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oys Peak has been added to the list of New Zealand’s Great Walks, due to become official next month. The popular Wanaka walk is one of five day walks (four to six hours) from across the country to be added to a new network of the Great Walks brand, which will be launched officially by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Tourism New Zealand in October. Conservation Minister Maggie Barry said the new walks had been chosen from DOC’s best and most spectacular tracks, some of which were already world famous, while others were relatively unknown gems. DOC’s director of tourism, recreation and

historic, Gavin Walker said the decision was good for users of Roys Peak and that DOC was ensuring the right infrastructure was in place to ensure people had a great experience. New infrastructure included new parking and toilet facilities planned for the coming summer to support increased numbers of people accessing the track. “It’s good for the Wanaka community as its place has been recognised as one of the best in New Zealand and this will have flowon benefits to businesses in and around Wanaka,” Gavin said. “We are supporting New Zealanders and our international visitors to explore some different parts of the country. Getting people to explore different places is one of the ways that we are able to support growing tourism into the future.”

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett said that a higher profile, along with new facilities, was being brought to some of the best walking experiences New Zealand had to offer as part of Budget 2017’s $76 million investment in DOC’s infrastructure. Lake Wanaka Tourism’s (LWT) general manager James Helmore said the infrastructure announcement would benefit Roys Peak and Makarora’s Blue Pools, which has been recognised as a Great Short Walk (30 minutes to three hours). “Both Roys Peak and the Blue Pools would benefit from increased car parking and better toilet facilities to ensure the quality of the visitor experience remains at a high level. This is something I know our local DOC office has been working on, which is fantastic

to see,” James said. Extra parking and a toilet block planned for the Blue Pools track are also expected to be open in time for summer. “This acknowledgement will certainly bring increased attention and promotion to attract keen walkers to the Wanaka region. The views from the top of Roys Peak are iconic to our region and the Blue Pools are equally well known for the intensity of the water colour and the beauty of the surrounding native forest,” James said. “Recent Tourism NZ research shows that walkers spend more and stay longer in regions they visit, which both deliver to key strategic priorities for Lake Wanaka Tourism.” Pictured: Lake Wanaka from the Roys Peak track.

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Lakeside Road has been closed for almost a week after a landslide at the Marina Terrace construction site last Thursday (September 7). The landslide saw the road covered in soil and prevented traffic passing in either direction. Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) said on Tuesday (September 12) that the road remains closed until further notice and that vehicles should use Lismore Street instead. QLDC communications and engagement manager Naell Crosby-Roe said, “The Council is working with the developer to establish a safe means of opening the road and is emphasising the need to get it open as quickly as possible. QLDC would like to acknowledge the patience and measured response from the community and local residents

during this event.” Marina Terrace developer Multiplied Investment Partners (MIP), which is based in Wanaka, has confirmed that the landslide was a result of the site becoming destabilised after the mandatory removal of vegetation and waterlogged soil. However, despite repeated requests, Matt Tuck, managing partner at MIP, has so far been unavailable for comment. At the scene on the morning following the landslide, one worker told The Wanaka Sun the slip had been caused by a minor earthquake at 8pm on Wednesday and that the clean-up was expected to take a day and a half, but had not started because they were uncertain the bank was secure. QLDC have confirmed to the Wanaka Sun that they will oversee the clean-up and ensure that all of the necessary procedures are followed. It has also confirmed that the pedestrian lakeside walkway beneath the landslide is now open again.

Community debates ‘water tax’ WHITE R ROB journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz Labour’s proposed royalty on commercial water use sparked more debate in Wanaka on Wednesday night (September 12) as politicians took questions from members of the community. Around 60 people attended the Lake Wanaka Centre to hear from Labour’s water spokesman David Parker and Waitaki candidate Zelie Allan, with worried farmers taking the chance to raise issues and offer estimates on what the new tax will cost them. Mr Parker and Ms Allan also took questions from the room, but Phil Hunt, Otago provincial president of Federated Farmers, said that the problems with the policy remain unsolved. “They gave us answers, but I’m not sure we agreed with it. There was a lot of concern out there for irrigators who feel it’s unfair. It’s pretty much picking on one part of the community to solve the

problem. If you grow sugar and sell it to kids, that’s fine, but if you bottle pure water it isn’t. The Central Otago economy will suffer from the amount of money being taken out of it,” Phil said. Zelie Allan admitted that opinions were still divided, but defended the policy and said that many people were in favour of it. “Many locals supported the water royalty, but three vocal farmers did not. Labour believes the rivers need urgent clean-up. Money is needed to do this work and that is why we propose a royalty on those who use the water to make money,” Zelie said. Labour announced in July that it would introduce a “fair and reasonable” royalty on the commercial consumption of water if it wins the General Election. However, the move has been widely criticised, with some estimating it could cost farmers $100 million a year and Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan calling it a “reverse rainfall tax” in an open letter to politicians last month. Labour says there will be flexibility in the rates and that the royalty will help with the cost of keeping the water clean.

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After a story featuring Sam Lee (pictured) the Freeskier was published on Stuff last week with a photo of Sam Lee from Cardrona Valley, people took to Facebook commenting on both Sam’s pages. Sam from Cardrona Valley, who is 38, said the post gained over 300 reactions and over 50 comments, the most he has ever received. People commented he didn’t look 26, were surprised he was a ski racer and one person commented, “A kiwi sat next to me on the chair on blackcomb (Canadian skifield) and asked me if I knew who Sam Lee was. I was like “of course” then he said how well he’s doing in ski racing then I was like “wait what?” We were having a parallel conversation about two snow associated Wanaka Sam Lees.” Cardrona Valley Sam has lived in Wanaka all his life and attended Mount Aspiring College, graduating in 1997. He represented New Zealand at the World Junior Cross Country Skiing Championships. His parents John and Mary Lee owned Cardrona and set up Snow Farm. Sam works at the Snow Farm in the winter and has his own property maintenance company, Mow and Moore, in the summer. “Just recently I have had two conversations with people who have got us mixed up and only when I’ve commented saying they have the wrong Sam Lee have they realised their mistake,” Cardrona Valley Sam said. Freeskier Sam moved to Wanaka when he was 13 with his parents Rob and Rose Lee and also attended Mount Aspiring College. His love for the snow led him into freeskiing and

last year he was named Snow Sports NZ Freeride Athlete of the Year. Sam will compete on the Freeride World Tour in 2018 and finished second in the 4 Star FWT qualifier event held at the Winter Games last week, an event he won in 2016. Freeskier Sam said he often received mail for the other Sam when he arrived in Wanaka. “From the get-go I would get random letters and bills that weren’t mine. I was the intruder. I moved to Wanaka and I was the second Sam Lee. It was funny when Sam started Snow Park and his other business, people thought I’d turned into some child business prodigy, but they were mistaking me for Sam from Cardrona Valley.” Both Sams see the funny side of having a namesake that lives in the same town and works in the snow industry. “It’s funny and it is hard for people. What are the odds that there are two people in Wanaka in a town of 8000 people and they have the same name and work in the same industry?” Cardrona Valley Sam said. Freeskier Sam has changed his Facebook page name to Sam Ibex in an effort to clarify which Sam Lee he is. “When I had been freeskiing for a while my friends and I were watching the BBC Planet Earth and there was a segment about the Nubian Ibex (mountain goat). My friends said ‘you are always billy goating and ledge hopping on steep slopes. So I got the “Ibex” nickname and it has stuck,” Freeskier Sam said. “It is kind of an unusual thing. We both live in the same town, work in the same industry, but we’re not related,” freeskier Sam said.

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Local artist paints global adventures BUTLER D DANIELLE newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz A Lake Hawea artist who travels the world chasing the sun has been sending pieces of her adventures from her sketchbook across the globe. For the past few years, Renee Walden, or Scatterlings, and her husband have lived in New Zealand for six months during summer and autumn, leaving to travel between May and October. Before this, the couple owned and ran their own website development business from their Lake Hawea home, selling it in 2012. Speaking to the Wanaka Sun from the Spanish Pyrenees, Renee said the pair had travelled quite extensively since then, which had given her time to really concentrate on her art. Although the couple travel to climb and adventure,

Renee always carries her sketchbook, watercolours and pens and will sit down at least once every two days to capture what is in front of her. “Painting at home is different. I have a lot more space, I paint on canvas and the nature of what I paint in Central Otago is quite different. It feels far more real sketching what is right in front of me and I’ll sit and sketch whatever catches my eye. I often meet some great people who stop and look at what I’m sketching,” Renee said. “Often I’m sketching something that they see everyday, and they suddenly see it in a whole different light, which is something I really like.” Renee posts her work to her Scatterlings social media accounts and is happy to tear pages from her sketchbook and send them anywhere in the world if someone wants a slice of her adventures.

German student Keno Schnibben returned to Treble Cone Ski Resort on Tuesday September 12, three years after falling from the summit. On that day, Keno had climbed to the summit of Treble Cone (TC) to take some photos with friends and fell 150 metres from the summit rocks suffering a serious head injury. He was airlifted to Dunedin Hospital where he spent nearly four weeks in a coma before recovering full consciousness. His parents Uwe and Marion Schnibben were by his bedside, as were his Wanaka host family and members of the school community. He returned to Germany by air ambulance, and underwent six months intensive rehabilitation before returning to school. He has now made a full recovery. This week he arrived in New Zealand to visit his host parents and thank those who had helped him in

his rescue and recovery. On Tuesday he met up with TC first responder Simon Howells who waited at Keno’s side until he was winched into the helicopter. “It was a special day for the patrol team when Keno arrived on the mountain to visit us. His rescue three years ago was one of the most technically challenging we have undertaken. To see him once again able to live life to the full is the best reward we could receive.” Treble Cone CEO, Jackie van der Voort said, “It’s a pleasure to welcome back Keno to Treble Cone and see him able to enjoy the mountain after an inspiring recovery.” Keno said it was a pleasure to meet Simon and Brendan. “I am glad they reacted so quickly to get to me and I just wanted to thank them for everything they did for me. The snow was amazing today and it was just great to be back.” Keno is pictured with TC snow patrollers Simon Howells and Brendan Kearns.

Drumming student shoots for the stars BUTLER D DANIELLE newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz Student Tyler Bailey is looking forward to pursuing his dream career on the drums after consistently achieving some of the highest drumming exam marks in the country. The 17-year-old, who is in his final year at Mount Aspiring College (MAC), took up the drums in 2008 and has progressed over the years from total beginner status to consistently achieving between 97 and 98 out of 100 in his Grade One to Six exams. “After a year of learning something sort of just clicked and I started to really quite enjoy it, but I thought of it as just a hobby really until I was about 12,” Tyler said. “That is when I started to really be able to learn many, many songs at a time and I started realising how good I was getting.” MAC’s head of music Mathew Doyle said Tyler was one of the most dedicated musicians he had met. “The time and focus he puts into mastering his instrument is inspiring. In his time at Mount Aspiring College I have watched him grow from a shy, young man full of passion to a confident musician capable of performing pieces many percussionists would never dream of attempting,” Mathew said. “Tyler has shown us all he is ready for any challenge and I am excited to see where his wellhoned skill set takes him.” Tyler has perfected his skills under tutor Dean Ashby in Gore since 2013, undertaking the International Rockschool Programme. On top of this, he has been in the school jazz band for four years, was drummer for college band and Rockquest regional final winners Near Armageddon and has played for both Dave

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Dobbyn and John Toogood at the YAMI Sounz Summit. He attends the Dunedin Musicians Club, jamming with city musicians, and is currently the drummer for MAC band TeHight. Tutor Dean Ashby said that plans were in place to complete Tyler’s Grade Seven exam in December, followed by his Grade Eight in August next year and a Level Four performance diploma in December 2018. “His results are a testament to his self discipline and work ethic regarding practice and natural technical ability. His passion for drumming is undeniable and it has been a privilege to see him aspire to the challenges of each new grade, consistently achieving high distinctions through his practical skills and theoretical understanding,” Dean said. Pictured: Tyler performs at MACSTOCK earlier this year.

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Local apprentice third in region BUTLER D DANIELLE newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz A Wanaka apprentice has taken third place at an awards ceremony held last week in Gore. Twenty-year-old Brock Vuleta, who is employed by Breen Construction, was named as the third place apprentice at the Southern Registered Master Builders CARTERS 2017 Apprentice of the Year awards on Friday September 8. Recently qualified Brock, who began his carpentry apprenticeship in Hamilton, moved down to Wanaka at the start of the year and has been with Breen for seven months. “I’m pretty stoked with third place. It shows that I know what I’m doing and the guys who placed higher than me are a few years older,” Brock said. He added that he saw lots of opportunity in the construction industry and plans to have a career in

it for life. Registered Master Builders chief executive David Kelly said that he applauded the commitment and determination from all the apprentices. The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) chief executive Warwick Quinn said that the organisation was proud to be part of an event that showcased the talent of the building and construction industry’s future leaders at a time when they were needed the most. “New Zealand’s construction and building sector desperately needs more recruits. Forecasts for the next few years provide confidence for people considering a career in the construction industry and for DANIELLE BUTLER business owners thinking about newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz expanding their business and taking A community-driven Cromwell woman has been on more staff,” he said. Pictured: Brock and his dad Paul recognised for her “big heart” and “strong sense of community” at this year’s Central Otago Awards. Vuleta with his award. Heather McPherson, pictured, was among five recipients of the Community Service Award at the biennial awards ceremony, announced on Friday September 8 in Roxburgh. Central Otago District Council’s regional identity were required to undergo roadside breath screening tests, neither of manager Shirley Howden said that judges had recognised Heather for her work with the Cromwell which returned a positive result. Senior Constable Darren Cranfield & Districts Community Arts Council, which she has congratulated Wanaka on the boozy chaired for 16 years, her voluntary work within the driving-free weekend, saying that it wine industry and her work in organising diverse activities for community participation. was a great result. “Judges’ comments included how Heather has The first weekend of the operation caught out five of 47 drivers displaying gone out of her way to help and create and do things excess breath alcohol, while the within her own community,” Shirley said. “Heather has done an awful lot with the Arts second weekend caught none.

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Council and has brought it from being almost nonexistent in Cromwell to being quite high profile. The Cromwell and Districts Community Arts Council has blossomed to become a highly respected, active organisation under Heather’s chairmanship, thus providing much needed cultural opportunities for Cromwell and Central Otago residents.” Heather said that she had been very surprised and a bit taken aback when she discovered she was an award recipient. “I was very honoured. I guess I realise that I do all these things but I don’t expect to be recognised, I just enjoy doing it,” Heather said. “Anything that someone wants doing, I have done, it’s just me. I think that particularly in small communities it’s really nice to have some activities around that are a little bit different.” Judges also described Heather as instrumental in driving progress in many community-based organisations and events in the Cromwell Basin, making Central Otago a better place.

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The Prostate Cancer Foundation is calling on people to get involved in its nationwide fundraising and awareness event. As part of Blue September, the charity wants people to hold a ‘Blue Do’, an individual social event to raise money and encourage people to talk about the condition. Prostate cancer affects one in eight Kiwi men during their life, killing one or more every day, and for Wanaka resident Donald Vermeulen, the cause is very personal. Donald was training for a multi-sport event and developed shingles. What he thought would then be a routine doctor’s appointment ended in the diagnosis of prostate cancer aged just 51. He had already had cancer 12 years before, but it didn’t prepare him and his wife Johanna for the news. “You’d think you’d be hardened to it but you’re not. Even today it can get you down. I had no symptoms

and we were rushed into treatment and it’s been very hard to come to terms with,” Donald said. Following his diagnosis, he had surgery and is now on a monitoring programme. It inspired him to become a coordinator for the Southern Lakes prostate cancer support group, which meets every two months. Donald said that it is vital to provide help and advice to people going through the ordeal. “Myself and my wife went through prostate cancer and had to get through a lot of procedures and planning and there wasn’t a lot of support. It would have been good to have that support and to talk to someone and just hear what other people had experienced. It also gets the awareness out there. You are not invincible and it’s ok to talk about that.” Donald is now in good health and he is training for Wanaka’s Iron Man event next February. For more information on prostate cancer or to join the fight, have a ‘Blue Do’ or donate, at www. blueseptember.org.nz

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existing adventure racing events together in one competition and the Southern Lakes Multisport Club Alexandra and Cromwell have been chosen as one (SLMC) is the venue for event three, a 24 hour race on of the hosts in a new adventure racing series. November 17. The Adventure 1 Series NZ (A1 NZ) will bring five SLMC race director Blake Luft said that the news was a huge boost for the club. “This event has been really popular for a long time, so it’s exciting to be part of it. They asked us to be part of it and it was a no brainer. The exposure we will get is invaluable for us and hopefully it will help grow the sport in New Zealand as well, which is what we want,” Blake said. The 24 hour race will see teams of two or four set out on the Friday evening to take on a course involving paddling, mountain biking, trekking and abseiling. A shorter 12 hour race will begin the following day. Despite its gruelling nature, Blake said the race should offer the right experience for competitors of all levels. “We redesign the course every year and there’s a fine line between making it too tough to complete so it puts people off and too easy so that the fastest just see it as a walk in the hills. We know a lot of people just do it for the challenge and for something to do with their mates. It will be challenging, but achievable.” The series will include three events on the North Island and two in the South Island, with the overall winning team receiving an entry to GODZone. For more information on the A1 NZ Series and how to enter the events, visit www.facebook.com/ adventure1series

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Wanaka sailor in world yacht race Conservationist and paddle club join forces BUTLER D DANIELLE newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz Wanaka sailor Ben Acland is currently on his way around the world in the 40,000 nautical mile Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The former general manager at Mons Royale set sail from Liverpool, England, on Sunday August 20 with the PSP Logistics team, pictured. The race is the world’s largest

ocean race, taking almost a year to complete on a route which includes stopovers in Punta del Este, Cape Town, Fremantle, Sydney, Hobart, the Whitsundays, Sanya, Qingdao, Seattle, Panama, New York and Derry/ Londonderry. Ben is just one of more than 700 sailors representing more than 40 nationalities across twelve teams, competing on a fleet of identical 70foot ocean racing yachts.

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Local conservationist John Darby has teamed up with a new partner to help with this year’s grebe season. John, who writes the Wanaka Sun’s Grebe Diary, has joined forces with Paddle Wanaka and he said the offer of help will be very useful. “The plan is for them to understudy what I am doing with a view to hopefully taking over the project. They will help with the platforms and repairing and maintaining them. There’s quite a lot of work and the offer to help is wonderful,” said John. Chris Thornton, owner of Paddle Wanaka said, “We have just begun helping out. We wanted to

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‘give a little’ and John’s research is of real interest and relevance to us. As we are planning on being on and around the lake a lot over the coming years, it works with him that we can keep an eye on bird movements. It’s also another great excuse to go for a paddle.” The grebe season is now underway, but John explains that it has been slower than usual so far. “Last year we had birds fighting over nesting platforms in July, but not this year. We do have the first eggs laid though and they’re due to hatch later this month.” John’s grebe diary will be back soon with full updates on what the birds have been up to, so stay tuned.

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Election candidate profile: Jacqui Dean Jacqui Dean is the National Party candidate for Waitaki in the 2017 General Election and the region’s current MP. We asked her a few questions about her campaign. What is your background? My working life began in television and radio and while that might seem a long way from the Beehive, I believe good communications skills are also crucial in my life as a Member of Parliament. How and why did you get into politics? I moved into public life as an Oamaru District councillor and later as deputy mayor, before entering Parliament in 2005. I’ve always wanted to support communities – making sure people have good jobs, warm homes and great schools for their children. What do you see as the key issues for Wanaka? Tourism growth is a key issue for the Upper Clutha, but I am confident that National has the tools to get the balance right. Tough new freedom camping rules will make a big difference for people living in Wanaka. National is also ready to help with growing visitor numbers. We’ve got $102 million in tourism infrastructure funding to build more amenities for tourists. If re-elected, what will you do in Wanaka? I’ve seen massive business growth in Wanaka. I want to see Ultra-Fast Broadband extended outside of the Wanaka CBD. I also want to ensure the workers these businesses need aren’t disadvantaged by immigration policies and that the young people who want to move here to buy a home can do so. National will double the HomeStart grant for Wanaka first-home buyers. We’re also extending the Queenstown Accommodation Accord to include Wanaka, meaning there’ll be more affordable housing areas, and increasing the accommodation supplement, with Wanaka people receiving an extra $185 a week from next year.

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Jazz, blues and poetry night WHITE R ROB journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz Wanaka will play host to an evening of jazz, blues and spoken word at the end of this month. The Blue Moments Project will embark on a three night tour across Otago with its first shows since a soldout premiere at the Southern Lakes Festival of Colour earlier this year and Wanaka is the first stop. Laura Williamson, who performs the poetry for the band, said the night will include a cycle of ten songs and ten spoken poems that will appeal to fans of both. “The songs are in the jazz and blues category and sometimes include both singing and speaking. The reaction we usually get is that people say ‘I hated poetry at school, but I like this.’ It’s very accessible,” Laura said. The idea came about from Laura’s

collaboration with Angela Mote, a former head of music at Mount Aspiring College. “Angela is a highly talented musician and she wanted to compose, but didn’t quite know where to start with the lyrics. She didn’t know I performed poetry, so I took her to an open poetry night and when she saw that, she said she didn’t know it was going to be like this. A lot of people don’t know that poetry is performed, but it is.” The band includes several other local musicians, including Luggate’s Graeme Perkins, drummer Jeff Sinnott of Tarras and Wanaka bassist Dominic Stayne, with Queenstown restaurateur Karen Hattaway completing the group. The Blue Moments Project is performing at Wanaka Presbyterian Community Church on Saturday September 30 from 7-8:30pm. Pictured is Karen Hattaway performing at the Festival of Colour. Tickets are available at eventfinda.co.nz

If re-elected, what will you do first in Wanaka? I am determined to see the health of Lake Wanaka promoted, with $375,000 in funding from National’s Freshwater Improvement Fund being put to good use. While other political parties are introducing water taxes, National wants to invest in PHOTO: supplied water quality. How will you work with local groups/organisations such as the Wanaka Community Board and QLDC for the benefit of Wanaka? I’m pleased to enjoy great relationships with a wide range of organisations in the Upper Clutha, from QLDC and WCB to Ignite Wanaka and Lake Wanaka Tourism. They know that my door is always open if they need my support. Why should people vote for you? I fought alongside Wanaka’s business community to see the law changed around Easter Sunday trading. I have also worked for education in the Upper Clutha, with $1 million invested in new classrooms at Wanaka Primary and $19 million for a new primary school and classrooms at Mt Aspiring College. I listen and I get results – that to me is the key role of an MP. What connection, if any, do you have to Wanaka? I always enjoy coming back to Wanaka. I haven’t missed a Wanaka A&P Show in over a decade, I’ve enjoyed Wanaka’s Festival of Colour and Warbirds over Wanaka. Part of what I love about this area is that it isn’t Queenstown. It has a relaxed and easy feel.

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REPORTER S STAFF editor@thewanakasun.co.nz The Royal New Zealand Air Force will fly into town next year to help Warbirds Over Wanaka (WOW) celebrate its 30th anniversary over Easter. The Air Force has supported the airshow since the beginning and its chief, Air Vice-MarshallTony Davies, is keen to see a number of aircraft on display again in 2018 to help mark the significant milestone. “While aircraft availability and operational requirements will always determine exactly what we can take to any airshow, we are looking to make a special contribution in Wanaka next year as it celebrates 30 years since the very first event,” Air Vice-Marshall Davies said.

“We recognise the high esteem the Wanaka airshow is held in by aviation fans both in New Zealand and around the world.” Last year’s WOW saw a large Air Force presence, including displays by a C-130H (NZ) Hercules, as well as a A109 and NH90 helicopter, pictured. It also included two of the Air Force’s new pilot training aircraft, the T-6C Texan, but in 2018 this will likely be expanded to the recently formed Black Falcons team for a five-ship aerobatic display. As with previous years, the Air Force will also set up a number of ground displays, giving members of the public plenty of opportunities to check out the aircraft up close, chat to Air Force personnel and find out more about military career opportunities.

A simple visit to a local charity shop turned into a walk down memory lane for one Wanaka resident last month. Kathy Bailey visited the Salvation Army Family Store on Helwick Street in August and when she came across some knitting patterns, she instantly recognised the model in the picture - her late father, Stan Harris. “I found not one, but two of his patterns when I was in the store. It’s amazing what you can find in there and it was a really lovely reminder of Dad,” Kathy said. Kathy explained that many years ago, Stan had taken time out from his regular job as a substation superintendent for Dunedin City Corporation to do four modelling shoots for the Aotea Knitting Company. Although he thought it was a good idea at the time, she said years later he wasn’t so sure. “I think he wished he never did it! He always used to buy them up whenever he saw himself on one and his colleagues used to put them on his desk and have him on about it. He bought one when I was with him once and I said to the lady at the counter, ‘this is my Dad’. He went bright red!” Stan sadly passed away three years ago, but was an active man his whole life and was still running marathons when he was in his 70’s. The two knitting patterns are now back home with his family after Kathy bought both of them to add to her collection of memories. Pictured is Kathy with the knitting patterns she bought.

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Advanced voting begins Albert Town joins REPORTER S STAFF editor@thewanakasun.co.nz Advanced voting in the 2017 General Election is now underway and will go through until election day on Saturday September 23. The first EasyVote packs will start arriving in voters’ letter boxes this week, with 3.16 million to be delivered over the next week. EasyVote packs are being sent to all voters who were enrolled before August 23 and include a personalised EasyVote card which makes voting quicker. There are 485 advance voting places around the country, up from 295 in 2014. Opening hours vary between voting places to suit local needs. Chief electoral officer Alicia Wright said, “There has been a big increase in advance voting over the past two elections, so this election, we are providing even more voting places in convenient locations where people can cast an early vote. People will

also be able to enrol, check or update their enrolment details at any advance voting place – so they’ll be able to enrol and vote at the same time.” Most advance voting places are fully accessible or accessible with assistance for people in wheelchairs or with limited mobility. Wanaka and Lake Hawea residents can advance vote at the Wanaka Public Library, Bullock Creek Lane from September 11-15 10am-4pm, September 16 10am-2pm and September 18-22 9.30am-4pm, or at Wanaka Holy Family Church Lounge, 154 Aubrey Road, Wanaka on September 11 10am-4pm, September 12-15 9am-4pm, September 16 10am2pm, September 18 10am-4pm and September 19-22 9am-4pm. Cromwell residents can vote at Cromwell Public Library, 43 The Mall on September 11-15 10am-4pm, September 16 10am-1pm, September 18-20 9:30am-4pm and September 2122 9am-4pm.

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Holiday activities ‘Frenchy’ French C Claire Kahu Youth Worker With the school holidays coming up it’s important to keep your young people engaged, active and happy. With the rise in technology and screen time, we have seen a rise in anxiety and a deterioration in the health of our young people. We believe that swapping screen time for a more active, engaged and challenging activity can go a long way to improving young people’s health. We advocate this at Kahu Youth by encouraging a wide range of options and experiences. Our Kahu Youth school holiday programmes have been going great guns this year. We’ve had the youth involved in all kinds of projects and activities, including go kart building, fire spinning, mural painting, paintballing and everything in between. Our focus has been to offer a range of options that appeal to a wide range of tastes, from baking to art to physical activities. Getting the young people off their technology, challenging themselves, learning new skills and interacting socially is something we are super passionate about here at Kahu Youth. Our holiday programmes are a great way for new young people to come and experience what Kahu Youth has to offer. The activities are designed to excite, inspire and push boundaries. We are really lucky to live in a town where there are so many activities and so many talented professionals that are willing to share their time and expertise with the youth of Wanaka. This October holidays we see a big range of activities including a trip to the luge in Queenstown, circus workshops, fire workshops, music days, baking days, ski days and a build day for the cardboard boat race on October 21. These activities are open to all youth in Wanaka aged 11 – 25 years and many of the activities are run at a super discounted rate.

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Our holiday programme in October runs from September 29 to October 14, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page (Kahu Youth Upper Clutha) for the activity announcements. We are just confirming dates and times now. Our youth drop-ins run every Friday 6pm – 10pm and Saturday 3pm – 10pm, offering a safe space for the youth of Wanaka to hang out. We even cook dinner with the young people for a gold coin donation. Hope to see you in the crib soon.

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Two last minute nominations for Wanaka Community Board’s (WCB) vacant seat have scuppered what was looking like a safe spot on the board for Jude Battson, pictured. Nominations for the seat closed at midday on Thursday September 7, with Jude remaining the only candidate until just an hour before the cut-off point. Wanaka businessman Barry Bruce and landscape architect Alan Cutler have now joined Jude as candidates for the seat, left vacant by Quentin Smith’s appointment to Queenstown Lakes District Council last month. “Nothing surprises me about politics anymore,” Jude said. “I’m just taking it all in my stride. I am clear about my direction, I’m motivated, organised and experienced at campaigning and selling myself. I’ve been involved with the council and community board before. It is who I am, it’s like a career to me and when you have had as much to do with the community and given so much of yourself to it, you know what makes it tick.” Barry said that he had put his hand up for the by-election because he had an interest in contributing to the future of Wanaka. “Wanaka has been very good to me in the 20 years I’ve lived and run a business here. I’ve seen the town

grow substantially in that time and I’m interested in protecting its attributes, which are what we all love about the area,” Barry said. Alan Cutler was unavailable to comment when contacted by The Wanaka Sun. This will be the third by-election that Wanaka has voted in this year, each of which cost between $25,000 and $30,000. The chain of by-elections began when former district councillor Ella Lawton resigned in April to run in the Otago Regional Council’s Dunstan ward by-election, which she won replacing her late mother, Maggie Lawton. Ella’s vacant council seat was filled by Quentin Smith in July, which automatically grants him a space on the community board, leaving his existing community board seat empty. Wanaka has faced an unprecedented amount of elections in the past year. By the time the new Wanaka Community Board member is elected on November 3, Wanaka residents will have voted in six elections since October 2016. These include October 2016’s local authority elections, November 2016’s Central Lakes Trust election, 2017’s ORC and QLDC by-elections, the 2017 general election and the WCB by-election. Voting papers will be delivered to Wanaka residents between October 12 and 17.

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Should it be restored or demolished is the question now. Well, in the mid to late 70’s Eddie Jones and I restored the old Cardrona Pub. Can anyone imagine if we had demolished it and built a spanking new hotel? No. However, build new we did. Only, we left the old facade, propped up, and nailed onto the new wall behind, with the matching openings for doors and windows. For the joinery and the interior, we hunted at all demolition yards - in Dunedin, Invercargill and Christchurch, we found doors, windows, flooring and wall boards, all in keeping with the ‘old look’ and the result was, a perfectly ‘restored’ pub. New owners after us added their bits, making the whole complex much larger than it was. The point I’m trying to make is, New Zealand is a new country, and Ed and I coming from Europe missed the old, quaint buildings that speak of the history. When we saw the old Pub in the derelict state it was, a strong storm would have blown it over, we felt it worth rescuing. Now it is much appreciate. Even Bill English recently referred to it as “one of NZ’s iconic buildings”. We must not tear down willy-nilly all old buildings that tell the history of the people who for many years used and have loved them. I was glad to hear last night on the news that the Christchurch Cathedral will get restored. R. Jones

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Chinn B Barbara Historical Records Society The Lake Hawea township is on the south-western shore of the lake. It was originally visited seasonally by Maori - at first, Waitaha people, then Ngati Mamoe and Ngai Tahu communities - who established several mahinga kai (food gathering centres) around the shores of the lake. Possibly the most notable of these was Manuhaea, at the head of the lake, which, as well as a mahinga kai, was also a wananga, or school of learning in which tohunga were taught the history and genealogy of their ancestors. When the Europeans arrived during the second half of the nineteenth century, the Maori settlements had been deserted following the depredations of Te Puoho in 1836/7, as he made his way from the West Coast to Southland, planning (but failing) to conquer the Ngai Tahu and to take over the South Island from this tribe. The land close to the lake was originally farmed by several European families; by Claude Capell at its western end, in conjunction with the fishing lodge he established on the 160 acres of land he owned, and by the Muir family along the foreshore eastwards of Capell’s land. Claude Capell named several streets at his end, including Myra Street, Elizabeth Street and Flora Dora Parade after members of his family and his companion; Bodkin Street, Parry Crescent and Skinner Crescent after politicians at the time. He donated land which became Fraser Park in the centre of the township, and the street marking the western end of his property was called Capell Avenue. The land to the south which Claude farmed became Timsfield after his son, whose name was Noema, but who was known as Tim. In the early twenty-first century Timsfield was sold and developed for building. The Muir land along the foreshore of the lake was subdivided and sold, originally for the building of holiday homes, then for permanent residences. Muir Road commemorates the family, and other early farming families, such as the Drake and Sam John families, are also remembered in the names of

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Wanaka’s Remarkables WHITE R ROB journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz Wanaka’s ski stars claimed gold and silver in the Men’s Ski Category of the North Face Frontier 4* on Friday (September 8), making it an all-Kiwi podium. The Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ event saw local stars Hank Bilous and Sam Lee take first and second place, with fellow countryman Matthew Sweet claiming third. Hank said, “I think with a full New Zealand podium it just shows the hometown advantage. It’s such a great field of guys, so for us to come out with a Kiwi top three I think shows the benefit of skiing this area so much.” The result was particularly impressive for Matthew Sweet, who was riding in his first senior competition after progressing through the junior ranks. “It’s so good knowing that the Kiwi boys can hang with the rest of the world,” Matthew said. There was more success for Wanaka in the Women’s Ski when Anna Smoothy took the bronze medal. Her compatriot Jessica Hotter finished second.

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Anna said, “It was an amazing competition. The venue is very steep and really fast and I am really happy to be up on the podium. I’m stoked.” New Zealand also finished in the gold medal positions in both the Men’s and Women’s Snowboard, with Roland Morley-Brown and Maria Kuzma beating off their respective competition to claim first. Head judge Dion Newport said he was delighted with New Zealand’s domination at the event. “The Kiwis showed they know how to ski our conditions by dominating the strongest field we have seen. It was one of the most outstanding snowboard displays we have seen, and the skiers charged as they always do,” Dion said. Pictured is Hank Bilous in action at the event.

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streets in the present township. The original farming family of William John is remembered by John Creek, the name of the settlement and the creek draining from the Grandview Range at the south-eastern corner of the lake. Harold Hodgkinson owned the land on the south-eastern edge of the lake (which he leased to Sam John), and he is remembered today in the name of a street at the John Creek settlement. The area on the southern foreshore of Lake Hawea was a favoured holiday destination for families from Otago and Southland, and eventually became popular as a retirement destination, and for those working locally. Today it houses a combination of permanent residents and holiday homes, and there is a holiday park on the south-eastern corner of the lake, as well as several nohoanga (camping and fishing areas) set aside for Maori use, on the shoreline of the lake.

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

NEW EMPLOYERS, free seminar held by Inland Revenue, Friday 22 September, 9.30-11.30am, St. Johns rooms, Link Way. For more info email advisory.dunedin@ird.govt.nz or call Rangi Wharepapa 03 951 2213. 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 championforolderpeople@ gmail.com. FREE COMPUTER LESSONS FOR OLDER PEOPLE - Community Networks is offering one-on-one lessons on your own device. If you are interested please call in to Community Networks or phone 03 443 779. 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. DO YOU NEED a helping hand to get through a tough time? Community Networks Wanaka is a good place to start. We have details of local social workers and counsellors. Talk to us: 443 7799 / 73 Brownston St / www. communitynetworks.co.nz . We help you thrive, not just survive. 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.

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Wanaka endurance athlete Braden Currie won a nail biting IRONMAN 70.3 by just one second in Santa Cruz on Monday September 11, clocking in at 3:33:57. Braden said it was an encouraging result ahead of his debut in the IRONMAN World Championships in Hawaii next month. “I came here to have a good race and race some strong athletes. A lot of them have been top five at Kona (IRONMAN World Championships) so to know I can race well with these guys is awesome. Now I just have to double the distance,” he said.

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Snowsports stars were held back by the weather earlier this week as they prepared for the Monster Energy Jossi Wells Invitational. The big air event, held at Cardona, was scheduled to begin on Tuesday (September 12), but poor visibility has seen hit by delays. Olympic skier and organiser Jossi Wells said, “The weather has been pretty cloudy and we’re playing it by ear. Thursday is looking like the best day so it’s probably going to be then. If the weather doesn’t improve, we might have to have the whole event on one day. If we can get some great weather it will be a spectacle.” The Invitational is now in its second year and Jossi explained it presents a great chance not only to get snowsports athletes together, but also to showcase Wanaka and the surrounding areas. “It was an idea from Cardrona to do an event and it started from there. I wanted to have an event where skiers and snowboarders can come together and jam and enjoy each other’s energy. We also want to show off this special part of the world to some of the

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international athletes and crews.” If conditions do improve, 43 athletes will have hit the powder on Wednesday (September 13), with the qualifiers the following day. The final is planned for tomorrow (Friday September 15) and each athlete will get five runs, with their best two combined for the result. First, second and third place will be awarded in each division. The event will also see its first skate jam, which will be at the Wanaka Skate Park on Saturday (September 16).

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Tarras Women’s 4BBB Stableford Tournament 1st- Margot Hewitt & Lyn Hill (Wanaka) 45 Stablefords, 2nd-Jane Wardell (Tarras) & Heather Malcolm (Wanaka) 43, 3rd-Jan Gibson & Barb Annan (Wanaka) 42, 4thTrish May & Maggie Campbell (Dunstan) 41 by lot, 5th-Noelene Gott & Helen McCormick (Dunstan) 41 by lot, 6th-Margaret Jarrold & Audrey Roberts (Alex) 41 by lot, 7th-Kathryn McConnell & Tricia McKnight (Omakau) 41, Nearest the Pin-Kay Tourell (North Otago), Straightest DriveBarb Annan (Tarras), Neatest Card-Moana McKenzie (Wanaka). Tarras Golf Club Men September 6, Best Nett - M Kensington 85-2065, Best Gross M Studholme 75 Runner -Up Brad Paterson by lot 81, 1st Nett Senior H Reinecke by lot 71, J McCrone 71, J Trevathan 72, D Trevathan by lot 73, A Robertson 73, S Making 74, B Lambie 75, R Hailwood 78, J Templeton 79. 1st Nett Intermediate B Purvis 66, D Bruce by lot 69, T Watson 69, A Hamilton 70, M Hervey by lot 71, G Hook 71, G Mills 71,M Gutsell 71,R Pearson 71, G Clouston by lot 72, W Jamieson 72. 1st Nett Junior I Morrison by lot 68, D Allen 68, M Hyndman 71, C Still by lot 72, G Giles 72, W McConnell 72, B Trevathan 72, G Willson by lot 73, D Agnew 73, Baldy Lucas 74, G Rive 76. Longest Drive Senior B Purvis, Junior K Galloway Nearest the Pin Senior M Hervey, Junior R Pearson, Best 2nd shot on 4/13 B Purvis, Straightest Drive 9/18 A Hamilton, Twos R Phelong, M Hervey, G Hook, B Lambie,B Paterson, H Anderson, S Maling (2) R Pearson (2), On the Green 17 R Pearson, T O’Reilly, J Trevathan, H Anderson In the Water Race C Still, T Stevenson, B Menlove, D Mould, Winners of the John Annan Memorial Trophy: Ben Purvis and Brad Paterson 200, Beau Trevathan and Ian Morrison 203, Craig Still and Don Agnew 205. Lake Hawea Golf results - Mount Maude Stableford Men: 1st Bill Linklater 43on c/b, 2nd Lynn Stuart 43, 3rd Neil Matchett 41, 4th Joe Loeser 38, 5th Red Stevenson 37. Ladies 1st Bronnie Stevenson 32 0n c/b, Closest to the Pin No 1 Gerry Browne, No 5 Neil Matchett,Two’s Gerry Browne No 1. Birdies/Net Eagles hole No 1 Gerry Browne. Wanaka Bridge Results - (Tues) 1st Jill Bagley, Robyn Gilchrist 57.50%. 2nd Shirley Coppage, Heather Wellman 55.21%. 3rd equal Des & Elle Johnston/Leigh % Dean Snelling 53.75%. (Wed) N/S 1st Dorothy McDonald, Kay Ross 60.68%. 2nd Bruce Cathie, Dennis Pezaro 60.42%. 3rd equal Deb Budden, Noeline Munro/Carol Orbell, Betty Swift 52.60. E/W 1st Peter Hart, Noeline Turner 60.23%. 2nd Blair Coghill, Jane Hamilton 55.97%. 3rd Robyn Gilchrist, Lyn Hill 55.11%. (Fri) N/S 1st Sherril Harries, Maggie Stratford 65.36%. 2nd Nan Ottrey, Ken Roberts 59.90%. 3rd Peter Hart, Boyd Ottrey 55.21%. E/W 1st Marion Furneaux, Jenny Pryde 65.06%. 2nd Carolyn Grey, Deirdre Lynch 59.94%. 3rd Jan Cunningham, Daphne Stewart 58.52%. (Mon) N/S 1st Jenny Pryde, Maggie Stratford 65.18%. 2nd Lesley Davies, Ian McDonald 62.80%. 3rd Liz Hawker, Martin Unwin 61.61%. E/W 1st Murray Pryde, Ken Roberts 59.52%. 2nd Vivienne Christie, Dawn Wilson 54.46%. 3rd Jan Cunningham, Barbara Waterworth 54.17%

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Annabel goes gold again BUTLER D DANIELLE newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz Annabel Anderson has said goodbye to Denmark with a double gold win under her belt at this year’s ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships. The Wanaka world stand up paddle boarding (SUP) champion took out gold in the Women’s SUP Technical Race in Cold Hawaii on Sunday September 10. Annabel came top with a time of 21:10:17, nearly 40 minutes faster than second-placed Olivia Piana of France. Annabel rounded off her win by thanking Team New Zealand, those who had supported her and made it possible for her to compete in the championships, adding that she was

looking forward to her next mission. Annabel also won gold in last Saturday’s (September 2) Women’s SUP Distance Race in Copenhagen, following a tough and challenging start. ISA president Fernando Aguerre said that the technical races had been nothing short of spectacular. “The world’s best SUP and paddleboard racers pushed the limits of the sport to new levels. This ISA World Championship allows the best SUP athletes to show the world their talents,” he said. Team New Zealand came away from the championships in third place overall, behind France and Australia. Pictured: Annabel on the technical race podium with second-placing Olivia Piana and third-placingTerrene Black of Australia.

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Winter Games wraps up WHITE R ROB journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz The Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ is finished after two weeks of intense competition involving a record 930 athletes from 39 countries battling it out across 18 different snowsport disciplines. The event was a big success for Wanaka, with the town’s athletes winning six medals in front of countless spectators and 130 media outlets from all over the world. Arthur Klap, chief executive of the Winter Games, said he was delighted with how the Games had gone. “We had excellent snow, terrific co-operation with the venues and record participation. The standard of competition was excellent and the real measure will be at the Winter Olympics when we see how many of the people on the podium there competed at the Winter Games. It will be a lot,” Arthur said. The final curtain fell at the closing ceremony at Cardrona on Saturday (September 9), which was brought forward a day due to weather reports.

Cardona’s general manager Bridget Legnavsky said the Games had been a big success for everyone involved. “It was amazing. It was a long event, the weather was great and what we loved was seeing spectators. One of the things we really wanted to do was get everyone more involved in the event and having the slopestyle right under the lift was like no other event in the world. The feedback was amazing and people loved it,” Bridget said. Winter Games NZ Trust board chairman Sir Eion Edgar also said that the Games again had a positive effect on the regional economy, with 30,000 bed nights taken up by international teams and their supporters. The event is set to become an annual event rather than every two years and Arthur, who will step down from the top job this year, is very optimistic about the future. “The Games are certainly not at their apex yet and there is still a lot more development potential,” he said.

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Six boys from the Upper Clutha Rugby Club were selected to play in the Otago weight grade rugby teams this year. Pictured celebrating after victories over their respective Southland teams last week are from left to right Otis Harry from the Under 65kg team, Jack Timu, Ewan Hughes, Archie McRae, Will Scurr and Rory Reid from the Under 48kg team. This weekend the boys are off to Oamaru to play South Canterbury in the first game of the South Island Primary Rugby tournament.

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Ice Blacks lose in thrilling final WHITE R ROB journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz Australia has once again defeated New Zealand in ice hockey’s Trans-Tasman Challenge after a nail-biting final ended in a shootout. The best out of three series has been dominated by the Mighty Roos for the past 30 years, with New Zealand’s Ice Blacks winning just one game before this year. However after taking the opening game 4-1, hopes were high for a first Kiwi victory. Australia triumphed 2-0 in the second game to set up a tense finale and it didn’t disappoint. The scores were tied at 3-3 at full time, leading to five minutes of three-on-three overtime. With no further score, more than six hours of high intensity ice hockey was decided by a shootout, which the Australians won 2-0 to take the trophy. Despite the loss, Günther Birgel, president of the New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation (NZIHF), said the country’s future in ice hockey looked bright. “New Zealand has improved a lot and measures up with Australia. The future is looking great for ice hockey in New Zealand. What an exciting end to the game despite New Zealand coming up slightly short. We can’t wait to play again in 2018,” Günther said. Andy McDowell, Vice President of Ice Hockey Australia (IHA), said “It was a fantastic win and I have to take my hat off to the Ice Blacks. To go to a shootout in the final game really sums up how hard and fierce this battle was.” The series was held at the Queenstown Ice Arena and this time was part of the Audi Quattro Winter Games, marking the Games’ first elite level ice hockey event for six years. It sold out three nights in a row, with 2000 people attending.

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