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wo of Wanaka’s youngest movie makers have had their films selected for the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival. NZ Mountain Film Festival’s Jo Lynch said they were pleased to see so many local adventure films being entered into the festival each year, with six of this year’s 78 coming from Wanakabased filmmakers. Ten-year-old Nat Warburton, pictured, and 17-year-old Ollie Larkin were selected for their projects More Adventure Less Talk and Protect Sticky. Ollie, who has been making films since 2013 and plans to attend the Southern Institute of Technology in Invercargill when he finishes school this year, said his Sticky Forest film first began as an experiment for the equipment he was using.

said that he had been inspired by previous film festivals and his sense of adventure. “He is an adventurous kid; he’s always down the Hawea river wave, canyoning, biking and rock climbing. Our summer rock climbing tour of the South Island features in the film,” Chris said. “He’s a musician and for him it was about the whole project; the music and the editing to tell a story. He wasn’t expecting to be selected as a finalist and he’s already working on his next one.” Nat filmed his movie with his GoPro Hero 5 and said that it was “quite exciting” to be selected for the festival. “It was unexpected. My goal was

just to get it finished and entered into the festival and I never expected to get in,” Nat said. Other Wanaka filmmakers include Gavin Lang and Pedro Pimentel directors of the film The Harper Mannering Ross Challenge, Whitney Oliver, director of Tanya the Hut Warden, Jase Hancox, director of Sliding Fire and David Walden, director of New Zealand Wild. Film Festival director Mark Sedon said the film content received this year was varied and surprising. “This year’s content is particularly innovative. Creativity shines through in the quality of the cinematography as well as the imagination in the design of the ventures people dream up,” Mark said. The 15th NZ Mountain Film Festival runs in Wanaka from June 30 to July 4 with a free family film shown on July 1 and 2. The festival programme and tickets are available online at



“I shot it with my friend Josh in one day and we had just made a cable cam, which is a rope going between the trees so that you can put the camera up between different trees,” Ollie said. “When they came back and said I was a finalist it was really exciting.” Judges said the film, which features in the Pure NZ category, captured local passion for community-crafted mountain bike trails and considered the editing, music and “clever cinematic style” unique. Judges considered Nat’s 12-minute documentary-style film, inspired by the adventures he went on last summer, to encapsulate the ethos of the event. Nat’s father Chris Warburton

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The hard work of local volunteers is being celebrated once more throughout National Volunteer Week, held this year from Sunday June 18 to Saturday June 24. Volunteering Central coordinators Gillian White and Trudy Anderson have been connecting volunteers with organisations in Central Otago since 2011, meeting volunteers from the ages of nine to 82, from Kiwis to overseas visitors. Gillian said that 40 percent of people using Volunteering Central’s connections service are new to the area or travelling through, often on a working holiday visa. “Overseas travellers often bring real value to the organisations and communities they are connected with. On occasion we hear people moaning about travellers to the region living on a shoestring and not contributing to the region, but this tells a different story and we see it, especially in Wanaka and Queenstown, regularly,” Gillian said. Myriam Sels, 56, is on an extended visitor visa from Belgium and has been volunteering twice a week at the Aspiring Enliven Care Centre since March. “I can’t work on my visa and I’m not one for sitting all the time so I started helping in the activities room at the centre,” Myriam said. “I noticed some of the residents didn’t want to do the activities so I started asking around to see who wanted to go for a walk in the sun with me, I didn’t have a limit on my time and this was received very well. I’ll read newspapers, do crossword puzzles or play music for people on my tablet.” Myriam said that she always tries to establish a personal connection with the centre’s residents and figure out what they like. “To see how they become when they’re talking about something that they love very much is really satisfying. I am very fortunate that I can give them real quality time. I am so happy, sometimes I see light in their eyes as if they were 20-years-old when they talk,” she said. “I’m so grateful that I am in New Zealand. I love it very much and I want to give the community some-

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thing back. I think it’s important for me as a foreigner to know the people in the community and get involved.” Aspiring Enliven’s activity coordinator Darlene Thomson said that Myriam was “brilliant” and the centre needed more volunteers like her. “She’s really dedicated and the residents love her to bits. We have a real mixture of volunteers here which is a delight but we’re really after more,” Darlene said. In celebration of National Volunteer Week in Wanaka, 16-year-old Leo Munro-Heward, pictured, will share his journey of volunteering with anti-bullying group Sticks ‘n Stones and his New Zealand Youth Award for his work setting up Wanaka’s Queer Straight Alliance. “We encourage volunteers from all walks of life to come along and join us and would love to see lots of familiar and new faces. Celebrations are informal, welcoming, free and open to all volunteers regardless of whether they have used our services,” Gillian said. “We aim for volunteers to leave feeling really great about their own contribution to their communities and to have enjoyed a pleasant hour mingling with other volunteers.” Wanaka’s celebration takes place on Thursday June 22 from 1.30pm to 2.30pm at the St John Rooms, Link Way. Email Gillian at to confirm attendance. To enquire about volunteering at the Aspiring Enliven Centre, call 03 555 3010.


Wanaka’s architecture was a big winner at the 2017 Southern Architecture Awards in Queenstown last week (Friday June 9), with several prestigious projects scooping awards. The new fire station on Ballantyne Road by Mason & Wales Architects Ltd earned a commercial architecture award while Assembly Architects, McAuliffe Stevens Ltd, Sumich Chaplin Architects, Rafe Maclean Architects and Eliska Lewis Architects Ltd won in the housing category for projects in Hawea Flat and Wanaka. The Dacha, pictured, by Eliska Lewis Architects was one of the largest projects in this year’s awards and was praised by judges for the imagination displayed on a residential project of such “considerable scale”. Judge and Queenstown architect Michael Wyatt said that The Dacha was a generous house designed to take full advantage of an amazing view. “The Wanaka house captures the magnificent landscape from every room and throughout the architect has handled scale thoughtfully and with careful attention to details and materiality,” he said. Architect Eliska Lewis said that the brief for the design and layout evolved from a repeated phrase - “don’t let the house get in the way of the view, it’s


all about the view.” Four years later, Eliska and her “right handeverything” Julia Plimmer are “delighted” that four years of hard work have resulted in the award. “It’s taken a lot of work accumulated over four years to get to this point. It’s been a big project that took a lot of time away from both of our families, so to get recognition for all of those long hours that you put in makes it all worth it,” Eliska said.

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The Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has welcomed the announcement today from Tourism Minister Paula Bennett that Makarora will receive Government funding towards a new public toilet facility. QLDC is one of 16 Councils to receive funding for 28 tourism infrastructure projects from the Regional ‘mid-sized’ Tourism Facilities Grant Fund. The Council had already committed $100,000 towards the facility with the Government today announcing a contribution of $150,000. “That’s great news for our community and in particular will give a real boost to the community of Makarora,” QLDC Mayor Jim Boult said. Mr Boult acknowledged the wider contribution being made to the southern region with Mackenzie, Central Otago, Waitaki and Westland Councils all receiving facility funding. “What that will mean is that visitors to the region will be able to anticipate facilities as they travel through. My hope will be that this will in turn curb some of the unsavoury behaviour and ensure a better experience for the visitors and the local communities alike,’ Mr Boult said.

Works to upgrade the plumbing systems of two existing toilet facilities at Lake Dunstan (Weatherall Creek and Champagne Gully), and construct new toilet facilities in the Cromwell town centre received funding. The plumbing upgrades will improve capacity at both sites, enhancing their ability to respond to increased visitor numbers, including freedom campers. The Cromwell town centre toilet facilities will help address strong visitor growth in the town with the government co-funding $178,800 for the $298,000 project. “The news that this district has gained the largest amount of any in Otago in the second round of the Regional ‘mid-sized’ Tourism Facilities Grant Fund, with almost half the $690,000 granted in Otago coming here, is obviously great news,” said Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan. “This will allow the Council to work to ameliorate the effect of the huge increase in tourist numbers in the district for the benefit of both the visitors and locals alike.” The commitment is being made through the Facilities Grant Fund and the more recently announced Tourism Infrastructure Fund. “This shows a genuine recognition on the part of Central Government of the impact of growing tourism on local infrastructure and the need to share and partner in that cost,” Mr Boult said.

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Don’t forget to vote G


With voting in the Otago Regional Council by-election closing on June 20, voting paper returns as of June 12 were only 23 percent, highlighting the importance of getting your vote in on time. In the last two election cycles (2011 and 2014) there has been a general decline in voter turnout. In the 2011 General Election, there were more non-voters aged 18–24 years than in the older age groups (41.8 percent) compared with only 5.2 percent of people aged 65 years or over. Twenty one percent said the main reason people gave for not voting in the 2011 General Election was they “didn't get around to it, forgot, or were not interested”. Another 12.3 percent of non-voters said they did not register for the 2011 election, while 10.0 percent were “overseas or away on election day”. A further 7.1 percent of the non-voters said they did not think

their vote would make a difference – a big increase from 3.9 percent in the 2008 election. For local elections the statistics are much worse. In 2016 the voter turnout across New Zealand was only 42 percent. The Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) voter turnout last year increased to 56 percent in 2016 up from 46 percent in 2013. Voter turnout for the Otago Regional Council (ORC) election in 2016 was only 49 percent. The big issues of 2016 that were likely to have caused an increase in voter turnout were water quality and transport, which are still major issues that need focus. People need to understand the issues and vote if they want action. The voter turnout for the ORC was only 49% in 2016. ORC advise people to post their voting papers no later than Thursday June 15 to make sure they arrive in time. If you miss this cut-off voting papers can be dropped off at the offices of the QLDC, ORC or CODC.


Golden Fleece awards in Wanaka Lake level reaching record low G


The National Golden Fleece and Wool Expo 2017 will be held in Wanaka on June 23 and 24. This is the first time the event has been held in Wanaka, with the first held in Dunedin in 1969. Convener Martin Paterson said the 170 entries were judged at the Tarras Hall (pictured) on May 23 and 24 with judges Peter McCusker from Christchurch judging the fine wool section and Dave Allan from Clyde judging the strong wool black and coloured. The Expo will start off with a Wool Week and Walk with Wanaka shops selling woollen products making a feature for the week in their window displays.

Friday June 23 will see a re-enactment of Captain Cook’s landing of the first sheep in New Zealand, on the foreshore of Lake Wanaka at the Dinosaur Park at 10am, followed by the opening of the two day Wool Exhibition in the Lake Wanaka Centre. “New Zealand’s top sheep fleeces will be on display as will the winning garments from this year’s Wool-On awards. You won’t see any better fleeces in the country,” Martin said. Friday evening will see the awards presentation for Supreme Champion Fine and Strong Wool along with other awards at the Golden Fleece Dinner to be held at the Lake Wanaka Centre at 6.30pm. Guest speaker will be Peri Drysdale of ‘Untouched World’. Tickets for the awards dinner are available at



People who use the road between Wanaka and Tarras, State Highway 8A, may experience some disruptions next week as NZTA begins work to strengthen the bridge.

The bridge will be closed for a full day on Tuesday June 20 followed by night work over a three to four week period, again with detours in place during the hours of 8pm and 6am on weeknights Monday to Thursday finishing in mid July. Detours will be in place via Camp Hill Road. Please take care.


Over the last couple of months, the lack of rainfall has seen the level of Lake Wanaka steadily drop. Many locals have commented they haven’t seen the lake this low before. NIWA environmental technician Kathy Walker said, “I’ve been talking to my colleagues and they said the lake is very low for this time of year.” Readings provided by NIWA show the lowest level over the weekend was 276.335 metres on Sunday June 11 at

14:25. Data is collected by NIWA and Contact Energy. The recorded level on the weekend is one of the lowest ever recorded since records of the lake started, with the lowest level of the lake being recorded on September 25, 1935 at a level of 276.26 metres. Levels similar to the weekend’s levels were recorded in 1966, 1974, 1977, 1991, 2003 and 2010. Kathy said that rain and strong winds are predicted for Monday and Tuesday, with the lake level expected to rise.

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Light Up Winter needs a hand S


The organisers of a new winter event in Cromwell are on the look-out for volunteers to help make it happen. Family event Light Up Winter, to be held in the Cromwell Mall on Friday August 4, intends to provide a celebration of the end of the darker months with the release of hundreds of paper lanterns, a night market, street entertainers, food, drink and children’s activities. Cromwell and Districts Promotion Group community relationships

manager Brigitte Tait said that volunteers would be needed to help run the event. “It is very much a community thing and we’d love to have as many people involved as possible. The more hands on deck, the better the event we can provide for our children, visitors and everyone to enjoy after a long cold winter,” Brigitte said. Anyone wishing to volunteer or find out more can contact Brigitte on 021 764 403. Pictured: Brigitte Tait and Carolyn Murray from Scott Base Winery testing a lantern.


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Students and parents at Holy Family School have been preparing for the start of a crossing point monitoring trial on Aubrey Road. Queenstown Lakes District Council’s school travel plan coordinator Kirsty Barr has been running induction days this week ahead of official monitoring at the crossing point outside of Holy Family,

which begins on Monday June 19. Kirsty said that there will be a parent and year seven or eight student at the crossing every morning between 8.30 and 8.55am. “The volunteers can help cross the kids and the senior students will stay on one side only. It may lead to other things but this is a start. The parent community really want something safer there,” Kirsty said. Pictured: Kirsty talks to parent and student volunteers on the crossing’s induction week.

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Holy Family School students ditched their televisions, phones and computers last week in a 20-hour technology famine to raise money for World Vision. Seventy-six students stayed in the school’s senior block overnight on Thursday June 8 with no power, no light, minimal heat and only rice for dinner. Deputy Principal Ange Scoullar said that the aim was to raise $2500 to support the children of Syria.

“The idea was to give the students perspective of how lucky they are to live where they live and how some people can live being cold at night or waking up without any breakfast,” Ange said. “The kids were great and really came together as a group. We’ve already had some of them asking when we could do it again for another reason.” Students started the challenge at 5pm on Thursday and continued it through to 3pm the next day. Anyone wishing to add to the students’ final total can drop their donation into the Holy Family School office.

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Illegally dumped rubbish has cost the ratepayer more than $8000 over the last ten months. Several items of furniture were dumped at the Albert Town Campground two weeks ago, pictured, prompting warnings on the consequences of the offence. Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) web and digital communications advisor Jimmy Sygrove said that while QLDC owned the campground land, it was the responsibility of campground managers to dispose of rubbish. He added that if rubbish was illegally dumped in an area that QLDC maintains then the process would be to raise a request for service online or over the phone, with the regulatory team looking to fine those responsible. “We ask that anyone who witnesses someone illegally dumping their rubbish to please contact QLDC. We take a very dim view of those who choose to spoil our region through laziness and will follow it up with those responsible,” Jimmy said.


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When things turn pear shaped As we come in to winter, we know things can get a bit harder on different parts of our community. The team here at Community Networks (CN) encourages everyone to be aware of their own wellbeing, as well as the wellbeing of those around them. When things turn pear-shaped or the proverbial hits the fan and you think counselling may help, there are many options available in our community. Don’t be put off by the cost of going to see a counsellor or a psychologist as there are some free and subsidised services. Well South offers up to six free counselling sessions. Visit your GP to find out more about this. If the cost of seeing a GP makes this tricky then CN are able to help with Well South vouchers. Darryl Fairburn Memorial Fund offers subsidised counselling for those who have been affected by grief and loss. Grief comes in many shapes and forms; it may be as a result of the loss of a parent, moving towns, parents separating. Contact CN for further information on how to access this. Jigsaw Central Lakes offers counselling, advocacy and one-on-one support for women, men and children in situations where there has been family violence. You can refer yourself by calling 0508 440 255 or email them

at Queenstown Lakes Family Centre (including Wanaka) offers a range of evidence-based services to support families in meeting the emotional, social and behavioural needs of their children. Visit their website on www. or phone (03) 441 4331. Family Works has some funding for up to three sessions of crisis counselling for those over 18 years. To refer for this support visit Family Works at Adventure Development Counselling and psychological services to young people 13-20 yrs (can include those up to 24 yrs) with alcohol or drug issues and/or mental health issues such as anxiety or depression. The services tailored to fit a situation, can include brief interventions, longer term individual counselling, group work, family work and therapeutic activities. Details can be found at or ph/txt 027 254 9323. Community Networks has the details of counsellors or psychologists that specialise in certain aspects of support, for example child and adolescent behaviour issues, family court counselling, eating disorders and alcohol and drug counselling. For details of the counsellors, psychologists and any other support services detailed above visit our website community, give us a ring on 443 7799 or pop into our office at 73 Brownston Street.


Albert Town Campground manager Rudi Sanders said that the furniture in question was left over from the Mount Aspiring College formal after-party and was removed by organisers within a few days. “We don’t have issues with people dumping rubbish but we do keep a close eye on it as it does happen every now and then, maybe once a year. We patrol the camp site area basically every day and are in contact with a few people who keep an eye on things,” Rudi said.

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to turn their minds to Wanaka issues. While many Wanaka residents are at pains to tell me they have no wish to be ‘like Queenstown’ many also talk to me about the disconnect between the two commercial areas of the town, about the growing parking issue and about the town’s connectivity with the lakefront. I’ve also said in the past that the time when public transport will need to be a real consideration for Wanaka is not too far in the future and that needs to be taken account of as well. Regardless of views on growth, we need to ensure Wanaka is planned right for the future and I know there is already some useful thinking in this space. Part of Queenstown’s downtown plan will be to consider the site of council’s own offices as well and that is also a factor which needs to be taken into account in the Wanaka plan. We all know that our current Council premises in Wanaka are inadequate and the lessons we are learning in the Queenstown exercise will be relevant to that. Long term planning is very much like building a house; if you don’t know what the end product is going to look like there’s no point in pouring a floor slab. When we get to carry out this exercise in Wanaka it will be a rewarding and exciting initiative to be involved in. I look forward to that.


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In an earlier Sun column I made a point about breaking down the barriers between the various parts of our district and recognising that we are all part of the same community. In that regard, Wanaka residents might like to take an interest in the current exercise being undertaken in Queenstown to develop a downtown masterplan. This plan sets out to ensure that the potential of the downtown area is recognised and infrastructure developed to unlock that potential over coming years. In addition, there is a strong desire to ensure the downtown area remains attractive and accessible for locals. One of my platforms when I stood for the role of Mayor was that Councils in the past had not sufficiently planned for the future and this exercise sets out to do that, looking as far out as 2050. The exercise will address access, car parking, congestion, public transport as well as built facilities. From what I’ve seen to date it’s an exciting plan and I look forward to public feedback after council releases a discussion document soon. The reason why I suggest this exercise is of importance to Wanaka is that, once the Queenstown plan is completed I will be asking Council

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The French Air Force has swooped in as the first international force to confirm its presence in the skies at Warbirds Over Wanaka’s (WOW) 30th anniversary celebrations next Easter. Major Laurent Monfort and the crew plan to bring the CASA military transport aircraft, usually stationed at the Tontouta military base in New Caledonia, to Warbirds for the third time in a row. Major Monfort said that the crew were looking forward to coming back to Wanaka but that the visit remained dependent on operational issues

closer to the time. WOW general manager, Ed Taylor, said a strong military presence was expected at the 2018 show, held from March 30 to April 1 2018, as part of the show’s 30th anniversary. “That will be headed up by what’s hoped to be a big turnout from our very own RNZAF including a number of their larger aircraft and the new Black Falcons display team,” Ed said. He added that invitations had been extended to a number of air forces around the world with responses expected later this year. Pictured: CASA at 2016’s WOW.

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Mount Aspiring College (MAC) musicians stormed to success at Smokefree Rockquest’s Central Otago regional heats last weekend, dominating the finalists list. Student Dylan Rimmer came second in the solo duo category while more than half of the 12 bands selected for the Central Otago finals were from MAC. MAC’s head of music Mat Doyle said that it was great to see so much representation from junior members of the college in this year’s heats at the Lake Wanaka Centre on Saturday June 10. “We had more bands than we have entered in past years and we’ve got some really keen young musicians at the moment. A lot of them were looking for an opportunity to get up on stage and practise what they have written; the cool thing is that they feel comfortable to get up there,” Mat said.

“I’m very proud, they did really well and the senior students are very supportive of them. They encourage them along which is great to see.” Stratosphere, Not Yet Rated and Just An Octave Higher were the under-Year 10 bands to qualify while Duct Tape Fix, L8, Shortworm and last year’s finalists Ceiling, pictured, were the senior bands through. Mat said that Ceiling’s Morgan Allen, Luke Burke, Tom Reaney and Ella Maluschnig were back this year with lots of fresh material and new band member Jed Jones Long. “Ceiling has high hopes for this year. They didn’t get the place that they hoped for in last year’s regional finals but still ended up in the top 20 bands nationwide,” Mat said. Dylan will now put together 15 minutes of his best material to submit for selection as a national finalist, while the 12 bands will all play off for the top two places at the Central Otago final in Queenstown on Saturday July 1.

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The Mount Aspiring College 1st XV (MAC) travelled to Oamaru to play St Kevins in round seven of the Otago Premier Schools series last Saturday June 10. This was an important game as both teams are still in the running to secure a place in the top six of the competition. As expected it was an even match which could have gone either way. When MAC stuck to the game plan it was dominant and often threatened ,especially from well worked set piece moves in the backs. At times it seemed there was some confusion from referee rulings, however MAC was good enough to deal with that and stick to the plan set down by the coaches. Gregor Findlay at first five continued to improve his game, directing back play and kicking well. The mid field was required to make some big tackles where Campbell Russell was again a rock for the backline being fearless on defence, well supported by Phoenix Apa. In the forwards Kees Scott again led the pack by example and he was supported in the scrums by front row partners Sam Howard and Louie Jones. Finn Lawson continued his great form scoring the best try of the game. The MAC lineout performed well and stole several passes from the opposition. Bench players also made a fantastic contribution. The halftime score was locked at 14-14. MAC




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started the second half on the back foot allowing a soft try before rallying to gain momentum and move out to a 13 point lead. During the last ten minutes MAC had St Kevins mostly pinned in its own half. With only six points separating the teams St Kevins fought back near the end and for the visitors and supporters the final whistle seemed to take forever. MAC eventually won the hard fought battle 34-28. The team played a midweek local derby against Dunstan High yesterday then on Saturday Waitaki Boys High is the final opponent of the round, that game to be played in Wanaka. Phoenix Apa is pictured standing his ground in the tackle with Joseph Wilson and Josh Osbourne in support.

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WANAKA SALVATION Army Family Store. Opening Hours – Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm, Saturday 9.30am – 4pm. We look forward to seeing you here! DONATIONS KINDLY received. Please drop them into the Salvation Army Family store or ph 443 5068 to book a pick up. BUSINESS NETWORKING International. The Wanaka chapter of BNI meets weekly at 7am Tuesday morning. Great networking opportunity to grow your business. Contact Vicki Donoghue for information 027 2089462 RAGS, RAGS, rags... little ones, big ones, cotton ones and drop cloths, available from the Wanaka Salvation Army Family Store 443 5068

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SERVICES WANAKA PHARMACY is your local pharmacy. We’re the big pharmacy at the top of Helwick Street - open until 7pm every single day. Ph 443 8000 COMMUNITY NETWORKS will have reduced hours over the winter months. We will be open 9-4pm, Mon-Fri from June to September. VOLUNTEERS WANTED for Visiting Service - Companionship for Older People project. Can you spare a bit of time to visit one our senior citizens, to have a chat or go for an outing once a - week? Both men and women welcome. For more information please call Community Networks 443 7799 or email INLAND REVENUE are at Community Networks on Wednesday 28 June. If you need help with your Tax return, Family Tax credits, IRD number or Child support give Community Networks a call on 03 443 7799 to make an appointment for this free service. JP SERVICES are available at Community Networks every Tuesday from 1pm and Friday from 10.30am. Please book your appointment by ringing Community Networks 03 443 7799. CAN YOU no longer drive? The Total Mobility Scheme provides subsidised taxi services to people who have an impairment that prevents them from being able to drive. Contact Community Networks for more information on 443 7799. FREE COMPUTER lessons for older people - Community Networks is offering oneto-one or small group lessons in your own home on your own device. If you are interested or know of friends or neighbours who are struggling please call in to Community Networks or phone 03 443 779.


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Football Correspondent

Wanaka AFC (AFC) faced Wanaka Youth (Youth) in the first round of the league cup on Saturday in what was a tasty local derby. AFC edged the opening stages of this even match-up, eventually rewarded with the opening goal. Steve Pleskun broke free down the right flank and picked out player-manager Allan Carmichael in the box who coolly finished into the bottom corner. Youth began to find its feet with both sides creating chances in an end to end match-up. It was AFC, however, who managed to score again before half time. Allan Carmichael let loose a venomous strike from distance only to be parried by Youth goalkeeper Caleb Nicol to the feet of striker Steve Pleskun who converted from close range. It was AFC who started the second


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Wanaka AFC defeat Wanaka Youth half brightest and it was soon 3-0 up. Steve Pleskun beat his man down the left and crossed to Allan Carmichael at the back post, who met the ball with a courageous diving header to claim his second of the match. Youth rallied after conceding a third and started to exert some dominance on the game. Youth finally made a breakthrough when striker Rory Hannon pounced on a sloppy pass across the face of the goal and calmly slotted home. Youth kept the pressure on until the end and created chances but AFC defence stood firm to secure a vital victory in the quest for the silverware this year. This week sees Wanaka Youth match up against QAFC followed by Wanaka AFC who host Lakes Utd at Pembroke Park. Allan Carmichael is pictured scoring the opening goal.

Snowsports success stories

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With Cardrona open, snow guns pumping and snow falling in the last couple of days, the Wanaka Ski and Snowsports Club (WSSC) is hosting a night celebrating the success of Wanaka’s snowsports athletes during the 2017 Northern Hemisphere. WSSC secretary Bonny Teat said, “Amazing results were achieved across all disciplines by New Zealand’s snowsports athletes with many striving to meet the 2018 Olympic selection criteria. The evening is an opportunity for an insight into the lives of these athletes and to view their outstanding footage.” Local free ride tour athletes Sam Lee, Craig Murray, pictured at Hockfugen, snowboarder Zoi Sadowski -Synott, free skiers Jackson and Jossi Wells and Finn Bilous, alpine racers Corey Peters, Adam Barwood, Willis Feasey, Piera Hudson, Alice Robinson and Georgia Bushell, free ride tour snowboarder Finn Duffy and snowboarder Tiarn Collins will all be featuring in the snowsports success stories. The athletes are planning to talk in a relaxed format, similar to a Ted X style. MC for the night will be Sam Smoothy with Fraser McDougall


coordinating the footage. The event is at the Lake Wanaka Centre on June 18 at 6pm. There will be a cash donation entry, drinks, soup and finger food available for purchase. A short live auction of season passes and other items will help fundraise for the athletes.




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Upper Clutha Rams fight hard L


Sticky Wanaka’s adventure playground G


Bike Wanaka was overwhelmed with entries for their Imagine Sticky Forest 2025 competition and an entry imagining dedicated walking, running, and mountain bike tracks, alongside world class obstacle courses, has won Martin McKone $1000 first place. The competition asked residents ‘if Sticky Forest becomes a community asset what would you want it to be’. Martin, a fitness instructor himself, emphasized the use of the forest’s own natural resources to create a unique recreational experience for locals and tourists alike. He saw huge potential in Sticky being the envy of New Zealand “providing immense enjoyment for various levels of skill and fitness.” The children’s category was awarded to Thomas Benson, 12, from Mount Aspiring College. Thomas’s well-thought-out visual presentation was underpinned by community engagement in the maintenance of the forest. As well as the introduction of zip lines he focused on inspiration for children, including gnome and fairy sculpture trails and bike skills parks. Thomas said it took him about a week or so to

put his entry together and included eight different concepts for Sticky Forest in the future. The Wanaka Sun asked him if he could only implement one idea, which was his favourite. “If I was being selfish I would do the big jump line and wooden features for the community walking trails and the wooden play area,” Thomas said. He was really happy to win the competition. “I’m pretty stoked. I was quite happy that other people appreciated my ideas and they want to share them with other people,” he said. Thomas said he was going to donate his prize money back to the club. “I want them to put it towards the jumps and wooden benches,” Thomas said. Bike Wanaka president, Oliver Young, was thrilled with the quality of entries. He noted that a common theme was ‘a trail for everyone’ from toddlers on balance bikes to grandparents on e-bikes and from wheelchair accessible trails to those for multisport fitness fanatics. Bike Wanaka plans to share the entries with Queenstown Lakes District Council as they continue to work together to secure Sticky Forest for future generations of Wanaka residents. Thomas Benson is pictured jumping in Sticky Forest June 2017.


Rugby Correspondent

The Neil Purvis Memorial Match once again proved to be an epic encounter as Upper Clutha took on Arrowtown in a battle to hold a spot in the top four. Both teams were neck and neck throughout the match in what was a battle of attrition on a fast, dry pitch in Tarras. Unfortunately for the Rams, Arrowtown was able to hold onto its slim lead in the dying minutes of the game, winning 32-26. The first half kept the strong crowd in attendance well entertained as tries were scored by both teams in succession. One of the early highlights was Ben Purvis running onto the ball close to 40m out, and using his notorious step and running strength, was able to beat three defenders on his way to scoring. Another of the best plays of the game was when the Upper Clutha boys were putting a number of phases together pushing into scoring

SPORTS RESULTS Please send your sports results to by 4pm Monday prior to print for inclusion in this section. Upper Clutha Netball Mac D 30 v Yr13 Social 9 Pioneer A 28 v Cromwell B 22 Nulook Hawea 13 v Yr8 reps 24 Cromwell A 38 v Pioneer B 23 Mountainside 25 v Mac Lakeland 0 Hawea H Park 18 v Crowe Horwath MacA 22 MAC Engineers 13 v Mac Infinity 10 Yr11/12 Social 26 v Mac Wellman 17 Mac B 19 v Yr10A 23 Rocky Creek 30 v Yr9/10B 12 Mac C 19 v Wanaka Selection Pioneer 39 Yr9A 12 v Lake Bar 19 Dream Doors Hawea 27 v Pioneer C 29 Cromwell C 30 v Silverthreads 12 Tarras Golf results 3 June 2017. 3rd Round Clark Trophy - Stableford G Rive 39 by lot J Trevathan 39, D Agnew 37, S Johnson 33, D Allen 31, J Dawson 31. S Johnson 1 x 2, Nett Eagles 11, 16 18 not struck, 10 JUNE 2017 1st Round Eclectic M Hyndman 9326-67, G Rive 93-21-72, J Trevathan 84-11-73,B Trevathan 108-31-77, S Johnson 88-11-77. Nett Eagles 9, 12, 15 not struck Wanaka Stadium Bowls – week ending 12:06:17 Monday Evening Edgewater Trophy 1 T Malcolm M Steel C Scurr 2 T Scurr R Hurley M McElrea 3 S Hurley H Thayer A Coupe. Tuesday Morning 2x4x2 Pairs 1 P Kiddey & B Russell 2 K Davey & G McMillan 3 A Coupe & N Dippie, Tuesday Evening Trades, 1 M Gould S Whittaker P Cooper 2 R Bruce S Nyhof V Ransom 3 J Parrant S Pinfold D Ash, Wednesday Afternoon Triples 1 B McMillan M Wilson L Leary 2 R Morrish M Campbell S Watt 3 T Malcolm M Briggs Jude Smith. Wednesday Evening Trades 1 T.C. 2 Solid Hits 3 Shot Bowls. Thursday Afternoon Triples 1 G Thomas G Beattie M Hardy 2 L Hardy M Steel F Cameron 3 I Brown K Mitchell R Chartres. Thursday Evening Trades 1 G Dowdall A Haig R Marshall 2 Rotary

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territory. Just when it looked like Arrowtown might have done enough to hold Upper Clutha out – Scotty Cunningham, in his blazer game, pulled off a miraculous pass more often seen on the basketball court than the rugby field, which allowed Fraser Dowling to tumble over. The Cunningham influence on the game didn’t end there, as Scotty’s brother Jared, who was also playing in his blazer game, had a big impact off the bench in the second spell. Taking the ball quickly off the back of the ruck close to the line, he was able to dot down to keep Upper Clutha’s nose in front. Arrowtown did not give up, and was able to score again with only a handful of minutes on the clock. The Rams did everything to get that much-needed try to win, even with Arrowtown being down to 13 men, but the final whistle blew with Upper Clutha being held up over the line. George Reed is pictured securing the lineout ball.

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3 Brill. Friday Afternoon Progressive. Skips 1 B Russell 2 S Culverwell 3 J Rich Thirds 1 B Smyth 2 I Fletcher 3 R Chartres Leads 1 S Landsborough 2 R Hannan 3 S Morris. Queens Birthday Progressive. Skips! J Barton B Russell Thirds J Hogan R Chartres Leads J Feehly. Saturday Studholme Memorial. Hawea 1 10, Hawea 2 8, Village 7, Rippon West Meadows 6, Mt Albert 4, Beacon Point 3, Pembroke Scurr Heights 2, Meadowstone 1. Lake Hawea Golf Club 11th June. Mount Maude Stableford 1st Murray Nyhon 45, 2nd Rick Johnston 42,3rd Scott Read 39 On count back, 4th Bryan Burgess 39, 5th Neil Matchett 37 on count back, Tony Arscott 37 on count back, closest To the Pin No 1 Scott Read, closest to the pin No 5 Red Stevenson. Two’s Men No 9 Tony Arscott. Birdies/Nett Eagles hole No 15 JACKPOTS. Bridge Results (Tues) 1st Elle & Des Johnston 57.58% 2nd Annabelle Elworthy, Ava Sanders 55.77%. 3rd Belinda Blaxland, Heather Wellman 55.56%, (Wed) N/S 1st Elaine Herbert, Shona Watt 58.99% 2nd Peter Hart, Kay Ross 58.47%. 3rd Julie Mulholland, Tommie Munns 54.50%. E/W 1st Suzanne Ewing, Judy Muir 56.25%. 2nd Hans Limacher, Claire Williams 55.65%. 3rd Deb Budden, Pam Miller 55.06%. (Fri) N/S 1st Liz Hawker, Martin Unwin 58.54%. 2nd Lynne Fegan, Maggie Stratford 57.71%. 3rd Jenny Turnbull, Deirdre Lynch 57.08%. E/W 1st Marion Furneaux, Ena Leckie 64.55%. 2nd Gerarda Herlihy, Jenny Turnbull 63.86%. 3rd Claire Williams, Dorothy McDonald 60.23%. (Mon) Roy Stakes N/S 1st Gerarda Herlihy, Allan Kelly 58.46%. 2nd Jenny Pryde, Ann-Louise Stokes 54.32%. 3rd Heather Wellman, Deirdre Lynch 53.44%. E/W 1st Michael Metzger, Clare Scurr 61.44%. 2nd Shona Watt, Mark Harry 57.62%. 3rd Georgie Roberts, Maggie Stratford 54.58%.

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Winning ways for UC Hockey Club S


Some flamboyant stick skills from the UC Marsupialamis (yr5/6) made for a thoroughly enjoyable game. UC dominated from the outset retaining possession and limiting Cromwell’s efforts to get over the halfway line. Thomas Mitchell, Lulu Pettit and Kate Burbery worked well up front putting the Cromwell goalie under sustained attack. Oisín Corbett scored his first two goals of the season while his nimble passes enabled Taja Rowan to score a further two. Sharp passing saw Lulu score and Thomas add two more to his goal tally. Jack Sandford’s lightning reactions kept the ball at bay keeping Cromwell scoreless. The final score was 10-0 to UC and Oisín was named player of the day. The UC Salamanders (yr5/6) played Matakanui, and with three games now under its belt the team really gelled. The final score was 6 – 3 in favour of the Salamanders with Daisy Sanders earning player of the day. The UC Kwik Sticks (yr 7/8) played two top-rated teams this week: Alexandra Storm and Matakanui. The Storm retained 70 percent possession and territory throughout. A few chances to score came UC’s way, one of the most memorable being by Thomas Benson whose shot on goal was denied solely by the goalkeeper’s helmet, which is now destined for the scrap heap. Goalie Niall Alexander


put on an unbelievable display to keep the Storm scoreless and earn the player of the day award. Final score was 0-0. The second game saw the Kwik sticks get off to a sluggish start against Matakanui with a number of shots not quite hitting the target. Matakanui led 1-0 at halftime with UC upping the tempo in the second half. Sam Porter’s early breaks up the field saw Thomas Benson and James Dougherty both score to seal a 3-1 win. Captain Bronte Crowe was named player of the day. The UC Senior A team had a close game against Dunstan High School ‘s first XI. UC performed a strong offensive penalty corner with Matt McCracken trapping the ball in time for the final strike; one of three goals of the game. Logan Barnett and Samuel Sandri also scored with the sixth goal for UC being an own goal. Despite sustaining two injuries, UC managed to pull off a satisfying win (6-4) in a challenging game. The UC Senior Women continued it’s winning streak winning 3-1 against Cromwell. The first half saw both teams attacking well into the other’s circle with Cromwell managing to score the first goal. UC's centre attacker, Carla Molyneaux, scored an equaliser before the halftime break after a lovely solo dribble. Both Carla and Melanie Telford scored in the second half. A great end to a very successful week.


Cardrona kicks off season S


Real snow being thin on the ground was no match for more than 1000 skiers, snowboarders and sightseers who made their way up the mountain for Cardrona’s opening weekend. The ski-field was one of the first to open in the country on Saturday June 10 with mostly manmade snow limiting open runs to two down the McDougall route, the learner conveyor and five terrain park features in the beginner’s area. The resort was closed yesterday (Wednesday June 14) due to high winds following a storm which brought more than 15cm of snow and one metre wind drifts, with the Captain’s run ready to open. “We’re so excited to get going for winter 2017, and especially to welcome the new McDougall’s Chondola to our mountain,” Cardrona’s general manager Bridget Legnavsky said.

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The $10 million chondola is the first cabin-style lift on a ski area in the country and Bridget said that it would provide a viewing platform for events such as the Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ and the Jossi Wells Invitational. “Seeing so many people so stoked to ride the new lift – it’s already worth its weight in gold,” Bridget said. The official chondola opening ceremony began with a karakia from Kaumatua Bubba Thompson, followed by a haka by the Mount Aspiring College kapa haka group. The first cabin ride was donated to the Tawaki Project; a scientific research project to learn more about the Tawaki (Fiordland Crested) Penguin, with scientist Thomas Mattern and his family joining Cardrona mascot Pengi, Real Journeys CEO Richard Lauder, and Jim Boult on the first ride. Pictured: Ski patrol heading out on Wednesday June 14.


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