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raden Currie won the 2018 Cairns Airport Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in Cairns on Sunday June 10, setting a new course record in the process with a time of 07:54:59. The Wanaka multisporter was delighted to put a tough year behind him, saying Cairns was “pretty tough” last year, Kona was a “big disappointment”, and he had to pull out of Ironman New Zealand due to illness. “I can’t really believe that I have pulled off what I did today. This is a huge stepping stone for me and it feels great to have a great race and prove myself again. It is great to come back feeling fit and strong and have a great race.” For much of the race, he was shoulder to shoulder with Spaniard Javier Gomez, who finished Challenge Wanaka in first place, just 17 seconds ahead of Braden in February this year. But Braden broke away from Javier in the final leg, completing the marathon distance in a time of 2:40:00. Javier finished in second place, under two minutes behind him. “It has been a dream to go under eight hours, so to break the record here and go 7:54 on a pretty tough course, on a pretty honest day is an incredible feeling,” Braden said. PHOTO: Korupt Vision

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here is still hope that an Alpine Lakes Research and Education Centre (ALREC) will be established on the former Fish & Game Otago trout hatchery in Wanaka. Otago Regional Council (ORC) councillor Dr Ella Lawton, on behalf of ALREC, together with two other representatives spoke at the open forum of the ORC council meeting yesterday (Wednesday June 13) to put forward the proposal. “Three of us from various groups told the

ORC there was a need for more facilities and there was an opportunity for ORC to support a large number of community groups, but also have discussions around better water quality and community engagement.” Dr Lawton said there was not a great amount of support from the councillors and it was quite hard to convince them that

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there was an opportunity for them. Dr Lawton had previously contacted them about ALREC and invited them to get back to her for further discussions, but this had not happened. “They are now saying they don’t have enough information, but they hadn’t got back to me, so this makes me a bit frustrated. We did get a recommendation that our representatives sit

down with the Executive Committee and put together a plan for development. “The door is still open and hopefully we can have a discussion to come up with a plan that has something for everyone,” she said. The facility was a dream of Ella’s late mother and ORC councillor Maggie Lawton. She was concerned by changes in the alpine lakes including the discovery of lake snow. She championed sustainability and had a passion for the water and lakes in the Otago region. Dr Lawton (pictured) said the intention was for ALREC to run the facility and oversee other organisations using the facility.

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No charges for Lauer TURNBULL G GLENDA Land Information New Zealand’s (LINZ) Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has investigated the good character condition imposed on Matt Lauer. As a director and owner of Orange Lakes (NZ) Ltd which leases Hunter Valley Station in Hawea, Matt Lauer is required to remain of good character in regards to his fitness to continue to hold the asset. Consent was granted in February 2017 for the company to own the station under the Overseas Investment Act. Mr Lauer’s employment as presenter of NBC’s Today Show was terminated in late November 2017 after a complaint was made of inappropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace. The OIO was notified by Mr Lauer’s New Zealand representative, of the matter, and an investigation was initiated to consider whether enforcement action PHOTO: Aimee Owens should be taken for a breach of the condition to remain of good character. LINZ deputy chief executive policy and overseas investment Lisa Barrett for this community but it’s an outstanding facility said,“After investigating the matter and I think it’s something that we’re very quickly and taking legal advice, we have becoming proud of,” he said. reached the position that we have “No doubt with the rate of growth we’ve got we’ll insufficient evidence at this time to be looking at the board again to see what we need next, but for now it’s fantastic.” As a mother of a young child, Nicky Samuels said she was now more excited about the children’s pool area but if she was still training it would be an amazing facility to train in. Aimee Owens Calum Macleod was eager to don the togs and swim, describing the new facility as “‘majestical”. He went on to say that the facility was “a labour of A local team of passionate winter love” and fundamentally all about the community lovers, called Protect Our Winters (POW), a non-profit environmental who took the effort to get the pool off the ground. Most of the employees who worked on the building organisation, met for the first time in construction are based in Wanaka, according to Wanaka last week. The first POW meeting was held at Simon Cook of Cook Brothers Construction, as they Kai on Thursday night, with roughly wanted to keep the money in the community. All facilities at Wanaka Recreation Centre are 25 people in attendance with a few now open and usual operating hours began from even coming over from Queenstown. “It was great, there was a lot of Monday June 11. Pictured: Nicky Samuels and Calum MacLeod energy generated and the participants left ready to turn their passion into cutting the ribbon. purposeful action,” POW member Marian Krogh said. Protect Our Winters was started in 2007, when pro-snowboarder Jeremy Jones, troubled by shorter winters and snow levels rising in elevation, realised that climate change had already affected winter. He noted that resorts were closed due to lack of snow and he felt the need to act. Concerned pro athletes, individuals, resorts and winter sports companies soon jumped on board and today, POW has

‘Outstanding facility’ officially opened Owens A Aimee The long anticipated Wanaka pool, at the Wanaka Recreation Centre in Three Parks, was officially opened on Sunday June 10. The day’s events began with an official opening ceremony and introduction, with guest speakers Quentin Smith, Calum Macleod, Simon Glass and Nicky Samuels addressing the crowd. Two-time Olympic triathlete Nicky Samuels and Deputy Mayor Calum Macleod cut the swim-themed ribbon to mark the opening of the brand new three pool complex, which was followed by the “golden ten” making the first splash to race in the 25m pool. The opening ceremony was followed by a free family fun day which welcomed over 700 locals to the pool party to swim and partake in games and competitions from 11am until 2pm. Councillor and WCB chair Quentin Smith was impressed with the facility. “You know we’re looking at effectively a $25 million investment over about three years in this facility as a whole and you know it’s a big investment

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Stray cats rounded up, desexed Owens A Aimee Queenstown Cat Rescue has successfully recovered and desexed a large group of stray cats found in Wanaka and Lake Hawea last week. A group of seven domesticated cats were found dumped in an industrial area in Wanaka, as well as 15 cats found in the Lake Hawea area. The dumped felines were not neutered, costing QCR around $160 per cat for the procedure. Along with worming and vaccinations, excluding any additional medical treatments, this is an ongoing problem, according to volunteer Lydia McCarthy, with QCR receiving $18,000 vet bills in the last two months alone. QCR is asking for help to raise funds to cover costs and is welcoming donations and offers to aid fundraising. The charity is run purely by volunteers and all of their time and effort relies solely on donations. “The more that we can control unregulated breeding and the dumping of cats, the more rehoming will be better for the population,” Lydia said. QCR started in Queenstown with a few strays but it has escalated in the last few years, they now receive numerous calls of people needing help. Lydia believed that if stray populations are controlled, desexed and the vacuum effect is avoided then this would not be such an issue. If the vacuum effect is implemented and cats are completely removed then there will be an increase


take proceedings against Mr Lauer for breach of the condition. “However, the OIO will continue to actively monitor the matter should further information come to light. In addition, the OIO has made it clear to Mr Lauer of his continuing obligation to remain of good character as a condition of his OIO consent.” The OIO has considered the allegations raised and whether there had been any criminal conduct. It also considered and tested confidential information supplied by both Mr Lauer and his former employer. “In order to take any enforcement proceedings for a breach of the good character condition, the OIO needs to consider the nature of the allegation, what evidence there is about the allegation and the seriousness of the matter. The types of things we would need to consider are whether the person has been found guilty of an offence. “Mr Lauer has not been charged with any offence, nor convicted, and the evidence available to the OIO at this time does not establish that Mr Lauer is unfit to continue to hold the asset. However in reaching this position we do not condone the inappropriate way that Mr Lauer has behaved,” Lisa Barrett said.

over 130,000 supporters worldwide. The aim is to mobilise and connect the outdoor community and everyone who needs winter to generate positive climate action. The focus is on educational initiatives, political advocacy and community-based activism in order to preserve NZ’s alpine playground. The POW mission statement was discussed at the local meeting and modified to align with NZ language and values, as well as upcoming volunteer opportunities, plans for the season and the possibility of having an event in October. There are approximately 15 members in Wanaka hoping to meet every two weeks throughout winter. “Our first project is generating awareness of and support for the Zero Carbon act and trying to get as many supportive submissions on this as possible,” Marian said. “We’ll be having stalls at the NZ film festival later in the month and we are working on plans to raise awareness during the winter games.”

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in possums, stoats and rats which will in turn prey on native birds; cats do not predate on birds as often as rodents. QCR currently covers the Queenstown, Wanaka, Hawea and Cromwell areas, although there are volunteers in Wanaka, the funds are being subsidised by QCR who hope that in the future Wanaka will become self-sustainable. Volunteers are now looking to home some of the discovered cats, if you are considering adopting contact QCR. Donations can be made at VetEnt, on Anderson Road or on QCR’s give a little page. Pictured: One of the cats found in Lake Hawea area on June 9.

REPORTER S STAFF A new community grants fund designed to reduce mental illness stigma and discrimination is open for applications. The fund is part of the national Like Minds, Like Mine programme which works to increase social inclusion and end discrimination towards people with experience of mental distress through public awareness campaigns, community projects and research. The fund will administer grants of between $3000 and $5000 (excluding

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gst) to community groups to do a project that will make a real impact on the lives of people in their local community, iwi or hapū who live with mental distress or illness. The project could be a cultural event, workshop, online project, exhibition, resource, film, or any other initiative that helps to break down stigma and discrimination and promote inclusion. Application forms are available on the Like Minds Like Mine website and applications close on June 29.


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Community House on track

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TURNBULL G GLENDA It is hoped that the construction of the proposed Wanaka Community House will commence at the beginning of August. Wanaka Community House Charitable Trust (WCHCT) chair Dame Sukhi Turner (pictured) said tenders for the construction had now closed and the trust was currently going through them. “We don’t have an absolute start date [at the moment], and we currently have several funding applications in to reach our target,” Sukhi said. The Trust has currently raised

$2.4 million of the estimated $3.8 million required to complete the Community House. WCHCT has resource consent approval for a community building including offices and meeting rooms for community groups and government agencies and a 140-seat church hall located in a low density residential area next to the Anglican Church in McDougall Street. A group of residents lodged an appeal citing inadequate car parking provision, cumulative effects and more-than-minor adverse environmental effects and a consent order was issued by the Christchurch Environment Court with conditions.

Review recommends status quo TURNBULL G GLENDA Council officers have recommended the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) adopt a representation review report to be presented to the full QLDC Council meeting to be held today (Thursday June 14). The report, written by QLDC electoral officer Jane Robertson and general manager corporate services Meaghan Miller, stated that QLDC is required by the Local Electoral Act 2001 (LEA) to review its representation arrangements at least once every six years. QLDC is required to undertake this review in 2018 for the 2019 triennial election. The last review was undertaken in 2012. The present ward structure has been in place since 2006 and has been used for four elections, in 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016. The LEA requires the QLDC to consider: the basis of election (by wards, at large or a combination); the number of councillors; the name and boundaries of wards; and community boards and the nature of any community and the membership and structure of any community board. The review must look at communities of interest, effective representation of communities of interest, and fair representation of electors. The report recommended that QLDC continue the practice of electing councillors by ward. Currently the Arrowtown Ward does not comply, however QLDC can justify a decision not to comply with the rule due to Arrowtown representing its


own unique community of interest. Currently the District Plan sees Arrowtown as a distinct community and seeks to maintain it as such. To become compliant, and to keep Arrowtown’s representation on the council with one councillor, Arrowtown Ward needs at least 412 more people to qualify. To do this QLDC can add other meshblocks to it from the Queenstown-Wakatipu ward in the vicinity of Arrowtown. This would not affect the number of representatives elected from the Queenstown-Wakatipu Ward, which would remain at six. No change is proposed to the boundaries of the present Wanaka Ward and the election of three councillors from that ward will continue. It is recommended the Wanaka Community Board will continue as it is at present with the report stating the WCB has extensive delegations which add to its function and value. The report further stated, “It is therefore reasonable to conclude that it fulfils its role as a sub-municipal body well, with easy ability to interact with citizens and to resolve localised issues with local solutions.” The report said this recommended option would help meet the current and future needs of the community and can be implemented under the 10-Year Plan and Annual Plan without altering the extended level of service provision in the district significantly. The process will start on June 14 and the closing date for appeals and objections closes on Monday October 8 at 5pm.

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Children celebrate Arbor Day Owens A Aimee The Little Wonders of Oanaka patiently sat and watched as a kõwhai tree was planted in their garden and playing area this week. The early childhood education centre received the gift of a native tree on Tuesday as part of the celebration of Arbor Day (held annually on June 5) from Wanaka Tree Care (WTC).

WTC’s Ben McFarlane planted the tree with the help of the enthusiastic youngsters who afterwards described the tree as “cool”. The audience of three to six year olds is well aware of native trees as their classrooms are named after them and they were quick to grab buckets and water the new addition to their outside space. Ben explained how trees grow and how to take care of them, then he fixed the children’s rope swing before he left which they were all very keen to test.

Caring for region’s road networks

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Blunt R Ruth Road closures are a fact of life in the Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes districts during the winter. With the recent inclement weather dictating the temporary closure of several routes, the Wanaka Sun asked NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) and Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) about their monitoring and decision-making processes. NZTA maintenance contract manager, Central Otago, Mark Stewart, said the state highway network is monitored through on-site inspections and weather predictions, combined with local highway knowledge, throughout the winter months. “Our focus is to maintain an open network but [we] need to proactively consider drivers’ abilities. In Central Otago we still use a staged approach to road closure based on the risk determined by our experienced operators,” Mark said. Routes can be open and open with conditions such as chains to be carried or chains essential, before it is declared closed. The decision to close a road is based on a number of factors, including the amount of snowfall and the crew’s ability to safely clear it, and also potential tree fall associated with snow load and ice on the surface. “The team errs on the side of caution with closures due to our larger number of visitor drivers in the region and the fact we are unsure of their ability to drive in these winter conditions and their ability to know how and when to fit and drive with chains,”

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Mark said. “We ask road users to bear this in mind when we have road closures and that we are attempting to be as fair and [as] safe as we can be in often fastchanging circumstances.” Adverse weather conditions, including rock falls and slips, has led to the temporary closure of the Crown Range on numerous occasions so far this winter. QLDC contractor Downer said it placed a higher level of care on the road network over winter to ensure safety remained a priority. It has identified priority roads and manages the networks daily between 5am and 10pm. “Snow and ice is a constant risk in winter and as our network is so large, there remains a responsibility on road users to exercise good judgement in those areas outside our priority roads. The use of chains and road closures may apply with short notice on any of the network but this is usually reserved for areas of significant risk, particularly overnight,” a spokesperson said. Downer does not differentiate between 4x4 vehicles and cars when chains are required. The spokesperson said during weather events, at risk roads, like the Crown Range, may be closed to ensure the safety of drivers. “We understand the importance of our road network to everyone in the region and the inconvenience a road closure causes. We work very hard to provide the best road network we can but we must always hold the safety of road users and our people as the top priority.”



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Final farewell to old pool

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Owens A Aimee Neville Harris, Maurice Duckmanton MBE, Kevin Scurr and Richard Hewitt (pictured) were four of the original members of the Wanaka & Districts Lions Club instrumental in fundraising and opening the old community pool on Plantation Road in 1992. They attended the official closing of the old pool on Saturday afternoon after a well-attended pool party, with Neville Harris locking the doors for the last time. Current Wanaka Community Board member Jude Battson was also involved in the old community pool, as the Wanaka Community Pool Trust chair prior to the council taking over its management in 2009. She talked to the Wanaka Sun about the old pool, reflecting that for the population size in the early 1990s, the fundraising efforts and enthusiasm of the community to achieve the pool was amazing. “The local Wanaka and Hawea Flat primary schools had pools for children to learn the basic water safety and school

learn-to-swim programmes. With the pool, the Wanaka Swimming Club was formed and competitive swimming commenced. From this the Wanaka Swim Academy was started. This led to competitive swimmers attending regional and national swim champs.” Over the years population and user numbers increased, as did associated costs and the liability for the pool committee, so management was handed over to QLDC. “With the population increasing and the pool aging, it was time for next steps,” Jude said. “The pressure was on. Lane space was challenging to allocate to suit the public and lesson instruction. Changing rooms needed upgrading and the winter water temperature was not suitable for many. Something had to change.” By that time the planning for improved facilities, which culminated in the opening of the town’s new pool this week, was already underway. Correction: The club is known as the Wanaka & Districts Lions Club not Wanaka Upper Clutha Lions as previously published.

Cleaner recycling necessary Blunt R Ruth Recycling habits in the Upper Clutha may be put under the microscope as the Queenstown Lakes District Council considers carrying out a survey similar to the one being run in Central Otago. The Central Otago District Council is currently undertaking a glass and mixed recycling survey to collect data on the amount of contamination in its kerbside recycling system. Across the Queenstown Lakes District there is an average of ten percent contamination in the recycling collected by Smart Environmental. “Based on spot audits of our trucks in Wanaka, the contamination rate is between four and six percent,” QLDC senior communications advisor Rebecca Pitts said. She said residents need to do better across the district to reduce the contamination levels. “The market demand for recyclables is for a much cleaner product, with some markets demanding less than 0.5 percent. “From July 1 next year, when our new contract commences, we plan to put a lot of focus on re-education to reduce


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contamination. But in the meantime, it’s timely to remind everyone what can and can’t be recycled kerbside and that all recyclable material needs to be clean.” In the Upper Clutha, two crates are provided for weekly kerbside recycling. Glass bottles and jars, without lids, should be separated in one crate so it can be sorted on the kerside. The second crate is provided for washed and squashed plastics numbered 1-7, tins, aluminium cans and foil, and paper and cardboard items. Containers should be cleaned before recycling as dirty containers can be removed from the recycling stream and sent to landfill. Pictured: Glass jars left on a recycling crate because they were not cleaned.

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Community rallies to help REPORTER S STAFF Last year, Andrew and Cherie Sloan began carrying out some redecorations to their house but when Andrew fell off his bike the work promptly stopped. An MRI of the Mount Aspiring College teacher and avid sportsman’s head revealed a brain tumour. As the months went by and Andrew got out of surgery, Cherie managed to paint several rooms but with Andrew in Dunedin hospital undergoing radiation and chemotherapy, she was struggling to get the house finished. A chance conversation allowed MAC staff and the local community to step up and help out, under the guidance of project leaders, Clare Thomas Moore and Jenny Edgar. “I think it started when we realised it was going to be a long weekend,’ Jenny said. “Well, it turned into two long weekends, but it was great to be able to do something for Andrew and Cherie all together – especially for the blokes, who don’t do emotional but want to do physical. And it blew us away, the generosity of people who were open to us asking and quick to respond.”

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While the work was taking place, Andrew, Cherie and their three children (pictured) were evicted from the house. “It was good to have a change of scenery and it got us out having fun family times, making memories,” Andrew said. Claire, who kept everyone informed, enthused and in order, said “I didn’t really realise how many people want to give, want to help, over and above what we were going to ask for. “So many of our small, local businesses are generous way beyond their size.” People painted, decorated, did the gardening, stacked wood, and completed a plethora of odd jobs during two weekends at the start of June before the big reveal. “To come home to a fully painted, renovated house is unbelievable,” Andrew said. “The thought, care and time gone into this project has been huge. From the painting, all the odd jobs, gardening and everything else as well as all the resources supplied by people and businesses in our wonderful community. When we walked in the door there were lots of ‘wows’, ‘Oh my gosh, look at that,’ and happy tears... mostly from Cherie.”

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Dancing on national stage

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Code brown clears new pool REPORTER S STAFF Staff at the new Wanaka pool had the opportunity to test out their code brown procedures on Monday, as the learners’ pool and toddlers’ area were closed for several hours after an incident. Queenstown Lakes District Council communications and marketing advisor Sam White said the message to parents of all children aged eight and under is “to please ensure their kids use the toilet before swimming; babies and toddlers aged three and under should wear a proper swim nappy plus a tight fitting second layer.” “We do ask for parents’ co-operation to minimise these incidents that cause frustration and disappointment to all concerned.” Because Wanaka has three separate pools, a code

brown in the learners’ pool means the lap pool and hot pool can remain open. There are seven steps taken after an event of this nature: clear the pool, remove debris, test all pool water, dose appropriate volumes of chlorine, leave pool for at least one entire ‘turnover’, assess whether further cleaning is required, and, finally, carry out water testing and safety checks before reopening pool. A turnover is when the water passes through the filtration and cleaning system. Sometimes, depending on the incident, more than one turnover is required. “The duration of closure does depend on the nature and extent of each incident, but it takes at least one hour to complete all the tasks above in the new learners’ pool,” Sam said. Pictured: The learners’ pool at the official opening of the facility on Sunday.

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BUTLER D DANIELLE Wanaka’s Dance Out Loud School of Dance is celebrating a series of successes from this year’s New Zealand Dance Awards. Nine students competed against performers from across the country in Christchurch earlier this month, winning a handful of its categories. Hunter Cranfield (10) came out on top in contemporary style and second in hip-hop while Thea Erichsen (15) danced her way to first place in the lyrical solo category. The School of Dance also won best choreography for jazz routines in age categories 12 years and over.

School director, teacher and choreographer Rachel Erichsen said that it was nice for the school to be acknowledged. “It was really awesome. There were lots of large city schools that had entered and very big troupes so we’re honoured to be acknowledged,” Rachel said. “The standard is very high and it is very competitive, which has been a great learning experience for the students. It gives us a real focus on what to work on in the year ahead. It’s definitely nice to come back with some medals.” Pictured: Thea Erichsen’s winning performance in the New Zealand Dance Awards’ lyrical solo category.

Hope for ‘extinct’ bird BUTLER D DANIELLE More than 100 reported sightings of the elusive South Island Kokako have given the Trust working to prove its existence hope that it is coming close. The South Island Kokako Charitable Trust launched a search for the bird, once thought to be extinct, in January 2017, offering $10,000 to anyone who could provide credible evidence of the bird’s existence. Potential sightings have been recorded from as nearby as Lake Hawea, although the Trust said that it was focusing its interest to the South of Reefton on the West Coast and the Granville Forest. Trustee Ron Nilsson said, “We still need definitive evidence, a photo or video, but we really feel that we are getting closer with the help of so many

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people who are out walking, tramping or hunting and know what to look and listen for. “We are very optimistic that proof will be found soon.” Pictured: An image edited to depict the South Island Kokako.

R&A confirms Aussie acts REPORTER S STAFF Two Australian festival favourites have been confirmed as the first acts at this year’s Rhythm & Alps Festival. Indie rock/psychedelic soul singer songwriter Matt Corby will play the main stage on New Year’s Eve along with ska and jazz band The Cat Empire. “These artists have a history of sellout shows in New Zealand,” Rhythm & Alps Festival director Alex Turnbull said. “We’re really excited about


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bringing them down to Wanaka and we know their large NZ fanbase will be stoked too.” A further 50 international and national musicians will be performing at the three-day festival, with the full line-up announced in August. “We’re super happy with this year’s line-up. After last year’s huge success and a sell-out show prior to the event we are confident that 2018 will be no different. We’re committed to bringing quality music to the South Island for a world-class summer festival experience,” Alex said.


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Euthanasia to be debated TURNBULL G GLENDA

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Getting a taste of fibre McArthur K Kimmi Mount Aspiring College, Year 13 Gimme Fibre Day is held every year on November 4, but a group of 22 Mount Aspiring College food and nutrition students believe that fibre should be something that is celebrated and incorporated every day. MAC level three food technology group (pictured) is holding fibre events on June 20 and 27 in the food technology room, to raise awareness of the importance of including enough fibre into our diets. A two-course meal consisting of a main and a dessert will be prepared by groups of students, and will be served on two nights, catering for 30 people the first night and 36 the next. People are welcome to come both nights, tickets will be $10 and can be booked via email mcarthurk@ The group’s aim is is to educate people why it is such a big deal to consume enough dietary fibre. It is also part of an internal focus on health promotion. Everyday people neglect fibre in their diets, only including it little by little, thinking it will do no harm to their bodies, but it does. MAC student Makayla Rasmussen, who is a member of the group, said, “I feel that not enough people know about the importance of fibre, and I

think that this event is a good way to inform them.” A lack of fibre can lead to colon and bowel disease cancer, heart disease and diabetes. However, fibre can also prevent disease such as heart disease as it lowers cholesterol, and it helps by controlling blood sugar levels for people with diabetes. Dietary fibre is a crucial component for overall digestive health and regular bowel movements. It aids improvements to cholesterol and blood sugar levels as well as making sure we stay fuller for a longer period of time. It is really quite simple to get, as well. Fruits and vegetables, pumpkin, chia and flax seeds, wholemeal bread and pasta are all excellent sources to extract the fibre from, as well as eating skins on the potatoes and kiwifruit, and it’s easy! Adding seeds to your breakfast, lunch and dinner, making sure you include enough fruits and vegetables and swapping your white bread for a more healthy alternative such as wholemeal or grain. For more ideas or information about the importance of fibre, contact or come to Mount Aspiring College on Wednesday June 20 or Wednesday June 27 at 6.30pm to get a taste of some fibre goodness.

Yoga fundraiser Owens A Aimee On Wednesday June 20 yogis nationwide are invited to add a little extra something to their flows by wearing a wig to raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation. Hot Yoga Fusion in the Spencer House Mall will be offering its usual timetabled classes but instead of taking the profits from teaching that day, they ask for those involved to donate it instead.

Yoga teacher Nicci Huston said: “For us it’s a small token of support to Kiwi families going through the heartache of their child fighting for their life. I have had too many friends who have had to deal with this pain, not always with the desired outcome. This is one of our ways of giving back.” The Wig Wednesday event is scheduled the day before International yoga day and everyone is welcome to attend. Proceeds raised will be used to support children with cancer and their families across the country.

Central Otago/Queenstown Lakes students will participate in a debate about the controversial End of Life Choice Bill on June 24. Year 13 Mount Aspiring College student Jake Nicholson will be joined by Emily Downey (Year 12, Dunstan High School) and Leah Kissick (Year 13, Wakatipu High School) to debate the issue with Archdeacon Damon Plimmer of the Upper Clutha Anglican parish, retired district court judge Fred McElrea and community hospice nurse Louisa Ingham opposing the Bill. The controversial End of Life Choice Bill, introduced into Parliament by Act Party leader MP David Seymour, aims to legalise voluntary euthanasia for the terminally ill. The students, who are coached by former MP and Otago Regional Council Councillor Michael Laws, will be speaking in support of the bill. Cr Laws introduced the first attempt to legalise voluntary euthanasia into Parliament in 1995. “This is literally a debate about life and death. Our own. It doesn’t get much more important than that,”

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he said. “These senior students were the top speakers at last year’s regional schools debate tournament. Forget their ages – they will make you pause and think.” The public are invited to quiz the debaters at the end of the formal contest. The debate will be held at 3pm on Sunday June 24 at the Wanaka Presbyterian Church in Tenby Street, Wanaka. Entry is free. Pictured: Leah Kissick and Jake Nicholson.

Mainly Music milestone

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Owens A Aimee Wanaka and Hawea Mainly Music celebrated its 15th birthday with a party on Tuesday June 12. Mainly Music has always been well supported by local families but it has grown to about 60 children each week in Wanaka and around 15 children in Hawea. It is run entirely by about 19 volunteers who help with the sessions by welcoming families, leading the music, cuddling babies, baking and serving morning tea.

Member Lucy Davey said: “The reason we are all involved is [so] that we have a heart to support friendship and connection between families in our community. We love providing quality music and movement experiences to the babies and preschoolers who come, as well as creating a place of belonging and friendship.” Pictured: Some of Mainly Music’s past and present team members (back row) Lisa Cartlidge, Sandra Harris, Fiona Jordi, Lynley Ives, Kathy Dedo, Pauline Hyndman, Michael Hyndman, (front row) two-year-old Krystal Coll, Kim Coll and Karen Wells.


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Challenge celebrates its volunteers

Owens A Aimee National Volunteer Week will be running from June 17 and 23 and Volunteering Central encourages people to get amongst it during the celebrations. Currently 1.2 million people volunteer their time and skills to communities every year, so this year’s theme focuses on its volunteers as the heart of the community. Volunteering Central’s project coordinator, Lucy Shea, believes the theme captures the essence of the volunteering spirit and the essential link between volunteers and the communities who benefit from their generosity. “Everyone has their part to play and no matter how small the role appears, volunteers are a key to keeping the heart of the community beating,” Lucy said. Volunteering Central promotes, supports and strengthens volunteering and this year it is running a National Volunteer Week campaign which aims to encourage individuals and groups to get involved in their communities by volunteering. “We want to encourage all those people out there who have considered volunteering but have never quite gotten around to it to do it. Whether it is hooking up with a local organisation, walking

your neighbour’s dog or having an impromptu beach clean-up with your friends, we want people to get out there and get amongst it,” Lucy said. Mayors Jim Boult and Tim Cadogan, Deputy Mayor Calum MacLeod, endurance athlete and coach Dougal Allan, chef Annabel Langbein and Olympic snowboarder Zoi SadowskiSynnott will be volunteering their time and supporting local organisations that involve volunteers. They will be spending time with various organisations, including helping out at the Wanaka Parkrun event, Aspiring Enliven and Wanaka Girl Guides. “Our community’s leaders are showcasing the range of organisations out there for people to get involved in and we hope they will inspire people to find out what roles are waiting to be filled,” Lucy said. If you’re not sure where to volunteer, Volunteering Central can help you find the role that will spark that passion for supporting your community. Volunteers are the heart of our community. Join Volunteering Central this National Volunteer Week and keep the heart of your community beating.

REPORTER S STAFF Each year Challenge Wanaka (CW) requires about 600 volunteers to ensure the success of the event. More than half that number are people who have volunteered in previous years returning to do the jobs again. Last month, CW was recognised for its innovation and ongoing success winning the 2018 University of Otago Innovation in Sport Award at ASB Bank Otago Sports Awards. “To be recognised for innovation in sport was something pretty special,” CW race director Bill Roxburgh said.

“We work hard at engaging with our local community and are proud we are always looking for innovative ways to improve each year on what is already a world-class event. “Winning the University of Otago Innovation of Sport Award is fantastic recognition of all the hard work that goes on, much of it unseen behind the scenes from our loads of volunteers. Without the support of the local community and our army of volunteers we just couldn’t run the event.” The next Challenge Wanaka is Saturday February 16, 2019. Pictured: Competitors at the swim start of Challenge Wanaka 2018.

Langbein learns about Food for Love

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Celebrity chef Annabel Langbein has shown her support for Volunteering Central’s National Volunteer Week campaign by donating some baking to Food for Love and getting to know more about the organisation from founders and coordinators Louise Carney and Rebecca (Bex) Sarginson. “Volunteering Central wants to share the amazing roles volunteers carry out in our communities and have some fantastic community leaders on board to help us spread the word,” Volunteering Central’s Gillian White said. “We asked Annabel Langbein to get involved and were thrilled that she was keen to offer her support to local Hawea-based organisation Food for Love.” Food for Love was set up in April 2016 by Louise, who wanted to provide home-cooked meals to people who needed an extra hand. Bex joined a few months later and together they coordinate 120 volunteer cooks and bakers, who have provided over 1500 meals and baked treats for individuals and families in the Upper Clutha. Louise and Bex met with Annabel at her family home in Wanaka (pictured), where they chatted about Food for Love. “As an entirely volunteer-led organisation we are all about celebrating and thanking all of our volunteers who give so much time to support those in our community who need a little bit of a helping THURSDAY 14.06.18 - WEDNESDAY 20.06.18

hand,” Louise said. “Meeting Annabel and telling her about our work and achievements was absolutely fantastic. She was really open and interested to hear our story and to learn about Food for Love. She listened lots, was very supportive of what we and our army of volunteers accomplish and it was fabulous being able to talk to her on a personal and professional level as someone who works in the food industry.” Annabel was impressed with the women and the volunteer group. She said Food for Love captured the essence of the volunteering spirit beautifully. “The amount these two women contribute to their community is staggering. They both have families and juggle being mothers, partners and working, and Louise has the additional worry of battling her own health issues,” Annabel said. “The fact they can slot in such a huge amount of volunteering blows me away. It’s a real passion of theirs that they prioritise in their busy lifestyle, because it is something they believe in. They are two very inspiring women who were a pleasure to meet. I hope my baking will be well received alongside all the other donations and I am so pleased to be able to help spread the message about the great work they do in their community.” Food for Love is looking for more volunteers to help coordinate the preparation and donation of meals and also the support from local businesses and organisations.


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Connecting our community Blunt R Ruth LINK Upper Clutha is taking steps to upskill people to communicate better within their networks and across the community with its upcoming seminar, Get Dotted. LINK facilitator Kathy Dedo said better communication is what it will take to retain what is special about Wanaka as it grows, and to work together to face the region’s growth challenges. “It gets to the essence of what LINK is trying to do – enable our community to connect and address its own issues in order to be successful.” In a short time, Wanaka has grown from a small town with good communication between its sectors because everyone knew each other, to a town with a much bigger population which requires a different skillset to communicate well about the big issues. Kathy said we now have to work harder to communicate outside the usual paths we take in the course of our jobs, families or volunteer work. “One of the unique things about Get Dotted is that it creates a simple, common language to understand both our own strengths and how we’re different from others around us,” Kathy said. The workshop helps community groups whose boards or committees need to work together, often without much resource, to accomplish their specific goals. It appeals to individuals who want to understand their partners or kids better, and to businesses

because they can see the potential for a more productive workplace. In 2016, LINK identified more than 200 community groups and services in the Upper Clutha, which indicates there are lots of passionate people doing amazing things. “But those groups, especially when working in similar areas of interest, often compete for both people and money,” Kathy said. “If the people involved were better equipped to understand each other’s motivations and perspectives they are more likely to collaborate.” Improved collaboration between groups is already happening. In recent months, the Wanaka Sun has reported on the merger of two water groups to form the Upper Clutha Lakes Trust, as well as a memorandum of understanding signed by Queenstown and Wanaka Chambers of Commerce, and the two towns’ tourist boards committing to formalise their collaboration. Kathy said to solve the big picture issues we have to work together across our natural segments. “Get Dotted isn’t a silver bullet, but every little bit of support helps and this is a fantastic way to improve communication and understanding both within teams and across our community.” Amy Scott will present Get Dotted on Wednesday June 20 and Thursday June 21, at the Lake Wanaka Centre, with tickets available online, from Community Networks or email info@ for group bookings.


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A report compiled by Research First Ltd after surveying 1239 people has shown an increase in the economic impact and satisfaction ratings for the 30th anniversary Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow (WOW) held at Easter. WOW general manager Ed Taylor said the results show visitors to the event spent around $4 million more than during the previous event, and the overall positive rating for the airshow was up 7 percent from 2016, to 97 percent. “We’re especially pleased with the high satisfaction levels. This is something our whole team works so hard on. Making sure that the flying displays are world-class but also that everything else about the airshow, right down to the toilet facilities, are top-notch as well.” Those who came specifically for the event spent $23,621,631 in the Queenstown-Lakes region,

while others who were coming to the region anyway but also attended the airshow spent another $18,551,916 in the area. “One of the pleasing aspects of the numbers is strong growth in the average length of stay which is up from 3.5 nights in 2016 to 4.1 nights this year,” Ed said. “This is an area we have been working with Lake Wanaka Tourism to grow. Plus total bed nights for Warbirds was 154,582, up 26 percent on 2016.” Twenty-eight percent of international visitors stayed in B&B/farmstay/homestay/Airbnb accommodation, 18 percent stayed in motels and 13 percent in both hotels and in holiday homes. Eleven percent of all visitors commuted from their homes close to Wanaka and the rest stayed with friends and family. Ed said the report has also shown up a couple of areas where not everyone thought organisers got it right and he said they’ll look to improve on these for the next event (April 10-12, 2020).

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The exhilarating stories of adventure-sporting women from across the world will lead the line up of this year’s NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival. A host of female directors, authors, speakers and adventurers will tell their stories through film and literature in Wanaka, Cromwell and Queenstown from the end of this month. One of these stories will come from USA-born Maureen Beck, who despite being born without her lower left arm, has gone on to enjoy an impressive rock-climbing career, winning four national titles. Maureen (pictured) features in Stumped on the festival’s opening night (Friday June 29), a film which follows her mission to conquer a climbing

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grade 5.12 nemesis, the grade which separates intermediate climbers from the sport’s elite. “I don’t have a disability. I have a different ability,” Maureen said. Maureen will be joined by the likes of adventuring author Sequoia Schmidt, winner of best film on climbing Margo Hayes and director Teresa Hoerl.

Visitor tax talks underway REPORTER S STAFF International visitors are more than paying their way in New Zealand, Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) has said following a governmentcommissioned report on international tourism. The report comes at the same time as Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis confirming plans for an International Visitor Levy, with details yet to be finalised. TIA chief executive Chris Roberts said that the industry was eager to discuss what the government planned to spend the tax revenue


on and how it would be distributed, as well as details around how it will be collected. “We’re ready for the conversation and we hope the government is willing to listen. There are some big questions to be discussed, including what the government plans to do with the money,” Chris said. “Our international visitors will be more accepting of being asked to pay the new tax if they can see it is going to support infrastructure and services that enhance their visit to New Zealand.”


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REPORTER S STAFF Wanaka Airport 2045 community engagement is continuing with an online survey aimed at collecting more opinions from the wider community on its top four themes and gaining feedback on scheduled services, concerns and opportunities for growth outside of scheduled services. Wanaka Airport Communications Advisor Naomi Lindsay is encouraging all members of the community to have their say on the themes that

came out of the community workshops. “While this is very much phase one, this is a very important part of the process and we’re interested in hearing what the community thinks about growth,” Naomi said. “We are working together with all stakeholders on what the future and success looks like at Wanaka. So jump online now and put your ideas, thoughts and comments in writing.” The survey and other online tools at our. will be open until 5pm Sunday July 8. PHOTO: Supplied

Climate change consultation Students ready to rock Owens A Aimee Climate Change Minister, James Shaw, has announced that the next major step to reduce New Zealand’s emissions and build resilience to climate change is underway. The Minister launched a six-week public consultation period on the Zero Carbon Bill last week which runs from June 7 to July 19 and is inviting the nation to share their views on what the Zero Carbon Bill should look like and how Kiwis can reach a low emissions future. Important questions such as how to manage impacts of climate change and develop a plan to adapt it will be discussed and considered. The bill aims to provide stability as well as set out a clear path and a plan to upgrade the economy and ensure a stable climate for the future. Minister Shaw said, “The impacts of climate change are already real, with more damage caused by storms, droughts, coastal and river floods, which

don’t just affect property but also have impacts on where and how New Zealanders live and work. “We know that taking action sooner will reduce costs in the long term, and also that action to reduce our impact on the climate will lead to less traffic congestion, cleaner water, and cleaner air.” The minister wanted to develop new jobs in forestry, alternative energy, electric vehicles and agricultural research so the country can take advantage of the change. He believed the change needed to be taken is significant but planning ahead would maximise opportunities and minimise impacts of change. Regional and territorial authorities are currently improving their understanding of how to adapt to climate change and are putting in place plans for low emissions communities, while the Government has already started to work with communities and businesses to accelerate transitions. The Interim Committee will consult with stakeholders next and hand over its analysis to the Climate Change Commission, with aims to publish under the Zero Carbon Act in 2019.

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Owens A Aimee The Lake Wanaka Centre will be hosting the Central Otago play-off regional final of Smokefreerockquest (SFRQ) on Saturday June 16. The 12 young acts from Mount Aspiring College, along with seven from Wakatipu High School and one from Cromwell College, will compete to join the ranks of Kiwi music success at the regional final. MAC will be represented by By Perfection, Easy Riders, Theory, Revival, Not Yet Rated, Iridescence, dropouts, Dylan, Mellifluous, Powdered Milk, Stratosfear and Better than Nothing. The nationwide music event gives young musicians the opportunity to perform live in a professional setting, but participants must incorporate Te Reo Maori or a Polynesian language, instruments, dance or movement into their performance. Smokefreerockquest has produced many successes over its 30-year history, including Ladyhawke and The Black Seeds.

Founder Glenn Common believes the event offers entrants a platform for live performance that builds on what they have learnt at school. “Secondary school teachers offer tuition and encouragement, create space for bands and soloists to practise, they come along to support them at Smokefreerockquest and help them to get the most value from the experience of entering SFRQ – before, during and after,” Glenn said. SFRQ founder and director Pete Rainey said in regional cities the final is often the year’s biggest youth gig and “a major influencer”. “We’re really proud that our association with Smokefree has been part of a huge social change in New Zealand over the past 28 years. It’s absolutely a real thing that the number of young kids smoking has dropped and we’re right behind the idea of making NZ Smokefree by 2025.” The regional final starts at 7pm, with guest band, Dunedin-based electronic duo, Devine, performing. Tickets can be purchased from Eventfinda or on the night. Pictured: Molly Devine of Devine.

Trapping workshop Owens A Aimee Wanaka Backyard Trapping is hosting a workshop on Saturday June 16 to teach others how to record data and how and where to use traps. NZ is home to a broad variety of native birds, skinks, geckos, and wêtã, however, backyards and public spaces are also home to rats, hedgehogs, stoats and ferrets. Wanaka Backyard Trapping’s mission is to create and maintain

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a predator-free environment in urban areas of the Upper Clutha by implementing a community-led backyard trapping programme. The programme aims to complement existing trap networks in conservation areas and farms, and provide the opportunity to build connections between urban and rural predator control sites throughout the region. The urban trapping workshop will be held at Wanaka Primary School hall from 10am to 12 noon.


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Ask Dr Compost Keeping rodents out of compost REPORTER S STAFF The Wanaka Sun has been contacted by a resident concerned that their compost bin would attract rodents this winter. “Can one of your readers help with this quandary? I compost in a bin that has three layers for the organic matter to go down (you put the stuff in the top and it comes out the bottom). Before the fruit and vegetable peels have decomposed (because it is so cold) I fear rats or mice will be attracted to the compost bin. So, how do I compost during winter without attracting rodents? Is it better to put it straight in the ground and again will this bring in the mice? We asked home-composting guru Dr Compost for his advice. Through Wastebusters, Ben Elms delivers the Dr Compost home-composting programme in Queenstown and Wanaka under contract to Queenstown Lakes District Council, he said: “A fact of life for us as humans is we attract rats and mice. We create nice warm places for them to cohabit with us.

“If not in the walls of your house, your compost heap is one of many other top places to live or treat as a permanent five-star buffet. “Now your compost heap is attractive to vermin whether you put food scraps in there or not. Or the myths of don’t put cooked food in the compost or don’t put your meat and fish scraps in the compost heap. “Your compost bin sounds like the ‘Earthmaker’ system. A simple system for this bin would be to place the bin on some mesh wire and fold the sides up stopping any entry from the ground. The mesh needs to have tiny holes, smaller than a centimetre in diameter. “Also remember to add a carbon source to the bin of similar size/volume as the food scraps you’re adding. With your system the smaller everything is in size the quicker it will break down. Keep an eye on moisture levels in the summer months. “Stage two is to buy some mouse and rat traps. I find peanut butter works a treat. Catch them and put them in the compost heap! “You could apply the above to pretty much any black bin compost system. Hope that helps. Happy composting.”

Matariki – Community Working Together

What is your Opinion? Our readers came up with some alternative names for the new primary school, due to open in 2020, which is currently referred to as Wanaka South School. The voting showed a clear favourite.

‘Frenchy’ French C Claire Kahu Youth Worker It’s that time of year again – Kahu Youth’s largest community-driven event of the year is happening this Saturday (June 16) on the lakefront next to the Dinosaur Park from 2.30pm to 6pm. Matariki is the Maori new year - a time of casting away problems and starting new beginnings – a perfect time to bring this amazing community together to celebrate, express, be awe-inspired, fed mind-blowing food and to get involved. Our event brings in hundreds of volunteers every year from all sections of our community – from the performers and workshop hosts, to the hangi prep and the stewarding, to local businesses, schools and community groups, to the bonfire cordon and the pack in and pack out crew. The young people involved in Kahu Youth get involved too, and they love the responsibility of being involved in such a massive event, especially when they get to wear a high vis jacket and a radio! It’s also great work experience and a team-building opportunity for them. The regulars take a lot of pride in being associated with Kahu Youth and this event. We are supported by, and partner with, a massive array of local businesses and groups and we couldn’t create this event without you, so thank you. Inspired to get involved? We would love some more people to help us with pack down. Many hands make light work. This would involve one to

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one and half hours of loading equipment onto and off the van and flatbed truck, starting when the event finishes – around 6pm in the evening. Just turn up on the night and come and get stuck in. If there are any local carvers we’d be keen to have that offered as a display on the day – our amazing wood turners that we usually have coming down unfortunately can’t make it this year. If you are a carver, or know someone who might be interested, please get them to contact We look forward to seeing you all on the lakefront in a few days! Pictured: Bonfires on the lakefront at last year’s Kahu Youth Matariki celebration.

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Single stage race open Entries are open for the Giant Minaret Burn mountain bike event that returns to Minaret Station on January 19, 2019 “This is an exclusive mountain biking event through one of New Zealand’s most stunning alpine farming stations that is accessible only by helicopter or barge which makes it unique,” event director Bex Law said. Only 120 spots are available to take part in the mountain bike event. “It is an extraordinary part of the world to ride through,” she said. “Riders of all backgrounds love this event for its combination of endurance, elevation, 4WD and single track.” Designed by local multisporter Braden Currie the

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Youth go down to Rovers Wanaka FC Youth was the only team to play at home in the Central Otago Men’s League last Saturday, up against division two co-leaders Queenstown Rovers. The game started of well for the Youth who took the Queenstown team by surprise and almost scored with a nice play down the right side, but Joe Sharratt’s shot went wide. Minutes later Youth was on the attack again, but was unlucky when a shot from right-back Jacob Lang went over the goal. Youth didn’t have to wait long for another chance, with left-midfielder Noah Holmes firing a beautiful right-footer into the back of the net. Youth 1-0. Queenstown, who had looked unorganised and sluggish, then kicked into gear and levelled the score 1-1. Queenstown kept pressing for the rest of the first half and was rewarded when the Wanaka Youth keeper fumbled the ball, allowing it to roll into the net to give Queenstown a 2-1 lead going into the halftime break. The second half was an even contest with both teams sharing equal amounts of possession and territory.

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Youth put on the pressure and did look like they were going to tie up the game, but it wasn’t to be. Over at Jacks Point, Wanaka FC Athletic went down to Wakatipu 4-3 in a very competitive and tight match. A red card saw Athletic reduced to ten men for part of the second half which made things difficult. Athletic played really well and was unlucky not to record a win. Division two Wanaka FC Braves beat Arrowtown 7-2. Starting the season off by losing their first four matches, they are slowly putting some good results together and hitting form. Braves now sit two points behind Wanaka Youth, with two games to go in the second division battle for third place. Next Saturday at the Wanaka Recreation Centre Wanaka Athletic will play Queenstown Falcons at 12.45 while at 2.45pm Braves will be up against Alexandra B. Youth take on Queenstown AFC at Jacks Point at 2.45pm. Pictured: Youth take on Queenstown Rovers last weekend. – Wanaka Football News

SPORTS RESULTS Netball Upper Clutha Taylor Pass Honey 41 v Cromwell C 18. Mac C 24 v Pioneer C 35. Dream Doors Hawea 30 v Yr10a 31. The Camp Hawea 29 v Yr9a 16. Wanaka Selection Pioneer 28 v Mac B 29. Lake Bar 25 v Yr9/10b 19. Mac Yr11 19 v Mac12/13 8. Mountainside 24 v Mac Wellman 16. Nulook Hawea 41 v Lucas Fencing Pioneer 45. Silverthreads 32 v Mac Yr13 26. Cromwell A 44 v Cromwell B 28. Proactive Mac A 63 v The Crow Pioneer 38. Stihl Shop Hawea 32 v Mac Lakeland 6 Wanaka stadium bowls Queens Birthday Monday Progressive: Skips 1st P Traynor 2nd G Hall 3rd J Young Leads 1st J Feehly 2nd M Parker 3rd J Hill Monday evening Edgewater Trophy: 1st M Ives C Scurr T Outram 2nd M Young H Thayer J Brook 3rd T Scurr D Hope J Stock Tuesday morning 2x4x2: 1st K Davey N Young 2nd C Carr J Rich 3rd K Light B McKenzie. Tuesday Afternoon 2x4x2: 1st I Fletcher N Matheson 2nd D Minson P Gray 3rd D McLeay R Charters. Tuesday evening Trades: 1st Mt Aspiring College 2nd Bowl’m’Óver 3rd Placemakers. Wednesday afternoon Triples: 1st N Brown M McElrea R Robertson 2nd I Brown P Traynor H Malcolm 3rd M Campbell G Cameron L Leary. Wednesday evening Trades: 1st Jocks Follies 2nd Energisers 3rd Bad Neighbours Thursday afternoon Triples: 1st M Steel P Hope P Gray 2nd I Brown P Knowles M Baxter 3rd N Harris K Sutherland R Woolley Thursday evening Trades: 1st Taffys 2nd Pollys 3rd L Cameron J Herbert N Robertson Friday Progressive Skips: 1st P Traynor 2nd F Beardsley 3rd I Fletcher Leads 1st B Thorburn 2nd B Russell 3rd J Hill G Russell Saturday afternoon Studholme Trophy: Beacon Point 11, Hawea Town 9, Pembroke Heights 7, Meadowstone 7, Aspiring Village 6, Mt Albert 5, Hawea Country 1, Rippon W M 0. Lake Hawea Golf Club June 10 Competition – Mt.Maude Stableford Men’s 1st Tony Anderson 40pts (ocb) 2nd Tim Cotter 40pts 3rd Steve Smith 39pts 4th Bryan Burgess 39pts Ladies 1st Kelly MacKenzie 37pts Closest to Pin No.1 & 10 (Men) Steve Smith Closest to Pin No.5 & 14 (Men) Tim Cotter Two’s Chris Morrow No.14 Tim Cotter No.5 Tony Anderson No.5 Birdies Nett Eagles – No.14 Chris Morrow & Tony Anderson.

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MAC players selected for Highlanders camp

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Impressive individual form has resulted in two Mount Aspiring College 1st XV players, Sam Howard and Cai Jager, being selected for the Highlanders camp. The top 35 players from Southland and Otago schools 1st XVs are selected for the five-day coaching and development programme, which culminates in a match attended by representatives from the New Zealand Rugby Football Union and New Zealand secondary schools selectors. Sam and Cai (pictured) are the first MAC players to be selected for the annual camp. MAC assistant principal Hamish Crosbie congratulated the pair. “It is a great recognition of their performances this season and that of the team. It proves that you can make it from this area. Selectors spotted the pair at the MAC versus Dunstan game,” Hamish said. “Cai is one of the leading try scorers in the competition, scoring six tries in four games. With his pace and power he has been a handful for all of the teams. “Sam’s physicality has seen him gain selection in the training camp. He has done a great job of getting the team over the advantage line on attack and is punishing on defence.” Both players deserve their places at the camp, which recognises potential. They also acknowledge their selection has been helped a lot by the support and solid performance of the wider 1st XV group

during the current season. Most recently, the 1st XV travelled to Oamaru to play Waitaki Boys, one of the strongest teams in the 2018 competition. It was a tough encounter, with the home team too strong for MAC, winning 35-7. MAC can take positives from the game though, as they were highly competitive throughout and were still in contention at 14-7 at the break. The main issue for MAC was they were outmuscled in the set piece and when they did win the ball it was often on the back foot. Consequently, the opposition dominated possession and territory for long periods. Resolute defence by MAC, often against opposing players with a significant size advantage, was again a feature of their game, and the commitment by all players in this area was a credit. Players to stand out included Callum Smith and Rhys Hughes who were both all over the park. Ollie Williams Holloway also impressed and showed great commitment all day. Gregor Findlay in the midfield showed his experience and directed play well, however was unfortunately forced from the field in the second half. Several of the MAC players will be sore for a few days following some big impacts, and injuries are beginning to test player depth, especially in the backs. Next weekend the team hosts John McGlashan College in Wanaka. – By Iain Weir

Early start to season REPORTER S STAFF Treble Cone will open five days early for the 2018 season. Season pass and day pass holders will be able to access TC’s terrain thanks in part to an early season storm that delivered well over a metre of snow. “Conditions are outstanding for June and that’s got the entire team up here focused on getting the mountain open,” TC general manager Toby Arnott said. PHOTO: supplied “We know people want to ride, so free shuttle will operate from the bottom car park. we’ve pulled out all the stops and Pictured: ski instructors Joe Berrow and Josh been working round the clock to make this happen.” Lifts will run from 9am on Saturday, June 23, Osborne (obscured) hard at work shovelling snow accessing the Main and Saddle basins and a new at Treble Cone ski area in preparation for opening.


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Maier third in Philippines Blunt R Ruth Wanaka multisporter Simone Maier has placed third at the inaugural Ironman Subic Bay, Philippines. Simone (pictured) finished the race in a time of 9:47:39. In sixth position after the swim leg, she posted the fastest bike time, clocking in at 5:02:05, and the fourth fastest run time of 3:31:29 despite suffering with gut issues throughout the run leg. She was happy with the podium place, but said she also felt frustrated not to have the perfect end result as she had trained so hard for the race. “You only get one chance and if you muck it up that’s it,” Simone said. “I was happy that I had the fastest bike time in the pro women field but also wanted to have a good run as I felt that I got my old running form back which would have made the race very, very exciting. But my body had other plans.”

Competitors had to deal with heavy rain and strong winds during the race, as well as the heat which climbed over 30 degrees Celsius. “Riding through the rain storm was exiting,” Simone said. “Most of the support stations got abandoned. I had to stop and get off my bike and grab what was there on the tables. It was actually pleasant as the temperatures dropped and this meant you needed to replace less fluids. “But once the storm passed through it got really hot again.” The women’s race was won by Australian Liz Blatchford in 9:22:22, with Dimity Lee Duke (AUS) in second place 18 minutes later. Nick Baldwin (SEY) won the pro men’s field with Kiwis Cam Brown and Simon Cochrane placing second and third. Simone is planning on competing in another Ironman soon and is keen to go to China, where three multisport stage races in Wulong, Suqian and Weng’an have been announced.

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14 - 20 June 2018 | Edition 874  

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14 - 20 June 2018 | Edition 874  

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