Kaik­oura duathlon wins support

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sta­tus, be­com­ing the coun­try’s 30th Re­gional Tourism Or­gan­i­sa­tion, giv­ing it more weight in mar­ket­ing and, in par­tic­u­lar, recog­ni­tion by cen­tral gov­ern­ment. Kaik­oura In­for­ma­tion Tourism In­cor­po­rated ( Kiti) man­ager Glenn Ormsby said it would be a real ‘‘shot in the arm’’ for the town, but it’s tourism in­dus­try would still have a close re­la­tion­ship with Christchurch and Can­ter­bury Tourism which had pre­vi­ously been it’s re­gional tourism or­gan­i­sa­tion.

A ‘‘weather bomb’’ on the eve of Easter caused chaos, as tor­ren­tial rain brought down mas­sive slips on the coastal road, tak­ing out power and com­mu­ni­ca­tions, just as the long week­end was set to bring an in­flux of tourists.

Road clo­sures meant some trav­ellers failed to reach fully­booked mo­tels and hol­i­day parks and couldn’t con­tact their ac­com­mo­da­tion to let them know.

Some re­tail­ers and busi­nesses re­ly­ing on tourism missed out on Good Fri­day since eft­pos was down. How­ever, Kaik­oura re­tail­ers who had ig­nored trad­ing bans on Fri­day and Sun­day made up for it with the num­ber of mo­torists trapped over the long week­end due to the road clo­sures to the north.

Kaik­oura was ex­cited by the news in May that work would be­gin on the new Kaik­oura In­te­grated Fam­ily Health Cen­tre. After the Can­ter­bury Dis­trict Health Board an­nounced the start of phys­i­cal works, com­mu­nity fundrais­ing be­gan in earnest for the ex­tra $3.4 mil­lion re­quired to pay for the new hos­pi­tal, and by mid-year $800, 000 had al­ready been amassed.

A dawn bless­ing cer­e­mony was held on May 23, while work be­gan ex­actly 102 years to the day since the open­ing cer­e­mony of the old hos­pi­tal, on June 3 1912.

Mak­ing space: The Kaik­oura nurses’ home was de­mol­ished after con­fir­ma­tion in May that work would be­gin on the new In­te­grated Fam­ily Health Cen­tre.

Scenic cir­cuit: Ta­nia Ross leads Rosie Hailes through the turn in the cy­cle leg of the Kaik­oura Duathlon.

Have wings?: The Free­dom Hunters team, from left, Finn Henry, Tish McNi­col and Chessie Henry raced through Europe in April fu­elled by Red Bull.

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