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Vision for 2050

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The people behind Wanaka’s LandSAR team Aimee Owens



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anaka Land Search and Rescue is one of the busiest backcountry search and rescue groups in New Zealand, averaging 45-55 operations over a busy year, mostly between the November to March period. The 85 volunteers provide search and rescue support for any lost, missing or injured people in the Mount Aspiring National Park and the Wanaka lakes area and over the last few weeks have been involved in two operations including the most recent rescue of a 29-year-old Australian climber last week. Approximately 20-25 members of the Wanaka Search and Rescue team were involved in the Mount Aspiring rescue operation, as well as members of the Police and helicopter pilots. Those involved were divided between an incident management team, staff who stay at the base to work with Police and Rescue Coordination Centre NZ to run and manage the operation, and eight Alpine Cliff Rescue team members. Hours spent on operations vary but this mountain rescue will likely come to in excess of 500 man hours, with LandSAR volunteer, Phil Melchior saying “these people are volunteers, mostly self-employed, who are actually losing income while they’re doing this.” Phil believed that everyone he knows, that is involved in one of the field groups, does so because they know one day they might need help. He said being a part of LandSAR

can be hugely disruptive to families and friendships, and partners and families of volunteers put up with a lot because of it. SAR teams include bush, river rescue and specialist alpine, as well as a marine team covering lakes Wanaka and Hawea. “We are Wanaka locals – climbers, hunters, kayakers, boaties and trampers who love the outdoors and who are motivated partly by the knowledge that one day it might be them that needs help,” Phil said. “Wanaka Search and Rescue can call on some of New Zealand’s most experienced mountaineers, including professional mountain guides who give their time and expertise as volunteers along with the rest of the crew.” Comprehensive training is given to each volunteer on search methods and tracking techniques, bushcraft and other outdoor skills, as well as survival skills and first aid. Wanaka Search and Rescue is a registered charity which exist solely on grants and donations. It requires funding for equipment, training, radio and satellite communications, as well as for mundane essentials like insurance and power. Details on how to donate to the volunteer group can be found on wanakasar.org.nz/supportwanaka-landsar-help-us-savea-life/. Pictured: At Wanaka LandSAR headquarters on Ballantyne Road last week, equipment was being packed in preparation to fly out and rescue the stranded climber.

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Climber rescued, volunteer rescuers praised Ruth Blunt


Wanaka’s search and rescue volunteers have been praised for their work in finding and rescuing an Australian climber last week. Lt Terry Harch set out to climb the mountain on Friday, July 27, and was expected back on Monday, July 30. A search was initiated when a friend of the lieutenant’s advised Police that he was missing and the climber triggered his Spot device. He was found alive “with slight frostbite” just north of the plateau at Quarterdeck Pass on Mt Aspiring on Thursday, August 2. He had been on his own for nearly seven days in freezing conditions, 5060kph winds and at times heavy snow before he was spotted by the volunteers who had been searching the mountain from the air. A Wanaka Alpine Cliff Rescue team and a paramedic were dropped by helicopter on the mountain and made their way to the 29-year-old climber. The wind was too strong to winch the climber off the mountain so the rescuers stayed with him overnight. Rescue Coordination Centre NZ search and rescue mission coordinator Mike Roberts praised the skill of the rescue team, saying the pilots did an amazing job to fly in and out, despite the low cloud. “The helicopter crews, Wanaka Alpine Cliff Rescue team and Police all deserve the highest praise for the work they’ve done…” Mike said after Terry was found. It was a waiting game on Friday, August 3, as Southern Lakes Helicopters and Aspiring Helicopters remained on standby for a break in the

weather which would allow them to remove the five men from Quarterdeck pass, as well as another two Alpine Cliff Rescue Crew from French Ridge hut. RCCNZ search and rescue officer Neville Blakemore said that it had been a very difficult day with the wind, cloud and snow conditions preventing the helicopters from reaching the climber on the mountain until the afternoon when a weather window suddenly opened up. He said it had been a long and drawn out search and rescue operation and the cooperation, skills and expertise shown by the Alpine Cliff Rescue Teams, Wanaka LandSAR, New Zealand Police SAR (Wanaka), along with Southern Lakes Helicopters and Aspiring Helicopters had been “nothing short of fantastic”. The Australian Department of Defence released a statement on Sunday, August 5, from the climber’s family which thanked those involved with Terry Harch’s rescue and care. “We wish to express our deep gratitude and thanks to New Zealand authorities and volunteer services in rescuing and caring for Mr Harch. We would particularly like to thank the New Zealand Rescue Coordination Centre, Wanaka Alpine Cliff Rescue and Mount Cook Cliff Rescue for their work in saving his life. Without these rescue services and their dedicated staff, he might not have survived. “We would also like to express our thanks to the staff and doctors of the Dunedin Hospital who have cared for Mr Harch and assisted in his recovery. Pictured: Aspiring Helicopters pilot James Ford prepares for the extraction of Lt Harch and his rescuers from Quarterdeck Pass last Friday. Three helicopters were used in the operation.

Queenstown Lakes District Council Mayor Jim Boult convened a small and diverse group from across the district this week to begin work on building a vision for the future of the district “which went beyond council long term plans”. The bigger questions the mayor said was, “what are our hopes and aspirations for our district in the long term and what can we do today to influence 2050?” The work to find answers began with a meeting on Monday and included hearing some diverse voices on their aspirations for 2050. They heard the views of iwi, an older resident, a student, a nurse, a working parent and several ethnic minority voices. The next phase will including building on that conversation and including the tangata whenua. Bridget Legnavsky, John McDonald, Ann Salmond, Sam Chapman, Dr Leslie van Gelder, Michael Sly, Mandy Bell and Martin Hawes joined Mayor Boult in the initial discussion, which was facilitated by Tony Balfour. A council spokesperson said between the group was passion and expertise in multiple and diverse areas including social issues, business diversity, tourism, sustainability, rural issues, landscape, education, affordable housing and academic thinking. “Our next step will be to bring together a broad and highly representative forum of people from across the district and beyond to work through those questions with a goal to ultimately engage the whole community on a set of potential objectives for our future,” Mayor Boult said. “I envisage that this work will cover many issues, including where and how we live, how we move around the district, what will be the economic drivers and, importantly whether there is a finite number of visitors we can host in the district without detracting from the amenity and environmental values we all treasure.” The work would draw on a number of initiatives and thought pieces that had already been enabled in the community through various forums, including Shaping Our Future.

Mayor Boult said he hoped that “this critical work can transcend individuals, agendas, and politics and affiliations and take us all back to the core values of why we are passionate about this great place.” He highlighted the need to throw the net widely and bring in further diverse voices and wider expertise including community, arts and culture, heritage, mana whenua and youth, as the conversation continues. Council had identified a guiding thread through the 2018-2028 Ten-Year Process which PHOTO: supplied Plan speaks to vibrant communities, enduring landscapes and bold leadership, which the mayor said sets a strong foundation from which to build a longer-term community vision. “I think our communities are more than ready for this work. I think our environment demands it,” Mayor Boult said. Sustained growth in the district meant the work was pertinent to residents and visitors. “I want the legacy of today’s community to enable the community of 2050 and beyond to continue to hold a passion and love for this incredible environment, this incredible place,” he said. He believed that the success of such an ambitious project was reliant on a partnership approach that the community, the council, the mana whenua, the tourism sector, the business community, central government, and stakeholders, could respect and adhere to. The wider district engagement is yet to be defined, but council will be encouraging the district’s communities to contribute and participate. “Ultimately this work will influence and shape all things we do as a council beyond the scope of any of our existing long-term planning and thinking and I have no doubt it will challenge us. “This work is also well timed in relation to the long-term spatial planning that council has underway. My hope is that it will remain relevant and enduring for decades to come,” Mayor Boult said. “That is ‘my’ vision.”

Tracks Trust raises funds for ramp Aimee Owens


The Upper Clutha Tracks Trust has managed to raise almost half of its $80,000 target to fund the construction of a ramp to ensure greater accessibility to the Lake Hawea swing bridge. According to Upper Clutha Tracks Trust trustee John Wellington, a ramp would enable bikers to ride straight on to the bridge instead of having to take the two flights of steps, which he said is not ideal on a bike commuter route. “It’s not practical for families with young children, it’s not very practical for people with mobility issues or those who can’t handle a heavy


bike. It’s impossible for people in wheelchairs,” John said. He went on to say that more and more people are using heavier e-bikes which created more practicality issues. The cost of the ramp is $80,000 and so far the Trust has raised $23,000, but has applications for funding out for another $40,000. Assuming applications are successful, they will still be about $16,000 short. But John said he was confident that they will raise the money, and hopefully secure the remaining half of the funding by October with construction to begin by the end of the year. The Lake Hawea swing bridge track was the very first project undertaken

by the Trust, but due to budget constraints it was not possible to build the ramp at that time although the Trust would have loved to. The idea for the track was to encourage people to connect Hawea and Wanaka so cyclists did not have to use State Highway 6. Recently UCTT reviewed local tracks to see how accessibility could be improved and have since removed styles replacing them with cattle grids, to ensure they are bike, pram and wheelchair friendly. If anyone wants to donate to the project, they can via the Trust’s website. Pictured: Artist’s impression of the proposed ramp at Lake Hawea swing bridge.

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Shanty Town or Albert Town?

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The Albert Town campground has been scrutinised for its “unsavoury and shanty town” appearance and was discussed at the public forum at the last Queenstown Lakes District Council meeting on July 26. Jim Cowie, chair of the Albert Town Community Association, informed QLDC of the situation at the campground and explained that it may get worse as people were almost semi-permanent there now. “It’s not meeting favour with people who go down there to picnic, walk or swim over the summer.” Jim told councillors that people have been increasingly expressing concerns that the part of Albert Town campground which is not seem from the road, is not being run in accordance with QLDC’s management plan and rules for campgrounds. He said the camp management rules for reserve parks state that people can camp for a maximum of 28 consecutive days in one place and a maximum number of days per year of 50 are “being well and truly exceeded” by a number of people. “The ATCA is simply making QLDC aware of the situation, and that all we are asking for is that, that part of the campground be run in accordance with QLDC camping rules.” QLDC responded to Jim, stating that they have become aware of at least 20 campers at Albert Town campground who have stayed in excess of that time. The ATCA has received complaints that some

campers set up close to the river were almost obstructing other people from swimming there. Further to this, Jim has been informed of two episodes where people have had verbal altercations with campers who he believed seemed “to adopt a territorial approach, when it is in fact public land”. “I’ve had two people who have complained to me about verbal altercations with one camper down there, who tried to tell them that they were impinging on this person’s camp space when they wanted to go to one of the two swimming holes. He said it was also unclear what certain campers are doing for toileting, as some campsite are located so far away from the facilities that they are presumed to have other arrangements. There have been reports of people digging their own toilets. An increasing number of people are also contacting Jim or other members of the community association concerned about how the place is being allowed to develop as a “shanty town” camp or “an outer suburb slum”, as one person described it. But Jim said he had sympathy for those seeking camping as a last resort although the land is a public reserve and everyone has a right to go down there. He said it may well be a reflection of the difficulty that some people are having in finding suitable rental accommodation or, worse still, the opportunity to actually buy anything or be able to afford anything in Wanaka. A comment from the camp’s manager was not forthcoming before the Wanaka Sun went to print.

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Vikings raise funds for hospice Aimee Owens


A viking-themed ball took place out on the Wanaka-Luggate highway on Saturday, August 4. The evening, held at Corbridge Woolshed, had 145 people in attendance and the $160 ticket provided food cooked over a fire pit, live music, a charity auction and entertainment throughout the evening. Corbridge owner Peter Marshall, who ran the event, said it went very well. “All in all a fantastic night. Everyone got fully into the theme,” Peter said.

He described the charity auction as a “roaring success”. Although counting is not yet complete, already over $15,000 has been raised and will be donated to the Upper Clutha Hospice. It was of Peter’s belief that the Upper Clutha Hospice needed the funding and said the hospice had a massive job with fundraising, so he thought “why not them”. When asked whether he would organise another event, Peter replied: “To me it’s like childbirth - and I have no understanding of course apparently you forget and do it again.” Pictured: Viking revellers at the ball.

Alcohol Group holds open forum Youth exhibition at library Aimee Owens


The Wanaka Alcohol Group held an open forum on Tuesday afternoon (August 7) to discuss the current licensing hours of local establishments. The intended one hour meeting opened with WAG stating that conversations needed to be had regarding keeping safe in Wanaka. Duty managers, owners and other staff members from local businesses came together to also discuss and brainstorm ideas as to what currently works well in the town and any issues and concerns that people had. Wanaka Alcohol Group is a communityled initiative and members Rachel Brown and Bronwyn Coers along with 25 members participated in the meeting which served as an open forum environment. The main issues raised at the meeting were narrowed down to patrons arriving on premises already drunk, a lack of security in establishments, lack of public transport and taxi services and a lack of policing on the streets. Staff members from areas such as Cardrona, Lake Hawea and Luggate expressed that they struggle even more with getting customers home safely via transportation. Rachel Brown believed the meeting went well.


“It feels like people really do want to be involved in our conversations and discussions,” Rachel said. “There are some issues [businesses] want to tease out and work together on and I think that is what is so cool in this community. People do want to be proactive and they do want the best for everybody.” The group decided to organise another meeting next month, but requested the presence of representatives from other groups in Wanaka and the surrounds, such as the council, public transportation, taxi services, Police and licensing managers from the council. The current licensing in Wanaka allows certain bars to remain open up until 2.30am but a local establishment has recently applied to Queenstown Lakes District Council for a variation to its license which would allow it to trade until 4am. It was discussed at the meeting whether Wanaka actually had the infrastructure to deal with later closing times, with most attendees believing services would follow to accommodate for that. “People here have issues and concerns but they also need to know the constraints of authority,” Rachel said. “There needs to be an understanding of constraints but then ultimately it’s all made by people, if we really think that a law sucks, we can work to change it.”

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A two hour youth exhibition took place last Thursday (August 2) at Wanaka Library. Assistant librarian Eve Marshall-Lea said it was the first time they’d run the event and it was “really successful”. She said it was really well supported by the community with large numbers in attendance who went along to meet and chat with the exhibitors. The youth evening was launched in May during National Youth Week and approximately 300 people attended which showcased 20 exhibitors and six musical acts from youth ranging in age from 8-18 years. The youth involved ranged from a young movie maker, enterprise students who sell products and clothes, the junior coding club, Sticks and Stones, Wanaka Leos and the Upper Clutha Youth Council. The event focused on local teens and tweens, providing them with an opportunity to showcase what they do in their own way. A wide variety of mediums were on show

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including charity work, volunteering, community events, arts, photography, film, technology, enterprise and music. The library plans to organise a similar event but is unsure at this stage if it will be annual or bi-annual. Pictured: Thirteen-year-old Brooke Presbie.



Years Supporting The Otago Community

1988 - 2018


Going Solar Wanaka Preschool Early Childhood Centre Wanaka Preschool embarked on an exciting project last year with the bold decision to purchase and installed a new solar energy system to replace the Preschools 25-year-old radiant heaters. The Preschool which has successfully achieved a Silver Enviroschools Award, encourages and empowers children and families to act in ways that nurture people and nature, now and in the future. Lo Stevenson-Scurr, Centre Manager explains the project not only has provided the Preschool with an alternative energy source and a financial savings, but we have taken away life long learnings.

Lo highlights that the Centre have been planning and hoping for this solar conversion for many years and we are so grateful to Otago Community Trust for their invaluable help in making it happen, alongside all the other funders and in-kind support we have received. “The children, teachers and whanau have had a rich learning experience from the start to the finish of this project. The children have explored all types of alternative energy (making windmills, hydro projects) as well as identifying everything that uses energy. As teachers we have had such fun learning alongside them”. Otago Community Trust awarded a $12,340 grant to Wanaka Preschool Early Childhood Centre for this project.

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Value of Grants Approved as at 31 March 2018

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The Otago Community Trust is a communityowned charitable trust that provides grants to assist community projects that make a significant and positive contribution to the people of Otago. Through our grants, we endeavour to make our Otago communities stronger, more vibrant and better connected. The past 12 months has been very busy for the Trust, marked by significant strategic developments, operational improvements and the continued strengthening of our asset base. Our 2018 approved grants list for Upper Clutha is outlined below.


Upper Clutha Community Organisations Supported

UPPER CLUTHA GRANTS 2017/2018 Cromwell & Wanaka

Alpine Community Development Trust $7,500 Bannockburn Community Centre Management Committee Inc $44,891 Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust $15,000 Cromwell Bowling Club $8,000 Cromwell Catholic Parish $20,000 Cromwell College $5,031 Cromwell Gymnastics Club $4,500 Cromwell Kindergarten $15,000 Cromwell Primary School $13,383 Disc Golf Wanaka Incorporated $2,000 Goldfields School $298 Holy Family Catholic School $472 Kahu Youth Trust $15,000 Lake Wanaka SouNZ Inc $5,300 Lowburn Hall Society Inc $5,294 Mt Aspiring College $9,385 New Zealand Mountain Film Festival Charitable Trust $14,000 Otago Biodynamic Community Trust $2,000 Pisa Range Music Society Inc $4,500 QLDC - Allenby Community Park $33,000 QLDC - Summerdaze Festival $5,000 Snow Sports NZ Inc $48,500 Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust $5,000 St John - Cromwell Area Committee $20,000 Upper Clutha Radio Telephone Users Association Inc $66,500 Upper Clutha Tracks Trust $30,000 Wanaka Community House Charitable Trust $700,000 Wanaka Golf Club Inc $5,000 Wanaka Preschool Early Childhood Centre $12,340


Timeline 1988 Trust Bank Otago Community Trust established to take ownership of Trust Bank Otago

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Our origins lie in the Dunedin Savings Bank, established in 1864 by public-spirited citizens of Otago, who ensured a proportion of the Bank’s profits returned to the community. In 1988 the Government gave ownership of the Savings Bank to the Community Trust. The Trust eventually sold its shares to Trust Bank New Zealand, which was then on sold to Westpac. Proceeds from the sale of Trust Bank New Zealand shares in the mid-1990s amounted to $131 million. The investment of these proceeds funds our donations to this day. Today our investment portfolio stands at over $290 million.


1996 Westpac purchased Trust Bank and balance of shares sold for $68 million 1997 Community Trust name changed to The Community Trust of Otago Inc



1994 Trust Bank publicly listed and Community Trust sells shares for $63 million

2009 Largest ever grant made to in support of Forsyth Barr Stadium

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Value of Grants Awarded in Upper Clutha

Wanaka Primary School $1,095 Wanaka Residents Association Inc $6,034 Wanaka Search and Rescue $12,190 Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust $12,000

NOTICE OF ANNUAL PUBLIC MEETING 4.30pm – 6.30pm, 28th August 2018 Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Level 2 We invite you to the 30th Annual Public Meeting of the Otago Community Trust. Where we will report on the operations of the Trust for the financial year ending 31 March 2018.

Contact: Barbara Bridger, Chief Executive Phone: 0800 10 12 40 Email: info@oct.org.nz


Aspirations for the Future It is impossible to separate our aspirations for the future without looking back on what the Trust has achieved. Whilst grass roots giving of grants will continue, I see the Trust becoming more strategic and proactive in its approach to grant making. The Trust will continue to take a leading role in facilitating greater collaboration between key stakeholders and community leaders as we all strive to become better connected recognising that by working together we can achieve greater impact and value for our communities. I think that the future for Otago looks bright and that the Trust is well placed looking forward to the next 30 years to ensuring that Otago communities are strong vibrant and caring of our people, heritage, environment and future. Barbara Bridger Chief Executive




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Dedicated council office for CBD STAFF REPORTER


Changes to council offices in Wanaka will mean a single point of access for its services. Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) is making some changes to the service it offers the community through an adjustment in office configuration over the next few months. Currently, customers avail of council services through offices at Ardmore Street and Reece Crescent. This is set to change with the expansion of the Ardmore Street office to create a single dedicated council space in Wanaka. QLDC property director Richard Pope said that the programme to achieve this goal will begin with a refurbishment of the Ardmore Street office. “To provide an optimal customer experience and create a better environment, we’re starting by updating facilities at Ardmore Street. This will require the office to be closed temporarily from early September. During this temporary closure all enquiries will be managed from our office at 33 Reece Crescent and customer services capacity increased at that location to maintain levels of service for the public,” Richard said. Expansion of the Ardmore Street office will include the placement of two relocatable offices at the rear of the

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building, and the demolition of the old St John building to compensate for any reduction on car parking capacity as a result of these relocatable offices. “Once the new office hub is completed, all staff from Reece Crescent will move into the site. We expect the office to reopen and all services to be delivered from Ardmore Street during December,” Richard said. QLDC Mayor Jim Boult said this was the start of a longer, exciting journey for the Upper Clutha community.

“Council staff are currently progressing with the Wanaka Masterplan programme which we expect to be a big delivery element in the 2021-2024 Ten Year Plan, Mayor Boult said. “As part of that longer term vision for an increasingly vibrant Wanaka CBD we have long anticipated a dedicated single, Wanaka-based council office.” Pictured: QLDC’s Ardmore Street offices to close in September while the facility is updated.

Opening day for surgical unit

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An opening day was organised at Wanaka Lakes Health Centre on Sunday August 5 for the world’s only mobile surgical unit. The unit, which contains a fully equipped operating theatre suitable for low-risk elective day surgeries, opened for operating on Monday with eight appointments booked in. Chief executive officer of the surgical unit, Mark Eager said: “On Sunday we had a really good reception from the local community, we would of had about 90 people on board and then we had a surgical day on Monday and that was fantastic as well. A huge success.” Mark described the debut as a ‘good solid day’, and said they were at capacity, with eight to nine procedures usually taking place on an average day, depending on the complexities of the cases. While on Monday the unit brought nurses over from Queenstown, they are looking to have a Wanaka crew trained up for the return of the bus in September. The unit has received a huge amount of support over its 17 years in action, according to Mark, with the Ministry of Health and politicians having shown




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support. More importantly, he said, was the support from the rural people, which has been “absolutely amazing, so to be able to give back to the communities is amazing”. Over the last 17 years Mark said the waiting lists have changed, noting that when the bus first started in 2002, waiting lists were huge and people would wait a long time. Today, rules have changed and people can wait no longer than four months for surgery which does make it a little harder for the surgical bus to get appropriate patients because they work on a five-week loop. Meaning they have to wait for lists of specific surgeries to fill up within the five weeks, so they try to conduct a different specialised surgery each visit from orthopedics and gynaecology to general surgery, and picking the right speciality can

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be difficult according to Mark. “It’s been amazing, 17 years on and we’re busy every day, keeping it up and helping rural NZ have better health care closer to home.” The current alternative is to travel to Dunedin Hospital, which takes time and money. The idea first arose when Balclutha Hospital closed and a surgeon approached the team and proposed they extend the idea of operating on the back of a truck and with his support, they ran with the idea. The team has frequently been asked whether they would consider parking at hospitals to offer an extra operating theatre, so the next item on their agenda could be to place a portable unit at a hospital for a period of time.

Conservation Boards appointments STAFF REPORTER


Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage has announced 57 appointments to the 15 Conservation Boards across New Zealand. Bruce Jefferies, of Wanaka, was appointed to the Otago Conservation Board for a two-year term from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020. The Otago Conservation Board represents the public interest in conservation management in Otago. The


Board gives advice to the Department of Conservation on local conservation matters, carries out important planning roles, and oversees the implementation of the Otago Conservation Management Strategy. The boundaries of the board’s area of jurisdiction correspond roughly with those of the Otago region, and include both Mount Aspiring National Park and the Catlins Conservation Park. “Conservation Boards are the link between DOC and the community. They help ensure their region’s voice is heard on

conservation issues,” Eugenie Sage said. Of the 57 people appointed, 60 percent are serving for the first time, 52 percent are women and 41 percent identify as Maori. “The diverse range of appointees will bring a wide array of knowledge and skills to conservation management in the communities they represent,” she said. There were 280 applications for positions on the nation’s Conservation Boards which this year will have a greater focus on promoting recreation opportunities and tourism on conservation land.

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Consultation on the amended Navigation Safety Bylaw 2018 is continuing, with more than 30 submissions completed so far. Last year, Queenstown Lakes District Council received 326 submissions on the proposed Navigation Safety Bylaw. Further to that, informal public feedback was undertaken during April and May 2018, which received 663 comments. Then, in July, council commenced a special consultative procedure to amend the bylaw, submissions for which are currently open. To date 33 submissions have been lodged. Albert Town Community Association chair Jim Cowie said council has “clearly listened to all the people who expressed their concerns about safety on the river in the last year”. “ATCA is encouraging people in the district who are concerned about safety on [the Clutha River] to support the summer ban on powered craft.” The proposed amendment makes permanent a current timed speed uplifting for powered vessels on the Lower Clutha. It also proposed to prohibit vessels (with some exceptions, including consented commercial operators) on the Upper Clutha over the summer months and to implement a timed speed uplifting for those vessels over the remainder of the year. For just over a fortnight in January, it also proposed limited commercial operation on the Upper Clutha. Jim said passive use, including kayakers, rafters, swimmers and paddle boarders, was at its greatest during that time. “One aspect of the proposed amendments that does concern us is the essentially open speed limit advocated for the stretch of river downstream of the Albert Town bridge. The Association believes residents living there are entitled to a minimal noise and disturbance level as jet boats and jet skis transit downstream from the launch ramp at the bridge,” Jim said. “ATCA, therefore, advocates for a reduced speed limit and restrictions on manoeuvres such as ‘Hamilton turns’ or ‘donuts’ from the bridge to at least the last house on the river.” Submissions close on August 31 and will be heard by a subcommittee of councillors in September. Council will then consider the outcome of consultation process and whether to make decisions on the proposal in October. Pictured: The Albert Town Bridge separates the river into the Upper Clutha (area of Clutha River between Lake Wanaka outlet and the bridge) and the Lower Clutha (area of Clutha River between the Albert Town Bridge and the Red Bridge).



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Wellbeing in the Willows Aimee Owens


Wanaka Willows is in the process of creating a centre for artistic development and therapeutic facilitation on its grounds on Monteith Road in Albert Town. It has allocated 800sqm of land to accommodate an arts studio, workshop space, meetings and consultations plus 500sqm of organic vegetable garden, which will be extended to 1200sqm during

spring with youth mental health a key concern . Founder and facilitator Martyn Sinkinson said: “The youth are our future.” “Our mental health systems should be better designed to accommodate all areas of wellbeing and nutrition in order to promote real health.” Wanaka Willows encourages interested members of the community to join in with the design and development of the facility to direct it to better young people’s wellbeing.


High Country Advisory Group named STAFF REPORTER


Members of the new South Island High Country Advisory Group have been named by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) chief executive Andrew Crisp. They include managing director of the Alpine Group Limited and High Country Accord chair Jonathan Wallis, and rural landscape planner Di Lucas, who is originally from Bendigo. Also among the ten members are high country farmers, an environmental consultant, a solicitor and a consultant ecologist. Andrew said so many high calibre candidates applied that the number of members in the group was increased. “We had originally planned to appoint up to six members of the public, but with so many highly skilled applicants, from such diverse backgrounds, we have increased the number to ten.”

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The Group will provide advice and insights to the Commissioner of Crown Lands and LINZ to enable greater transparency and communication in the management of Crown land in the South Island High Country. It will also look for collaborative projects, identify examples of good practice and recommend activities to support work programmes. It will have a total of 13 members, with representatives from LINZ, the Department of Conservation and Ngāi Tahu joining the nominated members. The Group is expected to meet four times a year, starting next month, and members are appointed for two years. “As stewards of this land, we have a responsibility to ensure the unique and special place that is the high country can be enjoyed for generations to come,” Andrew said. “Reaching out to work with others will ensure that we’re doing the best job possible both now and in the future.”

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The results of a new trade waste survey will give Queenstown Lakes District Council a comprehensive understanding of how local businesses are managing their trade waste. QLDC acting asset planning manager Polly Lambert said the survey would gather information from local bars, restaurants, hairdressers, automotive operators and other commercial operators that discharge waste into the council’s networks. “It’s really important we understand how trade waste is being managed by our local businesses


and the types and quality of any discharge into the networks,” she said. “We’re in the early stages of reviewing the bylaw and determining whether it is the most appropriate way of managing discharges to the council network. The information we get through the survey will be vital in helping to shape that.” Council representatives will be going door-todoor asking businesses to complete the survey. “We’re very grateful to business owners for helping with this piece of work. If you don’t have time to talk to our staff when they drop by, please feel free to make another more suitable time for them to come back,” Polly said. The survey is expected to take six weeks to complete.

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Otago Polytechnic hospitality students Cassandra Hislop, Kayla Green and Kirandeep Kaur will compete against seven other teams at this year’s Nestlé Toque d’Or on August 13. The annual culinary competition pits teams of top hospitality students and trainees against each other in a live kitchen cook-off. Event organiser NZChefs national president Graham Hawkes said the students have been undergoing a rigorous training programme in the run up to the event. “It’s definitely not for the faint-hearted, as the team has to perfect and complete a four-

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course menu, while a panel of top industry judges critique and score their every move.” Last year, a team from Otago Polytechnic Central Campus won three silver medals at the annual event. Each team is made up of three competitors – two culinary and one restaurant service. Menus and service must be completed in a set timeframe within a simulated kitchen and dining environment. As well as the competitive aspect, the competition also offers students a gateway to career opportunities and job offers, with influential culinary professionals scouting the event for fresh talent. Pictured: Otago Polytechnic Central Campus hospitality students Cassandra Hislop, Kayla Green and Kirandeep Kaur.

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New Zealand owned and operated cooperative, Foodstuffs, has announced that from early next year, all retail and wholesale brands in the cooperative will stop offering plastic checkout bags. New World, PAK’nSAVE, Four Square, Raeward Fresh, Gilmours, Trents, Henry’s, and On The Spot convenience stores will all make the change by January 1, 2019, while Liquorland will transition completely out of single-use plastic checkout bags by the end of February 2019. Steve Anderson, MD Foodstuffs NZ, speaking on behalf of all the brands said, “The change in plastic bags, our work to improve and remove plastic packaging where appropriate, our leadership in soft plastics recycling and the ban on microbeads and plastic cotton buds – all add up to major changes in the way we look after New Zealand.” He said the move will take more than 350 million plastic bags from circulation.



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Drink in, or use your own cup Aimee Owens


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Indian-Kiwi band come to town Ruth Blunt


An Indian band with a local connection is touring the South Island, stopping in Wanaka for a concert on August 18. Pangaea, from Delhi, India, combines the singing, compositions and classical guitar skills of New Zealander Mike Hogan with two of Delhi’s finest young musicians: tabla player Saptak Sharma, and flutes and sitar player Mayank Raina. Mike Hogan is the local link, though he currently resides in New Delhi, India, with his family, his parents have lived in Wanaka since 2009. Mike plays and composes for classical guitar and has degree in both fields. Saptak Sharma is one of the leading young tabla players in India. He began learning tabla at the age of four and for the last 10 years has been under the tutelage of the legendary Ustad

Akram Khan from the Ajrada Gharana school in New Delhi and has toured extensively with many different acts, performing across the world.Mayank Raina is a prize winning musician who also began his musical education at the age of four and was lauded by music critics as a child prodigy. He was initially taught by his grandfather, pandit Omkar Nath Raina, the most reputed and honoured sitarist of the Jammu and Kashmir state, along with his father Shri Sunil Raina who is a senior instructor in the “Institute of Music and Fine Arts Jammu. The group performs a fusion of Western and Eastern styles through original song compositions as well as re-imaginings of popular and classical tunes. Pangaea is playing on August 18 at 7.30pm, at Holy Family Catholic Church, with tickets available from Pembroke Wines.

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An online guide of ‘responsible cafes’ which consists of coffee shops across New Zealand who welcome customers to use their own cup has been set up, called Use Your Own Cup (UYOC). Laura Cope who is based near Dunedin launched the website in 2017, which also functions also as an app, a map and has over 200 cafes listed so far, including several in Wanaka. The not-for-profit group donates and distributes profits to NZ registered charities and NGOs that work to alleviate suffering and defend the natural world. UYOC also works with bloggers to further encourage customers and cafes to work together to reduce unnecessary single-use waste, such as disposable coffee cups, plastic straws, plastic bags and water bottles. Customers can use the online guide to search for a variety of environmental, social and dietary features as a way to help reduce single-use waste. The website also features free guides on how to reduce waste and how to encourage others to consider simple actions they can take.

Laura said she is trying to connect everyone and be active and proactive with everyone and wants others to feel empowered doing it. “Our number one message is to drink in, slow down, take the time, if you can’t then use your own cup or use the cafe’s own cup first.” There are currently six cafes in Wanaka listed in UYOC. The inspiration for the website stemmed from an evening last year when Laura took her teenage daughter to watch David Attenborough in Auckland. At the end of the show David hosted a Q&A in which a child asked, ‘what can we do to make a difference?’. Attenborough believed that more support was needed for grassroots charities and the people who are actually doing work to get the job done and who have the skills. Laura created the guide to create a mindset change which was feel-good and would affect social groups. “I’m so happy because I know it’s making a difference, 30 or 40 cafes now are dumpling plastic straws, we’re definitely part of that change.” Laura is always searching for cafe’s who would like to be included in the UYOC guide.

Mãori language strategy consultation Ruth Blunt


Mãori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta is calling for New Zealanders’ views on the Maihi Karauna – the Crown’s draft Mãori language strategy. “The Government recognises the importance of te reo Mãori as a taonga and the responsibility we have to protect its status. And when I think of my young children growing up it is increasingly important to ensure that more kiwi’s connect and reflect our common identity through valuing the indigenous language and culture of our country,” Hon Nanaia Mahuta said. The Mãori Language Commission chair, Professor Rawinia Higgins, said it was the Crown’s first step in giving effect to the requirements of the new legislation to establish a working partnership between Mãori and

the Crown for revitalisation of te reo Mãori. “The old 1987 Act gave people rights to use te reo Mãori and made the language official but did not make a specific Crown commitment to revitalisation,” Rawinia said. “The draft strategy released [on August 3] by Mãori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta makes this commitment real by setting goals, means of achieving them and the different responsibilities of government agencies.” Results of the 2018 Census are not yet available, but according to the 2013 Census, 1428 Mãori usually live in Queenstown-Lakes District, which equates to less than one percent of New Zealand’s Mãori population. The figure was up by 159 people, or 12.5 percent, since the 2006 Census. Public consultation on the strategy closes on September 30.

Environmental magazine to launch Aimee Owens


Local company Earth Collective Aotearoa Ltd is launching a new magazine next month which aims to celebrate what locals are doing for the planet. The magazine, which will be printed on ecopaper with vegetable inks, will feature local people, initiatives, events and tips, with a focus on caring for the environment. Creator Florence Micoud said the goal was “to celebrate and encourage everyone to care for

what we love in a fun, easy, engaging way”. The magazine will be written by the people, Florence said they are just enabling it. She went on to say that launching a magazine was always part of the Earth Collective Strategy along with opening a store and creating a flag campaign. After their first unsuccessful bid to rent a lease on the old fire station, Florence said the store is still in the pipeline but required more funding. Earth Collective’s vision is that by 2021, the Wanaka community will have fully implemented an environmentally respectful lifestyle.

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A star-studded first wave of international and national acts have been confirmed for this year’s New Year’s Eve music festival Rhythm & Alps in Wanaka. US rapper, reality TV star, author and talk show host Action Bronson will play prime time on NYE along with acclaimed electronic duo Bicep, from Northern Ireland. English record producer, remixer and DJ Wilkinson makes a return after heavy demand from his southern fans. Rhythm & Alps 2018 has also secured top Kiwi acts including The Black Seeds (pictured), performing as part of their 20 year anniversary tour, plus Julia Deans is bringing her band to Wanaka. Also lined up are electronic rising star Baynk, Christchurch band The Butlers and Wellington band Orchestra of Spheres. “We are showcasing some of the best


festival acts that we have hand-picked from around the globe,” Rhythm & Alps festival director Alex Turnbull said. “It’s an exciting line-up that offers something for everyone.” The line-up on December 30 includes newbies to the Cardrona Valley stage Nightmares On Wax, Eva Lazarus and Dâm-funk. Jurassic 5 DJ Nu Mark, LTJ Bukem, Fred V & Grafix, DJ Yoda, The Upbeats, Truth, Trei, Spectrasoul, Dbridge, DJ Storm , Kahn and Neek, Gorgan Sound, and Crooked Colours also join the festival line-up. Rhythm & Alps will also be hosting an exclusive warm-up gig at the Lake Hawea Hotel on December 28 featuring Drax Project. “Rhythm & Alps is the best place to be in NZ for New Year’s,” Alex said. “With awesome music, immaculate stage production, amazing weather and a relaxed atmosphere, we’re proud to deliver a world-class festival in Wanaka’s spectacular Cardrona Valley.”

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Upcycled and repurposed pieces, along with woollen earrings, shoes and evening gowns are among entries for this year’s WoolOn creative fashion event. Designer liaison Kaye Sutherland said the entries are “incredible”. “I’m blown away by some of the work I’m seeing as we collect the entries, there are quite a lot that are upcycled and repurposed pieces which is great but you’d never know

what they originally were,” Kaye said. “There’s some very elegant formal dresses and bold and original work.” Local women Heather Kerr and Angie Brown are just two of the 55 entrants for the event which celebrates wool design and artistry. Heather is an experienced crafts person and has won the felt section three times. She has also been commended in the Hokonui Fashion event. She has several entries in WoolOn, including in streetwear and felting.

Angie has only been designing for three months and is entered in the novice category. The woollen creations will be revealed on August 17 at the New World First Look catwalk show in Alexandra. Judging begins that day and winners will be announced on August 18 at the Rural Women New Zealand WoolOn Awards. The supreme winner will receive $5000 and each of the nine category winners will get $1000. Pictured: A previous WoolOn entry by Omakau designer Beks Calder.

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generated for wage and salary earners who don’t usually apply to get their tax back. “In the new system all wage and salary earners’ tax will be calculated and refunds sent automatically. About 110,000 more, who also haven’t been filing, will have an amount to pay – they’ll be notified automatically,” Naomi Ferguson said. “Getting a refund, if you’re entitled to one, will be a whole lot simpler because it will be done for you. The only reason for contacting Inland Revenue now will be to tell us about any additional income

Groups in the Upper Clutha have received $39,000 in the latest round of grants from the Otago Community Trust. Among the grant were $11,500 awarded to Snow Sports NZ Inc to support the 2018 SSNZ Junior Freestyle Nationals; $15,000 awarded to Wanaka Search and Rescue Inc towards the purchase of SAR equipment and training; $1000 to support the seventh Upper Clutha Music Festival; and $3500

to Wanaka Golf Club Inc to support the funding of its new greens mower. The Aspiring Biodiversity Trust also benefited from a grant of $8000 to support the Makarora Catchment Rock Wren Protection and Enhancement project. Aspiring Biodiversity Trust (ABT) was established in November 2017 to protect and enhance endemic biodiversity and connect people with nature for the greater Makarora-Wilkin catchments. Work completed to date includes surveying and monitoring endangered

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endemic bird species, planning and implementation of predator control programmes, community group liaising and education. The rock wren project relates to the installation of a grid-based mammalian predator trapping systems in Crucible Basin and North Wilkin locations to help protect and restore current rock wren populations within those areas. The group said the species is endangered due to threats from invasive mammalian predators and climate change.


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In a combined operation Alpine Cliff Rescue teams from Wanaka and Mt Cook, Wanaka LandSAR, New Zealand Police SAR (Wanaka), Southern Lakes Helicopters and Aspiring Helicopters last week found and rescued a climber from Mount Aspiring. The Wanaka community showed its support for the men and women involved in the rescue when we shared the good news:

Aspiring Helicopters: Couldn’t have asked for a better result or a better crew to work with on this one!! Two thumbs up to all the volunteers. Volunteering Central: The commitment and skill of these volunteers is astounding. Amazing work. Gaylene: Brilliant effort by all involved. Well done. Sue: Congratulations everyone a job well done.

Prue: Awesome effort, well done to all involved you are legends! Vivienne: Congratulations to all involved including the lost climber and his survival skills.

Andrea: These guys are truly amazing risking their lives to help another.

Chris: Great work Rescue Services ... such dedication to your work.

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Cheryl: Great work team.

Mel: Legends

Jude: Heroes

Mandy: The dedication and unwavering belief they would find this man has been inspirational - with so much awful news lately it’s bloody awesome to see an incredible survival story - stoked!!!

Lindsey: Fantastic to hear a good outcome for this young man. Big ups to the rescue team.

What is your Opinion? Do you support the primary school teachers’ strike?

Bernadette: How lucky are we with such awesome, talented, persistent rescue workers here in Wanaka. Well done.

Poll Results Yes

Aleisha Murphy: That is such a good outcome. What an amazing effort by all involved

77% No


While the Federated Mountain Clubs is seeking information on access to Hunter Valley Station, our readers report it’s not a problem.

Local primary schools will close on Wednesday, August 15 as teachers vote to strike. We asked, do you support the primary school teachers’ strike?

Sharon: Just a reminder to everyone that there used to be a road up the Hunter Valley. When they dammed Lake Hawea and flooded the flat land in the valley including the then farmhouse, orchards and arable land, access was cut off, due to a lack of a road. They could have built another but did not.There is no public road up the Hunter Valley. No cell phone coverage either. These farmers are usually out working in what is a harsh landscape not sitting next to a phone waiting for calls for public access across their farm. To get to the farmhouse you need a 4wd over a track. Beyond to get to the conservation area you have 10 river crossings, 4 of these being The Hunter River, often over no visible track. You need a 4wd with a snorkel and it takes you 4 hours to get there. There was the case a few years ago where farmers lost everything because a beekeeper was killed when a bridge collapsed on their property, when he drove over it. Ironically it had been built by the army, but the farmers were held responsible because it was on their land. There have been many times over the years where idiots have got themselves into trouble and have had to be rescued. Dogs have roamed , caused trouble with stock and spread sheep measles. This from boats going up the valley. The farm has been on the market for years with no Kiwi buyers. As far as I am aware where and when access was requested if it did not interfere with farming activities it has been granted. These are lovely hard working people who do not deserve what I consider to be abuse, especially as it seems you expect them to provide a road and upkeep of it as well. We have enough trouble at times keeping the main road over to the West Coast open during adverse weather conditions. Heavy rain and we have slips and roads disappearing. Unfortunately there are incidents on many high country stations where the public has abused the generosity of the lessee and as a result gates have been closed and locked. Just give it a rest and stop causing more stress. It is not the same as driving up to Mt Aspiring National Park, so don’t compare it.

Ken: Our family has had access for generations . Only time I’ve been turned down is when the huts are all full. In that instance we consider the valley is full. And well managed. Limited access keeps the fishery in good order. Can easily be over-fished otherwise. Especially with heli fishing. In my experience if you plan ahead and ask well ahead access is granted. Don’t let this magical place be abused by halfwits that just want to go 4wding.


Peter: Just to be clear, FMC has never been asked to provide the names of people that have been declined access. However, from my inquiries, what we have is a situation where people have simply stopped asking because of the lack of access over the decades and the lack of response to answer phone messages. Time, and this Facebook page, should shed some more light on the situation.

Nikki: I 100% support our teachers. IMO our teachers do a fantastic job, they have huge workloads (day & night!) and really do need more recognition and support. We don’t want to see more and more teachers leaving the profession. Our kids need our great teachers to stick around! Cec: Absolutely 100%. Lindsey: Yes yes yes.

Bevin: Totally and utterly. Anyone who criticises the strike obviously has no idea what the education system is like today. Ministry needs to wake the f*** up and take care of some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

Megan: Yes, 26 kids in year 2 classes, 6 months wait for speech therapy & teachers need better pay. The should have gone on strike 10 years ago.

Siskas: Yes 100%. Jim: No.

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Would a weekly visitor and a bit of companionship enhance your life? We have volunteers who would like to meet a senior to share stories or take you on an outing. If you are interested please contact Community Networks on 03 443 7799 or contact the project coordinator, Anscilaine on championforolderpeople@ gmail.com JP SERVICES are available at Community Networks every Tuesday from 1pm and Friday from 10:30am. Please book your appointment by ringing Community Networks on 03 443 7799. WHEELS TO DUNSTAN – free shuttle service to Dunstan Hospital or Alexandra specialist appointments, also linking with the St John Health Shuttle to Dunedin Hospital. For bookings please call Community Networks on 443 7799. Let’s boost our mental wellbeing! A quiz night brought to you by The Fit Collective to raise funds for our counselling and mental well-being programmes. Being held on the 11th August at the Wanaka Golf Course. Buy tickets at The Fit Collective or www. thefitcollective.co.nz/quiz.

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N O T I C E B O A R D Queenstown Lakes District Council Proposed District Plan - Stage 2 - Omission in Summary of Decisions Requested

A copy of the full public notice along with the relevant provisions subject to this variation can be viewed at: www.qldc.govt.nz/planning/district-plan/proposeddistrict-plan-stage-2. Free online access to these documents is available at QLDC Libraries and Offices.

Part of submission from Queenstown Airport Corporation (#2618)

Submissions can now be made on the Variation to Chapter 24 – Wakatipu Basin. The closing date for submissions is Thursday 6 September 2018.

On 12 April 2018 Queenstown Lakes District Council publicly notified a summary of decisions requested and further submission period for the Proposed District Plan - Stage 2.

Submissions must follow Form 5 as prescribed by the Resource Management Act 1991 and may be made:

Notice is hereby given (on Thursday 9 August 2018) of an addendum to the Summary of Decisions Requested relating to a submission made by Queenstown Airport Corporation. Although a full copy of this submission was made publicly available at the time of the original notification, a part the submission was omitted from the original summary of decisions requested, related to the definition of ‘Activity Sensitive to Aircraft Noise’. A copy of the full public notice along with the addendum and a copy of the part of the submission it relates to are available for inspection at: www.qldc.govt.nz/ proposed-district-plan - under Stage 2. Free online access to the addendum is available at QLDC Libraries and Offices.

Via Email: pdpsubmission@qldc.govt.nz (subject line: Submission on Variation to Chapter 24) By Post:

Queenstown Lakes District Council, Private Bag 50072, Queenstown 9348 Attention: District Plan Administrator

For further information please call the duty policy planner at Council on 03 441 0499 or email pdpenquiries@qldc.govt.nz This notice is in accordance with clause 5 of Schedule 1 of the Resource Management Act 1991.

Further submissions can now be made in support of or in opposition to this part of the Queenstown Airport Corporation submission. The closing date for these further submissions is Thursday 23 August 2018.

Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group (WCG) AGM

For further information on the further submission process, please call the duty policy planner at Council on 03 441 0499 or email pdpenquiries@qldc.govt.nz

The Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group’s AGM will be held on Thursday 23 August at 5.30pm in the QLDC Council Chambers, 10 Gorge Road Queenstown.

This notice is pursuant to Clause 7 of the First Schedule to the Resource Management Act 1991.

All welcome.

Public Notification of a Variation to the Proposed Queenstown Lakes District Plan (Stage 2)

Creative Communities Scheme Funding Round now open

On 23 November 2017 Queenstown Lakes District Council publicly notified Stage 2 of the Proposed District Plan. It has since been discovered that, due to an error, an incomplete version of Chapter 24 – Wakatipu Basin was made available at the date of notification. This incomplete version omitted Table 24.2 - Activities in the Wakatipu Basin Lifestyle Precinct. The incomplete version was available on the Queenstown Lakes District Council website from 23 to 28 November 2017 before it was corrected. Due to this error Queenstown Lakes District Council now gives notice on Thursday 9 August 2018, of a Variation to Chapter 24 – Wakatipu Basin. This is to allow any person who was not aware of the proposed Table 24.2 to make a submission on these proposed provisions.

For more information head to www.wakatipuwilding.co.nz

Funding is now available for community–based arts groups for performances, events and workshops that will provide a variety of opportunities for participation in those activities. The funding round is now open and will close at 5.00pm on Friday 31 August 2018. Applications are available from the Council website at http://www.qldc.govt.nz/ assets/Uploads/Forms/Funding/CCS-Application-Form.pdf Hard copies are available from the QLDC offices in both Queenstown and Wanaka. For any enquiries please contact Arts and Events Facilitator Jan Maxwell on the phone at 03-441-0469 / 027 2337934 or via email at jan.maxwell@qldc.govt.nz

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Wanaka women Jen Parr (Valli Wines) and Vanessa Robson (Maude Wines) were among the new members of the 17-strong panel who have been judging more than 1400 wines at the 2018 New World Wine Awards in Wellington last week. A record number of rosé entries more than 100 wines - will be blindtasted by the expert judging panel. “We’ve seen the meteoric rise in popularity of rosé mirrored in our entries over recent years as winemakers have responded to changing consumer tastes in both number and quality,” chair of judges for the wine awards, Jim Harré, said. “This was particularly evident last year, when over half the rosé entries won a medal, including more golds than ever before.” Pinot noir has maintained its status as the most-contended class in the competition, with over 180 entries. Jim said this was only the second

time in the awards’ 16-year history that the number of pinot noir entries has surpassed that of sauvignon blanc. “With the bulk of our entries from New Zealand, it’s a promising sign of our winemakers’ confidence in the pinot noir they are producing.” To be eligible, wines must retail for $25 or less, and there must be at least 5000 bottles (or 3000 for niche varietals) available for sale through New World stores nationwide. A panel of 17 independent judges, including wine experts, winemakers and wine scientists – all with extensive judging experience in New Zealand and overseas - evaluated the entries over three days of judging, tasting around 100 wines each per day. Gold medal wines are ranked with the top 50 scoring wines and tasted again to determine the champions of each main varietal and an overall champion red and champion white. The top 50 gold medal winners earn nationwide distribution and promotion. Pictured: Chair of judges for the wine awards, Jim Harré, at last year’s tasting.

SPORTS RESULTS Tarras Golf Results Men 28 July Medal B Rowley 103-36-67, D Allen 99-31-68 G Rive 93-2568, H Reinecke 79-10-69 D Agnew 90-21-69, J Dawson 84-11-73, B Trevathan 104-29-75. Two H Reinecke. Nett Eagles H Reinecke, G Lucas, D Agnew, D Allen. Birdies (sponsored by Moore Golf) H Reinecke, D Agnew. 4 August Stableford: D Allen 43, H Reinecke 40, S Johnston 38, K Galloway, G Rive 37, D Agnew 36, M Hyndman 35, W Bosley 32. Nett Eagles D Allen, S Johnston, W Bosley. Two H Reinecke. Birdies (sponsored by Moore Golf) H Reinecke, S Johnston, W Bosley. Wanaka Stadium Bowls Results W/E 5:08:18 Monday Edgewater Trophy 1st P Herbert E Herbert C Scurr 2nd S Hurley A Coupe I Urquhart 3rd S Nyhof R Marshall B Holmes. Tuesday Morning 2x4x2 1st J Allen M Parker 2nd Kathryn Mitchell


G McMillan 3rd K Mitchell M Campbell. Tuesday Afternoon 2x4x2 1st C Kiewiet D Paterson 2nd J Hill Y Gale 3rd P Kiddey A Nicholls. Tuesday evening Trades 1st B N B 2nd Mt Aspiring College 3rd Placemakers. Wednesday afternoon Triples 1st A Brown D Minson I Urquhart 2nd D Ollerenshaw L Pannett J Hogan 3rd M Campbell M Baker L Leary. Wednesday evening Trades 1st G&T 2nd Winos 3rd H O T. Thursday afternoon Triples 1st M Steel D Hope Y Gale 2nd B Turnbull F Duncan H Thayer 3rd C Nyenhuis V Ransom P Gray. Thursday evening Trades 1st L Cameron T Scurr M Ives 2nd Taffy 3rd Tuta Wera. Friday afternoon Progressive Skips 1 G Russell 2 D McLeay 3 B Russell Thirds 1 P Gray 2 J Feehly 3 J Hogan Leads 1 J Reid 2 B Thorburn 3 S Morris. Saturday Studholme 1 Beacon Point 68 2 Mt Albert 53 3 Rippon west Meadows 51 4 Hawea

Town 50 5 Meadowstone 50 6 Hawea Country 46 7 Pembroke 43 8 Village 30. Netball Upper Clutha Mac C 30 v Mac Yr 9a 19. Wanaka Selection Pioneer 38 v Mac Yr10a 34. Pioneer C 20 v Lake Bar 31. Dream Doors Hawea win by default to Cromwell C. Mac B 15 v Taylor Pass Honey 29. Silverthreads win by default to Mountainside. The Camp Hawea 28 v Mac Yr9/10b 26. Mac Yr13 10 v Yr8 rep 33. Mac Yr 12/13 23 v Mac Wellman 25. Lucas Fencing Pioneer 52 v Cromwell B 47. Mac Lakeland 24 v Mac Engineers 14. Cromwell A 41 v Proactive 24 Mac A 34. Nulook Hawea 64 v The Cow Pioneer 40. Stihl Shop Hawea 16 v MacYr11 19. Wanaka Bridge (Tues) 1st Belinda Blaxland, Heather Wellman 68.75%. 2nd Elaine Herbert, Shona Watt 61.25%. 3rd Peter Hart, Eddie Lowe

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55%. (Wed) N/S 1st Carolyn Field, Jen Milburn 64.06%. 2nd equal Noeline Munro, Jude Gunn/ Blair & Ruth Coghill 47.40%. E/W 1st Carol Orbell, Rosemary Boswell 63.13%. 2nd Miranda O’Leary, Sandy Bryan 61.88%. 3rd Peter Hart, Eleanor Jessep 51.88%. (Fri-H/Cap) N/S 1st Daphne Stewart, Sheryl Strudwick 52.92%. 2nd Jenny Turnbull, Morag Chisholm 52.63%. 3rd Jan Cunningham, Jan Anderson 52.41%. E/W 1st Noelene Raffills, Robyn Gilchrist 64.53%. 2nd Carol Orbell, Peter Hart 57.09%. 3rd Gerarda Herlihy, Carolyn Field 54.75%. (Mon) N/S 1st Ken Saxby, Martin Unwin 55.90%. 2nd Dawn & Terry Wilson 54.19%. 3rd Ann-Louise Stokes, Clare Scurr 54.10%. E/W 1st Michael Metzger, Liz Hawker 58%. 2nd Errol Kelly, Ian McDonald 57.44%. 3rd Dorothy McDonald, Maggie Stratford 57%



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MAC’s top teams face off Rams just miss out Mount Aspiring College’s top boys’ football teams played against each other in the first game of the newly formed Central Otago High School competition. The game had a couple interesting factors going on. Firstly, it was an inter-school derby which pitted friend-on-friend, classmate-on-classmate and bragging rights were on the line. Secondly, players on both teams had points to prove: players in the 2nd XI wanted to show why they should have been picked for the 1st team and players in the 1st XI wanted to show why they got picked, especially those who were playing their first season in the MAC’s top team. All this made for an interesting game. The game didn’t start off at 100kph like most of these types of game do. Both teams took their time to feel each other out. The MAC 1st XI (wearing their white/blue kit) showed patience, controlling the ball and dominating the game with possession, but poor decision-making gave the 2nd XI opportunities to build attacks and put 1st XI under some pressure. Finally, the first goal of the game went to 1st XI striker Johnny Percy, and goals kept coming after that. The 1st XI put in another five goals before halftime, to lead the game 6-0. A formation change for the 1st XI in the second half meant a more defensive style of game. The 2nd XI found it hard to pass the halfway line and the 1st X1 had nearly all the possession, putting in another four goals to win the game 10-0. Goals went to captain Alex Plimmer, who got a hat-trick, strikers Johnny Percy and Michael Meek got two each, as did left midfielder Weston Bell, and right midfielder Toa Roode scored one. The 2nd XI shouldn’t go away disheartened as they were up against a very good team. There were some good efforts put in by 2nd XI players: midfielder and captain Jacob Lang put in a tireless display, along with fellow midfielder Matthew Prince who worked hard and had a solid game. Defenders Kahu Griffin and Oscar Humphreys had good games too. My man

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After a victorious win from Upper Clutha Rams on July 28, against Cromwell the team played in the Otage Countrywide Final last weekend. The Rams headed south on Saturday August 4 to face the South Otago Champions Clutha to play for the Otago Country champions in Balclutha. The game was played in great conditions and was a hard fought battle according to Paul Glynn, the head coach. Paul noted that Upper Clutha stand-out player performances went

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of the match for the 2nd XI would be goalkeeper Kobi Maibach who was the busiest player on the pitch. If it wasn’t for him the score would have been much higher, especially in the second half when he made some fantastic saves. Centre back Lucas Buckley, who marshalled and organised the backline outstandingly and played well earned overall man of the match. Next up, the 1st XI play Dunstan High School, while the 2nd XI play Cromwell College. Pictured: 1st XI Joseph Sharratt is surrounded by 2nd XI players Flynn Brown and Lewie Foggin. – By Wanaka Football World

to Jimmy Downs, Matt Tempton, Ferg Smith and Hamish Cooper. The game ultimately came down to the decision of referee, Andrew Laughton, in the last few seconds of the game which in turn had a major influence on the end result, allowing Clutha to score a winning try in the referee’s time. The final score was Clutha 31-28 Upper Clutha. All-in-all Paul said the boys played very well and did more than enough to win. “I’m very proud of these boys efforts throughout the year,” Paul said

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The talent of Mount Aspiring College rugby players has been recognised, with 17 students selected for a range of regional teams. Otago Country Rugby selectors have chosen Sam Howard, Cai Jager, Lachie Weir for the OCR under 18 training squad. Jack East, Rhys Hughes, Lachie MacDonald, Fergus Read, Ryan Schmack and Tait Scurr are in the under-16 training squad, and Ben Harraway, Otis Harry, Eligh Hollegien and Rory Read are in the under-14 squad. In addition to this, Georgia Budd has been selected in the Otago Secondary Schools Girls team, Thomas Scurr and Gustav Legnavsky have been selected for the Otago under-65kg rugby team and Kalan Nichol has been selected for the Otago under-38kg team. Year 13 boys Sam Howard and Lachie Weir were among those to have played their last game of school rugby recently. MAC assistant principal Hamish Crosbie said Sam, who plays hooker, is looking to study agribusiness at Lincoln University and will apply for a rugby scholarship there. “He has played for the 1st XV for three season and was the co-captain this year. He is a very strong ball carrier and defends well,” Hamish said. “Lachie played 1st five this season for us but has been selected as a half-back for the Country team. He has good skills and his ability to direct a game is


improving all the time. “He was our most promising player and top try scorer in 2017 and it is great to see him selected for a representative team.” The third under-18 player, Cai Jager, is a strong ball carrier who caused problems for all the teams MAC played against this year. He was also the team’s top try scorer this season. Sam and Cai were also selected to attend the annual Highlanders camp, with Cai unfortunately breaking his wrist the day before the camp. “He still attended but was restricted to taking part in the theory and mental side of the camp,” Hamish said. For both students meeting the Highlanders players and going through the skill-set required at each position was very valuable. Cai spent time with Waisake Naholo, who explained field position and awareness. Sam had never played prop before the camp. But Highlanders scrum coach, Clarke Dermody, gave him a lot of technical advice and the confidence to play prop against the Otago under-19 side for the Highlanders camp team. Hamish said MAC 1st XV achieved its goal of making the top six this year and hopes to do better next year, with the team retaining 12 of its 19-man squad. “We are hoping that with the experience the younger players got this year that we will be even more competitive next season.” Pictured: MAC 1st XV faces Dunstan High School haka at the start of the 2018 season. THURSDAY 09.08.18 - WEDNESDAY 15.08.18



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Wanaka’s Braden Currie scooped a third place finish at the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship in Cebu, Philippines on Sunday, August 5. Four weeks out from World 70.3 Championships in Cape Town, Braden said he was “really happy” with a podium place. Braden was placed third out of the swim and went on to post the fastest bike leg of the race, with a pace of 43.70kph and a time of 02:31:14. He completed the 21.1km run in 03:48:12 to finish in third place behind Mexico’s Mauricio Mendez, who recorded his sixth Ironman 70.3 win, while Bermuda’s Tyler Butterfield claimed second. “All in all, I was pretty happy with where I was at. It was a big race and I knew it was going to be tough from the start,” Braden said. American athlete Kevin Collington led the pro males out of the 1.9km swim, followed closely by Braden who was only five seconds behind him.

Onto the bike leg, Braden was in a group of 13 riders during the first two of three loops of the 90km route, before he managed to break away with seven other athletes. “I did what I could on the bike but there was not enough fire-power to split up the groups and we ended up in one big bunch,” Braden said. He led the pack of seven into transition, two minutes ahead of the chasing cyclists and headed out on the run with Tyler Butterfield taking the lead. “I knew that run was going to be tough. To be honest I didn’t have the best run legs, I had consistency but I didn’t really have the speed,” he said. He finished in 3:48:12, 33 seconds behind Tyler Butterfield, with Mauricio Mendez clocking 3:46:45 for the win. On Tuesday, Braden flew back to Noosa, Queensland, where he has been training for the last four weeks. Next up for the local athlete is the World 70.3 Championships in South Africa on September 2.

Olympian Chris Corning is lining up to take on a field of kiwi snowboarders in the 2018 Treble Cone Banked Slalom this weekend. Chris has made a name for himself in both slopestyle and big air with two World Championships and World Cup titles under his belt. Earlier this year he finished fourth in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Big Air competition. The event is part of the World Snowboarding Federation Banked Slalom World Tour, and its open entry status attracts outstanding local talent, riders from around New Zealand and international professionals. Freeride World Tour boarder Amber Schuecker, pro Norwegian Terje Haakonsen and former Olympian Scotty Lago have previously entered the competition, with local freeskier Jossi Wells even strapping on his snowboard to take on the course in the past. Local snowboarder Deni Bevin, 42, is looking to reclaim his Master’s title and is excited to be competing against top athletes from the world circuit.

“I love giving the young guys a good run for their money,” Deni said. “Banked slalom is competitive by nature, but it really brings the whole snowboarding community together. It’s a great opportunity to compete against some of the best in the game. Winning the event a few years ago was a serious springboard and sent me to Mt Baker in the US to compete in one of the largest banked slalom competitions in the world.” Competitors race against the clock in the Saddle Basin, which is renowned for its twisting fall line, banks and natural airs. There’s cash on offer for the winners in Open and Masters male and female categories and other prizes including Never Summer snowboards and the chance to compete in the Mt Baker Banked Slalom. The Treble Cone Banked Slalom takes place on Saturday, August 11, with races starting at 11am. Pictured: US Olympian Chris Corning at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

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