. We are passionate about music and we want the children to experience the joy of playing.” Each class is learning a musical project. Mark is pictured teaching one of the projects to year five and six students. Children from all participating classes will present their musiPHOTO: GLENDA TURNBULL cal pieces in a concert to students, parents and the community on Friday at 1.30pm. The orchestra will be performing with Michael Houston at the Festival of Colour on April 8.

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Around 150 people attended the fifth annual Great Autumn Apple Drive at Rippon last weekend. Organised by Local Food Wanaka (LFW), around 1.3 tonnes of fruit came in on the day. Chris Riley attracted around 65 people to his cider making workshop and Lorne Knight from Pirate Pickles helped attendees produce 300 jars of chutney and sauce. LFW Coordinator Sophie Ward said, “We got lots of different fruit: pears, peaches, apples, plums and chillies. Lorne can make chutney out



influenced by what is going on about you in your world,” Belinda said. Belinda said Mason Gordon Girvan had been very obliging and generous. “It is a great venue and we are really thankful for the opportunity to use the [Masonic Lodge] for the exhibition,” she said. The free exhibition will open on Wednesday April 12 at 5pm with Maude Wine tastings and will be open Thursday April 13 to Easter Monday April 17 from 10am-5pm.

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Central Otago District Council has awarded an operate, design and construct contract for upgrading the Cromwell Wastewater Treatment Plant. The contract will be undertaken by Downer NZ Ltd, working in conjunction with design consultancy Auckland-based Harrison Grierson Ltd. The overall value of the contract includes construction costs of $5 million and operating costs of $755,000 over four years. The expected final cost of the total Cromwell Wastewater Treatment Upgrade project is $9.6 million which includes connecting Bannockburn to the Cromwell treatment plant and decommissioning the Bannockburn wastewater ponds.

The contract commenced at the beginning of April with an operational phase to run in parallel with design work until October 2017. Construction is expected to start before the end of this year with all works concluded in time for the start of the new resource consent on January 1, 2019. “This is a major step forward for the district and for the future of the Cromwell area with all the growth and development it is experiencing,” Three Waters Infrastructure Committee chair Malcolm Topliss said. The treatment plant is situated off Richards Beach Road just south of Cromwell township. It treats all wastewater flows from Bannockburn and Cromwell prior to discharging treated water into the Kawarau Arm of Lake Dunstan.


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Climbing and adventure legend Leo Houlding (UK) is the keynote speaker at the 15th NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival. The core programme is made up of finalists to the international film competition and feature authors, orators and writers. Leo is a world-class climber, alpinist and adventurer who has climbed Everest and many of the world’s highest peaks. However, his true passions are free climbing and big wall climbing. In 1998, aged 18, Leo landed in Yosemite with Patch Hammond and made an on-sight repeat of the Huber brothers', El Nino 5.13c, just days after the brothers had made the first free ascent. This remains one of the finest ever ascents of this cliff. In 2013 Leo undertook his most ambitious and challenging expedition to date. He made

the first ascent of Ulvetanna’s remarkable, milelong North East Ridge in Antarctica and created a film of the expedition that featured in the 2015 festival. The film captured the 35 days spent in the harsh conditions, where the expedition team tested themselves to the limits during the climb of their lives. Festival director Mark Sedon is delighted to have secured Leo as the keynote presenter. “Confirming Leo to speak is a coup. It has been a long-term goal of the Trust to bring him out to speak. He is such an incredibly well respected climber worldwide and his relaxed and articulate speaking style makes for an entertaining and informative way to learn about his projects. We are really excited to have Leo along.” Entries have closed for the literature events. The Trust is still receiving entries to the film competition which closes on April 20. The 2017 festival begins in Wanaka on Friday June 30.

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CAMERA CLUB Landscape photography: from 3D to 2D



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It is not hard to appreciate why landscape photography is a subject enjoyed by many photographers. It takes us close to nature as we search for the right location and the right vantage point during ideal lighting conditions to get the perfect shot. While it is not difficult to shoot, Dave Wethey explained in a recent club field trip, “What we see versus what the viewer sees” that we see things three dimensionally and then reduce it to two dimensions for the final image. Our senses are activated when we take an image. There is a lot going on for us, the photographer, however the viewer has none of this. The photographer’s role is to try to convey some of what we see and feel by creating an interesting and pleasing composition. While not a rule set in stone, using a large depth of field is a good way to show the beauty of a picture. To achieve this, choose a smaller aperture meaning less light reaches the camera. Compensate by using a longer shutter speed and/or a higher ISO. Like any story a photograph needs a beginning (foreground), a middle, and an end (background). An interesting foreground, a focal point and a pleasing background will go a long way in making a great image. A well-constructed foreground not only gives our viewer’s eye opportunity to easily enter the photograph but it also creates a nice sense of depth of field for our shot. If the background sky has dramatic clouds and/ or colours it is worth giving it more prominence. Experimenting to find the most interesting viewpoint really can add a fresh take and is one of the easiest of the photographic elements to change. Light is a major consideration with the “Golden


Hours” always popular with photographers, as landscapes come alive during sunrises and sunsets. For example, landscape pictures portraying dark and stormy rain clouds can really evoke an ominous mood and make an image that has real dramatic impact. Mike Horder’s picture “From the Tops” is a great example of a good landscape photograph. Mike took his picture on a club field day last November. He loved the way the breeze coming from the lake late in the day gave movement to the foreground grass. He was also attracted by the green valley below with its fields, farm and river. Mike took the picture with a Canon EOS Rebel Ti camera fitted with a short zoom set at 19mm, and aperture of f16, shutter speed of 1/100th seconds, and ISO of 100. His picture was awarded an honours by the WCC’s adjudicator. Wanaka Camera Club is dedicated to helping improve the skills of anyone interested in photography. We welcome anyone to join us, irrespective of photographic ability. If you know nothing about photography we will teach you. Come along and see what we can do for you. Our next meeting is Monday April 10, 7.30pm at The St John’s Rooms, Links Way.

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DOG COLUMN Understanding Dog Signals



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Last month I discussed learning to understand our dogs so that we can better communicate what we are asking of them. This month, as promised, I will discuss some of the signals our dogs use to communicate, to keep peace socially and relieve stress, if combined with other behaviours. Deference and appeasement: Lip licking (licking the lips of another more confident dog), tongue flick, a head turn or look away, yawning, curving or lowering the body, and lowered tail are a few examples of deference and appeasement signals. Displacement signals: are the variety of things a dog does when he’s unsure of what he should do next (just as we scratch our heads when wondering what to do). These signals are also used to avoid confrontation. Examples of displacement signals are sniffing, scratching, bowing, sneezing and yawning. Stress signals: an overall term that includes a variety of the above signals that, when combined with other individual types of signals, suggest your dog may be feeling some degree of stress. However we must always look at the dog’s entire

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body and take environmental context into consideration. A dog stretching when playing with another dog is likely a play signal, though a dog stretching (resembling a play bow) during the middle of a training session may mean the dog just doesn’t quite understand what you’re attempting to teach and the confusion is a bit stressful for him. Other examples of stress signals are a tongue flick, yawning, head turn/lowered head, paw lift, shaking off (when the dog isn’t wet), panting, and ears held back. Play signals: mean “Let’s play!” Most play signals such as a play bow, soft open mouth, paw raises, bouncy/inefficient movement and tail wagging are readily understood by the general dog population. When one dog play bows to another it’s like saying “Hey dog, whatever comes after this is fun – no harm meant”. Behaviours that occur at other times in a dog’s life, can also present during play, so you’ll also see humping, growling and barking. Fear signals: examples are panting, lowered body, ears folded back, head lowered (or dropped), lip curl (or snarling), tucked tail, whale eye, body position back of centre, as well as barking/ snapping/growling/lunging (which are distance increasing behaviours –

the dog wants the perceived threat to move away). Early warning signals are displayed when a dog has been pushed beyond the limits of what’s comfortable for that specific dog or because he has been repeatedly put into an uncomfortable situation and the dog has learned to display threatening behaviour in order to protect themselves from the perceived threat. These signals include eyes wide with dilated pupils, overall stiff body language, mouth closed tight (and breathing slowed), freezing, flag tail (tail held high, twitchy and stiff). All these signs are cause for you to respond quickly so the immediate situation doesn’t end in a scuffle, a fight or a bite, and if this is common behaviours for your dog you should seek professional advice. It’s very important to look at the entire dog’s body in order to interpret what the dog is feeling as many of the individual signals have different meanings depending on the context of the situation. These are not all the body language signals in a dog’s repertoire; however, you can use this list as a resource to learn to identify what your dog is feeling by listening with your eyes. For more info on training your dog email

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Central Otago’s only entry into the Curekids $10 Queenstown Challenge, The Cherry Fairies, were the third team to make it back to Gibbston Valley Winery on Saturday afternoon. Twenty-five teams from all over New Zealand competed in the challenge, starting in Auckland on Wednesday. The Fairies - Shelley Price and Mel Kees of Cromwell - finished in 12th position overall. On the way the teams visited Tirau, Taupo, Waiouru, Bulls and Wellington on the North Island participating in various challenges. At Waiouru the teams competed in an obstacle course. “While trying to hitch rides to our next destination we also had photo challenges to complete, as well as

designing a wine label, writing a limerick, and writing and illustrating a children’s book. On the South Island we encountered climbing walls, St John and fire brigade challenges, scavenger hunts, and winecheese matching,” Shelley said. All the teams were taken by K-Jet into Queenstown Bay to the finish where friends, family and supporters were waiting. A record amount of $277,126.47 was raised by the participating teams. Shelley said the challenge was made even more amazing because of the people participating in it. “We all shared times of joy, excitement and sometimes tears with each other. It was truly an amazing experience,” she said. Pictured: Shelley Price and Mel Kees hitching a ride in Taupo.

A cash reward for proof that a South Island bird, once thought to be extinct, is alive has doubled. Mohua Investments Limited offered $5000 in January for definitive proof that the South Island Kokako is still alive, a sum that has now been matched by the Morgan Foundation, taking it to $10,000. Since the reward was first offered the South Island Kokako Trust has received nearly 50 reports of encounters, 15 of which are thought to be very credible. Trust spokesperson Inger Perkins said that while reports received so far have not provided the definitive evidence the Trust is looking for, in many cases they confirm areas that the Trust believed the bird could still be present. The South Island Kokako was known to be alive in the 1960s but was classified as extinct thereafter, however compelling reports of sightings in recent years have resulted in official recognition that it may still exist. Director of Mohua Investments and trustee of the South Island Kokako Trust, Nigel Babbage, said that reports of the bird from Stewart Island, Fiordland, South Westland, Kahurangi National Park and the Marlborough


Sounds have left him convinced that the bird is still alive. Nigel encourages backcountry enthusiasts to log possible encounters on the South Island Kokako Trust’s website. Pictured: A North Island Kokako photoshopped to depict the South Island Kokako.


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The Champion for Older Person group is linking senior members of the community with regular visitors. The companionship service is coordinated by Barbara Jungen on behalf of Community Networks. Barbara said the group had identified a need in the community for companionship for older people. “We have older people in our community feeling lonely and isolated. We saw a need to have a locally based visiting service for older people. Having a regular visitor can make a real difference to their health and happiness,” Barbara said. Community Networks initially secured funding from the Elsie and Ray Armstrong Charitable Trust to run a pilot project to develop a companionship scheme. Further funding was received from local groups such as Rotary, Presbyterian Synod and the Lake Hawea Fishing Competition. The project commenced in June 2016 and Barbara recruits volunteers who are prepared to visit a senior once a week on a regular basis. The volunteers are interviewed, police checked and go through an induction/training before they are matched to a senior. As part of the volunteers training the group held a talk by Donna Watt from the Alzheimer Support about understanding the early signs of memory loss, and supporting independence and quality of life. The talk was opened to the public and 27 people attended. The programme currently has 15 registered seniors and 14 volunteers, but the group is looking for more volunteers both male and female. “Seniors can refer themselves or get referred by agencies and


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Monday (April 3) saw the first night of ‘Sport 10’ social league at Wanaka Recreation Centre. Due to demand the competition has been expanded from the original 10 teams to 12 overall, the same amount as Queenstown. Queenstown Lakes District Council communications manager Sam White said they had a great response from the community. “People of all ages participated in Sport 10 with basketball the first sport in the competition. There are nine more weeks to go with nine more sports including hockey, 4-corner soccer, volleyball, dodgeball, hockey (outside) and a mystery sport to end the season,” Sam said. Two afternoons per week are currently dedicated to senior netball grades at the new centre. Local clubs including Pioneer, Lake Hawea and Upper Clutha all use the facility. “During the initial grading day a few teams travelled from Cromwell. We’ve had several comments about how fantastic the facility is, which is lovely to hear. Usage will increase when junior netball begins,” Sam said. The facility is designed to be used for community events as well as sport. Plunket hosted a garage sale at the centre last weekend which followed a successful charity clothing sale a month ago. “In May the centre is hosting a big Rotary conference and our meeting room with all the modern facilities you’d expect is available for local businesses and groups to hire at competitive rates,” Sam said. “Backpackers are loving our 30-minute free wifi and lovely new showers for only $5 a time. We’re looking to build off-peak usage, especially between 10am and 2pm. People can just rock up for casual play for only $5 per adult and $2 per kid if a court is vacant,” he said.

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The two outdoor turf pitches are about to have the grass sown and the outdoor artificial turf is now open for use, with Upper Clutha Hockey Club (UCHC) using the field for games and training on Tuesday. UCHC president Richard King said, “The kids and adults all enjoy running around on such a great new facility. It makes such a difference being able to train on such a wide artificial turf compared to what we have used in the past.” The pitch can be configured to different sizes for netball and futsal as well as hockey. “The message is we are here and open seven days a week for a variety of sport and non-sport uses so come up to Three Parks and take a look or, better still, bring some mates for a casual game.” Pictured: Sport 10 Wanaka participants in action.

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HALF MARATHON TRAINING DIARY Week 12 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 8.



This is the last diary I’ll write before the half marathon on Saturday and it’s exciting that the end goal of what I have been focusing on for the last 12 weeks of my life is in sight. I’m looking forward to the feeling of accomplishment and achievement that will come from completing the 21km, but would be lying if I said I’m not a little bit nervous that I won’t be able to do it and will let myself down. I was speaking to an old work friend earlier this week, who has run marathons and halfs, and she said something so true - not every run is a good run. No matter how long you’ve been training, how fit you are, how good your gear is or how much energy you have, sometimes it just doesn’t go to plan. I loved my 17km run last week along the Upper Clutha River Track and felt great, but the same route on Sunday felt difficult. Equally, I’ve breezed


a 14km before and then struggled to do an 8km a few days later. I think the key is gathering as much expert information and advice as you can about effective training but also listening to your own body and finding out what works for you. I’ve had the advice and support of some great people throughout my training journey, but sometimes the best advice just doesn’t work for me and my training so I’ve had to adapt it to suit me. I thought when I started that training would equal guaranteed improvement and easier runs every time, but I’ve realised now that training is more of a journey with ups and downs. Sometimes all doesn’t go smoothly, but it’s important to keep plodding on, however slowly. Good luck to anyone else who will be with me at the start line, whether you’re doing the full marathon, the half, the 10km or the 5km. I hope everyone has a great run and some even better beers afterwards. Danielle.

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Facebook You react to news that the Motatapu Off-Road Event Race and the Wanaka A&P Show will be held on the same weekend next year Pip Let’s all rent our houses out!!! town's going to be crazy. I don’t care if it used to be on the same weekend or not. Surely it’s more beneficial for local business to have them apart. Peter Where is LWT in this. Look at the stats. How about October, lowest accom stats of any, weather ok. Let’s stop patting yourselves on the back for overfilling the busy months. Be creative and work to smooth the flow out.

Bevin The article does state that all groups were consulted when making this decision. However, the article does not explicitly state that a bottle of tequila and a eightball was not imbibed in the course of this consultation, so... who knows?! Peter It’s the same as putting things like

Rhythm and Alps into an already full town. Not sure who the wee officers are that come up with this but Muppet fits.

Megan If anything will be better to balance out the business of the show. People doing, or supporting people in the race can come on Friday. (Or Saturday while waiting I suppose) Good thing we will have three weeks to recover before the air show too. Remember when Race to the sky was in its prime. That was chaos also!

Philip I believe that the communication channels between organisers of major events in the region need to improve to an extent where all interested parties, potential attendees/spectators/participants and service providers are able to derive maximum benefit from the attractions on offer.

Lucy This is madness, i know people who

Mike I can’t believe this! Motatapu should make a change to the 3rd and forget the golf.

booked late for the show and had to stay in Makarora this year. Imagine where they will be staying next year?

Victoria Infrastructure didn't cope last time

(no mobile coverage etc).... will be worse next year

Brett Does it not have something to do with the fact they want to accommodate participants in QT and bus them over to the start thus capitalising on the event?

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Continuing on from last week regarding the business of type specimens. It is generally agreed that one of the most important roles held by science museums is the care and recording of the original specimens from which new species are described. The Otago Museum has a large collection of type specimens and when an exact copy of the holotype of this new species of parasite is deposited at the museum (a paratype) the total will become 617. I gather that the holotype may go to either the British Museum of Natural History or a museum in Geneva. The grebe season has finished; but not with a flourish. One hundred and four eggs were laid from 30 breeding attempts. Of the 30 nests with eggs, only half managed to hatch the eggs that produced 35 chicks. (Last season 87 chicks were fledged from this same area).That extra 35 brings the total number of chicks hatched from the Marina area since 2013 to 186. I think it fair

to say that that is a much better total than if we had left them to their own devices! This season has been very different to the three previous ones. Breeding started later, fewer eggs were laid per breeding pair, incubation spans were longer, nest desertion was higher and the infertility level was significantly greater than previously recorded. It will take time to work through all the data and check more carefully what has happened, but my guess at this stage suggests food shortage. So time to say a huge thank you to the Marina Board and all those patient boaties who have persevered with grebe nests attached to their berths and made all this work possible. There have been many helpers, young and older, Anna, Jack, Archie, Toby, Vicky, Rex, Shonagh and Roger. Last but not least, Ruth, the editor of the Wanaka Sun, thank you all. John Darby PAGE 11




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N O T I C E B O A R D Amended Meeting Schedule The QLDC April Meeting Schedule has been amended as follows: Amended Meeting Date: Planning and Strategy Committee – Council Chambers, 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown. Friday 21 April 2017 at 10.30am.

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Eleven sailing students came away from the South Island Secondary Schools Sailing Championships last weekend with a respectable third place in the gold fleet. The team of Mount Aspiring College (MAC) sailors travelled to Picton for the event from March 30 to April 1, where they came third to previous title holders Marlborough Boys College and Queen Charlotte College. Team facilitator Mei Lian Dickey said that the title had gone between the two colleges in the last few years. “This is an amazing result for a team that has had no other team in the region to train against compared to the five teams of Nelson and Marl-

borough meeting weekly to train with each other,” she said. The three-day event saw more than 90 races in round-robin one before the teams were split into gold and silver fleets followed by two more round-robins. The regatta was the first time a combined MAC and Otago Girls team competed, coming away with seventh place in the silver fleet. The team was the result of MAC and Wanaka Yacht Club, who provides the boats and training, introducing and mentoring Otago Girls College of Dunedin students to the sport. The MAC team will travel to Algies Bay for the National Championships on April 22. Pictured: MAC teams sailing to the finish.

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Football Correspondant

Wanaka played the Falcons over the weekend, making the first breakthrough with 15 minutes on the clock. It came from a teasing outswinging corner from Al Carmichael with Ed Rawlings rising to head the ball into the far corner of the net. The first half continued in a very physical manner with multiple yellow cards being brandished to both sides. With a scrappy first half coming to a close the Falcons forward pounced on a through-ball from midfield only to be impeded in the penalty area. The Falcons converted the penalty. The start of the second half went unbelievably well for Wanaka. Midfielder Scott Belsham collected the ball from kick off and pumped a hopeful long ball into the opponent’s penalty area only for the ball to bounce straight over the goalkeeper's head into the goal. Wanaka began to exert more dominance on the game and doubled their lead. Good play down the right saw

Steve Pleskun pull the ball back to advancing midfielder Ed Rawlings who placed a right-footed shot into the bottom corner for his second goal of the game. With just 15 minutes remaining a mix up in the Wanaka defence gifted a grateful Falcons striker the ball and as he found himself one on one with the keeper, he slotted the ball home comfortably. Lightning seemed to strike twice as a misplaced pass and a slip by the covering defender presented another free opportunity for Falcons to score. Wanaka then capitalised on a falcons high line as striker Steve Pleskun picked up the ball on the left and raced past his marker to smash the ball into the top corner with only a few minutes remaining. There was still time though for Wanaka to grab a fifth goal. This time Steve Pleskun turned provider, passing the ball to strike partner Matt Florida, to catch the Falcons on the counter attack. The match finished Wanaka FC 5 Falcons 3.


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Please send your sports results to by 4pm Monday prior to print for inclusion in this section. Tarras Golf Opening Day Ambrose competition: H Reinecke, T Moore, B Trevathan and D Loeff 66.0 - 10.6 - 55.4 G Rive, G Lucas, B Kane and A Loeff 74.0 - 16.6 - 57.4 D Agnew, D Trevathan, L Harrison and C Illingworth 71.0 - 12.4 - 58.6 D Wilson, M Hyndman, M Sell and B Rowley 75.0 - 14.8 - 60.2 Murray Hyndman Men’s Club Captain. Wanaka Bridge Matukituki Pairs (Wed) N/S 1st Alwyne Haworth, Carol Orbell 62.76%. 2nd Julie Mulholland, Shona Watt 60.16%. 3rd Pam Miller, Sheila White 55.73%. E/W 1st Sue & Ian Halstead 62.78%. 2nd Sue Thomson, Noeline Turner 57.39%. 3rd Miranda O’Leary, Betty Swift 56.25% Friday Afternoon N/S 1st Jan Cunningham, Sheryl Strudwick 64.35%. 2nd David Brewer, Lynne Fegan 63.19%. 3rd Errol

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Rugby Correspondant

The Rams were keen to start their challenge for the White Horse Cup the same way they finished their last 40 minutes in storming fashion against Clyde the week before. However, the Arrowtown Bulls were quick to remind Upper Clutha why they were the holders of the much coveted trophy, boasting a structured game plan that paid dividends with two early tries. Their loose forward trio could take much of the credit with a number of strong runs that tested the Rams’ defence and eventually yielded them their tries. After the first 20 minutes, Upper Clutha worked their way into the game, helped by Arrowtown's poor discipline which earned Josh Roberts two penalty goals to bring the halftime score to 14-6. As is so often the case in rugby, the team who scored first after the break was pivotal. And unfortunately for the Rams, a lucky bounce from an Arrow-

town lineout close to the line earned them a cheap try. There was still plenty of fight left in the boys from Wanaka as they continued to push into Arrowtown territory, finding a number of gaps close to the ruck. A yellow card against captain Ben Purvis did not help the Rams’ cause but still they pushed on and when a line out was secured 5m out from Arrowtown's line, the opportunity was taken. A textbook lineout drive earned Max Collett a well deserved try that promised a tense finish to a hugely physical game. The dwindling time on the clock proved Upper Clutha's enemy, as Arrowtown were able to grind out the dying minutes to successfully defend the White Horse Cup with a 19-11 victory. A strong game was had by Hamish Cooper and Matt Templeton who both led the way with strong tackles and a number of carries that kept Upper Clutha pushing forward against a formidable Arrowtown pack. Pictured: George Reed winning the lineout.

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Mount Aspiring College students are celebrating national and international success as the summer sporting season comes to a close. Sammy Burke won silver in the 5000m at her first Australian National Athletics Championships last week, adding to her senior girls 3000m win at the South Island Secondary Schools Championships for a second year running. Mount Aspiring College sports coordinator Jacky Toepfer said that Sammy’s success in Australia was “amazing”. “Competing in the under-20 age group, Sammy put on a great performance to hold her position in a topclass field of runners,” Jacky said. Janus Staufenberg, pictured, claimed the title in the under-19 triathlon at the New Zealand Secondary Schools triathlon in Whanganui from March 30 to 31, where athletes had to battle flood debris and treacherous conditions around the Whanganui River. Janus also took second place in the


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Wanaka Ski and Snowsports Club has announced 47 children will receive Grassroots financial assistance towards snowsports lessons during the 2017 season. The 2017 awards must be used at Cardrona and Treble Cone for group lessons and are paid directly to the programme of the recipient's choice. WSSC secretary Bonny Teat said the original founding members of the Wanaka Ski Club believed in “developing local families 'enjoyment of the surrounding snow covered mountains through fostering skiing in all its forms”. “Little did they realise what skiing would morph into by 2017. The original club has incorporated all snowsports into its membership. It now has freeskiers, freeriders, alpine racers, cross country skiers, tourers, ski/board improvement for parents, masters racers, social party people, freeride snowboarders and park and pipe participants as members,” Bonny said. “The 2017 Grassroots recipients are

a wonderful mix of free skiers, free riders, alpine racers and boarders.” Thomas Benson (pictured) has been a Grassroots recipient since 2013. “He loves Team TC who he trains with and his highlight last season was beating his dad, Jonny Benson, in the club’s fun family event Race Your Mate,” Bonny said. Family reci pients are; Zora and Gustav Legnavsky, Zavia and Kezik Magill, Yasmin and Yannick Coombe, Vincent and Mia Gerrard, Thomas and Amy Benson, Seth and Jalen Carleton, Zavier and Isla Taylor, PHOTO: SUPPLIED Genevieve and Katrina Wallis, Luke and Bradley Gendall, Finley and Campbell Melville-Ives, Oscar and Lucia Georgalli, Charlie and Harry Anderson, Ben, Sam and Isabella Soper, Ollie and Cooper Morgan, and Jakob and Lukas Henderson. Individual 2017 awards will be made to Max Bagley, Bayley Macdonald, Anise Maclean, Jarred Ferguson, Jacob Toomey, Chloe Willmott, Finn Thomson, Logan Millar, Luka Cowan, Toby Mills, Henri Fenn, Aiden Fitzpatrick, Benji Pujol, Charlie Helmore, Amelia Sramek and Ari Drake.

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The mount Aspiring College senior boys futsal team has returned from the NZSS national tournament held in Wellington. They achieved their goal of doing better than the last two years, with five wins and two disappointing losses. In a tough tournament they played some strong teams in their pool and just missed out on placing second but they got through to the last 16 on goal difference. They won their first match, against Mount Albert grammar from Auckland, 5-3. Their second game on day one was their only bad game in the tournament, finishing with a 0-4 loss to St Thomas from Christchurch. On day two, in a must-win game, they beat Havelock North High from Hawkes Bay 8-3. Next up was Onslow college who were unbeaten in the pool and were a real force. The boys played well but Onslow won the game 6-0. Unfortunately for the local lads they needed to score at least one goal

or lose by four goals or less to progress in the tournament top 16. They still had three games to play for 17th to 24th spots however and the aim of finishing better than last year’s 19th place. The third game on day two was against Bethlehem College which MAC won 5-3. On the final day MAC played Shirley Boys High. The boys came out firing and won 6-1. The next game was against their nemesis and rival in football and futsal, St Bede's College from Christchurch. This was a hard fought game locked up at 1-1 and heading to a penalty shoot out before Adam Hewson scored with just seconds to go to full time to clinch the win. The MAC senior boys futsal team played some outstanding futsal and are ready to take on the best in Otago at the Otago Secondary School Futsal Championship in term two. The team wanted to thank their fellow students, teachers, parents and locals for their support and went on to express that it is always a privilege to represent Wanaka and MAC while away on tournaments.


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Local mountain bike rider Phoebe Young will be riding the Otago Rail Trail tomorrow (April 7) in a night ride to raise funds for the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation. Phoebe, pictured riding at the NZ Mountain Bike Champs at Cardrona, is participating in the ‘Moon Ride for Halberg’ and will ride the 150km rail trail from Middlemarch to Clyde. “I ride six days a week and I know the excitement and enjoyment I get out of riding and I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to be able to get out and participate in sport. It is not a race but an amazing experience to ride with disabled athletes and the para team. I wanted to give something back and hope to show that para athletes can

participate in sport and to motivate young people with disabilities to have a go,” Phoebe said. Up to 50 riders will cycle the trail including Paralympians Holly Robinson, Caitlin Dore and Jessica Hamill. For a gold coin donation members of the public will be able to join the ride for the final 10km from Alexandra to Clyde. Funds raised at the event will support the Halberg Foundation’s important disability sport activities including supporting local young athletes to attend the Halberg Junior Disability Games, assisting the local Halberg Disability Sport Adviser with the Recreation Project, as well as the continued delivery of the Halberg ‘No Exceptions Training’ programme on delivering inclusive sport and recreational activities to schools around the country. To donate go to moonrideforhalberg.

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The first night for Upper Clutha Netball at the new Wanaka Recreation Centre saw Mount Aspiring College A defeat Hawea Holiday Park A 29/27 in a close contest. Seven games of netball were played on both indoor courts on opening night and the excitement was heightened by the fact that it was the first night of the competitive netball season in the new centre. Netball Upper Clutha executive Yvonne Brew said, “After years of waiting, the girls all enjoyed playing on full sized courts and an extra level of fitness will be paramount. They found the court surfaces to be forgiving and less physical on the legs so it is heads up for a great season in a wonderful stadium.” Pictured: Mount Aspiring College A in black playing Hawea Holiday Park A.


















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