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he Wanaka community has reacted with shock and anger after a spate of graffiti hit the town on Friday October 27. Residents awoke on Saturday morning to find the words “Satan is Real” spray-painted on the dinosaur in the Dinosaur Park and an obscene word written on a bench outside the Lake Wanaka Centre. Vandals also scrawled on a water tank on Plantation Road and on the back of Korean restaurant Shinaburo on Ardmore Street. Angry locals quickly vented their anger on social media, with many calling for severe punishment for those responsible. Other residents called for the naming and shaming of the guilty party or parties, while others wanted to see them face the children who use the park to apologise for

the damage. Two other residents offered rewards of $100 each if the culprit or culprits were caught. Local Craig Gasson said his anger was directed at the council for taking until Monday to remove it. “No one took ownership of the situation and that word is very offensive. We are a tourist town and it was there for about 60 hours,” he said. Queenstown Lakes District Council did not comment on why corrective action was not taken over the weekend, but spokesperson Jimmy Sygrove condemned the vandalism and confirmed that the bench had been removed and the dinosaur cleaned on Monday morning (October 30). “It’s a real shame that there are people out there who think this sort of behaviour is ok, and we certainly want to see them held to account. We ask that if anyone knows who is responsible for this vandalism please

contact the police. “Anyone who sees anything of this nature, or just wants to contact the council, can do so by calling us at any time on 03 443 0024, emailing services@qldc.govt.nz, or putting in a request for service on our website.” Steve Watt, acting senior sergeant at Wanaka Police, confirmed an investigation was underway and appealed for anyone with information to come forward. “The graffiti was reported to us on Saturday and occurred overnight on Friday. The locations of the tagging would suggest that it is someone who has walked into town, tagging as they went. Police are continuing to review CCTV footage, but are reaching out to the Wanaka Community to help us identify the individual or group who are responsible. “The tasteless destruction of public property through graffiti is a scourge on Wanaka’s otherwise clean and smart-looking

spaces. We will continue to patrol these areas and may consider covert patrols in order to catch those responsible,” senior sergeant Watt said. Wanaka Ward QLDC councillor Quentin Smith was also quick to criticise the graffiti and called for members of the community to report vandalism as soon as they saw it. “It was really disappointing to see the dinosaur park and park bench vandalised on the weekend. Graffiti is fortunately not something that is common in Wanaka and council are generally very responsive to dealing with it the same day. “Strangely, although there were lots of comments on social media and in the media on this situation, not many people actually thought to report it to council directly. If people encounter vandalism on public property, we encourage them to lodge a “request for service” to assist council in responding as quickly as possible.”

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New World in Three Parks REPORTER S STAFF editor@thewanakasun.co.nz Foodstuffs South (FSI) Island has confirmed it is planning to build a New World supermarket in Wanaka’s Three Parks development. FSI’s general manager, property and retail development Roger Davidson said resource consent has not yet been lodged for the development, but should be lodged in the next few weeks. Building will take between 12 to 14 months to complete, with plans for the new store to be open by 2019. “We have had a New World store in central Wanaka for a number of years, and it will continue to service locals and visitors in town, while this much larger store would help cater for the expected population growth in the wider Wanaka area,” Roger said. He said that between 2006 and 2013, the population of the Wanaka area grew by 28.5 percent and the total Queenstown Lakes District population grew by 22.9 percent to

just over 28,000 residents. By 2031, that number is predicted to increase to 44,000 residents, with a further 23,346 visitors to the region. “We think New World will be the right fit for the future population of Three Parks. It offers the best possible range of groceries and fresh food, as well as excellent service and value for money. “Each New World store is independently owned and operated, and each owner-operator goes above and beyond to serve their local community,” Roger said. “New World operators are known for donating to their local food banks, supporting community sports teams and sourcing the right products for their customers. Roger said it was too early to say who the owner-operator will be. “There are internal processes that the cooperative needs to go through to reach a decision. We won’t be in a position to share this announcement until much closer to the time,” Roger said.

Projects receive OCT funding TURNBULL G GLENDA editor@thewanakasun.co.nz The Upper Clutha Tracks Trust (UCTT) has received a donation of $30,000 from the Otago Community Trust (OCT) for the Hawea Flat Link Track Project. The donation is to assist with building an off-road link between Hawea Flat, the Hawea River Track and onto Albert Town and Wanaka. The track will provide a safe, offroad, direct link between Hawea Flat and Albert Town/Wanaka. The proposed track has been made possible as a result of a land swap agreement between a landowner and various parties including the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) and the UCTT. The project has the full support of QLDC, who are part-funding the project, the Department of Conservation and the Walking Access Commission. UCTT treasurer John Wellington said the trust was very grateful to the OCT for their support. “The track will run along the side of Newcastle Road and a new track will be formed on the easement with Devon

Dairies. We hope to start the project as soon as possible, but it will be in the next five to six months,” John said. The OCT donated $33,000 to the QLDC to assist with the cost of redeveloping Allenby Park. The park is a community reserve in the Mount Iron area of Wanaka. Local residents approached QLDC with the idea to develop the park to provide locals with a space to exercise, play and relax. OCT chairman Ross McRobie said he was very supportive of the project. “The money will help convert Allenby Park into a community park, making a huge difference for the community.” The development will include the purchase and installation of play equipment, walking tracks, fitness equipment and a community barbeque space. Other organisations to benefit from this round of funding include Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust $15,000 to assist with staging of Challenge Wanaka 2018, Cromwell College - $1,000 to assist with the cost of purchasing eight kayaks and St John Cromwell Area committee - $20,000 to assist with the cost of building a twobay garage.

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TURNBULL G GLENDA editor@thewanakasun.co.nz The annual Wanaka Search and Rescue exercise (SAREX) was held in the Matukituki Valley last Saturday, October 28. All search and rescue teams, including the Alpine Cliff Rescue team, River Rescue team, Sub Alpine group and the Incident Management Team, went through a number of skill workshops and scenarios to prepare for the busy summer season. Police Search and Rescue coordinator (SAR) Sergeant Aaron Nicholson said SAREX was an important culmination of the yearly training plans and brought all the specialist groups together.

“The Wanaka community should be very proud of its SAR volunteers. They possess a very high skill set and are very keen to give up important work and family time at the drop of a hat to help anyone that is lost, missing or injured in our backcountry,” Sergeant Nicholson said. The ACR team spent the afternoon on the Moncrieff Col Glacier, west of Mount Aspiring, dealing with crevasse rescue scenarios (pictured), while the Sub Alpine team combed the Glacier Burn searching for a lost hunter supported by the River Rescue team, which negotiated the tricky gorge system at the entrance to the Glacier Burn. The Incident Management Teams’ maintained a communications link for all team’s activities.

Spark plans for crazy Christmas BUTLER D DANIELLE newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz Spark has made an urgent appeal to Wanaka’s Community Board (WCB) for a temporary networking facility to be installed at Sticky Forest ahead of the busy Christmas period. Spark’s head of South Island Paul Deavoll said the company was seeking to install the facility before the Christmas holiday season to ensure that the network was equipped for the season’s significant increase in usage and demand. The facility would also help the ongoing increase in demand in the area generally, he said. The community board approved the agreement to grant a temporary right-of-way and underground service easement over the recreation reserve at its meeting on Wednesday October 25. meaning that

Spark will now be able to install a ten-metre high cellphone pole at Beacon Point, Sticky Forest. The agreement will be valid for two years, with a further term of two years available at the discretion of Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC). The network has historically experienced difficulties coping with the high usage in demand, particularly over the Christmas holidays, leading to a network collapse in the festive period of 2015/2016. A report prepared for the WCB by property advisor Blake Hoger and QLDC’s senior planner, parks and reserves Aaron Burt revealed that Spark also intends to install a permanent facility in Wanaka. The report added that discussions with the council’s planning department were currently ongoing and that the temporary facility would ensure continuity of service while planning for the permanent facility continued.

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WHITE R ROB journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz Volunteers from around Wanaka have been honoured at the Trustpower Community Awards. The annual ceremony is Queenstown Lakes District’s biggest celebration of volunteers and seven Wanaka-based groups and individuals were recognised for their work. Mount Aspiring College’s (MAC) Students in the Community won in the Education and Child/Youth Development category, with a commendation for Kahu Youth, while Te Kãkano Aotearoa Trust triumphed in the Heritage and Environment section. MAC Students in the Community co-ordinator Liz Breslin said, “It was brilliant to accept the award on behalf of the students. The programme has been going for 22 years and it’s great that the school and the community support it. “In Year 13, students have to make so many decisions about their own future, it’s really valuable to be thinking about their place in the wider world through things like volunteering as well. It keeps them grounded.” Festival of Colour also celebrated a win in Arts and Culture, while Wanaka Trail Ride triumphed in Sport and Leisure.

MAC’s Ashleigh Cram was the runner-up in the Youth Community Spirit section, while Food for Love Wanaka also took second in Health and Wellbeing. The awards, now in their 24th year, saw voluntary groups from around the region gather at Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall on October 26 to hear how 13 groups are making an impact in their community. Alice Boyd, community relations representative at Trustpower, said that it was difficult to pick a winner this year. “We understand that volunteers are the backbone of every community and we look to recognise and celebrate them all across New Zealand. “We had over 50 groups enter and the judging is always very difficult, but we bring together a group of judges from the local community. We look at volunteer input, creativity and effect on the community. It’s a really difficult job, but it’s pretty awesome to be able to celebrate them.” Queenstown’s LUMA Light Festival took the top prize and will represent the region at the National Community Awards next April. Pictured (L to R) are Liz Breslin, Luke Burke, Ashleigh Cram, Anna Edwards, Alex Mitchell, Sean Dickey and QLDC Mayor Jim Boult.

Urology ‘megaclinics’ to tackle backlog WHITE R ROB journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

Dunedin hospital is set to run two intensive weekend ‘megaclinics’ to clear a backlog of patients still waiting for urology assessments and procedures. The clinics, booked for November and December, will enable 200-300 appointments per day, including first specialist assessments, diagnostic procedures and potential surgeries. The move has been supported by the New Zealand Urologists, which will bring in ten additional urologists and ten specialist nursing staff for both clinics. Christchurchbased Urology Associates is also assisting and will be joined by Southern District Health Board (SDHB) clinical nurse specialists, urologists, anaesthetists and administrative, sterile services and

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theatre staff from Southland and Dunedin. The extra support will mean 14 clinic rooms can operate simultaneously during the sessions. SDHB chief executive Chris Fleming thanked everyone for their support and pledged further action to ensure the situation was not repeated. “We appreciate the huge efforts of our staff and colleagues from around the country in enabling these clinics in the interests of our patients, as part of addressing the challenges in our urology services. “As well as our immediate focus on providing care for those patients who have been waiting too long, we also need to ensure the systems and resources are in place to avoid a similar waiting list developing again in the future,” he said. The two clinics will be held on the weekends of November 18-19 and December 9-10.

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BUTLER D DANIELLE newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz A Queensland woman who replied to a message in a bottle sent out to sea by two Wanaka children three years ago has finally met her pen pals in person. Holy Family School student Thomas Mitchell (11) and Mount Aspiring College student Amelia Mitchell (13) sent their message from Pounawea in the Catlins in 2014 and waited for a reply, which finally came in June of this year. New Zealand-born nurse Margaret McLean from Mackay in Australia’s Northern Queensland, 3500km from where the bottle was first launched, told the children that she had family in Queenstown and would like to meet them one day. That day came last Sunday (October 29) when

Margaret, who was visiting her son and daughter-inlaw for her granddaughter’s birthday in Cromwell, came over to Wanaka especially to see her transTasman pen pals. Amelia and Thomas’s mum Sarah Mitchell said that the pair loved meeting Margaret and her family. “It was really cool that she wanted to meet them and they were pretty excited about meeting her too,” Sarah said. “Because they sent the bottle quite a long time ago, the kids couldn’t remember what sort of bottle it was and things like that and Margaret was able to tell them all that detail, which was cool. They’ll be keeping in touch with her from now on, which is pretty neat.” Pictured: Thomas and Amelia with Margaret at Lake Wanaka last weekend.

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Blue Throated Bee Eater Moore B Bob Wanaka Camera Club There is nothing quite as exhilarating as taking pictures of birds in flight (BIF) as they soar through the air effortlessly. Capturing flying birds is a challenge as our subject is always in motion and often parts of it will disappear out of the frame just as we take the picture. Patience and a positive attitude are key factors. Although in many cases a spectacular image may have an element of luck, the basic skills of BIF photography are required as no amount of luck is of use if we don’t have a few fundamental techniques. Firstly a camera with a shutter speed set at minimum of 1/500th second (preferably 1/800th or higher) is essential. This will contain the body movement of the bird but still show a blur of the wings. Aperture setting will depend on our surroundings and the focal length of the lens we use. With an uncluttered background, an aperture between f8 and f14 will give enough depth of field to keep everything in sharp focus. For a cluttered background a wider f number (f4.5-5.6) can be used, but this will give a smaller depth of field. It is best to use a lens of 300mm upwards for BIF pictures. A long focal lens has the advantage of getting us closer to our subject and narrows field of vision. With the camera set at shutter speeds of 1/800 -1,200th second and an aperture of

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f8-f14, we may need an ISO up to 1000 to get enough light. With modern cameras this ISO should not prove a problem. Don’t forget to use your camera’s (lens) image stabilisation system. A tripod is a useful accessory as it will increase the number of sharp shots and help with fatigue. The disadvantage of a tripod is it limits our agility and speed of movement. The best time to photograph BIF is when there is a lot of light and a blue sky, especially when front or side-lit. It is important to keep the AF sensor not just

on the bird but on the bird’s eye. We can convey a sense of speed by blurring the background, while keeping the bird itself sharply rendered and this is achieved by ‘panning.’ Tracking a bird in flight requires practice, but with practice we can develop skills that will reward us with stunning pictures. John Grey found this with his photo ‘Blue Throated Bee Eater’ which he took when on holiday in Malaysia. He watched the bird flying down from a perch near its nest and catching bees and other insects in flight. John waited until late morning to take this picture because insects take time to warm up before they begin to fly. He also knew he had to be

patient to get the ‘right’ shot. John shot several short bursts at a time and eventually achieved the result he was seeking. John took the image using a Canon EOS 5D camera with a 500mm lens and 1.4 x converter. His shutter speed was 1/800th second, an aperture of f14 and an IS0 of 800. The Club’s judge gave it an ‘Honours’ award. Wanaka Camera Club is dedicated to help improve the skills of anyone interested in photography. If you know nothing about photography we will teach you. Come along and see what we can do for you. Our next meeting is Monday November 13, 7.30pm at The St John’s Rooms, Links Way.

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WHITE R ROB journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz More than 500 children in Cambodia now have access to clean drinking water after fundraising efforts from the Wanaka Leos. Sopheak’s Friendly School and Mkak Primary School, both near Siem Reap in northern Cambodia, have received water filters and a hand-washing sink thanks to money raised from the year-long project. The move could save countless lives as contracting disease through drinking water is one of Cambodia’s main causes of death and Ann Saunders, advisor to the Leos, said the outcome was a big achievement for the group. “They would like to see every child in the world have fresh water and they have done really well. “The Leos is about teaching them that it’s not just them in the community and the world. It’s about working as a team and looking after each other as well,” Ann said. The Leos, a youth section of Lions International that brings together teenagers to help the local, national and international community, started the project in 2016 when former president Louis Hughes put forward the idea. The group raised

$2025 through raffles, a stall at Cromwell Festive Fete and a barbeque outside New World. Humanitus Foundation (HF) carried out the project in Cambodia. Problems with water quality in existing wells meant the money was spent on water filters, which remove harmful bacteria and ensure the water is drinkable. Mkak Primary School received a filter for each classroom and one for the library, while Sopheak’s Friendly School, which is much smaller, received several water filters and a hand-washing station. Members of the Leos who worked on the project said it was something they were really happy to be a part of. Ellise Price, 15, said “It was rewarding. Most of our projects have been local and we thought it would be better to go worldwide. New Zealand is a very privileged country and it’s nice to help out others. We have funds they don’t have.” Helene Price, 14, said “No one else will get sick from the water and it’s a community thing, as it’s not the school kids who will get to use it. It feels really good.” The group have received photographs of the new water facilities from the schools, as well as a big ‘awkun charan’, which is thank you in Cambodia’s language Khmer (pictured).

Central Lakes Community Breastfeeding Partnership received a cheque for $300 raised at a fundraiser held by a local business woman. Silk Road Antiques and Collectables owner Kim Henderson held the fundraiser on October 12 to raise awareness of Mental Health Week. Kim chose to share the proceeds of her efforts locally with the new breastfeeding network support group and nationally with the Mental Health Foundation. “Mental health affects everyone in the community and New Zealand at large. Families in our community who are able to access skilled breastfeeding advice and support from a lactation consultant experience better health and wellbeing outcomes,” Kim said. Breastfeeding provides optimal outcomes for babies according to the World Health Organisation. It is surprising that something deemed ‘natural’ can present many challenges to parents. Jo O’Connor, a trustee of the new Central Lakes Community Breastfeeding Partnership is not surprised, saying that it takes multiple levels of support for successful breastfeeding. “Family or whanau support, peer

support and the support of health professionals is necessary for women to meet the goals they set before their baby is born. The technical knowledge of a qualified lactation consultant is sometimes required. Now, with funding changes, we are faced with rallying community support to ensure the continuity of this quality free service to facilitate the best outcomes for families in the Upper Clutha Community,” Jo said. The new partnership requires urgent funding to keep the service going until they establish a new trust and secure sustainable funding from community funding organisations. “We have been amazed at the amount of positive encouragement to ensure we retain this important service. Local community funders have already signalled their support. It just takes time to establish a formal identity to apply for and receive funding. We need a few thousand dollars to ensure families who need this valuable support don’t miss out over the next six months” Jo said. To support the new trust contact centrallakescbp@gmail.com Pictured – Kim Henderson presents Jo O’Connor with a cheque with Jo Guest, Wanaka based Community Lactation Service Consultant looking on.

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Get ready for Christmas Foodbank drive TURNBULL G GLENDA editor@thewanakasun.co.nz The 10th Wanaka Sun Christmas Foodbank Drive will be held in Wanaka on the evening of Tuesday December 19 and in Hawea from 2pm on December 17. Community Networks foodbank needs a good top-up heading into the festive season and Community Networks manager Kate Walker said the foodbank was nearly out of cereals pasta sauces and canned fish. “To date this year we have given out an average of 17 food parcels per month. We buy vegetables, milk and meat,which we freeze, throughout the year. We really appreciate the eggs which are

delivered by a local.” “It does not take much for a family or individual to be pushed to the limits, an extra-large power bill, car issues, a delay in pay, medical bills or anything out of the blue can mean that ends don’t meet for a period of time,” Kate said. We are very grateful for the continued support of the local emergency service staff and volunteers who’ve agreed to help out again this year. Listen for the sirens, watch out for the emergency service vehicles and collectors to donate to this worthy cause. More details to follow. All enquiries for the Wanaka Collection to Nikki Heath, Wanaka Sun 03 4435252 or nikki@pembroke.co.nz and for the Hawea collection contact Owen Ford on 027 220 2774.

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WHITE R ROB journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz Plants and vegetation on the lakefront received a boost last Thursday October 26, thanks to a joint venture between local students, the council and Te Kãkano Aotearoa Trust (TKAT). Around 130 year-nine pupils from Mount Aspiring College (MAC) teamed up with TKAT and gained permission from Queenstown Lakes District Council to increase the number of forest species plants on the shores of Lake Wanaka. The species included Kahikatea and Putaputaweta, with students planting one each in the area between the Scout Hut and Wanaka Yacht Club. TKAT’s nursery manager Andrew Penniket said he had been impressed by the MAC students’ work on what was an important project.

“They were enthusiastic, interested and worked hard and they will be able to come back and see the trees they planted. It’s about creating a relationship with the environment and teaching them to care about the planet and where they live. “Te Kãkano is all about habitat restoration because at one time there was forest here, but it’s all burnt down for one reason or another. We are doing habitat restoration around the lakeshore and down the river and the idea is to have a corridor of trees and plants,” Andrew said. TKAT chair Jo Guest said, “It was part of an ongoing project we have been doing all year to get the Year nine group involved with volunteering and planting out in the environment. It’s a great collaboration to involve the students in volunteering and they’ll pass it on to next year’s Year nines.”

You should reward good behaviour and ignore bad behaviours, right? So if your dog jumps on you, ignore the jumping, then reward with a treat when he sits, right? WRONG! Why? Because many will fail and turn to more punitive methods. The following are five essential tips for approaching problem behaviours such as jumping. Tip one: Don’t ignore the unwanted behaviour. Remove the rewards for unwanted behaviour instead. If you ignore unwanted behaviour, you may accidentally be rewarding it. Clients complain that they are ignoring their dog when he jumps up but they aren’t getting the results they want. But the dog does not perceive their actions as removal of attention. Their hands are still dangling like tug toys or they are still walking around which makes them look interactive. What needs to happen is to remove what the dog wants, attention in this case, within 0.5 seconds and in a way that the dog understands that the attention is removed. So stand up straight and hold both arms against the body and remain silent. If you remove attention in a clear manner, you will see a quick and clear response from your dog. Tip two: Train the desired behaviours first. It’s essential to first train the good behaviour - sitting politely - or the dog won’t figure out what else will earn rewards besides jumping. A five or ten minute training session where the dog earns 1050 rewards is adequate. Tip three: Use a high reinforcement rate first.

Then quickly and systematically reduce and vary the rate. Once the dog is sitting, you need to reward at a high reinforcement rate and use high value rewards. The first treat you give is for sitting, but additional treats are for remaining seated so that the dog doesn’t just get up and try to jump again. I find soft treats best. At first, the treats should come rapidly - enough to keep your dog seated - but as soon as he is sitting stably at that treat interval, the interval should be increased and varied. This process should be repeated until your dog is sitting automatically and remaining seated. Then the focus should be on switching to other rewards such as petting and praise. Tip four: Prevent your dog from getting the first jump in so that you don’t accidentally reward this chain of behaviours - jump then sit. You can add in what I call a flash lure before the dog has a chance to jump. As he’s running over to you, at about two steps away, suddenly flash a treat right to his nose level by just straightening your arm. This will cause him to stop. When he’s completely stationary, quickly bring the treat back to your body and out of his reach so he knows he doesn’t get it yet. Once he sits, then he gets the treat. Tip five: Practise a lot in a short period of time. It’s essential that you practise a lot over a short period of time. Set up the situation where your dog is excited to see you five times a day and each time he earns 10-20 rewards and never has a chance to jump. Then by tomorrow he will probably be sitting automatically in this situation. By the end of the week, the good behaviour should be a habit!

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community,” he said. “I would like to thank my directors and staff for their work and efforts Otago Regional Council’s (ORC) under my leadership.” current chief executive Peter Bodeker ORC chairman Stephen Woodhead has completed his time with the said that the council was currently & Co) of “Owned and by locals” organisation, as itoperated was announced last working (formerly through Harborow the process week that his five-year contract would selecting a new chief executive, and Welcome to 'CENTRAL OTAGO Funerals' news.... It is coming up two years not be renewed. had Barbara come toHarborow. the conclusion that the since we bought the business from Jim and We thought that he disappointed next appointee should come from itPeter, timelysaid to take thewas opportunity each month to share with the community with the decision councillors, outside organisation. different aspectsmade of ourby business. We also hopethe to tell you some interesting stories or facts relating to needed the funeral and maybe funny but understood that they to industry “We thank Peter forthe hisodd efforts over story will brighten up your find a that candidate that they feltday... would the last five years. The work he has “Reporters interviewing a 104-year oldoverseen woman: 'And do you ORC think is deliver on their vision. has what positioned and the best thing about being 104?' the reporter asked.... “I’m extremely proud of the the region well for the future and has She simply replied, 'no peer pressure!”. contribution I’ve made over the past provided an excellent platform for his hours: 8.30am-5.00pm Office five years. In particular, I believe I will successor,” Stephen said.263 863 0800 16 Ennis Street, of a healthy internal leave the legacy “Council looks forward to the www.centralotagofunerals.co.nz Alexandra staff culture as well as strengthenedE: office@centralotagofunerals.co.nz continued positive implementation of (03) 448-8642 with relationships the Otago its strategies over the coming years.”

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Two agricultural scholarships worth $5000 each have been opened up to the region’s students to help them make their mark on the industry. Rural insurance company FMG has offered its scholarship towards the course fees of two schoolleavers planning to study an undergraduate agriculture degree at Lincoln, Massey or Waikato University. FMG general manager client propositions, marketing and risk services Pete Frizzell said that submissions from previous years had often highlighted the great things young people are already doing in their community. “To be able to support that and offer a helping hand in building a career in the sector is really important to us as agriculture is a hugely exciting industry. Given its size and diversity there are so many career paths on offer on either side of the farm gate,” Pete said.

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Parenting evening for gymsports fundraiser TURNBULL G GLENDA editor@thewanakasun.co.nz Aspiring Gymsports is presenting an educational evening “Kids These Days: Practical Parenting Tips from Paediatric Professionals… who also happen to be parents.” The evening will benefit the club’s 66 competitive gymnasts, trampolinists and coaches as the club faces rising rent, travelling and club affiliation costs. The evening, sponsored by NutritionWorks, will feature two guest speakers, the first being Dr. Colette Muir, Clinical Lead, Developmental Paediatrics, Starship, Auckland. She will speak on issues facing parents in today’s world from her perspective. Nicky McCarthy NZRD, Dietitian

and Nutritionist at NutritionWorks in Wanaka, will speak on “Tots to Teens: What we should be feeding our kids” and will centre on where to best focus our parenting energy when it comes to food. The night will conclude with a panel discussion with experts in child development. A local speech therapist, a physiotherapist, and an occupational therapist will answer audience questions. The fundraiser will be held at Wanaka Primary Hall on Thursday November 9 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 and are available at Paper Plus Wanaka, Health 2000, Wanaka Auto Repairs, Aspiring Gymsports or at the door. Pictured: The club’s squad who competed at last year’s Southland Gymnastics Championships.

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Students hear advice on the grapevine WHITE R ROB journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz Students from Otago Polytechnic (OP) were given hints, tips and career advice from local experts as they planted 240 grapevines last week. The group, who all study Viticulture, teamed up with Riversun Nursery to plant the vines at OP’s Central campus vineyard last week as part of a new collaboration between education and industry. Riversun’s viticulturist Nick Hoskins said the hands-on experience would provide the students with some valuable knowledge for their future careers. “We showed them how to plant and get it all done. We also talked to them are what we were doing and talked about careers as well. “They will get a lot out of it in the future as they will be looking at the data and things like yield and ripeness. I think it will be really useful for them,” he said. Rachel Petrie, distance education coordinator at OP’s Cromwell campus, said the idea came about after she saw four empty rows at OP’s teaching vineyard. “After hearing Nick speak at a Central Otago Winegrowers event in October 2016, I approached Riversun to see if they were in need of any land to trial Pinot Noir clones here in Central Otago. Our current block of vines has been in the ground for over 20 years and the students need to see

some innovation in our vineyard. “I saw it as a way of collaborating with a leading NZ business to encourage a bit of ‘thinking outside the square’. The industry liaison is an integral part of our programs, so to bring the industry to us is great for the students to showcase what they are learning,” Rachel said. The students will now be responsible for the care of the vines through to the first harvest, before passing on the mantle to future students when they leave. Pictured are the students at work.

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Book Sale to offer bargain buys WHITE R ROB journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz Readers of all ages will have the chance to buy second-hand books at low prices next weekend as the Wanaka Rotary Club’s (WRC) annual book sale gets underway. Several thousand books will be available to buy, with categories ranging from novels, biographies and children’s to gardening, cooking and self-help. The three-day event has been run by the WRC for over 25 years and relies on donations from the community, with all proceeds going to local Wanaka projects. WRC spokesperson Pip Cawthorn said the support shown by the community had been “overwhelming”. “We are truly grateful for the support. After 25

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Wanaka’s Laura at trust’s helm REPORTER S STAFF editor@thewanakasun.co.nz Well-known Wanaka woman Laura Williamson, pictured, will replace Lindsey Schofield as the general manager of the Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust. Cyclist, journalist, writer, ex-ski instructor and performance poet Laura will pick up the reins this week with planning for the next Aspiring Conversations weekend and said she was looking forward to stepping into the role. “I’ve loved being involved in the festival in many different ways and I can’t wait to get started. The festival makes Wanaka such a special place, and I’m thrilled to be involved at this new level,” Laura said. Laura is no stranger to the events put on by the trust, having attended all seven Festival of Colours, both Aspiring Conversations weekends, as well as having performed and having worked as the school coordinator for

Wanaka Library has introduced two new services that will allow people to read articles and watch movies from the comfort of their own home. PressReader provides access to over 6000 national and international publications, while Beamafilm offers more than 400 documentaries and independent films. The services went live in libraries across the Queenstown Lakes District last week and are free to all library members. Both services can be used anywhere, requiring just an internet connection, an email address and a library membership number. Wanaka-based district librarian Sue Gwilliam said it was an exciting step for libraries

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Some topical truths will hit home at the next talk organised by the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Wanaka branch. The branch will welcome the University of Otago’s professor of public health and director of the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities, Philippa Howden-Chapman, to talk about housing. Professor Howden-Chapman, pictured, will focus on scientific evidence from community trials carried out by He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme on the impact of policies such as retrofitting insulation, installing effective heaters, reducing safety hazards and distributing electricity vouchers. “Housing, particularly its quality, availability and affordability, has been one of the main election issues,” Professor Howden-Chapman said. “We are increasingly using the government’s PHOTO: Supplied integrated data infrastructure to look at a broad the last two festivals. range of outcomes and to add to the accumulating Director Philip Tremewan said that and compelling evidence that housing has a major Laura would bring great energy, warmth, influence on the health and well-being of us all.” intelligence and organisational skills to The next talk will take place on Friday November the demanding role. 10 at 6pm at the Presbyterian Community Centre, PHOTO: Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, New Zealand Tenby Street. Professor Philippa Howden Chapman

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across the region. “It’s no secret that the way people access their news, films, books and other forms of entertainment is becoming more and more accessible online. The libraries are such an important part to any community and it’s crucial that we keep up with the evolving digital library space. “We encourage all users to check out what Beamafilm and PressReader have to offer. Queenstown Lakes Libraries’ aim is to deliver an enjoyable and rewarding experience to our patrons and we’re excited to share both these platforms that can take patrons into a world of imagination and thought.” PressReader also comes with an app for users to download, while Beamfilm fans can play content on their desktop computer, mobile device or TV.

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Angels and heroes go to church WHITE R ROB journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz More than 50 families gathered at Wanaka Presbyterian Church on Tuesday October 31 for an Angels and Heroes party. The event was aimed at being an alternative to Halloween, with many children dressing up as their favourite superheroes or characters from Disney movies. The free event offered a range of activities, including sock wrestling, hoopla, beanbag throwing and a bouncy castle. The church’s minister, Ian Hyslop, said events like this were important because they brought everyone together. “Angels and Heroes is part of our commitment to offer free or low-cost events to families in our area. As a church, we want to be community-focused and it’s part of a number of events we have to connect with the community. We try to do things that bring young and old people together.” As well as a range of outdoor games, indoor activities were also on offer, including

‘mousetrap golf’, face-painting and dancing, while refreshments and a quiet zone were on hand for people to take a quick break. Mum Lucy Davey said, “Hope is having a great time and she’s enjoying watching the bigger kids. I think it’s lovely to get everyone together and it’s great to see lots of families here.” Jo Highsted said, “We just love having an alternative to Halloween for our family. They’ve been doing face-painting, the bouncy castle and playing lots of games.”

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Luggate (Red) Bridge repair works REPORTER S STAFF editor@thewanakasun.co.nz Travel disruption is expected next week for people who use the road between Wanaka and Tarras, State Highway 8A. Repair work on the Luggate (Red) Bridge from Monday, November 6, will require a day’s full closure to enable the scaffolding to go in place, followed by work at night to minimise disruption to road users. “Repair work on the 102-year-old bridge, which crosses the Clutha River, will take up to a fortnight to complete. The works involve replacing damaged structural beams and handrail repairs,” said John Jarvis, senior network manager, NZ Transport Agency. The cost of this work is around $68,000. The bridge will be closed for the first day at the start of the works on Monday, 6 November between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm for scaffolding to be installed. Detours will be in place via Camp Hill Road. Drivers will be re-directed with temporary

detour signage. The repairs will then be completed at nights over a two week period again with detours in place during the hours of 8pm to 6am on weeknights Monday to Thursday. The bridge will also be opened on the hour every hour for drivers who are happy to wait or time their journey for the top of the hour overnight. At the end of the project, around mid-November, the bridge will again be closed during the day to allow removal of the scaffolding, with the same detour in place via Camp Hill Road. “People will need to build in extra time on their journeys as delays can be expected for the duration of the project,” John said. The Transport Agency thanks everyone for their patience and for taking care while this important safety work on the Red Bridge is completed. Check the web page www.highwayinfo.govt.nz, phone the Transport Agency’s 0800 4 HIGHWAYS info line or check www.facebook.com/nztasouthisland

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Board of Trustees Nominations are invited for the election of two parent representatives for 3 year terms to the board of trustees. A nomination form and a notice calling for nominations will be posted to all eligible voters. Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office. Nominations close at noon on Friday 17th November and may be accompanied by a signed candidate’s statement. The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours. There will also be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school. If more than two nominations are received an election will be held with voting closing at noon on Friday 1st December 2017.

N O T I C E B O A R D Notice of Intention to Grant Licence Over Part of Recreation Reserve Paddle Wanaka Ltd PURSUANT TO SECTION 54 (1)(d) OF THE RESERVES ACT 1977. The land described in Schedule A of this Notice (the Land) is vested in the Queenstown Lakes District Council pursuant to Section 26A of the Reserves Act 1977 as recreation reserve, adjacent to the Albert Town public boat ramp. Paddle Wanaka Ltd are seeking a licence over part of the reserve for hire, guided and unguided stand up paddle board and kayak tours. The Council is considering granting the appropriate licence pursuant to Section 54 (1)(d) of the Reserves Act 1977. Pursuant to Sections 54 and 119 of the Reserves Act 1977 the Council has an obligation to publicly notify its intention to grant such licence by way of this Notice. Any person or organisation may object to or make submissions with respect to the proposed licence. More information can be obtained from the Council’s agent, APL Property, PO Box 1586, Queenstown, phone 03 442 7133 or email queenstown@aplproperty.co.nz. Submissions will be required no later than 1 December 2017 and should be sent to APL Property as above.

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Schedule A: The reserve is legally described as Lot 2, DP 375247

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A nomination form and a notice calling for nominations will be sent to all eligible voters.

THIS NOTICE is given on behalf of Queenstown Lakes District Council by APL Property, PO Box 1586, Queenstown, phone 03 442 7133.

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Wanaka endurance athlete Braden Currie finished seventh in the XTERRA World Championships in Hawaii on Monday October 30, just two weeks after competing in the World IRONMAN Championships. “I can’t say that wasn’t fun. It was awesome to be back racing XTERRA and to be back up the front having a battle with the top boys. I’ve got to be stoked to be able to race at world championship level twice in two weeks and be able to mix it up with the fastest XTERRA athletes,” Braden said. Pictured: Braden with sixth placing athlete, Sam Osborne of Rotorua.

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Six Cromwell College students and 11 from Mount Aspiring College (MAC) received Tertiary Education Scholarships from the Central Lakes Trust (CLT) last week. The recipients were among 50 students from nine secondary schools to win the $2500 scholarships, which are awarded to 16-19 year olds based on the applicant’s academic record, all-round qualities and achievements. The scholarships were presented at an awards function in Cromwell on Tuesday October 24 and aim to assist students who will study at a New Zealand tertiary institution next year. CLT chairman Tony Hill said the

trust was pleased to have found a way to support young people in building their futures. MAC principal Wayne Bosley said the school really valued the longstanding relationship it had with the CLT, supporting local students as they embarked on their tertiary studies. “The students and their parents greatly value this support. Financially it is very helpful but more than that is that it proves to the students that they have the backing of their community, which believes in them and supports them as they embark on their tertiary study,” Wayne said. So far the scholarship programme has given 384 young people a total of $926,500 to assist their studies. Pictured: MAC’s scholarship recipients with principal Wayne Bosley.

Wanaka Friday Progressive Bowls 27:10:17 Skips 1 T Tovey 2 R Chartres 3 D McLeay Thirds 1 B Russell 2 G Hall 3 A Familton Leads 1 T Tattersfield 2 N Matheson 3 S Morris. Wanaka Squash Club Championships and Prizegiving: Thursday October 19 Results Womens A Winner: Steph Chambers, Runner Up: Hannah Chisholm, Special Plate: Gillian Stuart, Plate: Martha Toghill, Mens A Winner: Dan Goodall, Runner Up: Joe Baker, Special Plate: Pablo Soriano, Plate: Jeff Bruns, Consolation Plate: Scott Findlay. Mens B Winner: Lachie Anderson, Runner Up: Tom Merrall, Special Plate: Jon Gass, Plate: Jordy Byrne, Consolation Plate: Simon Douglas. Mens C Winner: Neal Kaler, Runner Up: James Kingscote, Special Plate: Ty Adams, Plate: Andrew Bull, Consolation Plate: Paul Johnson. Mens D Winner: Ian Greave, Runner Up: Pete Spencer-Bower, Junior Club Champ: Sam Jewell, Most Improved Female: Martha Toghill, Most Improved Male: Simon Douglas. Phil Aitken Trophy – Services to the Club: Paul Johnson. Lake Hawea Golf Club Sunday October 29 President’s Choice Stableford. Men: Ian Brown 42, Tony Arscott 42, Scott Read 40, Tim Lambeth 40, Allan Easte 39. Women Kelly MacKenzie 39, Two’s Hamish Watt & Tony Arscott, Closest to the Pin No 1 Colin Hanson, No 5 Tony Arscott. Birdies/ Net Eagles JACKPOTS. Wanaka Bridge Club - (Tues) 1st Sally Goodall, Heather Wellman 61%. 2nd Angela Heising, Michael Chapman-Smith 55%. 3rd Shirley Coppage, Eddie Lowe 53%. (Wed)N/S 1st Carolyn Field, Jen Milburn 61.11%. 2nd Maureen Hawke, Jeanette Gillies 56.94%. 3rd Pam Miller, Noelene Raffils 52.43%. E/W 1st Dennis Pezaro, John Hogg 67.06%. 2nd Jane Hamilton, Pauline Davidson 51.98%. 3rd Annie Hudson, Bruce Cathie 51.96%. (Fri) N/S 1st Angela Heising, Michael Chapman Smith 58.07%. 2nd Barbara Waterworth, Marion Furneaux 56.77%. 3rd Judy Briggs, Maggie Stratford 55.21%. E/W 1st Deirdre Lynch, Carolyn Grey 64.49%. 2nd Daphne Stewart, Ruth Coghill 63.44%. 3rd Betty Swift, Freda Ryder 55%. (Mon) N/S 1st Sherril Harries, Maggie Stratford 61.81%. 2nd Gerarda Herlihy, Deidre Lynch 58.80%. 3rd Jan Cunningham, Josey McKenzie 58.10%.E/W 1st Terry & Dawn Wilson 65.97%. 2nd Liz Hawker, Michael Metzger 56.25%. 3rd Sheryl Strudwick, Daphne Stewart 54.40%.

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Wanaka AFC claims second triple victory

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WHITE R ROB journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz Wanaka Associated Football Club (WAFC) has claimed three trophies in the annual Alexandra Sevens Tournament for the second year in a row. The two day tournament took place in Alexandra on Saturday and Sunday (October 28-29) and there were victories for the A team, the women’s team and the over 35s. The men’s team secured victory with a 2-0 win over Frankton in the final. Ed Rawlings opened the scoring in the second half and Aidan Butler secured the trophy with a half volley late on. Manager Allan Carmichael said, “It was a great weekend that saw us win the title for the z 3rd year in a row, a feat that has never

been achieved by any other team since the tournament started in 1978. Scotty Belshaw was awarded player of the tournament on his last outing for Wanaka before moving on to pastures new.” The women’s team also claimed silverware, winning all five of its group games before a 6-0 win in the semi-final. A closely contested final finished 0-0, but Wanaka’s ladies took the win 5-4 in a penalty shootout. Dominika Wandel, who scored the first penalty, said, “It was an amazing experience to win two years in a row and we can’t wait to do it all over again next year.” In the veterans’ category, defending champions the Wanaka Masters won every game except one in a round robin format to take the trophy home for another year. The victory was far from comfortable

Round one of the Altherm Window Systems NZ Jetsprint Championships takes place at the Oxbow Aquatrack in Wanaka this Saturday November 4. This will be the first event of six to take place around the country. Tickets are available at Eventfinda. Pictured are Clayton and Mandy Tisdall, 2016/17 season joint Group B champions who will compete in Group A this year.

however, as another team could have won the competition with a 2-0 win in their last game. Captain Andy Miller said, “All the Yodas had to do was win their final game by two goals to win the title as the Wanaka old boys looked on. They pushed hard and pressured the opposition goal for what seemed like the entire second half, missing multiple chances and even hitting the bar, but they could not score a second goal. When the final whistle went, Wanaka retained the title, almost to our disbelief.” Wanaka’s B team, led by Michael ‘Lord’ Bopp, secured their best ever finish by reaching the quarterfinals, while the youth team crashed out in the last 16. Pictured are members from the three winning teams celebrating their victories.

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Ironman finally achieves eight year dream WHITE R ROB journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz A Wanaka man who achieved his dream of competing in the Ironman World Championships is back on home soil. Steve Brown spent eight years training and competing in events to qualify and finally had the chance to take on the world’s best on October 14 in Kona, Hawaii. Although he originally said he just wanted to finish and was racing in the 3539 year old age group, Steve came 324th out of more than 2400 entrants overall with a time of 9:53:26. “I was quite happy with how the day went. I was almost as close to as well as I could have hoped. I think I did quite well with the heat despite training in Wanaka all winter. Before I went, I was using the saunas in town to get some acclimatisation. It was hot on race day, but I think I did really well under the conditions,” he said. He arrived in Hawaii just over a week before the race, enabling him to take in some of the atmosphere before the big race. “It was an amazing experience to go to the pre-race events and do parts of the course the week before. Just to see some of the professionals running and swimming and to meet some of the legends of the sport was pretty cool.” It was also a reminder of how good the standard of competition would be. “It was very, very high over there. You have got most of the people in all age

groups more or less training like pros. The top 20-30 in each age group are going to be world class athletes. It’s the best of the best in the world.” Steve was joined on the trip by his wife Peta and son, two-year-old Ky, which he said added to the big race experience. “I was worried I might not see them in the crowd, but I saw them a few times, including just before the finish, which was amazing.” To qualify for the world championships, athletes usually need a top five Ironman finish in their age group. After all those years of dedication and training, he took fifth in an event in China last year. So how did it feel to cross the finish line at the World Championships? “It’s hard to describe. I am still remembering bits and pieces. I think the main emotion was a great sense of achievement over the past few years and the support from my family and all the training paid off. It was a great experience.” Now the family is back home, Steve said he will keep trying to improve as an athlete, but another attempt at Hawaii will have to wait a few years. “Living in Wanaka you can’t not want to go outside and exercise, whether for fun, or to do something more competitively. However, it’s a big time commitment on top of work and family life, and ultimately quite a selfish endeavour. I’ll spend this summer doing local events and supporting friends and my wife has running events lined up too, so it’s time I repay her support.”

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