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High fi­bre part­ner­ship for Win­ter Games

Snow Sports NZ ath­letes and coaches, and jour­nal­ists and blog­gers, stand to ben­e­fit from a per­ma­nent fi­bre op­tic ca­ble net­work be­ing in­stalled atCardrona Alpine Re­sort this month. It has been de­signed to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the lo­gis­ti­cal ef­fort and cost of broad­cast­ing live tele­vi­sion cov­er­age and on­line video stream­ing of the four FIS (In­ter­na­tional Ski Fed­er­a­tion) World Cup events at Cardrona dur­ing this Au­gust’s Win­ter Games NZ. The fast and re­li­able con­nec­tion will en­able TV pro­duc­tion units to be lo­cated off-site, elim­i­nat­ing the need to move por­ta­coms around the moun­tain and risk dam­ag­ing sur­face-ly­ing ca­bles. The project also en­ables Snow Sports NZ ath­letes and coaches to re­view train­ing videos on the chair­lift. High Per­for­mance Sport NZ per­for­mance and tech­nique an­a­lyst Paul McAlpine be­lieves it is the first per­ma­nent wi-fi video anal­y­sis sys­tem for a high per­for­mance snow sports team any­where in the world. The in­vest­ment is a part­ner­ship be­tween Cardrona, Snow Sports NZ and Win­ter Games NZ.

Swim­mers raised $5400 for Hamish

New Zealand rep­re­sen­ta­tive swim­mer Hamish McLean, 15, and his par­ents Claire and Alis­ter are grate­ful for the sup­port of Wanaka’s swim­ming com­mu­nity, which raised $5400 on Sun­day so McLean can com­pete at the IPC World Cham­pi­onships in Glas­gow in July. About 60 peo­ple at­tended an auc­tion at the Wanaka Dis­trict Club, with club mem­bers also pre­sent­ing McLean with a $500 cheque. Claire McLean said it has been ‘‘out­stand­ing and hum­bling’’ to re­ceive the sup­port of busi­nesses and the Wanaka and Queen­stown com­mu­ni­ties. McLean hopes to qual­ify for the Rio Par­a­lympics in 2016 and has a per­sonal goal of achiev­ing mer­its or ex­cel­lence in his NCEA level 1 sub­jects at Mt As­pir­ing Col­lege this year. McLean was born with achon­dropla­sia (dwarfism) and has been swim­ming since he was four. He com­petes in the S6

Bur­glary in­ves­ti­ga­tions on­go­ing

Wanaka po­lice are con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate two ho­tel bur­glar­ies in the past month. Se­nior Sergeant Al­lan Grindell said a pos­i­tive line of in­quiry is be­ing fol­lowed into the theft of an undis­closed amount of cash from the Lake Hawea Ho­tel safe overnight on Mon­day May 4. Some dam­age to the en­try of the ho­tel oc­curred. Two weeks prior to that, bot­tles of liquor were stolen in a ‘‘smash and grab’’ through the front win­dow of the Al­bert Town Tav­ern. Grindell said that was a dif­fer­ent ‘‘modus operandi’’ and the cases were be­ing looked at in iso­la­tion, although links were not be­ing dis­counted. The Lake Hawea bur­glary had ‘‘cer­tainly not been put to bed’’ and Grindell was re­luc­tant to dis­cuss it fur­ther for now, or re­veal the amount stolen.

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