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Phoebe wins National Title G


hoebe Young won the U19 National Time Trial Championship on her debut at the Age Group Road Cycling National Championships held at Cambridge recently. Phoebe has been training with the Mike Greer Homes Women’s Cycling Team in her quest to improve her mountain biking through road cycling. “Words could not describe how much receiving the U19 National Time Trial Champion title meant. It gave me a lot of pride to receive the silver fern but it also signalled another step closer to my goal to one day wear the rainbow stripes (World Championship title). The Time Trial consisted of pure suffering, but I was aware going in that I was going to have to grit my teeth and battle through the physical and mental pain,” Phoebe said. “I would like to thank my coaches, ESP-Endurance Sports Performance, Patrick and Tammy Harvey and my parents. It is very cliché, but I literally



couldn’t have done it without them,” Coach Patrick Harvey said, “We are

very lucky to have Phoebe as one of our athletes. When she sets her mind

on a goal she leaves no stone unturned to achieve the goal both mentally and physically.” Continues on page12

Tourism fund welcomed as fines soar DANIELLE BUTLER

he number of freedom camping fines issued over the last six months in Wanaka, Hawea, Luggate and Albert Town is almost double the number issued in the 12 months previously. Figures released by Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) indicate that enforcement officers issued 893 freedom camping infringements from November 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017 compared to the 479 issued between October 25, 2015 and October 25, 2016. QLDC web and digital communications advisor Jimmy Sygrove said that the rate of payment across the district for freedom camping infringements was just over 50 percent. The figures come as Queenstown Lakes District

burden of visitor cost cannot be borne by local communities alone,” Mayor Boult said. “As recently as last month this council outlined to the minister the extreme pressure that desirable visitor locations such as the Queenstown Lakes District are under to deliver quality visitor amenities and the need for a more comprehensive freedom camping strategy in regards to the provision of infrastructure like toilets and parking.” Having met with the minister, Mayor Boult followed up with a letter calling on a nationally consistent approach to the growing fleet of freedom campers and for the government to

work together with local government to take a more proactive and consistent management approach. News of the fund comes as visitor growth predictions for Wanaka presented at the Shaping Our Future transport forum last week were expected to top 54,000 by 2053. Deputy mayor Calum MacLeod echoed these growth projections at the Saving Our Alpine Lakes public meeting earlier this year, stating that if QLDC were to stop granting resource consents immediately, the town was still predicted to double in size. Freedom camping has been an ongoing and growing problem in the district, with QLDC’s communications manager Michele Poole telling the Wanaka Sun last month that a contractor carried out early morning patrols around Wanaka every day. Continues on page 3








Mayor Jim Boult welcomes a $178 million package for tourism infrastructure, including a $102 million tourism infrastructure fund, announced by tourism minister Paula Bennett last week. Minister Bennett said that the fund will provide $100 million over the next four years in partnership with local councils and other community organisations, for projects like new carparks, toilets and freedom camping facilities. Mayor Boult said that it was rewarding to see that the government had listened and responded swiftly to concerns voiced by QLDC. “We recognise the importance of the tourism sector to the economy but the



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Wandering woolshed on the move D


Road users experienced delays last Thursday (May 11) as a woolshed owned by property developer Allan Dippie was transported from Luggate to his

property at Waterfall Creek, pictured. The woolshed’s journey from Luggate to Waterfall Creek via SH6, Riverbank Road, Orchard Road, McDougall Street and around the lakefront to it's new home at Waterfall Creek slowed traffic for around one hour.


Rescuers receive awards D


The Wanaka Sun reported last week that local rescuers had been awarded at the 2016 New Zealand Search and Rescue Council awards, held last Wednesday evening (May 10). John Taylor of Wanaka Land Search and Rescue (SAR) was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Support Activity. Wanaka Alpine Cliff Rescue's Lionel Clay, Aspiring Helicopters' pilot James Ford and Otago Res-

cue Helicopter pilot Graeme Gale, pictured at the awards, were awarded a Certificate of Achievement for the rescue of two climbers from Mount Aspiring on December 21. The ACR duo present on the rescue were Lionel and Davie Robinson. “Davie is a long time Wanaka Alpine Cliff Rescue team leader and professional mountain guide whose volunteer work in the field for Wanaka LandSAR has been instrumental in the successful outcome of many difficult and high profile rescues along with a few other national SAR citations and awards,” Lionel said.

Council talks lagarosiphon control D


Otago Regional Council was presented with talks on lagarosiphon control and genetic manipulation for pest control at its ordinary meeting of council in Dunedin yesterday (Wednesday May 17). Land Information New Zealand’s (LINZ) presentation on lagarosiphon control in Otago Lakes was given by senior portfolio manager biosecurity David Mole, project manager LINZ biosecurity Marcus PAGE 2

Girvan, Boffa Miskell aquatic plants group manager Mary de Winton and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research’s (NIWA) programme leader freshwater biosecurity, Paul Champion. Professor John Knight of the University of Otago’s marketing department gave a presentation on genetic manipulation for pest control. Council members also noted the updated local governance statement, providing information on the council, consultation policies and information access, following the 2016 local body elections.

Wanaka bag hits town S


Plastic Bag Free Wanaka’s (PBFW) committee is celebrating the release of its bag in local shops this week. PBFW spokesperson Anna van Riel said she was absolutely thrilled to achieve the vision of a reusable Wanaka canvas shopping bag, which will offer locals and tourists an alternative to plastic. “It’s so easy to say no to plastic bags when you have an alternative that you’re proud to carry. It seems crazy that we’ve fallen into the habit of using plastic bags for only a few minutes before throwing them away, when they take hundreds of years to break down and cause havoc in marine environments,” Anna said. “The community has given us so much support on our mission to make Wanaka a plastic bag free town and I can’t wait to see the Wanaka bag carried on missions all over town.” PBFW funded the print run of the bags through a Pledge Me campaign

which sold limited edition bags made at sewing drives by local volunteers. The bags can be purchased from this week from Health 2000, Florence’s Café, Wonder Room, Wholefood Haven, Soulfood and Sailz. Wanaka Wastebusters and New World will also start stocking the bags later this month. To thank the community for its support, the committee is planning a series of winter events focused around Plastic Free July, with the first being a wine and cheese movie night at the Venue from 7.30pm on Thursday June 15. Tickets cost $12 and can be bought at Health 2000 or through eventfinda. Funds from the movie will be used to put on other events during Plastic Free July, including a honey wrap workshop and a dilemma bag dinner. Any outlets who would like to stock the Wanaka bag can contact Anna at or 027 367 9940. Pictured: The PBFW committee with their bags.

Airbags saved teenager G


A local teenager had a lucky escape when her car crashed into a pole after missing a stop sign at the intersection of Faulks Road and Mt Barker Road on Monday, May 15. Her mother Carrie Berkey spoke to the Wanaka Sun about the accident. “As she came to the intersection Lucy missed stopping at the stop sign because she was adjusting her radio. The pole was at the end of the road and she ran right into it.” The airbags deployed, saving Lucy from the full force of the impact. She walked away from the crash with a sore neck and a burn on her leg. “My neighbour was amazing. She got to Lucy first and helped her. I couldn’t contact her right away as she didn’t have her phone with her. I’m so thankful my neighbour was there to help her out. We have such caring people in our community. Everyone

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always looks out for each other,” Carrie said. “I am as guilty as the teens with being distracted and also need to work on this myself. This could have been her life lost over something so simple as looking away and being distracted. I want all teens to remember two hands on the wheel at all times, and slow down,” Carrie said. Just last week Mount Aspiring PHOTO: SUPPLIED College Year 12 dean Heather Watt sent an email to students and parents about Police ticketing two students carrying passengers when on restricted licences, reminding them no passengers were allowed. Carrie said teenagers needed to follow the rules. “We all get caught up in our lives, we are all so busy, but the rules are there for a reason,” she said. Wanaka Police were contacted for comment, but were not available prior to going to print. THE WANAKA SUN



Third contender in council by-election G


Eddie Spearing (pictured) has been nominated in the upcoming Wanaka Ward by-election bringing the number of people standing to three. Eddie has had his sights set on standing for Council for some time and has lived in Wanaka since 2002. He is a qualified mechanical design engineer and currently works in the web and marketing industry. Prior to this he owned a magazine publishing business in the action sports industry for 14 years in the UK. He has also served as chair and trustee of Kahu Youth for eight years. “I am keen to ensure the youth of our district are catered for in our booming region of a largely increasing median age. We need to remain a vibrant and relevant environment for our youth. Youth in my understanding means from 14 to 30 and links through to jobs and the ability to live in Central Otago.” Eddie is the current Wanaka Swim Club (WSC) president and was also a prime mover in the redevelopment of the Wanaka Skatepark. “As a very keen lake swimmer and co-organiser of The Ruby Swim, I gain enormous pleasure from being in the lake and am a strong advocate for

purity of water. Of all the things I have an interest and platform for, our lakes and water issues affect every one of us. I am co-founder of the Touchstone Project which is a direct action initiative to support those concerned about the Lake Wanaka water catchment and raise awareness of impacts around the lake.” Eddie said the district is undergoing massive change currently, more so than at any other time. “It has to be managed effectively with sympathetic vision. I would like to be a part of that direction, not just sit watching from the sidelines. I am interested in helping to manage growth, reconfigure the lakefront, expanding and creating business outside of tourism and land development, and I think the position with Sticky Forest is really important. All of those things are interconnected.” Eddie said his long term friends would not be surprised he is running for Council. “Had I completed my NZ Citizenship in time it was my intention to stand for the 2016 October elections, but I missed out, so I was content to leave it another three years. It turns out I didn’t have to wait that long.” Nominations for the Wanaka Ward seat close on June 1, with the election to be held on Friday July 28.


Rotarians give back to community G


Rotarians from Temuka South to Invercargill generously donated 12 boxes of nonperishable food cans to the Community Networks Food Bank during the Rotary Conference held on May 12-14. Alpine Community Trust Chairman Margaret West said, “It was wonderful to see visitors to Wanaka contributing to a local community initiative.”

Rotary district governor Janice Hughes said, “One of the things we were conscious of was that our community should benefit from having the conference in Wanaka by donating to a local charity. As it is coming into winter we wanted to contribute to the social wellbeing of the community so the charity we chose was the Community Networks Food Bank.” Margaret West is pictured receiving some of the food cans donated from Janice Hughes.

Tourism fund welcomed as fines soar Continued from page1 Although QLDC was still to learn the detail around how the tourism infrastructure fund will be administered, Mayor Boult said he was hugely encouraged by the announcement. “I agree entirely with the minister that investing in the experience of our tourists will take a strong partnership approach and our council has committed to be party to a more cohesive local body response,” Mayor Boult said. The additional investment of $72 million in the DOC estate was also welcomed. “Again this is a district where tracks are coming under increasing pressure and the potential to create new experi-

ences and trails are high. It’s great news,” Mayor Boult said. Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she was delighted that southern councils and their communities had been heard when it came to tourism infrastructure needs and she said she was ready to support them with their applications. “The $102 million for tourism infrastructure will go a long way towards relieving the pressure Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes have been experiencing with the tourism boom. Now we can start working towards establishing the public toilets, carparks, freedom camping and rubbish disposal facilities that we badly need.”

Hawea hosts first youth club D


Hawea’s kids and teens met for their first ever youth club last Friday (May 12), kicking off big plans and ideas for the club’s future. The idea was born from a conversation by Hawea locals Sarah and Dave Millwater, who home-school their children and wanted them to have a place where they could hang out with their friends. “We were both involved with youth clubs when we were younger and we thought it would be a good idea, so we THE WANAKA SUN

just took it from there,” Sarah said. “It’s the kids’ club, they are running it, they dictate what happens. We are just there to help them out.” This term the club’s members are planning a movie night, a pizza night and a disco. Sarah said the aim was to get some volunteers on board to help apply for funding so that the club can expand, with the first goal to raise enough money for some in-line skates and safety gear for roller discos. The group is for 11-18 year-olds and meets every Friday night at Hawea Flat Hall from 6pm to 9pm. Entry is by gold coin donation. THURSDAY 18.05.17 - WEDNESDAY 24.05.17



Community Networks foodbank in demand K


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As things start to get a bit cooler, costs can start to creep up. It does not take much sometimes for a family or individual to be pushed to the limits; an extra-large power bill, car issues, a delay in pay, medical bills, or anything out of the blue can mean that ends don’t meet for a period of time. As a result we tend see a rise in people accessing the foodbank over the winter months. We’ve already had a fairly busy start to the year with 57 food parcels going out over the last four months. Our community foodbank is open to anyone in need in the Upper Clutha region. People can come in anytime during business hours, or sometimes they are referred by other agencies to come and see us. If further support is needed a referral can be made to the Budget Advisory Service or any other social support that may be required. We are very fortunate to live in a generous community that helps

keep the shelves of the foodbank stocked. There is a variety of ways that the community helps – including bringing in fresh produce from their gardens (and chickens) and dropping off donations in the marked bin that is provided in New World. We also receive a good amount from the Christmas food drive that helps keep the cans stocked through the year. If you would like to access, or donate to, the community foodbank please do not hesitate to get in touch with us here at Community Networks Wanaka. As the days get shorter there is also a tendency to spend more time indoors and less time getting out and about to socialise. Our new Companionship for Older People visiting service is hoping to help in this area. We currently have a few recently trained volunteers and now we need to find them someone to visit. If you, or someone you know, would like a weekly visitor please get in touch with Community Networks and the coordinator will discuss the process with you.


DOC hut fees to remain same D


The Department of Conservation (DOC) has confirmed that hut fees in Central Otago will not be increasing, following a price hike in hut fees on the country’s nine great walks. Earlier this month DOC announced that it would

be raising hut fees on seven of the nine great walks including the Milford and Routeburn tracks in an attempt to bridge the funding gap. DOC communications advisor Lizzy Sutcliffe said that there were no immediate plans to raise other hut fees in the district. Pictured: Mount Aspiring National Park’s Brewster Hut.

QLDC Mayor Jim Boult focuses on the issues facing Wanaka and surrounds

N O T I C E B O A R D Resource Consent Application Resource Management Act 1991 Details of the resource consent application and submission forms are available in the offices at Queenstown Lakes District Council, 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown; 74 Shotover Street, Queenstown; 33-35 Reece Crescent, Wanaka and 47 Ardmore Street, Wanaka during normal office hours (8.00am to 5.00pm). You can also download these from our website: P M King (RM150512) What is proposed: Land use consent is sought to establish a commercial activity, being a vehicle depot facility for Alpine Connexions which will include: • • • • • •

Two buildings - administration offices with on-site manager’s residence; Vehicle cleaning (washbay) and refuelling; Vehicle storage and maintenance; 24 hour operation, 364 days per year excluding Christmas; Installation of a 10,000L diesel storage tank; Associated earthworks;

Consent is also sought for the cancelation of Condition 1 of Consent notice 6611653.1 under s.221 of the RMA. The location in respect of which this application relates is situated at: Albert Town-Lake Hawea Road, Wanaka. Legally described as Lot 2 Deposited Plan 356315 held within Computer Freehold Register 229535 ADDRESS FOR SERVICE FOR APPLICANT: P M King C/- Erin Quin Vivian+Espie Limited PO Box 2514 Wakatipu The Council planner processing this application on behalf of the Council is Sarah Gathercole, who may be contacted by phone at 03 441 0465 or email

Last week the Government announced a $178m package aimed at funding tourism infrastructure across the country, including a cash injection for visitor facilities on the Department of Conservation estate. I see the DOC funding as particularly welcome. I’m acutely aware of the challenges DOC faces providing facilities in general, both in the front and the back country. Coping with the added pressure on its trails, huts and toilets comes at a cost to the rest of its wider remit, and this extra funding will assist them greatly. QLDC welcomes the additional provision for tourism infrastructure and we’re hopeful that our district will be able to secure some of the funding to ensure our infrastructure can keep pace with the growth in visitors we’ve experienced over recent years. There is a number of major projects that we need to undertake in the near future and a very small ratepayer base from which to fund them. It is my strong view that it’s unacceptable that our ratepayers should have to lump this cost without support from Central Government. I’m particularly pleased that tourism minister Paula Bennett has listened to our concerns and has acted to make this funding available – it’s a clear sign that MPs are taking note. I spoke per-

sonally with the minister recently and outlined the pressures our district faces from ever increasing visitor numbers, and I congratulate her on taking the steps announced last week. All this said, I am still very much in favour of a visitor levy. The availability of money by way of grants from the Government is welcome, but an ongoing permanent funding supply is a much better option. I’ve heard the argument that a visitor levy may put tourists off, and frankly I don’t buy it. Many other countries impose a visitor levy and have strong tourism markets. I would argue that, for example, a $10 a day levy - say $100 for a 10 day trip to New Zealand - would have a negligible effect on visitor numbers and would be of huge benefit to the smaller communities trying to support our tourism industry. Queenstown had over five million commercial bed nights just last year – you do the math. I’ve made it clear that we need to ensure our infrastructure is developed ahead of time to cater for increasing numbers of both residents and visitors alike. A visitor levy is a sensible, robust and permanent funding model and I will continue to lobby our Government for the introduction of one.

Submissions will be received until 16 June 2017, and must be served on the Consent Authority, Queenstown Lakes District Council, Private Bag 50072, Queenstown 9348, or email These must be dated, signed by you, and include the following information: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

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Southern DHB staff at record high S


The Ministry for Health has released figures showing there were a record number of doctors and nurses taking care of patients in the Southern District Health Board (DHB). Minister for Health Jonathan Coleman said, “Our dedicated health workforce is making a difference to the lives of patients in the Southern DHB. More doctors and nurses means faster treatment and better experiences for patients and their families.” As of 31 March 2017 there were over 510 doctor and over 1,430 nurse full-time equivalents employed by Southern DHB. This was an increase of over 90 doctors and over 170 nurses compared to 2008. Nationally, there were almost 8,200 doctor and nearly 23,000 nurse fulltime equivalents employed by DHBs. The number of doctors and nurses working in our public health system

has increased by over 6,900 since 2008, an increase of over 28 percent. This includes over 1,220 more senior doctors and over 1,210 more senior nurses, an increase of over 45 percent. “Recently I welcomed the health and independence report which shows that overall, the health and disability system performs well for most New Zealanders. However, the report outlines the challenges facing the sector, such as an ageing population,” Dr Coleman said. The New Zealand Health Strategy positions the health sector to respond to the changing and ageing nature of the population and works to ensure that the health workforce is well equipped to handle current and future demands. An extra $568 million is being inDANIELLE BUTLER vested into the health sector this year, the biggest single increase in seven years, taking the health budget to a Three of Wanaka’s volunteer firefighters took on record $16.1 billion in 2016/17. Auckland’s Sky Tower in this year’s Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge last Saturday May 13. Plinio Nonato and Ardouin Baker both competed for the second time while new member and first time competitor Pete Smallfield came 19th with a shops and performances. time of 11 minutes and 39 seconds. KYT youth worker Richard Elvey said, “We are, as always, very grateful for the help of the Central Lakes Trust who have been one of our biggest supporters since our inception 14 years ago.” DANIELLE BUTLER Central Otago Search & Rescue received $24,000 towards safety and communications equipment and One of Wanaka’s public barbecue stations is underhelicopter training for volunteers. going an upgrade, with work expected to be comNZ LandSAR senior operations plete in the next few weeks. manager Adrian Dance said, “I can Queenstown Lakes District Council communicaonly see Central Otago SAR becoming tions advisor Vida McCord said that the two barbusier with complex operations and becues at Roy’s Bay, pictured, are undergoing the this equipment will assist their teams extensive upgrade thanks to joint funding from the to safely and effectively help all peo- council and Wanaka Rotary Club. ple in their time of need.” It includes new hot plates, push buttons and batThe largest grant of up to $1.4 teries and the upgraded barbecues are expected to million was allocated to the be up and running within the next few weeks. Central Otago District Council for the “A shortage in parts from the supplier has meant redevelopment of the Cromwell a delay in the job being finished, however this upMemorial Hall. grade will ensure the barbecue is in top shape to CLT chief executive Paul Allison cater for its frequent use,” Vida said. said, “The total of almost $2 million approved so far this financial year represents about 30 percent of the Trust’s annual grants budget and is the most the Trust has approved at any corresponding time in GLENDA TURNBULL its history.”

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Operational grants for youth trusts S


Operational grants to social service organisations dominated the latest round of Central Lakes Trust grants. Fifteen of the 23 grants approved were to organisations that deliver a wide range of support services to people in the Central Otago-Queenstown Lakes region while five youth trusts in the region collectively received $260,000. Kahu Youth Trust, Wakatipu Youth Trust, Cromwell Youth Trust, Alexandra & Districts Youth Trust and Teviot Valley Community Christian Trust received the grants for the 2017-2018 operational period. Presbyterian Support Otago was the recipient of the largest single operational grant of $62,000. CLT chairman Tony Hill said, “We acknowledge the important role that these organisations play in delivering valuable programmes and services to our local communities. Central Lakes Trust is pleased to provide significant grants that help meet the needs of our growing population.” Kahu Youth Trust (KYT) received $1,500 to go towards food costs, work-


Queenstown Airport reported strong passenger numbers for April, boosted by New Zealand and Australia’s school holidays and Easter.

Plinio was close behind in 21st place with a time of 11 minutes and 50 seconds. The three joined 900 firefighters from New Zealand, Australia, the USA, Chile and Croatia to take the Sky Tower’s 1103 steps wearing 25 kilograms of gear in aid of Leukemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand. The 2017 fundraising target of $900,000 was achieved four days before the event with the total figure of $1.25 million landing well beyond the target. Pictured: Competitors preparing for the race.

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Funding seminar for community groups G

Holiday airport statistics strong S


Compared to the same time last year, the total number of passengers travelling through the terminal increased 20 percent to 169,801. Traffic across the Tasman was up 21 percent compared to April 2016 while domestic traffic was up 19 percent.

The Otago Community Trust (OCT), Central Lakes Trust and Department of Internal Affairs will be in Wanaka on Wednesday May 24 for a Funding Seminar. The seminar is positioned towards community groups and not for profits looking for funding or who have questions around the funding process. Those attending can expect to gain an understanding about what the different funders do and do not fund, how they fund (i.e., funding rounds, key dates, small versus large grant applications),

what makes a good application, what supporting information must be submitted with an application, the approval process and who to talk to about an application. OCT communications and marketing coordinator Mel McAtamney said, “We are running this funding seminar in conjunction with Central Lakes Trust and also the Department of Internal Affairs, who look after Lotteries Grants, so groups will have the benefit of being able to hear from a number of the different funders supporting Upper Clutha community groups.” The seminar will be held at the St John’s Training Room, 4 Link Way, Wanaka from 5.00pm to 6.30pm.


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The annual Rotary District 9980 conference held in Wanaka over the weekend was declared a success by Rotary district governor Janice Hughes. Over 300 people attended the conference, the first to be held at the Wanaka Recreation Centre since it opened in 2016. Janice said the event was an awesome experience. “We had a great weekend. Feedback from the attendees has been fantastic. The venue worked really well, with everything falling into place. The Council need a big pat on the back for their assistance and contribution to making it work really smoothly,” Janice said. She said the speakers at the conference were fantastic and well received. “We heard from All Blacks manager Gilbert Enocha who talked leadership. He was absolutely brilliant. Daniel Flynn from Australian Thank You Group talked about not being limited by what other people see as possible. Young New Zealander of the

Year Rez Gardi spoke about diversity, understanding and how bullying affected her at school. She was amazing. She brought her Mum down with her for mother’s day which was quite special,” Janice said. Saturday night saw the centre transformed into a ballroom for the gala dinner. “Rotary Wanaka should be rightly proud of what they achieved on the weekend. It was an amazing event,” she said. Wanaka Recreation Centre team leader Angie Calder said, “We were thrilled to see the whole event come together after a lot of planning and hard work from everyone involved. Watching the setup was particularly special as you could see the sports hall transform into a stunning event space with curtains, staging and themed decoration. The centre coped well – we used carpet tiles to protect the courts and I think everyone enjoyed the space, including our lovely big carpark. We are looking forward to hosting more events like this at Wanaka Recreation Centre in the future.” Rotarians pictured dressed up for the penguin dress themed gala dinner.

Facebook Hawea Wanaka Pony Club’s founder and current instructor Dee Gordon has been awarded for her 60 year service to the club by the New Zealand Pony Club Association (NZPCA) - This is what you had to say about this on Facebook. Nicky - Mrs G you are a super star. Such

special memories of my wonderful Hawea/ Wanaka pony club days. You are a fantastic horse woman and so generous with your time and knowledge. So many kids have a love of equestrian because of you. Thank you so much x

Maida - Congratulations Dee - from across

the ditch!! You have done marvellously to be still coaching. Remember Tony and Karen? You encouraged them when they were in Wanaka Pony Club, still have photos of them on Buffy competing in the Bending Races - think I have that name correct! Hope you have many years yet - even though after 60 years you must surely have earned a rest! Regards to you and Peter from us both.

Nikki - Thanks so much for your amazing dedication over the years Peter and Dee, so nice to see your commitment recognised.

Emma - That’s fantastic! Dee you have always been my favourite instructor, very knowledgeable, kind and encouraging! We have all been lucky to have you around.

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Julie - Amazing lady, she spent many many hours teaching me how to ride! Rachel - Couldn't go to a more deserving person, thanks Dee you are a wonderful woman. Amber - Awesome Dee! Very fond memories

of my Pony Club days, we were very lucky to have you!

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2004 NISSAN ELGRAND Sally - We were all so blessed to have Dee

teach us to ride. The best memories! Thank you.

Sarah - Wow so many great memories with all the Gordon family many moons ago.

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as in most Canadian provinces and parts of the USA. An overwhelming majority of the public support children being protected from tobacco smoke in cars. “The government says it believes present initiatives are enough to deter smoking in cars carrying children. However it is unclear what initiatives the government is referring to as the last national-level campaign was in 2006-2008 with another brief campaign in 2013-2014,” Diana Power, Chair of Central Otago and Wakatipu Smokefree Coalition, said. “It’s ridiculous that the government thinks enough is being done when every day thousands of children are exposed to pollutants in smokefilled cars." "This is about standing up for children who have no choice about being in a car while others are smoking,” Diana said.

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Wanaka AFC v Wanaka Braves E


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Hawea Playgroup will hold its seventh annual garage sale fundraiser at the end of this month. The fundraiser, hosted by local musician and playgroup committee member Anna van Riel, will raise money for the community-run playgroup from 10am to 2pm on Sunday

May 28. Hawea Flat Hall will be packed with music and entertainment from Anna, Wanaka Ukuleles alongside local school pupils as well as Cardrona’s Pingu and the Treble Cone cat. Parents and kids will also be able to enjoy stalls of second-hand treasures, arts and crafts, face painting, a lolly scramble and food from the pop-up cafe.

Possession key to successes S


The benefits of pre-season training were in evidence today as the Marsupialamis (Yr5/6) played their first match of the season against Wakatipu Qts. Lulu Pettit and Thomas Mitchell who, perfectly poised, slipped three goals past the opposition’s goalie in the first half. In the dying minutes, Carter Guichard, in his first hockey match, managed to get the ball over the line to secure the win 4-0. Player of the day went to Dot Anderson for doing everything her coach asked her to. The UC Salamanders (Yr5/6) had a tough game against Cromwell Blue going down 5-0. Nicola Mackay and Ruby Cochrane had some great attempts at goal, with great stick work earning Ruby player of the day. Lily Wilson put up a great fight as goalie, lunging to save many goals. Oliver Cotter and Daisy Sanders did some great work around the pitch and Amy Benson and Tilly Pryor made good intercepts and tackles on defence. The Kwik Sticks (Yr7/8) clashed with the Lightning (Alexandra) where James Dougherty and Max Porter both scored goals, putting the team into a 2-1 lead. After three goals were scored against them Billie Crowe set up another goal for James while Sam Porter scored following a penalty corner to square the game. Goalie Niall Alexander was tested constantly and saved more than he let in, earning him player of the day. THE WANAKA SUN

The Senior B team beat Cromwell Red 6-1. Goal scorers were Tom Heather, Billy Sandri and Fiona Gibbs, with Billy Sandri's performance earning him player of the day. Special mention to goalie, Owen Lea who made some super saves. The Senior Reserve A team had to dig deep against Cromwell who scored in the first three minutes. UC played exceptionally well for their first game of the season. Brianna Curtis made some incredible saves as did Leon Kerr and Luke Burke. UC’s only goal scorer, Tegan Brickland, had some remarkable attempts at goal along with Samuel Sandri. Luke Burke was awarded player of the day for his work in defence and his clear communication throughout the game. The UC senior women had a welldeserved win against Matakanui in their first game of the season. Alisa Hoenig scored UC’s first goal. After the break Matakanui came back fired up and managed to equalise, but UC kept to their plan and retained possession. Debbie Forrest dispatched a penalty stroke while Briar Hight penetrated Matakanui’s circle to seal the win 3-1. The men's team kicked off its quest for a third successive league title with a comprehensive 5-0 win over Matakanui. Tom Marshall scored in the first minute and Simon Cole added a second before Sam Sandri scored an excellent solo breakaway goal to give UC a 3-0 halftime lead. Patrick Hauth and Will Gerrard scored in the second half to give UC the 5-0 win. Player of the day was awarded to Rich King.


Football Correspondent

Wanaka AFC faced fellow locals Wanaka Braves on Saturday May 13. With the sides at opposite ends of the league it seemed this game could only go one way. Wanaka started dominating possession, but found it difficult to break down the Braves, defence in the opening stages. Tom Wild finally picked the pocket of the Braves goalkeeper after spilling the ball. He passed across the goal where Matt Florida was waiting to roll the ball into an empty net. Wanaka added to its lead shortly after when Tim Zeestraten crossed from a deep position on the left for Ryan Atherton to get in front of the goalkeeper and score. Wanaka continued its flurry of goals when winger Paul Hodgson got the bye line and crossed from the right to Ryan Atherton to tap in his second. Tim Zeestraten then picked up the loose ball on the right passing to Paul Hodgson whose cheeky flick nestled into the back of the net. Wanaka bagged a fifth before the break with Scott Belsham playing the ball short to Matt Florida from a corner on the left. Matt got the ball from out of his feet and drilled in an audacious left-footed drive from 25 yards into the top corner. Wanaka scored soon after half time with Matt Florida picking out Aiden Walsh in front of goal to fire in from close range. Matt Florida then claimed his hat trick when converting from a Paul Hodgson low cross. Tim Zeestraten crossed from the left and found Paul Hodgson in space, however Paul miss-hit the effort but thankfully watched the ball loop up in the air over the keeper and under the crossbar to score his second goal. Wanaka picked up yet another goal. This time


Allan Carmichael picked out crowd favourite Scott Belsham in the box. Scott turned his marker and then sent the ball past the goalkeeper to score. Wanaka were not done. Matt Florida picked the ball up on the left and darted into the box. He rounded a defender and then took the ball around the out-rushing goalkeeper and fired in to get his fourth and Wanaka’s tenth of the day. The 11th goal came when Scott Belsham, with the ball at his feet, lifted a delightful clipped pass to find an advancing Paul Hodgson. Paul, beating the offside trap, found himself one on one with the goalkeeper and made no mistake drilling in a low shot into the bottom corner to grab a hat trick of his own. This result keeps the pressure on the leaders, with Wanaka now with a healthy goal difference, two points behind. This week sees Wanaka travel over the hill to face league leaders Lakes United, a fixture which could cause yet another twist in this exciting title race.

St John to receive funding boost St John welcomes today’s news that more than $100 million will be included in this year’s budget to provide double crewing of all emergency ambulance responses over the next four years. The package also introduces a new sustainable funding model to increase St John’s baseline funding and to meet growing demand for ambulance services while addressing historic shortfalls. St John chief executive Peter Bradley said, “Ending single crewing is one of the most significant developments in our ambulance service history. We will be able to recruit 430 frontline jobs over four years and provide rural New Zealand with the same crewing levels as urban areas – a move that will save more lives and make it safer for our crews.” “It will also give us the chance to promote from within and for a large number of our volunteer ambulance officers to become paid staff.” Peter said the funding shows the Government’s commitment to ambulance services and recog-

nises St John’s unique role in the New Zealand health system. “It means we’ll be in a better position to meet the growing demand for emergency primary care and community health services.” He said phasing out single-crewed emergency ambulances has been a priority for several years, and the new funding model means St John can now plan for it with certainty. “It will take time to gear up and implement, and the first step is reviewing each station across the country. One thing that won’t change is St John’s charity status and we will still need the support of New Zealanders through donations and part charges for ambulance services.” “We’ll still need to fund more than 25 percent of our costs through donations and will continue to rely on the generosity of New Zealanders to maintain services and continue improving,” Peter said. –Wanaka Sun

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Trophies for Mount Aspiring College S


Mount Aspiring College (MAC) students came back with outstanding results from the Otago Secondary Schools Futsal Championship played last Friday, May 12 in Dunedin. The junior teams led the way with both the junior boys and girls teams taking out 1st place. The Senior boys and girls teams also competed strongly taking out 2nd place in their divisions. The MAC senior girls were very unlucky not to take out the senior girls Division Two title going through all the games unbeaten, with a draw in the last game making the difference between first and second. The senior boys A team went unbeaten until the final, where they lost 5-4 in a very close and hard fought battle with Otago Boys High School. At halftime they were 5-2 down and came back in the second half to claw back two goals, closing the gap to 5-4. Only good and desperate goalkeeping kept Otago Boys from scoring again. Every member of the A team had an outstanding tournament and played their best futsal to bring home a 2nd place trophy. The senior boys B team was always going to find

it tough in the Division One grade and if the team had played in Division Two this year I'm sure the senior boys B team would have defended their title. The B team did themselves proud by winning its last game of the day. This was the last futsal tournament for Captain Rory Hannon, Ben Hadida, Tom Reaney, Rimu Roode, Matt McLean and Adam Hewson, the Year 13 students in the senior A team. The school and the team thanks them very much for their hard work and dedication. The senior A boys team will PHOTO: SUPPLIED be joined by Toa Roode and Weston Bell, two very talented players and along with Alex Plimmer, Mitchell Regan and Fletcher Cavanagh these five players will make the backbone of the team next year. The senior boys coach is very excited about building a new senior boys A team and to see the development and progress of the MAC girls teams and junior boys next year who all did so well. Pictured are the successful team captains Aimee McArthur (junior girls), Anna Roberts (senior girls), Rory Hannon (senior boys), Toa Roode (junior boys).

Top honours to Wanaka bike teams G


Three local schools featured at the Central Otago Top Bike competition held in Alexandra last Wednesday May 12. Teams from Holy Family Catholic School (HFCS), Mount Aspiring College and Hawea Flat School all had teams placed in the top six. The competition saw 264 students compete in teams of six riders from 12 different schools across Central Otago. HFCS teacher Kirsten Scott said the teams competed in four different races. “First there was a four kilometre road race where team members rode in single file. When the fourth rider crossed the line, the clock stopped. Then there was a mountain bike race through a sandy track weaving through trees where the last rider's


time was counted for the team. Next there was an obstacle course that wasn't timed, but each time the student put their foot down or missed a cone they got a penalty point, and lastly there was a grass race around a large circle with 10 riders who were individually timed,” Kirsten said. The Year 7/8 Snazzy Snakes team from HFCS were 1st in the Road Time Trial, 1st in the Mountain Bike Time Trial and the overall Year 7/8 team title. Queenstown Primary School placed 2nd and the Mt Aspiring College Dream Team placed 3rd. The Year 5/6 The Potatoes team from HFCS were 1st in the Road Time Trial, 1st in the Mountain Bike Time Trial and overall Year 5/6 team title. Kingsview School from Queenstown placed 2nd and the Hawea #2 team placed third. “Brilliant results for the Wanaka area with four teams in the top six,” Kirsten said.


Gooch shines in 50th cap match L


Rugby Correspondent

At first glance, the 29-5 scoreline in favour of the Upper Clutha Rams might suggest a one sided affair against the defending champions Cromwell over the weekend. However, the game was extremely competitive. Were it not for a handful of blunders by Cromwell during scoring opportunities, the margin would have been far closer. Yet it was Upper Clutha who walked away with the bonus point win, courtesy of some clinical finishing and spirited defence. The opening spell of the match was a true arm wrestle, but Cromwell appeared to have their first try when their winger strolled under the posts, only for Josh Roberts to force him outside the dead ball line before he could put it down. Upper Clutha took advantage of the lapse by getting a try of their own to Jai Baxter who ran the perfect line, carrying two defenders over the line to score. The Rams continued to show attacking flair as they scored a real team try which started with the forwards

rumbling up the middle that created an overlap for George Gilchrist to dot down out wide. Cromwell then blew another golden chance when their other winger dropped a routine pass with the try line open, but were soon to make amends as they scored just before the halftime whistle to bring the scores to 17-5. The second half was all about defence, as Hamish Cooper, reminiscent of ‘Beaver’ Menzies in his distinctive headgear made a number of key tackles. It wasn’t until the notorious 40-year-old talisman, Kelly Gooch, came on and made a huge impact on his 50th cap. With Cromwell hot on attack close to the line, Kelly made an incisive one on one steal that halted the Cromwell charge and led to another try to George Gilchrist. And in the final play of the match, Kelly broke through the defence and offloaded to Jai Baxter to bag a crucial four try bonus point. The icing on the cake belonged to Kelly as he landed a difficult conversion from out wide. It is unlikely we will ever hear the end of it. George Reed is pictured securing the lineout ball.

Phoebe wins national title

Continues from page 1 Phoebe was frustrated she was not able to reach her full potential last season after crashes in the later part of her mountain bike season, but a refocus on the U19 time trial event was a great way for her to utilise the hard training she already had in place. In the month leading up to the nationals Phoebe gave her sessions 100 percent and put in place mental strategies and plans. With this mind set and the mental and physical

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training she had put in place, the pressure on the day lost all significance as she was able to focus on her plan and the process she had identified for riding the best she could. And that is just what she did. Well done Phoebe.” Phoebe is now waiting to hear if she has been selected for the Mountain Bike World Championships in Cairns or the Time Trial and Road World Championships in Norway, both in September.


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