Green MP to ad­dress pub­lic

Land in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion, wa­ter qual­ity is­sues on agenda

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

Zealand’s Best Ski Re­sort last year at the in­au­gu­ral World Ski Awards in Kitzbuhel Aus­tria, was able to ex­tend its open ter­rain yes­ter­day, al­low­ing ac­cess to the Hol­ly­wood Bowl.

‘It’s [the open­ing of the bowl] ex­cit­ing for a lot of the lo­cals. It’s one of our most pop­u­lar ex­pert-only ar­eas.’’

With an over­lap of New Zealand and Aus­tralian school hol­i­days, both Tre­ble Cone and Cardrona Alpine Re­sort have been burst­ing at the seams to cater for the large crowds.

Aus­tralia’s school hol­i­day break would fin­ish this weekend but New Zealand’s would con­tinue un­til July 21.

‘‘The next two weeks are some of our busiest,’’ No­ble said.

Cardrona Alpine Re­sort gen­eral man­ager Brid­get Leg­navsky said both Sun­day and Mon­day at­tracted crowds of 4000 to the re­sort.

‘‘It’s all hands on deck . . . Ev­ery­one’s work­ing.

‘‘This will be the busiest week. A lot of the fam­i­lies are here for the whole week,’’ she said.

On Mon­day the re­sort was able to open the Val­ley View chair­lift, which helped ease chair­lift queues and al­lowed more park­ing space.

‘‘It def­i­nitely takes some pres­sure off the top of the moun­tain,’’ she said.

This weekend in­cludes an ice carv­ing com­pe­ti­tion at Tre­ble Cone be­fore the re­sort kicks off kids’ week next week.

The Cardrona Kids Cup Slopestyle freestyle com­pe­ti­tion for kids aged 5 to 11 years will be held at Cardrona next Wed­nes­day.

Young rid­ers will show off their freestyle ma­noeu­vres over ta­ble top jumps, boxes and rails and will be judged by a panel of three judges with scores based on va­ri­ety, dif­fi­culty and ex­e­cu­tion.

Medals and prizes will be given to the top three skiers and snow­board­ers in each age di­vi­sion.

Metser­vice fore­casts both re­sorts could ex­pect some rain, wind and snow as well as fine con­di­tions for the re­main­der of the week. Green Par­tyMP Eu­ge­nie Sage will be talk­ing en­vi­ron­ment and con­ser­va­tion is­sues at a pub­lic meet­ing at Wanaka’s Pres­by­te­rian Com­mu­nity Church Cen­tre tonight.

Sage cam­paigned in her first term in Par­lia­ment on big is­sues for Cen­tral Otago, in­clud­ing clean rivers, in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion of land use in the McKen­zie basin, chal­lenges faced by the Depart­ment Of Con­ser­va­tion and con­ser­va­tion es­tate, changes to the Re­source Man­age­ment Act and lo­cal govern­ment law re­form.

Sage will speak on the key is­sues in her con­ser­va­tion, en­vi­ron­ment and lo­cal govern­ment portfolios, sign­post­ing wa­ter qual­ity as the top en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sue for New Zealan­ders.

Pro­tect­ing rivers, lakes and aquifers by prop­erly man­ag­ing the risks as­so­ci­ated with in­ten­sive agri­cul­ture and in­creased de­mand from ir­ri­ga­tion, in­dus­try and ur­ban use will be on the topic list. There will be plenty of time al­lowed for Sage to an­swer ques­tions from the floor.

Two big snow events com­ing

Speed, jumps and al­most ver­ti­cal drops will be on the agenda for the world’s top freeskiers as the New Zealand Freeski Open and the Big Moun­tain com­pe­ti­tions kick off next month.

The open, the big­gest freeski com­pe­ti­tion in the South­ern Hemi­sphere, will cel­e­brate it 10th an­niver­sary and Cardrona Alpine Re­sort will host the event be­tween Au­gust 28 and 31. Big Moun­tain will take place be­tween Septem­ber 1 and 8.

Early bird: Wanaka he­liski guide Katie Deans set to hit this slopes at Tre­ble Cone ski area.

Green Par­tyMPEu­ge­nie Sage.

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