Last week’s article on world No 1 paddle boarder Annabel Anderson incorrectly said she was educated at Mt Aspiring College and Otago University. She went to school at Craighead Diocesan in Timaru and St Andrews College in Christchurch before going to Otago University. Sorry about that.
Search and rescue
A 32-year-old Queenstown man is in critical condition in Dunedin Hospital’s intensive care unit, after he was injured in a fall down a cliff near Meadow Hut on the Pisa Range early on Sunday morning. The accident was reported to 111 at 1.30am by the man’s companion. The Otago Rescue Helicopter retrieved the man but few details have been provided about the circumstances of the fall. St John Ambulance communications adviser Ian Henderson said the man had serious multiple injuries. Wanaka police declined to release the injured man’s name.
Tramper’s body found
A body believed to be that of missing Wellington tramper Scott (Brock) Oliver, 41, was found in the Wilkin River bed last Thursday, 19 days after he was reported missing. Sergeant Aaron Nicholson said the body was reported by a tramper in the Mt Aspiring National Park. It was recovered about 15km downstream from where Oliver was last seen alive. Police and Land Search and Rescue volunteers conducted an intensive search for Oliver this month. His death has been referred to the coroner.
Cyclist struck by truck
Senior Constable Ian Henderson is seeking more information about a truck that skittled a female cyclist on State Highway 8A on Saturday afternoon and did not stop to offer help. Henderson said the Luggate resident was cycling from Tarras towards the Luggate Red Bridge. The truck was travelling in the same direction. She was treated at the Wanaka Medical Centre for an elbow injury.
Injured dog missing
Henderson is also seeking the owners of a chocolate labrador dog, reportedly struck by a car near the rodeo grounds at Albert Town at Saturday about 11am. The motorist reported the accident but could not find the animal. It had run away in bushes in the Department of Conservation reserve. It is believed to have been wearing a red collar.
The 2015 Wanaka Ambassador Programme starts next Wednesday with local course facilitator Jools Hall. The course is held at the Wanaka Hotel from 9am to noon every second Wednesday, providing local workers and business operators with information and history they can pass on to tourists. The course is supported by the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
Naked man sought
Wanaka police want help to identify a naked man seen on the Mt Iron track, between Albert Town and Puzzling World, late on January 14.