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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: god­zonead­ven­

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.

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