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This week sees the snow season in full swing with all resorts now up and running. One of the major events this season is the fifth biennial Audi Quattro Winter Games which takes place in August and September. The event will see around 1000 athletes compete, with events being held at Cardrona, Treble Cone and Snow Farm as well as Queenstown. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

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connection cafe drop-in session hosted by LINK Upper Clutha was held at Cinema Paradiso last Friday June 30. LINK Upper Clutha (LINK) - formerly the Upper Clutha Community Development Scheme - is a locally-driven, central government-funded entity focused on connecting people, organisations and infrastructure to ensure a united approach to community development and social and economic enterprise. LINK facilitator Kathy Dedo Ward said around 20 people attended, representing a wide variety of groups including Hawea Neighbourhood Support,

Wanaka Community Board, Friends of Allenby Park, Penrith Park residents group, Guardians of Lake Hawea, Hawea Youth Club, the Time Bank, Don’t Chuck Your Muck, Volunteering Central, and Community Networks. The session enabled groups and individuals to meet and network in an informal setting and to access information, resources and advice. “Several individuals came along because they wanted to talk about the impact of the region’s growth and the changes they’ve seen. Wanting to protect our natural environment and connection among locals were high on

their wish list. There was talk of how to contribute to the upcoming 10year planning process, as explained by Wanaka Community Board member Quentin Smith,” Kathy said. Other people brought specific ideas for communityconnecting projects. “A couple of examples of specific projects were local woman Jeanette Forrester who would like to connect newly-arrived foreigners living or visiting here with native English-speaking locals, in order to support the newcomers’ language skills. The Hawea Youth Club shared

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A young student has been honoured by her school with this year’s Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award. Bronte Crowe, 12, was awarded the medal and a prize pack by Holy Family School at its Monday morning prayers as part of the school’s Leadership Week. The annual award, named after the world-renowned yachtsman, is given to one student in every school from Years 5-8. It recognises leadership, working well with peers and carrying out activities in their school, commu-

nity or home. Ange Scoullar, Bronte’s teacher, said, “Bronte is a student leader in our school. She has really matured over the last year and can be relied upon to lend a hand, use initiative, support others and be a role model for other students. She has a lovely rapport with younger students and is well respected by her peers.” Speaking about her award, Bronte said, “I was surprised to get it as others in my class are great leaders. I’m proud and I’ve hung the medal up in my room.” Bronte is pictured receiving the award from Barbara King of Westpac.

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This year’s student travel survey, carried out earlier this year, has shown that the number of children who want to cycle to school is far greater than the number that actually are. Figures from Wanaka Primary School (WPS), Holy Family, Hawea Flat School (HFS) and Mount Aspiring College (MAC) all show that between 30 and 50 percent of students would rather bike, with percentages of actual cyclists sitting lower. Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC)’s school travel plan coordinator Kirsty Barr said that cycling is a popular option in Wanaka and Hawea, with Holy Family’s 19 percent of cycling students the highest in the district. MAC also shows high rates of walking and cycling across the district, with the second highest walking rate overall. “It is interesting to get a sense of how things are different depending

on the environment. Wanaka has a high rate of kids wanting to bike and it has a more bike-friendly road environment than Queenstown. We haven’t got the same traffic volumes that they have got,” Kirsty said. “It is quite possible for our kids to bike. It is a realistic option unlike in Queenstown’s CBD. It’s quite neat that lots of kids want to bike at Hawea Flat which is our only rural school in the district.” Kirsty said that QLDC would continue to programme infrastructure works where possible to address road safety issues and support safe routes to school. Last month, WPS’s board of trustees chair Andrew Howard asked the council for clear, effective and safe cycle ways under the 2017/18 annual plan process to make sure that cycling is a safe and easy way for students to travel to school. “A large number of children want to be able to cycle to school and very few do, primarily due to the lack of infrastructure for them to do that safely,” Andrew said.

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Locals have complained to the Otago Regional Council (ORC) over a fire that has been burning for more than a week on a sub-division in Hawea. Residents also voiced their anger on social media, complaining of “a smell of smoke in the air” and “garden furniture covered in ash”. However, the ORC says it has investigated and will not be taking any action. The ORC received seven separate complaints to its Pollution Hotline, leading to three visits from environmental services staff, but Scott MacLean, ORC director environmental monitoring and operations, said that no breaches of the Otago Air Plan were detected. “While there were some earlier reports of an ‘ashy’ black substance settling on vehicles in the Hawea area, this was in the days leading up to the subdivision fire being lit. “Contrary to what some people have suggested, no prohibited items were being burnt at the site when we inspected it. We are only able to act where there is actual evidence of an Air Plan breach occur-

ring,” Scott said. However, ORC councillor Ella Lawton drew attention to the impact on local residents and called for more action. “The snippets of information I have received are from individuals who found the smoke and ash affecting their homes ‘offensive and objectionable’. They were also concerned about the mix of materials in the piles. “In some circumstances, fires are a reasonable way to get rid of some natural materials, such as dry wood.” “However, I think in this situation, where there were large amounts of materials burning for extended periods of time and within urban areas, there needed to have been limits, particularly if there is the compounding impact of multiple fires.” “I have asked that this particular situation in Lake Hawea be noted and used when the Air Plan comes up for review.” The ORC said it will continue to monitor the situation while the fire burns and advises residents to call the Pollution Hotline on 0800 800033 at any time, day or night, if they feel a Pollution Officer needs to attend.

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Top of Robocup Challenge D

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Mount Aspiring College (MAC) students returned from the Regional Robocup Challenge in Dunedin with several top spots on June 23. Three teams, one made up of Year seven students Ajay Quirk, Sebastian Rhind, Harry Anderson and Amelie Woonton, one comprising Year nine student Patrick Heartly and the third made up of Year ten students Leon Bowie and James Suddaby, competed in the junior, senior and premier search and rescue categories. The national robotics competition requires students to compete with robots they have designed and programmed themselves. The Year seven team placed first while Patrick, Leon and James got strong second places, with all teams invited to the national competition in September. MAC head of computing Denise Bruns said that THURSDAY 06.07.17 - WEDNESDAY 12.07.17

the results were excellent. “They reflect that the students have put a lot of time and skill into designing, creating and programming their Lego robots. These are top students and it is especially refreshing to see the older students continue to do well and also have new Year seven students competing so well,” Denise said. Leon said that the Year sevens’ robot initially encountered problems in the first round, stopping at random points in the course, but by the third round it was “perfect”. MAC Principal Wayne Bosley said that the students’ determination, collaboration and ability to use a temporary setback as a motivation for success was a joy to behold. Leon said that all in all, the competition had been a great success. “All teams enjoyed themselves, learnt lots and did really well. We are really keen and looking forward to the next competition,” he said. Pictured: The year seven team .

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Film fest mixes old and new Established film makers met with the directors of tomorrow at this year’s NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival, which wrapped up in Wanaka on Tuesday July 4. Festival director Mark Sedon said that the 15th festival, which began in Wanaka on Friday June 30, had been an overwhelming success, breaking all attendance records over a stormy few days. “Last year the weather was really nice, which we had to contend with, but this year it’s been perfect movie watching weather and it’s been really busy,” Mark said. “We have to thank all the filmmakers. Without them we don’t have a festival and we really appreciate the work that has gone into all of these movies.” New Zealand’s film makers got together at an informal event ahead of the Pure NZ show on Saturday July 1, which showcased many world premieres from the country’s directors, six of which were Wanaka-based. Wanaka’s Joe Murdie, whose movie [enviro] Mental was featured in the

Nature and Environment session, said that he wanted to do something to educate people on what they should be doing for the environment. “In the process of making the movie I realised that what I knew about the environment was actually rubbish. I went on a journey of my own about what I should be doing and what we should be doing as a country,” Joe said. Guillaume Charton, a languages and outdoor education teacher at Wakatipu High School, said that his seventh movie, Branches Camp Rafting the Shotover, tracked what local students got up to on their outdoor camps. Guillaume said it was humbling to see young Wanaka filmmakers Ollie Larkin (17) and Nat Warburton (10) at the festival. “The youth have that creativity where we as adults can be a bit more rigid. I think we should learn from them doing things that we have lost. They still have that creativity and to express that through their films is really inspiring. I hope that more kids will get to do that,” he said. Pictured: Wanaka’s Joe Murdie with Guillaume Charton and his one-yearold son, Noah.

Barbara Cruickshank celebrated her 101st birthday at Edgewater with her family yesterday (Wednesday July 5). Four generations of her family marked the occasion with afternoon

tea. Barbara is pictured with her son Gary Cruickshank, his wife Lillian, grand daughter Toni Maguire and great grandchildren Dani and Xander Maguire.

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Kids reunited with message in a bottle D

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When seven-year-old Thomas Mitchell and nineyear-old Amelia Mitchell sent a message in a bottle out to sea in 2014, they hoped that somebody would find it and send a reply. Three years later, Holy Family School student Thomas, now 10, and Mount Aspiring College student Amelia, now 13, have had their reply in the post, all the way from North Queensland, Australia. Thomas and Amelia’s mother Sarah Mitchell said the family thought it would be a “really neat” idea to put the message in the sea at their crib in Pounawea, the Catlins, in the hope that someone would find it. “We lived in Alexandra at the time and didn’t think anything of it.” “We’d all completely forgotten about it until the lady we sold our house to told us there was some

post at the house for the kids from Australia. I couldn’t think for the life of me what it could be, but it turned out to be this lovely letter from a lady in Mackay,” Sarah said. “The kids got their atlas out and started looking and saw that the bottle had travelled over 3,500km. They were so excited. The distance it has travelled over the three years has amazed me.” The family plan to write back to their new pen pal Margaret, who was born in New Zealand and has family in Queenstown. Margaret said in her letter that she thought the children were wonderful for making such a great adventure out of a message in a bottle. “It was so kind of her to write back and we want to thank her very much for her lovely letter. If she’s ever visiting her family in Queenstown, the kids would even like to meet her some day,” Sarah said. Pictured: Thomas and Amelia with dog Billy, their letters and Margaret’s reply.

LINK Upper Clutha connects with community Continued from page1 This included the Wanaka Timebank which is just relaunching its time and skill trading organisation. “The session gave people the opportunity to connect with others in a way that they hadn’t before, and to talk about their work and efforts in their communities”. Liz English from Hawea Neighbourhood Support

said, “it was great to meet other people to find out what’s going on in our communities and see what resources we can share and how we can support each other. I really enjoyed meeting Sarah Millwater from the Hawea Youth Club, putting a face to the name of someone I had been chatting to online.” The next LINK Connection Cafe will be on Friday August 25 at Cinema Paradiso from 10:30am till 12:00pm.

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Lions rugby revellers crime-free Wanaka Police reported a good weekend for offenders, despite the increase in people in town from Friday June 30 to Saturday July 1. Constable Deane Harbison said that there was a large number of people out and about frequenting bars and restaurants over Friday and Saturday night, mostly due to a number of music events, university holidays, the NZ

Mountain Film Festival and the All Blacks v Lions test match. “I am very happy to report that with this increase in social activities, there were no reports of violence or alcohol-based offences, including drink drivers. So everyone from bar managers to students, take a bow for a job well done,” Constable Harbison said.

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LGBT group meets socially D

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Wanaka’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) group is holding a social gathering tomorrow, Friday July 7. Group coordinator Charlie Meyerhoff said the group was growing and meets regularly on a social basis for members of the LGBT community to get understanding and support if they need it. “We’re very lucky that the place we

call home is very accepting of us, as this is still not the case for some places around the world,” Charlie said. “The group ranges from people in their twenties right up to their seventies.” “They all have plenty of stories to share and for me, it’s about hanging out with a great bunch of people.” The group will meet at Gin and Raspberry from 5.30pm. For more information search for The Rainbow, Pineapple Express, Wanaka, on Facebook.

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Otago’s emergency management capability, water quality and lake snow are to receive attention and investment with the adoption of the Otago Regional Council (ORC)’s annual plan last Wednesday June 28. ORC chairman Stephen Woodhead said that the plan reflected the community’s preferences expressed through the consultation process, and the “turning tide” of acceptance that the council had to be more active in water management. Rural water quality limits come into force in 2020, with deemed permits (permits to take water) expiring in 2021.

ORC also plans to accelerate its minimum flow-setting process to have all minimum flows needed for the replacement of deemed permits set by 2019. The annual plan also includes additional funding for research into lake snow, the continuation of wallaby control work and the allocation of additional resources to make Otago more resilient in case of emergency. Councillor Woodhead said, “the Alpine Fault is just one of the natural hazards that exist in our region. Our community needs to be better prepared for all kinds of disruptive events. We are building on the establishment of Emergency Management Otago last year to support this important work.”

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A Wanaka Primary School (WPS) teacher is preparing to head out into the scientific field under a national government programme to enhance science teaching in classrooms. Year 5/6 teacher Karina Sharpe was accepted onto the Science Teaching Leadership Programme, which is funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and run by The Royal Society of New Zealand. “The idea is to give development to teachers to include science in classrooms, bringing back their wealth of knowledge on what is happening, what they’re seeing, how scientists are working together in the com-

munity and how we investigate and communicate. It gives a real-life community context for the students,” Karina said. Throughout the next two terms Karina will attend leadership course lectures in Wellington and Dunedin and work with Wanaka’s Department of Conservation (DOC) carrying out her own research projects alongside DOC scientists. “After that I’ll take everything back to the classroom next year. Sharon Pendlebury (WPS pod leader) did the programme a few years ago and great things are happening from that,” Karina said. “It’s making science real for the kids and is such a wonderful opportunity to take.”

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Wanaka’s community has expressed its support for an ex-Cromwell occupational therapist who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Sam Gilmour, pictured, who lived in the area for ten years from the year 2000, worked with the Rippon Festival and met her partner Niels Ijpelaar in Wanaka, who worked in the ski industry at the time. Friend Sara Zwart, who has set up a givealittle page to raise money in support of the couple, said that when Sam was diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma (terminal brain tumours) people were

keen to help. “This page is a good place to do that, to take the pressure off them so that they don’t have to stress,” Sara said. “She’s well-known and loved in Wanaka. She used to throw a lot of parties and bring a lot of joy to people. She is an awesome woman and the support shown on the page is a reflection of that.” The page has so far raised $16,707 for Sam and Niels, who will use some of the money to cover time off work for Niels so that he can support Sam and for the couple to take a trip to Bali for his 40th birthday. To donate to the couple go to givealittle. co.nz and search for Sam Gilmour.

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4 A 2 F 2 I A Warm Family Welcome Your family will love the style and ease that the living offers and the flow to the outdoors that generates a warm family atmosphere. Perfectly modern for your family’s lifestyle. It is the ultimate entertainer, right in the hub of Riverside Park, and just a short stroll to coffee shop. An all day sun soaker, this large family home is brand new and ready to enjoy. For Sale $850,000 View Sat & Wed 3.30pm www.rwwanaka.co.nz/WNK21731 rwwanaka.co.nz/WNK21731 Jayne MacDonald 021 909 821 jayne.macdonald@raywhite.com Joss Harris 021 220 7693 joss.harris@raywhite.com

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Now the first six months of the year are done and dusted, NIWA forecasters have been analysing the country’s weather statistics to see where we stand compared to last year’s record breaker. Temperatures are notably down on average this year. The first six months of last year set up 2016 to become the hottest year on record, with an average temperature of 15.2°C. For January to June this year that figure has dropped to 13.8°C. NIWA forecaster Ben Noll said while the first six months of 2017 were 0.02 degrees above the longterm (1981-2010) average, that was nothing compared to the same period last year when they were a whopping 1.43 degrees above average. In spite of the cool-down, January-June 2017 still ranks as the 39th-warmest January-June period in the last 109 years, according to NIWA’s Seven Station Temp -erature Series. Ben said, “The direction from which the air is coming plays an important role in temperatures across New Zealand. Sub-tropical northerlies tend to draw down

warm, humid air while southerlies via the Southern Ocean can pack a chilly punch.” Unlike 2016, January-June of 2017 has not had an abundance of northerly winds. Out of the first six months of 2017, just February and April experienced predominantly northerly winds. Conversely, the first half of 2016 saw five out of the first six months (February through June) have a notable northerly wind bias. So far this year, neither El Niño nor La Niña conditions have been in play. “These weather systems play a role in the modulation of the Earth’s average surface temperature and in 2015-16 there was a strong El Niño event. Global temperature data shows that for the past few decades, the Earth has observed temperature increases during and following El Niño events,” Ben said. Strong El Niño events are associated with significantly warmer than normal conditions in the upper (shallowest) layers of the equatorial Pacific Ocean. This excess heat gets transported from the tropics toward the poles, helping to raise global temperatures. El Nino levels still remain above the 30-year (1981-2010) average.

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A boost in funding for Central Otago’s cycle trails has been announced by the government, with $135,619 going towards 12 new projects in the region. The Queenstown Trails Trust will receive $91,119 for the Queenstown trails, while the Otago Central Rail Trail Trust will receive $44,500 for the Otago Central Rail Trail. This investment comes from the sixth round of the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund, which aims to ensure New Zealand’s premier rides are maintained to their current worldclass standard. Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said it was great to see that Central Otago’s cycle trails continue to attract

government funding for maintenance and upkeep. “Since 2014 Central Otago trails have received over $430,000 in maintenance support from this fund and continue to attract funding because of their value and success. “This funding is so important to local communities because it takes some of the fundraising and volunteering pressure off the trusts that manage these trails," Mrs Dean said. “The New Zealand Cycle Trail network continues to grow in popularity among both Kiwis and international visitors, with more than a million people visiting the 22 great rides each year. We want to keep those people coming because of the economic benefits that they bring to regions like Central Otago and that’s why it’s important that these trails are kept to a standard that gives visitors a safe and enjoyable experience.”

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Water Bar Wanaka and Golden Gate Lodge, Cromwell, were among local venues that contributed towards this

month’s New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT) grants. Presbyterian Support Otago was among the organisations to benefit from June’s round of grants, receiving $5,000 towards the salary for a social worker.

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Wanaka has had three earthquakes in the last few days all centred within 30 kilometres of the town near Pisa Moorings. On Sunday, July 2 a magnitude 4.4 quake was felt by people in Wanaka, Cromwell and Hawea. GeoNet reported it was 5km deep, 25km south of Wanaka. Residents of Luggate and Pisa Moorings reported a loud bang and then shaking, but no damage has been reported.

Two further light earthquakes were reported on Monday, July 3 at 1.10pm the first a magnitude 3.4, 7km deep and the second a magnitude 3.5, 5km deep, both 30 kilometres south of Wanaka. Active geological faults run along the eastern margins of several Central Otago mountain ranges. These faults are major contributors to Central Otago landforms, river patterns and gold deposits. A topographical map of the area is available at University of Otago’s Geology Department website - www.otago.ac.nz

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People around the region will enjoy some extra cash in their back pockets with cheaper ACC levies on all motor vehicles. Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said, “From this week the average motor vehicle levy, which includes the annual licence levy and petrol levy, reduces from $130.26 to $113.94 – a saving of $16.32.” Mrs Dean said over the last five years the average motor vehicle levy,

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which includes the annual licence and petrol levies, has dropped by $220, significantly reducing the costs of owning a motor vehicle. "I’m delighted to see these reductions.” “For most families and those living in rural areas owning a car is an essential, so it’s good to see the Government working to keep costs down. The savings are also pleasing because they have been achieved through the improved financial management of ACC under this Government’s watch,” Mrs Dean said.

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DOG COLUMN Dogs with jobs

I would like to introduce you to some of the many jobs that our dogs perform to assist us and enhance our lives. Aside from the usual dog jobs often seen on television like those that work for Police, Corrections, Customs and MPI, there are many other ways in which our best friend the dog enhances our lives. There are guide dogs (please don’t call them blind dogs; they can see perfectly well), hearing dogs (not deaf dogs), and mobility dogs, all of which do an amazing job to enhance their owners lives’. Autism dogs assist primarily children who have a hard time understanding the world as the rest of us see it and these dogs help calm and lessen stressful times. Likewise Epilepsy Assist dogs have a calming effect on their owners and it is often noted that when placed with their recipient, seizures reduce. In addition these dogs can press an alert button to get help, fetch a phone or simply lay down and stay beside a person until the seizure has passed. In some cases dogs have been trained as Seizure Alert dogs which tell the owner they are about to have a seizure ahead of time. Diabetes alert dogs assist people with Type 1 diabetes to prevent them going into a coma and allergy alert dogs can warn owners if products have the ingredients they are highly allergic to, like peanuts. Cancer detection dogs is an area that I have recently been studying and studies at universities have shown in some cases the dogs can locate cancer cells earlier than some medical tests.  In the UK they are currently repeating a study completed in Italy where dogs have been found to have a 98 percent reliability rate in sniffing out prostate cancer in men. This involved two German shepherds sniffing the urine of 900 men - 360 with prostate cancer and 540 without. Scientists found that dog one got it right in 98.7 percent of cases, while for dog two this was 97.6 percent.  Other studies have shown excellent results also for ovarian, bowel and melanoma to mention a few. Medically, dogs are also being used to find superbugs in a hospital in Canada and have been known to detect other illnesses and conditions in early stages with more studies ongoing. Dogs have been used for decades

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The Chef’s Table at Rippon to find lost or buried people and are now also used to find truffles, diseases in plants, trees, beehives and to locate bedbugs. More recently dogs are being used to assist people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) especially with returned servicemen and women, as well as other emotional disorders. These are known as emotional support dogs and are becoming more widely used. Another area similar to this is outreach therapy dogs.  These dogs go into hospitals, rest homes, prisons and other facilities.  They also go into schools, and are used for training children how to approach dogs and assist those who are struggling with reading by lying quietly beside the children while they read a story to the dog.  They have not only a calming influence but also are unable to judge, so children often feel more relaxed and happy while reading and the results have often been remarkable.  Wanaka has an Outreach Therapy Pets program started by Janine Taylor who was involved with a program in Northland for many years.  This program is funded by St John and SPCA and Janine tells me she is currently looking for new dogs to assist. So if you want to use your dog to assist others this would be a great opportunity. For more information on Wanaka Outreach Therapy Dogs you can contact Janine on 021 402 469. For information or canine behaviour assistance contact leone@ dogszone.co.nz

With the Wanaka mountains wearing their seasonal white and the ski fields now getting well underway, there’s no doubt that winter is here. What more do you need to make your winter in Wanaka complete? How about a roaring fire, local beers and wine and a menu of sharing plates and locally sourced produce to round off your day on the slopes? Rippon has teamed up again with chef Sam Metcalfe for a five -week residency of the Chef’s Table, a winter pop-up restaurant at The Rippon Hall. Other than the finer points of the menu, very little has changed from last year. The roaring fire, the very local drinks list, the communal tables and the sharing plates are very much in evidence along with live music from local artists every Sunday afternoon from 4pm. Remaining too is the chef’s table itself in the Rippon Hall kitchen, seating up to ten people where you can watch Sam and his team working their magic. “One of the great things about cooking for The Chef’s Table,” says Sam, “is knowing so many of the people enjoying their evenings with us. Wanaka may be growing but The Chef’s Table reinforces what a great and closeknit community we still have here. To be cooking for so many friends and acquaintances adds a very

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informal and special element to the pop-up. The openness of the terrace for après-ski and having the chef’s table itself in the kitchen increases our enjoyment and allows far greater interaction with the guests.” Opening at 4pm from Tuesday through to Sunday, The Chef’s Table is a perfect spot to bring the family for dinner, whether you have been skiing all day or simply enjoying Wanaka in its winter finery. Alongside the ever-popular sharing platters, you will find a regularly changing blackboard of mains which boasts offerings such as Sam’s World-Famous-In-Wanaka pies, seafood chowder, pulled pork and Thai curries. With a children’s menu for younger diners and Sam’s Selections for larger parties, we have all bases covered. The Chef’s Table is open now at The Rippon Hall, with the final day Sunday July 23rd. Open six days (closed Mondays) from 4pm for après-ski drinks and dinner. Bookings are strongly recommended to avoid disappointment. Larger lunches available where possible with prior bookings. For all enquiries and reservations, please email pop-up@ rippon.co.nz or call 021 152 9707. Keep an eye on The Wanaka Sun’s Facebook page to be in with a chance to win dinner for two at The Chef’s Table.

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Otago Polytechnic’s Central Otago (OPCO) campus will offer a new trade qualification for 2018, answering the call for qualified builders in Central Otago. The New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) (Carpentry) gives students the skills to enter the construction trades as an apprentice carpenter. Students will enjoy hands-on training and a

chance to be involved in real-world, community-based projects, including the construction of a four-bedroom house. Head of OPCO Campus, Alex Huffadine, is thrilled the campus is offering the carpentry programme. “With Central Otago experiencing a building boom, this is great timing. This new qualification further cements us as a long-term education

provider in the region – with our outdoor and sports programmes, horticulture and viticulture, cookery, stone masonry, agriculture, automotive and now carpentry – we really are the place to come for trades learning,” Alex said. The polytechnic is also developing new business partnerships that will further enhance the opportunities for students.

VOTE JUDE BATTSON We are all locals and in this together In 1976 when I moved to the region, farming was the mainstay of the local economy. Tourism was just beginning, life was simple and the small population hardworking and fun. The deer recovery industry was thriving and many helicopters were flying from the West Coast to Wanaka with their cull of live or dead deer slung underneath. In 1979 I shifted to Barn Bay in South Westland. I had two small children and became a pro with a Lister generator and tailing crayfish. There were no roads, and the hike from Cascade River to Barn Bay was a 3.5-hour bush walk. Fixed-wing pilot Larry Larrivee and Harvey Hutton with his helicopter were our lifelines. Wanaka airport was where the new road to Three Parks is currently being constructed, opposite Mt Iron. Landing fees were $2. I shifted to Lake Hawea in 1981. By then more people were arriving in the region to live, work and play in the outdoors. At the time very few roads were sealed. Most vehicles were two-wheel drive. In the 1980s Wanaka’s first walk-through mall was constructed. The Business Centre was created above what is now Outdoor Sports, and Wanaka’s first two law firms commenced a Monday to Friday service. The police force doubled from one to two officers, and Wanaka medical centre went from one to two doctors. Alan Dippie created his first Wanaka development, Meadowstone, complete with paths, roadside trees, curb and channeling. Whoever would have thought, we said. Mitre 10 and Placemakers came to town. Cardrona Ski Field and Snow Farm were created, TC was upgraded and new foreshore activities added to the growing number of outdoor pursuits available. Parry’s Four Square was just not big enough anymore, and New World purchased the large council-owned carpark in Dunmore Street. We marvelled at our new supermarket. Base was a green space with a picnic table. Local newspapers were established, and Aspiring Medical Centre opened, the second one in town. Real estate businesses popped up – and developers began to appear. Nationwide amalgamation in 1989 saw Albert Town, Hawea, Luggate and Makarora move from the Vincent County Council (now Central Otago District Council) to join with Wanaka and Queenstown. The Queenstown Borough Council became the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC). Deals were done in council with minimal consultation, if any. With the sealing of many roads, particularly Hawea to Haast in 1995 and the Crown Range in 2001, tourists became steadily more mobile and numerous. QLDC sold the old town hall on the corner of Lakeside/Ardmore and it was subsequently demolished. The council also owned the hotel over the road where Bullock Bar is and the land to Bullock Creek, and sold the

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building to use the money to build the Lake Wanaka Community Centre. The library followed soon after. Neither had sufficient space for parking or future proofing, and both resulted in precious areas of green belt being absorbed. In 1998 I was elected to the Wanaka Community Board. In 1999, after the new QLDC landfill was constructed and the hole-in-the-ground dumps were forced to close, a small team of us had a vision for a recycling centre. In one year we obtained the land, raised $67,000, built the shed and opened for business as Wanaka Wastebusters. We had no idea that linking waste and people would create the fantastic social hub it became, let alone the job opportunities and proactive environmental outcomes that ensued. In the new millenium, development was ramping up. In 2000 John and Jill Blennerhassett ensured 2.4 hectares of their land on the western foreshore was protected from development by placing a QEII covenant on it. In 2002 the community got together with QLDC and Wanaka Community Board to discuss the future. Enough is enough, the community said, let’s create boundary lines and stop the urban creep. So Wanaka 2020 was created. This was followed with Hawea, Luggate, Makarora and Cardrona also working together to create their 2020 plans in 2003 (all available on QLDC website). Council now has a long-term plan reviewed three-yearly, as well as the annual plan, a 30-year infrastructure plan and an asset management plan. It is time for community workshops for a 2050 plan. In 2006 a sports centre was suggested. As with the Lake Wanaka Centre, the Community House and the watersports building, the community had different views on location that resulted in heated public meetings, but now the Wanaka Recreation Centre is built. Farming still is the predominant use for the land. Foreign ownership of our high country stations continues to expand, as do conversions from crop and sheep farming to dairy farming, subdivisions, track development and more. Mountain and rock climbers, trampers, mountain-bike riders, water and flying enthusiasts are active daily. There are events to cover many interests, including sports endurance, aviation, film, art, agriculture, house and garden. Ultra-fast fibre and other technology continues to revolutionise the way we live allowing business and innovative opportunities. Many people can work from their homes. The building industry is booming and tradies are run off their feet. The new retirement village has grown significantly. Vehicle use on our roads increases daily, tourism is ever-increasing and more people want to live here. Along with development and rapid growth, and with businesses to

match, we are a diverse community. My take is that we all want to be here for similar reasons: it is safe, beautiful and good for our souls. In seconds we can be on a track or road with instant gratification thanks to the clean air and the views. We are privileged. Our neighbour is a national park. However, as we know, our waterways are suffering. Groups are working and networking with QLDC, ORC to understand problems, including the destructive lake snow. Council’s core function is to provide and maintain essential services and keep up with the growth. More strategic planning is required now to cope with rapid development. My job as your councillor is to help manage the impact growth has, make sensible decisions, keep costs under control, be decisive, and know what decisions require community consultation. I understand governance, leadership, management and the fiscal responsibility of managing QLDC’s $117 million annual operating budget. Children, youth and adults all matter to me. Water quality, parking, transport, safe cycleways and walkways, infrastructure, sportsfields, affordable housing, libraries and public toilets are under pressure. Freedom camping is a dilemma, and we need to find ways for tourism to assist in funding essential infrastructure and services. I believe if we look after people and our environment, business, community and economy will thrive. We are all locals and in this together.

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I am a registered marriage and funeral celebrant and have worked in horticulture, office administration and the social service sector. I have been involved in significant projects in our area, including road maintenance, the development of new tracks and playgrounds, reserve upgrades, the Wanaka Springs Project, the establishment of Kahu Youth and Wanaka Wastebusters, and was the chair of the community pool next to MAC and saw it through the handover from a community-owned pool to council ownership. I am the volunteer coordinator of the Ruby Island planting and maintenance programme, a Board of Trustee member for Wanaka Primary School and the chairperson of Guardians of Lake Hawea. I have a Peter Burling approach of focusing on what I am good at, show leadership, be a team player and back myself. I am unafraid to speak out for what matters to you, and will work in a proactive and accountable way. I am informed, motivated, committed, have the time for the job and will be a decisive force for you on council. I enjoy outdoor exercise, sunshine, lake fun, gardening, kiteboarding and riding my 650cc motorbike. I have four children, six grandchildren, and live with my partner, Mal. I am passionate about the vitality of our community and its thriving future. Thanks for your vote. Authorised by Jude Battson, 20A Sam John Place.

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The future of Wanaka’s Spark phone boxes is uncertain as retailers’ concerns over the usage of the free wi-fi spots are addressed. Retailer Chris Walsh approached the Wanaka Community Board in May to voice concerns about the amount of wi-fi users outside of two phone boxes located outside of his shop Base Streetwear on Helwick Street. Chris said at times there could be as many as ten to 20 people in front of the shop which had a number of negative impacts, principally obstructing the shop’s doorway and windows, intimidating customers and being a trip hazard. Wanaka Community Board member Ed Taylor said that he had met with a Spark representative, who had agreed that it was “overboard” to have six phone boxes in the town centre within walking distance of each other. “Spark is very keen to solve this is-

sue. We don’t need six (phone boxes). They tend to be used by a certain sector of travellers and cause problems outside 4Square, with vans all parked outside in the ten minute parks to use the wi-fi,” Ed said. He added that Queenstown Lakes District Council would be permitted to move phone boxes with negotiation and at the council’s cost. Ed said that Spark had changed its free trial period, cutting back to 15 minutes a month for non-Spark users, who used to be allowed access to the free wi-fi for several hours a week. He added that another option would be to turn the wi-fi at the phone boxes off and reinvest in the lakefront system. “There’s an old wi-fi system which the Chamber of Commerce and Spark installed down on the lakefront which I think is a much more appropriate place for it. We could work with Lake Wanaka Tourism to provide free wi-fi on the lakefront like Queenstown, and turn off these phone boxes,” Ed said.

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Community group Friends of Allenby Park has been granted $60,000 to help enhance the reserve. Queenstown Lakes District Council confirmed that it had accepted the group’s submission to the council’s annual plan for funding when it officially adopted the annual plan on Friday June 23. Wanaka Community Board member and chair of the group Quentin Smith said that he was very pleased the money had been granted to boost the community park project. “I’m very, very pleased. This is an exciting community-driven project that I am proud to be part of,” Quentin said. He added that construction on the project, which includes a new playscape, could start by the end of the year. The group was set up last year to care for and enhance the Allenby Park Reserve for the Mount Iron and wider Wanaka community. Pictured: Residents plant fruit trees at the park earlier this year.

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Mount Aspiring College (MAC)’s musicians performed their way to three awards at the Smokefree Rockquest Central Otago regional finals in Queenstown on Saturday July 1. MAC’s head of music Mathew Doyle said that although the college’s bands missed out on the overall top three, Just an Octave Higher was awarded best song, Ceiling’s Ella Maluschnig won best vocalist and Stratosfear won the people’s

choice award. Mathew said that Stratosfear will now get the chance to record a 15 minute music video in the hopes of getting through to the national finals in September, while Ceiling is recording an EP and making a video for selection under the second chance category. Dylan Rimmer, who placed second in the solo-duo category at the regional heats last month, will also record 15 minutes of material to be considered as a national finalist. Pictured: Luka Harrington of Stratosfear.

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Seven events in and around Wanaka will receive grants from the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) after the latest round of funding was approved last week. Of the $583,500 that was allocated, over a quarter ($173,500) will be heading to Wanaka to support a range of different activities. The Audi Quattro Winter Games is the biggest recipient, adding a further $59,000 to the $41,000 it received previously, while Warbirds Over Wanaka ($50,000) and Challenge Wanaka ($18,000) will also benefit. Aspiring Conversations ($15,000), the NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival ($11,500), Tuki Festival ($10,000) and Macpac Motatapu ($10,000) will also receive fivefigure sums. QLDC Mayor Jim Boult said, “We need to continue to host a wide

range of community and commercial events. It’s an investment in the community through arts, community and sports events. It’s an investment in direct economic benefit to our district. “And in the case of some major events it’s an investment in the New Zealand economy and more specifically international tourism promotion.” Arthur Klap, Chief Executive of the Audi Quattro Winter Games, Wanaka’s largest beneficiary, said, “We are hugely appreciative as this money is incredibly helpful and it really helps get the event across the line. There’s a lot of money to raise, but the games put $7.2 million of foreign money into the local community last year. There is also the domestic income and the fact we employ 40 people, so all of our purposes are for the benefit of the community.”

N O T I C E B O A R D Amended Meeting Schedule The QLDC July Meeting Schedule has been amended as follows: Amended Meeting Date: Hearing of submissions on Environmental Health Fees and Charges – Council Chambers, 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown. Monday 17 July 2017 at 2.00pm. Amended Meeting Time: Resource Consent Hearing (Universal Developments Ltd) – Edgewater Resort (Pavilion), Sargood Drive, Wanaka. Wednesday 19 July 2017 at 11.00am.

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: www.qldc.govt.nz Slab Limited (RM170388) What is proposed: Resource consent is sought to subdivide Lot 4 Deposited Plan 24216 into 3 allotments and to identify residential building platforms on each lot. The location in respect of which this application relates is situated at: 1153 Wanaka – Luggate Highway, Luggate - Lot 4 DP 24216 Deposited Plan 24216, held in Computer Freehold Register OT16B/226. ADDRESS FOR SERVICE FOR APPLICANT: C/- Scott Freeman Southern Planning PO Box 1081 Queenstown 9348 scott@southernplanning.co.nz The Council planner processing this application on behalf of the Council is Tim Anderson, who may be contacted by phone at 03 443 0122 or email tim.anderson@qldc.govt.nz Submissions will be received until 3 August 2017, and must be served on the Consent Authority, Queenstown Lakes District Council, Private Bag 50072, Queenstown 9348, or email rcsubmission@ qldc.govt.nz. These must be dated, signed by you, and include the following information: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Your name, postal address, telephone number, and fax number if applicable. Details of the application in respect of which you are making the submission including location and the Resource Consent number. Whether you support or oppose the application. Your submission, with reasons. The decision you wish the consent authority to make. Whether you wish to be heard in support of your submission.

Any person may make a submission on the application, but a person who is a trade competitor of the applicant may do so only if that person is directly affected by an effect of the activity to which the application relates that: a. b.

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You may make a submission in writing or electronically to Queenstown Lakes District Council (details below). The submission should be in the format of Form 13. Copies of this form are available on the website: www.qldc.govt.nz/planning/resource-consents/ Address for Service for Consent Authority: Queenstown Lakes District Council Private Bag 50072 Queenstown 9348 Phone: 03 441 0499 Email: rcsubmission@qldc.govt.nz Dated: 6 July 2017

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Wanaka disc golfer Hayley Flintoft, one of only a few professionally ranked women in New Zealand, is climbing the global rankings following her appearance at the Disc Golf World Championships last month. Hayley, pictured, competed in the Open Women category in Augusta, Georgia, United States against some of the best female disc golfers in the world from June 21 to 25. “I’m just stoked that almost five years into starting playing this awesome sport I can compete against the top women in the world,” Hayley said. “The support from everyone at home and from my sponsor, Vortica Sport, has been huge and I’m pumped to be representing and so grateful to see the top in the world do what they do best.” Hayley and Wanaka’s disc golf team are now on the look-out for sponsors to help them get to the Team World Championships in August. “I need to thank Kai Whaka Pai for the fundraiser I had there before leaving. They are amazing and I’ve received so much love and help from everyone,” Hayley said. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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Every location, whether town or city, has its fair share of interesting architecture. Buildings can make great subjects to photograph, whether from outside or inside, so when we look around our location we should always be looking for new photographic ideas. If we start to really look at things, we learn to see potential pictures where before we just saw an old house or an office block. Factors like light, weather and time of day can make a dramatic difference to the look of a building and taking pictures of the same building at different times of the year, or from different viewpoints can produce substantially different results. One major problem with photographing buildings is that of perspective. Depending on the angle we take our picture from we may find the sides of the building that looked perfectly straight to the naked eye now appear to be converging inward in the final image. There are special lenses that can fix this problem but this generally is beyond the realms of the average photographer. Luckily, in post-production editing there are now a number of different ways to fix this problem. Often a building can gain interest if someone is walking past or if there is an object such as an attractive lamp-post in the foreground to grab the eye.  However if we are to use something in the foreground of our photo we should make sure that our aperture is small enough to ensure depth of field is sufficient to keep in focus. Avoid including any distracting element that takes the viewers eye away from the main subject.   Buildings generally look better on slightly cloudy days as bright light can produce harsh shadows that may detract from our image. A wide angle lens enables more of the scene to be included in the picture but runs the risk of distortion, whereas a telephoto lens allows pictures to be taken from a distance, helps to pull in the perspective, and helps to minimize distortion and bending of straight lines. Use of a tripod and a long shutter speed both ensure a rock steady picture and will also give pleasing movement to the sky. With practice and a little more perception we can see a whole new way of looking at architecture. Don’t be afraid to experiment. This is just what John Grey did with his picture ‘Classic or Modern?’ John took the photo when in New York City and was intrigued by the idea of

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taking an image of an old and modern building and the juxta-position of the large and small structures. The title cleverly included a question-mark leaving the viewers to make their own choice. As the adjudicator of the clubs monthly competition says, ‘It is interesting how dominant the classically architecturally detailed building is despite being loomed over by the modern building behind it which sets up a contrast. Modern being smooth, faceless, tall and strong but lacking the personality of the more classic building.’ The judge gave the image a well-deserved ‘Honours’ award. Wanaka Camera Club is dedicated to help improve the skills of anyone interested in photography. We welcome anyone to join us, irrespective of photographic ability. If you know nothing about photography we will teach you. Come along and see what we can do for you. Our next meeting is Monday July 10, 7.30pm at St Johns Rooms, Links Way.

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Mount Aspiring Colts (pictured) have made the final of the Dunedin Schools Colts Division for the first time in its history. After finishing second in its regular season, the Colts beat third-placed Otago Boys 43-5 on Saturday in a strong semi-final display, with Callum Smith scoring a hat-trick of tries. A dominant performance from the team’s forwards saw them start strongly with two early

tries and the Colts never looked back, despite the rainy conditions. The Colts’ defence also subdued their opponents’ kicking to the corners and helped the team to victory with strong running from the back. Coach Craig Read said, “There were some great team tries and well-worked moves. While the whole team was outstanding, a special mention goes to Callum Smith. The boys now have the confidence to go all the way.” The Colts will now play Kings College in the final on Saturday, July 8 in Dunedin.

SPORTS RESULTS UPPER CLUTHA Netball - Yr11/12 Social 10 v Yr8 Reps 20 MacB 32 v MacC 13 Yr9/10B 39 v Silverthreads 17 Wanaka Selections Pioneer 31 v Dream Doors Hawea 20 Cromwell C 31 v Yr9A 23 Yr10A 33 v Pioneer C 26 Rocky Creek 23 v Lake Bar 19 Mac Engineers 29 v Mac Lakeland 7 Cromwell B v Pioneer B 13 Nulook Hawea 21 v Mac Infinity 13 Cromwell A 27 v Crowe Horwath MacA 29 MacD 11 v Mountainside 17 Mac Wellman 14 v Yr13 Social 25 WANAKA STADIUM Bowls Week ending 2 July 2017. Monday Evening Edgewater Trophy. 1: M. Young H Thayer R Marshall, 2: K Allison E Herbert M Steel, 3: P Herbert K Sutherland G Westwood. Tuesday Morning 2x4x2. 1: Ken Mitchell & B Russell, 2: A Coupe & G Russell, 3: N Hewett & T Hewitt. Tuesday Afternoon 2x4x2 1: F McRae & Y Gale, 2: I Brown & I Fletcher, 3: D McLeay & R Chartres. Tuesday Evening Trades1: B Mowat B Lloyd N Guise, 2: M Prince M Gould P Cooper, 3rd equal: S Pinfold J Limmer R McNeilly, J Leith R Marshall I Hedges. Wednesday Afternoon Triples 1: D Studholme B Holmes R Woolley, 2: D Cameron N Dippie M Hardy, 3: M Baxter M Wilson I Urquhart. Wednesday Evening Trades 1: Have A Shot, 2: TC, 3: Solid Hits. Thursday Afternoon Triples 1: D Urquhart M Baxter P Shore, 2: I Brown M Hardy R Woolley, 3: P Wilson D Brown F Duncan. Thursday Evening Trades1: Graham Dowdall 2: Lakers 3: Rowdy Rollers. Friday Afternoon Progressive - Skips: 1 J Lischner, 2 M Smyth, 3 G Cross; Thirds: 1 B Steel, 2 C Landsborough, 3 B

Smyth; Leads: 1 S Landsborough, 2 B McCormack, 3 E Lischner. Saturday Afternoon Studholme Trophy Hawea Town 32, Meadowstone 24, Hawea Country 22, Beacon Point 22, Rippon West Meadows 18, Pembroke Heights 17, The Village 16, Mt Albert 13. BRIDGE RESULTS - (Tues) N/S 1st Denise Bunn, Mary Gibson-Collings 60.76%. 2nd Sally Goodall, Deirdre Lynch 50.63%. 3rd Lynne Fegan, Dennis Pezaro 50%. E/W 1st Dean & Leigh Snelling 59.87%. 2nd Belinda Blaxland, Shirley Coppage 58.23%. 3rd Janet Anderson, Peter Hart 52.53%. (Wed) N/S 1st Marg Grieve, Helen Henshall 61.31%. 2nd Hans Limacher, Claire Williams 56.55%. 3rd Alan Bunn, Sally Goodall 55.06%. E/W 1st John Hogg, Dennis Pezaro 57.44%. 2nd Sue & Ian Halsted 52.98%. 3rd equal Shirley Coppage, Peter Hart/Alwyne Haworth, Betty Swift 52.38%. (Fri) N/S 1st Liz Hawker, Martin Unwin 68.08%. 2nd Deirdre Lynch, Heather Wellman 55.38%. 3rd Carolyn Field, Jen Milburn 55.19%. E/W 1st Maggie Stratford, Lynne Fegan 59.04%. 2nd Josey McKenzie, Laraine Shepherd 57.69% 3rd Madeleine Reveley, Jan Cunningham 57.12%. (Mon) N/S 1st Jan Baird, Dorothy McDonald 62.86% 2nd Joy Baxter, Marion Furneaux 52.86%. 3rd David Brewer, Lynne Fegan 50%. E/W 1st Ken Saxby, Maggie Stratford 63.33%. 2nd Ena Leckie, Laraine Shepherd 55%. 3rd equal Liz Hawker, Martin Unwin/ Bob Menlove, Hugh Fraser 48.89%

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Muddy battle for Upper Clutha L

LUKE ROBSON

editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Upper Clutha was defending its home turf on Saturday July 1, as it took on the glamour boys of the competition, Wakatipu. This was a game for the purists, and even they would have been tested watching the absolute mud-fight that resembled a game of rugby. The rain refused to relent throughout the day, which meant that the field was a bog before the teams even set foot on the pitch. As such, one would have thought that nothing beyond penalty kicks would have made it on the scoreboard, but it was the Wakatipu players' insistence on throwing the ball around and backing their skillset that saw them 18-5 victors. Wakatipu grabbed the first points with a long-range penalty kick, but the home side held its composure with a run of phases as the team pushed towards the try line. The forwards took charge, and Maxwell Collett spotted a chance by picking up the ball from the back and drove through

the ruck to score the Rams’ only try of the day. Other scoring opportunities followed, but small mistakes at crucial moments undid any momentum that not even a dominant scrum could counteract. Wakatipu reminded the rugged-up crowd in attendance why it is the top team in the competition when it turned down the chance to take a penalty kick from a handy position. In defiance of the appalling conditions, the team instead kicked for touch which resulted in a lineout. Wakatipu then formed a driving maul and pushed over the line to score. This was a key moment in the match that Upper Clutha could not come back from. The one ray of sunshine on an otherwise bleak day was that Upper Clutha now has a White Horse Cup Challenge next week against Cromwell. It will be the Rams' biggest game of the season, as the boys' playoff fate will be in their own hands with the need to win the two remaining games to secure fourth position. Pictured: Maxwell Collett running with the ball in hand.

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All ski resorts now open R

ROB WHITE

journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

Wanaka’s 2017 ski season is now underway with both Treble Cone and Snow Farm opening this week after Cardrona opened on June 10. Treble Cone welcomed snow sports enthusiasts up the mountain yesterday July 5, while Snow Farm launched its 2017 cross country skiing and a range of other activities on Saturday July 2. Snow Farm also received great snowfall over the

weekend, allowing them to open last Saturday. Snow Farm spokesperson and ski instructor Hannah Dressigacker said: “We got great snowfall over the weekend so it’s in great condition. The Snow Fun Zone is also open and we had lots of families coming up and having a blast tubing and tobogganing. It’s looking like we will get more snow and we’re looking forward to the best winter yet.” Snow Farm do not currently run a shuttle, but there is a range of private charters available in Wanaka.

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