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ANZAC DAY SERVICES Mount Aspiring College students Campbell Russell and McKenzie Ayers spoke of their pride of those who had served and died.

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ASA successfully launched its football-stadium-sized, heavy-lift super pressure balloon (SPB) on Tuesday, April 25, on the eighth launch attempt, recognising the ANZAC Day launch by placing a poppy on the payload. The balloon travelled up the east of the South Island overnight and on Wednesday was making its way up the east coast of the North Island. The mission is designed to run 100 or more days floating at 33.5km about the globe in the southern hemisphere’s mid-latitude band. NASA’s balloon programme office chief Debbie Fairbrother said, “Following our 2015 and 2016 New Zealand missions, we have learned key lessons on the balloon design that have gone into perfecting the technology for this year’s flight. I’m very proud of the team that delivered us to this point and I’m hopeful that third time’s the charm for realising 100 days of flight.” A new launch pad adjacent to Wanaka Airport was recently installed and NASA has established a ten-year lease with Queenstown Airport “It has been a huge privilege to Corporation. Wanaka Airport manager Ralph Fegan missed the have the NASA and SPB team back launch as he was attending ANZAC Day services but again for a third year in Wanaka. The team here at Wanaka and Queenssaid it had been an honour working with NASA.

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town airports are excited to see what the next ten years bring as the relationship between us grows.” Anyone may track the progress of

the flight, which includes a map showing the balloon’s real-time location, at www.csbf.nasa.gov/ newzealand/wanaka. Pictured: The NASA balloon takes off.

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and so that people can look out for their animals. We all want our pets to be safe in the community.” Wanaka Police Senior Sergeant Steve Watt said that there may well have been other instances of cats being shot in the area, but that only one had been reported to police recently. Anyone caught committing such offences faces the possibility of criminal charges under the Animal Welfare Act. The man found guilty of shooting Coco the cat last year faced charges of ill-treatment and cruelty under the act, but was later given a diversion on the condition that he paid all vet bills and wrote a letter of apology to Coco’s owners. Pictured: A recovering Scotty with the bullet which was removed from his leg.

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ocal pet owners have shared words of warning following a number of cat shootings around Wanaka over the past few months, with the most recent incident earlier this week resulting in a cat being put down. Last year, Michele and Craig Capstick’s Siamese cat Coco had to have a leg amputated after he was shot on Studholme Road and several people have reported cat shootings since. Around two weeks ago Miki and Doug Patterson’s Siamese cat Scotty returned to their Stoney Creek home with a limp in his left leg, which was later found by a vet to be due to a lead bullet lodged in

his hip from a pellet gun. Miki and Doug posted online and sent flyers to around 20 neighbours to try to raise awareness of such incidents. “The vet told us that there was another cat shot the week before and when we posted online we saw that a few people have had similar experiences, some of them worse,” Miki said. “Our cat is lucky to be alive. We are not sure who did it, he could have been mistaken for a rabbit or running away but we just don’t know. It’s not acceptable shooting in a residential

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journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz Cemetery last Sunday April 23. The lychgate is a traditional English ANZAC Day was commemorated in both Wanaka churchyard gateway structure, for- and Hawea on Tuesday April 25. merly used at burials for sheltering Hawea celebrated with a dawn service at the a coffin. newly renovated Hawea ANZAC memorial at 7am. The Wanaka dawn service was held on the Lake Wanaka foreshore beside the log cabin at the same time. The service at the Lake Wanaka Centre at 9.30am “If we can get the long grass down was full with Presbyterian Minister Reverend Ian DANIELLE BUTLER newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz then it can grow back nice and green Hyslop taking the dedication. in the spring and it won’t be as much Mount Aspiring College students Campbell Volunteers are needed for an autumn of a fire hazard, which is Ruby Island’s Russell and McKenzie Ayers spoke of their pride working bee on Ruby Island in the biggest threat.” of those who had served and died for them to first week of May. Jude added that if anyone had a have freedom. Ruby Island Management Com- weedeater to bring along it would be mittee coordinator Jude Battson said “very welcome”. that it was time to do an autumn The working bee will take place weed, prune, mow and tidy up for the from 9.30am, meeting at the boatramp island’s winter sleep. on Lakeside Road, until 2pm on Sun“It’s always good to have up to 20 day May 7, with a barbecue lunch DANIELLE BUTLER volunteers to mow and weed. We’ve as usual. newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz done a great job of keeping on top of Volunteers interested in helping those noxious weeds over the years out should contact Jude on 027 561 Wanaka’s aviation community has received two acbut they have bursts of coming back,” 6088 so that numbers are known for colades in this year’s annual awards presented by Jude said. the boat ride across. the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Last Friday April 21, recreational pilot Shaun Gilbertson was voted top in 2017’s general aviation category for his contribution to recreational aviation in New Zealand. Shaun said that the fact that Wanaka had scooped two awards this year was “quite cool” for such a small airport. Callum Smith, director of aircraft repair and restoration company Twenty24, and his team were awarded the best maintenance shop award. AOPA has more than 430,000 members across Date: Monday 11th May 2015 66 countries. Members put in nominations for the Date: Thursday 4th May 2017 annual awards, with the association’s eight life Time: - 9.30pm Time:6.30pm 6.30pm - 9.30pm members selecting the winners.

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McKenzie said, “I have a freedom of choice because of those who served. It is important to remember the courage of the people who have helped shape this land New Zealand.” Campbell said it is inconceivably powerful that the fight was for all of us. “We pay tribute and today we stand grateful for their services,” she said. St John Youth members were represented at the service with the bible reading by Lily Wilson and Melanie Telford reading the poem “In Flanders Field”. Martin Curtis sang “One Shilling” and Matai Wells performed “These Hills” by Colin Gibson. A wreath laying ceremony took place at 11am at the Wanaka Memorial on Chalmers Street. Pictured: Lake Wanaka dawn service.

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Police are urging the Wanaka community to take action to stop their loved ones, friends and coworkers from drinking and driving. There have been 19 drink driving apprehensions in Wanaka so far this year, with 18 of these drivers over 20 years old and one under 20 years old. Otago Coastal road policing manager, Senior Sergeant Steve Larking, said this was a similar number to last year. “For the same period in 2016 there were also 19 apprehensions, with 14 over 20 years old and five under 20. During 2016 there were 84 drink driving apprehensions in Wanaka. The number of people THURSDAY 27.04.17 - WEDNESDAY 03.05.17

drinking and driving is simply unacceptable. Offenders driving under the influence of alcohol put themselves at risk as well as others on the road,” Snr Sergeant Larking said. Nationally many drink drivers are repeat offenders, but at the time of going to print specific numbers for repeat offenders in Wanaka were not available. “This is a community issue and the community can help by taking action to stop their loved ones, friends and co-workers from drinking and driving. Even small amounts of alcohol can affect your driving. Make plans before you start drinking and stick to them.” “Call a taxi, take a bus, or get a friend who hasn’t been drinking to drive you home.” THE WANAKA SUN


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It is not yet clear who will be in the running to fill the empty Wanaka Ward seat left by QLDC Councillor Ella Lawton’s official resignation last week. Ella, pictured, publicly spoke of her intentions to run for her mother Maggie Lawton’s Dunstan seat on the Otago Regional Council (ORC) following her passing last month. This meant her resignation from the Queenstown Lakes District Council under the Local Electoral Act 2001, which prohibits a member of a local authority from being a candidate for election to the regional authority with jurisdiction over the same district. QLDC chief executive Mike Theelen accepted the resignation on Friday April 21, triggering a local by-election for the Wanaka Ward which will be conducted by mail in May, with the

election itself taking place in July. While former district councillor and Wanaka Community Board member Jude Battson has publicly expressed her intention to stand for Ella’s vacant position, QLDC web and digital communications advisor Jimmy Sygrove said that no expressions of interest had been made in a formal capacity so far. Ella said, “stepping down as a QLDC councillor and community board member was not easy, but I know it was the right decision.” “The Dunstan Constituency has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years. Growth brings opportunities, but it also impacts our natural resources, infrastructure and communities.” Ella was nominated for the ORC seat by ex-mayor of Auckland City Council Dick Hubbard and ex-mayor of Central Otago District Council Malcolm Macpherson.

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As the region and the town continue to grow, irresponsible freedom camping remains high on the local agenda, with Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) reinforcing that its current deterrent of fines is enough. Last week, the Wanaka Sun reported on irresponsible freedom camping on Department of Conservation land in Makarora as highlighted in a video filmed by Makarora Tourist Centre worker Peter Hartley. Reports of illegal freedom camping shared on social media often come from across the region including Albert Town, Hawea and Wanaka with residents saying enough is enough. QLDC’s communications manager Michele Poole said a contractor currently carried out early morning patrols around Wanaka including the main carpark areas around Roy’s Bay. “They also respond to complaints so if we know there is a problem developing in a particular place, they can put the focus on that area for as long as is needed,” Michele said. Michele said that in Hawea warranted community volunteers carry THE WANAKA SUN

out evening patrols, educating people that they find freedom camping illegally and requesting that they move to a designated campground if they are not in full self-contained vehicles. QLDC web and digital communications advisor Jimmy Sygrove added that freedom campers breaking the rules are issued with a fine and that clamping as a freedom camping enforcement tool in Wanaka and Hawea hasn’t been looked at in detail as fines are seen as an appropriate tool at this stage. “We are always looking at ways to ensure people follow the rules, particularly when it comes to freedom camping as it is an issue that our communities feel strongly about. As such we would certainly consider using clamping as an enforcement tool in the future, if the need arose,” Jimmy said. Michele said that if residents think that the council should allocate more money for freedom camping patrols anywhere, now is a good time to say so by making a submission on the proposed annual plan. Submissions on the draft annual plan close on April 28 and can be made via the QLDC website.

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Two CPR mannequins are the latest crew members at Wanaka’s new community pool, thanks to a donation from Workplace First Aid Training. The mannequins were donated by the Otagobased first aid training establishment to support ongoing training for pool life guards in between their formal qualifications, which are due every two years. Workplace First Aid Training account manager Keri McLachlan said that the team were also delighted to be launching their children's first aid

book into primary schools at the start of term two with the support of Civil Defence Otago. “The children's book will empower primary age children to step up and tend to particular first aid incidences and learn valuable emergency tips in a fun and interactive environment,” Keri said. All funds raised from the book will be donated back into the community, supporting the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust. Any school, community group or club interested in using the book can contact Keri at keri@wpfirstaid.co.nz. Pictured: Keri McLachlan (right) presents the mannequins to pool coordinator Averil Boag last week.

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A meeting was held in Hawea last week to discuss safety measures at the river wave following a neardrowning at the spot at the beginning of April. Surfer Milu Multhaup, who was rescued by a kayaker and three surfers when he became trapped under the water on one side of a Camp Hill Bridge pylon with his board still tied to his leg on the other side, said that the aim of the meeting on April 13 was to discuss what could be put in place for future education and the rescue of surfers at the river wave. Commercial white-water kayak guide Ben Yates, who helped a surfer in a similar situation two years ago, said that a safety system was due to be put in place very soon, with trees downstream scheduled to be tended to. He added that leg leashes had now been pivotal in two near-death situations and that anyone wearing a leash, already considered hazardous, should

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The Upper Clutha Hospice Trust (UCHT) has had a busy first six months since opening its Stina Mooyman Palliative Care Suite at Aspiring Enliven at the end of September 2016. The first palliative care patient was admitted three days after the suite was opened and the average occupancy for the six months to March 31 was 70 percent. UCHT Chairman Russell McGeorge said, ”the occupancy rate was considerably above the Trust’s expectations and had been used for palliative care and respite care. We thank the management and staff of Aspiring Enliven who service the suite. Patients’ families regularly express their appreciation for the care their loved ones have received.” While the suite has only one patient room plus a family room, a second patient room connecting to the family room is available at times to the Trust. UCHT anticipates purchasing the second patient room when the Aspiring Enliven centre is extended, and is exploring ways in which to gain more access to the second patient room given the high level of use of the suite.

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“The Trust’s Palliative Care Suite is a wonderful example of self-help by a committed community, with Upper Clutha Hospice Shop supporting the Trust Suite. The staff and volunteers who run the shop do a great job,” Russell (pictured) said.

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Queenstown Airport continues to report strong passenger numbers, with an 11 percent increase in domestic passengers and a 15 percent increase in total passengers over the past 12 months.

The airport’s communications manager Jen Andrews said that travel in March was significantly boosted by people attending events and concerts across the region and around the country. As a result, March’s passenger numbers were 172,498, up ten percent on the same time last year.

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ORC Councillor Michael Laws has used the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (1981), and the responses of the Otago Regional Council to his requests for “stock standard local government information” to highlight the organisation’s “obsessive and unhealthy culture in hiding basic information away from the Otago public.” “I’ve never struck a public organisation – the SIS apart – that is more determined to be secretive than the ORC. It’s got to the position where it’s just plain unhealthy and antidemocratic,” he said. Michael said that he had been forced to use the Official Information Act after attending his first meeting of the council’s audit and risk committee, “and discovering that neither audit nor risk concept seemed to be alive”. He said he had asked for basic information about accountability around how the chief executive spends ratepayers’ monies that are not reported to council but that information wasn’t available. He also asked what legal risks attended the current council, but this information was not available at the meeting either. “I have now obtained some of that under the Official Information Act but I couldn’t previously release such basic information as a councillor. That’s simply absurd. This obsessive secrecy, and lack of accountability and transparency, frustrates that law every day,” Michael said. “The council is due to make some huge decisions around water use and the like that will affect the livelihoods of thousands of Otago people. But how can the public have any faith in that process if such a lack of openness and transparency permeates through the organisation? It’s got to stop.” ORC chair Stephen Woodhead said expecting detailed information to be produced during a meeting and/ or within 24 hours showed a lack of understanding of both a councillor’s governance role and the workload of staff who are expected to respond to

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The Leading the Charge Tip-to-Toe Road Trip organised by the Better NZ Trust made a pitstop in Wanaka last Friday April 21. This is the second such trip organised by the Better NZ Trust. Five electric cars went all the way in 2016 and over a dozen cars are taking part in 2017. The route was planned for a Leaf and two non REX BMW i3, two Hyundai IONIQS and a Zoe, with the Mitsubishi Outlanders, Audi A3 and six Telsa Model S vehicles also joining the road trip. The trip started in Invercargill on Wednesday April 19 where the fleet split into two groups, one going up the West Coast and the other up the East Coast. The two groups will travel all the way to Kaitaia where they will meet up on May 9. The trip demonstrates the ability to drive the length of New Zealand

in an electric car, with ChargeNet NZ having 37 active stations in New Zealand, with a new installation every two weeks. ChargeNet NZ chief operating officer Nick Smith said, “The company has 11 installations under construction with a lot more on the way including [in] Wanaka and Queenstown. We plan to have 105 charging stations throughout New Zealand by the end of 2018.” With around 13 electric cars in Wanaka, plans are underway to have chargers installed in Ardmore Street. Queenstown Lakes District Council project manager Rob Darby said he had received positive feedback from locals about the electric charger installation. “For most Wanaka residents it is not a contentious issue. There will be two chargers installed in Wanaka in Ardmore Street, with the exact location to be approved by the Wanaka Community Board.”

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The Wanaka Presbyterian Church will be hosting a quiz night on Monday May 1 to raise funds to complete construction of an orphanage in Bangladesh. Last year the quiz raised over $6000 which has been used to assist with the first stage of construction of the orphanage (pictured) being built by International Needs. Organiser Inez McClea said, “The first level has been started and we need ongoing finance to continue with the build. There are not many education facilities for children in north Bangladesh. The orphanage provides health and teaching facilities for the children and teaches women sewing skills and computing skills.” “The children often have parents, but their parents are unable to give them an education or up-

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Hawea songstress Anna van Riel has returned from her Off The Beaten Track tour, during which she performed for 450 children across 16 rural schools in the deep south of the country. With support from Creative New Zealand, Anna’s goal was to deliver high-quality, original music to children in isolated areas. “As a child, the first school I attended had a roll of 12, and visits from performing artists were nil,” Anna said. “I remember the impact it had on

me when I experienced a performing artist after moving into town and attending a bigger school. It was such a huge and exciting deal, and, as a grownup, I wanted to offer that experience to rural kids.” The tour took Anna from West Otago to the Catlins, Stewart Island to Western Southland and back home to Central Otago. The smallest school she played had just nine children on its roll. “It was such a unique experience performing in rural schools. The children and their teachers were so appreciative and fully engaged. The whole tour felt very connected,” Anna said.

bringing because they are so poor,” Inez said. Wanaka Presbyterian Minister Ian Hyslop said, “This quiz is part of Upper Clutha Presbyterian Parish's ministry and mission in 'loving God - loving others'. This involved partnering with International Needs in this important work in north Bangladesh which we as a church are committed to.” Quiz master George Smythe has donated his services for the evening, where there will also be a silent auction. “The community has been very generous and businesses have donated vouchers and gifts and we thank them for their support which has been tremendous,” Inez said. Teams of eight can register their interest by ringing the church office on 03 4436759. Entry is $20 per person which includes supper. The quiz will start at 7pm at the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Tenby Street. 2008 Suzuki Escudo XS 3.2L V6, 4WD, auto, airbags, ABS, electric windows, heated seats, cruise, 126,000km. VERY hard to find! $16,995 + ORC 2006 Toyota Caldina ZT Wagon 2L, auto, airbags, ABS, CD, electric windows, reversing camera, 80,000km, 3 available from $11,995 + ORC

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One hundred and eighty participants came together at Mount Aspiring College campus for the 28th Wanaka Autumn Arts School this week. There were 16 classes on offer with several classes full to capacity within a few days of the programme going up on the website. Organiser Robyn Van Reenen said the 16 classes this year included textile art, painting, fly fishing, printmaking and oral history. “All the tutors are imported, some from as far

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afield as Australia and Oregon in the United States. Basket weaving is a first-time class this year and we have a new printmaking tutor, Kevin Foley from Melbourne, doing traditional etching. We are lucky to have textile tutor Jeannette Meyer from Oregon return to tutor a class,” Robyn said. The textile class spent their first day hand-painting, producing a gem-like palette of fabric with water-based paints (pictured) before going onto design their own quilt. The art school runs until tomorrow Friday April 28, when the school will be open to the public to see what the students have been up to from 1pm to 2.30pm.

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Community initiative Food for Love is calling out for new faces to join its team of cooks and bakers. The group, which has been running for around a year, accepts nominations for people who need a helping hand in the form of a home-cooked meal and its volunteers get to work making it a reality. Group member Rebecca Sarginson, who runs the group alongside coordinator Louise Carney, said that there were currently around 35 cooks and 15 bakers working on a roster system, with each cooking once around every four to five weeks. “We’re just wanting to add some new names and faces and get the word out there that we’re available to help if people need us. You don’t have to make a big commitment to it. There is a lot of need for this in our community and the cooks that we have are amazing and very, very helpful,” Rebecca said. “It’s amazing what people give and how they help. It’s heartwarming to see both sides of it, the people that want to help and the people that need it.” To enquire about volunteering contact Rebecca via Food for Love’s Facebook page or call 027 222 9230. Pictured: Oanaka Educare student Daisy Speak baking for Food for Love. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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The Hawea Community Association (HCA) told a full meeting of the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) in Lake Hawea last Thursday April 20 the residents were strongly opposed to permanent chlorination. QLDC Mayor Jim Boult told Lake Hawea residents who attended the meeting, the council understands the community’s concerns about chlorinating the water supply. HCA chairman Paul Cunningham said in the public forum a thorough consultation process was needed and that no decision should be made until the matter had been fully investigated. The Lake Hawea water supply has been designed to support the community’s wishes to avoid permanent chlorination of the water. The original scheme was constructed in 1991 with upgrades in 1998, 2003 and 2015. The current system comprises an old intake at the dam (not in use),

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new pumping system, a stand-by generator and an old reservoir tank used for extra storage. A distribution zone currently supplies about 700 residents and is fully commissioned and operational. This new $1.5 million upgrade was designed to meet demand for at least 15 years, and to work towards compliance with Drinking Water Standards for NZ. HCA would like further investigations made in respect of whether there is any evidence of illness reported to Wanaka general practitioners as a result of water contamination since the upgrade. HCA said QLDC needs to research and offer other alternatives to chlorination of their water before any further decision is made. Mayor Boult said he understood the concerns people had, but the council and its councillors could face prosecution if they had not done everything they could to protect residents from the situation that occurred in Havelock North.

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The Informant April 1st 2017 signals the start of a new financial year for many taxpayers. For the 2017-2018 financial year there have been a number of measures introduced aimed at transforming and simplifying the tax legislation. In the main many of these changes are to be applauded as they will certainly enhance taxpayer’s ease of compliance. This article briefly covers off some these changes. Major changes are affecting the provisional tax regime that applies to all taxpayers. • For the 2018-2019 year a new method of paying provisional tax is being introduced that allows a business with $5.0 million or less of turnover to use their accounting software to determine their tax liabilities. Once approval to use the system has been given by the IRD your accounting system can be used to determine your tax liability. Payments will shift from the typical 3 times a year to 6 times a year for those who file GST returns on a 2 or 6 monthly basis. Taxpayers will find there are benefits of spreading tax payments more evenly

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across a year and basing payments on actual profit earned rather than using last years profit plus an arbitrary 5% or 10% loading. Also there will be no interest charged on taxes when using this method. • Interest on provisional tax will only be charged from the third instalment date if the first two instalments are paid using the standard methods. At present interest can be charged from the first instalment date and is difficult to manage as most people don’t earn their profit evenly over the course of a year. We see this as a great improvement in fairness to the way taxpayers are charged interest on taxes. • The threshold for interest charges on taxes for individuals is rising from $50,000 to $60,000. Listed below are some of the changes that may be of interest for those with a company. • Loosening the rules around the taxing of capital gains made by a company when that company transacts with a shareholder. This has been something that can catch many people out when shareholders buy an asset from their

own company. • Making it easier for companies to pay shareholders with either a mix of PAYE or no tax deducted. Changes allow for a greater variation between the two methods and will improve overall tax planning. • Fixing the timing of payment of withholding taxes to the IRD when companies are declaring dividends. Allows the ability to backdate dividends in certain situations and not have late payment penalties. • Allowing tax credits of a company (Imputation credits) to be transferred amongst members of a group. Companies and motor vehicles Vehicles that are used by the shareholders of a company are now able to be treated under log book regime. This is similar to sole traders where a percentage of the vehicles business use is established. This change allows for a departure from the previous Fringe Benefit rules that have applied up until the end of the 2017 year. This change should make for a fairer system for shareholders owning a company vehicle given they are locked

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into a regime of using the original cost price for Fringe Benefit purposes. To be paying Fringe Benefit Tax based on original cost when the vehicle is rapidly losing value will reduce tax costs for companies. Sundry and ancillary matters • Contractors and withholding taxes – contractors can choose varying deduction rates ranging from 10% or 15% minimum to higher rates as they see fit. This will be of benefit to contract construction labourers. • Information sharing is permitted between the IRD and credit agencies for company tax debts and the Registrar of Companies. • Exemption certificates from withholding tax will not need to be renewed annually. Overall the pace of change within the tax system remains relatively high. These changes are placing more emphasis on taxpayer’s ability to manage their own affairs but this does come at a cost. Greater information sharing abilities between the IRD and other government departments will result in higher IRD scrutiny of taxpayer activity.

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POPPY-TUNITY KNOCKS 3 Poppy Lane provides ample space for your family, open plan dining & living areas with mountain views capture all day sun while the log burner and transfer system keeps the rest of the house warm. A large patio, established garden & generous lawn spreads out across the neighbouring reserve offering plenty of outdoor area & securing your views & sun into the future.

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Lakefront Cottage If you are suited to simplistic living, you will love this wee crib as a weekender at the lake, or as an investment in a future build site with ready-made accommodation & easy access down to Scotts Beach at Lake Hawea. 1400m2 includes this small furnished cottage, 150 assorted Rhododendrons, & views of one of NZ’s most beautiful lakes.

3 A 2 F Vendors Committed Elsewhere This 1970’s character home has great bones & plenty of potential making it a terrific starter option. Set on a 1,115m2 section minutes walk to down town Wanaka, there are many options here for a new owner. This home would be fantastic for a family who is keen on a spacious section or take advantage of the large site to develop further. Call now for further information.

Auction 3.00pm, Friday 19 May 2017 (unless sold prior) View Saturday 2pm or by appointment www.rwwanaka.co.nz/WNK21683 rwwanaka.co.nz/WNK21683 Joss Harris 021 220 7693 joss.harris@raywhite.com Jayne MacDonald 021 909 821 jayne.macdonald@raywhite.com

Auction 3.00pm, Friday 19 May 2017 (unless sold prior) View Saturday & Wednesday 1pm www.rwwanaka.co.nz/WNK21675 rwwanaka.co.nz/WNK21675 Louise Walker-Hughes 0274 322 474 louise.wh@raywhite.com

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NOT FAR BUT FAR ENOUGH Enough of the song and dance, due to a change in circumstance after 40 years in the one family this property will be changing hands to a new owner. Located away from the hustle and bustle, sitting under the Central Otago sun lies a wonderful property that has spent time as a hub for local community activities that has since been renovated into a family home.

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What a little Charmer The owners of this fully renovated home have created a warm and inviting property with simple stylish spaces yet ensuring everything fits perfectly with the original charm. The full sized established section has plenty of room for the large deck which will have you basking in the sun of your private back yard all year round. Come along and view this little charmer.

4 A 2 F 2 I Business Precinct Apartment An excellent investment or potential owner occupier opportunity in Wanaka’s Gordon Road business area comprising a modern two storey purpose-built unit. There is a good mix of functionality with the upstairs apartment accessed separately, open plan kitchen living with balconies east and west and 3 generous bedrooms. Call today for more information.

Auction 3pm, Friday 19th May (unless sold prior) View Sunday 1pm or by appointment www.rwwanaka.co.nz/WNK21682 rwwanaka.co.nz/WNK21682 Jayne MacDonald 021 909 821 jayne.macdonald@raywhite.com Joss Harris 021 220 7693 joss.harris@raywhite.com

Auction 3.00pm, Friday 19 May 2017 (unless sold prior) View Thur 1pm, Sat & Tues 12pm www.rwwanaka.co.nz/WNK21688 rwwanaka.co.nz/WNK21688 Rachel Walsh 0274 432 683 rachel.walsh@raywhite.com LICENSED (REAA 2008)

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Wanaka 8 Mills Road Seldom on Skylark On the corner of Skylark Place this sunny section with superb mountain views all around is a must to view. One block back from the lake this smaller size section means it’s easy care, giving you more time to enjoy the lifestyle that living at Lake Hawea offers, with boating, fishing and walking at your doorstep. Pay 10% deposit now and secure this section today with the balance in 3 6 months time. For Sale $297,000 View by appointment www.rwwanaka.co.nz/WNK21687 rwwanaka.co.nz/WNK21687 Jo Sedon 0274 454 590 jo.sedon@raywhite.com LICENSED (REAA 2008)

Ready to Build? This titled section is ready for you to design then build your dream home. With a relatively flat profile & great location this 811m2 section sits in the desirable Peak View Heights off Aubrey Road. The sections to the west have building height restrictions so you can take full advantage of the surrounding mountain views. Call today for more information. For Sale Deadline Sale 4pm, 11th May (unless sold prior) View by appointment www.rwwanaka.co.nz/WNK21680 rwwanaka.co.nz/WNK21680 Rachel Walsh 0274 432 683 rachel.walsh@raywhite.com LICENSED (REAA 2008)

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Freedom campers need reining in Freedom campers constitute just two percent of our total tourists but their impact is well out of kilter with that number. New Zealand welcomed 3.5 million international visitors in the year ending February 2017. That’s on top of our booming domestic tourism market. Tourism sustains and enriches many of our businesses and towns; in fact, most regions are now to some degree reliant upon the industry. This is a good thing; in truth it speaks positively of how well New Zealand is regarded from a global perspective. While as a country we’ll continue to embrace the booming tourism industry, that’s not to say we can’t or shouldn’t look to how we can do things better. Freedom camping is one of tourism’s growth areas that needs a closer look, with numbers increasing from around 10,000 in the early 2000s, to over 80,000 in more recent years. Their impact on local communities has proved controversial. Who pays the costs of the increased rubbish and waste disposal needed? Or the necessary increase in public toilets, parking spaces and other infrastructure? For small communities picking up the tab via their local rates contributions, these increased costs can really sting, particularly when those ratepayers aren’t a direct recipient of the tourism dollar. Proportionally, farmers pay a significant contribution of council’s total rates, so Federated Farmers cares about how all of these costs are funded. Each and every year we submit to local council annual plans across New Zealand, to provide feedback on funding proposals.

The government’s answer has been to allocate $17.5 million over four years towards things like public toilets, car parking facilities and freedom camping facilities. While a welcome start, it’s a drop in the bucket compared to what is actually needed and it’s a pittance compared to the $1.5 billion tourists contribute to the tax base through GST on their spending. Away from conversations on financial costs, there is another impact hitting our communities, and many locals have had enough. Farmers across Queenstown Lakes, Central Otago and wider New Zealand tell us their own frustrating experiences with freedom campers. Stories range from human-waste, toilet paper and other rubbish discarded near their homes, yards, sheds and paddocks, to vehicles being parked in front of gateways, blocking stock movement, and trespassing on private land. Recent footage on the Wanaka Sun Facebook page strongly reinforced that this is an issue that all New Zealanders are quite simply fed up with. The Freedom Camping Act 2011 was introduced in haste, prior to the 2011 Rugby World Cup. At the time it was acknowledged to be filling a gap and putting a lid on potential troubles foreseen at the time. But six years on, as issues and tourist numbers grow, it’s time for the government to review how well the legislation’s working, to see if ‘no freedom camping’ zones and instant fines are enough to deter the growing poor behaviour. It’s New Zealand’s scenic, remote beauty that locals are proud to call home and that tourists come to see, not the rubbish and waste left behind by travellers.

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As the weather grows colder, social media group Wanaka Warmth for Families is entering its second winter of helping people in need. The group started out last winter as a forum for people to donate any items, particularly winter clothes or bedsheets that they no longer need to families who might be struggling over the winter months. Group coordinator Karla Wilson said that the group had slowed down over the summer, but

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The search for the South Island Kokako, once thought to be extinct, is heat ing up, with potential sightings recorded from as nearby as Lake Hawea. Founding trustee of the South Island Kokako Charitable Trust Ron Nilsson said that the best and most recent reports were from Fiordland, South Westland, the Marlborough Sounds and the Heaphy Track, with a promising sound recording thought to be from the rare bird taken in the Grey Valley’s native forest last month.

Trust manager Inger Perkins said that definitive evidence was still needed and encouraged backcountry users to become familiar with the sight and sound of the bird and carry a camera in native forests. A $10,000 reward will be paid to whoever provides evidence of the bird’s existence once a panel of New Zealand’s expert ornithologists agree that it proves that the bird exists. Listen to the sound recording at www.thewanakasun.co.nz. Pictured: An image of the North Island Kokako photoshopped to resemble the South Island bird.

was starting to pick up momentum again. “It’s coming up to winter with power bills rising and extra costs like firewood. The group is great and there are some amazing people out there that are so willing to help others,” Karla said. “As the group grows bigger it will get better. We want more people to realise that it is there.” Anyone wishing to donate items can post them on the Wanaka Warmth for Families Facebook page and those wishing to receive items can post publicly or message the donor or group admin privately and discreetly.

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Wanaka Tennis Club honoured past president Dave Buckingham’s contribution to the club following a quadrangular teams tournament last weekend. Dave, who was president of the club for 12 years, was recognised on Sunday April 23 for his “huge contribution” to the club. Committee member Don Buick said that Dave had been the driving force behind the tennis complex which was the envy of the club’s many visitors. “He continues to encourage younger players and regularly manages social tennis. Due largely to his enthusiasm and vision we have an excellent coach and young players performing well at a national level,” Don said. Over the weekend the tournament saw Southland and Wanaka enjoy wins against North Otago and Queenstown on Saturday, but on Sunday defending champions Wanaka were defeated by Southland.

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Pictured: Patron Jill Blennerhassett and Dave Buckingham beside the centre court sign.

Packard rally to Warbirds The Packard Car Club of New Zealand’s 2018 rally will culminate with the cars being on display at Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow next Easter. Ten of the 50 vehicles will be shipped from the United States especially for the event. WOW general manager, Ed Taylor, said there is a strong link between Packard motor vehicles and some of the WWII aircraft which will also be at WOW. “During WWII the Packard company made an American version of the famous Rolls Royce Merlin engine to power fighter aircraft and bombers. The Packard Merlin V12 engine was fitted to many aircraft types, including the P-40 Kittyhawk and P-51 Mustang. A number of these will be flying at Warbirds 2018. So we’ll have Packard V12 engines both on the ground and in the air,” Ed said. Pictured: A 1932 Packard Twin Six Sports Phae-

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Central Otago District Council (CODC) has agreed to process Wooing Tree Vineyard’s request for a private plan change, which could enable the vineyard to shift the existing land zoning from rural residential to a mix of low-density to high-density residential and light commercial for the planned Wooing Tree Estate. The proposed plan change (Plan Change 12) will

be publicly notified and a submission period will follow. A hearing for the plan change is expected later this year. A zone change would facilitate the development of the proposed Wooing Tree Estate on the 26ha site in Cromwell between State Highway 6, State Highway 8B and Shortcut Road. The new development could include various community amenities, tourist attractions, retail, accommodation and prime housing lots, as well as the existing vineyard and cellar door.

N O T I C E B O A R D Meeting Schedule for May 2017 The following meetings will be held, during May 2017: Resource Consent Hearing (E, S, K, R, J & S Dennison) – Crowne Plaza Hotel (Level 3), Beach Street, Queenstown. Monday 1 May 2017 at 11.00am. Infrastructure Committee – Council Chambers, 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown. Thursday 4 May 2017 at 10.00am.

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Wanaka Community Board – Armstrong Room, Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka. Thursday 11 May 2017 at 10.00am. Community & Services Committee - Council Chambers, 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown. Thursday 18 May 2017 at 10.00am. Queenstown Lakes District Council – Council Chambers, 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown. Thursday 25 May 2017 at 1.00pm. Hearing of Submissions to the QLDC Annual Plan for 2017-18 – Council Chambers, 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown. Wednesday 31 May 2017 at 9.30am. Meeting dates, times and venues are subject to change. The above meetings are open to the public. Some meetings may have items of business that will be discussed with the public excluded, as set out by the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987. This notice is published in accordance with Section 46 of the Local Government Act. Mike Theelen Chief Executive

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THE SALVATION Army Family store would like used glass spice jars with lids, to donate these please just pop them into the store in Brownston Street. VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED at The Salvation Army Family store if you have some free time and would like to be part of a team which makes a difference, come and see us.

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Full-time Office Administrator

Wanaka Auto Repairs is a busy, friendly automotive workshop and we’re sad to say that our current administrator is heading north! So we are after a keen, experienced and capable administrator to join the team at our busy workshop. Requirements: Good customer service skills Computer savvy Good multi-tasker Able to cope under pressure

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Please email your CV or drop it into the workshop by Monday 8th May Wanaka Auto Repairs, 66 Anderson Road, Wanaka Email: wnk.autorepairs@xtra.co.nz Enquiries or to request job description, call 443 7393

JOURNALIST REQUIRED Maternity leave cover Be part of the small team responsible for producing our popular weekly newspaper. Your talents will include: • Experience as a journalist on community newspapers or regional daily papers • An eye for community news and ability to polish copy • Strong writing ability and photography skills • A positive can-do attitude • The ability to connect with our community • Ability to meet strict deadlines Based in Wanaka, this part-time position will suit someone who wants to make the most out of the great outdoors and the highly sought-after Wanaka lifestyle.

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Please apply with a current CV to: Ruth Blunt editor@thewanakasun.co.nz Part Time Stock Controller & Online Store Manager Part or full time commercial cleaning on 2 great sites! 20 – 40 hours a week available. Applications close 27 April 2017 Required. Email accounts@southernwild.nz for a job deassistance could10 be available. Ability to understand English and communicate essential. scription. Applications close 3rd May.Visa Southern Wild, Helwick Street. Previous cleaning experience an advantage $17.50 per hour. Immediate start available.

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Part or full time commercial cleaning on 2 great sites!

10 out of 9 accounts people can’t count.

Wanakareer selling New Zealand holidays? So, here we are again people of Wanaka, another week and a brand new role to

20 – 40 hours a week available. tempt all you accounts loving people taste buds. Visa assistance could be available. Ability to Well our business We are nowison the huntagain for a senior person to join awesome team.you! growing and ifaccounts you’re awesome weour want you! Yes understand English and communicate essential. Of course in true Fine Touring style we are not looking for a run of the mill, Stop reading this ad andNZ contact us immediately! Previous cleaning experience an advantage paint by numbers, and follow all the rules type of accounts person. $17.50 per hour. Immediate start available. Wellhere actually hang on, we’d better the rules,Fine scrubTouring that last Group’ bit – youwe are That’s right at Wanaka’s very ownfollow ‘NewallZealand can’tand break At least not theanother government’s ones. We know underneath moving fast weany arerules. on the hunt for awesome Wanaka local to join our Please contact norman@houseofhygiene.co.nz every accounts person is a rule breaker at heart. super sales team. So do you have solid experience in Xero, invoicing, payroll and managing a small team? You do? alllllrighty then, readpersonality, on. If like us you are big onWell things like honesty, fun (a sense of humour is We are on the hunt for a number crunching, bean counting, ledger loving, super very important to us especially as the bosses aren’t funny), positivity, and working starring accounts person who has had some management experience and can hard then you’re already half way there! handle everything a growing company can throw at you. Not literally, we don’t throw things at our accounts team. We do throw things at the marketing guys Here’s the other half: though – but they deserve it.

The right choice for • your personal health care • your family’s care • specialist sports medicine • womens’ health • vasectomy and minor procedures • travel medicine & immunisations • immigration medicals

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• You’ll manage our key agents invoicing – travel agents not 007.

This is a full position our Wanaka a fantastic bunch of • Youtime will ensure weworking get all ourinaccounts paid byoffice 20th ofwith the month. likeminded people. We are very customer focused and looking after our international • You’ll help us with cash flow reporting where and when needed. clients is paramount to us so be aware that some weekend and public holiday work is • In line with that you will know if the brackets around numbers are good. Or required. bad. We can never remember.

On the right …… in the Wanaka Lakes Health Centre Call: 443 0725 www.aspiringmedical.co.nz

Here are some of thecustomers. key tasks for this role:love it. You gotta love helping Really • You need to be super capable we don’t dowithout micro managing. You need to be enthusiastic! A salesperson enthusiasm is just another • Youto need be confident managing peopleand whoits aretotal managing our payroll. You need be to passionate about New the Zealand awesomeness. • You’lltolove Xero should like along sister as you name need to(s). oversee her for us including ‘Attention detail’ belost your middle GSTto returns, accruals etc.communication ninja. You need be anreconciling, administration and • You’ll withwill ouraspire accountant when needed (he doesn’t bite, much). You will be,liaise or you to be, a super sales person!

If like us you are big on things like honesty, personality, fun (a sense of humour

We hire for character and for skill so even you haven’t worked in tourism is very important to train us especially at the end ofifmonth), positivity, and working if you are indeed a character, can sell and have a great before don’t you worry hard then we’d love to hear from you. attitude you could be our perfect match! If you’re looking for a full time position and this sounds like you then send your C.V. and covering letter to kerry@nzft.co.nz by 31 April 2017 telling us why you

like a bit you you –are a permanent resident in NZ and committed wanakareer withofNZ Fineand Touring where everyone counts. 23 Cardrona Valley Road, Wanaka If this sounds to living in the wonderful Wanaka then get in touch today and sell yourself to us!

Send us your C.V. and covering letter (by Monday 27 February 2017) telling THURSDAY 27.04.17 - WEDNESDAY 03.05.17 PAGEus 13why you wanakareer selling holidays and why you are more awesome than all those others that apply. Address it to ​sarah@nzft.co.nz​. Go on, you know you want to.


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HEALTHY DEALS THIS WEEK Phone: 03 443 8000 Top of Helwick Street, Wanaka

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Youth cyclists on top S

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Local riders Mikayla Harvey and Phoebe Young both took out top spots at the Calder Stewart Cycling Series in Timaru last weekend. Mikayla came home first in the bunch kick, securing the series overall lead in the seniors. Phoebe took out the under-19 title after leading Ella Harris into the final kick. Phoebe is coached by ESP-Endurance Sports Performance and rides for the Mike Greer Homes Women’s Cycling Team along with Mikayla and Cassandra Harvey. Patrick and Tammy Harvey established the team in 2015 to provide a pathway for New Zealand women road cyclists. “I wanted to further improve

my mountain biking through road cycling. So this year, I became the mountain biker for the team, which has enabled me to compete in road races such as the Calder Stewart Series. In these races I can compete against strong riders and develop an understanding and experience for riding as a team, not an individual,” Phoebe said. The series consists of six races across the South Island, with the round in Timaru the last before the winter break. The series will kick off again in September with round four in Nelson on September 9, round five in Hokitika on September 30 and round six on October 22’s Hell of South. Pictured: Phoebe competing in the round three race.

Local teams drop points Last Saturday was an unsuccessful day for Wanaka's football teams in the Central Otago Football League, with none of the three recording a win. Wanaka FC took on Queenstown Association FC at Queenstown Events Centre and came away with a draw, see the match report on page 15. Over at Jack's Point in Queenstown, second-placed Wanaka Youth FC were up against seventh-placed Frankton Rebels. WYFC were aiming to repeat the fine performance they had against Wanaka FC the week before but unfortunately that didn't

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happen. From the start WYFC didn't look like the same team and maybe they went into the match over confident from the last game. The result was a loss of four goals to one. Wanaka Braves sit in last place after losing to the Falcons 5-0 in another Queenstown match. The top five places in the Central Otago Football League after five rounds are: Alexandra A who are unbeaten on 16 points, Lakes United on 13 points, Wanaka FC remain in third place on 13 points, QAFC are still in fourth place on 13 points and dropping from second place to fifth place, local team WYFC is on 13 points.

SPORTS RESULTS Please send your sports results to sports@thewanakasun.co.nz by 4pm Monday prior to print for inclusion in this section. Tarras Golf Purvis Cup (Medal) B Trevathan 100-30-70, C Still 94-23-71, W Bosley 88-16-72, K Galloway 92-19-73, M Hyndman 100-26-74, J Trevathan 84-10-74, B Rowley 105-31-74, J Dawson 83-9-74 Putting C Still 27 by lot J Trevathan 27, H Reinecke 29, B Rowley 29, J Dawson 30, W Bosley 30, D Agnew 32 Twos B Trevathan, D Allen, D Agnew Nett Eagles No 2 B Trevathan ( struck ) Lake Hawea Golf Club Competition – Stumpy’s Stableford 1st Tim Cotter 108 2nd Kelly MacKenzie 98 3rd Ryan Connor 97 4th Steve Innes 94 (on countback) 5th Ian Brown 94 6th Bronnie Stevenson 93 7th Bryan Burgess 92 Closest to Pin No.1 (Men) Tim Cotter Closest to Pin No.1 (Ladies) Kelly MacKenzie Closest to Pin No.5 (Men) Tim Cotter Two’s Tim Cotter (No.5 & No.14) Birdies/Nett Eagles – Hole No.14 Tim Cotter.

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Bridge Hawea Prs (Wed) N/S 1st Noelene Raffills, Jeanette Gillies 66.51%. 2nd Alwyn Haworth, Denis Pezaro 59.86%. 3rd Jude Gunn, Julie Mulholland 53.67%. E/W 1st Alan & Denise Bunn 64.40%. 2nd Marion Murphy, Tommie Munns 57.57%. 3rd Ian & Sue Halsted 53.90%. Friday Afternoon N/S Josey McKenzie, Vivienne Christie 64.58%. 2nd Heather Wellman, Maggie Stratford 58.04%, 3rd Dorothy McDonald, Carolyn Grey 55.65%. E/W 1st Daphne Stewart, Ian McDonald 53.87%. 2nd Jenny Turnbull, Sue Orbell 52.38%. 3rd equal Shona Watt, Jan Cunningham/Nan Ottrey, Ken Roberts 51.79%. Championship Prs (Mon) N/S 1st Georgie Roberts, Allan Kelly 59.81%. 2nd David Brewer, Lynne Fegan 59.42%. 3rd Maggie Stratford, Sherril Harries 54.42%. E/W 1st Errol Kelly, Ian McDonald 56.92. 2nd John & Jan Lyness 56.35%. 3rd Carolyn Grey, Vivienne Christie 53.65%.

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Annual children’s hunt S

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The annual children's hunt was held at Tarras over the weekend, with not a single hare caught. The hunt is arranged each year by Central Otago Hunt Club and hosted by Chapman-Cohen family on their farm at Tarras. Pictured: Friends Monty Hewson, 12, and Molly Todd, 15, on their mounts Boots and Beau (who are brothers).

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Soccer skills school in Wanaka S

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Wanaka Association Football Club hosted the Southern United Skill School during the school holidays which was well attended with everybody having fun. Run and organised by Southern United FC and Football South, the two-day soccer skills school was one of four held over the school holidays. Its aim was to “develop soccer skills PHOTO: JODIE RAINSFORD in a fun and friendly environment”. The skills school catered for children born from 2009 to 2013 in the Minis category and children born from 2002 to 2008 in the fundraising events,” Montessori Board of Trustees Ballers category. member Duncan Stewart said. “Last year the money raised funded a new kitchen for the Bambini class and this has had a hugely beneficial impact on children and teachers. This year we are looking forward to redeveloping the outdoor area with the funds.” Wanaka Primary School Board member Hamish McLean said the school will be developing its new outdoor ‘Fit Trail’ with the funds and he couldn’t believe the growth of the event. “When the Wanaka Trail Ride started we set a goal of 300 registrations. Now in the third year we've hit 850. Thank you to all the riders for their support, we hope you’ve had a great time,” he said. “And to the numerous volunteers we really appreciate you generously giving up your time.” More than 100 volunteers took on 113 different roles, with volunteer manager Gillian White expressing her thanks to them saying they couldn’t put the event on without their volunteers.

Record numbers for third trail ride S

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A record 859 people from around the South Island took part in the third annual Wanaka Trail Ride. A fundraiser for Wanaka Primary School and Montessori Children’s House Wanaka, the ride covers over 100km of trails on Deep Creek, Long Gully and Lindis Peak stations which were opened up by the landowners. Event manager Nicolle Masters was pleased with how the day turned out. “No major incidents occurred and we owe a lot to the dedicated track and safety managers who truly make this event happen - putting in the hard yards in the lead up, arriving well before riders on the day and leaving long after they’ve gone home.” This year the high country trail bike ride had more advanced and expert trails as well as the popular “peewee” course for beginner riders. “It’s important to have tangible outcomes from

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ED RAWLINGS

Football Correspondant

Wanaka FC travelled over the hill, licking their wounds from last week’s defeat to local rivals Wanaka Youth FC, to face high-flying QAFC in another vital top of the table clash. Wanaka FC, with a depleted squad due to injuries and absentees, were forced to reshuffle once again. With just one recognised defender in the squad, player/manager, and the day’s captain, Allan Carmichael, opted to play in the unfamiliar position in the heart of the makeshift back three. A handful of players made their debuts, stepping up to the occasion and fitting seamlessly into the first team. A cagey opening quarter showed little attacking threat from either side, both teams struggled to get to grips with the slippery surface. The chances came eventually as the game started to open up. QAFC produced the best chance of the first half with an effort from the edge of the box striking the inside of the post only to roll across the goal mouth and out for a goal kick. Wanaka FC didn’t capitalise on their opportunities as they found their rhythm and attacking flow. The teams headed into the interval 0-0. The second half started evenly in the tight affair,

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although it wasn’t long until the first goal of the game was scored. A long ball over the top caught the Wanaka high line out and the QAFC striker was quickest to latch onto the bouncing ball. He then calmly lobbed goalkeeper Aaron Molloy, who had been advancing from his goal to close down. Wanaka FC turned to their bench for fresh legs in search of an equaliser. They began to control possession and territory and the chances were coming thick and fast. Despite this pressure, it was QAFC that fashioned another great opportunity for themselves to score but local keeper Aaron Molloy dived low to his left to produce an outstanding save to keep Wanaka’s hopes alive of taking some points from the game. With the clock ticking down Wanaka’s dominance finally yielded a breakthrough. Striker Steve Pelskun brushed aside his opponent and raced down the left flank firing a low cross into the box to pick out advancing midfielder Ryan Atherton. Ryan slammed in his first goal of the season to secure a vital point with almost the last kick of the game. The 1-1 result keeps Wanaka in a strong position to retain their league title, just three points behind leaders Alexandra A. Wanaka start the first of three successive home fixtures when they host Wakatipu on Saturday. THURSDAY 27.04.17 - WEDNESDAY 03.05.17

Rugby Correspondant

On a glorious autumn day in Wanaka, the quality of the rugby was matched only by the blazing sun and strong turnout on club day. All those in attendance were treated to the Rams' most emphatic win of the season - a 46-5 victory. Upper Clutha got on the board early with a nice show-and-go by first five Jai Baxter who dotted down under the posts. A penalty kick by Josh Roberts soon followed to keep the pressure mounting on the Omakau boys. It wasn't long before Jai was in again, as he snapped up a loose pass by Matakanui, running half the pitch and showing a good turn of pace. Matakanui had their best shot on attack for the next ten minutes, but after losing captain Mike Phillips to injury, were unable to string enough phases together to break through the Upper Clutha defence. The Rams forwards then got on the front foot, paving the way for Pete Withers to score out wide. The forwards contin-

ued their dominant start with a textbook lineout drive allowing Hamish Cooper to grab the bonus point try just before the half. Nothing changed in the second half. Upper Clutha scored again with Joey Smith on debut using his footwork and speed to dive over in the corner. A hurried clearance by Matakanui was then charged down, allowing Reuben McLay to bustle over. Upper Clutha scored their last points of the day when Jai Baxter earned his hat trick after spotting a gap and cutting through. The last period of the game belonged to Matakanui as they scored a late consolation try. With a cleared bench, Upper Clutha's structure suffered a little but still showed a number of nice touches, including a miraculous kick by Thomas Moore who appeared to have the ball on a string. The game finished with a 46-5 scoreline, reflecting Upper Clutha's dominance to round out a great day for the club. Pictured: Luke Grant making a tackle. PAGE 15


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Personal bests and broken bones D

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The Contact Epic celebrated its tenth birthday in an exciting and dramatic fashion, with Wanaka’s competitors scooping almost as many injuries as victories. The adventure mountain bike race drew almost 700 riders from across New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, the USA and the Netherlands, who all raced through three Lake Hawea courses in perfect conditions on Saturday April 22. Race director Danielle Nicholson said that no wind, clear blue skies and a very low river crossing provided many personal bests and times close to course records. Among these was Wanaka’s Richard Anderson, who won the 95km Classic course in a time of 4:09, just over a minute off breaking the course record. Richard was followed by 15-yearold Archie Martinovich of Christchurch in 4:22, with Wanaka’s Ty Sarginson (16) a close third, crossing the line in 4:23. Wanaka took the top two spots in the women’s Classic, with Maureen Kernick in first with a time of 5:31 fol-

lowed by Sarah Gillespie in 5:41. Local physiotherapist Jo Williams came top of the 125km women’s Epic course in 5:31, picking up the $2400 purse prize alongside men’s winner Edwin Crossling of Wellington. John Metzger, of Wanaka, raced into second spot in 5:57, just one tenth of a second before third placing Mike Sangster. Wanaka’s multi-sport athlete Floortje Grimmett took the women’s title in the first ever 160km Centurion course in a time of 7:31, while secondplaced Hawea Flat local David Drake crossed the finish in 6:56, just 15 minutes behind leading male, Alexandra’s Shaun Portegys. Floortje said that it was the best Contact Epic race conditions in ten years. “It was dry, the rivers weren’t too high and the side streams weren’t too hard to cross which made it one of the best years they’ve had. It’s a long course so it gets tough but it’s a great course to ride,” Floortje said. Wanaka also did well on the Traverse course, taking two of the three top spots with Mitch Tawera in first in 1:16 and Campbell Wright in third with a time of 1:20. Despite the string of successes

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injury was rife in this year’s event, with five riders evacuated by helicopter for accidents involving shoulders, hips and ribs. Two Centurion riders, Andrew McLeod and Bruce Thomson, completed the 160km with times of 8:33 and 9:16 respectively with what were described as “reasonably major injuries”. Local doctor Andrew, pictured, rode through the pain of self-diagnosed broken ribs and Bruce used a sweat band to cover a gash to his arm, which later had to be operated on at Christchurch Hospital, taking him away from prizegiving.

Fundraising was a big focus for the tenth event, with Contact donating $10,000 to assist with funding an emergency generator in Hawea and, along with LMS Events, donated over $22,000 to the local community from this year’s Contact Epic. Mount Aspiring College students raised more than $900 for their Spirit of Adventure trip by washing bikes, the local pony club raised around $900 at the Dingle Burn tea and scones station and So They Can’s 27 riders raised almost $4000 for their unsponsored children in one of Kenya’s poorest regions.

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