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ueenstown and Wanaka Chambers of Commerce long-standing supportive relationship has been formalised with the signing of an agreement on Tuesday, May 15. Queenstown Chamber chair Craig Douglas and Ignite Wanaka chair Bridget Legnavsky signed a memorandum of understanding (pictured) that enables the two business communities to work more closely on projects and issues of mutual interest. “Queenstown and Wanaka business communities have shared opportunities and challenges, and the chambers have been discussing ways to join forces on a number of projects,” Queenstown

Chamber CEO Ann Lockhart said. “Our issues such as housing and labour force shortages span the Queenstown Lakes and our advocacy is stronger with a united voice. “The MOU is a formal step for us to focus on these issues, and collaborate with networking opportunities and some major events,” Ann said. Bridget said the memorandum enables the potential to share resources and knowledge, benefitting both towns. “We see real benefit in working together,” Bridget said. “Both Queenstown and Wanaka business communities have got so much to offer and we look forward to enhancing the information exchange between the two chambers, as well as helping grow capability for all businesses, for the benefit of the region.”

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Crunch time for midwife crisis BUTLER D DANIELLE newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz Wanaka’s midwives and their hoards of supporters wait with baited breath today for the announcement of Budget 2018, which will decide the future of the town’s midwifery crisis. Southern District Health Board’s (SDHB) executive director, strategy primary and community directorate Lisa Gestro said that the SDHB was aware of a high-degree of interest in primary maternity services but that there would not be an update until the end of May. She said that while the SDHB was in the final steps of finalising its Primary Maternity System of Care proposal, a final announcement on the future of maternity services in the district would not be made until after Budget 2018. “Like the rest of the sector, we are hopeful that additional support for lead maternity carers is a feature of the budget so we are able to align our

efforts accordingly,” Mrs Gestro said. “We received more than 200 submissions in response to our plan, which was a great response, and we are delighted with the high level of interest. We are committed to considering any new information that has been received as part of the process.” Meanwhile Wanaka had thousands of voices presented to Parliament by Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean on Tuesday (May 15), with a 3843-signature petition asking for the creation of a sustainable model for rural community midwifery in the region. “The Wanaka area is the most remote from a base hospital of any community in New Zealand. That poses massive concerns for expectant mothers and it must be addressed. “This petition calls for a sustainable model for rural-based midwifery in the Wanaka region and it is something that the community and the families who live here deserve. It is about ensuring that safe and appropriate midwifery services are developed

and maintained in the Upper Clutha area for the health and safety of local mothers.” Mrs Dean added that the best result for local women and the safety of their babies would be the establishment of a primary birthing unit in the town, rather than the maternity hub which had previously been suggested. “I would hope that in presenting this petition today, on behalf of the Wanaka community, their request to government for improved services is taken on board.” Mrs Dean said. The petition comes after months of campaigns, marches, letters and an emotional video created by Wanaka mother Bel Jones to the government from locals in support of Wanaka’s underfunded, understaffed and overworked midwives. Local mother and one of the driving forces behind the Save Our Wanaka Midwives campaign Kristi James said that it was gaining strong momentum. “The march for midwives was a success and

now we’re just waiting to see what happens with funding,” Kristi said. Associate Minister of Health, Hon Julie Anne Genter, said that Bel’s short film had moved and humbled her as an expectant mother. “It highlights how utterly critical midwives are to the health and wellbeing of mother, baby and whanau. Ensuring our midwives have the right support structures in place to practice safely and effectively is a high priority for me. I am listening to not only the women of Wanaka, but all New Zealand,” Ms Genter said. “I would like to reiterate the message conveyed by the Minister of Health, Hon Dr David Clark, that this government recognises that midwives have been stretched too far under the previous government. “The Minister of Health is working on an urgent response in the May budget. We are also working on a more long-term project to ensure the whole system is set up to ensure it is safe and effective for our midwives, mothers, babies and whanau.”

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Heritage tree removed for development TURNBULL G GLENDA editor@thewanakasun.co.nz A protected gum tree (pictured) has been removed from the site on Lakeside Drive where a resource consent for a three-storey, 36-room hotel has been granted. In 2016, Gem Lake Limited was granted consent to construct a hotel for up to 72 guests on the site where the Wanaka Backpaka presently sits. The site had been Wanaka Lodge prior to 1990 when it became Wanaka’s first backpacker accommodation. The proposed hotel also includes a restaurant and bar facilities, a lounge, kitchen and laundry. The building has a 709sqm footprint which will cover 37 percent of the 1897sqm site. In June 2017 a variation was granted to enable an alteration to the exterior design of the approved hotel development and landscaping. The variation included a caged ladder to be located within the western boundary 2m internal setback, a change to the main external building cladding, the addition of balconies to Lakeside PHOTO: Nikki Heath GLENDA TURNBULL Road elevation and solar arrays to editor@thewanakasun.co.nz Building “B” roof, an increase in the stairs and turning area. size of common area of Building ‘C’ It could not be established prior to The Upper Clutha Tracks Trust is disappointed with and reduction in car parking provision going to print as to when construction the funding allocation for track developmen in the to accommodate additional egress would commence. Wanaka Ward in the draft 10 Year Plan. UCTT treasurer John Wellington in his submission to the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC), noted there was relatively very little financial support or sense of urgency given to the community led Active Transport Policy by QLDC. helicopter training time. “This is highlighted by both the small amount of Aimee Owens The trip includes a three-course funding allocated in the plan - $1.5m - and the time journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz buffet dinner, cooked breakfast, scale for its delivery,” John said in his submission. Wanaka Search and Rescue and kayaking and small boat activities He noted that the $820k allocated to the Wanaka Southern Alps Rescue Trust will benefit and a knowledgeable nature guide Ward for track development had been suggested from an adventurous fundraiser to who will provide commentary as a possible additional source of funding for the throughout the journey, with Active Transport Wanaka proposal. Doubtful Sound this August. The fundraiser takes supporters the opportunity to encounter “The Trust notes that this funding is to assist with on an overnight Real Journeys cruise resident dolphins, fur seals and the funding of the Upper Clutha Track Network with 100 percent of ticket prices being rare penguins. and that these are off road recreational tracks, for The cruise will start from the Real links between Upper Clutha communities.” donated to the teams. Wanaka SAR volunteers need the Journeys Manapouri Visitor Centre funding to support them through and departs on Friday August 31. Tickets can be purchased by phoning advanced first aid training. Every twin or double cabin sold 0800 656501 quoting “Cruise-for-awill support two volunteers and a Cause Doubtful Sound”, with sales quad-share cabin will buy an hour of closing on Sunday July 20.

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He noted that the Queenstown Ward had a similar and proportionately larger sum for a similar purpose in addition to the $24.5m allocated to urban cycleway projects for that ward. UCTT supported the Active Transport Submission to the QLDC 10 Year Plan and supports the allocation of $820k over the period for track development in the Wanaka Ward and the allocation of $777k over a ten year period for tracks and trails renewal and maintenance work. UCTT would like to see QLDC substantially increase its financial support and substantially bring forward its delivery of the Active Transport Wanaka project. Two other concerns raised by UCTT were the previously requested $50k towards a link between Dublin Bay and the Maungawera Road in submissions on the annual plan and resource allocation in terms of road maintenance to track access points. The UCTT is part of the Active Transport Wanaka group. Pictured: The Millenium Track.

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Emergency Management Otago has appealed for input from Otago residents aged 18 to 44 years old to complete its online survey. The survey is open to residents living in Central Otago, Clutha, Dunedin City, Waitaki and Queenstown-Lakes, with EMO particularly keen to hear from people aged 18-44 as it has had a strong response from the 45+ age-group already. EMO public information manager Michele Poole said the information will be used to get a clear picture of what people across Otago understand about the hazards and risks in their communities, and to what extent they believe they and their families would be personally affected. “The final element is how prepared they are for emergencies. “Each element – knowledge of hazards, acceptance that this is relevant to them, and preparedness – is important. If people know about

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hazards, and they accept a hazard like an earthquake, flood or blizzard will have a personal consequence for them, they will be more likely to plan and prepare,” Michele said. “So once we have the results of the survey, we can tailor the work our Emergency Management Officers are doing in each community.” Michele said the sample size for the survey is large enough that they will be able to rely on the results both across Otago and within each district. The survey can be found at sgiz. mobi/s3/Emergency-Preparedness2018-Online and will take less than 15 minutes to complete. Meanwhile community response plans for Lake Hawea/Hawea Flat and Makarora are available on the Otago Civil Defense website, with the Wanaka plan due for completion by the end of the year. “It’s one of several across the district that Trevor Andrews (the Emergency Management Officer for Queenstown Lakes District) is working on.”

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In a submission to the Ten Year Plan, Aspiring Athletics Club (AAC) has pleaded with the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) to look at sporting facilities in Wanaka. Barbara Beable highlighted the “woefully inadequate and inaccurate” consultation draft report prepared on a Facility Strategy for Regional Sport & Recreation, Queenstown Lakes - Central Otago, that completely omitted Wanaka with regard to track and field. With regard to athletics, the draft report stated the region had no all-weather track and field facility, with local clubs travelling to Dunedin and Invercargill for regional and national competitions. The report mentioned facilities in Queenstown with the exclusion of all other areas in the district. AAC’s submission on Regional Sports Feedback in April outlined the report did not take into account the thriving athletics scene in Wanaka and actual success at South Island and national levels. The number of registered athletes in the ACC has grown over the past four years reaching 89 in 2017, with the only local track and field venue at Mount Aspiring College. There are no new major facilities available or planned in Wanaka and AAC said this was a major constraint to the ongoing development of athletics

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in Wanaka, “and is limiting their speed training - a critical element in many sporting codes.” AAC stated that with the population continuing to grow, now was the time to secure the future of athletics in Wanaka. It suggested that an an area near the Wanaka Recreation Centre (WRC) would be an ideal site for a new grass track facility. AAC wanted to partner with the local football club, “which could have a quality football playing surface within the confines of the all-weather track facility.” Barbara also said, “Land acquisition needs to happen now to allow the vision of a sporting hub for excellence to develop. Not to secure land that is centrally located and easily accessible for our youth to develop their skills and talent is shortsighted. They deserve better.” Sports Otago CEO John Brimble said it had long advocated for the inclusion of a gym and additional courts for the WRC. He suggested that a future growth plan be developed for the WRC which takes account of the potential to base a range of sport and recreational organisations/clubs within close proximity to create a true sports hub and precinct. AAC pointed out there is currently no Wanakabased representative on the panel working in conjunction with the region’s sport and recreation officials to make decisions on regional sporting facilities, and recommended that Councillor Quentin Smith be added to the panel.

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Protecting our night skies TURNBULL G GLENDA editor@thewanakasun.co.nz As a community we all love to see the phenomenon of the Southern Lights in our night skies. Recently Hawea resident Cherilyn Walthew received a request from a neighbour about the potential of reducing the brightness of one of her security lights as it impacted their ability to see the night sky’s brightness. “The main issue with our light is the brightness of the LED lamps. We’ve put a tinted cover over the bulbs and longer term are looking at installing a larger shade over the light in line with guidelines obtained from the MacKenzie District Council. “I absolutely get this issue as there’s another security light that has really started bugging me down at the new Sentinel Park subdivision which is like a huge beacon in the dark,” Cherilyn said. She was trying to find out if there were any rules in our district, so the Wanaka Sun contacted the Queenstown

Lakes District Council (QLDC) to find out. A QLDC spokesperson advised, “QLDC has the Southern Light Strategy. This was adopted in 2017 and provides the strategies around dark skies as well as technical specifications for lighting.” The strategy is to protect the night sky and aesthetic appeal of the district and details specifications for street lighting (both residential and rural), festivals and events. In the strategy it says, “QLDC recognises the need to enhance the experience of these events through the use of lighting whilst protecting the night skies.” The strategy and specifications for outside lighting can be found on the council’s website. The Southern Light Strategy has been programmed in the QLDC Bylaws, Policies and Strategies Register for review in 2021. Pictured: The night sky lit up with the Southern Aurora in May 2017. This spectacular shot was taken from Bremner Bay.

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TURNBULL G GLENDA editor@thewanakasun.co.nz The coordinators of Food For Love are looking to grow their volunteer base to help share community love with their first ever forum to be held this week. The group, which has been running for about two years, accepts nominations for people who need a helping hand in the form of a homecooked meal and its volunteers get to work making it a reality. Coordinator Louise Carney, who runs the group alongside Rebecca Sarginson, said that there were currently around 120 volunteer cooks and bakers, but they are looking for people to join on a more permanent basis. “This will be Food For Love’s first community meeting. We’re really

looking forward to brainstorming ideas with the public on how we can grow our organisation and to hear ways in which they would like to contribute to Food For Love. “We’re also looking for a real food lover to coordinate our bulk meals each week. Someone to liaise with our food sponsors and either cook up these meals themselves or get volunteers from our database to do so. We’re really excited about adding people to our committee and the Food For Love family,” Louise said. The forum will discuss the future of Food For Love and enable the community to put forward ideas or opportunities for the group. It will take place at Urban Grind tonight (Thursday May 17) at 7pm. Pictured: Oanaka Educare student Daisy Speak baking for Food for Love.

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Crowdfunding for trees TURNBULL G GLENDA editor@thewanakasun.co.nz The Upper Clutha Water Trust and Lake Wanaka Trust merged on April 16 to form the Upper Clutha Lakes Trust (UCLT) and is aiming to raise $60,000 for tree planting along the Clutha River. The Trust is looking to crowdfund the project through the Million Metres organisation. It plans to plant at least 4000 trees in the 2019 planting season. This will equate to approximately 465 metres along a waterway with two plants per square metre. That’s an approximate area of 2,325 square metres. UCLT secretary Julie Perry said that Te Kãkano Aotearoa Trust worked with Million Metres on Maggie Lawton’s memorial. “At the time, we had just commenced work on an application to the Ministry for the Environment’s (MfE) Freshwater Improvement Fund (FIF) and Million Metres was interested in supporting further projects in our area. “Million Metres has a great track record in supporting community groups to raise funds for planting using crowdfunding. “The FIF projects are funded by Sargood Bequest, Million Metres, MfE and Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC). The projects are being undertaken

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by ORC, Upper Clutha Lakes Trust Board, Te Kãkano and Catchments Otago and are supported by a range of stakeholders,” Julie said. The Trust has had a soft launch of the Love Lake Wanaka promotion. “We are now in the final stages of completing MfE’s legal documents and within the next week or two will be able to actively promote our projects and start fundraising. We are looking for a volunteer to work with Million Metres to promote the Love Lake Wanaka project,” Julie said. The FIF is a five year project and the Trust is seeking to raise $60,000 per year for the next five years through Million Metres. “The projects continue even if we can’t raise the full amount – it just means fewer trees will get planted. Your support of this fundraiser will help to protect the small streams and tributaries and provide native habitat for our native birds and insects. This will help ensure our rivers and lakes are healthy, enriching our lives for years to come,” Julie said. People can get behind the project by sharing the Love Lake Wanaka project on social media, offsetting their carbon emissions by donating to Love Lake Wanaka, volunteering at Te Kãkano or volunteering on Shaping our Future Water Task Force. THURSDAY 17.05.18 - WEDNESDAY 23.05.18

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Phyllis Aspinall– Obituary January 1, 1922 - May 4, 2018

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of the Matukituki River to a newly built Oamaru Stone homestead in 1969. Phyllis spent years designing the homestead undoubtedly because of her long experience living with the ‘quirks’ of the old homestead. And everything got a whole lot easier - no crossing the river to go to town. Living up such a remote but popular valley, the Aspinall’s were constantly involved in search and rescue operations and accidents. The limited means of alerting the emergency services often meant a lot of time was spent dealing with accidents. In 1977, Jerry and Phyllis moved back to Wanaka when John and Sue took over the station. Phyllis became the President of the Arts Society, and was involved in Lone Guides, the Wanaka Herb Society, played music for church and joined the Garden Circle Committee. She also continued her passion for embroidery. In 1993, Phyllis was awarded a New Zealand Women’s Suffrage Centennial Award for her outstanding contribution to rural life. She passed away peacefully at Elmslie House, Wanaka, on May 4, 2018. A dearly loved mother and mother-in-law of Sue and the late John, Willie and Kaye, Chris and Sue, and Julia, cherished grandmother of Catie and Pat, Brent, Mark and Nathan, Randall and Allison, Rachal, James and Sam, great grandmother of Johnny, Josh, and Genevieve.

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friends and to stock up on basic provisions were key. In 1951, Phyllis had her first baby, John, followed a year later by William, three years after that Christopher, and finally Julia in 1958, all born at Cromwell hospital. There were a number of organisations that really helped Phyllis cope up the valley, including the Home Science Extension and Country Library Service. The family had many visitors. Mountaineers, scientists, deer cullers, rabbiters and friends all came to visit or stay, with the Alpine Club members constantly visiting and breaking the isolation. Phyllis taught her children through the Correspondence School for PHOTO: supplied their primary school days. In 1957, Phyllis and Jerry voluntarily surrendered 50,000 acres (20,235 hectares) of their station to the Crown to help form the Mount Aspiring National Park. This was gazetted in 1965 - securing a huge area centered on the ‘loveliest’ peak in the country for everyone to freely use and value into the future. The family moved across the West Branch

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Phyllis May Manson was born on January 1, 1922 to her parents William and Julia Manson. Phyllis was the first born of four children, followed by Joan, Jim and Gwenda. The family lived in Dunedin, moving to Pembroke (Wanaka) in 1936 where they purchased a garage. Phyllis played the piano from an early age - a gift that was to become a life-long joy, whether it be simply playing, teaching others or playing for others such as the organ for the Wanaka Presbyterian Church, and the Anglican Church when needed. She attended Waitaki Girl’s High in Oamaru and then King Edward Technical College in Dunedin. In 1938, Phyllis returned to Wanaka from Tech College and worked in the garage shop. She also formed a pack of Brownies which she led through the war years, taught Sunday School and set up a correspondence course for Lone Rangers. Phyllis met Jerry Aspinall shortly after. He lived on the Aspiring Station and came down to Wanaka regularly for food, petrol, to have things fixed and go to the doctor. On his trips, he would call into the pub for dinner. Phyllis lived opposite the pub and pumped petrol. They married in 1950, both 28, and moved

to Aspiring Station. The homestead was located between the two major branches of the Matukituki River, the West Branch having to be forded to reach the rest of the station, and the 50km-long gravel road leading into Wanaka - and basic supplies. Jerry’s parents, Jack and Amy had built the homestead room by room in 1921 after a devastating fire had destroyed the original homestead only a year after Jack and Amy had moved in and while she was pregnant with Jerry. When Phyllis arrived, she found she had to learn a variety of new skills, including making bread and butter from scratch. She kept in touch with people by way of letters. After she’d been married for about five years she was delighted to be asked to write a monthly radio programme about living in the high country. It was for a women’s session on 4YA. That made a tremendous difference to her because from then on, she wrote articles and spoke to people about living in the high country. Isolation was a very real issue for Phyllis, so trips back to town to catch up with family and

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REPORTER S STAFF editor@thewanakasun.co.nz Recorded Music NZ and the NZ Music Commission have opened nominations for the inaugural Music Teacher of the Year Award. The award, which will be announced in November, will celebrate the influence music teachers have on children, not only in establishing the foundations of careers in music, but by providing a positive and long-lasting impact on their lives. Since 2001, the NZ Music Commission has recognised the efforts of music teachers and supported their in-classroom work through the Musicians Mentoring in Schools programme, a Ministry of Education-funded initiative that connects young emerging talent with some of the country’s top musicians. “Creative kids are brighter kids and international research proves that children involved in music have improved cognitive development, attend school more often and have increased self-esteem and confidence,” Recorded Music NZ CEO Damian Vaughan said. “We need to celebrate the people who make this possible. Learning to play music is such an important part of childhood and should be nurtured into something beautiful.” Any music teacher or mentor can be nominated on www.nzmusicawards. co.nz/musicteacher/ during NZ Music Month this May.

Our part of the country has some of the highest rates of bowel cancer in New Zealand, and New Zealand’s rates are some of the highest in the world. Regular bowel screening can save lives by helping to find cancer early, when it can often be successfully treated. The free National Dr Simon Brebner Bowel Screening programme is now MBChB, Dip Sports Med, FRNZCGP being rolled out locally. It is being offered to all men and women aged 60 – 74 years who are eligible for publically funded health care.

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Submissions close on ORC plan REPORTER S STAFF editor@thewanakasun.co.nz Submissions closed on Otago Regional Council’s draft long-term plan for 20182028 at midnight on Friday May 11, with 565 received. Residents in Wanaka (17), Hawea (3), Albert Town (2), Bendigo (1) and Tarras (1) contributed their opinions along with a detailed submission from the Queenstown Lakes District Council. QLDC sought greater investment and a more collaborative approach from the Otago Regional Council particularly in the areas of transport, emergency management, water quality and pest management. QLDC Mayor Jim Boult said that the council has commended ORC for many proposals within its draft plan but has also sought for the ORC to ramp up its response

to the district. “ORC has provided a clear vision for the region and a strategy that is complementary to that of QLDC. We feel it’s important to acknowledge the proposals presented that will positively affect our local residents but like us, ORC has got to meet the challenge of extreme growth in our environment,” he said. QLDC requested additional investment in emergency management by allowing for a second dedicated Emergency Management Officer in the district. This was to reflect the complex nature of the district, isolated rural communities, and high visitor numbers, in the context of a significant event such as an Alpine Fault rupture. Council also highlighted the excellent community groups within the district addressing biodiversity, wetlands and pest control issues, and urged ORC to engage

with them. Urban growth was emphasised as an opportunity for collaboration and QLDC has requested greater involvement from ORC experts in developing a Future Development Strategy (FDS) for the Queenstown Lakes District. “Council is working tirelessly to address congestion and housing affordability but we need partners to help us achieve the best outcome for both residents and visitors to the district. We have formally requested that assistance from ORC and we’re confident we can work together to achieve QLDC’s own ten year vision: Vibrant Communities, Enduring Landscapes, Bold Leadership.” A total of 83 people want to be heard on their submissions with hearings taking place in Queenstown (May 23, 9am12pm), Alexandra (May 23,1pm-3pm) and Dunedin (May 24, 9am-4pm).

St John need volunteers Abandoned vehicles parked Owens A Aimee journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz St John Ambulance Wanaka is currently on the lookout for Volunteer Ambulance Officers, with an information night held on Monday, May 21, at the Wanaka St John Station, 4 Link Way at 7.30pm. Volunteers will be given full training and duties would include attending accidents and emergencies, transporting patients in an operational ambulance to medical facilities, as well as treating sick and

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injured patients. Volunteers will be required to work a roster pattern of both day and night shifts. There are currently around 15 volunteers of all age ranges devoting their time. Those who are interested in giving back to the community in this manner are asked to bring along two forms of photo identification. To volunteer you must possess a NZ drivers license and be a NZ resident or citizen. For more information, contact Andy or Don on 443 7076.

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An initiative launched last year to deal with dumped vehicles in the Wakatipu has seen 50 less vehicles left on the district’s streets. Two clearly defined spaces in the Industrial Place/Gorge Road car park were designated as an Abandoned Vehicle Drop-off area in March 2017. Unwanted vehicles can be parked in the spaces free of charge to be disposed of with a private contractor at no cost to

ratepayers. Council spokesperson Jimmy Sygrove said this week “every vehicle that is dropped off here is one less that is dropped somewhere in the community.” While vehicles are abandoned in Wanaka, the problem is not as bad as it is in the Wakatipu. “But if it was to increase we might look at a similar option,” Jimmy said.

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Bully free focus Owens A Aimee journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz This week (May 14-18) is Bully Free week in New Zealand and Mount Aspiring College along with other schools around the country are pulling together to tackle the issue. Sticks ‘n Stones was founded in Central Otago in 2013, by 30 teenagers that wanted every young person to be accepted and respected in their community and online. The focus of the student led programme is to take positive action to stop both bullying in person and on media platforms. Ahead of tomorrow’s (Friday, May 18) Pink Shirt Day, Sticks ‘n Stones is generating awareness of the problem

of bullying before creating a ‘sea of pink’ across Central Otago to help raise funds and support the hard work and efforts from the students. There are many ways that people can support the school children to raise awareness: donate something pink, host a morning tea event, ask staff of businesses to wear pink on Friday, as well as setting up donation boxes where possible. Other members of the community have the opportunity to buy shirts, with a choice of three designs and $5 from every shirt bought will further support their work to help prevent bullying. To show your support or for more information visit: www.sticksnstones.co.nz

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Montessori turns 20 Airport’s future to be decided REPORTER S STAFF editor@thewanakasun.co.nz Montessori Children’s House Wanaka has celebrated its 20th anniversary with a family-friendly barbecue lunch and an evening of drinks and canapes. “We are so incredibly grateful to the families and staff who have been part of this journey and for all the children who have graced the rooms through these 20 years,” managing teacher Ann Marie Love said. Montessori Children’s House Wanaka opened on April 22, 1998, at Warren Street, thanks to the immense dedication and hard work of Jane Watson-Taylor and Mandy Bell. The centre, which was licensed for 23 children, was a converted, uninsulated bach where they froze in the winters and roasted in summers. Resources in the early days were limited, both in the class and for administration. With no photocopier, they had to work out an arrangement with the physio next door. In spite of all this, Anne-Marie said, “Warren Street was a house filled with learning, laughter and love. “With our lease due to expire at Warren Street, work began to source a new location. We are eternally grateful to the Queenstown Lakes District Council who donated the land for our current site back in 2001. At that time, Kings Drive was just a sea of green grass – no other buildings around.

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“For the next year and a half, a lot of time, effort and dedication was put in by Kellie Bailey and Julie Jones on resource consents and acquiring grants for materials.” In June 2003, the early childhood centre relocated from Warren Street, bringing with them the Montessori sign to place outside the gate. “We now have a building which is purpose-built and meets our needs perfectly,” Ann Marie said. “The centre is now well resourced, boasting a light spacious indoor environment. The grounds and gardens are well established and provide a great outdoor educational environment and indoor/ outdoor flow.” One factor that has not changed during the 20 years is the proficiency and commitment of the staff and their delivery of the Montessori philosophy. “On a daily basis, I have the privilege to observe the teachers assisting the children with learning opportunities in order for them to develop and construct their own identity and to make sense of the world as they see it.” Pictured (left): Founding board member Jane Watson-Taylor and first day pupil Anna WatsonTaylor cut the celebratory cake in the evening, with Anne-Marie Love watching. Pictured (right): Carrie Wallis (former board STAFF REPORTER member) with her twins Genevieve and Katrina editor@thewanakasun.co.nz Wallis, who attended Montessori from 2012 to 2015, Upper Clutha communities are being cut the cake at lunch time. urged to have a say in the future of Wanaka’s airport at two interactive sessions next week. Feedback from the community and stakeholder engagement sessions, to be held on Monday May 21 (6pm9pm) and Tuesday May 22 (7am10am), will inform a long-term master plan for the airport which will come into force later this year. The sessions follow on from the signing of a long-term lease between Queenstown Airport Corporation

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(QAC) and Queenstown Lakes District Council for Wanaka Airport, which now enables future planning, development and investment. QAC chief executive Colin Keel said, “The future development of Wanaka Airport will have a significant impact on the region’s success. “Potential growth can take many forms so we’re interested in talking through what that could look like with those who live, work and visit the region.” The sessions will take place at Peak Functions and RSVPs can be made online by visiting eventbrite.co.nz and searching for Wanaka Airport.

Duo release debut album REPORTER S STAFF editor@thewanakasun.co.nz Wanaka electronic duo, Arma Del Amor, has released its first full-length album. Martine Harding and Danny Fairley’s debut album Onna Bugeisha is described as “a journey from beginning to end, sensitively fierce and beautifully dark”. It was written and recorded at their studio in Wanaka, with the addition of brass, strings, drums and choir recorded at The Surgery in Wellington with Lee Prebble. It was mixed and mastered by Benny Tones at Organik

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Muzik Workz. “I’m so happy to finally be sharing our album, it’s been a long time coming and it’s safe to say there’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears gone into it,” Martine said. “We’re both really proud of this work and the direction it’s taken feels really good. So much love to everyone who have lent his or her incredible talents, time and love to this project. I hope you enjoy the depths.” Danny agreed, saying it felt surreal to have finally released the album. “I hope this music helps other people, as much as it has helped us making it.”

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LAKE WANAKA TOURISM Owens A Aimee journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz Lake Wanaka Tourism chair Mark Morrison and general manager James Helmore sat down with the Wanaka Sun earlier this week to discuss strategic planning, freedom camping and what an influx of international visitors will mean for Wanaka’s 8000 residential community. Q. How will LWT’s strategic planning workshop inform its direction for the next ten years? LWT is a membership based organisation, it represents 482 businesses in Wanaka so essentially, Wanaka is tourism. That is our economy, that is what sustains jobs and careers and allows people to live here. Tourism has grown significantly over the last years from a domestic and international standpoint. When we set our strategic plan in 2012, we needed volume to sustain our businesses so people could live here and people could be employed and we have found that we were more successful than we envisaged - we had a growth of visitor numbers coming in to the country, as well as a growing awareness of Wanaka as a destination. We’re wanting to reshape the strategic direction that our organisation takes on behalf of the businesses that we represent to the benefit our community, environment and local residents and visitors are a part of that. Q. Included in the submissions for the QLDC ten year plan, several residents suggested LWT funding should be put into tourism infrastructure instead. How do you respond to that? Would you look at working more closely with the council? It comes back to our membership. I want to boil it down to several bullet points, that we can then take to the council. If we have a certain amount of people then it is far more powerful. We’re lucky that Wanaka CBD is a destination. There is apparently an idea to pedestrianise the lakefront and quite a bit of the CBD, you put that out there as a discussion point, some businesses will not want it and others may think it’s a great idea. There will be then a need to facilitate change. Like when Three Parks comes along, I imagine that’s where a lot of our locals will shop, and downtown will become more of a hospitality and retail hub and that starts to deliver a much better experience for our visitors and our residents. These are going to be the things unfolding in the next five to ten years. It’s exciting, these are opportunities. Everybody needs to have their say,

change is inevitable. Q. What opportunities and challenges do you see with the significant rise in tourism over the next few years? Opportunities are the numbers that are coming into town and massive economic growth but a balance needs to be struck with the visitors and host community. Challenges are pinch-points and they are well documented - so, parking on the lakefront, parking around town, traffic, and those are just from people coming in to do their jobs. We have to prepare ourselves that in 20-odd years the spread is going to be even more. Now there is an opportunity for the community to have their say and have a chance to go through annual plans, 10 year plan submissions to the council. The council needs to hear that from our community to help shape a place that we are proud to call our home. Q. Do you think the town can cope with significantly more tourists, in terms of accommodation, parking, congestion and public toilets? Wanaka Community Board has delegated powers of authority from council, so they are actually the primary organisation for our community to talk to, but we certainly have a voice as well and an influence for sure. There’s no advertising internationally for NZ for the peak season so the market drives itself. There are pinch-points, but our members can come and talk to us, the door is always open here. We’re working hard to address those pinch-points with council. We’re all on the same side. Central Government controls the money and it’s money that the council needs in order to change things. It’s a slow bureaucratic process. Jim [Boult] has been really active on behalf of our broader district to try and secure funding to help us address the pressure points. Q. What is LWT doing to curb freedom camping? [James]: We have done a lot of advocacy to council, the community board and also nationally through the tourism industry and Tourism Industry Association to effect change. There’s a range of solutions that need to take place locally and nationally and legislation needs to change. We don’t talk about freedom camping we talk about responsible camping. Most people are responsible, it’s just a few that create a mess. Over the last peak season, we’ve had the council increase its monitoring, they’ve started clamping on the lakefront. I think freedom camping has peaked, in this region anyway. Unless there is a national consistency or appropriate signage you don’t know. We received

an award from Holiday Parks Association for a video we created for freedom camping which was fun and humorous but got the message across. Q. Tell us about your recent collaboration with Destination Queenstown (DQ). We have always had a really good relationship. We work with them really well, they are one of the stakeholders that will be coming to our strategic planning meeting [today]. We have had a formal international marketing alliance agreement with DQ and Destination Fordland for the last ten to 15 years. Anything we do in the long haul travel trade we do under an entity called the Southern Lakes and we’re the third owner of that. Conversations are happening and nothing is being decided per se. DQ is facing a number of the same challenges that we are so we can work together on that. Q. What similar issues LWT and DQ are facing at the moment? Rapid growth. Challenges and

growth are good problems to have. As a community we can all get behind it, look at challenges and work out opportunities from this fantastic position that we’re in, to work towards the balance that we’re after. Q. How do you think our visitor economy will look by 2028? We have no idea. The purpose of workshops is to gage the aspirations of our membership and stakeholder groups. External perspective into how tourism interacts and intersects with their organisations is going to form what that picture looks like. We don’t have any preconceived notions of what that looks like. We realise that the tourism industry needs to strike a balance with the community and environment, and we have an incredible opportunity here but with an influx of tourists we do have a number of challenges, but through great challenge comes great opportunity. We have the opportunity to grow the town and watch it grow into something fantastic, we’re all in it together.

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Tourist levy contemplated TURNBULL G GLENDA editor@thewanakasun.co.nz Minister for Tourism Kelvin Davis announced the government is looking at options for a levy on international visitors to resolve infrastructure and funding issues, at the annual TRENZ Conference in Dunedin last Thursday May 10. Mr Davis welcomed new forecasts showing international visitor spending is expected to grow 40 percent to $14.8 billion a year by 2024. “New Zealand’s tourism sector is forecast to grow steadily over the next seven years, reaching 5.1 million visitors annually by 2024, up 37 per cent from 2017,” Mr Davis said. He said it was important that the government, councils and industry work together to meet the challenges that accompany tourism forecasted growth. To support the sector the government has invested more than $35 million so far in tourism related projects through the Provincial Growth Fund, is investing up to $25 million each year over four years through the Tourism Infrastructure Fund, and is developing a levy to raise money from international visitors. “Over the last decade the emphasis has been to welcome as many people as possible – and our infrastructure suffered. We want quality as well as quantity. We can handle both, but we need to do it together.”

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Mr Davis said there were several issues to figure out in respect of the options for the levy. “Who to include, who to exclude, how to collect, where to collect, how much, who it should go to, and so on. A targeted levy is not straightforward to implement, but it’s our government’s view that international visitors should contribute to the infrastructure and services they use, and to help maintain our Conservation Estate,” he said. One public concern is the burden on communities and ratepayers to pay for tourismrelated infrastructure. “Some of our policy settings, such as the Freedom Camping Act, were developed at a time when New Zealand was focussed on attracting more visitors, so need to be looked at in light of the high visitor growth. “We have set up a freedom camping working group that includes industry and local Government representatives but is small enough to be nimble and work quickly. And we need to work quickly. I intend to have some practical actions in place ahead of the next peak season,” Mr Davis said. The government will be consulting with stakeholders before final decisions are made on freedom camping issues and the new levy. THURSDAY 17.05.18 - WEDNESDAY 23.05.18

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FROM THE CLASSROOM TO NEWSROOM WITH HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL Student journalists impress REPORTER S STAFF editor@thewanakasun.co.nz After successful workshops held during Holy Family School’s Creativity Conference at the beginning of the term, the Wanaka Sun was invited back to hold another newsroom session with interested students. The students, aged from eight to 11-years-old were tasked with researching, writing, editing and taking photographs for their own news stories. Wanaka Sun editor Ruth Blunt then had the difficult job of selecting articles for this week’s newspaper. “I was so impressed with the students’ submissions. They all did a fantastic job writing and researching their own stories. It was difficult to choose just a few of the articles, so we’ve decided to publish all of them on our website,” Ruth said. “This selection is just a sample of the young talent we have in Wanaka.” The articles were sub-edited by ten-year-old Hunter Heath.

Stags disappointed with loss What’s happening On Saturday May 5, the Upper Clutha Stags team was disappointed to lose against the Alexandra Thunder in Wanaka. Alex had a quick start and scored an early try and even got the conversion. Upper Clutha got close when George had a run, but he fell short of the try line by about five metres. Alex had an attack, scored, got the conversion, making the score 14-0. After 10 minutes, Upper Clutha was up at the try line, but this time they passed it to Sam, who made his way through a few players and scored the try. Riley took the kick but didn’t get the conversion. Just after that, Upper Clutha was back on the attack near the line. George found a gap and sprinted through it and it was try time! It was unconverted but now the score was 10-14. Just before halftime, Alex Thunder struck again, they scored but missed the conversion. So the score was now 21-10. The next try scored was from Kalani, by breaking through a tackle and sprinting up the wing. He hurt his knee and came off so we had no full back. This time Jack took the conversion, but he failed as well, just hooking it wide. The score was now 15-21. Right after that Upper Clutha were just before halfway with a penalty. George scored again but the conversion was unconverted. Making the score 20-21. There were no more tries until the the last few minutes of the game when Alexandra found a gap and scored a try and to top that up, converted it. That finished off the game

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and the final score was 28-20. Here we have an interview with two of the Upper Clutha Stags rugby players, George and Angus. “So boys what did you think of the game?” asked the interviewer. “We enjoyed it like always and played really well. The conversions were a bit disappointing, so we think that we will need to work on that.” “After Kalani came off Upper Clutha had no full back and we think that made a bit of a difference. “Overall I think that was the best game we have played so far this season.” George and Angus are now looking forward to their next game and hoping they can have their first win of the season. – By George Holland (10) and Angus Wallis (10)

“Queenstown lakes District Council has introduced a number of temporary changes to speed limits around the district after safety concerns have been reported by residents and visitors,” from the QLDC website. The speed limits have been temporarily changed from 70kph to 50kph on Aubrey Road on the corner before Northlake. Some people don’t even realise that the signs have been changed. “This doesn’t affect me too much, but I think it annoys others because they don’t always pay attention and probably don’t even care about the changes that have been made, said Aria (one of the Holy Family Catholic Schools students). “Not everyone undertsands the meanings of these changes. It was a good idea that they changed the speed limits because now it might even be a little bit safer when kids and adults are biking. It gets quite busy on the road some times. Not all residents have the same view and Holy Family School teacher Anne Fauth said, “I think it is important that traffic slows down when there is work going on, but I get frustrated when the slow speed signs stay up when no work is going on.” – By Aria Winter (10)

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At the beginning of May, Holy Family Catholic School put together a Creative Conference for the students to find what they really love. This was organised by two teachers, Mrs Sandri and Mrs Scoullar, and was held at the school. We all got to pick 15 workshops, and then experience and learn about them. The school really enjoyed this because it was very different and entertaining. This event was all about trying new things and doing stuff you haven’t done before. Some children emailed parents and other people, such as Nico Porteous

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and Jane Bloomfield, to teach us what’s creative in their job. Everyone participated and most of the parents ran an activity for the students to learn more about creativity. There were lots of activities like yoga, sciences and even Mrs Taylor brought a horse into the school. We all really appreciated that all the parents and everyone else took part in this event. Mrs Scoullar said, “Just remember. Creativity is not the end, it is just the beginning, there is still more to come.” Thank you for reading. – By Stella Dineen (10) and Fenella Craig (10)

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A group of local dancers from Dance Wanaka went to Mosgiel for a dance competition from April 27-29. They were Luke Gendall, Grace Thomas, Hannah Thomas, Ruby McLachlan, Ella Mills, Elizabeth Pell, Isabel Martin, Charlotte Martin, Aria Thor-Poet, Millie Scott, Tayla Doran, Zoe Fraser, Carys Miller, Lenni Miller and Laura Neale, with the dance teachers Anna Thomas and Briony Martin. The types of dance were jazz, hip hop, contemporary, ballet, musical theatre, dema character and much more. The dancers are aged from 5 to 18. Dance Wanaka got 12 trophies, so a great result and this is who got the trophies Special congrats

to Isabel Martin (Most promising novice), Millie Scott (winner 12&13yr Contemporary solo), Grace Thomas (Junior Ballet champion, Runner-Up Junior Jazz champion), Luke Gendall (Most promising 8-11yr dancer). Isabel Martin said, “I loved when I looked in the audience and everyone was smiling at me.” I said, “It was very nice at the end when everyone was clapping and cheering.” So get dancing! Pictured: (back row) Millie Scott, Aria Thor-poet, (front row) Hannah Thomas, Elizabeth Pell, Luke Gendall and Grace Thomas. – By Luke Gendall (10)

Is there a firewood shortage? Residents in the Upper Clutha are going to need to start planting trees. Wood is already being brought in from as far as Oamaru, Dunedin and Glenorchy. In Wanaka, The Yard (A firewood and landscaping company) said the best woods to burn are New Zealand hardwoods such as Manuka and Kanuka, however the problem is supply. The second best wood to burn is Blue Gum, third is Macrocarpa and fourth is Old Man Pine. Skip Johnson from Wanaka Firewood said there is still some wood around and if wood supplies do get low he can bring wood from other areas if needed. “It would be a good idea if people planted Eucalyptus trees (blue gum) especially the type that can grow fast again once you chop them down,” said Skip. “We aren’t allowed to plant Pine or Oregon trees but having an allocated area for these trees may prevent a future wood shortage,” said Skip. As all the wood supplies decrease in the Upper Clutha, the cost to cart wood from other areas will cause wood prices to go up. Get planting Eucalyptus trees people! Pictured: Skip Johnson from Wanaka Firewood. – By Oliver Cotter (10) and Tilly Pryor (11)

There are two species of eel that live in the South Island. The Short Fin and Long Fin. The Short Fin lives in coastal waterways and the Long Fin is more inland. So if you catch an eel in the Hawea River it is most likely a Long Fin. Long Fins are characterised by the dorsal fin (or top fin) being longer than the pectoral fin (the bottom fin). The Maori name for eel is tuna. Juveniles are called elver. They are born at sea. No one really knows exactly where, but it is thought to be in the Pacific Ocean near Tonga. They are biologically coded to return to the waters of their parents origin. Their instinct is so strong to try and get back to that place of origin that they have been known to climb natural barriers like waterfalls, they will even try and climb dam walls, generally unsuccessfully. Eels have a curious defence mechanism. When under threat they produce a type of mucous around their skin making them feel very slimy. However, be careful, because eels can be fiercely defensive of their patch. If they are poked by a finger and don’t like it they will turn around and hiss like a snake. This is their warning. If you are silly enough to persist at annoying them they will bite and can easily take a finger off. However, they are not normally aggressive. But they can be delicious. Eel, watercress and puha form the basis of a traditional Maori dish. Although

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It’s amazing how the Wanaka Football Club has grown in the past couple of years. I set out with McKay Heath to find out how the club has changed over recent years. We interviewed Michael Duennbier, my dad and the coach of our Under 10s team, and found out that five years ago there were only 120 kids enrolled to play in the Wanaka Football Club. Now, in this 2018 season, there are 360 kids playing. Isn’t that amazing!? The football club is currently building a clubhouse at the football pitch at Kellys Flat beside the toilets on Aubrey Road. We play in Queenstown, Alexandra, Wanaka and PHOTO: McKay Heath (8) Cromwell. This means we often have to travel long football events. It contains a small sink and kitchen distances on a Sunday. Pictured: The new shed being built at Kelly Flat so will help for catering. Also used for club meetings, should be completed by around the end of June functions and as a storage facility. – By Marty Duennbier (8) 2018. The building will be used when Wanaka hosts

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eel is not a common ingredient there are many modern takes on the Maori combination. One of them I can highly recommend is the Smoked Eel and Watercress Pizza. Unfortunately you won’t find it in a restaurant, you’ll have to come to my place! – By Jack Sandford (11)

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Popular communication and teamwork skills seminar, Get Dotted, will be held in Wanaka next month with tickets going on sale soon. Hosted by LINK Upper Clutha, Get Dotted’s simple colour coding of personality and communication types explains why some relationships are easier than others, and gives people the skills to build better working relationships and teams. LINK facilitator Kathy Dedo said, “Our research showed that effective communication and relationship building are key to our community’s success as we grow, and Get Dotted is a direct effort to improve our ability to collaborate and find solutions to our growth challenges.” Amy Scott will present Get Dotted in two identical evening events on Wednesday June 20 and Thursday June 21, at the Lake Wanaka Centre. The evening is fun, entertaining and teambuilding for groups who attend together, with participants gaining a better understanding of their own and others’ communication styles, how to work from their natural strengths, and learn tips for more effective

communication with others. Wanaka business owner Brent Harridge took his employees along when a sold-out Get Dotted event was held here in 2009. “Get Dotted was a gamechanger for our team and our town. It gave people a common language to understand communication styles. It reduced stress in our workplace as it helped us all relate better with each other, especially understanding those with different perspectives and communication styles,” Brent said. “Now more than ever we need to work together in the Upper Clutha to maintain and foster our special community spirit, Get Dotted will help us do that more effectively. I encourage any work team or community group to come along – it’s a fun and rewarding night out.” Kathy said local sponsorship had been obtained which had enabled LINK to keep the ticket prices down. “Get Dotted usually costs hundreds of dollars per person, but we’re so convinced this will benefit our community, we are making the ticket price an accessible $30 to allow as many people as possible to participate,” she said. Pictured: Simon Telfer, Dave Howard, Jo Goodwin and Colleen Nisbet.

Kids, parents, teachers and contractors worked together on a marble run at Wanaka Primary School (WPS), which was formally opened on Monday May 14. WPS parent, Nicky Ramsden, came up with the idea of developing a marble run for the children and formed a committee to make it happen. Last year, the students were asked to submit designs for a marble playground, with the opportunity to

name it if they won. The winning entry was designed by student Max Good who, with the help of his granddad Peter Marshall, made a 3D model of his idea which he named Good Marbles. Thanks to Pete’s generosity and community sponsorship the project was realised. The opening was followed by a group of senior students selling marbles in an entrepreneurial project. Pictured: Pete Marshall and his grandson Max Good cut the ribbon at the opening of Wanaka Primary School marble run.

MAC takes to the stage Owens A Aimee journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz Mount Aspiring College performed their version of ‘Catch me if you can’: The Musical on Wednesday, May 9. It at 7.30pm prompt, at the Lake Wanaka Centre, with the students turned air hostesses informing the audience of fire exits and bathroom locations during the flight. The musical is based on the true story of con artist Frank Abagnale Jr, which was first performed in 2011 and gets its inspiration from hit movie ‘Catch me if you can’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The 1980 autobiography of Abagnale Jr gave inspiration to both the film and then the musical, written by Terrence McNally.

The sold out, two hour performance rewarded viewers with 16 songs, a 14-strong band smashing out jazzbased scores, dancers, singers and smooth performances from the college students. The show took three months to rehearse and for most of the students it was their first performance before a crowd of supporters, but they took to the stage easily. The charming performances from Max Lusty, as Frank Abagnale Jr, and Max Hall as FBI agent Carl Hanratty stole PHOTO: supplied the audience’s attention. Overall the musical was littered with witty lines and colourful performances, the cast did a wonderful job in portraying the well known larger than life characters.

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A farewell to remember the life of Tom Jamieson, who passed away on January 23, was held at the Hawea Hotel on Sunday, April 29 (Read the story in the Wanaka Sun, May 3).

Ben: Awesome man, whenever saw him I would say hello to him.

Adrienne: Very sad, I enjoyed serving him at new world and the look on his face when we gave him a big Xmas treat from checkouts. You had to know him to understand him, he was very gentle man.

April: I admired his enthusiasm biking in and out of town.

Kate: I stopped to help him one day when he’d fallen off his bike. Such a gentle soul. Wonderful to see how many people cared.

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Brett: Good luck with the future Aaron. You have given a lot of time and expertise to the community. Enjoy your new adventure.

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BUTLER D DANIELLE newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz The talents of Lake Hawea musician Anna van Riel have been spotted by NZ On Air (NZOA), who has granted her $10,000 towards her latest project. Anna, pictured, was selected amongst eight artists for the broadcast funding agency’s first New Music Kids funding round earlier this month. “After investing many years of epic crowdfunding, contra-trading and thinking outside of the box into bringing my music into a shareable form it feels so nice to be supported,” Anna said. “I worked so, so hard on my last album and it feels amazing for NZ On Air to see that I am willing to work really hard. They can see that I’ve put in the hard yards and it’s so exciting that it’s the first time they’ve offered this funding. I’ve really vied for it.

The Informant Survey results from participants that attended our recent cloud and Xero accounting seminars series reported that the main item they would like assistance with is “Understanding financial statements”. Given financial statements are produced at least annually if not more frequently business owners should in theory understand and be able to interprete their meaning. I find that piecing together the meaning of the different reports accountants generate is sometimes difficult to grasp. Profit doesn’t always mean cash in the bank and the number of times people ask the question ‘If I made $120,000 for the year where did all the cash go? Also what does a balance sheet tell me from year to year? I generally approach the answer to the question of “Where did all the cash go?” from the end result and work backwards to the beginning i.e. to find out “How much of a profit you need to make” to satisfy the demands on a business. For example take a typical mum and dad company who spends $60,000 to run their house, put food on the table and take care of themselves personally. Within their business they need to provide for a new vehicle

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“There are so many children’s’ music makers now and we’re really high quality. We’re doing a really professional job and they’re seeing that. I’m really proud of NZOA for getting behind it,” Anna said. Anna also praised the work of Kiwi Kids Music, a not-for-profit organisation which supports the creation of music for children. Anna will put the money towards a children’s music video and album, which will engage with children up to the age of 12 and incorporate the teaching of Te Reo Maori. “It’s so special that we have a native language and special to bring that into creating basic learning songs,” Anna said. NZOA chief executive Jane Wrightson said that she was delighted to partner with Anna and looked forward to seeing and hearing the results of her project.

every 4 years let’s say $40,000 so this equates to $10,000 p.a. on average. Their business also has a loan that needs to be repaid at $25,000 p.a. Overall the cash demands that exit their business each year will be $95,000. Don’t get too excited just yet the $95,000 annual cash demand is net of tax. This $95,000 equates to $132,000 of gross annual income meaning a tax payable demand of $37,000 exists each year to satisfy the tax man. When you consider this level of earnings it is quite high in context of the $60,000 or $5,000 per month the family needs to live on each year. The other thing that trips people up here is none of the loan repayments, living costs (drawings) and asset purchases feature within the profit and loss. The profit and loss is only helpful to us in determining what the business is actually making. It doesn’t tell the story of cash demands upon the business by the owners, government and the business infrastructure itself. The above example is simple view of world as far as relating cash demands to profit generated. Other factors can affect cash availability such as customers not paying their bills, stock levels building up. A common complaint amongst the building industry

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Experience Delivery Manager Now that’s a seriously impressive title eh, might need to get you a really big business card to fit that on there. You may or may not know that Wanaka’s own New Zealand Fine Touring Group operates a number of individual brands arranging and selling touring holidays within New Zealand to international visitors. Our dedicated team of New Zealand specialists are focused on ensuring our customers get the very best New Zealand experience possible. Behind the scenes we have a bunch of supporting roles that help make this happen. This is a brand spanking new one that we believe will be pivotal to the ongoing growth and success of our business i.e. it will help manage our customer’s experience. The most important part of the business really. No pressure. To secure this role you must be a go getter, a master at cutting through the crap and a detail orientated organiser while at the same time be a strategic thinker who can help connect all aspects of our sales strategy and manage its execution so we can really wow our customers! You’ll spend your day (between coffees) focusing your time on the operational drivers of our sales team, ensuring that we deliver what we promise to deliver, monitoring, reporting, overseeing and working on areas of opportunity. The Experience Delivery Manager, actually let’s call it the EDM from now on (isn’t everything just better when it has an acronym?) will work closely with our sales team, our sales team coach and of course our Head of Sales. If you think the EDM sounds a bit like you and you can tick off the below super seven skills then we want to talk to you: 1. Some experience in the sales field (doesn’t have to have been in travel) would be great 2. You love solving challenges with the simplest possible solution. 3. You’re a master at analysing systems and processes and making them even better. 4. You have excellent communication skills and a ‘do it and learn it, fast’ approach. 5. You’re a lateral thinking, problem solving, people leading, fun loving son of a gun. 6. You understand that we sell dreams not travel and dream selling is a serious business. 7. You won’t want to work for a corporate as we don’t do corporate. Gross. 8. You’ll understand that 6 bullet points often becomes 7 – but you love change and you’ll have the patience to deal with it like a boss. Sound like you? If so then please send us your C.V. and covering letter (by 21 May 2018) telling us why you wanakareer as our EDM and why this role is made for you. Address it to dionne@nzft.co.nz

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communities as they provide for their families and go about their daily tasks. Over 3600 lifejackets were traded in during the ten-week 2017/2018 summer campaign, during which the Old4New van visited 55 communities nationwide. “Being safe on the water is everyone’s responsibility,” Patrick said. “The Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade provides the opportunity for people to be responsible and take the safety of themselves and their loved ones seriously, we’re incredibly proud of the difference this campaign is making in our communities in New Zealand and in the Pacific Islands.” The Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade was made possible thanks to funding by Maritime New Zealand and the Southern Trust, in conjunction with Hutchwilco and the Giltrap Group. Pictured: Coastguard operations manager Dan Pearce, Director of Toa Petroleum Ltd Brett Porter, Rarotonga Sailing Club president Craig Bennet, strategic development manager Matson South Pacific Ltd Sir Michael Jones, and Coastguard operations manager Ray Burge with the traded-in lifejackets ready to be shipped to Rarotonga.

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Local football teams have had a successful weekend, all managing to progress in the Central Otago cup and plate competitions. It was the first time that all three Wanaka men’s teams have recorded wins on the same day. Saturday saw the resumption of the cup matches in the Central Otago Football Men’s League with two games played in Wanaka at Pembroke Park. First up, Wanaka FC Braves took on Arrowtown. Both teams lost in the first round of cup games and were playing to progress to the plate final. Arrowtown started the better team and was more aggressive with its play, putting the Braves under pressure in the box early on. Good defending and goal-keeping prevented Arrowtown from taking an early lead. The Braves slowly started to find its rhythm and work combinations to create some good chances. The first half was an arm wrestle and both teams went into the halftime break scoreless. The second half didn’t start the way the Braves

wanted, with Arrowtown pressing an attack down the middle of the pitch right from the restart which ended up with them taking the lead 1-0. The Braves chance came to tie up the game when they were rewarded with a corner. MAC student and one of the two Southern United Academy players in the team, Toa Roode, delivered a pinpoint ball right on the spot for Braves stalwart Michael Finlay to latch onto. He headed the ball into the back of the net to even the score 1-1. The goal really lifted the Braves spirit and the team started to believe in themselves. That belief was reward when the team’s other MAC student and Southern United Academy player, Ethan Arratia, found the ball at his feet and delivered a beautiful strike to send the ball into the goal. The coup de grace for Arrowtown came when striker, Adam Harms, after a couple near misses, scored with a rocket of a ball. The Braves won 3-1. Pictured: The Braves celebrated its second goal.

The second game of the day was was between Wanaka FC A (Athletic) and Wakatipu in a cup match. The game was evenly matched from the start, but as the match progressed Wanaka FCA slowly started to take control but Wakatipu took its chances when offered. A lapse of concentration in the Wanaka defence lead to Wakatipu opening the scoring. It was 1-0 to the visitors going into the break. Wanaka FCA came out in the second half looking determined and created plenty of chances but failed to finish

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Grassroots rugby is alive and well in the Upper Clutha, with strong displays by a number of the teams in action at the Wanaka Showgrounds on Saturday May 12. The biggest result came from the Premiers (the Rams), who avenged Cromwell pushing them out of the playoffs last year by winning 38-12 in a brilliant display of attacking rugby. The first try came as a result of quick turnover that was spread wide and allowed Jonathan McNaught to dot down in the corner. Only a few plays later, Hamish Cooper drew in the defence and popped a perfect inside ball to a galloping Ben Purvis who scored under the posts. Jared Cunningham was constantly asking questions of Cromwell’s defence around the fringes of the ruck as he gained easy metres which gave the Rams go-forward ball. He found his reward eventually, scoring a try to give the Rams a 21-0 lead. The decisive moment of the

game came late in the first half when Cromwell was throwing everything at the Upper Clutha try line, getting held up twice close to the line. The closest Cromwell came was when their winger had a coach-killing moment when he ignored a three-man overlap to go solo, only to be stopped, and halftime called. Cromwell did make up for the rued attempt by scoring early into the second half. But the Rams responded through Jack Gilchrist, who muscled his way over on a pick-and-go. Josh Roberts continued the charge when he was able to jig his way to the try line and slam the ball down to really put Upper Clutha in charge. The Rams crossed the white line once more when Scotty Cunningham held onto a miraculous offload by George Gilchrist to stroll over untouched in the corner of the field. Cromwell showed plenty of attacking power, but it was the unrelenting Fraser Dowling and the Upper Clutha defence that just constantly tackled low, preventing Cromwell’s big men from building up any momentum.

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New race hub for Defiance reporter S Sports sports@thewanakasun.co.nz Red Bull Defiance returns to Wanaka on January 19 and 20, 2019, for the fifth edition of the challenging endurance event which was created by local man, and New Zealand Ironman champion, Braden Currie. The race hub has been moved away from the central lakefront area for next year’s race with an RBD spokesperson saying, “Moving the event to Edgewater Wanaka allows us more space to create a really amazing race hub, finish line area and vibe. “The area where the event has been held in the past - downtown Wanaka - was good, on QLDC parks and reserves land, but very restricted and we could not expand. When you consider there are approximately 400 – 500 competitors plus another 500 spectators and supporters over the weekend we really felt the need to find a spot that could cater for everyone’s needs.

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“Edgewater Wanaka has great links into town along the Millennium Track and we know locals will come out and be part of the RBD buzz over the weekend.” RBD race director Bex Law said the weekend event is unique with its twoday format for two-person teams. “There isn’t anything quite like this on the multisport calendar, which makes it enormously popular. The combination of kayaking, mountain biking and trail running over two days through Wanaka’s mountains and high country stations is a compelling combination for athletes.” Entries opened on Friday (May 11), with Bex saying the super early bird prices for the month of May are a reward to early entrants. “We encourage competitors to get entries in early, claim a team racing spot and start their training regime in the lead up to the event.” Pictured: Local athletes Dougal Allan and Braden Currie at the 2018 finish line.

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reporter S Sports sports@thewanakasun.co.nz A squad of ten athletes from Wanaka Trampoline and Tumbling Club competed at the Upper South Island Champs at Olympia Gymnastics Centre, Christchurch, with young and old producing the medals on this occasion. Competing in the over-17 category, 27-yearold Petra Smejkalova won her age group in the tumbling event at her very first competition. She also did well the following day on trampoline and double mini trampoline. Hannah Craig, who was also competing in her first event in the 15/16 age group, performed well. At the other end of the age groups, Elizabeth Pell continued her good run of form by winning both the trampoline and double mini trampoline events in the eight to ten age group. She was ably supported by Piper Carson- Wolfe and Skyla Coll to make it a first,

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second and third on the double mini trampoline. Skyla was also second on the trampoline. Piper and Skyla achieved high enough marks to join the growing number of squad members who have qualified for the national championships and who are hoping for selection to the Otago team. They also combined to win the synchronised trampoline in their age group. Dean Coll was second in the under-eight category on the trampoline and double mini. He also won the synchronised trampoline, teaming up with a boy from another club. In the 11/12 and 13/14 age groups, athletes didn’t get the results they were after. Deia Carson-Wolfe and Jessica Penney, who both might have expected podium places, crashed on their trampoline routines, as did Izzy Percy. However, Mackenzie Allison showed her true potential as she continues to improve, just missing out on the final of the 13/14 trampoline and the national qualifier by 0.001 points.

THE WANAKA SUN

17 - 23 May 2018 | Edition 870  

The home of Wanaka news, sports, events, and opinions

17 - 23 May 2018 | Edition 870  

The home of Wanaka news, sports, events, and opinions

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