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uggate residents are celebrating a ‘small victory’ in the temporary halting of a 1080 operation, which nearly saw the controversial pesticide dropped into the water supply of two homes. Village residents received letters on Thursday August 3 and Friday August 4 informing them that the Alice Burn aerial possum control operation, carried out by contractor EcoFX on behalf of Operational Solutions for Primary Industries (OSPRI)’s TBFree programme, was due to begin. The letter, dated July 2017, stated that the operation began with a non-toxic pre-feed towards the end of July, with toxic application following approximately seven days later. When Luggate resident Tracey Morrow asked questions, she was informed that the toxic application was planned and booked in for Monday August 7. “I still don’t really have any clear answers. We were given no notice at all and there have been failings here. We have a right to information, I’ve seen what the correct processes are and they have not been followed. I don’t think they had a great understanding of where we were here in Luggate,” Tracey said. OSPRI’s programme manager for the southern South Island, Brent Rohloff, told the Wanaka Sun that the Alice Burn project had been put on hold following community consultation. “This has revealed that a water reservoir within the operational area, that was previously believed to be solely used for irrigation, is also used to supply a small number of households,” Brent said.


“This requires safety procedures and consents for the operation to be fully reviewed, which in turn has caused a flow-on effect on timing.” Luggate Creek, pictured, Alice Burn Creek and Dead Horse Creek, where two Luggate properties are permitted to take their drinking water from, were all included in the boundaries for the aerial drop over Alice Burn and Lake McKay Station. “The permits for these properties have been in place for many years and it should have been considered that a community that has been ru-

rally based for many years would most likely have different water supplies other than the town supply,” Tracey said. “It is really disturbing that it was going to be dropped almost onto people’s back boundaries; the water locations that run through the town and into the Clutha River. Luggate Creek is a trout spawning waterway to my knowledge and is used by many locals

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Wholesale Bakery’s mince and cheese pie has picked up a silver award at this year’s NZ Bakels Supreme Pie Awards. The Wanaka-based business was awarded in the commercial wholesale category, open to wholesalers who manufacture 60,000 pies a week for commercial distribution. The Bakery NZ co-owner Ian Warner said it was great to be recognised for the significant growth that the business had experienced. Co-owner Jason Danielson, who worked closely

with baker Malcolm Thompson to come up with the winning recipe, said he was delighted the pie impressed the awards judging panel of independent industry experts. “Mince and cheese is a Kiwi classic and we’ve refined our recipe to create something that has the perfect combination of pastry and top-quality mince and cheese. To receive this nationwide endorsement is brilliant,” Jason said. The bakery also picked up four Top Ten awards for its steak and gravy, steak and cheese and chicken and vegetable pies. Pictured: Ian Warner and Jason Danielson with their award-winning pies.

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Families in the region who face difficult issues at home are set to benefit from more social support. Anglican Family Care (AFC) has been asked by the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, to expand its services for vulnerable children and families into rural areas of Otago. As a result, AFC will increase the reach of its Home-Based Family Support and Family Start programmes. AFC director Nicola Taylor said, “It is great that Oranga Tamariki has recognised the increased need for support for families throughout our region, and we are pleased that the high quality of our services and staff has been acknowledged.” “We know our early interventions to support parents who are living in difficult circumstances work and help ensure that Otago babies and children have the best start in life.” The expansion of Home-Based Family Support into Wanaka began on July 1. The service provides


home-visits for families with children aged up to 17 and includes support and information for parents on a range of topics, including parenting skills, child behaviour management and linking parents into community and support networks. Family Start, a service for pregnant mums or parents living in difficult circumstances such as isolation, housing issues, poverty, addiction or family violence, will be rolled out into South Otago, Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes from October 1. AFC’s services aim to build on the strengths of parents and the goals they want to achieve for their children. It accepts referrals from midwives, nurses, GPs and other healthcare professionals, schools, pre-schools, other community organisations, grandparents, caregivers and parents themselves. More information about AFC services is available at, by email on or by calling 0800 326 2273.


More than 600 people flocked to Cromwell Mall to enjoy the first Light Up Winter party on Friday, August 4. Attendees enjoyed fairy lights, entertainers, crafts and stalls, topped off by mulled wine and live music. Cromwell and Districts Promotion Group community relationships manager Briggite Tait said, “It was a really good response from Cromwell locals and we’re really impressed with the turnout.” The event’s Light Up Your Hat competition captured the imagination, with adults and children alike making a big effort. Cromwell resident Clair Dwyer took home the $300 top prize with her jellyfish hat, with Skye Hadley in second and Tabi Kime in third. Toni Davies’ flower hat won over the

judges in the children’s competition, with sisters Tabitha and Hannah Cameron coming second and Ruby Stevenson in third. Mall shops decorated their windows with fairy lights and lanterns in the weeks leading up to the event, with the award for best display going to Red, a hairdressing salon. The grand finale of the evening saw over 300 paper lanterns released into the night from the Big Fruit Reserve, which Brigitte said made for an impressive sight. “It was really magical. There was about 20 to 30 minutes of lanterns in the sky. A lot of people haven’t seen a lantern release before, so it went really well,” Brigitte said. After the success of the event, the Cromwell and Districts Promotion Group said it is looking to planning it again next year.

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Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean wants Central and Queenstown Lakes District Councils (QLDC) to apply for funding from the Government’s new Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF). The fund, which was announced as part of the Budget 2017, supports local communities that are under pressure from the growth of tourism, particularly those with a small amount of ratepayers. Up to $25 million is available each year for four years and Jacqui wants to see councils from the region putting their applications forward. “I encourage local councils, responsible for some of our busiest tourist hotspots, to get their proposals finalised so that they can apply for a share of the new $100 million that’s on offer,” Jacqui said. “We know how valuable tourism is to our economy, but also recognise the pressure that tourism growth has

placed on infrastructure. We live in a beautiful part of the country and communities tell me that they want to keep it that way, that’s why this funding support is so important and why I have lobbied my colleagues to ensure the needs of communities around this region are met.” QLDC spokesperson Jimmy Sygrove said the QLDC was currently assessing the criteria for the TIF and would make a decision on whether to apply. Both the Central Otago District Council (CODC) and QLDC benefitted from government funding via the Regional Mid-Sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund in June this year. CODC received $294,000 for a toilet upgrade at Lake Dunstan and new rubbish bins around the region, while QLDC was given $150,000 for new toilets at Makarora. Applications for the TIF will be accepted from local councils and community groups, with council support, until September 4. More information is available at

Town gets ready for Daffodil Day R


Volunteers will once again line the streets of Wanaka to collect money for Daffodil Day. The 2017 event, which raises money for the Cancer Society of New Zealand, is on August 25. Volunteer co-ordinator Sue Saunders said that with one in three people affected by cancer, it’s a vital fundraiser. “The town gets together and it’s so important. The daffodil is a symbol of hope. Everyone we speak to knows someone affected by cancer and we need as many people as possible to support us to fund research and care.” This is the event’s 27th year and Sue’s team will again collect money

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on the day at six points across town. The Wanaka Lions Ladies will also be at the ANZ branch on Ardmore Street making pikelets to sell to the public. ANZ is the principal sponsor of Daffodil Day and it is also running a movie night on August 23, screening The Big Sick at Cinema Paradiso, with all proceeds going to the Cancer Society. ANZ’s Bronnie Stevenson said, “All the staff get involved. It’s so important to raise money for the Cancer Society as we never know who cancer might strike.” Donations can be made online at or into the collection buckets around town on the day. Pikelets on pre-order and tickets for the cinema screening are both available at ANZ. Anyone who is interested can call into the branch.



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Plastic Bag Free Wanaka (PBFW) is closing in on its goal to make Wanaka Otago’s first plastic bag-free town. The plastic reduction group has recently become a business, meaning that it can apply for funding under a charitable status. PBFW committee member Gina Dempster said the group would now operate as a social enterprise under a business structure. “As a social enterprise we can make profit which has the sole purpose of going towards social good. We work towards good for the community and everything we do is for that purpose,” Gina said. The news comes as the group reflects on the end of Plastic Free July, a global annual effort to refuse single-use plastic in the month of July. Committee member Sarah Allen said the tricky thing for a lot of people to give up had been cheese

and meat packaging. “It was good to realise where your plastic comes from and seeing what you can do to avoid it. It’s great to get people talking and sharing ideas,” Sarah said. Local couple Nela Pucelikova and Alex Sharples, who were active Plastic Free July participants, joined committee members at a pot-luck dinner on Sunday August 6 to discuss how it had gone. “Plastic and rice packaging were the difficult ones for us,” Nela said. “We’ve been trying to find alternatives and Plastic Free July for us was more about learning lessons on how to avoid plastic and what we could do better.” PBFW’s reusable bags and bottles are available at a number of stores across town. Pictured: PBFW committee members Sarah Allen, Sophie Ward, Gina Dempster and Anna van Riel with local couple Nela Pucelikova and Alex Sharples.


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A “Totally A Capella” event will be held at Rippon Hall on Sunday August 20 for the first time in Wanaka. The event was brought about by Wanaka’s all women’s choir, Treble Tones, wanting to hold a mid-winter performance for friends and family. As fans of the ambience and “outstanding acoustics” of the Rippon Hall, the choir approached the hall’s events manager who welcomed the idea, and it soon grew to include other singing groups. Joining Treble Tones are Mount Aspiring College’s 40-strong choir Macapella, Central Otago’s Mulled Wine Quartet and Wanaka’s own Wanakapella. The soiree-style evening, which will start at 4pm

and end at around 5.30pm, will be opened and closed with Treble Tones’ 2017 repertoire, and the audience can expect a range of genres and styles of mainly contemporary pieces. Conductor and singer in Treble Tones, Frances Cowie, said, “we are so grateful to sing at such a fabulous venue.” “Not only is the sound in this room incredible, the atmosphere gives a perfect setting for A Capella music and it’s fantastic to have this support for the choirs of Wanaka and Central Otago.” While the event is free, koha is encouraged to help cover costs. There is no need to book but registering your interest is recommended to guarantee a seat. Text or email Treble Tones’ Kirsty Barr at or on 027 2005 111.

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“It’s literally going to be dropped from a helicopter and we have at least one pregnant mother here, babies, elderly people, people who are very ill and people with respiratory issues,” Tracey said. Resident Cec Anderson said she also found the situation hugely concerning. “I am very disappointed that we didn’t get our letters before they started. We didn’t get any opportunity to have our input and they didn’t even realise about the water, which is quite possibly a health issue even though they say it is not,” Cec said. “I can see the other side of it. I know that the farmers have a possum problem that they have to

deal with, but one of the biggest disappointments was the lack of consultation. We need reliable information.” Brent said that consultation with the Luggate community would be conducted “well before” the operation was due to be completed. Tracey said, “The least they can do is come and front the community and have a face to face community meeting. Speaking on behalf of the people most affected at this point in time, we’re coming at this from a health and safety issue. I am extremely concerned about the health and safety of my community, which I love dearly.” “Don’t come and drop it literally on our back doorsteps and expect us to be ok about that.”

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Local strongmen and women will have a chance to prove their skills in Wanaka’s first Strongest Man competition next year. The event will take place at the 2018 Wanaka A&P Show and will see local residents pitting their strength against all-comers, including champions from previous competitions on the North Island. Organiser Chris Latham said that entrants will need a range of skills to succeed in the two day event. “The athletes perform strength feats that include lifting cars, carrying steel anvils, flipping giant tyres and loading river stones onto barrels. They’ll need strong backs, legs, shoulders and grip. Having plenty of muscle on your frame will also go a long way in laying the foundations to train for the event,” Chris said. Despite the event’s title, women will be able to

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A Massey University PhD candidate is coming to Wanaka later this month to speak to Airbnb hosts in the town. Whitianga local Stella Pennell is focusing on the sociology of tourist regions in New Zealand and has turned her energy to researching her PhD thesis, which investigates the large growth and social impact of Airbnb on the country’s tourist towns. Stella, pictured, particularly wants to understand the experiences of resident hosts, who are opening their homes and properties to visitors, and how that is impacting their lives. “Most of the academic work seems to come out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, but I want to look at regional tourist towns, where Airbnb has been massive,” Stella said. “I am really interested in looking at it from people’s lived experiences. I want a feel for what it is like for somebody who hosts tourists - the changes they deal with and the positives and negatives that come from it.”


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We’ve been lucky enough to have the assistance of our awesome intern Sarah, who has come all the way from Berlin, for the past five months. She’s heading home soon, and we thought she’d like to write our article about the time she’s shared with us: I’ve been living in Wanaka for almost six months now and the first time I arrived it completely blew my mind. I started working at Kahu Youth, straight away. It is still the most amazing job I’ve ever had. The passion and power of the local people who get involved in supporting the youngsters and making the youth club even more beautiful still impresses me. Besides from being full of lovely, friendly, altruistic people, Wanaka is also known as a wealthy and expensive town. Taking a look at the rental prices, house prices, the prices in the supermarket and the fuel and comparing these to other towns in New Zealand I can quite confidently say that having an ordinary life in Wanaka isn’t the cheapest. As soon as the sun goes down it is freezing outside and some people are still struggling to find a roof over their heads. But it’s more than that. Being financially rich doesn’t protect you from psychological problems or

personal disasters. Besides, even living somewhere that is considered a rich town doesn’t protect the individuals within the community from having mental health issues and financial worries as well. Nevertheless, from my time spent working with Kahu Youth, it has become quite apparent to me that there is a shortage of social support in general in the Upper Clutha area. That is not a criticism of those that are already here; this region already has some amazing supportive people, services and counsellors, but unfortunately they all have massive workloads. To make things worse for those who are struggling, essential support agencies for things like family violence, drug and alcohol support and others are generally not based here, roughly visiting once a month. To compound the issue, funding for some of these services for those who are financially struggling is hard to find for many. Taking a look at Wanaka’s growing population, we know that this cannot be enough. Speaking from a youth worker’s perspective, it’s definitely not enough! We are already living in such a lovely, special and great community, wouldn’t it be amazing if we could make it even better? Sarah Blechert

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A fundraiser for two Wanaka care homes has raised over $12,000 for new equipment. The event was held at Wanaka Bowling Club on Friday, August 4 to raise funds to buy a portable oxygen concentrator to share between Elmslie House (EH) and the Aspiring Enliven Care Centre (AECC). However, the homes will each receive their own after the Upper Clutha Hospice Trust offered to buy a second machine, meaning the majority of the money raised can be used for even more equipment. Jacqui Boylen, manager of the AECC, said the event was a big success and that the new machines would greatly improve the lives of residents. “It was a fantastic night. We were overwhelmed by the response. The machines will make a significant difference. We already have oxygen concentrators in both homes, but they’re not portable. It is the icing on the cake with the machines being portable. Residents can now go out with their families, go shopping or go on longer journeys,” Jacqui said. Around 120 people attended the event, which included a quiz, a raffle and an auction, with prizes donated by the community. Ed Taylor, who was the night’s auctioneer, said “There is something special about Wanaka when it comes to raising money for good causes.


Lake lovers are invited to a happy hour tomorrow (Friday August 11) to chat about Lake Wanaka and discuss a grassroots community approach that organisers are hailing as a potential solution for problems facing the lake today.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their ideas with them of how they would like to see Wanaka in ten or 20 years time. The happy hour will take place between 5.30 and 6.30pm in the Lake Wanaka Centre’s auditorium and will include one complimentary glass of bubbles, beer or non-alcoholic drink from 4.30pm.


We are very fortunate to have facilities such as Elmslie House and Aspiring Enliven and also to have a community which will get involved when extra funds are needed.” The final total raised was $12,002.62. There is still time to donate and anyone who wishes to contribute should visit the reception at either EH or AECC. Ed Taylor is pictured conducting the auction.


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Wanaka and Cromwell’s St John youth cadets were awarded for their efforts at this year’s Central Otago Youth Competition, competing against others from Ranfurly, Roxburgh, Alexandra and Queenstown. Intermediate team Maddi Frazer, Patrick Hartley, Helene Price and Nikita Sinclair from Mount Aspiring College (MAC) placed first overall and will go on to represent Central Otago at the South Island competitions next month. Senior team Eva Wilson, Kenzie Muir, Kate Goodsell and Tess Martin bagged third place and a trophy for best drill, while Carter Hewson also

placed third as an individual. MAC principal Wayne Bosley said the students had performed very successfully as both individuals and team members. “College students have had a long and very successful relationship with St John and I am very grateful to the organisation for the opportunities it provides the young people within our community. The skills and values learnt are outstanding and I would recommend it to all students,” Wayne said. “I am very proud of the students who choose to support their community and indeed give so much back to all of us. Many thanks to St John for its ongoing support for the youth and everyone in our community.”

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NASA’s super-pressure balloon will not be launched in Wanaka next year, but plans for a 2019 launch are in the pipeline. The 532,000 cubic-metre balloon, which has been launched from Wanaka Airport for the past three years, will be taking a year out from Wanaka to launch from Europe instead in 2018. NASA communications chief Jeremy Eggers said the team had up to three science missions with requirements to fly in constant daylight in the northern hemisphere for 2018. For this reason the team planned to fly from the European Space Range in Kiruna, Sweden. “The needs of the science community play a key part in driving our launch schedule and launch site requirements,” Jeremy said. Jeremy said that in addition to the team’s Antarctica campaign, in any given year it was able to support one additional overseas campaign launching from either Sweden, Wanaka or Australia.


“We’re planning a 2019 mission from Wanaka and we continue to move forward on plans to build a new Wanaka Balloon staging building on the airport grounds.” Earlier this year, NASA committed to having Wanaka Airport as one of its launch sites for the next ten years, as well as building a 600 metre in diametre gravel launch pad at the site.

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Stonewood Homes Wanaka has walked away with three awards at this year’s Registered Master Builder House of the Year awards, designed to find the cream of the construction crop. The Wanaka branch of the nationwide group home builders picked up two silvers and one bronze award for its work. Mark Harry, director of the Wanaka franchise of Stonewood Homes, said, “it is a great sense of achievement to be recognised for our building excellence and quality. We believe in putting customers first and their needs.” Judges said that the company’s Peninsula Bay property, pictured, which won silver in the Nulook New Home category, had a thoughtful design and attention-to-detail that extended to every corner.


Quality materials which lent an appealing texture to the building’s exterior and an extensive deck providing natural flow to outdoor living were also praised by judges. More than 370 homes were judged around New Zealand by a team of industry experts, with regional award-winners being announced during ten events throughout July and August.


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In December 1857 John Turnbull Thomson, Chief Surveyor of Otago (1856-1873) and later Surveyor-General of New Zealand (1876-1879), set out with his staff on a reconnaissance survey starting from the lower Waitaki Valley and following descriptions of the great southern lakes and rivers given to him by the Maori Chief Reko. Arriving at the Ahuriri branch of the river, he followed this until he came to a low valley with a pass to the west. He named the pass Lindis, after the Lindisfarne Priory of his home land in Northumberland. From there he travelled on up the valley and scrambled to the top of a nearby peak to stumble upon the panorama of the Upper Clutha basin. He sketched the vista in his field book and named the mountain on which he stood Grandview, situated at the end of the Hawea Range. He then looked in a north-westerly direction to a glorious pinnacle of ice and snow which he named Aspiring. The Maoris called this peak “Tititea” (the upright, glistening mountain.) To the left, flanking the western side of the Upper Clutha Valley, was the rounded bulk of the Pisa Range, so-described because the rock on the ridge reminded him of the leaning tower. It seems that he also named Black Peak and the McKerrow Range, named after his chief field worker James McKerrow. More detailed surveys were carried out in 185859 by Edward Jollie and William Young, who surveyed the boundary between Canterbury and Otago to the west of Wanaka. They explored a portion of the west side of Lake Wanaka following the Matukituki River, hoping to find a pass to the West Coast. They climbed a mountain supposed


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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!

Possum Control - Poison Warning LUGGATE Excell Biosecurity wishes to advise that a ground-based possum control operation will be taking place to prevent the spread of Tb. This operation is being conducted as part of the TBfree New Zealand programme. Areas covered: Control work covers 11,325 hectares. From Luggate, the boundary runs along the Wanaka-Cromwell Road to Carbridge Downs, turns west across pastoral land to the Cardrona River, upstream to the Larches, then south-east through the Criffel Diggings to the top of the Criffel Range, heads east towards Queensbury, then north to Luggate and back along the LuggateCromwell Road to the start.

Traps will be used throughout the area in conjunction with poisoning methods. The public is warned to take care in these areas and not to remove carcasses or baits. Baits are dangerous to people and dogs. General warning: • Do not touch poison baits/traps • Do not touch poisoned possum carcasses • Keep pets under supervision • Do not leave children unattended • Follow the advice on the poison warning signs If you suspect poisoning: • Contact your local hospital, or dial 111 • Call National Poisons Centre 0800 POISON – 0800 764766 • In the case of a domestic animal being poisoned, contact a local veterinarian For further information (including maps of the operational area), contact the operator Excell Biosecurity (Supervisor) – Bill Knox, 021 229 8060.


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

THE SALVATION Army Family store would like used glass spice jars with lids, to donate these please just pop them into the store in Brownston Street.

RAGS, RAGS, rags ... little ones, big ones, cotton ones and drop cloths, available from the Wanaka Salvation Army Family Store 443 5068


COMPANIONSHIP FOR OLDER PEOPLE– would you like a visitor once a week to share your stories or go for an outing? Community Networks has a group of Volunteers who would like to spend some time with an older person. For more information call 443 7799 or email FREE COMPUTER/SMARTPHONE ASSISTANCE for over 60s – offered by MAC students at Community Networks, Thursday 3.30pm. Booking essential, ph. 443 7799. WHEELS TO DUNSTAN –free shuttle service to Dunstan Hospital or Alexandra specialist appointments, also linking with the St Johns Health Shuttle to Dunedin Hospital. For bookings please call Community Networks on 03 443 7799 before 3pm the day before. “Thank you to our major sponsor Upper Clutha Transport” 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.

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HEALTHY DEALS THIS WEEK Phone: 03 443 8000 Top of Helwick Street, Wanaka Pharmacy Retail Manager Wanaka Pharmacy requires a Retail Manager to lead our small friendly team. We are a busy pharmacy, open seven days a week from 8am until late. You will need to be able to fit into this environment and be an effective manager by:

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VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED at The Salvation Army Family store if you have some free time and would like to be part of a team which makes a difference, come and see us.

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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.

DONATIONS KINDLY received. Please drop them into the Salvation Army Family store or ph 443 5068 to book a pick up.

Operation date: 7 August 2017 - 31 December 2017. Poisoning methods: Possum habitats will be targeted using Feratox cyanide capsules placed in a non-toxic peanut paste inside biodegradable blue bait bags. Bags will be attached to trees and suitable habitat.

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SUN SPORT The Upper Clutha U8s won the Millers Flat 7s rugby tournament last weekend. Winning all three pool games, they played Maniototo in the final and won in extra time (5-4) The boys had a great season only losing one Saturday game. The team is pictured after its win: Luca Perkins, Jack Scurr, Ben Soper, Zac Croft, Monty Field, Ross Gilson, Henry Mackay. Absent Jayden Robertson.


Hugh and Sofia’s first snow




Two young stroke survivors have rounded off four successful days of skiing on real snow for the first time in their lives. Seven-year-old Hugh Adair, from Whangarei, and 11-year-old Sofia Kovacs, from Auckland, were brought to Wanaka with the help of Foundation North and the Young Stroke Thrivers Foundation, who provided them with adaptive skiing lessons at Cardrona Alpine Resort. Executive and founder of the Young Stroke Thrivers Foundation, Maria Fredatovich, was with the pair for three of their four days and said their confidence and courage had grown immensely. “I saw the progress from day one to day four and it was fantastic. I’m so proud of them,” Maria said. “Their confidence and ability had greatly improved and they

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were loving every minute with such encouraging instructors as well as the volunteers. We couldn’t have asked for better weather either, and it gave them the experience of snow which neither of them had before.” Maria added that Zoe Wheeler, the young stroke survivor who the foundation supported in her first ski lesson last year, was also at the lessons having been bitten by the skiing bug. “Zoe loves it now and it looks as though Sofia and Hugh are heading in the same direction. They had a great time,” Maria said. Adaptive coordinator Sam Colby said that it was fantastic to see Sofia and Hugh’s progression over the four days. Pictured: Back row (l-r) Holly Wheeler, Carel Wheeler, Tony Kovacs, Sam Colby, Brendan Adair, Maria Fredatovich, Sofia Kovacs and Sam Lee. Front row: Corey Peters, Zoe Wheeler, Hugh Adair and Sally Hawes.

N O T I C E B O A R D Creative Communities Scheme Funding Round Funding is now available for community–based arts groups for performances, events and workshops that will provide a variety of opportunities to participate in those activities.


This funding round is now open and applications close 5pm, Friday 25 August 2017. Applications are available from the Council website Forms/Funding/CCS-Application-Form.pdf and hard copies from the QLDC offices in both Queenstown and Wanaka. For enquiries please contact Jan Maxwell - Arts and Events Facilitator 03 441 0469 or 027 233 7934 or email

Closure of Streets to Ordinary Vehicular Traffic PURSUANT TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1974, notice is hereby given that consideration will be given by the Queenstown Lakes District Council under delegated authority, to the closure of the following roads to ordinary vehicular traffic for the purpose of holding the annual New Year’s Eve Celebrations - Wanaka:

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

Road to be Closed: Period of Closure:

Ardmore Street Layby (excluding buses) 1430 Saturday 31 December 2017 to 0300 Sunday 1 January 2018

Road to be Closed:

Ardmore Street from Dungarvon Street to Lakeside Road, Helwick Street from Ardmore Street to Dunmore Street 1600 Saturday 31 December 2017 to 0300 Sunday 1 January 2018

Period of Closure: Firework Display Road to be Closed: Period of Closure:

Ardmore Street from 200 metres south west of Dungarvon Street intersection parallel to Pembroke Park for the duration of the fireworks display Midnight Saturday 31 December 2017 to 0015 Sunday 1 January 2018

It will be an offence under the above regulations for any person otherwise than under authority of an authorised permit to use the roads for ordinary vehicular traffic during the period of closure. Those who have any concerns regarding the above closures, please contact Sarah Mitchell at APL Property Limited on 021 244 9988 or by email before 5.00 pm on Monday 14 August 2017.

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World sailing star returns

SPORTS RESULTS Lake Hawea Golf Club Competition – Medal/LGU/Putting, 1st Chris Morrow 79-16-63, 2nd Scott Read 83-19-64, 3rd Tony Arscott 74-7-67 (on countback), 4th Steve Smith 82-15-67, 5th Keith Lawry 90-20-70 (on countback), 6th Rick Johnston 82-1270. Ladies - 1st Linda Wallace 94-18-76, Closest to Pin No.1 & 10 Scott Read, Closest to Pin No. 5 & 14, Rick Johnston, Two’s Steve Smith (No.14), Scott Read (No.10), Birdies/Nett Eagles – Hole No.5 Jackpots. Wanaka Stadium Bowls – week ending 6:08:17 Monday Evening Edgewater Trophy 1 T Scurr R Hurley A Turnbull 2 D Urquhart H Thayer C Kiewiet 3 A Coupe M Young P Hope. Tuesday Morning2x4x2 Pairs 1 N Hewett M Hay 2 K Davey J Allen 3 B Russell K Mitchell. Tuesday Afternoon 2x4x2 Pairs 1 T Tovey Gilda Cameron 2 D Cameron K Urquhart 3 L Hardy M Hardy. Tuesday Evening Trades 1 T McKay J Mayen E Steven 2 M Prince M Hyndman S Whittaker 3 R Bruce S Nyhof C Carr. Wednesday Afternoon Triples 1 P Hope E Baldwin B McCormack 2 G Cross A Brown L Leary 3 M McElrae C Kiewiet I Urquhart. Wednesday Evening Trades 1 Have a Shot 2 Clubbers 3 T.C. Thursday Afternoon Triples 1 I Brown M Wilson M Campbell 2 G Cameron H Thayer P Gray (M Young) 3 N Hewett M Steel R Robertson. Thursday evening Trades 1 Stonewood 2 A Haig M Wight M Pryde 3 Rotary Friday Progressive Skips 1 B Russell 2 G Cross

3 T Tovey Thirds 1 J Hogan 2 I Fletcher 3 J Bryant Leads 1 B Smyth 2 N Matheson 3 B Thorburn. Saturday Studholme Memorial Hawea1 61 Beacon Point 57 Meadowstone 53 Rippon W Meadows 52 Hawea2 49 Mt Albert 44 Pembroke Heights 35 Village 34. Tarras Golf Results from a Stableford round for the Stewart Jenkins Memorial, Marie Wilson 44, Margaret Sell 42, H Reinecke by lot 38, G Rive 38, Chris Illingworth 38, W Bosley 38, D Wilson 36, D Agnew 35, D Trevathan 35, C Still 35, D Allen 35, S Johnston 34, Jan Allen 34. Wanaka Bridge results - (Tues) 1st Blair & Ruth Coghill 58.75%. 2nd Jill Bagley, Robyn Gilchrist 57.50%. 3rd Sue Blake, Annie Hudson 52.50%. (Wed) N/S 1st Robin Bruce-Smith, Betty Swift 69.68%. 2nd Ruth Coghill, Peter Hart 59.95%. 3rd Denise Bunn, John Hogg 53.47%. E/W 1st Julie Mulholland, Neil Robinson 61.11%. 2nd Deb Budden, Jen Milburn 56.02%. 3rd Alwyne Haworth, Charles Kiewiet 52.78%. (Fri) N/S 1st Vivienne Christie, Marion Furneaux 60.71%. 2nd Sherril Harries, Maggie Stratford 58.33%. 3rd Josey McKenzie, Shona Watt 55.95%. E/W 1st Pat & Selwyn Green 60.71%. 2nd Lynne Fegan, Dorothy McDonald 60.42%. 3rd Joy Baxter, Jenny Pryde 53.27%. (Mon) N/S 1st John Lyness, Maggie Stratford 60.21%. 2nd Marion Furneaux, Martin Unwin 58.90%. 3rd Gerarda Herlihy, Terry Wilson 57.07%. E/W 1st Madeleine Reveley, Jenny Turnbull 59.14%. 2nd Liz Hawker, Ken Saxby 55.11%. 3rd Jane Hamilton, Sue Orbell 54.40%.




Sixteen-year-old sailing student Laura Erichsen has returned home after her stint at the Open BIC World Championships in Italy from July 31 to August 5. Wanaka Yacht Club junior sailor and Year 12 Mount Aspiring College student, Laura, was selected to compete by Sir Russell Coutts after training on his programme since last year. Laura, pictured, ranked 45th out of 136 competitors overall and 13th out of the 40 female competitors. “I’m happy with my placings. They weren’t quite my goals, but that definitely didn’t stop me from learning, getting good results and, most importantly, having fun,” Laura said.

“My biggest highlight was definitely being part of the New Zealand team and having the support and coaching from Sir Russell Coutts.” Laura said seeing her two teammates, Mattias Coutts and Sean Herbert, winning the under 13 and under 17 age groups was also a highlight. “It was awesome to see them up on the podium making New Zealand proud and it inspires me even further. From the Worlds, I took away how much I love sailing and how I can extend my skills by sailing in big fleet competitions and with a high level of sailors,” Laura said. The up-and-coming sailor added that she was now waiting for summer so that she could get back out onto the water to work on her skills and techniques, ready for the summer season of regattas and training camps, starting in October.




















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Hockey finals loom S


Upper Clutha (UC) Senior Reserve A came away with a convincing win against Dunstan’s 2nd XI last week. UC dominated the match from the outset and led 2-0 at halftime. While Dunstan picked up its game in the second half, it was no match for UC which scored another three goals, the final being a nice drag flick by Logan Barnett from a penalty corner to win the match 5-1. Player of the day was awarded to Matt McCracken. Next week, the team will be playing in the semi-finals

against Dunstan’s 1st XI for a place in the finals. The UC Senior Women won its semi-final match against Queenstown 2-0 last week after finishing the round robin unbeaten and as top qualifier. The finals will be played this Saturday at 3pm in Cromwell where UC will meet the winner of last year’s competition, Alexandra. After beating Alexandra twice throughout the season, UC has high hopes of beating Alexandra one more time in the finals to secure the cup again after many years of trying. We wish both teams all the best.


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luke robson

Rugby correspondent

The final game of the rugby season for the Mount Aspiring College (MAC) under-14 team had the perfect finish on Saturday, August 5, as they ran out 75-14 victors over Dunstan High School. Everything the boys had learnt over the season was put into practice as they executed their game plan for the entire match, and earned themselves a well-deserved break over the off-season. From the very first kickoff, the MAC team held possession for a handful of phases before Anthony Oostenhuis barged over to score one of his two tries of the day. Harry Gillespie, Chicaine Cooper and Ryan Young were tireless in their efforts, doing the hard work that created a number of tries. Captain Marcus Hetherington (pictured running strongly with the ball), led the way on attack as he dotted down four times, including a near length-of-field effort when he pinned his ears back. Jack O’Brien

was also a handful at the back of the scrum, as he made a number of bustling runs that will still be giving the defence nightmares. Dunstan never gave up, especially in the second half when the team could have been forgiven for dropping their heads, but to its credit, fought right through to the final whistle. The result was cemented by a number of the boys playing their best rugby of the season, which in turn, forced the players around them to match their efforts. Charlie Chisholm, Jono Watson, Thomas Evans and Phoenix Cooper to name just a few, were such impressive players. The biggest hardship of the day was endured by club stalwart, Mike O’Connor, who volunteered to run the flag on the touchline – not realising that he’d be having to run behind the posts 13 times, and subsequently looked just as exhausted as the players by the end of the match. The future is bright for MAC rugby as this talented group move through the ranks to higher honours.


The Year six Wanaka Primary School Netball representative team won its grade at the Millers Flat Tournament on Saturday August 5. The team won all six of its matches, with the final finishing in a nail-biting five minutes extra time. The team are pictured Top Row: Sue Richard & Barbi Sarginson (Coaches), 3rd Row: Taylah Jones & Sophie Walsh, 2nd Row: Ruby Cochrane, Daisy Sanders, Millie East, Eva Gilbertson, 1st Row: Livvy Arnold & Bonnie McGregor. Absent Abi Croft.






Wanaka Sun | 10 - 16 Aug 2017 | Edition 830  

The home of Wanaka news, sports, events and opinions

Wanaka Sun | 10 - 16 Aug 2017 | Edition 830  

The home of Wanaka news, sports, events and opinions