SHORT AND SHARP
Gigatown campaigner succumbs to cancer
Wanaka Gigatown campaigner Chris Robinson passed away last Friday night after an eight month battle against pancreatic cancer. Robinson’s wife Gillian said on Facebook her husband was a passionate member of the Gigatown campaign. ‘‘He worked at Cardrona and he loved Wanaka, though we had only settled here relatively recently. He sadly leaves behind two little daughters, aged 20mths and 3 months old. To anyone who knew him, myself or his mum Hilary Robinson, you are invited to his memorial service on Wednesday 3 June @ 2.30pm at the Presbyterian church, followed by burial at Wanaka Cemetery.’’ Gillian Robinson said donations to the Upper Clutha Hospice Trust would be appreciated.
Choice of two Godzone races for Tasman next year
The 2016 Godzone adventure race will be held in the South Island’s Tasman District from April 2-8. A new GZ Pursuit event has been added to the schedule to make it more accessible to first-time expedition racers, who want to step up to expedition-style racing. The Godzone will be based at Kaiteriteri and the course could include three national parks. Race director Warren Bates, of Queenstown, is ‘‘super excited’’ about the new format that offers a choice of supported or unsupported courses. The GZ Pure is an unsupported race over 500 kilometres, which Bates said was ‘‘exactly what the Godzone represents now’’. The new GZ Pursuit event is about 400km and support crews provide assistance at key points. More information: godzoneadventure.com.
New off-road St John Ambulance for district
A new St John 4WD ambulance has been commissioned for the Upper Clutha area. St John’s marketing and communications manager Debbie Pipson says the new vehicle will give officers access to remote areas of the region, including skifields, rivers and unsealed roads. The Toyota Land Cruiser has been adapted to act as a response vehicle and was officially commissioned on May 22. Another 4WD ambulance was commissioned in 2013 and is based in Glenorchy. Business advisory and accounting firm Crowe Horwath helped fund the ambulance. Managing principal Duncan Fea said: ‘‘When we heard St John couldn’t afford a 4WD ambulance for the region’s ski fields, we knew we had found a meaningful way to support our community. The older vehicles are not able to withstand the terrain and rough roads so we understood the seriousness of the situation.’’
Wanaka Primary receives $10,000 for playground
Wanaka Primary School Future Trust chairman Will Croxford donated $10,000 to the new Wanaka Primary School board chairman Andrew Howard last week. Howard said he was ‘‘thrilled’’ to receive the money, which would be used to expand the playground and provide physical equipment to build upper body strength, balance and coordination.’’ The trust provides the school with funds every two years.