Smoothy claims win
Cromwell freeskier Sam Smoothy claims victory at the third stop of the Freeride World Tour in Kappl, Austria. Starting from an altitude of 2800m and with variable snow conditions making for tricky landings, riders were required to execute impeccable control. Smoothy screamed down the fall line with a fast, high-energy run, managing to incorporate both a double and triple cliff drop into his run. His excellent technique throughout the venue pleased the judges and he was rewarded with a score of 86.50. Fellow New Zealand skiers Charlie Lyons and Neil Williman finished 15th and 22nd respectively.
Smokers are being urged to take part in the second WERO Group Stop Smoking Competition, starting on March 1 and involves teams of 10 smokers who compete to have the most people successfully stop smoking after three months and the opportunity to win $5000 for a charity or community group of their choice. During last year’s inaugural competition, Wakatipu teams had 43 per cent of participants remaining smoke-free after three months. More information at wero.me.
Edgewater Resort expands
Edgewater Resort has expanded its operations, adding a day spa to the hotel. Element Edgewater Day Spa, operated by beauty therapist Vanessa Braghini, will offer a range of spa treatments.
Teacher moves on
City Impact Church Queenstown early childhood education centre manager Shaun Vining was farewelled by Ashley Shannon, 4, and son Sam Vining, 6, after seven years in the role. The long-time Queenstown teacher has returned to primary school teaching with a new job at Kingsview School. He is teaching years 3, 4, 5 and 8 – a class of 15 to 20 children, including his son, Sam, 6. Daughter Azaria starts at the school in June. Both have attended the centre. ‘‘I follow my children. I’ll be their professor at university,’’ he said, jokingly.
Alexandra water options
Options to resolve Alexandra residents’ number one bugbear – water quality – have been proposed including an $8.5 million cost to upgrade the existing supply and between $11.5m and $14.5m to establish a new water supply at the Clutha River or Lake Dunstan. The Central Otago District Council will consult on the proposals in March. Information and reports are available online at codc.govt.nz/alexwater.
View on Convention Centre
The Wanaka Community Board is expected to decide its stance on the Queenstown Convention Centre proposal when information is released on the rating implications for the district. Board chairwoman Rachel Brown said a report was expected to be presented to the Queenstown Lakes District Council in March and it is likely the board would be invited to comment.
Wastewater scheme gets nod
The Otago Regional Council has issued 35-year resource consents allowing the Central Otago District Council to operate its Cromwell and Bannockburn wastewater treatment system. It will let the council develop a $9million enhanced filtration and settling process with UV disinfection treatment. Council capital works programme manager Peter Greenwood told the Cromwell Community Board last year the scheme would require a rates rise of $543 for the first 12 months and more in following years.
3-6-12-hour bike race
Rabbit Ridge Bike Resort in Gibbston will host three, six and 12 hour bike races on February 22. Riders can participate as relay teams or individuals, and food and beverage tents will make a festive atmosphere. It is anticipated about 200 will join the event this year but hoped that eventually there would be 1800 and up to 3600 support crew. More information at rabbitridge.co.nz.
Have a go – sailing!
The Wakatipu and Wanaka yacht clubs are inviting anyone with an interest in sailing to have a go. As part of a national sailing and boating day the Wakatipu club will have three Volvo Sailing Have a Go trailers on site, 10am till 3pm on February 16 and learn to sail courses taking place. The Wanaka Yacht Club will have members teaching people to sail their boats from 1pm till 3pm on February 6. More information online at yachtingnz.org.nz.