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Rocky road

Snow on the moun­tains

Snow, glo­ri­ous snow, is on its way, which is good news for Tre­ble Cone’s planned open­ing this week. Ski area mar­ket­ing and sales man­ager Nick No­ble said the cold fore­cast for the start of the week meant staff could be snow-mak­ing round-the-clock. ‘‘We are al­ways hop­ing for as much snow as we can get. The more that falls, the sooner we can open,’’ No­ble said. Part of a ma­jor rock­fall block­ing State High­way 6 has been cleared al­low­ing the road be­tween Makarora and Lake Hawea to re­open. The large rock­fall, caused by heavy rain, closed the road on Thurs­day morn­ing and blocked the only road ac­cess to open to Makarora. Con­trac­tors used a he­li­copter with a mon­soon bucket to sluice the rock­fall, al­low­ing the road to be opened to a sin­gle lane on Satur­day. Mo­torists can ex­pect mi­nor de­lays at the site as clear­ing work continues. The night-time clo­sure of the high­way at the Diana Falls slip site, near Haast Pass, will con­tinue.

ORC wa­ter qual­ity rules ex­plained

The Otago Re­gional Coun­cil will host a stake­hold­ers fo­rum in Wanaka on July 1 to ex­plain new wa­ter qual­ity rules to those af­fected. Coun­cil chair­man Stephen Wood­head said the fo­rum would set the scene for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the rules, which pro­hibit gross ac­tiv­i­ties that harm wa­ter qual­ity while en­cour­ag­ing in­no­va­tive prac­tices to im­prove or main­tain good wa­ter qual­ity. The fo­rum will be held be­tween 7.30pm and 9pm at the Lake Wanaka Cen­tre.

Youth St John

Two St John Youth Di­vi­sion mem­bers have been pre­sented with a Grand Prior Award, the first time the in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised award has been awarded to cadets from the Wanaka di­vi­sion. Han­nah Ger­rard and Bai­ley Masters, both now of Dunedin, were pre­sented the award at the Up­per Clutha Pres­by­te­rian Par­ish last night.

Stinky li­brary

The Wanaka Fire Bri­gade was called to the Wanaka Li­brary last week to in­ves­ti­gate what was thought to be the smell of burn­ing. A fire spokesman said on ar­rival fire fighters de­cided the smell was more of a "pongy smell’’ and re­ferred it to the Queen­stown Lakes District Coun­cil main­te­nance staff.

Com­edy in Lake Hawea

New Zealand co­me­dian Gish will per­form at the Lake Hawea Ho­tel to­mor­row night as part of his Stink Bro South Is­land tour. The show starts at 8pm.

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