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Snap­per irks Bei­jing

Queen­stown-based pho­tog­ra­pher Trey Rat­cliff was de­tained – al­beit briefly – by po­lice in China af­ter us­ing an aerial drone to take pic­ture of the For­bid­den City. Rat­cliff was in Bei­jing and shot pic­tures us­ing a quadro­copter. He said he was un­aware of nearby govern­ment build­ings, which was the rea­son for po­lice at­ten­tion. The quadro­copter was con­fis­cated while au­thor­i­ties checked the im­ages then re­turned to Rat­cliff at the air­port.

Bat­tle for Our Birds

The Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion is hold­ing a pub­lic sem­i­nar to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on its planned Aerial 1080 op­er­a­tions this year. It will pro­vide de­tails of where aerial 1080 is likely to be used in the Wakatipu this year in­clud­ing the Dart, Route­burn and Caples Val­leys. The meet­ing will take place to­mor­row at the Wakatipu Se­nior Cit­i­zens As­so­ci­a­tion, 10 Me­mo­rial St, from 7pm.

New den­tal clinic at hospi­tal

A new den­tal clinic will be built on the Lakes District Hospi­tal site in Queen­stown within the next two years, the South­ern District Health Board has an­nounced. Den­tal Pub­lic Health Specialist, Clin­i­cal Leader Oral Health Ser­vices, Dr Tim Mackay said a project team was be­ing put to­gether to progress the build, which is be­ing funded by the Min­istry of Health to de­velop oral health ser­vices across New Zealand. ‘‘We have re­ceived fund­ing for a two chair den­tal clinic, which is based on the pro­jected pop­u­la­tion fig­ures for the Wakatipu over the next 20 years.’’ The clin­i­cal staff will take part in the de­sign of the new clinic which will be state of the art and come equipped with dig­i­tal imag­ing equip­ment, en­abling quick, easy di­ag­no­sis of a child’s oral health.

Sir Ray to speak

Ki­wibank New Zealan­der of the Year and win­ner of the Blake Lead­er­ship Medal in 2010 Sir Ray Avery will speak in Frank­ton on Fri­day. Af­ter a de­prived child­hood in English or­phan­ages He be­came a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­ven­tor and busi­ness­man with his Auck­land Univer­sity re­search fo­cussed on med­i­cal in­no­va­tions for de­vel­op­ing coun­tries in Africa and Asia. He will speak par­tic­u­larly on his cur­rent cam­paign to raise funds for Plun­ketPlus – a hi-tech iPhone and iPad pro­gramme to al­low Plun­ket nurses and par­ents to share in­for­ma­tion in­stantly and thus im­prove mon­i­tor­ing and ad­vice. He will speak be­tween 10am and noon at St Mar­garet’s Church Hall. Ad­mis­sion is $5 with pro­ceeds to Plun­ketPlus.

Hous­ing Ac­cord un­der­way

Queen­stown Lakes District Mayor Vanessa van Uden has wel­comed the Govern­ment’s de­ci­sion to add the district to the Hous­ing Ac­cords and Spe­cial Hous­ing Ar­eas Act, thus be­gin­ning the process to es­tab­lish a Hous­ing Ac­cord with the Queen­stown Lakes District Coun­cil.

Amort­gage re­pay­ment for a me­dian-priced house was 93.9 per cent of the me­dian weekly take home pay in the district, she said.

‘‘Ap­prox­i­mately half of our property own­ers live out­side the District and our huge ap­peal as a des­ti­na­tion cre­ates an af­ford­abil­ity prob­lem for the lo­cal com­mu­nity that the Coun­cil is com­mit­ted to work­ing with the Govern­ment to im­prove.’’

The mech­a­nisms avail­able un­der the Act had the po­ten­tial to in­crease the hous­ing sup­ply and, in turn, re­duce the cost of houses.

The coun­cil will work with the Govern­ment to draft an ac­cord dur­ing com­ing weeks.

Once the ac­cord is fi­nalised, the coun­cil will in­ves­ti­gate ap­proaches that will help in­crease hous­ing sup­ply in or­der to strive to meet the hous­ing tar­gets in the ac­cord.

Ski field gong

Coronet Peak ski area has been awarded the 2014 Green Rib­bon Award for en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able pro­ce­dures. Coronet Peak took top honours in the large busi­ness lead­er­ship cat­e­gory for its work to re­duce waste, car­bon emis­sions, en­ergy use and fuel con­sump­tion. Ski area man­ager Ross Co­p­land was at the cer­e­mony to re­ceive the award on be­half of the team and said he was ‘‘ec­static’’ with the win. The ski field has re­duced its elec­tric­ity us­age by 10 per cent and its fuel con­sump­tion by 60,000 litres.

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