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anaka’s snowsports athletes are doing New Zealand proud at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, winning two medals so far this week. Sit-skier Corey Peters won a bronze medal in the men’s downhill sitting race on the first day of competition at the Winter Games. Corey (pictured top) was sixth out of the gates and initially sat in silver place before dropping to the bronze medal position. He finished in a time of 1:26.01, 1.9 seconds behind gold medallist Andrew Kurka of the USA, and 1.64 seconds behind silver medallist Taika Morii of Japan. Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni was among those to congratulate the medalist. “A huge congratulations to Corey Peters for his outstanding achievement. His hard work, determination and talent has paid off and he continues to be an inspirational role model to all New Zealanders,” she said. Four-time Paralympian Adam Hall beat a strong field of 29 competitors in the men’s downhill standing to place fifth, 2.07 seconds behind winner Theo Gmur of Switzerland. Both local men competed again on day two of the games (Sunday March 11), with Corey placing 11th in a competitive men’s super-G sitting event (pictured) and Adam placing tenth in the men’s super-G standing event. Adam (pictured centre) increased New Zealand’s medal count by winning a bronze medal in the men’s super combined on Tuesday. “It has been eight years since Vancouver and I’m still in shock, pretty emotional. It was a great comeback after the first run,” Adam said. “To come from seventh, into first for a little bit and then hang on and jump into third is remarkable. It sets me up well going into the slalom on Saturday. We’ll take this with both hands for sure.” Carl Murphy faced off against reigning world number one, Finnish rider Matti Suur-Hamari, in the quarter finals of the men’s snowboard cross SB-LL2 on Monday (March 12) in what is being hailed as one of the best races of the day. Carl (pictured bottom) lost in the sudden death competition after an exceptionally hard-fought race against the eventual gold medal winner. The New Zealand team schedule continued with Corey Peters competing in the giant slalom on Wednesday March 14 as the Wanaka Sun went to print. Carl Murphy is set to compete in the banked slalom on Friday March 16 and Adam Hall will compete in slalom on Saturday March 17.

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Solo swim to raise funds TURNBULL G GLENDA After 12 weeks of training and swimming over 500km in both the lake and swimming pool, Fi Fairbairn (pictured) will dive into Lake Wanaka on March 30 at the Makarora end to swim its length (45km) to Roys Bay. In 2007 and again in 2017, Fi and some of her friends got together and swam the length of Lake Wanaka in a relay. The money they raised helped set up and continue the fundraising for the Darryl Fairbairn Memorial Fund, which is used for youth counselling through Community Networks. The fund enables children and their families in the Upper Clutha area to receive counselling support when they are going through times of trauma or grief. “Both times we have done the relay, we have been completely blown away by the support of the community, both local and national. However, on the flip side, living in ‘paradise’ in this part of the world does not protect and shelter us from the struggles of life. I have seen an increase in the past year of people accessing the fund. “Hopefully this reflects people’s awareness of the fund and not an increase in need.” Fi realised the fund was going to need a regular top-up if it was going to continue to help people. “As a result of this, I have decided to attempt to swim the lake by myself. I decided I needed a goal to motivate me. “People are facing very challenging times already, and the added financial stress could be the hurdle for them between getting help, or not. I see swimming down the lake as a huge personal challenge, because before this, the furthest I had ever swum in open water at any one time was 4km. I want to raise the profile of overall mental health. If we can help children and their families earlier on in their struggles, then hopefully they can build

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resilience and have better mental health.” Fi said the hardest part of the challenge would be the cold at the start. “If I get cold, I don’t know how I will go about getting warmer. The other challenge is staying psychologically really positive. I’ll have to draw from my resilience and be like Dory, “just keep swimming”. I hope I can have a fish memory so I don’t get bored.” Fi will start her challenge in the dark at 5am and expected the swim to take 15+ hours. She is still looking for a boat and skipper to keep her six support crew out of the weather and enable them to cook and heat food. To donate, go the Darryl Fairbairn Memorial Fund and help Fi in her challenge go to cause/community-development-darryl-fairbairnmemorial-1.

Warning signs for ‘That Wanaka Tree’ TURNBULL G GLENDA Lake Wanaka Tourism has put up warning signs (pictured) with a clear ‘no climbing’ message in English and Mandarin for our iconic Wanaka Tree. After becoming a social media sensation a few years ago, the humble crack willow (Salix fragilis) has been the subject of thousands of selfies and Instagram pics. The intense attention has started to take its toll, with the willow losing a limb just before Christmas and sustaining further damage rom climbers. QLDC arborist Tim Errington said its name is derived from the fact that the wood is somewhat brittle and hence branches are easily snapped.

“It’s quite a small tree growing in a challenging environment with its roots often completely submerged in alpine lake water. The loss of branches is a big concern as it takes longer for this particular tree to regenerate,” Tim said. “When bark falls off, which is more likely if people climb on it, the wound can be a focus for decay fungi and other diseases.” Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) said it would continue to monitor the iconic tree’s health and may have to consider more protective measures should any further damage be sustained. A QLDC spokesman said, “We can’t pre-empt STAFF REPORTER what, if any, further measures may be required to protect the tree in the future but council arborist Tim Errington will continue to check on its health Drivers travelling on State Highway 6 through the coming seasons and report back.” between Cromwell and Queenstown are being advised by the NZ Transport Agency that there will be delays on the route from today (Thursday, March 15). Essential resurfacing works are scheduled to be carried out at the Roaring Meg and at the Chard Farm

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turnoff on SH6 between between 6am and 6pm. The works are expected to take one day to complete and delays of up to 30 minutes should be planned for between 8.30am and 7pm. These works are weather dependant and may be rescheduled at short notice.

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Two Mount Aspiring College (MAC) students are teaching Wanaka Primary School pupils the importance of helping others in the community. Nadia McNeilly and Tilly HoffmanWall launched their ‘Itty Bitty Bakers’ challenge at the primary school two weeks ago. Nadia and Tilly are Year 13 students at MAC and are required to do some kind of voluntary work to make their community a better place. Nadia came up with the concept. “I decided to start the project because I thought it would be good for young children to not only learn food skills, but also learn the gift of giving to people through Food for Love.” Nadia teamed up with Tilly, a student from Wellington who is a MAC Hostel student this year, to start the project and after finding and refining an easy recipe and preparing a colouring page to give with the cookies, they started their sessions with pupils two weeks ago. Tilly said the first sessions had gone really well. “We have been working with different ages. The first session was with five-year-olds and last week was nine-year-olds,” she said. The pair take six students each time and they work in pairs to make

the biscuits. “Hopefully over the time of our challenge we will get to visit all the age groups,” Tilly said. Tilly said at first the students were a bit confused about why they were giving the biscuits away. “Once we tell them, they are understanding and they tell their peers who also come up and ask, ‘when’s my turn.’ It’s quite cool.” Group member Rebecca Sarginson said the challenge was awesome. “(There are) such valuable life lessons being shared around in this community by all ages. It’s wonderful to be part of it. Over the last two weeks we have received around 12 dozen biscuits beautifully decorated in jam, chocolate and sprinkles which we divide into portions for families and singles. We can’t thank Nadia, Tilly and Wanaka Primary Students enough for letting Food For Love be the receivers of their baking. We really appreciate their support,” Rebecca said. Food for Love provides around 15 meals to families in the Upper Clutha each week, who will benefit from the food and the love. Or, as one of the five-year olds put it when another classmate asked for a cookie, “You can’t have it. They’re for the people who are hungry and sad.” Pictured: Tilly and Nadia at work with the students.

Wanaka Transfer Station was shut down for 24 hours last weekend after asbestos was found. Staff made the discovery on Friday (March 9) when material was dumped at the Ballantyne Road station and made the decision to temporarily close it. Nearby Wastebusters was unaffected. Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) spokesperson Jimmy Sygrove said action at the

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transfer station was taken quickly. “Staff immediately put in action protocols to deal with hazardous materials and closed the transfer station to the public. Worksafe was contacted and the site was decontaminated. It was fully opened to the public again on Saturday afternoon. “A sample of the material was sent to Dunedin for testing and has subsequently been confirmed as containing asbestos,” he said. Jimmy said that QLDC was now looking at options for the safe disposal of the material.


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Mayor Jim Boult and 31 of his counterparts from across the country have met with Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis to discuss freedom camping. The meeting took place on March 8 and resulted in the formation of a new working group, which will be tasked with developing solutions to the problem. The group’s members are yet to be announced, but Mayor Boult said he welcomed the outcome. “It is definitely positive to see freedom camping looked at by government on a national level, but this is the first step in a long process. I look forward to ongoing dialogue with the Tourism Minister and will continue to lobby on behalf of our district for workable solutions to freedom camping issues,” he said. He said progress had been made in what he called a complex area. “Freedom campers bring economic benefits to our regions, but the behaviour of a small percentage and the sheer increase in volume of freedom campers is causing real problems for some councils. “The mayors talked about the need for a more

consistent approach, including around enforcement and signage, more infrastructure needed in some areas, and the need to look at the Freedom Camping Act,” Minister Davis said. However, the meeting was criticised by Waitaki MP and National’s tourism spokesperson Jacqui Dean, who said it was just a case of more talk and little action. “Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis has come up with nothing new for communities like Queenstown, Central Otago and Wanaka, struggling to deal with these issues, instead he has announced that he’ll establish a working party. “What councils and their communities really need is some consistent government policy that will ensure freedom campers understand what is expected of them in this country, no matter where they park their vans,” she said. Meanwhile, Queenstown Lakes District Council confirmed that it had clamped 20 vehicles and issued 102 tickets for illegal freedom camping since it began clamping on February 16. A clamp has also been reported stolen after it was fixed to a vehicle overnight and both had vanished by morning. Wanaka Police are investigating.

Big issues covered by Ten Year Plan MP pledges support TURNBULL G GLENDA The Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has adopted a draft Ten-Year Plan that contains a work programme and investment almost three times the size of any plan in its history. Under the new plan, the proposed average rate increase is 6.95 percent for the year 2018/19. The consultation document says that the higher increase this year reflects the need to fund the comprehensive programme of works outlined in the plan. The consultation document outlines six big issues the council is addressing in the Ten Year Plan. The first two consider the Queenstown Town Centre Masterplan and how the council proposes to fund this. The Masterplan provides for upgrades of arterial routes, parking, public transport, alternative transport options, a new Wakatipu Ferry by 2020/21 and Queenstown Street upgrades. The third big issue is the project connect and library proposal to bring the current library in Queenstown and the four council offices under one roof somewhere in the Queenstown CBD. Further details are available in the draft plan. The fourth big issue outlined is the Wanaka Master Plan (WMP) and $500,000 has been allocated in 2018 to deliver it. The council will gain input from transport communities, Shaping our Future projects and existing plans and strategies such as Wanaka 2020. The WMP includes Wanaka active travel, for which $1.5 million has been allocated for an alternative active travel Plan. $6.3 million has been allocated for the implementation of the Wanaka Lakefront Development Plan in 2018. Parking improvements will see $11.3 million allocated in the draft Ten-Year Plan commencing 2019-2020 and completed by 2024. Big issue number five concerns water


supply and quality. The council will be making a significant level of service investment in mechanical filtration to address the issue of algae in the water supply system. Construction of water filtration plants is planned in the draft plan, with significant projects including new water treatment plants at Beacon Point, Wanaka ($20.2 million), Two Mile ($15.7 million) and Shotover Country ($10 million). These additions and other upgrades to existing facilities are required to meet Drinking Water Standards. The level of investment will see the council meet those standards only after ten years of investment. The council could bring this programme forward if it attracts Central Government funding to offset the cost of visitor growth. The final big issue is funding new wastewater and water supply schemes for small communities. Council is seeking feedback regarding the proposal to introduce a general subsidy of up to 20 percent funded by the district-wide general rate for new reticulated water or wastewater schemes for small communities. Those communities are Kingston, Luggate and Cardrona. These communities have been selected because they are the small communities without either reticulated water or wastewater services. This would fund a portion of scheme costs and equate to approximately 0.4 percent rate increases. Details of this proposal can be found in Volume Two of the Plan. The full consultation document is available on the council’s website at formal-processes/ten-year-plan Public consultation is now open and will close on April 13. Drop-in sessions will be held on Wednesday April 4 at the Lake Wanaka Centre from 11am to 1pm, at Hawea LIbrary Community Stand on Saturday March 24 from 10am to 1pm and in Luggate on Thursday March 29 at Luggate Fire Station Rooms from 7pm.

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Following a meeting with concerned mothers in Wanaka on Tuesday (March 13), Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has pledged her support for Wanaka mothers as they petition Parliament for improved midwife services in the area. “The Wanaka area is the most remote from a base hospital of any community in New Zealand and that poses massive safety concerns for expectant mothers,” she said. “That coupled with the area’s huge ongoing population growth and I believe Wanaka has a strong case for its own standalone birthing unit.” Meanwhile, local women Bel Jones and Kristi James are creating a video entitled “Save Our Midwives” to highlight the many women affected by the lack of maternity services in Wanaka. Pictured: Kristi James with Mia Rose (21 months) being filmed by Bel Jones.

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Due to a large rock fall the Queenstown Lakes District Council closed Wanaka’s Millennium Track yesterday for safety reasons. The track will remain closed until a geotech has been out to inspect the site and make sure it is stable, and the offending rock has been removed. Contractors were aiming to break the rock up using a jackhammer yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) and reopen the track by the end of the day.

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Shaking Off Shingles Shingles is caused by the same virus that gives rise to chicken pox. After you’ve had chicken pox the varicella zoster virus remains dormant in your Sue Evans nervous system and Practice Nurse can be triggered later in life (by causes not yet understood) to re-emerge as Shingles. Two thirds of cases occur in people over 50 years of age and the risk rises to 1:2 for people who live into their 80s. PHOTO: Supplied

Friends team up for 20,000km charity drive WHITE R ROB A group of friends calling themselves the Dusty Kiwis are set to drive 20,000km across Europe for charity. Former schoolmates Dylan O’Neill, Woody Bradley and Ralph Gallyer and friend Megan Taylor are taking part in the annual Mongol Rally (MR), which sees teams embark on a two-month, long-distance rally to raise money for good causes. The four friends will set out from Prague, Czech Republic, in July with the aim of reaching the tiny Russian town of UlanUde just eight weeks later. Dylan, a local resident who works for Skydive Wanaka, said there were several reasons why the team decided to take part. “I think all of us are just young and at the stage in our life where adventure really appeals to us, and travel, because we are so far from the rest of the world. “It’s a way to go see some more parts of the world and give back in a meaningful

way. People have preconceptions about these places and we are keen to go and see it with our own eyes. “For me it isn’t necessarily a dream of doing a rally. The dream is going to these countries and this is a cool reason to go there,” he said. Megan, who also works for Skydive Wanaka and lives in Cromwell, said, “Life’s too short and it’s an awesome adventure. It’s a really good way to raise money for good causes.” The rally, which has been running since 2004, doesn’t have many rules. There is no set route and to enter, teams simply have to raise £1000 ($1900) for charity and use a vehicle with an engine of one litre or less. The Dusty Kiwis (DKs) will begin their own journey this July in England, where a friend of theirs has a garage. Once they purchase a car, they will need to strip back any excess weight and add more capacity to carry fuel, although due to visa restrictions, they won’t have much time to prepare. “We’ll buy a car and two weeks later get

on the road. We will have to leave very lastminute,” Dylan said. Each team that enters raises money for the MR’s chosen charity, Cool Earth, but also chooses one of their own. The DKs have selected the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, with the team feeling very strongly about its work. “I think it’s something that everyone goes through in their life and it’s not talked about. It’s very hard to find people who understand and listen. I think there’s so many people out there that don’t have someone. It’s not something that’s been talked about, so I think it’s about time we did,” Megan said. “We all know someone who’s been affected by depression and anxiety. There are resources out there, but maybe a lot of people don’t know about them. By talking about it, we’re doing what we are trying to achieve,” Dylan said. To follow the DKs’ progress or to donate to their chosen charity, visit their website at Pictured: Dylan O’Neill and Megan Taylor.

Shingles presents as a rash of painful blisters that usually appears on the torso, but can also affect the legs or face, on one side of the body only. It is accompanied by burning, throbbing or stabbing pain that lasts up to 30 days. This pain is usually the first indication that you have shingles and long-term nerve pain (after the rash has healed) can be a complication of the virus. This “postherpetic neuralgia” afflicts 1:3 people who have had shingles. In New Zealand there is a vaccine called Zostavax available for anyone over the age of 50. From 1 April this year the vaccine is to be funded for anyone 65 and over, with a 2 year catch-up programme in place for those aged 66 – 80 years old. People in their 50’s might like to consider paying for immunisation as part of a proactive personal health management plan. The vaccine has been proven to reduce the risk of getting Shingles and associated neuropathic pain. The vaccine is a single injection and you only need one dose. For more information, talk to your GP or Practice Nurse.

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WHITE R ROB The new Cromwell Trades academy has received a grant of $175,000 from the Central Lakes Trust (CLT). The academy, which will be part of Otago Polytechnic’s Central Campus, is due to be completed in July this year and will work with local service providers to provide links between education and vocational opportunities. Head of school Alex Huffadine said the money would benefit both current and future students. “It’s just enabling us to get equipment and tools we wouldn’t normally get. It’s enabled us to get industry-appropriate tools so students can walk straight into a job knowing they have been using the right tools. “We are really excited and it’s a helping hand from the Trust. This stuff will last for a very long time. We are really thrilled,” he said. CLT chief executive Susan Finlay said, “Providing opportunities for entry into



skills and capability-based education ensures that the community is stronger, cohesive and more resilient to economic, environmental and social change. Matching learning opportunities with the needs of [the] region supports the community to retain its potential.”

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The CLT gave an additional $357,861 to organisations across the region in this latest round of grants. Alex Huffadine is also a trustee of the CLT, but took no part in CLT discussions or decision-making during the award of this grant.

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We’re Wanaka locals Ok, you’re right. That’s not us. None of these people work for us. In fact we have absolutely no idea who any of them are. Not one. Although in saying that the guy in the grey suit does looks familiar. May have seen him at the Speights bar last Thursday night. Can’t be sure. One of our owners does think he looks a little bit like the guy with the beard too. Sort of hipsterish. But he doesn’t. He looks nothing like him. At all. We thought about doing a photo like it. Lined ourselves up on six of our best chairs, threw on our best threads, got our hair done and everything. But alas we didn’t look this cool. So we bought the pic from an online image library for $15 instead. You can’t put a price on quality fake people. Plus they have great teeth and everyone loves great teeth. Anyway, we’re losing track and we only have a one page ad. The main point is we like their signs. And we do indeed need you. Why? We sell New Zealand holidays to thousands of international tourists.


That’s all we do and we are pretty bloody good at it to be honest, so good in fact – please excuse a little chest beating here – we are one of the fastest growing tourism businesses in the world country. Why are we growing so fast you ask? Because we hire awesome Wanaka people of course (hello!) and right now to keep up with growth we are on the lookout for more talented locals to join us on our journey. Could that be you? Come and join us and earn great money (base and a generous commission), work with an fantastic bunch of 40 likeminded people, sell holidays around New Zealand (#dreamjob) and get on the job training. The best part is that no travel experience is necessary as we can teach you that. You just have to love New Zealand, have the gift of the gab and have a great can do attitude. So, whether you’re a barista, baker, banker, builder, babysitter, bookbinder, beekeeper or boilermaker - whatever you might ‘b’ - if you’re keen to give it a go then we would love to have an informal chat to you. Contact Dionne today on 027 438 3513 or email her at to apply.

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If you’re still a little unsure no worries why not have a peak at what we do at one of our pop in sessions. Come on in and meet the crew, just don’t expect to meet the folks in the photo ok. Stalk us if you like on

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Pop into our offices at 93 Ardmore St (above the Speights pub) for the rest of March between 3-5pm and check out our offices, have a casual chat to Dionne, a cheeky wine and suss us out!


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Plastering place in finals highlights worker shortage BUTLER D DANIELLE A Wanaka plastering company has made it to the finals of a national competition run by the Building & Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO). A1 Plastering’s Ben Goddard nominated boss Scott Collins in the apprentice training organisation’s My Boss: Legend competition and the pair have made it to the final six. Apprentice Ben, who nominated his boss for a number of reasons including his proactive work ethic, attention-todetail and ingenuity, said that he was inspired by Scott and appreciated how he had given him the opportunity to enter the construction trade and learn a new skill. If the pair win, Scott will bag himself a weekend away while Ben will be given a $1000 voucher to invest in his own tools. “If we win it would be great marketing for the business, but the greatest incentive for me is the opportunity to publicise the demand for tradespeople in New Zealand, motivate individuals from any background to pursue a career in construction and lobby the

government for a significant overhaul in how they are addressing this problem,” Ben said. “Central Otago is experiencing a great deal of growth at the moment and also a severe lack in skilled and unskilled tradesmen to meet this demand. I hear from tradespeople all the time about their frustrations in how hard it is to find reliable, constant workers for their businesses, in part fuelled by the transitioning nature of Wanaka life, but also due to potential employees not being given guidance and incentive by the powers that be.” The issue is something that the BCITO has been focused on for some time, with BCITO chief executive Warwick Quinn saying that New Zealand is in the midst of a skills shortage. “The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has forecasted that one in five new jobs created between 2016 and 2019 is in construction. Thousands more apprentices are needed to fill the demand in the building sector,” Mr Quinn said. To show your support for Ben and Scott, visit the BCITO’s Facebook page and comment #4 on the My Boss: Legend post.

Cyclist crashes on Crown Range REPORTER S STAFF A cyclist crashed after coming off her bike on the Crown Range Road on Thursday March 9. St John and Police were notified of the crash at 10.29am and attended the scene. The incident closed the

Crown Range between Chain Bay 4 and the Eastbourne gate on the Queenstown side of the range for half-an-hour. Ambulance staff treated the 50-year-old female for moderate injuries before transporting her to Lakes District Hospital by ambulance. The road was clear by 11.10am.

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Child development seminars WHITE R ROB Parents will be offered the chance to learn more about the cognitive development of children in two seminars held later this month. Sarah Best, an author, educator and facilitator with the Brainwave Trust, is coming to Wanaka to give two talks on the challenges and importance of brain development during early childhood and adolescence. Sarah (pictured) said the sessions will be about discussing research, with people encouraged to make their own decisions on how to use it. “Brainwave Trust is an education organisation and we collect research from around the world on how children’s brains develop. “I will be talking about stress and relationships and help people understand the physicality of the brain. We are not here to tell the audience what to do with that knowledge, it’s up to them what they do with it,” she said. The first seminar, Early Years Last Forever, is designed for parents and caregivers of 0-5 year olds and will discuss a range of issues, including the importance of early experiences, how everyday interactions help the brain and how to help children along the journey of brain development. The second, Unravelling the Mystery of the Adolescent Brain, looks at emotional decision-

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making, changing sleep patterns, peer-pressure and how alcohol and drugs affect teenage brains. Rachel Brown, chairperson of the Wanaka Alcohol Group, which will host the seminars, said, “People of all ages and from various backgrounds are interested in brain development and for the Wanaka Alcohol Group, we are thrilled to host two seminars of this quality to inform and inspire our community to make positive changes for healthier lifestyles.” The two sessions will be held at the Lake Wanaka Centre on March 19 and 20, running from 7-9pm. Entry is a gold coin donation.

ArtCell raises funds for scholarship TURNBULL G GLENDA The Wanaka ArtCell has raised $2000 for its Student Scholarship programme. The ArtCell was open for ten weeks from the middle of December to the end of February, raising the funds for the scholarship fund by donating 10 percent of the artists’ takings in that time. Last month Noah Regan-Roach became the first recipient of a $500 scholarship towards art supplies for his tertiary studies in Sydney. The ArtCell also hosted a show of Noah’s art in February, which was a sellout success. Member artist Alice Herald said, “After approaching Murray Allen, the art tutor at Mount Aspiring College (MAC), about wanting to assist students to further their art education after high school, Noah approached us. We thought, why don’t we put on a show for him?

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He sold out all of his paintings. It’s an amazing thing to happen to him before going to art school. You put your heart and soul into every painting and to have sold all of them was fantastic.” As part of the show, Noah painted the outside of the ArtCell building

with his artwork (pictured). The group are currently auctioning “A night in the golden cell” on TradeMe to help raise further money for the fund. The scholarship is open to MAC students. Send enquiries to

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Obituary - Ronald Dan Cooper TURNBULL G GLENDA Ronald Dan Cooper was born at Cromwell Hospital on December 26, 1932 to parents Dan McPherson Cooper and Beatrice Hannah Chalmers. He was the eldest of two children and is survived by his younger sister, Bette Clearwater of Cromwell. Ron’s family lived at Hawea Flat and much of his childhood was spent in Central Otago. His school days began on February 1, 1938 at Maungawera School, and when it closed he attended Hawea Flat School. Ron’s father Dan was a rabbiter, so the family moved around a lot during his childhood. He also attended primary school in Queensbury and Tarras. He attended Cromwell High School and would catch the bus from the Roaring Meg in the Kawarau Gorge. Ron’s mother “Blu” died of asthma on Mother’s Day in 1944 aged 32. Ron was 11 years old. As children, Ron and Bette would help with chores on the farms where they lived. Ron had the job of feeding and looking after a draft horse team and ploughing and disking the paddocks. He left school at 15 and worked on various farms in the district, including Rowleys at Lake Hawea Station, Pearsons at Glenfoyle (where his grandson Scott currently works), Criffel, Nolans farm in Morris Road, Albert Town and Te Anau. He was a shearer with George Scurr for three to four years working open sheds, a seven-days-a-week job. Ron married Coral Esme Tree in 1956

and moved to Luggate, where he lived for 56 years and raised four children, Daneen, Paul, Joanne and Shane. Ron then went out on his own as a shearing contractor employing eight shearers, 14 shed hands and a cook. His shearing gang worked at Glendhu Bay, West Wanaka, Lockaburn and the Nevis Stations to name a few. He had a change of careers driving trucks for Reid’s Transport, now Upper Clutha Transport. He walked to work every day for 22 years from the family home in Luggate. Ron was involved in forming the Hawea Pony Club, was an instructor and also drove the truck to transport his children and local kids to the shows and events in the region. He was president of PHOTO: supplied also the Central Otago Pony Club. He was a founder and life member of the Wanaka Rodeo Club, and a member of the Luggate Community Committee, the Luggate Hall Committee and the Luggate Ratepayers Association. He was a Fire Chief and Life Member of the Luggate Fire Brigade. He loved to play golf and was a past member, club captain and president of the Wanaka Golf Club. Ron was a great gardener who grew amazing crops of vegetables and beautiful roses, rhododendron and dahlias. He spent the last five months being cared for at Ripponburn Rest Home (the old Cromwell Hospital where he was born), where he passed away on March 5, 2018 aged 85. Ron will be remembered as a gentleman with strong traditional values and as one of life’s true characters.

COMMUNITY NETWORKS WANAKA Help and advice Murray K Kate Community Networks Manager What would you do if you were concerned about a friend, relative or young person’s drinking? Talk to the person you are worried about. Choose a time when they are sober and you are both calm. Talk about the problems their drinking is causing and encourage them to seek help. Here are some suggestions: • If you or someone you know needs support and treatment to reduce their alcohol intake, call the Alcohol Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797, visit their website, or free text 8681 for confidential advice. • Make an appointment to see your doctor. They will refer you to the services that can help. Call Aspiring Medical Centre on 03 443 0725, or Wanaka Medical Centre on 03 443 0710. • Call Central Otago Health Services Ltd 03 440 4308 and speak to the Mental Health team. Make an appointment to see the alcohol and drug counsellor. They visit Wanaka as required. • Attend an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. They are held on Mondays and Fridays at 7.30pm in the Wanaka Plunket Rooms, Ardmore Street, Wanaka and on Wednesdays at 7.30pm in St Ninians Presbyterian Church Hall, Hawea Flat. • ABLE Southern Family Support (Ph. 03 448 9303)

are there to support families/whãnau that care for someone with a mental illness or addiction. They provide education/information, support and advocacy for family members • Check out our website www. for a list of counselling and mental health services in the Upper Clutha. For students or young people: • Seek support from the school. The School counsellor at Mount Aspiring College can be contacted on 03 443 0499. • Visit or contact Malcolm Creagh at Adventure Development Central Otago (027 254 9323). Adventure Development Ltd is a not-for- profit organisation that aims to help young people and whanau who are dealing with alcohol and drug issues and/or mental health difficulties. Their services are free to clients and their families. • Call the Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Service on 03 440 4308. • Call Youthline 0800 376 333 or free text 234. Visit the website for more information. • Check out the MAC website (students and community) Parenting 101 or www.nosafelimit. website for further information.

Standardised tobacco packaging REPORTER S STAFF Regulations for standardising the packaging of tobacco products came into force yesterday (Wednesday March 14), with retailers given a sixweek grace period for old stock to be distributed, and a further six weeks for it to be sold. Southern DHB health promotion advisor Joanne Lee said standardised packaging was something her team had been waiting on for a number of years. “We’re excited to see this happening at last, and pleased that cigarettes will now be packaged to

depict the exact product they are,” she said. From June 6, tobacco products can only be sold in standardised packs coloured in plain brown and green, depicting a number of graphic images showing the health consequences of smoking. “Standardised packaging is an investment in the long-term health of our population and is part of a comprehensive package of tobacco control measures to help us reach the 2025 goal whereby more than 95 percent of our population will be smokefree,” Joanne said. Free support is available for smokers in the Southern district who want to stop smoking from the Southern Stop Smoking Service.

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LINK launches fund REPORTER S STAFF A new contestable fund has been set up by LINK Upper Clutha to support community-led initiatives in the area and to foster connections across community segments. The LINK Community Fund, launched on March 2, was designed to be easy to apply for and available to any group, individual or business that meets the criteria. Projects must benefit the Upper Clutha community and involve people working together, or be in collaboration with other groups, businesses or different parts of the community. The fund, which can be up to a maximum of $1000 for projects to be completed by December 1 this year, must be supported by in-kind support such as volunteer hours or sponsorship. The application form is available online at link. or by emailing Applications must be received by 5pm, Friday March 23, and successful applicants will be notified by email by Friday March 29. Pictured: LINK Community Fund launch.


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National award nomination for local designer BUTLER D DANIELLE Boutique interior designer Anna Begg of The Workroom, Wanaka, has received national recognition for her work with a nomination in this year’s NZ House and Garden Interior of the Year awards. Anna was one of 18 finalists to be selected from 365 entries by judges including NZ House and Garden editor Sally Duggan, art director Richard Brunton, interior designers Victoria Bibby and Dael Brady of Bibby and Brady, architect Daniel Marshal and photographer Jane Ussher. Anna, who has a bachelor of Interior Design and years of international commercial and residential interior design experience, was selected against two other finalists in the ‘out of the ordinary’ category and will now have her nomination photographed by Jane Ussher at the weekend. The nomination, a sleep-out

converted from a shed in the garden of Anna’s Wanaka home, is a small space designed to be a calm, quiet retreat with natural, neutral colours to fit in with its garden surroundings. Anna, who has been working as an interior designer for ten years and in Wanaka for three, said that it was great to be selected out of so many entries. “I love creating lots of different looks and like to be able to design different styles. Every client and project is different and I love the challenge of each one,” Anna said. The designer is no stranger to the awards, having achieved highly commended status for her nomination in the best living room category last year. Jane’s images will be used by the judges to select the winners, who will be announced at an awards ceremony on May 17. Pictured: Anna’s converted sleepout which made the shortlist in the ‘out of the ordinary’ category.

Dogged performances in annual Jack Russell race WHITE R ROB Around 60 dogs took part in the Wanaka A&P Show’s annual Jack Russell race on Saturday (March 10), with some even deciding to cross the finish line. Thousands of people lined the fences for the popular event as Jack Russells from across the land converged on the Wanaka Showgrounds for a shot at silverware. Many of them put their training to good use and completed the course in a matter of seconds, while others were much more interested in their new surroundings or meeting and greeting each other. Bonnie Raynes’ dog Louie was first across the line and scooped the 2018 trophy. Bonnie said she was really happy with the win, but the family appears to be keeping the secret of their success under wraps. Asked if there had been any special training methods, seven-year-old Bonnie smiled and said, “No, he’s just really fast.” Bonnie’s dad Rich was also tightlipped. “Training’s top secret, so is his diet,” he joked. Fellow dogs Stella and Beau finished


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in second and third, but it was Louie who wrote himself into the history books in the early afternoon Wanaka sunshine. The crowds were also delighted with the performances of the dogs on display, although they were seemingly even happier with the post-race scenes as 60 owners galloped around the Showgrounds trying to track down their pets. Pictured: Bonnie and Louie enjoying their win.


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An estimated 38,000 people attended Wanaka’s 81st A&P Show over the weekend, with organisers hailing the event a big success. The two-day show, held on Friday and Saturday (March 9-10), offered up 476 exhibitors and a range of entertainment for attendees as Wanaka ground to a halt. Spokesperson Annabel Jeaffreson said organisers were very happy with how the event had gone and that no major incidents were reported. “We had a very successful Show, the weather was amazing and all entertainment and livestock events went off without a hitch. Feedback was really positive from stallholders with sales going well,” she said. Attendees wandered among the many stalls, buying everything from sweets and spas to tractors and tartan. For the youngsters, a range of fairground rides were available, including motorised boats,

bouncy castles and a magic show. A series of competitive events was on offer, including a full equestrian programme, livestock events, dog trials and sheep shearing. The crowds were also refreshed and refuelled by an eclectic mix of drinks and cuisine, with local alcoholic drinks for sale alongside food from countless countries including Italy, Japan, India, Turkey and New Zealand. Even household animals got a chance to get in on the action, with a dog and pet show and the famous annual Jack Russell Race (see story below). The 2018 show also saw online ticketing available for the first time and event manager Jane Stalker said many people took advantage of the option, despite some initial problems. She also said organisers would attempt to improve the show for next year, particularly by addressing the traffic flow in Wanaka’s CBD and retaining the event’s successful Park and Ride service. “We didn’t have any complaints. We just want to do what we do better,” she said.

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N O T I C E B O A R D Consultation on draft Ten Year Plan 2018-28 Queenstown Lakes District Council has started consultation on a draft Ten Year Plan 2018-28. All residents and ratepayers are invited to review the plan and take part in this important process that determines the Council’s work programme for the next decade and how it will be funded. Get informed: A consultation document and supporting information is available at the following places: • Online • At Council offices and libraries across the district • By emailing The consultation document will also be distributed as an insert in ‘The Mirror’ and ‘Wanaka Sun’ during the week commencing 19 March 2018 and posted to all non-resident ratepayers.

Kahu Youth Trust is set to benefit from a Dine by Donation event hosted by Wanaka chef Lucas Parkinson of ODE and internationally acclaimed, three-hatted chef Michael Meredith. Michael’s Dine by Donation events, where the proceeds from all food served in a restaurant for an evening are donated to charity, have supported numerous good causes over the years. Lucas, in collaboration with Michael, will present

a three course, locally-sourced and foraged menu at two seatings at ODE on April 4, with the proceeds going to the local youth group. Youth worker Claire French said Kahu Youth was “stoked” about the event. “The ‘untagged’ money is great as a lot of time we get funding for ‘highlight’ stuff, like equipment and special projects, but not many funders are interested in covering our day-to-day costs like power, internet and phone. “This money, as ‘unglamorous’ as it sounds, will go a long way to supporting our ongoing overheads,” she said.

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We want to hear what you think: We value your input on the challenges we’re facing as a district. Here’s how to make a submission: • Complete the online submission form at • Email to subject line ‘Ten Year Plan submission’ • Post to Ten Year Plan Submission, Queenstown Lakes District Council, Freepost 191078, Private Bag 50072, Queenstown 9348 Formal submission hearings will be held as follows: • Queenstown: Tuesday 15 May at the Council Chambers • Wanaka: Wednesday 16 May at the Lake Wanaka Centre If you wish to speak at a hearing, make sure you tell us in your submission. Want to talk about it? We’re holding community drop-in sessions around the district. Check out the website for a session near you. Submissions close 5.00pm on Friday 13 April 2018. This notice is in accordance with the Local Government Act 2002.

Consultation on Proposed Amendments to QLDC Policy on Development Contributions Queenstown Lakes District Council has begun consultation on amendments to the Policy on Development Contributions for 2018/19. The main reason for the amendment is to update contribution levels as a result of the incorporation of the latest actual expenditure and the revised capital programme proposed by the draft Ten Year Plan 2018/28. As well as the annual update of contribution levels, the additional proposed amendments are intended to simplify and clarify certain areas of the policy; some of which have not been amended since the policy was first introduced. Many of the proposed changes involve the introduction of clearer definitions and simpler assessment methodologies as well as extension of contributing areas to include new development areas. These amendments are outlined in the Statement of Proposal. Copies of the Statement of Proposal are available on the Council website and by emailing Copies are also available in Council offices in Queenstown and Wanaka. Submissions open on Monday 12 March 2018. They can be emailed to The hearing of submissions will be held in conjunction with the Ten Year Plan hearings on 15/16 May 2018. Please indicate your preference to speak in your submission. Please note that all submissions will be made public, both on our website and as part of a Council report, however we do not include contact details. Submissions close on Friday 13 April 2018.

Apologies for the unplanned gap in the diaries, a visit to foreign parts (Auckland) was not anticipated. I was back just in time for nest five to hatch two chicks, and to note that nest 10 has given up all hope of hatching their eggs. They should have hatched almost three weeks ago. The two new chicks that have just arrived have brought the total fledged from the Roys Bay/marina area this season to 50. The actual statistics for this season compared with last season in brackets are: Breeding attempts 24 (30); Eggs laid - 93 (104); Chicks fledged - 50 (35); Nests failed - four (15). It is the last set of figures that provide the explanation as to why we fledged 15 more chicks this season with fewer nests than last season (2016-2017). The main factor responsible for this was the very high and persistent winds that we experienced over the main laying period last season (October to December) in which half of all nests were lost. This season only four nests were lost and one of those (unusually) was due to vandalism. So it is just on five years ago that I thought to see if we could get grebes to breed successfully in Roys Bay. I was able to find out that they had tried in 2011 and 2012 and failed. About 40 hours was spent at Lake Hayes, almost all spent in a kayak trying to figure what made this species tick, and not tick. Since then, from the one pair of birds we started with in 2013, we have recorded a total of 126 breeding attempts and fledged 203 chicks. And much of that success is due to the support of all those boaties on the marina who allowed me to tie what looks like “an untidy compost heap on a pallet” next to their boats. The Marina Board has provided access to the marina and The Garden Store provided me with lots of new plants to help me disguise those pallets and make them look

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like nests. Paddle Wanaka has been on standby throughout this season to help with heaving these things in and out of the lake and that’s been great. Thank you all heaps. Above all, there is a little bunch of Grebies (the little helpers) out there who have made so much of what we do so worthwhile. – John Darby

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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 Southern Lakes Half Marathon 2018: Road to be closed: Brownston, Upton, Warren and Tenby Streets from Dungarvon Street to McDougall Street Period of closure:

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Dear editor, While driving this road recently, as I do countless times annually, I observed a wonderful flag being erected. No traffic obstruction...No danger to humanity...In fact the only vehicle to stop and block the road was a cop on the way to one of two accidents on that road during that day I observed - a good kilometre from the flags. By extension of the QLDC logic, all road signs should be removed for causing distractions! The flags were a wonderful, colourful, harmless piece of multicultural installation art and the QLDC is guilty of an act of wilful, fascist, ignorant cultural vandalism in their removal and it represents a pathetic waste of council resources which would be better spent on any of the litany of other issues that require its attention. Trevor Sutherland


Clamping free(dom) campers

Dear editor, Council and the enforcement officers are on a hiding to nothing. Council because they need to be seen to be doing something and the enforcement officers because it is too easy to get it wrong. There has been a recently published story where on the face of it an enforcement officer got it wrong. And I know of another case. Which probably means there are a dozen more. When I saw the news that clamping was to happen my initial, knee-jerk, reaction was “Yes!”. But on reflection I wondered how it would work. And I guess predictably it hasn’t. I wonder how council would go with consequential damages? In the case I know about, the person was late for work (lost wages) and had to make an alternative way to work (at a cost). Just because a vehicle is parked in a no freedom camping area does not mean it has occupants who are camping. It also occurred that a person who has driven to town and becomes too intoxicated to drive and who decides to sleep it off in their vehicle might be subject to being clamped. Although the by-law says that “resting or sleeping at the roadside in a caravan or motor vehicle to avoid driver fatigue” is not freedom camping, no mention is made of not driving drunk. I think it would be somewhat counterproductive regarding road safety if intoxicated folk were to be clamped and the word were to get around. A couple of minor things. Two entrances to the lake front area do not have signs. Surely the more signs the better. And the signs are too high. Surely they need to be at driver eye height so they are really hard to miss. Yours sincerely John Heaton

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Dear editor, An excellent letter to the Wanaka Sun (March 8, 2018) by Peter Whiting and so well researched! One can only hope that the QLDC takes notice. Why can’t they do a bit of research before going ahead and cutting down that forest actually, it does not need a scientist or forestry expert to know that this is wrong. Perhaps we need Mr. Peter Whiting on the council. Rosemarie Jones PHOTO: supplied

QLDC responds:

We agree that freedom camping presents a challenge to council, and one that is largely borne by our enforcement team. They are at the sharp end of the stick every night, doing their best to first educate campers and then enforce the district’s freedom camping rules. As you mention, yes, on rare occasions our officers (like all people) make mistakes. As a council we are willing to put our hand up for these and work to make them right. To put that in perspective, since clamping began on the Wanaka lakefront less than a month ago we have clamped over 20 vehicles and issued more than 100 freedom camping infringements around Wanaka. Freedom camping is a huge issue, not just in our district, but nationally. QLDC is at the forefront of instigating measures to deal with the problems that a small minority of irresponsible campers present and we’re working on a multi-agency strategy to look into solutions at present.

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Wanted Wanted by the Salvation Army Family Store, if any one has any spare pillow cases we would love them, please just drop them into the store, thanks. The Salvation Army Family store would like used glass spice jars with lids, to donate these please just pop them into the store in Brownston Street. Volunteers required at The Salvation Army Family store if you have some free time and would like to be part of a team which makes a difference, come and see us.

Services Wanaka Pharmacy is your local pharmacy. We’re the big pharmacy at the top of Helwick Street - open from 8am until 8pm every single day. Ph 443 8000. FREE COMPUTER LESSONS FOR OLDER PEOPLE - Community Networks is offering oneon-one lessons on your own device. Thursday afternoons. If you are interested please call in to Community Networks or phone for an appointment 03 443 7799. JP SERVICES are available at Community Networks every Tuesday from 1pm and Friday from 10.30am. Please book your appointment by ringing Community Networks 03 443 7799. Would a weekly visitor and a bit of companionship enhance your life? We have volunteers who would like to meet a senior to share stories or take you for an outing. If you are interested please contact Community Networks 03 443 7799 or contact project coordinator Barbara Jungen, WHEELS TO DUNSTAN –free shuttle service to Dunstan Hospital or Alexandra specialist appointments, also linking with the St Johns Health Shuttle to Dunedin Hospital. For bookings please call Community Networks on 03 443 7799 before 3pm the day before. Major sponsor Upper Clutha Transport. CAN YOU NO LONGER DRIVE? The Total Mobility Scheme provides subsidised taxi services to people who have an impairment that prevents them from being able to drive. Contact Community Networks for more information on 443 7799. INLAND REVENUE are at Community Networks, Wednesday 21 March. If you need help with your Tax return, Family Tax credits or any other enquiry give Community Networks a call on 03 443 7799 to make an appointment for this free service.





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Wanaka Croquet Club is celebrating after winning three medals at the Masters Games in Dunedin. Donald Young won gold, while Noeline Dickey and Mary Scurr (both pictured) won bronze.

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Crowds and protesters attend rodeo finals WHITE R ROB Around 4000 people made the trip to Albert Town over the weekend for the National Finals Rodeo. The two-day finals were held at Wanaka Rodeo Club (WRC) on Saturday and Sunday (March 10-11) and spectators enjoyed a packed programme, with events including bareback, rope and tie, team roping and bull riding. The season’s top eight competitors in each category went head-to-head and after three rounds of intensive competition, Rotorua’s Corey Church was crowned All Round Champion. There was also local success after Hawea Flat’s rodeo stalwart Patrick McCarthy won the rope and tie event. WRC president Lyal Cocks said the finals had been a good end to the season. “The season we have had has been very good and all the clubs have stepped up and organised very good rodeos. It was a very fitting end, great weather and great numbers of spectators. They get involved

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with supporting the athletes and animals and you can’t ask for much more really.” The event was also attended by the Animal Justice League NZ, which held a protest against the sport outside the venue. More than 30 people, including Green MP Gareth Hughes, took part and they used placards and banners to spread their message. The group’s spokesperson Holly Button said, “It’s time for us to move on and entertain ourselves without causing animals to suffer. Now that the Labour Party has also promised action on rodeo, it is only a matter of time before these abusive rodeos come to an end.” In response, Lyal disagreed but said he respected the group’s right to protest. “We have some Rodeo Ambassadors going through the crowds and answering questions. They went up to talk to the MP and invited them in to see for themselves, but they declined. It’s their right to voice their opinion.”

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The Mount Aspiring College Senior Boys 1st Futsal team missed out on becoming the Otago Secondary School champions on Friday after losing in the final to Dunedin’s John McGlashan College. Despite the loss, the team had a great tournament and went through the pool stages undefeated. With only three players remaining from the last year’s squad, 2018 is all about building a new team. The majority of the players are year 11 students, so there was little expectation on them to place in Dunedin, but the talented team cruised through the pool stage to make the final. The young team, led by

Alex Plimmer, did outstandingly well to place second. The College’s Senior Girls A team placed third in division one, while the Senior Girls B team placed second and the Senior Boys B team placed fifth in division two at the same tournament. Pictured: The 2018 MAC Senior Boys Futsal Team (front row): Ethan Arratia (injury replacement), Weston Bell, Michael Gealogo, (back row): Jake Nicholson, Lukas Schafer, Alex Plimmer, Michael Meek, Lucas Buckley, Fletcher Cavanagh and Toa Roode. (Absent were Levi Fletcher and Noah Holmes).  – by Wanaka Football World

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FWT podium place for Murray REPORTER S STAFF Wanaka skier Craig Murray finished in second place at the Freeride World Tour event held in VallnordArcalis, Andorra on March 6. A rookie on this year’s Freeride World Tour (FWT), Craig impressed the judges with a mix of classic big mountain skiing and new school tricks, spinning both ways in his run and completing multiple grabs on every air while maintaining good flow between the features. “I dropped in fifth and was really happy to

put down a fun run and come in second behind Sweden’s Kristofer Turdell,” Craig said. “I then had to wait for 20 more riders to ski very impressive lines one after another. It was amazing to watch and I couldn’t believe I was still in second at the end of the day.” Andorra was third on the five-stop tour. After competing in the fourth tour stop in Fieberbrunn, Austria, this week (March 9 to 15), Craig was in 12th place in the FWT ranking, just ahead of Wanaka’s Sam Lee in 13th. Only the top-13 ranked competitors go through to the tour final in Verbier, Switzerland in April.

Championship ready MAC students smash records BUTLER D DANIELLE Mount Aspiring College’s (MAC) senior boys futsal team is preparing to take on another major championships this month. The have already played in the Otago Secondary School Championships in Dunedin (see report page 15) and will head to the New Zealand Secondary School Championships in Wellington from March 20 to 25. MAC’s head of mathematics and statistics Cameron Flude said that the team’s fundraising meeting held last month went really well, producing a range of ideas including a quiz night and a great turnout of parents willing to support their boys. “The boys are on board with the fundraising and owning the challenge.

BUTLER D DANIELLE It is important for us that they are doing the fundraising and not their parents and they acknowledged that,” Cameron said. “The boys have worked hard over the summer training and trialling before school started to boost their selection chances.” The senior A squad played two warmup games against a mixed team of men’s futsal players at the start of the month, winning the first game by one and going down in the second game by one. Cameron said the games had given the boys some self-belief and confidence before the tournament in Dunedin and for “the main goal, Nationals in Wellington”.

Athletics students from Mount Aspiring College (MAC) put in a top performance at the Otago Secondary Schools Athletics Championships in Dunedin last weekend (March 2-3), breaking records and setting personal bests. Abby Fisher easily broke the under-14 200m record, won the long jump and broke the under-14 100m record, which had been standing for 18 years, while Zoe Smith smashed the 1500m record by eight seconds. MAC’s travelling athletics manager Lincoln Bruce said that the results were a great success for the students and showed that they could perform at a top level in multiple disciplines.


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Other stand-out performances from the weekend came from Georgie Bruce, who won the under-14 hurdles, placed second in both discus and high jump and came third in the 200m. Georgie then went on to take out the under-14 4x100m relay with team mates Abby East and Scarlett Norman. Ruby Burke came out on top of the under-16 800m race, while Jack East won the under-16 boys 400m and Ryn Schmack took the top spot in both under-16 discus and triple jump. The athletes will now go on to represent the college at the South Island Secondary Schools Championships in Timaru later this month.

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Podium places for local athletes REPORTER S STAFF

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Three Wanaka runners competed at the NZ Track & Field Championships held at Porritt Stadium, Hamilton over the weekend (March 9-11), with each picking up a podium place. Laura MacCulloch, 18, won a bronze medal in the under-20 400m, finishing in a personal best time of 57.78 seconds, and anchored the Otago team for the 4x100m and 4x400m relays, winning a silver medal and a bronze medal in those races. Sixteen-year-old Jack East won two bronze medals, one in the under-18 400m with a personal best time of PHOTO: Supplied 50.7 seconds and the other in the 4x400m relay. time of 17:36. Sammy Burke, 18, won a bronze Pictured: Sammy Burke, Jack East medal in the under-20 5000m with a and Laura MacCulloch.

Bronze medals, PBs for Allan wins XTERRA Triathlon local water skier WHITE R ROB

WHITE R ROB Wanaka water skier Meg Harraway has won two bronze medals at the OZ Kiwi Water Ski Challenge in Whanganui. The annual water skiing tournament sees Australia and New Zealand go head-to-head across three age groups in slalom, jump and trick events. Meg, competing in the under-17 age group despite being just 15, turned in a personal best in all three and took third in both the slalom and the jump competitions. She said she was delighted with her results. “I was very happy with how I performed as I got personal bests in all three events. I was really stoked. It was a great experience representing the country

and I really enjoyed it. “I have been doing a lot of training and a lot of time off school. Previous tournaments haven’t been going so well, so I’ve been focussing on doing my best and I guess I did,” she said. It was Meg’s third appearance at the event, but the first in her new age group, and she is now setting her sights on August’s Junior World Championships in Spain. She has been in the New Zealand training squad of 12 all season and hopes to be one of the six selected to compete. “We put our best scores forward to show the judges how we are skiing. That’s my ultimate goal, to perform well and put good scores out to the selectors.”

Wanaka athlete Dougal Allan has won the 2018 Macpac Motatapu XTERRA Triathlon. The Glendhu Bay to Arrowtown race, which took place on Saturday March 10, includes a 2km swim, 47km cycle and 8.5km run and Dougal was first across the line with a time of 3:22:47. “It’s always nice to compete so close to home. Winning was as much a relief as it was exciting in reality. To win helps me in a confidence sense, but when your main sponsor is a local brand it always helps to win a local event,” he said. Dougal took the win by a clear margin, finishing almost 13 minutes

ahead of Pete Smallfield in second. He put his success down to a strong start, but also said he approved of the run section’s new route, which was introduced this year. “My swim can be a bit hit-and-miss and I had a pretty good swim and that set me up well. It was pretty cold, but my main focus was to be warm. If you get cold, it can affect your body. I took a while in transition to put warm clothes on.” “The run was awesome and it balanced the course out better. It wasn’t as brutal. Having a slightly shorter run which was equally as picturesque made sense.” The XTERRA Triathlon was one of six events on offer at this year’s Macpac Motatapu, which attracted more than 4000 athletes from 25 countries.

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