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arah Lancaster from Sew Love spent last week parked up at Wanaka Wastebusters with her mobile sewing shop to help Wanaka locals reduce textile waste into landfill. Sarah said the week had been pretty exciting. “It was heartwarming and magical and an amazing way to finish up my South side tour. There were so many people who came out over the week to get their clothes repaired. It has been my busiest stop on the South Island tour,” Sarah said. Sarah spent the week using her solar powered sewing machine helping locals mend their torn clothes and teaching some how to make bags out of pillowcases. “On the last day there were so many people I couldn’t get to them all. There is such a demand for mending in Wanaka. This place will be on top of my list for my tour next summer,” Sarah said. Marley Scott-Walker (9) pictured with Sarah,

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came down to Wastebusters with her mum where Sarah taught her how to make a bag, which she took home.

“This was the final stop on my South Island tour and now I plan to road trip up the beautiful West Coast with some

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Her PhD and Masters covered law, ecology, leadership, urban design, food economy, and social well-being. Ella said it was a critical time for the Dunstan Constituency. “The area has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years. Growth brings opportunities, but it also impacts our natural resources, infrastructure, and communities. As a scientist and community leader, I understand the urgent issues and the need for new, collaborative, and innovative solutions." The balance between environment and productivity requires sustainability for both and harmony amongst all for a secure future. My vision is achieving this with hard work, goodwill and determination,” Ella said. The election will be held using the first past the post electoral system from May 29 to June 20.

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also want to ensure ORC councillors and staff more regularly visit with the Dunstan community." This is crucial in my view so decisions affecting this region are fully informed. The presence proposed with the Queenstown office is necessary for services in this rapidly expanding area,” Gary said. Wanaka’s Ella Lawton has recently stood down from her position as a second-term councillor on the QLDC to stand for election for her late mother’s Dunstan seat. She is a Resource Management Act Commissioner, has experience in planning and policy and is a business strategy lecturer on the University of Otago MBA programme.

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experience. I will represent Dunstan on key issues such as better science for lakes, water quality PC6A implementation, water quantity and minimum flow processes, wilding pines, and ensuring a balance for all sectors of the community to name a few.” The Springvale sheep and deer farmer said there is a real need for better interaction between councillors and the community. “I want to regularly hold drop-in sessions across the region, and have meetings with Queenstown Lakes District Council, Central Otago District Council, mayors, councillors and staff to keep ahead of issues with them. I

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As the local climbing community comes to terms with the deaths of two respected and established climbers, the New Zealand Alpine Club (NZAC) has called for an independent review of the accident in which they died. Sarwan Chand, 27, from Wanaka and Conor Smith, 22, from Greymouth were discovered at the bottom of a climbing route on the south face of Marian Peak in the Darran Mountains, Fiordland, after being reported missing on Monday April 24. The New Zealand Alpine Team (NZAT), of which the two men were members, said that although details of the incident were not fully known, it was believed that while climbing the leader fell before being able to place gear after the belay. This resulted in a factor two lead fall, pulling the team off the wall. NZAC president Dr Penny Brothers expressed her condolences to the families of Conor and Sarwan while encouraging the NZAT to consider an independent review of the accident.

Her recommendation comes from personal experience with the NZAC, who instituted a professional independent review three years ago following a fatality of one of it's members. The review assessed the cause and made recommendations, which were then implemented throughout the club. “Although not connected to the NZAT, as fellow climbers we encourage them to learn from our past experiences in these most difficult of circumstances. For the benefit of the climbing community, we would support a review of their own, considering changes or lessons learned which might help prevent such accidents in the future,” Penny said. In a statement last week, NZAT said that Conor and Sarwan were experienced and competent mountaineers with many successful ascents in New Zealand and overseas. “They were both well liked and respected members of our team. To lose two of our friends and teammates together in this way is devastating for us. Our thoughts are with their family and friends,” the club said.

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Motorists can expect delays along a short section of State Highway 8 between Alexandra and Roxburgh, and on State Highway 6 between Cromwell and Queenstown this month. Autumn scaling and abseil inspections started this week at Nevis Bluff on State Highway 6. The safety work will cause delays of up to ten minutes for commuters between 8am and 5pm on weekdays from May 1 to May 12. Meanwhile on SH8, the NZ Transport Agency said delays of up to five minutes are also likely while work is being carried out between the Alexandra Bridge and the Earnscleugh Road intersection. Safety improvement work has just got underway, involving road widening to provide a right turn bay into the Earnscleugh Road intersection. This project should be completed by

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Friday, May 19. Cleaning of the Alexandra Bridge will begin on Monday, May 15 and is expected to be finished on Friday, May 26. Abseilers will remove pigeon debris from the bridge and carry out minor patch painting to prevent damage to the steel structure. The bridge carriageway will be reduced to a single lane between 9am and 5pm on weekdays with temporary traffic lights controlling traffic flow.

Rescue helicopter support sought Rescue helicopters around New Zealand undertook more than 7500 rescue missions last year including 750 missions in the Otago region. As part of this month's nationwide Westpac Chopper Appeal, the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust is asking people to give generously to get behind their local helicopter. More than $1 million is donated each year to keep the country’s 16 Rescue Helicopter Trusts aloft. The Chopper Appeal aims to raise funds and continued awareness for the rescue helicopter services with all donations staying in the region they are collected from. Westpac general manager of marketing, Andy Kerr, said the helicopters provide a vital service that saves lives on a daily basis. "The country's rescue helicopter services often make a life or death difference for many New Zealanders. These choppers provide a dedicated 24-hour, seven-day-a-week service." Andy said the reality is there will PAGE 2

be thousands of people around the country that will need to be rescued this year and money donated is going directly into the operational costs of making these helicopter rescues possible. “Big or small - every donation counts. Your generosity will make a tangible difference in saving people's lives.” The choppers transport patients to hospital in time-critical situations, they also assist with accidents in difficult locations and support search, rescue and fire operations. Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust chairman, Ross Black, said, “We're grateful for the continued support from our local community and couldn't do what we do without their help. It's these donations that allow us to carry out our rescue missions on a daily basis making a huge difference in many people's lives.” To donate go to any Westpac Branch or go online to chopperappeal.co.nz.

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Tradies on a roadtrip across the country stopped by Kahu Youth last week to help out and attract new apprentices. The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation’s (BCITO) Not Your Average Tradie Road Trip saw apprentices Bryce Taylor and Dean Tonkin tiling Kahu Youth’s kitchen and building a new lockable bike shed at its base on Russell Street while speaking to the young people about the possibilities of a career in the trades. Bryce said he chose his apprenticeship because of the lifestyle. “I like being able to work and play on the weekends, earn some money instead of studying and get the qualification as well,” Bryce said. The road trip is a major campaign launched by the BCITO to attract new recruits to trades at a time when New Zealand is in the midst of a nationwide skills shortage. The BCITO estimates that more than 4000 people are needed to fill predicted job openings in the Otago building and construction industry over the

next five years. Marketing and communications manager for the BCITO Andrew Robertson said that the organisation currently had 10,500 apprentices across the country but needed a lot more. “The school system is designed to get kids into uni. Kids look at the trades and think, I wouldn’t know how to do that. It is a viable option and it is not that difficult. Just pick up the phone and call a tradesperson or a business owner,” he said. Local training advisor Jonny Price said that the housing shortage was a big problem for Central Otago apprentices. “The trouble in Central Otago is that there is nowhere for anyone to live. Most employers would take on another apprentice tomorrow but there is just nowhere for them to live,” Jonny said. “Apprentices are so important and the skills that are learnt in the four years of training can set them up for life. It’s huge for careers and the world can be your oyster.” Pictured: Kahu Youth’s Richard Elvey, tour project manager Russell Clark, apprentices Bryce and Dean and local training advisor Jonny Price at Kahu Youth's "Crib".

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A petition to the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) to keep chlorine out of the Luggate water supply has seen 210 signatures against, one signature for it and three undecided. Concerned Luggate resident Cec Anderson, pictured with the signed petition, coordinated the petition signing. “We called into every single occupied house and holiday home to get signatures. The majority of Luggate Village is now mainly permanent residents and holiday homes and being ANZAC weekend the good majority of holiday homes were occupied.” Cec said the petition shows the overwhelming majority of people don’t want blanket chlorination. “If and when our water no longer meets the government standards then why can’t the QLDC look at alternative measures.? Surely we have the right to choose to chlorinate or not. Do we not live in a democracy?” Cec said. The petition has been delivered to the QLDC as a submission under the Annual Plan 20172018 review. THURSDAY 04.05.17 - WEDNESDAY 10.05.17

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Residents of the Mount Iron community got together last weekend to plant some fruit trees at Allenby Park as part of the park’s further development Wanaka Community Board member and Mount Iron resident Quentin Smith said the money for the trees was raised at the community Christmas party in December. “There have been a range of trees planted including apples, plums, apricots and hazelnuts. Everyone is quite keen on the idea that the trees can produce and the residents can take an apple or apricot off a tree,” Quentin said. The most recent development for

the park has been plans drawn up by landscape architect Annabel Riley in conjunction with the Queenstown Lakes District Council. “Diana Manson of QLDC is currently getting costs and quoting for the playscape with the plan that we would be seeking funds from a range of trusts in the next couple of months. Construction could start as soon as October,” Quentin said. Council has earmarked $30,000 for this project under the annual plan. “It’s all about trying to bring the community together. The park is a natural focal point for the Mount Iron community and we wanted to create opportunities for the residents to come and connect in that space,” Quentin said.

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The Southern District Health Board is working hard to improve waiting times for outpatients, cancer patients and elective services in the district. All district health boards are required to meet the Ministry of Health Guidelines on waiting times. The waiting times for all district health boards have dropped from a maximum of six months in June 2013 to four months since January 2015. Patients with a high suspicion of cancer are required to be seen within a two week timeframe. Southern DHB chief executive Chris Fleming said, “Southern DHB is working to the four month wait time as per the national requirement. We currently have four services not meeting the four months wait time and we are working on plans to address this.” In respect to elective surgery the Ministry of Health is increasing the volume by an average of 4000 discharges per year. The government wants the public health system to deliver better, sooner, more convenient health care for all New Zealanders. Elective surgery operations improve quality of life for patients suffering from significant medical conditions but that can be delayed because surgery is not required immediately. Electives and National Services manager Jess Smaling said, “In the past, the growth in elective surgical discharges did not keep up with popTHE WANAKA SUN

ulation growth. The rate of growth of elective surgery needs to increase, which in turn, will increase patients’ access to this important service, and should achieve genuine reductions in waiting times for patients.” In respect to cancer treatment 85 percent of patients receive their first cancer treatment within 62 days of being referred with a high suspicion of cancer. Public reporting on the Faster Cancer Treatment Health Target is based on six-months rolling data. National clinical director cancer programme Dr Andrew Simpson said, “Cancer is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in New Zealand, accounting for nearly one third of all deaths." "We want to improve the quality of care and the patient’s experience across the cancer pathway. Prompt investigation, diagnosis and treatment is more likely to ensure better outcomes for cancer patients, and an assurance about the length of waiting time can reduce the stress on patients and families at a difficult time.” “Significant improvements have been made in the quality of cancer services, and we need to continue those improvements. The target aims to support improvements in access and patient experience and it supports DHBs to monitor the whole cancer pathway from referral to first treatment to identify any bottlenecks in the system and opportunities for improvement that will benefit all cancer patients,” he said.

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A study carried out in 2016 of overseas drivers in New Zealand has provided insights into issues that highlight the need for new policy to reduce accidents. Wintec researcher and academic staff member Dr Hyun-Chan Kim (pictured) was interested in the correlation between New Zealand’s rapidly increasing tourism figures and increasing accidents. He and two students conducted 205 interviews with overseas drivers at Auckland Airport and iSites along tourist routes. “We wanted to find out why overseas drivers involved in accidents had a higher injury rate and come up with some solutions. So we explored the driving behaviour of overseas drivers to identify the key causes from internal and external factors, and compared it with existing data. “This research challenges popular perceptions of who, how and why accidents are caused and based on our findings, we recommend that tailored communications to tourists intending to drive here before they get behind the wheel would be more effective than current practices and guidelines.” Chan said overseas drivers cause 1-1.4 percent of road crashes in New Zealand, which means close to 99 percent of accidents are caused by New Zealand drivers. “The problem is the accidents tourists are in-

volved in are statistically worse. We’re talking about head-on collisions often on rural, scenic roads,” Chan said. Drivers over 30 years-old tended to believe fatigue affected driving performance. This often happens once the driver is well out of the city and driving down rural roads. Losing control was the leading cause of accidents for overseas drivers, followed by failure to give way, not seeing another party until too late, cornering and driving too far on the left or right hand side of the road. Many Asian drivers found roundabouts challenging as they are rare in their home countries. New Zealand’s weather and road conditions were another factor, with many overseas drivers finding mountainous roads, sharp corners, rough roads, fog, rain and snow difficult to navigate. NZTA statistics from 2013 and 2014 show that overseas drivers from six countries contributed to 55 percent of accidents involving injury. Australians were the top offenders, followed by drivers from the United Kingdom, Germany, India, China and the USA. Around 73 percent of overseas visitors self-driving cars and campervans. Chan, who emigrated from South Korea eight years ago, said, “When I go back to Korea I don’t drive, I use public transport. I’m a tourist now in my home country. That attitude is needed by more people.”

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New school bus signs urging road users to slow down to 20kph have made their debut in Wanaka in the first week back at school. The fold-down signs, which display the message “20km when stopped” have been the result of a combined effort between Go Bus, NZ Police and Queenstown Rotary, led by Queenstown Lakes District Council school travel plan coordinator, Kirsty Barr. “We’ve been pushing the ’Either way it’s 20k’ campaign for a few years so it’s good to be able to refresh that message as part of the new school bus signs,” Kirsty said. “By law, vehicles must slow to 20kph on both sides of the road when passing a school bus that has stopped to pick up or drop off children. There is good evidence that there is low national compli-

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ance and this is a local initiative to address a lack of awareness around this issue.” Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said that police around the region have seen an increase in crashes and near-misses at this time of year in the past and so they will be out and about actively patrolling school zones with a focus on speed. "Particularly in rural areas, where children will be using school buses on busy highways, it's crucial that drivers slow down and keep their eyes on the road. It's easy to be distracted, particularly if you have children travelling with you in your own car, but we want to see everyone getting to and from school safely,” she said. Pictured: Year Six Wanaka Primary School bus leaders Hunter Tuck and Millie East (10) with Wanaka Police Senior Constable Mike Thomas and Queenstown Lakes District Council School Travel Plan Coordinator Kirsty Barr. PAGE 3


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New Zealand has a long record in conservation biology which began with Wildlife Service efforts to save endemic birds from extinction by protecting them on offshore islands. This progressed by ecosystem restoration in mainland sanctuaries across the country, but mainly on lands administered by the Department of Conservation. In the past two decades the practice of ecological restoration has expanded into degraded urban environments which present a different set of constraints and opportunities. The next Royal Society lecture will be a Charles Fleming Lecture given by Professor Bruce Clarkson of the University of Waikato. The Charles Fleming

Lectures are a series of memorial lectures associated with the Charles Fleming Award for environmental achievement. Professor Bruce Clarkson will make the case for supporting community and council endeavours to bring nature back into cities as the new conservation frontier. Outlining how his research has evolved to provide a framework to understand how best to restore or reconstruct indigenous ecosystems in urban settings, he will use examples from cities around New Zealand to discuss the results of research underpinning community and council restoration planting and pest control efforts. The talk will be held on May 12 at 6pm in the Presbyterian Church Hall, 91 Tenby Street, and will be preceded by the society’s AGM.

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Community craft group Stitch ‘n Bitch returned for winter yesterday (Wednesday May 3) celebrating the month of Mend it May. Mend it May encourages people to bring along shirts that may have lost buttons, thermals with holes or pants that are too long to get them fixed

up for the winter season. Stitch ‘n Bitch can provide a sewing machine as well as bits and pieces to help get clothing fixed up, while anyone is encouraged to go along with their knitting, crocheting, or any other craft, whatever their skill level or simply just to chat. The group is free and currently meets on Wednesday evenings, 7pm at Community Networks, with the added bonus of tea, coffee and cake.

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The NASA super pressure balloon left Wanaka eight days ago. It is currently floating across the South Pacific at 14 knots towards the Pitcairn Islands. 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. The last two flights lasted 32 days in 2015 and 46 days in 2016. NASA’s record for their super pressure balloon is 54 days. Pictured: NASA super pressure balloon preparing for lift off from Wanaka Airport on Tuesday, April 25.

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Friends of Dunstan Hospital has made a substantial donation to support the establishment of a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Service at Dunstan Hospital. Senior physiotherapist, Lisa Carnie, has undergone intensive training in Australia and New Zealand and offers treatment for incontinence, pelvic pain, prolapse, and problems arising from pregnancy and childbirth. She works closely with hospital specialists to ensure optimal health outcomes for patients. Pelvic floor dysfunction affects many women at various stages of their lives, including after childbirth and around menopause. Men can also be affected. This year Lisa will continue to be

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supported by the Friends of Dunstan Hospital as she studies Advanced Practice in Pelvic Floor Physio which will include men’s health topics as well as childhood incontinence. Financial support for the service was sourced from the Rabbitt Fund which has provided professional development and education to Dunstan Hospital staff who may be disadvantaged by being in a rural hospital. Dunstan CEO, Karyn Penno, said that the support provided by the community through the group makes it possible for Dunstan to provide services that wouldn’t otherwise be available in this area. Friends chairperson, David Brewer, said they had raised funds for many projects at the hospital and continue to rely on the support of its community which extends from the Maniototo to Millers Flat and up to Wanaka.

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Old high school buddies and local creatives Samantha Stout and Anna van Riel have come together to support local arts in the Wanaka area. In their first venture, the pair, dubbed Homespun Presentations, have organised a free one-hour presentation from CBC radio journalist and public broadcaster Felicia Latour, pictured, who will speak about all things podcasting. Designed to teach audiences how to listen and subscribe as well as create their own podcasts, Canadian-born Felicia’s presentation aims to support those who wish to move with the possibilities of technology but need a little help along the way. Local producer Samantha said that she relished connecting creatively with locals in the area.

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“I love working on community projects. It is so exciting to be bringing in experts to share their knowledge and take skill sharing to the next level,” she said. The presentation will take place on Sunday May 7 at 6.30pm in Luggate, where a koha donation and supper plate is the entry fee. Spaces are limited and can be secured by emailing an RSVP to anna@ annavanriel.com. THE WANAKA SUN


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Local sporting teams are delighted at the facilities available at the Wanaka Recreation Centre. Upper Clutha Netball president Tracey Gibson said netball fixtures were already underway on Thursday and Friday nights with around 250 people participating. “We have around 500 people within our organisation, with around 60-70 teams registered. Night fixtures have begun and this weekend will see the start of the primary school netball.” Around 160 people are involved in the primary school netball, with 150 people attending grading. Saturday fixtures will see all three outdoor courts and the two indoor courts used. “This is the first time we have had full size indoor courts to play on. It is just fantastic. There is so much more room and space to run around. It has been working really well.” “The staff are amazing, helpful and accommodating. The centre is always ready to go the minute we get there. With Saturday fixtures beginning on the weekend there will be a lot more people getting to see what the facility has to offer,” Tracey said.

Jason Dickson has been really impressed with the new facility and is involved in the new Sports 10 competition (pictured) as well as coaching volleyball at the centre on Wednesdays. “I’m loving it. I’ve started coaching my stepdaughter’s volleyball team there and have a work team participating in the Sports 10 league.” Development of the centre continues with the two grass pitches adjacent to the outdoor artificial turf having been seeded and fertilised. The pitches should get their first cut next week. The pool is coming along with the outer walls of all three individual pools now in place. Sixty-five cubic metres of concrete was poured around the plant room’s foundation beams just after Easter following an initial pour of 118 cubic metres in early March which formed the main floor slab. The pool walls will now be back-filled with compacted gravel to complete the ground floor structure and the main building walls will be erected over winter. On completion, the complex will feature a 25m eight-lane lap pool, a 20m learn-to-swim pool with separate toddlers’ area and an adult spa pool plus separate changing facilities to the main Wanaka Recreation Centre onto which it will be joined.

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A 3D-printed model could revolutionise the way diabetes is explained in the Southern District. WellSouth’s long-term conditions community nurse, Marryllyn Donaldson, teaches people about type 2 diabetes and had made a cardboard model using tape, glue and red paint to illustrate what insulin does and how it helps sugar get into cells. “But my cardboard model had seen better days, I really needed something more permanent,” she said. So she approached Otago Polytechnic product design lecturer, Andrew Wallace, with the problem. Using Marryllyn’s model as a base, Andrew designed a new version – 3D printing a blood vessel and cell, as well as the sugar and ‘trapdoor’ that illustrates insulin allowing sugar into the cell. “I could see how product design would add real value both in

education and in health,” he said. “I’m absolutely blown away with this partnership,” Marryllyn said. “Andrew sees my vision, and has done the research and design for free, which means I can get this out to the community now.” Marryllyn’s job is to show people how they can self-manage long term conditions by changing their behaviour. But explaining how insulin works has always been difficult. “We’ve tried pamphlets, videos and workshops, but many people just don’t understand until they get this in their hands and can actually visualise how insulin works. It works for all ages, all ethnicities and all cultures.” The 3D-printed model, which is easily replicated, can now be sent around the region to help more people understand their condition. Marryllyn and Andrew, pictured, are now working on their next model which will help explain early kidney disease.

Women in aviation in Wanaka The New Zealand Women in Aviation annual rally will be held in Wanaka over Queen's Birthday Weekend (June 2-5). NZAWA president Julie Bubb said the annual rally is a great way to meet other members, practise aviation skills and have a great weekend away. “We get together on the Friday, hold air and ground competitions on

Saturday then soak up all the area has to offer on Sunday.” As well as opportunities to take advantage of helicopter, aerobatic and tiger moth tuition in Wanaka the group is looking forward to “Stars in Your Eyes” dinner and entertainment which includes a presentation by Graeme Murray from Earth & Sky at the Mount John Observatory, Tekapo.

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The Otago Community Trust has announced its April round of grants with several local organisations benefiting. The Wanaka Golf Club Inc received $5000 to assist with the cost of a Roughs Mower. Lake Wanaka SouNZ Inc received $5300 to assist with the cost of the Youth and Adults in the Music Industry (YAMI) Summit. The NZ Mountain Film Festival Charitable Trust received $7000 to assist with the cost of holding the 15th NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival. The festival celebrates adventure sports and lifestyles through live talks, writing, film, photography, art and storytelling. Central Otago Search and Rescue (COSAR)

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received $11,000 to assist with the cost of equipment and support training. Other major grants included $120,000 to Outward Bound. The Trustees approved an extra $30,000 to Outward Bound this year which will allow up to ten additional students to attend Outward Bound over the next 12 months. The Trust currently provides an Outward Bound scholarship to one student in every Otago high school. Trust chief executive Barbara Bridger said, “the feedback we regularly receive from principals and students attending the Outward Bound programmes is the OCT Outward Bound scholarships are a truly life changing experience. The extra funding will now allow schools the flexibility to send more than one deserving student to Outward Bound.”

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Rock climbing is a fantastic outdoor sport and not surprisingly climbers want to take great photographs of their activities. Good pictures can be taken from the ground using a telephoto lens and attention to composition. All the essentials of good composition, diagonals, frames, shapes, light to and positioning of the subject are important to achieve a good photo. Guess when the climber will make a reach, move a leg up or move clear of the rock to make a higher step. Overhanging rocks taken sideways-on can look good because they make it a diagonal across the image. Framing with trees, clouds or shadows helps to focus the eye towards our subject, as does the use of a diagonal feature such as a sweeping ridge on a rock face or mountain. Pictures of climbers gearing up, tossing ropes or erecting camping gear can make compelling human studies. Of course if we are a climber on the rock face our choice of composition takes on a whole new dimension. The number one consideration for taking pictures mid-climb is whether it can be done safely. Before even reaching for their camera experienced climbers make sure their footing is secure, that lines are anchored and those they are climbing with are aware they are stopping. Now we can consider what kind of picture to take - the landscape below, our fellow climbers, wildlife or the peak above? Try shooting fellow climbers from above or below to change perspective, and give the image some context by showing the environment which we are climbing in. Including a wide back-

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ground of mountain trees or an intriguing cloud formation can give our picture greater interest as can watching the changing light during our climb and the affect it has on our surroundings. The ideal camera to use should be light, sturdy and weather resistant, with sharp optical quality and be resistant to cold. A short (e.g 17-70 mm) zoom lens is a useful choice and, at altitude, the use of a UV filter will help to reduce the bluish hue with the added advantage of protecting the front elements of the lens from knocks against rocks. Set the camera to matrix setting as this will do a good job in measuring exposure values. Any slight errors can then easily be corrected in post-production editing. A great example of a rock climbing picture was taken by Hilary K Smith entitled “Birds Eye View”. Hilary took the photo at Moirs Mate right above the Homer Tunnel. She was attracted by the lines made below of the Milford Track, the cloud formation and the peak above her partner’s head. Hilary climbed above her partner so she was looking down to give the picture more impact.She took the photo with a Canon EOS5D Mark II with a short zoom lens set at 17mm, an aperture of f22, shutter speed on 1/200th second and an ISO of 400. The picture was commended by the club’s adjudicator who awarded it a merit. 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 May 8, 7.30pm at The St John’s Rooms, Links Way.

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An injured falcon found near Wanaka by a local builder has been released back into the wild following a successful period of rehabilitation. Brent Arthur discovered the female falcon with an injury to her wing while working at the Dublin Downs property between Wanaka and Hawea several weeks ago. He has now, alongside DOC rangers, released the bird back into the wild following three weeks of recuperation at the Kiwi Birdlife Park in Queenstown. Department of Conservation com-

munity ranger Kerie Uren said it was fantastic to have such a proactive and caring community in the Central Otago region. “If it weren’t for this person coming across this falcon and contacting us as soon as possible, it would be a very different story. In the skies, New Zealand falcons are an apex predator. Grounded and injured it’s entirely possible she would have become prey,” Kerie said. “With falcon numbers across New Zealand threatened, we need to do as much as we can to ensure their safety.” Pictured: Brent Arthur prepares to release the falcon back into the skies.

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Dr Derek Bell, the Queenstown-based Medical Officer of Health for Otago and Southland, has retired from his position after having enjoyed a long, varied and “fascinating” career in public health. “I’ve been privileged to have had the role of a medic in a public health department,” he said. He began his health career as a GP initially, but after a stint on the Wakatipu Health Committee said his eyes were “opened to the world of public health and its many unique challenges”.

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He spent time working for the Southern District Health Board as a strategic advisor in its early days and also worked as the national director of training for the College of Public Health Medicine. He took on the position of Medical Officer of Health for Queenstown in 1998 and has held that role since. Over the last 19 years Dr Bell has played a pivotal role in leading the DHB’s response to many major public health challenges, including the SARS outbreak, the pertussis epidemics of 2001 and 2005, meningococcal outbreaks, the dramatic floods of Wanaka and Queenstown in 1999 and the bird flu epidemic.

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The Wanaka Yacht Club plans to redevelop its existing 140sqm lakefront facility to cater for its growing membership. The new architecturally-designed clubhouse has an estimated cost of $1.6 to $1.9 million. The proposed facility will be approximately 558sqm and include boat storage on the ground floor, changing rooms and public areas on the mid-level, and a race control hub, office space and meeting room on the third level. The plans also present an opportunity for a

public café. An independent feasibility and sustainability study will be undertaken before a resource consent application is lodged with Queenstown Lakes District Council. “We’re excited to create a world-class sailing facility for our existing and future members, as well as the wider Wanaka community,” Wanaka Yacht Club commodore Jeff Mercer said. “Our current building is starting to show its age and we have simply outgrown it. We need to upgrade our facilities for the enjoyment of our members over the next 30 years and beyond.” Pictured: Wanaka Yacht Club commodore Jeff Mercer outside existing club facility.

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Notice of By-election Wanaka Ward Notice is given that on Friday 28 July 2017 a by-election will be held to fill one extraordinary vacancy for the position of Councillor for the Wanaka Ward of the Queenstown Lakes District Council. The vacancy has arisen from the recent resignation of Councillor Ella Lawton. Nominations Nominations for the above position open on Thursday 4 May 2017 and must be made on the appropriate nomination form available from www.qldc.govt.nz or from the following locations: Queenstown Lakes District Council, 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown Wanaka Service Centre, Queenstown Lakes District Council, 47 Ardmore Street, Wanaka Completed nomination documents must be received by the Electoral Officer no later than 12 noon on Thursday 1 June 2017. Each nomination must be accompanied by a deposit of $200 incl GST, payable by internet payment, eftpos, cash or cheque.

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The NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival promises to deliver more world-class speakers and adventurers to the stage in 2017. Often the motivation behind undertaking dangerous or challenging expeditions is not immediately apparent. This year Kiwi storytellers Mal Law and Simon Lucas will reveal the impetus behind their journeys and what drives them to capture and express indescribable moments on film for audiences worldwide. Simon Lucas and three other Kiwi explorers were selected by the Antarctic Heritage Trust as members of the Inspiring Explorers' 2017 team to travel to the Antarctic Peninsula to attempt a guided ascent of Mount Scott. Their mission was to honour the legacy of the early polar explorers and THE WANAKA SUN

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Candidates are encouraged to submit a candidate profile statement and recent photograph for sending out to electors with voting documents, if an election is required. The requirements for profile statements and photographs are set out in a candidate information sheet which is available with the nomination form. Electoral Rolls Preliminary electoral rolls for the by-election can be inspected during normal operating hours during the period 4 May 2017 – 1 June 2017 at the sites listed above and also at Wanaka Library, 2 Bullock Creek Lane, Dunmore Street, Wanaka. Electors may enrol or amend their enrolment details on the residential electoral roll by: • Calling 0800 ENROL NOW (0800 36 76 56) • Visiting the Elections website (www.elections.org.nz) • Completing an enrolment form available at any NZ Post outlet Updates to the preliminary electoral roll close at 4pm on Thursday 1 June 2017. Applications for registration as a ratepayer elector are to be made on the non-resident ratepayer elector enrolment form available wherever copies of the electoral roll are displayed or online at www.qldc.govt.nz and must be returned to the Electoral Officer before 4pm on Thursday 1 June 2017. Election Details If an election is required to fill this vacancy, the election will be conducted by postal voting under the First Past the Post electoral system. Jane Robertson Electoral Officer jane.robertson@qldc.govt.nz Ph 03 441 0499

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DOG COLUMN Fears, phobias and anxieties in dogs

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Fear is the feeling of apprehension resulting from the nearness of some situation, person or object presenting an external threat. A phobia is a marked, irrational and excessive fear of a specific stimulus, such as a thunderstorm and an immediate, excessive anxiety response is usual. It has been suggested that once a phobic event has been experienced, any event associated with it or the memory of it is sufficient to generate the response; most common phobias are associated with noises (such as thunderstorms or firecrackers). Anxiety is the anticipation of future dangers from unknown or imagined origins that results in normal body reactions associated with fear; most common visible behaviours are elimination (urination and/or passage of bowel movements [defecation]), destruction, and excessive vocalisation; separation anxiety is the most common specific anxiety in companion dogs — when alone, the dog exhibits anxiety or excessive distress. Causes include inadequate socialisation; traumatic event; inherited condition; previous learning. Illnesses or painful physical conditions may increase anxiety and contribute to the development of fears, phobias, and anxieties Preventions and avoidance: Proper socialisation at eight to 12 weeks of age, including puppy classes starting at eight weeks of age. Structured relationship between the owner and dog. Good positive reinforcement training. Treating traumatic experiences immediately. In working with behavioural issues with dogs I see many dogs with fears, phobias and anxiety and often they are misunderstood or clients have tried to resolve the issues with the dog still in a state of unlearning. I was reminded of this recently while working with Mark Vette BSc MSc (Hons), here in Wanaka and also at his clinic in Auckland. Before any new learning could take place we first needed to have the dog in a more relaxed state. Imagine yourself in a room full of

something you feared: like spiders, snakes or rats and I tried teaching you how to understand kinetic energy. Do you think you would be in a state of learning? It’s the same for your dog: you must always have the dog in a learning state before attempting any behavior modification. To understand the dog’s response, the autonomic nervous system is involved in the control of muscles in the heart, blood vessels, gastrointestinal tract, and other organs. It is composed of two parts—the sympathetic and the parasympathetic parts. The two parts cause opposing responses; for example, the sympathetic nervous system speeds up the heart and causes the blood vessels to constrict or become small, while the parasympathetic nervous system slows the heart and causes the blood vessels to expand or dilate. The sympathetic system stimulates what is commonly referred to as "fight or flight" response that allows an animal to respond to a threat such as defending itself against another animal or person, as well as the perceived need to run in defence. The sympathetic system increases heart and respiratory rates, and blood flow to muscles, while decreasing blood flow to the stomach and skin, until needed. This response causes the pupils of the eye to dilate and your dog will feel an "adrenaline rush". The response of the autonomic nervous system prepares the body for “freeze, fight, or flight”; as such, it is a normal behaviour, essential for adaptation and survival. Context determines whether fear response is normal or abnormal/ inappropriate. Most abnormal reactions are learned and can be unlearned with gradual exposure. The parasympathetic system has the opposite effect on the sympathetic system. It maintains the normal functions of a body in a state of relaxation, including normal digestion, elimination and urination, as well as maintaining a regular heartbeat and breath rate. This is the state where behavior modification of your dog can take place. For information or assistance with your dog contact leone@dogszone.co.nz.

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Local optometrist Tui Homer, pictured, has become one of only eight optometrists in the South Island to become board certified to independently treat and manage glaucoma. Tui began the journey two and a half years ago starting to accumulate clinical hours of experience, having a break to start a family, and has recently completed the necessary

requirements to be approved by the Optometrist and Dispensing Opticians Board. The clinical hours required involved running optometrist-led glaucoma clinics in the Dunedin Public Hospital under the supervision of an ophthalmologist. Glaucoma is one of the world’s leading causes of preventable blindness, affecting one in 50 New Zealanders over the age of 40, increasing to one in eight over 80 years of age.

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Mike Greer Homes’ fifth annual dolls house raffle has raised $870 for the Child Cancer Foundation. Five-year-old Cash and three-yearold Harper were winners of this year’s Victorian dolls house, donated by

the company. Cash and Harper are pictured with their grandmother Trish Fogarty and Mike Greer sales consultant Jordan McConnochie. Trish entered the raffle as she thought the house would be “great entertainment” for her grandchildren.

DHB urging immunisation checks During Immunisation Week this week (May 1-7), Southern District Health Board has been encouraging parents and caregivers to check their teenager’s vaccination records to make sure they have received their recommended immunisations. Dr Keith Reid, medical officer of health for Public Health South, stressed the importance of immunisation for older children and teens. “Today’s teenagers may have missed out on the protection they should have received as young children because they were born before the National Immunisation Register (NIR) was up and running. The NIR enables us to issue timely reminders to parents". Immunisations against tetanus,

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Wanaka FC, welcomed Wakatipu to Pembroke Park for another challenging league game. The game started with both sides feeling their way into the match slowly. After a scrappy first 20 minutes Wakatipu had the first real chance with a goalmouth scramble. The final effort deflected onto the crossbar and then cleared out of play. This scare spurred Wanaka into some nice football but chances came and went with no reward. An eventual breakthrough came from a deep cross from the left. With the Wakatipu defence unable to clear, Aidan Walsh picked up the loose ball, swiveled and blasted it in with a fierce rightfooted shot. The match, after its slow start, was now being played in a very competitive nature with yellow cards not a rarity. With the game simmering, a second yellow card was shown to a Wakatipu midfielder for dissent and they were down to ten men. This freed up some space in the middle of the park and Wanaka almost capitalised. Ian Bell played a perfectly weighted pass to Matt Florida for him to see his curling effort from the edge of the box hit the crossbar. Paul Hodgson seemed to be on hand to head in the rebound but the defence snuffed out his tame effort. The second half continued with the scrappy theme of the first. Wanaka finally claimed a two goal buffer with 20 minutes remaining. Steve Pleskun flicked on with

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his head and Ryan Atherton latched onto the ball to round the goalkeeper and calmly roll the ball into the empty net. Being two goals clear Wanaka seemed to step off the gas and Wakatipu pegged one back immediately. After the Wanaka defence failed to clear a corner Wakatipu drilled in a low shot from the edge of the area into the bottom corner giving goalkeeper Aaron Molloy no chance. Wanaka composed themselves to

see out the game and could have had a third when Allan Carmichael struck from 25 yards only for the goalkeeper to divert the ball onto the post with his fingertips. This vital win leaves Wanaka equal on points with three other teams at the top of the table. Wanaka play fellow table-toppers Alexandra A at Pembroke Park at 2.45pm this week in what could be a pivotal game in the title race. It couldn't be closer coming into the business end of the season.

Wanaka’s netballers will have the chance to give their teams a boost this winter with ANZ’s Dream Delivery programme. Upper Clutha Netball’s Yvonne Brew said that a meeting would be held today (Thursday May 4) to discuss the programme, which offers support to players and teams of all levels, from schools, netball centres and social teams. To apply for support from the programme teams must have an idea of what they would like help with, which can be anything from new gear, uniforms and coaching to hoops and courts or training sessions with premiership players. Head of sponsorship for ANZ Bank, Sue McGregor, said, “we are proud to support netball at all levels, extra help to achieve your dreams, so from grassroots right up to the Silver Ferns. We we are committed to helping as many know sometimes all you need is just that little bit of netball fans as we can.”

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A phase of work to expand underutilised bike trails has just been completed by Bike Wanaka, in an attempt to put the area on the map. The mountain bike club received $1054 from Trail Fund NZ in its last round of funding, which meant that it could buy materials to build a drop clinic on a previously underutilised part of its bike park at Lismore Park Reserve.

A progressive berm line and roller trail were also built in a section recently cleared of slash, stumps and other debris by Queenstown Lakes District Council. Bike Wanaka committee member Brendan Holland said that the club decided it would be the ideal place to create a trail that could serve as a stepping stone between the flat areas and the steeper Rock’n’Roller trail.

“The biggest challenge for Bike Wanaka has been time - places like Sticky Forest, Deans Bank and Hikuwai have been priority. So we are simply moving focus back onto an area that currently is not being utilised,” Brendan said. “With the quality of the riding, not to mention a couple of chairlift-access mountain bike parks, we are confident we can draw more people to Wanaka to ride their bikes.”

The HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccine is now recommended and fully funded for Dr Susie Meyer boys. Most parents BSc, BHB, MBChB, are aware that the HPV vaccine has, for several years, been available for girls. The vaccine helps protect against the strains of the HPV virus that can cause cervical cancer. HPV is spread through intimate skin to skin contact. This same virus is also a main cause of throat, mouth, anal and penile cancers. In view of this, it seems fair to offer vaccination to boys so they can share in the marvellous health benefits. The vaccine also prevents genital wart infection which, although not life threatening, can be bothersome and difficult to treat. The vaccine is available at your GP surgery and will also be available at schools (in year 8). It is fully funded for those aged 9-26 years. Only 2 doses are needed for the 9-14 age group whereas 3 doses are required in the 15 and over age group. I have seen the occasional scare story in the media and on Facebook but the real scientific research proves that the vaccine is extremely safe. The main side effect is redness and swelling at the site of injection. The vaccine provides long lasting protection. I sometimes hear concerns from parents that they are not keen on their child having the HPV vaccine because they are sure their child is not yet sexually active. Or, they are certain that their child would only practise safe sex and not have many partners. As a mother, I find it hard to think of my “babies” (aged 8 and 9!) as being sexual beings in the future. However, I need to get over myself and be realistic. Prevention is far easier than cure. Delaying the vaccination until a teen is already sexually active can be likened to putting on your seatbelt once you are already half way over the Crown Range! The medical staff at AMC are up to date with the latest data and evidence regarding HPV and we are happy to chat to anyone who has questions. Call: 443 0725

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Playground for kids not dogs At the Dinosaur Park the other day I was unsettled to see a large tan vizsla-type dog and a small white and brown terrier size each other up in the playground. As a dog owner and dog lover, I understand the need to have off-lead time with your dog but a playground is not the place for it. These dogs, while not aggressive, were jumping around each other and nipping at each other in a very full playground. Their owners were too busy with their own children to get their dogs under control and on a lead. Children can be inadvertently hurt by playing dogs, or some children may have a fear of dogs - which the dogs’ behaviour would exacerbate. You may know your dog is gentle but others do not, and why should they be put in that position? The fact is, under the Queenstown Lakes District Council Dog Control Bylaw 2014, dogs “Dogs are generally permitted in residential and urban areas at any time if they are on a leash.” This includes Wanaka Town Centre Zone. In addition, dogs are not permitted in "Areas laid out and equipped as children’s play grounds.” Irresponsible dog ownership causes problems. Don’t let your irresponsible dog ownership be the cause of stricter bylaws against our pets. There are plenty of exercise options around here. Highly populated, children-centred play areas are not an option. E Forester Wanaka

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Briony - Here in Scotland we suffer very badly with these people leaving their tents, empty food bags, portable BBQs etc. They also cut down saplings to make fires which they don't put out.

Barbara - Maybe time for 'Park Rangers'.

Alisa - The problem is that even when

People trained in law enforcement and constantly showing up at all hours to catch the perps. Not knowing when the law will show up tends to create a bit of respect. I grew up at Mt Albert at Makarora and this is deeply disturbing.

Trish - Whatever it takes! I stopped a European last weekend and his only defence was "I don't know what your problem is; everyone does it." Absolutely disgusting behaviour needs to be stopped NOW let's not sit on our hands over this one they are destroying our environment at record speed. Christopher - Strangely, the world is not perfect, people are xxxx sometimes. There is a much bigger upside than downside. Welcome tourists and tax them to cover the cost of new infrastructure we need to cope with it. Sarah - How much tourism trade would be lost if there was an outright ban? Stephen - The van rental companies that

charge a surcharge if the toilets etc are used in their vans need to stopped?

Robert - Pay someone to go and s**t in their backyard.

they are caught and fined, they simply leave the country without paying. They shouldn't be able to board a plane until they've paid in full. But prevention is better than cure and we don't have enough people to give fines anyway so educating them when they arrive would help. Even though it seems a bit tragic to have to remind adults how to conduct themselves

Sarah - Might be unpopular but yes some kind of tax on arrival or a departure tax specifically ring fenced for addressing this. Make sure what is collected goes to where it should. You could have explicit posters of people offending "sitting and xxxxing" to put it mildly with a big cross on it and dollar signs "international language" so to speak. It is hard enough to manage human waste properly never mind this lot. This is where the Green or Environmental Parties should be a bit useful and take this up. Again anyone can be "caught short" but there is a way of managing it which should be displayed with an explanation in other languages. Councils seem very keen to set up committees for all and sundry so again they need to step up and earn their crust. Allan - Some of the toilet facilities at the not so free camping sites need to be better maintained, to encourage their use rather than the cleaner bush.

Alec - Bring back public floggings.

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A spirited Mount Aspiring College 1st XV rugby team did not get the result they wanted during their opening game of the 2017 Otago Premier Schools completion on Saturday, however the team was highly competitive against a strong South Otago High School opposition. The game was played at the Upper Clutha grounds in fine conditions, which made for excellent running rugby and both teams showed a good level of skill for an early season fixture. As a country team derby it was a physical encounter. Possession and territory were dominated by South Otago in the first quarter and a couple of defensive lapses saw them gain a ten point advantage early on. MAC dug deep towards the end of the first half and scored out wide with Jack East getting the first of two wellconstructed tries. The halftime score was 17-5. MAC trailed 24-10 with 15 minutes to go and were unlucky not to score after mounting a series of attacks on the South Otago line. However, they conceded possession and South

Otago scored two late tries. The full time score was 36-10. The team is a mixture of Mount Aspiring College and Cromwell College players including Kees Scott the captain who led from the front and had a typically strong game, as did Isaac Steenjes in the backs. Loose forwards from each team put on a lot of pressure at the breakdown with a number of turnovers and big tackles. Joseph Wilson stood out in this phase of the game. Lachie Weir, a late replacement at first-five, directed backline play and distributed the ball accurately, often under pressure. Fullback Anaru Takimoana was outstanding, showing his experience with some great defensive work, and was instrumental in attack as well. Early season fitness looks to be at a reasonable level and this was evident on Saturday with players putting in a solid 70 minute performance with some tiring later on as the reserves bench was cleared. Coach, Haagon East, was happy with the team's commitment and hopes they will play with more accuracy against Taieri College in Mosgiel this Saturday. Pictured: Sanday Lawson goes in for a tackle.

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Up against the high-flying Wakatipu team, the Rams were going to need a huge performance to knock over the top-of-the-table team in front of their large home crowd at the Queenstown Recreation Ground. In what was a high-scoring affair, both teams were willing to throw the ball around, but it was the slickness of the Wakatipu backline and organised structure of their defence that earned the home team a 42-20 victory. Despite the Rams getting the first points on board courtesy of a penalty by Josh Roberts, the Wakatipu team bounced right back after the kick off, managing to score out wide in broken play. The Queenstown boys continued to keep the accelerator down as they dominated territory and used the boot well in what turned out to be an accurate demonstration of kicking throughout the match. Attacking rugby was clearly the

focus for Wakatipu as their backline executed well-worked moves to heap the pressure and points on Upper Clutha. Showing plenty of fight however, the reliable hands of Hamish Cooper secured a lineout in good field position and the forwards got into some work picking and going around the edges. This led to their first try in the corner to George Reed after an overlap was spotted out wide. Wakatipu continued to show why they were unbeaten this season as they mounted up the points early in the second half. It wasn’t until the final 20 minutes of the match that things changed for Upper Clutha. The tempo of the game was increased thanks to a big impact off the bench from halfback Willie Short. The rewards came as Luke Grant sold a dummy to the defence and went over the line untouched. The last scoring play of the match belonged to George Reed, earning his brace of tries after a strong carry to dive over under the posts.

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Locals clean up at CO Awards S

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Jossi Wells was named the supreme winner at the House of Travel Central Otago Sports Awards held in Queenstown on Friday April 28. The Wanaka freeskier won the senior sportsman of the year, before taking out the supreme title and winning the Bruce Grant Memorial trophy. The accolades were based on the 2016 sporting year in which Jossi also won the Snow Sports NZ freeskier of the year and overall athlete of the year. His award-winning season included winning an X-Games gold medal in Aspen (pictured), a bronze medal at an Olympic qualifying event in South Korea and a fourth medal in the Dew Tour slopestyle in the USA in December. Recently retired triathlete Nicky Samuels won the senior sportswoman title for a season which

included a 13th place finish in the Rio Olympics 2016. Wanaka freeskier Finn Bilous won the junior sportsman title after making New Zealand sporting history last year when he won New Zealand’s first medals - a silver and a bronze - at a Winter Youth Olympics. His 2016 season highlights also included gold at the Europa Cup, two golds at the USASA Championships and a silver at the Cardrona Games. Wanaka snowboard coach Sean Thompson was named coach of the year. Sean was also named Snow Sports NZ coach of the year, and coached Carlos Garcia Knight and Christy Prior, who have both had top results on the international stage. The John Fitzharris Services to Sport Award was awarded to Wanaka yachting stalwart Steve Dickey for his contribution to the administration and daily operation of the Wanaka Yacht Club for the past decade.

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Fiordland and Te Anau have been announced as the location for next year’s Godzone adventure race. Race director Warren Bates said that Fiordland was known as one of the southern hemisphere’s greatest wilderness regions, underpinning what the event is all about. “GODZone is dedicated to delivering an unrivalled outdoor expedition. The event and host

location will come together in harmony to create an adventure like no other and an unforgettable experience. This majestic Fiordland and Southland region, with its unique location, diversity of landscape, flora, fauna and abundant wilderness will leave an indelible mark on those who take part,” Warren said. Godzone’s Chapter Six took place in Queenstown in February, with Wanaka athlete Floortje Grimmett taking the top spot with Team Tiki Tour. Pictured: Last year’s Godzone in Queenstown.

Dougal Allan second in Taiwan S

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Triathlete Dougal Allan was placed second at Challenge Taiwan over the weekend in a personal best time of 8:11 hours. While he had been worried about overheating in his wetsuit in the 24 degree water, he said after the race that he was “stoked” with his performance. The swim leg was held in the Taitung Forest Park lake, followed by an undulating bike course north between the Carp Mountains and Pacific Ocean coastline, and the run leg through the heart of Taitung city, alongside rice fields, orchards and the ocean. Dougal exited the swim with several

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Please send your sports results to sports@thewanakasun. co.nz by 4pm Monday prior to print for inclusion in this section. Tarras Golf Results Women's Purvis Cup and 1st Putting-Jan Allen 106-42-64, 35 putts; Sue Macassey 91-22-69, 30; Maire McElrea 113-41-72, 33; Jan Gibson 91-19-72, 30; Carmel Hyndman 91-17-74, 36; Lyndsey Harrison 112-38-74, 38. Gobblers-Lynsdey Harrison, Sue Macassey 2, Maire McElrea The Annual Interclub with Tarras and Wanaka was played 25 April at Tarras for the Lethbridge Trophy; Stableford Competition - results were as follows (T) indicates a Tarras player and (W) a Wanaka player. T Brent 41 (W) M Hyndman 40 (T) M Hervey 39 (T) J Allen 38 (T) D Howarth 38 (W) R Shuttleworth 38 (W) H Reinecke 37 (T) B Rowley 37 (T) J Grey 37 (W) I Sawyer 37 (W) G Reid 37 (W) B Collinson 37 (W) C Still 37 (T) Twos C Still, R Shuttleworth, P McRae, B Collinson, Nearest Pin Ladies P McRae, Men R Shuttleworth. Tarras won the Lethbridge Trophy 34.52 average to Wanaka's 32.29. Medal Round K Galloway 93-19-64, G Rive 90-20-70, D Wilson 104-32-72, H Reinecke 81-9-72, M Hyndman 101-26-75, D Allen 106-27-79 Nett Eagle No1 (not struck) Wanaka Progressive Bowls 21:04:17 Skips 1 J Young 2 M Briggs 3 T Tovey Thirds 1 J Hogan Leads 1 J Rich 2 B Steel 3 J Briggs 28:04:17 Skips 1 D McLeay 2 T

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professional athletes and rode solo into third place to set a new personal best of 4:16 hours on the 180km bike leg. This time is six minutes faster than his Ironman New Zealand bike course record which reflects his international Ironman ranking as the second fastest man on the bike. On the run leg he raced into second place at the 19km mark, with the leader eight minutes ahead. His run time equalled his personal best Ironman run of 1:52 hours. Dougal will be based in Noosa, Australia, for the next two months to train for Challenge Roth on July 9. His time in Taiwan would give him a top seven result at Challenge Roth, which is considered the world championship of the Challenge Family series.

Tovey 3 C Kiewiet Thirds 1 I Fletcher 2 N Matheson 3 R Chartres Leads 1 B Steel 2 B Thorburn 3 R Hannon Lake Hawea Golf Club Inc.Hidden Partners Stableford Played on 30/04/2017 1st Scott Read 42 & Neil Matchett 40 Total 82 points,2nd Josiah Carnie 42 & Bill Linklater 37 79 points, 3rd Neil Anderson 36 & Tim Cotter 38 74 points,Nearest to the Pin No 1 Josiah Carnie, No 5 Josiah Carnie, Birdies/Net Eagles Tim Cotter No 6 Bridge Results Hawea Prs (Wed) N/S 1st Ruth Coghill, Pam Miller 64.02%. 2nd Jill Millar, Sue Thomson 62.17%. 3rd Charles Kiewiet, Betty Swift 54.23%. E/W Dennis Pezaro, Alwyne Haworth 66.67%. 2nd Jane Hamilton, Miranda O’Leary 55.36%. 3rd Shona Watt, Blair Coghill 54.76% Friday Afternoon N/S 1st Ian McDonald, Boyd Ottrey 57.03%. 2nd Josey McKenzie, Madeleine Reveley 56.25%. 3rd Dorothy McDonald, Nan Ottrey 54.69%. E/W Marion Furneaux, Jenny Pryde 70.94%. 2nd Denise Bruns, Jane Hamilton 58.81%. 3rd Joy Baxter, Barbara Waterworth 56.53%.Mt Iron Stakes (Mon) N/S 1st Deidre Lynch, Maggie Stratford 64.42%. 2nd Jane Hamilton, Fran Holmes 56.32%, 3rd David Brewer, Lynne Fegan 56.04% E/W 1st Clare Scurr, Terry Wilson 64.97%. 2nd Morag Chisholm, Ian McDonald 57.28%. 3rd Sherril Harries, Judy Briggs 57.14%

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WYFC climb COFL table S

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After a disappointing defeat the week before, Wanaka Youth FC beat Arrowtown 5-2 on Saturday. Adam Hewson (pictured) netted another hattrick which brings his tally to 17 goals in seven matches. WYFC have now moved up a place on the Central Otago Football League table to fourth place, behind Wanaka FC in third place. Wanaka FC beat Wakatipu 2-1 while Lakes United beat Wanaka Braves 6-2 in the other home games

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on Pembroke Park last Saturday. This weekend at Pembroke Park Wanaka Youth FC will take on Queenstown Association FC at 1pm. Both teams are mostly made up of players from their local colleges and will play a fast attacking game. It will be a game WYFC can't afford to go behind more than two goals and they can’t hope to play catch-up in the last 30 minutes like in many of their other games as their young fit opponents won’t get tired. But if WYFC can pull ahead by two or more goals then QAFC will find it hard to come back themselves. PAGE 15


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Duck hunters are being urged to wear life jackets when hunting on waterways this game bird season. The game bird hunting season opens this Saturday, May 6, and the traditional event will see thousands of hunters venturing out on rivers, lakes, streams and into wetlands around the country. Irrigation ponds are an increasingly common feature in some parts of the country, and Fish and Game’s Central South Island field officer Rhys Adams said they pose specific risks. “It is easy to under-estimate irrigation ponds as their calm water and machine-countered banks can make them look benign. Hunters need to realise the water is deep and cold and the banks are steep. “They should wear warm clothing and strong footwear to cope with the rocky, steep sides and ensure the ducks and retrieving dogs are the only ones going for a swim in the irrigation

pond,” Rhys said. Hunters are reminded to obtain their game bird hunting licence, regulations booklet and to buy ‘non toxic’ ammunition. Access should also be confirmed with landowners and permits obtained to hunt on Fish and Game or Department of Conservation land. Sorting out the maimai is a top priority with hunters urged to fix any leaks, rotten boards and seating and to camouflage the maimai with camo net or vegetation. It is important to check your gear by cleaning and rigging decoys. Ensure your shotgun is in good condition and your dog is fit and ready for the season. The game bird season runs from May 6 to July 30, although the duration of duck hunting opportunities varies in each of Fish and Game’s 12 regions. Hunters are urged to check the regulations for the area they are hunting in to avoid being fined for breaking the rules.

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