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Government bails out Northlake’s KiwiBuild Emma Conyngham



uring question time in Parliament last week, Minister for Housing Phil Twyford confirmed under question by National's Housing spokesperson Judith Collins that the government has bailed out Winton, the developer behind Northlake, by buying the unsold KiwiBuild houses that failed to sell as part of their underwriting scheme. Winton has already removed the properties from their website—the houses are now the government’s problem. Despite this district almost breaking at the seams with acute accommodation shortages, the failure of Northlake’s KiwiBuild has come as no surprise to some. Opinions from a variety of commentators have said they were overpriced and not fit-for-purpose for families. At 76sqm, the footprint was the same as an inner city apartment in Auckland, but KiwiBuild apartments in central Auckland are selling for around $200k less than Wanaka. Jacqui Dean, MP for Waitaki says, “I believe the houses failed to sell because they were far too expensive for Wanaka families and were clearly not fit for purpose. The homes do not have garages, a necessity for family storage and are very small, with little outside space for children, a vegetable garden or a clothes line. “I also note in the cabinet papers released to me that prior to the KiwiBuild project proceeding, interest from Wanaka homebuyers was remarkably low. In Hamilton the KiwiBuild project had 4850 people register interest, in Queenstown 2854, but in Wanaka just 139 – and yet the government still decided to proceed in signing an agreement with developers to build 211 homes there and to underwrite the deal.” Dean recently visited one of the twobedroom properties at 43 Glen Dene Crescent and says she was shocked and dismayed that the government could ever imagine this house was suitable for a family. “The Wanaka KiwiBuild homes are an example of taxpayers paying the price for a lazy government. Housing Minister Phil Twyford clearly did not do the research and

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check whether these homes would meet the needs of the market, or indeed whether there was interest from people in buying the properties. His laziness has meant taxpayers are now footing the bill for homes that no one wants. What’s worse, there are another 200 homes being built and even more taxpayer money will be put at risk.” So what happens now? “There’s no telling what government will do with these KiwiBuild properties next. If these homes are sold cheaper than what they were originally marketed for, then the taxpayer will be losing out again, as it will be taxpayer money that is subsiding these homes for KiwiBuild buyers. The only person winning in that kind of scenario will be the developer, not young families in the Upper Clutha.” Dean says she is well aware of the low salaries in Wanaka and the difficulty for lowincome families to enter one of the most expensive districts in the country. “It is clear the KiwiBuild model is not working in Wanaka. There are ten houses built, and only six have sold, despite the homes being on the market for a number of months now. If the government had built

homes that met the needs of Wanaka families and at the right price, then those homes would have sold. It’s clear the Minister has really missed the mark in the type of homes built and the cost of these homes. “The homes were marketed as ‘living the Wanaka lifestyle in an architecturally designed and affordable KiwiBuild home.’ This sadly shows how out-of-touch the government was, because for the many families desperate for their own home, lifestyle and architecture have very little to do with putting a roof over their heads.” The failure of KiwiBuild in Northlake raises concern over the 400 houses planned for the Hawea Special Housing Area. The SHA received support from Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust (QLCHT) due to the high number of people waiting for home on their books. Julie Scott, CEO of QLCHT believes Northlake’s KiwiBuild and Universal Development’s SHA should not be put in the same category. Like Dean, Scott believes the price point for Northlake was too high and also said “It would appear [Northlake’s] price does not support the underlying value.” Scott continues, “The proposed entry-

level pricing for Hawea SHA homes was significantly less than the Northlake KiwiBuild homes. [Also] when QLCHT receives and develops the 40 sections from the Hawea SHA, these will not be sold at market value. They will be sold either under our new assisted ownership programme, Secure Home, or retained in perpetuity as affordable rentals. The nearly 600 households on our waiting list cannot afford to purchase a $650,000 property on their own.” Dean also believes the proposed Hawea SHA has significant differences from KiwiBuild: “I am also very impressed with a pioneering new pilot scheme, Secure Home. This scheme aims to address housing affordability in the district by allowing people to purchase a house through a 100-year lease arrangement, with the Trust retaining ownership of the land in perpetuity. This may be a more affordable option and one that could work well in Wanaka. However, the government’s KiwiBuild scheme is destined to continue to falter.” Winton could not be reached for comment. Pictured: MP Jacqui Dean at 43 and 45 Glen Dene Crescent.

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OPINION: Sex offender information falls short ALLISON MCLEAN


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Roundabout go ahead, underpass undecided STAFF REPORTER


Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has recommended the application to alter the existing state highway designation to construct a roundabout at the intersection with Sir Tim Wallis Drive be accepted. The decision on the designation, dated April 5, provides for the New Zealand Transport Agency to “control, manage and improve the state highway network, State Highways No 6, 6A and 84”. The proposed roundabout design is three-legged, with two circulating lanes, two lanes on each approach, and two lanes on the SH84 departures. The existing shared paths on both sides of SH84 are to be realigned and crossing points have been provided on each leg of the roundabout, including pedestrian/cyclist refuges in the splitter islands. Concerns raised by a safety audit in February 2018, noted “that the splitter islands on the SH84 approaches to the roundabout are narrow and provide little space for pedestrians and cyclists...there is insufficient waiting area in the central splitter island. This may result in pedestrians or cycles protruding into the traffic lane,

causing vehicular-versus-pedestrian collision”. The NZTA has since amended the design to increase the width of the crossing facilities. Local community groups have previously called for an underpass to be constructed at the roundabout, but will have to wait for a decision about any change to the prescribed crossing. Roy Johnston, Senior Safety Engineer NZ Transport Agency, said this week, “the Transport Agency is still investigating options for the underpass. When this is resolved we will discuss this with the QLDC.” The NZTA did not have a timeframe available for the resolution of that investigation. In the meantime, council's report summarises: “Overall, whilst some concerns regarding pedestrians and cyclist safety have been raised, given the safety considerations of the NZTA, responsible for the state highway network, it is considered that any adverse effects will be no more than minor”. Pictured: NZTA can go ahead with plans to construct a roundabout to link Sir Tim Wallis Drive and State Highway 84 after its application to alter the existing state highway designation was accepted by council.

There are reports of a convicted sex offender living in the Upper Clutha and taking photos and videos of children in public, which has instilled fear and anger in local parents who feel their children are at risk. To mitigate that risk, the authorities in charge of protecting and serving the community have an opportunity to step in and soothe those concerns with open and clear communication. But, what happens when that dialogue falls short and parents are left without a proactive approach, thereby leaving them to fend for themselves and their children’s safety? There may be comfort in knowing that New Zealand Police administers an online database of Child Sex Offender (CSO) information; the CSO Register was created in 2016 to improve child safety by having up-to-date information available on known sex offenders living in the community that can be used to monitor a risk of re-offending. That seems like a smart tool, right? One that parents ought to have some access to in order to know more about their neighbours? Wrong. The tool is not available to the public with no plans to open up that access anytime soon. Only authorised personnel from Police and Corrections have direct access to the information on the register. The country’s Privacy Act and Official Information Act, which protects everyone’s right to a certain level of privacy and prohibits the release of certain information about individuals, including people convicted of an offence, can stand in the way of an open and transparent judicial system. When it comes to public information about a convicted child sex offender, New Zealand does things a bit differently when compared to other countries. It does not have a governmentmanaged system for the public to access sex offender criminal records, which is not the case for the United States of America, for example. The USA created the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender public website, in partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice and state, territorial and tribal governments, to work together for the safety of adults and children. The free database acts as a safety resource by providing the public with access to sex offender data nationwide. So, if the CSO Register is blocked from public access, what is the public actually entitled to know when a convicted sex offender is living amongst them? How can they be assured that this person does not have the tendency to re-offend? The Wanaka Sun wanted to learn more about what its readers could do to protect themselves, yet every door we cracked opened was quickly snapped shut. When asked about published reports on a

convicted sex offender who was recently in Queenstown District Court (QDC) after reportedly failing to tell police that he moved from Dunedin to Central Otago, a NZ Police spokesperson said, “We are not able to provide information about any specific individual or whether or not someone is being investigated. However we understand when the community has concerns and we are always working to keep the community safe. “Police encourages anyone who has concerns about potential offending to contact us immediately. All complaints will be taken seriously and followed up as appropriate. We strongly discourage members of the public from taking matters into their own hands as they could place themselves and members of the public at risk. We have nothing further to add.” The Wanaka Sun then reached out to NZ Department of Corrections to learn more about how conditions are managed for convicted sex offenders who are again living within a community. We also wanted to understand more about those offenders’ required accountability and to enquire about managing authorities’ duty of care to inform communities in these cases of release or relocation. In response to our queries, a Corrections spokesperson said, “Prior to being sentenced to 100 hours Community Work in the Queenstown District Court [this week], this [convicted sex offender living in Central Otago] individual was not being managed by Corrections on any sentence or order. He was not residing in Wanaka while being managed by Corrections.” .The spokesperson then directed us to the CSO Register Frequently Asked Questions page and said that NZ Police is the managing authority in the case recently in QDC. When pressed again, this time for general information about how locals can best protect themselves, details on required accountability in cases such as this and about a duty of care to inform communities on a sex offender’s release or relocation, a NZ Police spokesperson said, “As this matter has been before the court, you would need to direct your questions to them.” The spokesperson also directed us to the CSO Register Frequently Asked Questions page. When we asked QDC for comment, a spokesperson said, “The court is unable to provide this information to you.” When it comes to authorities whose job it is to protect you, and when it comes to reports of a convicted sex offender taking blatant photos of Wanaka children for collection and when it comes to facts on a person who has already been convicted and charged in QDC, the answer is still, “no comment.” Distilled down, this translates to a lack of information and a lack of responsibility to protect and serve a community who wants answers on how to monitor a convicted child sex offender living amongst them.

Wanaka maternity petition to be heard in Parliament STAFF REPORTER


Concerns about the lack of maternity services for one of the most rural areas of New Zealand was put before Parliament’s Health Select Committee meeting yesterday (Wednesday 10). “The petition, which I presented to Parliament in May last year, calls for a sustainable model for rural-based midwifery in the Wanaka region,” said Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean. “This is something that the community and the families who live there deserve, but right now the nearest base hospital is about three and a half hours drive away. "The petition has been signed by 3843 people. To me this reflects the strength of feeling in Wanaka about the lack of maternity services. They are making a legitimate request to government for improved maternity support and I hope


the government listens and acts. “Save Our Wanaka Midwives group representatives Kristi James, Kimberley Davis and petition organiser Iona Bently deserve credit that their concerns have now been taken to the heart of our Parliament. “We know that Wanaka is one of the most remote areas from a base hospital of any community in New Zealand and that poses massive concerns for expectant mothers who fear they will be unable to get emergency care when they need it. “The best result for local women and the safety of their babies would be the establishment of a primary birthing unit in Wanaka. This would be a better option than the maternity hub which has been promised by the Southern District Health Board for the past 18 months but wouldn’t be operational until next year.” Pictured: Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean. THURSDAY 11.04.19 - WEDNESDAY 17.04.19

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Central Otago’s top apprentice is a local STAFF REPORTER


A Wanaka apprentice was named Central Otago’s top building apprentice at the NZCB Apprentice Challenge on April 6. Zac Shields claimed victory in competition against three other skilled apprentices. This year’s Apprentice Challenge received a large number of entries nationwide, including a record number of entries from female apprentices. Each apprentice was given detailed construction plans and eight hours to create a park seat which was then assessed by a panel of expert judges on workmanship, measuring, cutting and assembly. Shields, 21, who is in the third year of his building apprenticeship with Dunlop Builders, received the highest overall score. The park seats crafted by apprentices will be donated to their respective regional Cancer Society divisions. As the regional winner, Smith takes home a range of trade tools courtesy of sponsor ITM, and will move forward to represent Central Otago at the NZCB Apprentice Challenge Final. NZCB chief executive Grant Florence was impressed with

the skill, talent, and passion the carpentry apprentices demonstrated, saying it was a testament to their dedication, employer support, and the comprehensive training provided by the Industry Training Association Building (ITAB) scheme. “The future of New Zealand’s building industry is dependent on a robust pipeline of topquality apprentices. Fostering and encouraging young talent is a responsibility NZCB takes seriously,” Florence said. “We encourage our member builders to take on apprentices, as it creates a pathway into the industry and ensures the sector can meet the increasing demand for tradequalified, highly skilled and wellrounded building professionals.” Shield will go up against 19 other regional winners from around the country to compete for the Ken Read Memorial Trophy and $50,000 in prizes at the final which takes place at the NZCB Annual Conference in Christchurch on June 14-15. Pictured: Local apprentice Zac Shields (left) with this year’s judges and previous winners of the Central Otago NZCB Apprentice Challenge, Mark Templeton (2016/17 winner) and Peter Burgess (2018 winner).

Albert Town Bridge delays set to continue

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The lights are being tested and the traffic delays are lengthening, but the New Zealand Transport Agency does not yet have a date for the completion of work at the Albert Town Bridge. The installation of the permanent traffic signals at the Albert Town Bridge is however in the final testing stage, which includes adjusting the signal timings. The new permanent traffic signals will be able to adapt to traffic demand


using radar. This will ensure traffic flows as efficiently as possible across the one-lane bridge. The new signals will have a camera to monitor traffic flow and can be remotely operated. Outside of the system-testing phase, the NZTA stated the single lane bridge will be under stop/go control between 7am and 5pm, and delays of up to 20 minutes are to be expected between 9am and 4pm. Pictured: Delays of up to 20 minutes should be expected at the Albert Town Bridge.


Residents along a stretch of Aubrey Road are currently embroiled in parking battle with council over the sudden disappearance of all their on-street parking between Anderson Road and Kings Drive. According to the Land Development and Engineering Code of Practice, “For a residential subdivision, where physically possible the minimum on-street parking provision will be one car park per residential unit/lot (based on permitted density).” Callum Stevenson, who has helped coordinate the residents’ response, said, “I would summarise that this is saying when the Aubrey Heights subdivison and the Wanaka Heights subdivision were created, Aubrey Road was classed as our ‘one on-street carpark’ so as part of our consent process we are allowed, even entitled to one on-street carpark per dwelling.” “With the development of Wanaka Heights and the addition of 20-plus residential properties all with driveways accessed from Aubrey Road, this issue of where visitors will park will be exacerbated. What we are asking of council is to return to us, the residents of Aubrey Road, some form of visitor parking,” he said. The changes were implemented due to this stretch of road being very busy with children from both Holy Family and Wanaka Primary cycling, scooting and walking to and from school. With cars densely packed on both sides of the road it was hazardous for children—something Stevenson understands

and is equally concerned about. “We had no issue with the cycleway and safety of school children. [But the] design, implementation and process was inadequate and we even suggested some alternatives to show we were happy to work with council and find an amicable outcome to retain them.” The Aubrey Road Residents Association (ARRA) put suggestions to council that there only needs to be a cycleway on one side of the road, not both, and perhaps one side of Aubrey Road could return to visitor parking. They also contend that whilst taking away all visitor parking for the entire stretch may be classified as “minor improvement” from council’s point of view because it doesn’t cost much to paint some lines, the impact on residents is “significant” and is having a negative impact on the quality of their lives. QLDC however, doesn’t agree with the ARRA assessment. “The council is not obliged to provide on-street parking in this situation,” said Rebecca Pitts, senior communications advisor. “It is not uncommon for there to be no on-street parking on main routes and since the changes were implemented, there has been a noticeable safety improvement in that area for both motorists and cyclists. “It’s a balancing act and in the long term we will continue the conversations and consider long-term solutions to ensure the safety of all road users and address the concerns of those living there.” Pictured: New cycleways and yellow lines on Aubrey Road.

QAC applies for Requiring Authority status Emma Conyngham


In another blow for the Wanaka Stakeholders Group (WSG) which is opposing the expansion of Wanaka Airport, Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) applied to the Minister of Environment, David Parker, for Requiring Authority status on April 1. QAC General Manager Property and Planning, Rachel Tregidga, said, “As holders of the 100-year lease for Wanaka Airport, QAC has applied to become the Requiring Authority for Wanaka Airport, and it is with the Minister for the Environment to consider. If the application is approved by the Minister, the Requiring Authority status enables QAC, as the company responsible for the long-term planning and development for Wanaka Airport, to operate the airport more efficiently by utilising the existing Wanaka Airport Designations. “This would also allow QAC to apply for changes to those designations should that be considered necessary to better enable operations and future development. Any more than minor changes to the existing designations would need to go through a public submission process. If granted Requiring Authority status for Wanaka Airport, QAC would also be responsible for any costs and associated liabilities arising from the designations for Wanaka Airport, instead of Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC).” Michael Ross, Convenor of the WSG says, “We are not surprised by QAC’s application for Requiring Authority Status. It was clearly signalled in the Statement of Intent as a key goal for the company.” QLDC currently holds the Requiring Authority status for Wanaka Airport but is happy to pass it on to QAC according to QLDC Governance, Engagement

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and Communications Manager, Naell Crosby-Roe. “QLDC is supportive of the QAC application for requiring authority status for Wanaka Airport given that they have governance and operational responsibility under the existing lease. This is allowed for under the Resource Management Act and it is common for major utilities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand to be the requiring authority as it enables them to be more operationally efficient. This is something QAC already holds for Queenstown Airport,” he said. The Ministry for the Environment has stated “The Minister is not required to undertake public consultation in making his decision on requiring authority application. Once the Minister has made a decision to approve a requiring authority, [the requiring authority] will have the following powers under the RMA: they can apply to the local authority to designate land; they can apply to the Minister of Land Information to use the compulsory acquisition powers in the Public Works Act 1981; they can undertake works in an emergency and get resource consents after the work has been done; they can go on to private land (after giving notice) to undertake investigations under the Public Works Act 1981. When asked if businesses such as the Toy Museum may face losing their land to QAC, the Ministry of the Environment responded, “In deciding to grant requiring authority status, the Minister does not have a role in assessing the merits of the development including the environment effects and possible alternatives. The Minister’s decision is in regard to whether the network utility operator (in this instance, QAC) meets the statutory tests to become a requiring authority.” The decision is expected to be made within 65 working days.


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EV spaces: park at your peril Emma Conyngham


There are two electric vehicle (EV ) charge carparks on Ardmore Street. During busy hours, other cars have frequently parked in those spaces much to the ire of EV owners who need to charge their vehicles but have been blocked from reaching the charger.

In one episode last week, the driver of a normal combustion vehicle was caught parking in the EV space and when confronted by the owner of an EV vehicle, simply said “I don’t care” and walked off. Council has confirmed that parking in an EV charge station will incur an immediate $40 fine and the car may also be towed if it is blocking an EV from being able to charge.

Rebecca Pitts from Queenstown Lakes District Council says EV owners should call council immediately if they are being unnecessarily blocked from charging so that a warden can be called to the scene to either issue a fine or arrange for the vehicle to be towed. Pictured: Non EV cars will incur a fine of $40 and/or be towed for parking in a charge park.

Marilyn Waring at Her Voice STAFF REPORTER


A learned, high stakes force will descend on Wanaka this week as Her Voice opens at the Lake Wanaka Centre tomorrow (Friday) morning. Over the two days, leaders, thinkers and organisations from around New Zealand will be discussing critical issues at a public lecture series hosted by The Weaving House, a local Gender Equality and Human Rights organisation. Amongst the group of speakers is Professor Marilyn Waring. Waring was the youngest politician, at 23 years old, to be elected during the Muldoon era. Her intention to cross the floor in support of a nuclear-free NZ created a snap election that

removed Muldoon from office. Waring is known globally for her ideas on economics, her activism and her work to advance the rights of women. Traci Houpapa is also speaking on Friday and participating in a panel session with the Minister for Women Julie-Anne Genter on Saturday. Houpapa is a company director, has been named as one of the top-ten most influential women in New Zealand agribusiness and the Listener’s top ten influencers in New Zealand and has been counted amongst the 100 most influential women in the world. This stable of speakers also includes Saunoamaali’i Dr

Karanina Sumeo the Equal Employment Opportunities CommissionerattheNewZealand Human Rights Commission, the Prime Minister’s science adviser Professor Juliet Gerrard and Lillian Tahuri of United Nations Women to name just a few. This impressive list of speakers is a unique and rare opportunity for our region and the biographies attest to a group of leaders who work at the forefront of serious contemporary issues. Speakers are bringing their experiences, knowledge and critical thinking for today’s challenges to help move New Zealand forward in these pivotal times and will be describing essential ideas to outline where we need to be and how to get there. Explaining why we need


Police Minister Stuart Nash has introduced legislation changing firearms laws to improve public safety following the Christchurch terror attacks. “Every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack will be banned,” Nash said. “Owning a gun is a privilege not a right. Too many people have legal access to semi-automatic firearms which are capable of causing significant harm.” “The attack exposed considerable weaknesses in our laws. The firearms, magazines and parts used by the terrorist were purchased lawfully and modified into MSSAs due to legal loopholes. Our priority is to enhance public safety and wellbeing by urgent changes to the law. “It is important to reiterate the


legislation introduced today is not directed at law-abiding firearms owners who have legitimate uses for their guns. Our actions are instead directed at making sure this never happens again,” Nash said. The Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines and Parts) Amendment Bill will: ban semi-automatic weapons and military style semi-automatics (MSSAs); ban parts, magazines and ammunition which can be used to assemble a prohibited firearm or convert a lower-powered firearm into a semi-automatic; ban pump action shotguns with more than a five shot capacity; ban semi-automatic shotguns with a capacity to hold a detachable magazine, or with an internal magazine capable of holding more than five cartridges; exempt some semi-automatic firearms, such as .22 calibres and shotguns, which have limited ammunition

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capacity; create tougher penalties and introduce new offences; create new definitions of prohibited firearms, prohibited magazines, prohibited parts and prohibited ammunition; establish an amnesty for firearms owners who take steps to hand over unlawful weapons, parts, magazines and ammunition to Police by September 30, 2019. There will be exemptions for specially licensed dealers, bona fide collectors, museum curators and firearms used during dramatic productions, as there are now. Authorised pest control, police and defence personnel also have an exemption. However, there is no exemption for international sporting competitions. Further advice is needed and it may be considered as part of the second Arms Amendment Bill which is likely later this year.

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Toastmasters help local youth speak up ALLISON MCLEAN


Some local youth are turning off their digital devices in favour of turning towards each other through a recent series of oral communication courses. Kahu Youth has spent the last four Monday afternoons working alongside Wanaka Toastmasters Club through a new course, offering to improve their public speaking skills. Kahu Youth attendees have worked on delivering speeches and running exercises to boost their existing skills and increase their confidence when speaking with others; their final meeting was at Kahu Youth headquarters on Monday.

“Our youth council do quite a bit of public speaking at the school to promote their projects, and many were still a little uncomfortable doing this,” said Kahu Youth, Senior Youth Worker, Richard Elvey. “I suggested the Toastmasters could help, they agreed, I asked and here we are.” "Matt [Kennedy, who helped pioneer the groups' public speaking collaboration] and myself were both very impressed at the starting level the students had and also how quickly they improved when feedback was given from one session to the next," said Jamie Roy, public speaking course co-organiser and Wanaka Toastmasters Club member. Roy said guests are always welcomed

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to attend the Wanaka Toastmaster Club Pictured: (Front) Kahu Youth members meetings, which occur every second and Logan Hay and Bayne Deaton, (Back) Wanaka fourth Tuesday of each month. Kahu Youth Toastmaster Club’s Matt Kennedy and Jamie council meets every Tuesday of each month. Roy, and Kahu Youth’s Richard Elvey.

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Wooing Tree owners Steve and Thea Farquharson are seeking a 50 percent joint venture partner to purchase and develop their 25.4ha site bounded by State Highway 6, State Highway 8B and Shortcut Road in Cromwell. The Wooing Tree wine business is not for sale and will continue to operate from the site amongst the village’s planned retail zone. The land has recently been zoned for both residential and commercial use, bringing an opportunity for a boutique vineyard village, comprising residential, retail and commercial space. The iconic Wooing Tree, which the vineyard is named after, will take pride of place in a public green area. The proposed development has been designed to support wine tourism and the award-winning Wooing Tree wine brand, as well as offering an option for housing as Cromwell experiences unprecedented population growth. New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty sales associate Matt Finnigan said a development opportunity of this scale is rare in Central Otago and will appeal to buyers with experience in property development. “With more than 25ha of prime, flat land zoned for residential and commercial development in the heart of Central Otago, this is an extraordinary site that already features a successful wine business and presents various other opportunities,” he said. Designed to accommodate the regional population growth and enhance Cromwell’s appeal as a premium wine and tourism destination, 2.47ha of the proposed village development is allocated to commercial activity—including high-end retail and visitor accommodation—while the remaining land is reserved for 210 residential lots, grape vines and a childcare facility. “The vendors have put an incredible amount of time and energy into initiating a zone change and progressing this project. Site concepts have been drawn up and now it is ready for someone with a clear vision for Cromwell to take it to the next level,” Finnigan said. Over the past two censuses Cromwell has experienced more growth than any other area of Central Otago, with a population increase of 68 per cent. The town’s population is expected to double over the next 30 years. “Cromwell needs a development of this calibre to accommodate growth and further enhance Central Otago’s position as one of the best wine tourism destinations in New Zealand,” Finnigan said. Pictured: The 25.4ha Wooing Tree site beside Lake Dunstan.


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

A new column that will look at the issues facing our waterways

One chance to get a better Wanaka Water Project hosts a financial model boult J Jim QLDC Mayor I’ve had a number of people ask me why we need to go to a districtwide referendum on the proposed visitor levy. The answer is fairly straightforward. We need to send a compelling message of our district’s residents’ support for the proposed visitor levy in order to empower the central government to pass the legislation required to implement it. That will need both a majority vote and a high voter turnout, so please make every effort you can to participate. Remember we all need to be heard on this one. On the wider subject of the levy itself, this is an extremely important issue because today we are the ones underwriting the cost of more than three million visitors coming to Queenstown Lakes District annually. We have a one-time-only opportunity to introduce a new funding model; one that could significantly change the way the district funds capital projects, such as improvements to Wanaka’s roading infrastructure, parking or recreation reserves, in the future. One of my platforms when I sought election in 2016 was the introduction of a different funding model. It’s taken two and a half years of intense negotiation with government officials and ministers to get their agreement on this issue and we finally have it. It’s important that we take up this opportunity because I’m pretty sure that if we pass it over, we’ll never get the chance again. And remember this is a special piece of legislation which would be passed only for the benefit of our district, notwithstanding the fact that I’ve had many calls from mayors around the country asking how they might get on board the train! Some ask why we are proposing a visitor levy. Well, the simple answer is that central government receives an enormous amount of money from the tourism industry in our district by way of GST, PAYE and company tax. Council gets a small contribution by way of rates. Yet our district shoulders the heavy load of being the country’s prime tourism area and, as it currently stands, our rate payers are paying the cost. Whether they’ve come to see ‘That Wanaka Tree’ or climb Mt Roy, we are very conscious that as

the leading tourism area in Aotearoa New Zealand, and given tourism is now New Zealand’s largest industry, if the experience of coming to our district deteriorates through lack of infrastructure spend, that harms the whole of New Zealand. So, we need to share the burden by asking visitors to make a small contribution towards the services and infrastructure they use. I’ve also had a number of questions as to why I favour an accommodationbased levy rather than a wider industry levy. The reality is that practically every business in our district benefits from the tourism industry in some form, so, while attraction operators are definitely in the tourism business, so are the gas stations, the supermarkets, the retailers, the restaurants etc. So if the collection of the levy is taken wider than accommodation then locals simply end up paying again. The other reality is that the only commercial activity that is largely not used by locals is commercial accommodation. As a model it’s one that ensures that it’s the visitors who are making the additional contribution, not the accommodation or service provider. The accommodation provider would only be the point of collection and we’re working to ensure it’s clearly separated from the direct accommodation charges, along the lines of how GST is seen today. An accommodation-based levy is a common model around the world, works perfectly elsewhere and at a reasonable level has proven not to make one iota of difference to visitor numbers. And to answer the question many ask me, yes, we will collect from Airbnb and other similar peer-to-peer providers. Next month you will receive voting papers (if you’re registered as a voter in the district or as a non-resident elector) ahead of voting closure at noon on June 5. This is your opportunity to give a clear message as to whether you support the proposed introduction of a visitor levy. If this funding stream is not forthcoming the alternatives of reduced investment or increasing rates and debt are not something I believe any of us want. I strongly implore you to take an interest in this matter and use your vote. I say again, this our one and only chance to get a better financial model and it would be a disaster for the whole district not to enable it to occur. Pictured: Jim Boult.

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The Wanaka Water Project hosted a Water Hui and a Water Workshop in Wanaka last month. The hui was the first opportunity to bring local iwi members together to gain perspective on the cultural and spiritual importance of healthy waterways. As Ngãi Tahu Tourism’s website tells us, “Queenstown and the surrounding area was traditionally an important mahinga kai (resource area) for Ngãi Tahu. It was rich with birds, fish and pounamu (greenstone), an important and valuable stone used to make tools, weapons and to trade with northern tribes. For centuries, southern-based Ngãi Tahu people would seasonally visit the area to gather these resources and return home to their more permanent coastal settlements. There are many Ngãi Tahu stories and traditions in the area.” The next hui will share stories about Ngãi Tahu’s connection with water and build on the discussions of the first hui. With the guidance and support of local iwi, these discussions will ensure that the Integrated Catchment Management Plan developed by the Wanaka Water Project is underpinned by specific cultural objectives around aspects such as mahinga kai (food gathering) and kaitiakitanga (stewardship). The Water Workshop enabled discussion around the appropriateness of the goals identified to date for managing the Upper Clutha catchments. The importance of research and improved

monitoring to better understand the changes being seen in our waterways were recurring themes throughout the workshop. As an example, there is a need to understand the role that the invasive pest species Lagarosiphon (lake weed), Didymo (rock snot) and Lindavia (lake snow) now play in the ecosystem. Freshwater ecologist Dr. Simone Langhans conducted three weighting exercises with workshop participants. The first involved weighting excellent lake health, local culture, economic lake benefits and cost-effective management. The second weighted aesthetics, Mãori culture, recreation and no health risk for recreation and the third weighted drinking water, agriculture, tourism and urbanisation. These exercises highlighted the complexity of the tradeoffs between different goals. The workshop wrapped up with a discussion around possible actions to protect or maintain water quality. The Wanaka Water Project plans to hold a follow up workshop in July/August to go over the objectives and actions developed and refined with stakeholders. If you are interested in attending the next Water Hui in May or would like to arrange a Wanaka Water Project update session with your community group, please contact Megan at community@ uppercluthathlakestrust.org. You can also sign up to our database to receive regular Wanaka Water Project updates at www.uppercluthalakestrust.org. Pictured: The Water hui in progress.

Early education subdivision consent sought STAFF REPORTER


Willowridge Developments has lodged an application for subdivision consent within the Three Parks Special Zone to create a lot for early childhood education and development purposes. The majority of the site is located within the Medium Density Residential Subzone of the Three Parks Special Zone, with a small part of the northwestern corner located within the Low Density Residential Subzone.

The area to the south and south west has already been developed for business activity with a number of buildings either completed or under construction. The Wanaka Recreation Centre and sports fields are position to the north of the site. The land to be subdivided is located to the west of Road 16 and borders the new primary school site to the north. The application states the “future facility... will have close association and linkages with the adjacent primary school.” The new school is currently under construction and is anticipated to be complete and ready for opening for the first term of 2020.

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WCB to rethink lakefront parking ALLISON MCLEAN


After a laboured Wanaka Community Board (WCB) meeting last Thursday, the board agreed to press the pause button on developing a large area of the Wanaka lakefront until parking issues can be rectified. The board will instead shift its focus onto stage three of the Wanaka Lakefront Development Plan, thereby continuing the programme's momentum while stage two plans remains on hold. Stage three focuses on the area between Dinosaur Park and the Wanaka Marina entrance. Continuation of stage two development would have led to the loss of roughly 120 lakeshore car parking spots without a proper or permanent parking replacement for them identified. The plan had originally gone through public consultation in 2016, resulting in an inclusion of more than 200 angled parking spots in Ardmore Street to replace the lost lakefront parking options. The WCB said it will realign considerations for stage two parking with the options that will be presented as part of the Wanaka Masterplan later


this year. Last week’s decision came on the back of motions from Councillors Ross McRobie and Jude Battson, with lakefront parking issues to be resolved to the satisfaction of the WCB and full council before stage two can proceed. The news also resulted in the rescheduling of a planned 4m-wide promenade within the stage two redevelopment. Queenstown Lakes District Council general manager of community services, Thunes Cloete, said that taking a break on stage two plans at this time is understandable, given public concerns around lakefront parking. “The WCB made a tough decision, but a pragmatic one, in response to public feedback,” said Cloete. “Residents were concerned about parking if current plans for stage two went ahead, so we need to revisit that.” It is reported that more than 30 people joined last week's WCB meeting, many of them expressing their concern about the plan in the public forum. Pictured: Wanaka Community Board has agreed to pause stage two of the Wanaka Lakefront Development Plan with the focus now shifting to stage three.

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Contaminated glass recycling in the Central Otago District is increasing the amount of waste going to landfill. Central Otago District Council (CODC) has spent the last 18 months looking at efficient ways to recycle increasing quantities of glass from its growing population. Environmental Engineering Manager Peter Greenwood said prior to February 2018 CODC was sending all glass recycling to an external crushing plant. “This became unsustainable for the crushing plant which was literally sending truckloads of glass to landfill because of the high levels of contamination. In other words, it still had food or other general waste present so could not be mixed with clean glass for crushing.” In July 2018, in response to a consultation with residents, the frequency of yellow bin collections was increased. This resulted in less contamination of the glass initially, but recent testing has shown that contamination levels are still too high for glass to be accepted for a planned crushing trial. “There are still people in our community who don’t appreciate the gravity of this issue,” said Greenwood. “We need everyone to commit to playing their part to ensure that they clean their glass thoroughly and place their items in the correct bins. When this is not done, it simply undermines the efforts of everyone else who does care about

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glass recycling. Badly contaminated glass bottles and jars, such as those with liquid or food residue, can also contaminate other containers. Containers should be cleaned and lids should be removed before being recycled. “As a council we know that education is the key to better recycling. Over the next few months we will be rolling out some short educational videos, social media prompts and hard copy brochures so that we can reach everyone in our community in the way that works best for them,” Greenwood said. “It is a catch 22 because we need lower contamination levels before we can feasibly send our glass to be recycled, but we understand that those who do clean their glass items and put them into the correct bin have an expectation that they will be recycled. “We know how important recycling is to the majority of people in our district and we also know that ratepayers trust us to spend their money wisely. We are working to come up with a solution to glass recycling that is environmentally responsible but also cost effective. The community can help by reminding their neighbours that correctly recycling each and every glass item counts.” Here are some tips for glass recycling: recycle only bottles and jars; take the lids off bottles and jars; no light bulbs, fluorescent tubes, cookware, drinking glasses, window or mirror glass. Pictured: Contaminated glass recycling, such as dirty glass jars and bottles with lids on, leads to the resource being dumped in landfill instead of being crushed and reused.


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Cromwell's date set for Plan Change 13 STAFF REPORTER


A hearing will be held in June to hear submissions on River Terrace Developments Ltd's application for a private plan change which proposes adding 900 residential units opposite Highland’s Motorsports Park in Cromwell. Winton Ltd’s Chris and Michaela Meehan are behind the proposed development, described on Winton’s website as a master plan “developed to provide plenty of open space, parks, interconnected greenways and over 3km of dedicated cycle and pedestrian walkway networks. “Located in the growing heart of Central Otago...It will feature 900 residential housing lots, recreational green areas, a school and village centre amenities.” More than 400 submissions were made opposing Plan Change 13 (PC13), which includes medium and higher density residential, retirement living, a neighbourhood centre and potential educational facilities on 49.8ha of land on the corner of State Highway 6 and Sandflat Road. The 410 submissions opposed to PC 13 are mostly concerned about the loss of potentially valuable rural land, the development’s location outside of Cromwell’s residential centre and the effect on established orchards and motorsports venues surrounding the PHOTO: supplied by ORC development — including reverse sensitivity. The application suggests that it can mitigate reverse sensitivity claims with a “restrictive nocomplaint covenant”. The proposed restrictive covenants “prevent any owner or occupier of the was previously forecast in the long- servient land from complaining about or taking any term plan,” Woodhead said. “With steps to prevent” motorsports, speedway and stock our more detailed understanding of car track activities, or prevent noise being generated the work that’s needed to achieve what’s outlined in the long-term plan, including commitments in water, climate change and urban development, we can more accurately forecast the funding we need.” ORC chief executive, Sarah Gardner, Emma Conyngham said councillors and staff will be editor@thewanakasun.co.nz attending community events around the region in the coming months to For all the human mess left around the district, there give the community an opportunity to are very few consequences for those who make discuss the plan. the mess. Should they be reported to the police or “Because there are no significant council, or both? or material changes to what we A spokesperson for the police said, “'Excreting in consulted on in the long-term plan public' is an offence under section 32 of the Summary for 2018-2028 we are not formally Offences Act… [but] there is a defence under the calling for submissions this year, but section if the defendant proves they had reasonable we’re keen to ensure that our lines grounds for believing they would not be observed.” of communication with ratepayers Police also said, “this type of behaviour could be and the community are open, and a breach of council by-laws (particularly in relation that we’re hearing any key feedback to freedom campers), so you could contact the before the final plan is adopted,” relevant local authority.” Gardner said. But Madeline Patterson, governance and official An online suggestion box has also information advisor for Queenstown Lakes District been created as a platform to provide year-round feedback to council at yoursay.orc.govt.nz/for-our-future. Pictured: a rates map of the Otago region.

Otago rates to increase STAFF REPORTER


The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is finalising its Draft Annual Plan which signals a rates increase for Otago households. The Draft Annual Plan sets a framework for ongoing focus on its four priorities: water, climate change, urban development and biodiversity. “Last year’s long-term plan indicated a small rates rise for Otago for the year ahead. Consultation showed that ratepayers supported the move to pay higher general rates in order for us to undertake more work in these areas across the region,” said ORC chairperson Stephen Woodhead, last week. “Since the LTP was adopted, we have commenced a review of our Water Plan, we will fast track our climate change work and we’ve identified urban development as a stream of work that needs greater levels of effort.” The increase in rates equates to $10$25 around the region per household. “The Annual Plan will require a general rates increase spread across the region of $364,000 from what

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Council said, “There are no penalties from QLDC specifically relating to defecation, due to such actions primarily being a police matter.” Data received from QLDC show that over the recent summer period, only three defecation reports were received by council—one each at Frankton Beach, Tucker Beach and Glendhu Bay, but council has no record of whether those reports ended in a court fine being issued. With police and council pointing the finger at each other to take care of the mess, it’s hard to know who is responsible. For locals who witness someone evacuating their bowels anywhere other than a toilet, police advise, “Any such offending should be reported to police. We would advise against taking a picture or naming/shaming on social media.” But to be safe, you should probably report it to council too.

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in the normal course of orcharding activities. However, many of those opposed to PC 13 are not convinced, with Highlands Motorsport Park Ltd submitting, “The PC 13 site is surrounded by nonresidential noise sources (Highlands, Speedway, orchards, state highway) meaning residents will be subjected to noise from multiple sources and throughout the day and night. This will result in poor residential amenity and is likely to ultimately have effects on the health of residents.” Central Otago District Council also submitted in opposition to PC 13, stating it “supports those original submissions calling for PC 13 to be declined on the basis that it will preempt the outcomes of the [Cromwell ‘Eye to the Future’ Master Plan], and plan changes to the Operative Plan that may eventuate from it. “While the Resource Management Act (RMA) provides for privately initiated plan changes, those such as PC 13, which are ad hoc and lacking in both an integrated and strategic vision, are not the most appropriate means of achieving the RMA’s statutory purpose.” There were two submissions in support of PC 13, one from River Terrace Developments Ltd and one from a Cromwell resident who believes “the application allows for the most suitable option to cater for the growth of the Cromwell urban area”. Transpower, the Ministry of Education and another submitter neither support or oppose PC 13, while NZ Transport Agency supports/opposes it in part, and Otago Regional Council opposes in part in respect to water services. A panel of three independent commissioners will hear submissions from June 10-14 at the Cromwell Presbyterian Church and a decision will be released following the hearing.

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Review: Royal New Zealand Ballet Emma Conyngham


Being somewhat of a balletomane, it took me half a nanosecond to book tickets for the whole family to see the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) at the Festival of Colour. Whilst I am, admittedly, a classical freak, my appreciation for contemporary works has come on in leaps and bounds. But first, a disclaimer on my own bias; my mum danced with Royal New Zealand Ballet back in its nascent years when Poul Gnatt was shaping the company, so I have a vested interest in the ballet being good. With that said, Stand to Reason was seriously good and no bias was required to be completely awed. The bill was created as a series of femalechoreographed works to commemorate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage. This is remarkable because ballet, chiefly known as a feminine art, is globally dominated by male choreographers and male artistic directors; so for RNZB to appoint a female artistic director, who then gave space to women to choreograph about the suffrage movement, speaks volumes about New Zealand’s progressive past and our progressive present. But, I was cynical; how can ballet tell the story of women getting the vote without being utterly boring? Without a prince or a sylph or a swan to carry a plot line, I was nervous that this would just be ‘movement’ and ‘shape’ without emotion or lyricism. I have never been so happy to be wrong. So to Speak, by Penny Saunders, was so powerful in telling the suffrage story that, for the first time, I truly appreciated what women went through in their own homes, to fight against their own husbands, fathers and brothers; the level of domestic strife and conflict would have been huge. They weren’t just fighting for a place at the political table, their own kitchen tables

were a bloodied battle ground. It’s a bit like me voting for the Greens, and my Dad supporting Trump. Imagine how not fun it is at our family dinners? But, I digress. So to Speak was emotional, fraught and tense. I was a tad confused why some dancers were en pointe and some in flats; I couldn’t spot a choreographic reason and it did just look a bit like some dancers forgot to pack their shoes. Once I got over that element, I saw the ballet for what it was, and it was powerful. Also packing an emotional punch was Stand to Reason, created by Andrea Schermoly. Her work is based on the 1888 pamphlet ‘Ten Reasons Why A Woman Should Vote,’ which detailed how women had to clearly convince, explain and justify their right to political participation. Reasons, reasons, reasons, reasons, reasons... explaining, convincing and justifying their request to be regarded as fully human; so bloody exhausting. The dancers performed with that same level of emotional exhaustion, physically hurling themselves at the choreography in the same way our foresisters hurled themselves at suffrage. I thought I was being over emotional in my response as I fought back the lump in my throat and blinked away the tears at the end. However, I soon overheard another woman declare to her friend, “I just want to cry,” and I knew I wasn’t alone. All three of the works that were performed were remarkably egalitarian. There were no stars or standouts but a very complementary corps. I spotted principal dancers Madeleine Graham and Maya Tanigaito, not because they dominated the stage with star power, but only because I follow them on Instagram. If it wasn’t for my ballet obsession on social media, I wouldn’t have spotted an etoile from an apprentice. This was New Zealand art at its best. Pictured: Top, Stand to Reason; bottom, So to Speak by the RNZB.


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It's a wrap for the Festival of Colour 1. Blackbird Ensemble, New Zealand’s inventive and theatrical chamber orchestra, presented an awe-inspiring homage to the inimitable Icelandic pop artist Björk with their show Bjork: All Is Full Of Love. 2. Local Mount Aspiring College students starred in seven packed performances of Permission to Speak, a powerful play exploring body image, gender equality and feminism through the lens of today’s teens. 3. The Maori Sidesteps turned some favourite songs on their head in a mix of satirical skits and crooning goodness in a hilarious performance in Wanaka last week. 4. Chloe Loftus, the Tree Dancer, danced at night up in the branches of a tree by Bullock Creek for three mesmerising performances. 5. Leading NZ water scientist Mike Joy, Ngai Tahu kaumatua Sir Tipene O’Regan, and artist, poet and commentator Greg O’Brien brought their different viewpoints to bear in the Water Crisis. Photos: Ray Tiddy Photography






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Landscape approach to climate policy STAFF REPORTER


A report released by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, explores an alternative approach to Aotearoa New Zealand’s long-term climate change targets and policies. The report proposes dealing with agricultural greenhouse gases and carbon uptake by forests together, with a separate target for carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels. It also proposes taking a landscape approach to managing the country’s climate and environmental issues. This approach integrates climate policy with other environmental and social objectives (such as water quality, soil erosion, biodiversity and resilient rural communities) at a local level. For example, riparian planting can reduce nutrient run-off, improve biodiversity and prevent soil erosion, in addition to removing carbon from the atmosphere. By managing forest sinks and biological emissions together with other environmental issues, a landscape approach would focus on giving those who live in a landscape the incentives and means to address multiple objectives at the same time. “It focuses on dealing with our agricultural greenhouse gases and forest sinks together, while dealing with fossil carbon dioxide emissions separately,” Upton said. “We could store carbon in forests over large areas of New Zealand and score a net zero accounting triumph around mid-century; or adopt a more ambitious approach to reducing fossil emissions and make a clear statement about how far biological emissions should be reduced.” The risk of the current approach is that, while

New Zealand might achieve net zero emissions, delayed action on gross fossil emissions could mean they are still running at around half today’s level. New Zealand would need more time – and land – to offset the balance well into the second half of the century. Dr David Whitehead, plant and soil scientist, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research and New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre, said New Zealand needs to commit to more stringent actions to meet expected international obligations to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. "This report addresses these issues with the fresh perspective of how we can change land use at large spatial scales larger than on individual farms. Such changes could also transform our farming systems to increase resilience to adverse climate events and improve community wellbeing. The overall benefit to enhancing other ecosystem services is much more than reducing greenhouse emissions,” Whitehead said. "Treating biological and fossil emissions separately is a very sensible approach. Forestry expansion remains a predominant way to offset emissions but the report clearly identifies the long-term risks. Opportunities and willingness to introduce more diverse farming systems at landscape scales, incorporating trees, need to be encouraged, involving less intensive land use, fewer animals and reduced water and fertiliser inputs. The report addresses the conundrum of increasing soil carbon stocks and, sensibly, concludes that there is yet insufficient certainty from scientific studies to support inclusion of changes in soil carbon to meet emissions reduction targets.”

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All hands on deck for Te Kakano Emma Conyngham


For a small, local non-profit organisation Te Kãkano is implementing a whopping project that will see them plant 24,000 plants over the next five years—and that’s in addition to their current community planting. Last year, Te Kãkano partnered with the Upper Clutha Lakes Trust to lead and commence riparian planting for the Wanaka Water project, funded under the Ministry for the Environment's Freshwater Improvement Fund (FIF). The FIF riparian planting project runs alongside Te Kãkano’s other community plantings which remain the organisation’s core focus. All plants will be eco-sourced from within this region to support the traditional biodiversity of the region. Local nurseries, Matukituki Natives and Pukerau are providing

plants where Te Kãkano cannot meet the demand. “Our involvement in this big project means that we will be planting 24,000 plants over the five-year life of this project. It is a big number! Don't worry, we won't be relying only on you, wonderful volunteer, to plant that many trees and shrubs,” says Te Kãkano. Planting sites include public land administered by Queenstown Lakes District Council and Department of Conservation, and on private land some stream sides and wetlands that feed into the rivers or lakes. Plantings taking place on private land will likely be done by contractors. Anyone who would like to discuss this project with Te Kãkano, is invited the first planting of the season which should take place on April 27. Pictured: Seedlings under cultivation at Te Kãkano’s nursery.



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An award-winning actress will be coming to Wanaka and donning 10 Shakespearean masks during her one-woman show this Sunday. New Zealand’s Katie Boyle will be at Gin and Raspberry Boutique Bar at 8pm to share her performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor; the 90-minute show is part of a twomonth national tour, presented by Boyle’s theatre company, Sparrow & Boyle Entertainment. "My favourite part is having the opportunity to play a whole group of characters I'd never normally get to play; especially sleazy and vain Sir John Falstaff. Ad-libbing with the crowd, as the old fat fellow, is a joy," Boyle told the Wanaka Sun. The Falstaff character, collectively a Welsh parson, flamboyant hotel owner and a drunk pickpocketer is just one of 10 characters Boyle will play on Sunday. A sneak peek into the interactive show: Falstaff attempts to woo Mistress Page and Mistress Ford at the same time, so he can get the money he needs to pay his men. When the wives discover his

intentions, they seek revenge and wind up getting the whole town of Windsor involved in the process. "Audience interaction makes the show for me,” said show director Alexander Sparrow. “It brings the characters to life, draws the crowd in and doesn't take itself too seriously." Boyle has previously performed at the Aucklandbased Pop-up Globe during its Hamlet production with the touring Shakespeare company, Lord Lackbeards, in 2016. Her previous show about 87-year-old Pat Goldsack, star of Pat Goldsack’s Swingers Club and Brothel, was the winner of the Best Comedy award at the 2018 Palmy Fringe Festival. The Merry Wives of Windsor is touring with 40 performances across the South and North Islands; next week will include shows in Hokitika, Nelson, Picton, Takaka and Motueka. Tickets for Sunday night’s show can be purchased on Eventfinda for $20 or at the door for $25. Pictured: New Zealand’s Katie Boyle will be performing 10 characters during her touring onewoman show of The Merry Wives of Windsor, which will stop in Wanaka this Sunday.

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Have your say on Crown pastoral land management ALLISON MCLEAN


Land Information New Zealand is reminding residents to comment on the future of the South Island’s high country land management as public consultation closes tomorrow (Friday). The government wants people to submit on its proposed changes to Crown pastoral land, stretching from Marlborough to Southland, which covers about 1.2 million hectares and spans nearly five percent of the entire country. Much of this land is leased for farming, and the public consultation is a chance to partner

with New Zealanders to ensure it is managed in the best interest of all. “It’s important that people take this opportunity to tell us what they think of the proposed changes,” said Jamie Kerr, Acting Deputy Chief Executive of policy and overseas investment. With tenure review ending, the Crown is committing to be a long-term landowner. This means it will oversee the impact of farming and other activities on approximately 170 pastoral leases. “This consultation is an opportunity for the government and those interested in the high country to ensure that Crown pastoral

lands are managed sustainably to maintain their natural and landscape values while supporting viable farming businesses and local communities,” said Kerr. More than 2500 submissions have been received thus far alongside previous “lively” discussions at meetings. “We have been impressed with the feedback already received, from leaseholders who farm the land and other organisations and individuals passionate about the future of the high country,” said Kerr. Proposed changes to Crown pastoral land include: making decision-making by the Commissioner of Crown Lands more

accountable and transparent; providing more guidance and standards for the Commissioner’s decisions on leaseholder applications for activities such as burning and forestry; requiring the Commissioner to obtain expert advice and consult as necessary when considering applications for discretionary consents; updating the fees and charges framework; requiring regular reporting against a monitoring framework. To make a submission, and to read more about proposed new outcomes for the land, including feedback on a better implementation of Treaty of Waitangi responsibilities, visit www.linz.govt.nz/CPLC.

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I am hugely in favour of a visitor levy. I am also staggered at the proposal of a sort of ‘bed tax’ which will only deal to approximately five percent of the human influx, not provide much for infrastructure needed. The levy needs to be a "campervan purchased or hired at our border tax". Or a general visitor border tax, an entry tax. The personal waste of visitors staying at motels, hotels and BnBs is being dealt with nicely by council-compliant bathrooms already. It's the ratepayer-subsidised free van sites and the al fresco eliminations of visitors we need to improve on. Ratepayer-paid-for camping has got to go, and fast. Big options to bring in money with good campgrounds abound. I am very sick of present council policy, which blithely donates our rates to promote freeloading. Build proper camping grounds with proper facilities and insist that visitors use them. And recycle the waste at each site with gas digesters, not piping it into our waterways or trucking it off to rubbish dumps as council planners still think it is ok to do. And get on with it! Or get out. Regards, L Schmidt

Queenstown Lakes District Council responds:

Thank you for taking the time to write in and share your views. The free hubs for responsible camping were a trial, funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The hubs are now closed and council is analysing how it went and considering its approach for the next summer season. We also continue to focus on delivering and improving our responsible camping strategy to address behaviours and concerns with regards to campers. It’s worth noting that “freedom camping” is governed by central government legislation and no local authority in Aotearoa New Zealand can ban this activity, therefore in response to a very clear message from the district’s communities council had to do something to protect the environment and the hubs were a trial to address those concerns and have been largely successful. Whilst the current proposal has focused on accommodation providers, including users of peer-to-peer platforms such as Bookabach and Airbnb, we are also investigating models to capture freedom campers as our intention is to ensure that all visitors make a fair contribution. QLDC will be sending detailed information and voting papers for the visitor levy referendum between May 14-19. Although non-binding, the referendum is needed to inform a decision by the central government to change the necessary legislation. If implemented, a levy is likely to be collected from 2021 at the earliest. We encourage you to read and digest the information when it comes out and participate in the referendum.


Managing Wanaka’s growth for everyone

I have only lived in Wanaka for just over two years and it is obvious that the town is experiencing unprecedented growth with some of the problems which go with that. It is absolutely vital that the Wanaka Community Board and QLDC manage changes to infrastructure carefully with careful thought as to how those changes affect all in the

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community, yet still retain the unique nature of this town we call home. Recently at the series of U3A lectures we were told about “Age Friendly Communities” in NZ. Quite a number in the North Island, only three in the South Island and sadly none of them in the Central Lakes area. “Age Friendly” covers those over 65 years of age – at present 17 % of Wanaka’s population and I believe growing all the time. Hamilton city was the first (recognised) age friendly city in NZ. I challenge the Community Board and the QLDC to become more informed about “Age Friendly Communities” and work

toward Wanaka becoming the first in the Central Lakes area to be given that status! Margaret Hall

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Thanks for taking the time to write in and share your views. The Council is committed to supporting and advocating for the development of a more inclusive and diverse community. Part of that includes determining measures for designing places and infrastructure that is appropriate for all ages and abilities.

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SPORTS RESULTS Please send sports results to sports@thewanakasun.co.nz by Tuesday at noon. Results should be unformatted and presented in the body of the email. Tarras Golf Club Men’s Results 6 April Purvis Cup (Medal) Round 1 W Bosley 88*20*68, D Loeff 104*33*71, D Allen 102*29*73, H Reinecke 82*8*74, G Rive 98*23*75, D Agnew 100*18*82 Putting B Rowley 28, W Bosley 28, H Reinecke 29, M Hyndman 31, D Agnew 32, D Allen 32, G Rive 34 Nett Eagles W Bosley No 11, D Allen No 2 Struck No 11. Birdies H Reinecke Nos 4 And 7. Wanaka Bridge Club Monday – Mt Iron Stakes 2: North/ South 1st Laraine Shepherd Georgie Roberts 64.92% 2nd Liz Hawker Martin Unwin 62.46% 3rd Trish Foote Alan Foote 54.31% East/ West 1st Jenny Pryde Ann-Louise Stokes 64.55% 2nd Ken Saxby Lynne Fegan 62.04% 3rd Alan Chisholm Morag Chisholm 59.36% .Wednesday – Hawea Pairs 1: North/ South 1st Joan Moon Ross Moon 59.03% 2nd John Schwarz Neil Robinson 56.48% 3rd Noeline Munro Sally Goodall 53.24% East/ West 1st Alan Bunn John Milburn 62.50% 2nd Carole Turner Lesley Hook 57.41% 3rd Eleanor Jessep Kay Ross 56.94%. Friday 5 Apr – Handicap: North/ South: 1st Sheryl Strudwick Nan Ottrey 58.12% 2nd Fran Holmes Daphne Stewart 53.41% 3rd Deirdre Lynch Jan Anderson 52.46% East/ West 1st Josey McKenzie Barbara Waterworth 60.41% 2nd Hans Limacher Claire Williams 57.39% 3rd Jude Gunn Noeline Munro 51.10%

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Perfect home debut for Wanaka AFC Wanaka AFC picked up their second win of the season with goals either side of halftime to Barry Grehan and Danillo Santana allowing the Wanaka men to make a perfect home debut. The 2-1 win over Northern AFC, at the Wanaka Recreation Centre, has WAFC sitting fourth after round three of the tenteam ODT Southern Premier League. Wanaka greeted the men from Dunedin's northern suburbs with a perfect autumn day in the first home game of the season. With a full-strength squad at his disposal, coach Ian Bell set a well balanced lineup that quickly settled into the match. They looked to control possession and forced the winless Northern side to absorb pressure and rely on the counter attack. Good attacking play saw youngsters Toa Roode and Fletcher Cavanagh have early chances snuffed out by superb saves from the opposition goalkeeper. While the Wanaka back three calmly dealt with the pace of the Northern counter. With the match still scoreless in the 35th minute, the visitors were awarded a contentious free kick 30 yards from the WAFC goal. The ensuing shot took a wicked deflection that lobbed over goalkeeper Britton Dowling and settled in the back of the net, to give the visitors the lead. They were given no time to celebrate however as WAFC immediately hit back through a deft, curling strike by Grehan following excellent build up play by wingers Weston Bell and Paul Hodgeson. Playmaker Danillo was brought on at the break and within minutes found himself with a yard of space following a cheeky through ball by man of the match, Allan Carmichael.

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