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Christmas drive fills foodbank

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enerous donations from residents of Wanaka and Hawea to the 10th Wanaka Sun Christmas Foodbank Drive on Sunday December 17 and Tuesday December 19 have filled the Community Networks Foodbank. On Wednesday December 20, volunteers put together 70 Christmas hampers that will go to families, young and older people in need who have been referred to Community Networks (CN), to make their Christmas just that little bit brighter. Ray White collected over 200 gifts that were beautifully wrapped for families. Wanaka’s Rotary Club donated funds so that families in need could also enjoy a nice meal on Christmas Day.

CN Manager Kate Murray said, “It is great to see such community effort and spirit. It is amazing the amount of donations we have received. The people of Wanaka have been very generous and those receiving the hampers are incredibly appreciative of the help they have received.” “We need to thank the emergency services, everyone that turned up to help and of course the Wanaka Sun for pulling it all together,” Kate said. The remaining non-perishable food has been trucked to the foodbank storage to be used in the coming year. Liz Breslin has volunteered a few times and encouraged her children to participate. “It’s really cool to be involved and the drive has been going for ten years now. It is really very special,” she said. Her son Dylan Rimmer (14), who

volunteered as a collector for the third time this year, said he volunteered for two reasons. “’I thought that it would be good to help others and secondly because Mum was going. I thought it was awesome fun, driving around and running places. We were having a competition to see who could collect the most food,” Dylan said. The Wanaka Sun would like to thank all the emergency service workers and volunteers, Police, St Johns Ambulance and all the local Fire Brigades. Thanks to all who provided collection vehicles and gave their time to drive around the town collecting. Thank you to Level Construction for providing the vehicles to transport the boxes of non-perishable food to the Community Networks Foodbank for use throughout 2018. Continued on page 2

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Ban on motorised Christmas drive fills foodbank craft possible

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A huge thank you to the Cubs, Upper Clutha Youth Council, St John Cadets and Aspiring Beginnings, the collectors, hamper sorters and box packers. Big thanks also go to Alan McKay for coordinating the drive, Brent Arthur and Owen Ford for coordinating the Hawea collection, and Sir Tim and Prue Wallis

who managed the Mount Barker collection and all the people who drove, collected, sorted and donated the food bank goods. The Wanaka Sun would also like to thank Mount Aspiring College for the use of its gym, it was a perfect location to sort the enormous amount of donations received on the night.

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TURNBULL G GLENDA The Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) is going back to the drawing board after it received 285 submissions opposed to the proposed speed uplifting changes on the Clutha River. There were 314 submissions received on the Navigation Safety Bylaw, with 285 related to the proposed speed changes. Only seven submissions were in support of the speed uplifting. QLDC deputy mayor and councillor Calum MacLeod, as chair of the panel for the hearing of submissions, said in an email to the Wanaka Sun, “Having heard the submissions and completed a robust hearings process, the hearings panel is of the view that there is merit in council considering a ban on powered craft on a small but significant 3km section of the Clutha River upstream of the Albert Town Bridge to ‘The Outlet’ on Lake Wanaka.

“This is considered to be a substantive change and after receiving legal advice, it has been decided that this proposed recommendation requires further policy consideration,” Mr MacLeod said. Council staff will now examine this and report back with an amendment to the statement of proposal. Any change in the statement of proposal will need to be notified and undergo a further submission process. Mr MacLeod said there may be some who were disappointed that the process would have to be repeated, but said it was vital council arrived at a robust decision that was fully tested and taken through the proper processes. He thanked the public for its participation in the submission process and said anyone who had lodged a submission would continue to be notified of any steps taken. Council staff will present their report to council early in the new year.

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Coastguard site relies on public support

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BUTLER D DANIELLE Coastguard Wanaka Lakes is hoping that it will be granted its new home at Eely Point following a period of public feedback on the reserve’s future. Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has opened up the draft of its Eely Point recreational reserve development report, which currently only lists the Coastguard as a possible facility on the site, to feedback from the public. Coastguard Wanaka Lakes president Jonathan Walmisley said the team “totally acknowledged” the consultation process and hoped the public would support the idea of a facility at Eely Point. “To date we have had really good support from members of the community and the likes of the Upper Clutha Environmental Society. We’re hoping that the support continues, otherwise we’re back to the drawing board and we’ve wasted the last (VAST?) sum of money which we raised through raffles etc. to get us to this point,” Jonathan said. Coastguard currently has a rescue boat operating on an informal basis from a building on the A&P Showgrounds, but has been on the hunt for a new location for more than a year. When Coastguard first approached QLDC about a new site last November, nine sites were looked at,

all of which were discounted for various reasons, including a site on Riverbank Road for contaminated ground and the marina site because it was too busy. “For operational reasons, i.e. the speed of deployment, a site on the east side of Roys Bay is preferred because we don’t have to cross the town, which in summertime can take us ages,” Jonathan said. Since Eely Point was selected as Coastguard’s preferred site late last year a design, landscape report, traffic management report and a services report has been provided to QLDC, which decided in September that a decision couldn’t be made until the Eely Point review was complete. Queenstown Lakes District harbourmaster Marty Black said the site was the logical place for the Coastguard facility and that it was needed sooner rather than later. Property advisor for APL Property Ltd Dan Cruickshank said that Council appreciated Eely Point was Coastguard’s preferred site and had taken its guidance into account. Public feedback closes at 5pm on Friday January 19 and can be left online at QLDC’s website or emailed to There are information displays about the draft report at Wanaka Library and QLDC’s Ardmore Street offices. Pictured: Eely Point Recreational Reserve.

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WHITE R ROB Wanaka Search and Rescue has urged people in danger to call for help rather than take matters into their own hands after a man died in Lake Wanaka last week. David Barry Fisher, 26, from Tauranga, went missing at around midday on Friday (December 15) after he swam out from Stevensons Island to retrieve a drifting boat. Another swimmer tried to locate him and the emergency services, Wanaka Search and Rescue and the Coastguard were all notified, but none were able to find him. The Police National Dive Squad took up the search and found Mr Fisher’s body on Sunday at 3:30pm. Wanaka Search and Rescue (SAR) spokesperson Phillip Melchior urged people to call the Coastguard for help

instead of putting themselves in danger. “It was a fairly straight-forward, tragic situation. I think the lessons are ‘think before you act.’ The boats that are being driven by the water are always moving much faster than a swimmer. This could have been avoided if they had got on the phone and said “we are stranded and our boat’s drifted off.” That’s what SAR and Coastguard are here for. The Coastguard could have helped and rescued the boat and the guys. “It’s the ease with which these things can be avoided that adds to tragedy,” he said. Phillip also reminded swimmers that there can be significant differences in temperature between the air and lakes and that fresh water was less buoyant than the sea. Mr Fisher’s death has now been referred to the Coroner.

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Anger at water chlorination Gingerbread theme TURNBULL G GLENDA

Luggate residents are up in arms at news that their water supply will be chlorinated over the busy summer period. Last week Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) advised it would begin proactively disinfecting all water supplies in Luggate and Glendhu Bay before Christmas. Wanaka’s water already receives the treatment permanently, while Hawea remains under temporary chlorination after high coliform counts were detected in supplies earlier this year. Tracey Morrow said she was not happy about her water being chlorinated. “Many of our community live here specifically for the natural supply and high quality of water. Despite the resounding NO from the community when they were consulted several months back, I for one, alongside many others, am extremely disappointed at the complete ignorance of the community’s wishes by QLDC on this matter. “The QLDC’s soft-sell approach to community consultation is in fact just that, a “sell”. Its actions are completely opposite, unfounded, harsh and domineering at best.” Another community member, Cec Anderson, said there was a family in Luggate that was allergic to chlorine. “The family hasn’t had time to get filters sorted before Christmas. The general consensus is the disappointment at the lack of consultation from the council. They have known for weeks they were going to do this. People are so angry,” Cec said. The Wanaka Sun has received numerous messages and emails from concerned Luggate residents about the chlorination.

QLDC has advised that water from the Luggate bore is regularly tested and is safe to drink at present. QLDC chief engineer Ulrich Glasner said, “However, as we have seen most recently in Glenorchy – this can change quickly and chlorination adds a layer of protection to the supply.” The systems required to begin chlorination of the Luggate water supply were being installed at present and should be operational before Christmas. Ulrich said the proactive chlorination of the Luggate supply over summer, along with all QLDC reticulated water supplies, is being done to ensure the water remains safe to drink across the district while the large increase in visitors to the region creates extra demand on the water network. “This comes on the back of Stage 2 of The Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry, which calls for a major overhaul of water supplies and strongly recommends mandatory treatment. During the Havelock North event, some 5500 of the town’s 14,000 residents were estimated to have become ill with campylobacteriosis. 45 were subsequently hospitalised and it’s possible that the outbreak contributed to three deaths. “While all water supplies will be chlorinated over summer, a decision as to whether it remains as a permanent measure after summer will rest with Council early next year. QLDC staff will provide a report to Council on the risks, benefits and implications of how we can best protect the safety of all of our drinking water supplies, along with their recommendations as to how we can best achieve this,” Ulrich said. He said the council was aware of the depth of feeling with regards to drinking water across the District and that it would take this into account when making a decision on permanent chlorination early next year.


Judging for the GJ Gardner Christmas Lights Competition took place on Friday December 15, with the winner announced as Angela Nichol of Riverbank Road, pictured with husband Pete Nichol, exchange student Jacob from Sweden and kids Rylan (10), Lucas (7) and Oscar (5). Angela wins a trip for two to Las Vegas. GJ Gardner Homes new home consultant Hayley Barbour said the competition was an amazing success. “It was so great to see how many local families were out and about enjoying these displays. A huge thanks to all of the entrants and the incredible effort that they went to, and such a very tough competition to judge. We really appreciate all of the time and energy that our judges put in. We can’t wait ‘til next year, we know Wanaka is going to be even brighter!” Tiff Mair, one of the judges for the competition, said the judging was fun. “It was so close, we had quite a hard job choosing the winner. We had four criteria and Angela was the best in terms of thoughtful design with the gingerbread theme. She did a gorgeous job.”

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New Year’s cherry champs REPORTER S STAFF New Zealand’s next cherry stone spitting champion will be crowned at what is promising to be a typically quirky cherry festival in Cromwell on New Year’s Eve. Cromwell & Districts Promotion Group community relationships manager Brigitte Tait said that cherry cream pie eating, live music, face painting and cherry-themed competitions were all on the agenda. “Cromwell’s cherry festival is a very

relaxed and unique event. We love seeing all the children and holidaymakers giving it their best in the stone spitting and just having good old-fashioned, messy fun,” Brigitte said. The festival begins at 11.30am at McNulty Gardens in the upper precinct on New Year’s Eve. Entry is free, with a gold coin donation to enter the National Cherry Stone Spitting Competition. Pictured: Invercargill’s Zoe Tait demonstrating the messy fun of cherry cream pie-eating.

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A new art exhibition created by a group of friends has opened in The Cell building on Helwick Street. The show, known as Art Cell, was put together by a group of nine artists who have decided to run their own studio and members of the public attended its grand opening on Wednesday December 13. It will run for the next seven weeks and art fans will be able to the watch artists in action, view and buy pieces and discuss their favourite styles. Art Cell member Sonia Richter, who re-purposes vintage clothing, said she wanted it to be more than just a gallery. “We want to nurture the connections between artists and children. We want to create a space where they can curl up and read books. We want to sell art as we’ve set up a scholarship for Mount Aspiring College and ten percent of sales go to that. “We also want to create a space where people can hang out and talk about art,” she said. Fellow member Neal Palmer, a botanical painter whose work is also on display, said the decision to take part was an easy one. “When we came to have a look, I

thought it was a really nice space and I want to spend some time working here. I work at home so there’s a limit to the amount of time you want to spend on your own,” he said. The varied group, which also includes a jeweller, a sculptor and an environmental photographer, managed to get the exhibition together in just eight days before opening to the public. Sonia said it had been a lot fun, although Neal admitted it had been a bit hectic. “It has been a complete and utter whirlwind to put it together,” he said. Art Cell is running from December 14 until January 31 at The Cell, 28 Helwick Street. It is open seven days a week from 11am-7pm, with late opening until 9pm Thursday-Saturday.


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Luggate creek given all-clear



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Tests carried out on the water quality of Luggate Creek have confirmed there is no health risk to residents. Luggate resident David Ower’s dog became ill, showing signs of poisoning after swimming and drinking the water in Luggate Creek recently. David immediately contacted Otago Regional Council (ORC) with his concerns. Prompt action by the Council saw an officer visit the site. He found clumps of toxic algae that can be harmful to dogs if ingested in small amounts, but not enough to be a risk to humans. Further tests undertaken by ORC environmental resource scientist Rachel Ozanne confirmed there was no phormidium or cyanobacteria observed in the water. The test showed the filamentous mass was predominantly Spirogyra, with occasional strands of other filamentous algae (Microspora, Mougeotia) and the filamentous diatom Melosira entwined. “That’s good news for the safety of Luggate Creek,” Rachel said. David’s dog has now made a full recovery.

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pentaque, fed the pig, chickens and llama before settling down for a shared picnic. The bus carried on to take us to visit the farm of one of our families, where we had a duck race, thanks to the generosity of Plumbing World. We then discovered how cattle are wrangled with new technology before enjoying a picnic lunch Our first stop was the Lavender Farm on Morris together on the front lawn of Grandview, the Kane family homestead. Road - if you have not already been, this is one Wanaka destination that is a must to visit! As One of our centres’ strategic goals is to we arrived, Jess, one of the owners, warmly grow community connections and we feel so greeted us with milk bottles in hand. The children fortunate to have such amazing opportunities delightedly gave the lambs their breakfast before available in our area to support the learning heading off to meet the rest of the animals. that our tamariki are engaged in at Montessori We had a wonderful time as children and parents Children’s House Wanaka. alike ran through the rows of lavender, played We are already planning the excursion for 2018. As we head into another Otago summer, the time came for our annual whole centre excursion. Two Ritchie’s buses arrived at the gates of Montessori Children’s House promptly at 9am on Friday the 8th of December. As the children donned hats and high vis jackets, the air was filled with excitement as we boarded the buses.


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QLDC Mayor Jim Boult focuses on the issues facing Wanaka and Surrounds.

December 17, 2017

Productive year for our district boult J Jim QLDC Mayor It’s been another productive year in our district. We’ve made significant progress across the board in everything from concept developments to delivery of major infrastructure projects, but we have really only just begun. Being prepared for the growth that’s coming is our greatest challenge and the workload is immense. It’s been delightful to see enhancements to our transport network becoming operational this year. In collaborating with our partners at ORC and NZTA we have made and will continue to make improvements to the way residents and visitors move around the district. Likewise, it’s great to see the Mayoral Taskforce Housing report out and ready to be actioned in 2018. The report is one thing, bringing it to reality is another, and I want to see action in the form of houses being built in 2018. There are a few issues I was hoping to have crossed of the to-do list by now which I’m personally disappointed about. I had hoped to have seen more progress on a visitor levy, and perhaps a change in the central government leadership will be advantageous in this regard. We have a great working relationship with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and I have meetings with Ministers in Wellington

scheduled early in the New Year. Additionally, I was hoping to have come further with the development of the Wanaka Downtown Plan. Rest assured that I will not be writing that line again in next year’s Christmas edition! As with every Christmas and New Year period in the Wanaka area, we’re about to see a large influx of visitors here to enjoy what we have on offer every day. I ask that we be patient and welcoming while they join our festivities. Take your time on the roads, give helpful directions and encourage guardianship of our land, water and reputation. Family comes first at Christmas. Whatever the size or shape of your family – take some time out to appreciate the people in your life, related or otherwise. The Wanaka community is blessed with a diverse and talented array of givers who work together to make this place so special. Now is the time to celebrate that togetherness. Thank you for being part of our fantastic district. For those who have contacted me on various matters – thank you for your valued input. To my fellow Councillors – I couldn’t think of a better group to work with, you may all take a break and consider a job well done. To the QLDC staff – you are a great team, a pleasure to work with and I’m seriously looking forward to 2018. A very Merry Christmas and my sincere best wishes for a great New Year and an even better 2018.

New drawcards for 2018 show REPORTER S STAFF Some new drawcards will join family favourites to attract crowds at Wanaka’s 2018 A&P Show. The usual equestrian and livestock events, sheep shearing, carnival rides, woodchopping competitions and the famous Jack Russell race will be joined by new attractions such as the first Strong Man competition. Organisers are expecting similar crowd numbers to last year’s record-breaking 40,000. “The show keeps evolving and growing every year and we’re excited about what’s on offer for 2018. We’ve got some fantastic musicians, acts and trade stalls secured,” event manager Jane Stalker said. Also part of the line-up so far is celebrity animal behaviourist Mark Vette, pictured, Captain Festus McBoyle and Kiwi country rock duo Cooper’s Run. The 2018 show is scheduled to take place on March 9-10.

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The day was fantastic, as was the My worst fears have been realised. A day or so after finding seven eggs on commentary and experience provided nest two, I thought to have a closer by Chris. He has secret little hidey look at nest four. From recall, that holes and little Weta motels all over was the nest that ended up with 12 the island. We were soon introduced eggs last year. Sure enough, there to a very large Mr and Mrs Weta, one were seven eggs on this nest as well. I of which bit Chris, then a gecko hiding followed that up with a further check in a small box. In another box, we found the newly on nest two and they have gone from seven to eight eggs, and by this last molted skin of a gecko. We saw Weka adults and chicks as well as Bellbirds, Tuesday to nine eggs. In the case of nest two, my guess Tui, Fantails and Kukapa. Lunch was (formerly Harborow Co) is “Owned that thereand are operated possibly three birds clearly designed for Grebies & and the by locals” day was rounded off by the children involved. Clutches of five are rare, Welcome to 'CENTRAL OTAGO Funerals' news.... It is coming up two years planting two trees onWe the island. but anywemore eggs that nest will since bought thein business from Jim and Barbara Harborow. thought Thank to you Chris, it was confirm there three females it timelythat to take theare opportunity each month share with the great. community Grebies Toby, Matt using it. Meanwhile, nestbusiness. one has two different aspects of our We alsoThe hope to tell are youfrom someleft interesting chicks three. (he tells and me maybe he is eight old on storiesand or nest factseight, relating to the funeral industry the years odd funny story thatweeks will brighten Christmas eve), Grace, Jack, Mabel, Ben, A few back up I your thought “Reporters a 104-year woman: what doblue youhat think is (first'And mate), in the is Tom, introduce theinterviewing Grebies to someone elseoldJamie the best thing thebehind reporter asked.... hiding him is Archie, and way doing conservation work about in thebeing Lake 104?' Sheso simply replied, 'no pressure!”. in peer the gloom at the very back are Prof. Wanaka environs and I introduced 8.30am-5.00pm Office Chris Riley and863 me. the ganghours: to Chris Riley of Wanaka Colin Townsend, 0800 263 Eco Adventure We all wish you a very Happy 16 Ennis Street,Tours, who took the Alexandra Christmas and wonderful New Year. Grebies to his favourite place, MouE: Waho – John Darby (03) Island. 448-8642


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Five new plaques complete with information about local plants are now in place along the foreshore of Lake Hawea. Each one is next to a different plant community and they aim to add to the enjoyment of using the lakeside walking track. The two year project was based on research from Helen Clarke, Gaye Robertson and Rebecca Brown-Thompson, and supported by the Department of Conservation and Queenstown Lakes District Council. Pictured (L to R) are Diana Manson, Helen, Gaye and Kirsten Rabe.


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Funding boost for water group BUTLER D DANIELLE The Upper Clutha Water Group (UCWG) has received $385,000 from the government’s Freshwater Improvement Fund (FIF) to be spent on its water initiatives over the next five years. The money, combined with support from funders including the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC), Otago Regional Council (ORC), Sargood Bequest and the Million Metres streams project, means that the group now has $875,000 in the pot for three work streams. The collaborative group, formed in 2016, has PHOTO: Bremont committed to the development of a communitysupported water management plan, riparian planting led by Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust and applied Pier under our own steam,” Craig said. research on urban runoff impacts supported by Once repaired, the vehicle will Catchments Otago. resume its journey to Wanaka where UCWG spokesperson Mandy Bell said that the it will join a 50-strong collection of classic Packards from around the US, Australia and New Zealand. Meanwhile, the airshow is celebrating the sponsorship of one ROB WHITE of its premier displays by founders of luxury watch company Bremont. A life-long family passion for classic Bike Wanaka (BW) and the Department of Conservation Warbird aircraft led UK-based founders (DOC) have spoken out to remind cyclists that Sticky Nick and Giles English, pictured, to Forest and Deans Bank are shared-use tracks. sponsor the Spitfire display. The organisations responded to queries from the The brothers’ passion comes from Wanaka Sun after members of the public said they were their ex-RAF pilot father Euan, who reprimanded by mountain bike riders for tramping. died in a 1996 Harvard aircraft crash, Both BW and DOC were unequivocal in their responses, which also badly injured Nick. saying the tracks were for both tramping and cycling. “Our dad flew the Spitfire during BW secretary Jo Goodwin said, “Both Sticky and World War II and this association is just Deans are multi-use tracks. All users should be another way of honouring him and all aware and respectful of the other users. Mountain the other wonderful pilots who flew bikers should give way to walkers and ride within these magnificent machines,” Nick said. their limits and be in control.

Breakdown in WOW car’s world trip REPORTER S STAFF

The 1928 Packard Roadster making its way from New York to Wanaka has fallen at the final hurdle in the first leg of its journey, breaking down just 250 km from the finish line. Kiwi couple Craig and Nicky Marshall, who recently purchased the car, set out three and a half weeks ago on a 4500 km journey across the US to get to the 30th anniversary Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow in March. The Packard suffered an engine misfire and had to be towed to Los Angeles, where it was shipped to New Zealand, leaving the couple needing to find a replacement distributor for the car when it arrives in Auckland. “It was a major disappointment to get so close to our final destination and not be able to glide up to Santa Monica

formal work program was expected to commence by late March 2018. “The FIF work streams represent an exciting opportunity to be proactive with water management so future generations can continue to enjoy our lakes and waterways,” she said. The group is focused on gaining a high level of community involvement, which it believes will be an essential component to the process of working out how to fix water issues such as Didymo, Lake Snow and Lagarosiphon, and prevent any decline in water quality and ecosystem function. “Our local communities include many people who have a passion for the local environment and a wide range of skills to put into community projects and citizen science. An important part of the group’s success to date is based on connecting a wide range of water-related stakeholders, working together to understand water needs from every perspective,” Mandy said.

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“However, in Sticky Forest, walkers should also be aware of which trails are uphill or downhill (it is signed) and be aware of which direction riders will be coming. For Deans Bank, it is a one way loop, so all riders will be coming from the same direction. There are signs suggesting better walking or riding routes. “‘Share with Care’. As our community and tracks become busier, we all need to be vigilant and respectful.” DOC senior ranger Annette Grieve said, “Deans Bank track was opened in 2011 as a multi-use track for bikers and walkers. While the predominant user group is mountain bikers, we ask that all users are respectful of each other. As the track is adjacent to the Albert Town campground, bikers should expect to encounter walkers and act accordingly: slow down on corners and not surprise walkers from behind.”

LockBox Self Storage has just opened for business in Wanaka Lockbox provides brand new 20ft storage containers for rental on a monthly basis. The facility manager, George Konia, explains that he can offer storage for both residential and commercial uses – on either short or long terms. The storage containers are ideal for tradespeople needing to store work materials, goods, tools. They are also perfect for the storage of household items, if you are moving, building, or heading out of town. Lockbox Self Storage offers: • Brand new 20ft Storage Containers. • Outside car, boat, trailer storage options. • Seven-day access to the storage facility. • Electronically controlled and monitored gate access. • Free trailer hire for new customers. The storage facility is located at 12 Gordon Road, and George is taking bookings now. Containers are renting fast, so call him to book yours before he runs out! Contact George at Lockbox Self Storage, 12 Gordon Road, Wanaka. Phone: 021 242 1630 or email him on


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New pup for Aspiring Three’s a charm for new house R Avalanche Dogs ROB WHITE

Many people in Wanaka have built their own houses from scratch, but one resident’s passion for using space has led to an unusual property in Albert Town. Sonia Waters has designed and ordered her own house made from three completely separate six metre-square pre-fabricated huts. They were driven by lorry all the way from Christchurch and were lifted into place by a crane. Sonia said people want conflicting things and that the house’s unique layout would provide the best of both worlds. “As human beings, we have a tension between wanting to be together, belonging, and a desire for independence and our own space. The huts allow for both.” The different huts were all driven down from Christchurch by lorry and each one has its own bathroom, but that’s where the similarity ends. One will serve as a kitchen and living area, another hosts the main bedroom and a studio and the last contains two more bedrooms. The final hut was lifted into place on Monday December 18 and Sonia said that in future, the


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Rescue charity Aspiring Avalanche Dogs (AAD) has welcomed a furry new recruit to its ranks. Wizzid (pictured, left), a red Border Collie, joins the organisation from his native Te Awamutu, near Hamilton, and will help volunteers locate skiers, snowboarders and mountaineers who get caught in avalanches. Although he is only eight-and-ahalf weeks old, Wizzid’s training has already begun and dog handler Matt Gunn said the early stages were about getting to know each other. “For the first period, it’s about bonding and confidence. It takes a couple of years and we want him to be operational before Rocket (also

pictured) retires. “The dogs are trained to find human scent. Essentially, they believe if they find human scent, they’ll get their toy. It’s a really simple game of hide and seek,” he said. Matt, who has been volunteering as an avalanche dog handler for 17 years, set up AAD in 2009. He said the organisation’s work was also about education and raising awareness, which he gives talks on in local schools. “We don’t want to just be the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. By going to talk to school children, hopefully it means they will make good decisions.” For more information on AAD’s work, or to make a donation, visit

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property could become a home to three families instead of just one. “When the council catches up with the need for low density housing, they can be rented out separately. It’s about maximising the use of space. It works as a home and a business right now. It could work as three in the future.” For now though, Sonia, her partner and her youngest daughter will be the only full time residents, with her eldest daughter joining them inbetween university commitments.

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The team here at Community Networks (CN) encourages everyone to be aware of their own wellbeing, as well as the wellbeing of those around them. The Mental Health Foundation promotes the Five Ways to Wellbeing. These include: GIVE – it feels good to give. Everybody has something to offer. How will you play your part? BE ACTIVE – do what you can, enjoy what you do, be active and move your mood. TAKE NOTICE – take notice of the world around you. Savour the moment. What are the simple things that bring you joy? KEEP LEARNING – keep learning throughout your life. Seek out new experiences and challenge yourself. CONNECT – people are stronger when they pull together. Who could you connect with today? Introduce these simple strategies into your life and you will feel the benefits. Start small, work at it, get in the game. Don’t be put off by the cost of going to see a counsellor or a psychologist as there are some free and subsidised services. WellSouth – Brief Intervention Primary Mental Health Service - provides support to people experiencing issues related to their wellbeing, including depression and anxiety. You can be referred to this service through your general practice team. If the cost of seeing a GP makes this difficult, then CN may be able to help with WellSouth vouchers. Darryl Fairburn Memorial Fund offers subsidised counselling for those that have been affected by grief and loss. Grief comes in many shapes and forms; it may be as a result of the loss of a parent, moving towns or parents separating. Contact CN for further

information on how to access this. Jigsaw Central Lakes offers counselling, advocacy and one-on-one support for women, men and children in situations where there has been family violence. You can refer yourself by calling 0508 440 255 or email them at Queenstown Lakes Family Centre (including Wanaka) offers a range of evidence-based clinical services to support families in meeting the emotional, social and behavioural needs of their children, including a specific service for pregnancy and mothers and babies. Visit their website on www.qlfc. or phone (03) 441 4331. Adventure Development. Counselling and psychological services to young people aged 13-20 years with alcohol or drug issues and/or mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression. The service is tailored to fit the situation and can include brief interventions, longer term individual counselling, group work, family work and therapeutic activities. Details can be found at or by phoning/texting 027 254 9323. Community Networks has the details of counsellors or psychologists that specialise in certain aspects of support, for example child and adolescent behaviour issues, family court counselling, eating disorders and alcohol and drug counselling. For details of the counsellors, psychologists and any other support services detailed above, visit our website www.communitynetworks., give us a ring on 443 7799 or pop into our office at 73 Brownston Street. Community Networks Wanaka Your local resource hub for social wellbeing services ( The team at Community Networks Wanaka wishes you a safe and relaxing Christmas and holiday season.

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WHITE R ROB A fun-packed evening of singing, dancing and a plot with a twist awaits pantomime-goers at the Lake Wanaka Centre this week, as the curtain is raised on the town’s first pantomime. Cindy and the Villanelles gets underway tonight, Thursday December 21, and will run until Saturday, with tickets still available for all shows. Audiences can expect classic pantomime moments, boundless energy and corny jokes from the get-go, with chances for audience participation rife throughout. The Wanaka Sun was invited to a preview earlier this

week and without giving too much away, far more is in-store than just sitting in a chair for two hours. There are strong performances, particularly from Cindy, the Ugly Sisters and the King and his helper, while an appearance from a local celebrity will keep everyone guessing until he or she finally treads the boards. All-in-all, there’s a fun evening to be had for all the family and it contains a far-from-clichéd twist at the end that you won’t see coming. Oh no you won’t! Cindy and the Villanelles begins at the Lake Wanaka Centre tonight (December 21) and runs until Saturday December 23. Shows start at 7pm, with one 2pm matinee on the 23rd. Tickets are available in Eventfinda, priced at $19 for adults and $9 for children.

QLDC says conserve water WHITE R ROB Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has asked residents of the district to begin conserving water to avoid restrictions during summer. The council is warning that restrictions are a real possibility and has offered tips to cut down on waste. QLDC’s chief engineer Ulrich Glasner said that demand for water would soar during the warmer months and urged people to follow the council’s advice. “With the hot weather now firmly here to stay, people use a lot of water on their lawns and gardens or washing their boats. Consequently, this means some of our communities often face water restrictions when the demand is greater than our system can supply. Recent hot weather, combined

with low rainfalls, has seen water reserves dropping to low levels for this time of year, and while restrictions aren’t on the cards just yet, they could be a distinct possibility if levels continue to fall. “There are many simple things we can do to conserve water and if we all start doing one or two of them now, hopefully we’ll see a water restrictionfree summer,” he said. Ulrich also said that an hour a day of irrigation was considered a fair share of total water and recommended people use timers to turn their irrigation systems on between midnight and 6am, when demand was at its lowest. QLDC suggests several ways of cutting down on water use, including watering gardens by hand rather than using sprinklers, taking shorter showers and checking for and fixing leaks in appliances.

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Dear editor, As the QLDC appear to not be cutting the reserve on Lismore Park again this season, by the water towers, where the noisy and ear-deafening emergency siren is located, (like last year, obviously to save money), to avoid getting spear grass into your shoes/ socks, I have reluctantly had to cut a track with my own lawn mower. Also when there was a dew, wet shoes result. Shame on QLDC for being so scungy, however when it goes up in fire one day, they will realize that being “penny wise and pound foolish” has not paid off. Maybe my friend Jim Boult should be made aware of this. Cheers and happy Xmas to your team. Concerned local

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Closure of Streets to Ordinary Vehicular Traffic PURSUANT TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1974, notice is hereby given that the following roads will be closed to ordinary vehicular traffic for the purpose of holding the annual New Year’s Eve Celebrations - Wanaka: Road to be Closed:

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WHITE R ROB More than 80 people gathered at the Crossfit Wanaka and The Fit Collective (TFC) on Saturday (December 16) to raise awareness and money for mental health. The event has raised $1750 so far and the funds will go to the Central Lakes Mental Health Team. TFC manager Kim Parry said the day had been a great success. “The day was all about laughter and fun and coming together and that was certainly achieved. What was also so special for us is that two gyms could come together and have a great time to show support for those in our community that have been impacted by mental illness,” she said. Attendees partnered with someone they hadn’t met before and after

a Christmas-themed warm-up, they rotated through four different fitness stations before ending with a barbeque and spot prizes. TFC itself has been affected by suicide twice in recent years and Kim said it was crucial to let people know that help is available. “We really wanted to raise the profile of the (Central Lakes Mental Health) team and the prevalence in Wanaka of mental illness, depression and anxiety. “These are really affluent families living in one of the most beautiful places on the planet, but it doesn’t make us immune from mental health issues. There are a lot of people in our community who are really finding it hard and don’t know where to turn.” Anyone who still wishes to donate can send money to 03-1395-0342869001 or use the donation box at TFC.

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BUTLER D DANIELLE The renovation of Wanaka’s Upper Clutha rugby rooms has been granted $200,000 in the latest round of Central Lakes Trust (CLT) funding. The grant was given to the Showgrounds Community Sports Centre Trust to assist with the $800,000 project in CLT’s November and December round. Trustee and pre-project coordinator Mike O’Connor said that the money was the first cog in a very large funding wheel for the project, for which $220,000 had already been raised. The trust will apply for the remainder of funding through the Otago Community Trust and the Lotteries Community Facilities Fund, with construction for the 204 square metre extension earmarked to start

over winter if all goes to plan. “When we have this new building, it will be available to all the Upper Clutha area. It’s a community building and we look forward to seeing it being used for a wide variety of events,” Mike said. Other Wanaka beneficiaries in the latest CLT funding round included Wanaka Golf Club, which got $18,000 towards resealing its car park, and the Wanaka Residents Association, which was given $44,000 towards its Bullock Creek stream boardwalk. The 330m long boardwalk and gravel pathway, part of the association’s project to restore Bullock Creek’s wetlands, will connect the western suburbs to Stone Street along the lakefront. Pictured: Profile poles outside of the rugby club rooms show the proposed footprint of its new building.

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Porteous through to Superpipe finals WHITE R ROB Miguel Porteous is through to Freeski Superpipe Finals at Dew Tour. The New Zealand freeskier qualified from a field of 24 hopefuls at Breckenridge, Colorado (USA) with a ninth place finish and a score of 82.66. “I had a good training in the flat light, so that always helps going into the comp. Unfortunately, I didn’t land my first run so had a little pressure on for the second and thankfully it went well,” Miguel said. Wanaka’s Beau-James Wells decided to sit out of the competition after crashing during training and PHOTO: Dew Tour suffering some bruising. The Freeski Superpipe Finals are scheduled for Snowboarder Zoi Sadowski Synnott, also from Wanaka, missed out on the top eight cut-off in the 5am (New Zealand time) on Saturday December women’s qualifiers after she finished tenth from 23 and can be streamed live from the Dew Tour website. 22 riders.

Adventurers conquer Cardrona Valley WHITE R ROB Two local adventurers have returned from a day-night hike and run around the rim of the entire Cardrona Valley. Wanaka’s Mal Law and friend James Harcombe (Queenstown) made the 104.4km trip, which included 7 km of elevation, in just 33.5 hours. Despite getting just 20 minutes of sleep during the experience, Mal said it had been very rewarding. “It was really enjoyable because it’s just the kind of thing I enjoy doing, breaking new ground, and we had the mountains to ourselves. “I guess it’s a love of being outdoors and seeing what you’re capable of. I know some people look at it and think it’s pretty crazy, but for me it’s just being alive. I just like dreaming up these big goals and giving them a smack,” he said. Mal and James conquered 13 peaks on their journey and aside from a snapped hiking pole, everything went to plan. They were joined by Mal’s wife and some friends for various sections, but completed most of it alone, something Mal thinks could be a first for the route.

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“To the best of my knowledge, it’s never been done before in one push. I’ve never been a fast runner, so for me the motivation is to be the first rather than the fastest.” Mal now switches his attention to training for the Northburn 100 Miler in Cromwell next March and he said his trips are based on much more than just endurance. “It’s not just about the act of running. It’s got to have a real sense of adventure and be in a place with spectacular scenery.”

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Volunteers needed for NZ Open WHITE R ROB Golf fans are being offered the chance to see their heroes in action by volunteering for next year’s ISPS Handa New Zealand Open. The tournament, a tier one event on the Australasia PGA Tour, is being held in March next year at the Millbrook Resort and The Hills golf courses in Queenstown. More than 450 people are needed for roles such as carrying scoreboards, driving shuttles and overseeing the leaderboard and head marshal Benn Ashford, a Wanaka resident and junior convenor at the golf club, said it could be a big opportunity for the town. “It’s an opportunity to go and see the pro’s. Michael Hendry (last year’s winner) is playing and he qualified for the Open Championship this year. It really is a massive opportunity because you’re inside the ropes. How often do you get behind the scenes at a tier one event?” he said. All volunteers will receive a volunteer t-shirt and cap, lunch each day and a free round of golf at one of the host resorts. They will also go into a draw to play at next year’s event for

free, a prize worth $10,000. Local clubs are also being offered the chance to ‘adopt’ a hole, which would see its volunteers carrying out all of the necessary roles. “It would be really good if Wanaka could adopt a hole. I just think it would be good for the golf club and it brings people together. It would be good for the golf community to see Wanaka participating in and supporting the event,” Benn said. Benn, who has been volunteering for several years, also said that the event couldn’t run without the people who gave up their time, a sentiment echoed by tournament director Michael Glading “The volunteers are the heart and soul of the tournament,” he said. The ISPS Handa New Zealand Open runs from March 1 to March 4 2018 and the pre-event volunteer information and briefing sessions will be held in Wanaka. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Benn on 021 728 713 or More information is available at www. Pictured is Axel Foley, last year’s winner of the volunteers’ free competition entry.

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Debut NZ Skier Impresses FIS REPORTER S STAFF New Zealand ski racer Alice Robinson (16) of Queenstown has earned an impressive win against a strong international field in a Giant Slalom race in Panorama, Canada. Alice jumped from fifth place after her first run, laying down a blistering second run which saw her snatch the win from The Netherlands’ Adriana Jelinkova by 0.08s. Alice’s 8.70 FIS point result today is the best a New Zealand athlete has achieved in their first year of senior competition. It is on par with some of the sport’s most successful athletes, such as US racer Mikaela Shiffrin, at the same age. Having positioned herself as one of the world’s best skiers in the junior age groups with wins in toplevel youth events in Europe and the USA, Alice began competing in senior competitions during the 2017 New Zealand season and earned the New Zealand national titles for Giant Slalom and Slalom as well as the overall National Championship title. She claimed the Snow Sports NZ’s 2017 Breakthrough Season Award. Alice is pictured competing in this year’s Winter Games NZ.


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Christmas Edition 2017  
Christmas Edition 2017  

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