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Porteous youngest Olympian selected TURNBULL G GLENDA editor@thewanakasun.co.nz


ifteen-year-old Wanaka freeskier Nico Porteus is set to become New Zealand’s youngest Winter Olympian at PyeongChang, South Korea next February. Nico and his brother Miguel Porteous (18, freeski halfpipe) were two of nine athletes named to the New Zealand 2018 Olympic Winter Games Team in Wanaka on Tuesday (October 24). A total of six teenage athletes were named in the team including Wanaka’s Finn Bilous (18) who won bronze and silver at the Winter Youth Olympics at Lillehammer 2016, Zoi Sadowski Synnott (16) who was a 2016 World Championship silver medallist, Tiarn Collins (17, snowboard slopestyle and big air) and Rakai Tait (18, snowboard halfpipe). Janina Kuzma (32) returns for her second Olympic Games, having finished fifth in the women’s freeski halfpipe at Sochi 2014. Carlos Garcia Knight (20, snowboard slopestyle and snowboard big air) who won bronze at the Winter Games NZ and 2017 World Championship ski cross silver medallist Jamie Prebble (26) complete the first selection announcement. All these athletes met both the Snow Sports NZ Nomination Criteria and the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s tough ‘top 16’ selection standard early in the season. The selections are conditional on receiving an official FIS (International Ski Federation) quota place for the games. Chef de Mission Pete Wardell said the announcement highlights the commitment and

capability of the New Zealand athletes. “In terms of what we can expect, we will have the strongest team we have ever had at a Winter Olympics in terms of where the athletes are ranked in the world and we are pretty sure we are going to bring back some medals.” Nico was really excited about his selection. “I actually knew about two days ago. I got a really pleasant phone call, but it really hasn’t sunk in yet.” Janina was looking forward to sharing her Olympic knowledge with the younger members of the team. “Some of the experiences that I can share with the young guns of the team is not to get into the whole hype of the event, they need to concentrate on what they are there to do, they know what they have to get done, they’ve got solid runs. That’s why they are part of the team, giving them that confidence and go in and hopefully come back with a medal.” Further PyeongChang 2018 nominations and selections will take place between November and January and are expected to include additional freeski and snowboard athletes as well as athletes who continue to track well from speedskating, skeleton and alpine ski. The selection announcement ceremony also included the handover of Te Mahutonga, the Olympic team’s kakahu (cloak) from the Rio 2016 Olympic Team to the PyeongChang 2018 team. The Olympic Winter Games will take place in PyeongChang, South Korea, from February 9-25. A team of around 20 New Zealand athletes is expected to compete at the games. Pictured: Nico Porteous in action.

First Paralympians selected for 2018 games REPORTER S STAFF editor@thewanakasun.co.nz The first Para athletes selected for the New Zealand PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games Team were announced by Paralympics New Zealand chief executive Fiona Allan in Wanaka yesterday. Para alpine skiers Adam Hall, Corey Peters and Aaron Ewen and local Para snowboarder Carl Murphy were named to the team at the event. It will be Adam’s fourth games. The 30-year-old Wanaka man represented New Zealand at the

Paralympic Games in Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014, taking the gold medal in standing slalom at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics. Corey and Carl will be competing in their second games. Both snow sports athletes competed in the Sochi 2014 Paralympics, with Corey winning a silver medal. It will be Aaron’s first time to compete in the Paralympic Games. Fiona Allan said the Paralympic NZ team was hoping for two medals at next year’s event.

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Wanaka pair power into MKR NZ semi-final

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WHITE R ROB journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz Budding Wanaka chefs Chris and Bex Wright have avoided elimination on My Kitchen Rules New Zealand and booked their place in the semi-finals. The Wrights are currently battling it out with five other pairs for the television show’s $100,000 top prize and hosted them all for the Instant Restaurant round broadcast on Monday (October 23). During the round, each team turns their house into a restaurant and cooks a three course meal, receiving scores from other contestants and the two judges, Manu Feildel and Pete Evans. Although Chris and Bex polled an impressive 70 points and sealed second place on the leaderboard, it turned out to be a rollercoaster evening of perfect parfait, dry lamb and suspicions of tactical voting. Chris and Bex began with a starter of chicken liver parfait and caramelised onion with Stella bread and got off to the perfect start with two perfect tens from the judges. “We practised it the night before for the first time. We had it on our menu, but it wouldn’t fit with our budget. Then they said at 4pm the day before we could do it,” Chris said. “Chris’s technical knowledge got us through,” Bex said. For the main course they served a lamb ragout and kumara gnocchi with a fig and aubergine side salad, but disaster struck as they received scores of four and three from Manu and Pete. “The method we used for making the gnocchi was just incorrect. When you’re under pressure you’re secondguessing yourself,” Bex said.

“We overcooked the ragout and overworked the gnocchi. Those two small errors turned out to be just huge,” Chris said. The pair were back on form for the dessert, receiving nines from both judges for their almond tart with Cardrona Rose Rabbit ice cream. “It’s a recipe I am super, super confident with and I know it like the back of my hand. Ice cream is hard to get right, so I was really happy,” Bex said. Chris joked, “They say making ice cream with alcohol is a bit like drinking alcohol. The more you use, the more likely you are to end up in a puddly mess.” Despite receiving a score of 45 out of 60 from the judges, who rate every course, they received just 25 out of 50 in overall scores from the other contestants, including a four from the current leaders and a three from the team at risk of elimination. So was there any tactical voting going on? “They were harsh because it’s strategic. It’s a big compliment,” Bex said. “I’m just focusing on the nines and tens. One of the reasons we went on the show was how often do you get to cook for a professional chef?” Chris said. On next week’s show, the team at the bottom of the leaderboard will be eliminated and the remaining five, including the Wrights, will move on to the semi-finals. They remain tight-lipped about what’s in store for them, but were happy to now reveal they will be screening the semi-final in Trout Bar on November 4 at 7.30pm. Entry is free and $1 from each drink purchased will be donated to Kahu Youth.

WHITE R ROB journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz Art-lovers flocked to the Lake Wanaka Centre over the long weekend for the latest show by the Wanaka Arts Society (WAS). The Labour Weekend Exhibition (pictured) showcased a range of work from local artists on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with prizes awarded for the best work. Attendees were also treated to ballet performances, drinks and nibbles, while students from Mount Aspiring College entertained the crowd with a piano recital. WAS president Jo Nimmo said the event had been a big success. “It was absolutely stunning. We had over 800 people through the door and over 200 works on display. I think it was a very high standard and very diverse,” she said

“It’s exciting because artists may put four or five pieces up, so you can see them all in one place. It also gives our members a place to profile and show their work so they can be put on a path to greater things.” Karen Scott took home the Shona Johnson prize and $600 for her piece ‘Taming the Beast’, while Emmanuel Nimmo took home the youth prize and $250 for his work ‘So Still’. Prue Wallis won first prize and $350 in the Special Section, which this year had the theme of shades of black, for ‘Pilgrims in Lhasa’. Members of the public also took part in the judging by voting for the Viewers’ Choice award. After 347 votes were cast, Kym Beaton, who recently completed filming an episode of television’s Colour in Your Life, narrowly beat Rana Odell to claim the prize for her painting ‘Elemental Poet’. Kym said of her win, “I was thrilled to receive the Viewers’ Choice award. I’ve never won this award before.”

New youth mental health services REPORTER S STAFF editor@thewanakasun.co.nz Southern DHB announced last week that Adventure Development Limited (ADL) will soon be delivering innovative and flexible Youth Primary Mental Health Brief Intervention Services (YPMHBIS) in the Southern district. Southern DHB announced that ADL has been selected as the preferred provider for the delivery of the service in primary care settings to young persons aged 12 to 19 years. ADL is a not-for-profit organisation helping young people and whanua who are dealing with alcohol and other drug issues and/or mental health difficulties. They have offices in Dunedin, Timaru and Invercargill, a mobile team in the Central Lakes area, and cover other rural areas via mobile staff. The service will be provided by ADL through Thrive-Te Pae Ora, a service to meet the needs of rangatahi/young people experiencing mild and moderate mental health needs, substance use and co-existing problems, wherever they live in the

Southern district. Thrive-Te Pae Ora promotes the early identification of developing mental health and/or addiction issues and provides interventions matched to the young person’s needs and circumstances. Southern DHB general manager, mental health, addictions and intellectual disability directorate, Louise Travers said, “Thrive-Te Pae Ora is the first significant element in implementing a Stepped Care model in child and youth mental health and addiction services. It’s a move forward in providing better outcomes for our child and youth mental health service users through a model of care that is tiered and integrated.” “ADL have the capability, experience and infrastructure to deliver YPMHBIS to meet the needs of young people across the Southern district, and we’re delighted that they will be delivering this service.” Youth brief intervention services will continue to be provided by current providers in the community until the new service is up and running. ADL plan to be accepting referrals by January 29, 2018.

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Kea crowned Bird of Year REPORTER S STAFF editor@thewanakasun.co.nz The South Island kea, the “cheeky” green parrot we see around our forest and alpine areas, has been crowned Bird of the Year. It climbed to first place, from second last year, just beating the kereru and kakapo. Despite being the bird popularity contest, the mountain parrots are facing a battle for survival. The kea has been described as an intelligent, inquisitive bird once numbering in the hundreds of thousands. They are now classified as nationally endangered with only an estimated 3000 to 7000 birds remaining in the wild. For nearly a century there was a bounty on keas as they were despised as sheep killers, with thousands killed until their protection in 1986. The keas live in the upper fringes of beech forest to the highest peaks which is why they are encountered at ski fields. They are cheeky birds and with their strong beaks they dig out roots and grubs, but can also tear the rubber seals from car windows, undo zip fasteners on packs and even let air out of car types. They have been known to steal trampers’ boots outside huts on the Milford Track. They are threatened by a number of human factors including toxins such as lead and human food. Kea researcher Paul van Klink said that human food can be toxic to kea and by feeding them we are doing more harm than good. “There has been a noticeable decline in the kea population at the Remarkables Ski Area and people should realise that this could easily happen at Treble Cone. We are asking people to be responsible with food. We want visitors to enjoy their kea experience and take photos, but people need to be aware that feeding the birds is not a kindness, but rather it can

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NZ in world top five REPORTER S STAFF editor@thewanakasun.co.nz PHOTO: Herb Christophers

be a death sentence,” Paul said. Human interaction has also caused problems with keas getting tape caught around their feet. “This year there was a kea at Treble Cone with tape around its feet. Fortunately the bird was caught and the tape was removed,” Paul said. The Bird of the Year awards were announced after a two-week campaign that attracted more than 50,000 votes. The kea’s campaign was boosted by a team of researchers and kea enthusiasts and the Conservation Trust. Team Kea co-campaigner Laura Young said the team asked everyone they knew to vote kea. “We lobbied hard to get votes up on the first day, which I think made a big difference,” she said. “Everyone needs to see how vulnerable kea are in the wild. We often hear of them hanging out in carparks, being cheeky and stealing things, but don’t realise they are in decline. You can’t not love them.” The competition also raised more than $10,000 to help Forest and Bird protect and restore New Zealand’s wildlife and wild places.

New Zealand has been ranked the world’s fifth-best country to visit in the latest Lonely Planet Best in Travel list. The 2018 travel guide highlights New Zealand’s appeal for thrill seekers and nature lovers. “Twenty-five years ago, long before it was retrofitted to resemble Middleearth, New Zealand began actively attracting adventure-seekers,” the guide book said. “A sweet suite of trails, the Great Walks, encouraged exploration of the country’s exquisite topography, taking tramping travellers through some of the world’s most extraordinary wilderness.” The new Paparoa Track also gets a mention in Lonely Planet. The new Great Walk will be built next year, the first since the network of nine trails was launched. The track will include the Pike29 Memorial Track. “This 55km route, which commemorates 29 miners killed in 2010, wends between Blackball


and Punakaiki on the South Island’s West Coast, passing through Paparoa National Park, and will offer hikers and mountain bikers a sensational experience.” New Zealand comes in behind Chile, South Korea, Portugal and the African country of Djibouti. It has been eight years since Lonely Planet last ranked New Zealand in the top ten spots to visit. Previously New Zealand ranked in the top ten in 2010 with paragliding over Queenstown and kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park among the “lifechanging experiences” recommended. Christchurch has previously been named a top city and in 2015 Waiheke Island was named the fifth best region to visit in the world. Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Countries 2018 are: 1 Chile, 2 South Korea, 3 Portugal, 4 Djibouti, 5 New Zealand, 6 Malta, 7 Georgia, 8 Mauritius, 9 China, 10 South Africa. Pictured: John Brake on the Kepler Track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks.

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Care homes celebrate certification WHITE R ROB journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

Two of Wanaka’s care homes are celebrating after receiving a four year certification from the Ministry of Health (MoH), the maximum that can be awarded. Aspiring Enliven and Elmslie House, which are part of the Presbyterian Support Group (PSG), have both received the top award, meaning all eight of the group’s homes now have the best possible certification. PSG chief executive Gillian Bremner said the achievement was particularly remarkable for Aspiring Enliven, which had only been open for 12 months when the decision was made. “The thing that’s unique is I don’t think there’s any care home that’s only been open a year that’s got the four years. It’s recognition of the work that the staff undertake to ensure

that everything’s as it should be for the residents that live here. It’s also a result of the collaboration with Elmslie House, which has been a huge support, so it’s a joint effort,” Gillian said. Staff and partners from both homes toasted the success with drinks, nibbles and a ‘four year’ cake at a gathering on Thursday October 19 and manager Jacqui Boylen said the award was a testament to the hard work of staff. “It’s an accumulation of all the hard work we have put in. There have been long hours and now we are reaping the rewards. It shows that the care we are giving residents who live here is of a really high quality and that they are happy living here.” Auditors said they were impressed in a range of areas, including the homes’ food, activities staff, respect for residents’ privacy and creative use of volunteers.

Both homes will receive the standard surveillance audit at around the twoyear mark. Jacqui said there was no time to be resting on laurels in the meantime, especially with the homes being at maximum occupancy. “The homes are both at full capacity and it’s a sign of how things are changing and how we need more beds in this area. Our next

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goal is to keep it up. There’s no standing still in this industry.” Care homes in New Zealand are audited every one to four years depending on their results, with every new home audited after its first year. There are around 665 rest homes and hospitals for the elderly across the country and just 20 percent have a four year certification.

Wanaka businesses shine at awards TURNBULL G GLENDA editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Edgewater Resort and Kika restaurant have taken out top prizes at the Hospitality New Zealand’s (HNZ) 20th Awards for Excellence. Over 400 people attended the gala dinner at Te Papa museum in Wellington last Thursday October 19. “Warm southern hospitality” and a genuine interest in their guests was why judges felt Edgewater, on the shores of Lake Wanaka, deserved to take home the ‘Sleepyhead Commercial Best Hotel’ award. Wanaka tapas restaurant Kika took out Hospitality Business ‘Best Restaurant’ award. The judges felt Kika was a worthy


winner, with a food and beverage offering that was innovative and seasonally inspired, and staff with superb knowledge and skill. Edgewater general manager Mike Barton said, “I believe that we achieved in the Awards because of our successful 31 year history, our passionate and committed staff, our close involvement with and support of the local community and our enviable and iconic location. Our owners and board are extremely proud of the efforts of our whole team in accomplishing this prestigious accolade. Edgewater and Kika both achieving awards in their respective sections reflects well on what Wanaka has to offer our domestic and

international visitors.” A spokesperson for Kika commented on its Facebook page, “We are so stoked to have been awarded Best Restaurant by HNZ at the annual Awards for Excellence. A huge congratulations to all the other finalists across all categories and an extra special congratulations to the other Wanaka winner Edgewater.” HNZ chief executive, Vicki Lee, said, “The Judges all agreed the 46 finalists and the 19 winners were of a notably high calibre this year which made judging especially difficult.” The night’s Supreme Award winner was the casual luxury Whangaparaoa Lodge – which also took out the ‘Best Motel’ category.

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Director brings grassroots fight to town

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BUTLER D DANIELLE newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz An Australian director touring the country with his family and taking his latest documentary to communities across New Zealand, will come to Wanaka this weekend. Brendan Shoebridge will bring The Bentley Effect, the story of how one Australian community responded to fracking, to Cinema Paradiso on Saturday (October 28). The award-winning documentary, which details the story of the Northern Rivers’ social movement to protect the region from gas mining has been described as gripping, hopeful, tearful, funny, poignant and “grassroots community fight-back at its best,” by directors and critics. “I was completely blown away by the audience reaction to The Bentley Effect,” Brendan, who

spent six years making the documentary, said. “It is a tremendous relief to know that it has ticked all the many boxes it had to. The first priority was to ensure it was entertaining, but I didn’t want to make a film that people would simply watch either. I wanted to offer the audience an experience, the next best thing to being there on the blockades. It also had to inspire hope and stay true to what played out.” Brendan added that he was thrilled and honoured to be sharing the “true life Lord of the Rings tale” in New Zealand. “New Zealand’s unique and precious beauty holds a special place in everyone’s hearts and I’m hoping the film will inspire local audiences to keep it safe and pure,” he said. The Bentley Effect will be shown at Cinema Anyone who has worked on penguins Paradiso at 6pm. will have read of the work by Dr Lance Richdale (in fact I took a copy of one his books to the Antarctic with me) and how important and valuable long-term studies were in understanding a species. When I decided almost 40 years ago to do some observations on yelloweyed penguins (Yeps), it was not out of concern for their welfare per se, but rather following up my interest in animal behaviour (ethology). Based on my first year of observations, my hunch that Yeps were probably the least colonial species of penguins was confirmed. But it was not the only thing I recorded that first year. Almost no chicks survived to fledge. Introduced predators ran rampant over the Otago Peninsula. I went on to discover that we had no idea of how many Yeps there were in the world and where they were. Even more concerning was finding that large breeding areas in the Catlins had almost completely disappeared (penguins and all) due to land clearance. Surprisingly, there PHOTO: supplied was not a single area on the whole of

Local stars shine in Mamma Mia! BUTLER D DANIELLE newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz Three of Wanaka’s talented theatre stars will be treading the boards next month in an adaptation of the world-famous musical, Mamma Mia!, held in Queenstown from November 8 to 11. Luggate resident and highly experienced musician and composer, Graeme Perkins, will play keyboards in the band throughout the production. He will be joined by Alan McArthur on keyboards and backing vocals. Meanwhile, Mount Aspiring College student Ella Maluschnig, pictured, will be part of the ensemble, and said she was loving being in the production. Director Doug Kamo said, “I am thrilled with the fantastic cast, they’re incredibly hardworking and exceptionally talented.” “I urge people to get their tickets because this is one show that you won’t want to miss.” The show, based on the songs of ABBA, will be performed at Queenstown Events Centre and tickets are available on eventfinda.

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the mainland that had been set aside for the protection and management of this species. What has followed as a result of all of this has been a continuous series of studies by Otago University staff and students covering the last 38 years and they continue to the present. We published a paper this last December outlining the findings of the first 23 years from just one study area on the Otago Peninsula. This is what we found. We marked 2147 chicks. Just 370 (17.2 percent) survived to return to where they were hatched, but only 219 went on to breed. But of the original 2147 chicks only 102 birds (4.8 percent) fledged first generation offspring that in turn fledged offspring. Those were the birds we called “superbirds”, when all others failed they bred successfully almost every year. Because we are unable to mark the grebes, we do not know who is surviving and returning to breed. There is of still a couple of pairs prospecting. The image above is of the chicks of nest one which hatched a week or so ago.  – John Darby

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Council talks housing crisis History of Pembroke Park preserved BUTLER D DANIELLE newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz Solutions to the district’s greatest challenge, a lack of affordable housing, will be presented to council by Mayor Jim Boult’s housing affordability task force today (Thursday October 26). The taskforce, which was set up in April 2017 to tackle the district’s housing crisis, will present six recommendations at today’s Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) meeting. In a report prepared by the task force, Mayor Boult and task force chair, Councillor John MacDonald, said that 14,570 additional homes were needed in the district over the next 30 years, which would result in a 57 percent increase of dwellings in Wanaka. “Housing affordability and availability is at historic lows. Despite all that has been done in the past to try and address this by previous councils and other parties, housing affordability has now reached crisis point,” the report said.

Mayor Boult, pictured, said that he would be urging QLDC to accept the report, noting the task force’s six recommendations and making the necessary endorsements and reviews of its own land holdings to allow the task force to achieve its goals. The recommendations include scaling up the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust, providing more land, intensification and inclusionary zoning, addressing household income support and adjusting visitor accommodation. Cr MacDonald said that he felt the task force had taken a fresh approach to the idea of home ownership. “While we’re all lucky to be able to call this place PHOTO: supplied home, buying into the market is almost impossible for many residents. We have some really forward-focused recommendations that will help people to find quality long-term rentals or get into their own home, while creating a community housing asset that will exist for many years to come.”

By-election voting papers out REPORTER S STAFF editor@thewanakasun.co.nz Residents should now have received their voting papers in the by-election for the Wanaka Community Board. Voting papers were delivered between October 12 and 17. Alan Cutler, Barry Bruce and Jude Battson are contesting the by-election. The chain of by-elections began when former Queenstown Lakes District Council councillor Ella Lawton resigned in April to run in the Otago Regional Council’s Dunstan ward byelection, 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. A controversy arose last week when it was established that candidate Barry Bruce’s name was incorrect on the ballot papers. Barry requested the ballot papers be re-issued with his correct name, but the Queenstown Lakes District Council said the existing ballot papers would remain. Candidate names will be listed in random order on the voting papers. Election Day is November 3, 2017.

After a long association with Pembroke Park, Loris King has published a book about the history of the park. Loris said she wanted to record how Pembroke Park came to be like it is now. “I have been involved with the park for a long time and had a lot of photos. Bill (her late husband) was on the council and I was also involved with Guardians of Pembroke Park. It was something I needed to do and I felt it was important to have it in print for future residents of Wanaka. I am delighted we now have a record.” Loris spent several months putting the book together gathering photos from various sources including the Wanaka Historical Society. The book was launched at the meeting rooms at The Wanaka Hotel on Sunday (October 22) and Loris is pictured with her book in front of one of the first plans of the park. All profit from the book will go to Friends of Pembroke Park to further the society’s purposes.

3pm today (Thursday October 26). Funds from this stall will go towards the operational costs of Upper Clutha Plunket. Entry is by gold coin donation. To book a table, contact Tracey Eaden on 021 024 68 907 or tracey-eaden@yahoo.co.nz $10 per table or $20 for a business table.

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Eat.Taste.Central winners REPORTER S STAFF editor@thewanakasun.co.nz Winners of the inaugural People’s Choice section of Eat.Taste.Central were spread across the region from Alexandra, Cromwell, Chatto Creek and Oturehua. The Eat.Taste.Central promotion was coordinated by Tourism Central Otago to highlight the diverse range of food and wine establishments, and quality of service available across the entire Central Otago district. Participating venues offered unique Central Otago menu offerings across the three sections from September 20 to October 23. The People’s Choice winner in the Burger & Sandwich category was a tie between the Chatto Creek Lamb Sliders at the Chatto Creek Tavern and the Monteith’s Lamb Burger from Monteith’s Alexandra. The largest category by number of dishes was the Main Meal Challenge with the Italian inspired “Gnocchi con sugo di agnello alla – Central Otago

style” from Armando’s Kitchen in the Cromwell Heritage Precinct taking out the top spot. Pies were a favourite across the region with rabbit being a key ingredient in the three top offerings – the People’s Choice award in the Pie Challenge was awarded to the Rabbit and Thyme Pie from Hannah’s Café located at the historic Hayes Engineering Homestead in Oturehua. Campaign manager Anthony Longman said, “This inaugural promotion has been incredibly well-received. We’ve had great feedback from the public through the voting process and our operators have indicated they’ve seen an increase in people coming out specifically to try their Eat. Taste.Central dishes.” The top five dishes in each category of the People’s Choice Awards will be served up to a judging panel this weekend who will select the overall winners including best beverage match. Overall winners will be announced on Sunday (October 29).

Bachelor of Visual Arts on offer REPORTER S STAFF editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Garage sale this weekend Everything baby will be available at this weekend’s Plunket Garage Sale. The annual sale is being held at the Wanaka Recreation Centre from 10am-12pm on Sunday October 29. Donations of clothing for the Plunket Stall will be welcomed and accepted at the Plunket Rooms until

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Otago Polytechnic will offer a Bachelor of Visual Arts programme from the Central Campus in Cromwell in 2018. The Bachelor of Visual Arts was previously only available to those studying at the Dunedin School of Art (DSA). However, from 2018, it will be possible to study the second and third-year painting and photography specialties by distance

from Central Otago. Clive Humphreys, Acting Head of Dunedin School of Art, said that as Central Otago’s population grows, it seemed sensible to be serving this region. “We have started by offering programmes in painting or photography, two disciplines in which a lot of people in Central Otago are working,” Clive said. “This isn’t for first-year arts students. We are looking to cater to those people who already have some form of arts practice.”

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REPORTER S STAFF editor@thewanakasun.co.nz Mount Aspiring College (MAC) year seven students took part in a student volunteering project on October 19 and 20. MAC year seven teacher Kate Brown said, “The project was part of an educational resource created by a School Kit based on the Student Volunteer Army (SVA) that was established after the CHCH earthquakes. Our students chose a project or organisation of their choice to volunteer their time and help to make a difference in the community.” The organisations/projects included Riding for the Disabled, local preschools, Food for Love,

Community Networks Food Bank, Elmslie House and Enliven, working with Anne Steven weeding at the Shortcut Road, gardening and rubbish removal at MAC, Wanaka Library, SPCA, rubbish pickup on the lakefront, Wanaka Afterschool Programme and bike jump maintenance at Lismore Park. “The support of parents who transported the students and supervised them at some locations was really appreciated. All students thoroughly enjoyed their time spent at their organisations, with some wanting to continue to help in their own time outside of school. The project was a huge success due to the number of organisations and people who were happy to have our students volunteer their time working alongside them,” Kate said. Pictured: Students volunteering.

Perfect Woman crowned WHITE R ROB journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

The winner of the 2017 Perfect Woman competition has been crowned at the Luggate Hotel. Nine ladies took part in the charity fundraiser and competed across a range of events on Saturday and Sunday (October 21 and 22), with Jasmine Simpson taking first prize. The annual event saw the women take part in 15 tasks, including knife throwing, backing up a trailer, beer serving and opening a bottle with a chainsaw. It was created by Stew Burt and his late wife Liz in 2002 when they established The Canlive Cancer Trust, which helps make self-help more accessible to people with cancer in Central Otago. Stew said, “They were a superb bunch of girls who provided amazing entertainment in a fabulous new venue with great local support. The money raised will help two young local ladies with brain tumours to attend the next Canlive Cancer retreat starting this Thursday in Wanaka, at no cost to them.” Pictured: Compere Brendan Laney, winner Jasmine Simpson, runner up Teresa Butler, uggate Hotel owners Rod Bowler and Jana Rowena, and organiser Stew Burt.

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Reilly K Kim Federated Farmers South Island Regional Policy Manager Last week, as we headed into the ironically entitled Labour Weekend, we finally got to learn the make-up of our next government. (Although in the time it took Winston to get to that key bit of information in his long-awaited speech, I managed to completely finish the second coat on a fence I was staining). Ultimately, it all came down to a Labour/NZ First coalition, with confirmed support from the Green Party. To be honest, I think most people around the country, regardless of which way they voted, were at least glad that the announcement put an end to the obsessive media speculation about which way Winston would go. Long before the election process began, Federated Farmers had prepared its election manifesto and invited representatives from all of the main political parties to come and speak with us. As a result, during both our pre-election ‘meet the candidate’ meetings and our Annual General Meetings across New Zealand, our members got to hear a wide range of political views. Throughout the election process, the environment, water quality, climate change and immigration were consistently raised as key issues resonating with New Zealanders. These are also key issues relating to, and affecting, the primary sector and rural New Zealand. So it is vital that the farming sector gets the opportunity to work with the new

government on long-term solutions to these issues. As with any election process, things got predictably nasty and divisive on all sides, with farmers arguably copping an undeserved share of negative attention, particularly through social media. Moving forward, the only way for our country to successfully navigate the issues that matter the most to all of us s to re-find common ground as New Zealanders. For every person who tells me that farming is part of the problem, I would then counter that we’re therefore a key part of any solution. As are we all, given we all make use of our country’s resources. Federated Farmers and its elected representatives across New Zealand will certainly be sharing our industry influence, expertise and insight with the new government to ensure the farming voice is represented. At the time of writing this, we don’t know which pre-election policies will find their way into the government’s work plan; although there is already talk that climate change legislation and an all gases, all-sectors emissions trading scheme will be passed into law. What we do know though, is that there will be enough to keep Federated Farmers staff and representatives well and truly working hard for our farming members across New Zealand over the next three years. There will never be a more important time for farmers to join up as a Federated Farmers member.

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Cardboard boats in maiden voyages WHITE R ROB journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz Crowds lined the shores and jetties of Lake Wanaka on Saturday (October 21) for the annual Kahu Youth Cardboard Boat Race. More than 20 vessels made purely from cardboard and tape set out to navigate the 30m course and the event captured the imagination of the townsfolk who flocked to cheer the sailors on. As the Wanaka Sun toured the shipyard to speak to the racers, there was a clear mix of optimism and dread among the young sailors. Amelia Latchford, 10, said of her boat Titanic 3, “It’s going to sink.” Shipmate Ruby Smith, 9, was slightly more positive, saying “We strengthened it up a bit so I think it will last longer than it would have.” Tay Simpson of Team Emirates Hawea said he and co-captain Kobi Simmers, both 11, were pretty confident in their boat. “It’s buoyant, quite strong and we can both fit on it,” Tay said. Mum and ground support team leader Rosie Futschek was there with Peas in a Pod, which included Zoe Nicholson, Isla Taylot and Mila Culpitt, all nine. She said, “These girls have done this event year after year. They’ve been Hawaiian girls and Halloween [themed]. It’s fantastic for

the community and the kids just love making these boats.” The race was won by Dragon Boat, while the Mexico Party Boat received the Titanic Award for best sinking. Peas in a Pod claimed most outrageous boat, SS Fish Bowl won the theme prize and best design went to Graffiti. Richard Elvey, a Kahu Youth worker and co-organiser of the event, said he was delighted with how the event had gone. “It was marvellous. It’s always a bit nerve-wracking beforehand because PHOTO: Rob White no one pre-registers, but we had 24 Dragon boat (right) sets out on its winning voyage. boats on the day, which is one short of the record. The weather was great and there were a few waves, so there was a bit of peril as well,” he said. This year was also the first since 2009 to include an adult age group and three boats took up the challenge. Kahu Youth’s Claire French entertained the crowds with a zigzagged approach to the course, while Wanaka Sun’s HMS Boat and Paradiso fared well until the vessels began taking on water. Richard said, “We want to see more adults next year. It’s fun laughing at the children, but it’s even more fun to laugh at the adults and it gives the kids something else to enjoy as well.” He also thanked Lakeland Adventures, which provided life jackets PHOTO: Rob White PHOTO: Rob White and safety boats and has supported the event since its inception. Ruby Smith, Brynn Smith and Amelia Latchford, Titanic 3. Zoe Nicholson, Isla Taylor and Miles Culpitt, Peas in a Pod.

The tortured tale of HMS Boat WHITE R ROB journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz With the introduction of an adults’ round in Kahu Youth’s Cardboard Boat Race, the Wanaka Sun decided it was time to leave the safe surrounds of the printing presses and take to the high seas. After several weeks of tough selection tests and intensive design, the team of David Stephenson, Steve Lowe and Rob White was selected the night before the race after no one else volunteered. With the emphasis on discussion rather than action, construction on HMS Boat began thanks to a substantial cardboard donation from a nearby ski field. The design team, of everyone who happened to be at the barbecue, was quick to offer opinions, but succeeded only in lending further credence to the theory that a camel is what a horse would look like if it were designed by a committee. Eventually, after patriotic pleas from Rob to call her HMS Queen Elizabeth II, it was HMS Boat that rose out of the cardboard to take on Lake Wanaka. The day began with Canadian Air Force Exercises, The crew prepares to set sail. a hearty breakfast and a keen sense of intrigue. Upon arriving at the course, the intrigue turned to optimism upon hearing that only two other boats would be participating. Talk of acceptance speeches for the top prize was rife and a patent for HMS Boat’s design was immediately considered, only to be instantly tempered by the obvious quality, time, effort and creativity of every other boat, particularly from the children. With the kids’ race complete, it was HMS Boat’s time to shine. The early pace was fast, reaching halfway point in no time at all. Early dreams of reaching Hawea to a heroes’ welcome crept in, but quickly disappeared as the ship began to take on water. HMS Boat was clearly in trouble and after a team salute, she sank like a stone. A nevertheless appreciative crowd hollered the sunken ship back to port and a drenched and freezing crew posed for photos, before spending the next hour trying to work out what oddly no one had considered during the design process – what do you do with 50 pieces Full speed ahead from the engine room. of soggy, lake-soaked cardboard?


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First in, best dressed duck WHITE R ROB journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz A small crowd gathered on Friday (October 20) for the judging of the Best Dressed Executive Duck. Local businesses had paid $100 each for their duck and hopes were high after some extremely impressive entries. After some fierce competition, it

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was Sassy Pants (pictured) who won the day. Judge, Biss Taylor, from award sponsor New World, said, “The standard was very high. No Limits was very good, but I think Sassy Pants was a wee bit more fun.” Fellow judge, Rachel Brown, chair of the Wanaka Community Board, said “Sassy Pants was the most glamorous. She just had to get up.” Aspiring Law won the prize for Most Creative Duck.

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The Wanaka Sun was brimming with confidence before the race as its two ducks, Journa and List, underwent an intensive training programme in preparation for bringing home the title. However, victory eluded us for another year. List took the early rapids well, ducking and diving to reach the halfway point in 42nd. All the practice runs seemed to be coming together as she passed five ducks in one slick manoeuvre over the rapids. Her army of one fan roared her on, but an unfortunate head-on meeting with a rock twice her size left her dazed and dizzy. She recovered to finish a credible 87th. Journa had a slightly less impressive run, becoming stuck in bottleneck and ruffling more than a few feathers as the race turned physical. Boxed into a corner by his own trademark temper, he was a sitting duck until a Rotary Club member intervened and set the warring waterfowls on their way. However, Journa was unable to recover his previous form and strolled across the line in a disappointing 1137th. Pictured: Journa and List ‘quacks’ lyrical about the race as they face an expectant media.

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Labour weekend in Wanaka got off to a lively start on Saturday (October 21) as around 1000 people took to the streets for the Rotary Club’s annual Duck Race. Almost 1500 ducks made the trek down a tricky Bullock Creek course from Dungarvon Street to the Dinosaur Park and countless families from across the region gathered to cheer them home. Kate Norman said, “It’s heaps of fun and the grandkids are loving it. It’s a great community event and a lovely morning for it.” Merrilee Williams said, “We just saw the giant duck so thought it would be fun. Rotary is a great organisation to support and it does a lot of work for the community.” The fashionably single-named ‘Jack’ won first prize with duck 1858, while Arthur Walker and Christine

Humphrey’s ducks came second and third. In the Executive Race, sponsors Harcourts raised some eyebrows by taking the win after “Bluey” crossed the line in first. As Rotary members swept the creek for lost racers, club president Fran Tate said that the day had been very enjoyable and had raised around $11,000 for good causes. “Judging by people’s responses throughout the day, it was a huge success. Introducing the decorate your own executive ducks was a resounding success and was embraced by the business community,” Fran said. “We are a charitable trust and raise funds to give to community initiatives such as Rotary Park and Glendhu Bay, or barbecues and seating around the area like at Dinosaur park at Eely Point. We are also jointly involved in projects in the Pacific, such as Samoa, Fiji and Vanuatu, usually to do with clean water, sewage, medical attention and schools.”

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Navigation Safety Bylaw

Dear editor, The proposed changes to the Navigation Safety Bylaw on the Clutha River represent the sort of challenge that will increasingly face Wanaka in the years ahead. The demands of commercial tourism operators will, on occasion, likely be at odds with the interests of those who shifted to this part of paradise for the quality of life on offer. It’s hard to believe, though, that a world-famous stretch of fishing water would be put at risk by our council, let alone the enjoyment of many other relatively passive users of this beautiful stretch of river and its surrounds. For my part, I was surprised to find earlier in the year that the council had used subterfuge to allow a new commercial jet boat operation to launch from the Albert Town bridge, without any consent being publicly notified. It’s therefore to be feared that the proposed changes will allow for even greater commercial use of the river. The Albert Town Community Association is to be commended for its efforts to ensure that the council does not rush through these proposed changes without full, and meaningful, consultation with affected residents. One assumes too that the Wanaka Community Board will also take steps to ensure that commercial interests are appropriately balanced with other legitimate interests on this issue, and other issues yet to come. Ian W Hall Albert Town

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Yes, we face huge challenges to balance ever increasing demands from different sectors, which may potentially conflict with each other. The Wanaka Community Board endeavours to work with the community to address the challenges of our popular “paradise”. We all want it to be the best possible place it can be; community conversations about the opportunities and risks of growth are more important than ever. The current Navigational Bylaw review includes a recommendation to create a consistent bylaw for the Upper Clutha River that could be more effective to manage and enforce. This recommendation is now being tested in the community: anyone can make a submission to council until the end of this month. Please make sure you make your opinion known, especially if you have constructive ideas on how this stretch of river should be best managed. The matter of commercial operators on the river is managed by a consent process, which is separate from the Navigational Bylaw, which sets safety standards for all users. There are criteria for consent that get reviewed over time; if an application meets the criteria, there is no need to publicly notified. I understand current operators on the Upper Clutha are all operating under established resource consents. If Mr Hall has issues with a current consent, I suggest he speak with a council planner. It is good to see these matters discussed in the media and other forums; effective democracy is dependent on participation so the best decisions can be made.


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This month I would like to profile and introduce one of our in-house specialists, Alex Cull, who has recently moved to Wanaka to take up a full time role as our local tax specialist dedicated to the Wanaka region. We are lucky to have his services and the growth of the region in general has allowed scope for us to employ someone with his specialty skills. Even though he is relatively young he comes with a raft of experience having worked for the Inland Revenue Shane Gibson Department as an investigator Principal - Business Advisory in the past for example. The insight he provides us in dealing with the IRD is invaluable tool for assisting our clients in dealing with tax matters directly with the IRD. For this and many other reasons we are fortunate to have him but enough from me I will let him introduce himself and tell you what he gets up to.


It was either going to be Wanaka or Boulder, Colorado. Both have mountains and good coffee. After spending six years studying New Zealand’s tax laws and racking up an admirable amount of student loan debt, I decided that rather than moving offshore, it made more sense to use my knowledge in New Zealand, (and not pay interest on the loan). Like many others in town, my wife and I moved to Wanaka from Auckland seeking a better and more active lifestyle, and less of a commute. I am very fortunate to have found a position at Crowe Horwath, working under one of the country’s most knowledgeable tax teams. Don’t get me wrong, it was interesting working for the IRD. I was involved in carryingout search warrants, taxpayer prosecutions and met a wide sample

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of society. Working there also gave me a good idea of the inner workings of the organisation and where the line is that shouldn’t be crossed. However, I certainly prefer doing more technical tax work and there is plenty of that in Wanaka. For a small town, it presents some unusually complex tax issues. We have a range of clients who require help with international tax issues, property transactions and general compliance. Outside of work, I spend a lot of time on my mountain bike, on the ski fields, and enjoying local beers. I have more recently been involved in re-establishing a Wanaka young professionals group. If you need any tax assistance, please feel free to drop into the office, or contact me at alex.cull@crowehorwath.co.nz, or on 03 443 0830.

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Wanaka Pharmacy is your local pharmacy. We’re the big pharmacy at the top of Helwick Street open until 7pm every single day. Ph 443 8000. If you have rented out your Wanaka house/ holiday home and you have some unopened or fresh food please remember your local foodbank at Community Networks, 73 Brownston St. Thank you! Community Networks and Age Concern Otago are co-hosting an ‘Independent Living Seminar’, Monday 30 October, 10-12pm, Wanaka Yacht Club. For further details, or to register, please contact Community Networks (03) 443 7799. FREE LEGAL ADVICE available at Community Networks delivered by the Dunedin Community Law Centre on Wednesday 8 Nov . Please call Community Networks on 443 7799 to book your appointment. FREE COMPUTER LESSONS FOR OLDER PEOPLE - Community Networks is offering oneon-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. 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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EMPLOYMENT Caretaker – A person with experience is required to look after Spas, grounds and general building maintenance of a 26 apartment complex situated at 13 Plantation Road, Wanaka. This position will require regular site visits. Please apply with details of work history and references to Caretaker PO Box 11131 Ellerslie 1542.



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On behalf of Queenstown Lakes District Council and Downer, Delta Utility Services Ltd wishes to advise residents of the Queenstown Lakes Districts Council of the intention to apply herbicides to un-wanted weed growth and pest plants.

On behalf of Queenstown Lakes District Council and Downer, Delta Utility Services Ltd wishes to advise residents of the Queenstown Lakes Districts Council of the intention to apply herbicides to un-wanted weed growth and pest plants.

This work is carried out as part of the road maintenance contract CT16-007 and includes roadsides and footpaths.

This work is carried out as part of the road maintenance contract CT16-007 and includes roadsides and footpaths.

Work will commence on 1st November 2017.

Work will commence on 1st November 2017.

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N O T I C E B O A R D Meeting Schedule for November 2017 The following meetings will be held during November 2017: Resource Consent Hearing (Slab Limited RM170388) – Peak Functions, 181/185 Upton Street, Wanaka. Thursday 2 November 2017 at 10.00am. Community & Services Committee – Council Chambers, 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown. Thursday 2 November 2017 at 10.00am. Extraordinary Meeting of the Queenstown Lakes District Council – Council Chambers, 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown. Wednesday 8 November 2017 at 3.00pm. The purpose of this meeting is to confirm Stage 2 of the Proposed District Plan Hearing of Submissions on the QLDC Proposed Navigation Safety Bylaw 2017 – Armstrong Room, Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka. Wednesday 15 November 2017 at 10.00am. Planning & Strategy Committee – Council Chambers, 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown. Thursday 16 November 2017 at 10.00am.


Appeals Subcommittee – Council Chambers, 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown. Thursday 16 November 2017 at 10.30am or at the conclusion of the Planning & Strategy Committee whichever is the latter.


Infrastructure Committee – Council Chambers, 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown. Thursday 23 November 2017 at 10.00am.

On behalf of Queenstown Lakes District Council and Downer, Delta Utility Services Ltd wishes to advise residents of the Queenstown Lakes Districts Council of the intention to apply herbicides to un-wanted weed growth and pest plants. This work is carried out as part of the road maintenance contract CT16-007 and includes roadsides and footpaths. Work will commence on 1st November 2017.

This meeting will be held with the public excluded, pursuant to Section 7(2)(g) and Section 7(2)(i) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987. Hearing of Submissions on the QLDC Proposed Navigation Safety Bylaw 2017 – Council Chambers, 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown. Thursday 16 November 2017 at 1.00pm.

Wanaka Community Board – Armstrong Room, Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka. Thursday 30 November 2017 at 10.00am. Meeting dates, times and venues are subject to change. The above meetings are open to the public. Some meetings may have items of business that will be discussed with the public excluded, as set out by the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987. This notice is published in accordance with Section 46 of the Local Government Act 2002. Mike Theelen Chief Executive

Amended Meeting Schedule The QLDC October Meeting Schedule has been amended as follows: Additional Meeting: District Licensing Committee Hearing – Court Room 2, Queenstown Court, Stanley Street, Queenstown. Tuesday 31 October 2017 at 9.00am.

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New course attracts athletes Gold for Karate student REPORTER S STAFF editor@thewanakasun.co.nz Perfect conditions attracted around 300 runners to the Cromwell Half Marathon on Sunday (October 22). Race director Terry Davis said it was the biggest crowd the event had seen in recent years, with the new course around Lake Dunstan’s lakeside trails given the thumbs up by competitors. “We have had overwhelmingly positive feedback on the new course. My stress levels were a lot less this year having the course off the roads. The parents of the school relay teams particularly appreciated the added safety of this new course. It is almost entirely on hard-packed dirt road with a few rough spots but the winning time of 1:13:26 by regular competitor

and previous 10km winner Dom Channing, of Wanaka, proves it is still a good fast course.” Ruben Connolly, of Cromwell, finished second in a time of 1:22:44 and Glen Chisholm, of Clyde, came third in 1:24:12. The open women’s race was won by Emma Perron, of Wanaka, in a time of 1:26:22, with Tanya Copeland, of Tuatapere, in second in a time of 1:32:56 and Emma Beeby in third place in a time of 1:43:48. “The Alpha Street soccer grounds for parking and the adjacent playground area where the finish was set-up was just perfect. So much space, ample parking… makes our race a very easy one to participate in,” Terry said. Terry wished to thanks the Cromwell Lions for providing burgers and sausages for the participants and marshalls out on course.

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REPORTER S Sports editor@thewanakasun.co.nz Wanaka Primary School student Ryan Enoka (10) came home with a gold and a bronze medal when he competed in the Otago Southland Karate Championships in Queenstown on Sunday October 22.

Ryan (pictured) received the gold medal for 10-11 Year boys Development Kata and a bronze in Kumite. He trains in Wanaka and in Queenstown with Samurai Karate Otago. He started his training as a five year old and more recently competed in the Central Otago team at regional competitions.

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The Holy Family School had its athletics day yesterday, Wednesday (October 25) with children competing in various events throughout the day. Pictured: Ethan Highsted, Angus Wallis, Oscar Crowe competing in the hurdles event.


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Wanaka Bridge Results: (Tues) 1st Michael Chapman-Smith, Angela Heising 74%. 2nd Deidre Lynch, Ann Scandrett 60%. 3rd Heather Wellman, Sally Goodall 54%. (Wed) N/S 1st Alwyne Haworth, Charles Kiewiet 62.50%. 2nd Elaine Herbert, Shona Watt 53.94%. 3rd Tess Hellebrekers, Lyn Hill 51.85%. E/W 1st Jane Hamilton, Annette Clements 60.19%. 2nd Jan Wynn-Williams, Robin Bruce-Smith 59.26%. 3rd Michael Chapman Smith, Angela Heising 56.94%. (Fri) N/S 1st Sherril Harries, Maggie Stratford 64.93%. 2nd Sheryl Strudwick, Jan Anderson 55.50%. 3rd Ian & Dorothy McDonald 53.82%. E/W 1st Jenny Turnbyull, Heather Wellman 60.32%. 2nd Daphne Stewart, Gerarda Herlihy 57.94%. 3rd Sally Goodall, Judy Briggs 57.54%. (Mon) N/S 1st Josey McKenzie, Madeleine Reveley 61.06%. 2nd Ian & Dorothy McDonald 59.82%. 3rd Michael ChapmanSmith, Angela Heising 58.04%. E/W 1st Ena Leckie, Marion Furneaux 66.27%. 2nd Liz Hawker, Martin Unwin 58.33%. 3rd Sherril Harries, Maggie Stratford 57.74%. Wanaka Friday Progressive Bowls 6:10:17 Skips 1 R Chartres 2 A Moore 3 T Tovey Thirds 1 P Traynor 2 G Hall 3 B Thotburn Leads 1 T Tattersfield 2 M Parker 3 J Hill. 13:10:17. Skips 1 C Kiewiet 2 T Tovey 3 I Fletcher Thirds 1 J Bryant 2 C Fufle 3 G Hall Leads 1 A Bryan 2 J Feehly 3 M Parker. 20:10:17 Skips 1 D McLeay 2 S Culverwell 3 B Steel Thirds 1 J Young 2 J Skeggs 3 G Hall Leads 1 N Matheson 2 B Thorburn 3 W Boyce.

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Derry wins world jet boat marathon

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REPORTER S STAFF editor@thewanakasun.co.nz The roar of jet boat engines were heard in Wanaka last weekend as 45 boats contested the 2017 World Jet Boat Marathon. The tenth leg took competitors upstream on the Matukituki River from Glendhu Bay to the Beech Forest, with the return 11th leg which saw the boats race downstream on the Matukituki River before competitors relocated to the Lake Wanaka outlet. Competitors race down the Clutha River to Old Cromwell on the 12th leg. The competition finished in Queenstown on Saturday (October 21) on the Dart, Kawarau and

Shotover rivers. The championship was won by race organiser John Derry and Nick Smith. Every four years the World Jet Boat Marathon comes to New Zealand. It is the pinnacle of river racing globally shared between the participating countries New Zealand, USA, Canada and Mexico, with 45 boats competing. The race was marred by the death of Duayne Insley of Glenorchy, who died in an accident on Canterbury’s Waimakariri River on Sunday (October 15) on the second day of the week-long championship. The driver, Dwayne Terry, was uninjured. Pictured: Overall winners John Derry and Nick Smith during the criterium on the Waimakariri River.

Mikayla wins cycling series WHITE R ROB journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz Mikayla Harvey has won the women’s Calder Stewart Cycling Series elite title on the final day of the competition. The Wanaka cyclist took the title in the last round of the series, the Cycle Surgery Hell of the South, near Christchurch on Sunday (October 22). She went into the final round with a seven point lead over West Coast rider Sharlotte Lucas, knowing she had to finish ahead of, or at least close to, her challenger to win overall. Although Sharlotte won the individual race, Mikayla crossed the line in second to win the series by four points.

“I’m so happy as it’s been a really tight competition for the whole series so to be able to come away from the last race winning the overall series is pretty awesome,” Mikayla said. “The competition was so stiff between me Sharlotte and Kate [McIIroy], so the series win definitely wouldn’t have been possible without such strong support from my Mike Greer Home team mates.” The Calder Stewart Cycling Series is a six round South Island race that began in Canterbury in February. Contestants then competed in Dunedin, Timaru, Nelson and Hokitika before Sunday’s final race near Christchurch. Pictured: Mikayla chasing race leader Sharlotte Lucas.

Canine call for fundraising dog walk BUTLER D DANIELLE newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz The SPCA is calling all canines and their owners to join its annual dog walking fundraiser next weekend. Dog owners are invited to join the walk on Saturday November 4 with a $5 donation for the animal protection charity. Coordinator Judy Young said that it

would be great to see a large turnout on a nice sunny day. “The SPCA does a great job looking after the welfare of animals in the Central Otago area and other areas of NZ. SPCA inspectors contribute significantly to the organisation’s primary goals of preventing cruelty to animals and in alleviating suffering of animals, education and advocacy,” Judy said.


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SPCA dog bandanas will be on sale and there will also be a raffle on the day. Fundraisers and their pets will also be outside New World on Friday November 3 collecting for the charity and selling raffle tickets for the Big Hamper Raffle. The dog walk starts on the lake front opposite Lake Bar at 10.15am. Pictured: Dogs and their owners congregate for last year’s fundraising walk.


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Hundreds take part in endurance bike race WHITE R ROB journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz More than 400 cyclists sped along Deans Bank on Sunday (October 22) for the Bike Wanaka 10 Hour Race. The event, which is in its sixth year, is run by Bike Wanaka (BW) and sees adults and children racing to complete as many laps of the 11km course as they can before their time runs out. BW club president Oliver Young said it had been a good experience for riders of all abilities. “It went very well. Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun and it was hard, but enjoyable. “It’s all about having fun and it was noticeable how much courtesy there was on the course. People were passing slower riders with plenty of space on the right and there was also hardly any litter at all, just what might have fallen out of people’s pockets,” he said. John Mezger and Terese Noble won the men’s and women’s solo ten-hour races, while Mark Williams and Floortje Grimmett took first in the five-hour solo races. Forever RacingNZ-Orange and 4ever Ladies won the team events, while Scotty Cain took the single speed ten-hour title in a race where bikes have just one gear. The event is run exclusively by volunteers and raises money for BW, which Oliver said was important for both the club and for biking around Wanaka. “We try to build and look after trails and networks and try to improve riding in the area. This is our number one money raiser for the year and it allows us to do all sorts of things.”

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