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Meteorological Service of NZ Limited 2013 Bike festival building into a biggie
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''We want to create a festival that appeals
to a wide swathe of biking culture, spec-
tators and visitors to Queenstown,'' Hunt
Highlights will include the second year
of the Teva Slopestyle, a ''big-air'' event
held in central Queenstown, where pro
riders and invited amateurs launch
themselves off a massive series of ramps,
jumps and runs built to include room for
a large crowd, all under floodlights.
This year, the event is elevated to a
Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour
Silver event -- putting it on a par with
similar events in Austria, Sweden and
New to the Festival will be the R & R
Sport Mega Avalanche -- starting high on
a ridgeline of the Remarkables mountain
range, riders will plunge down a
1650-metre course to the finish line.
Because of the sensitive nature of the
terrain, approval for the race was
only given just before Christmas,
and numbers are limited to 100.
The event is being held on a trial-only
basis to see whether the terrain can
withstand the impact of the race.
''This test of endurance, courage and
brakes is something that will surely be a
fan favourite. With a mass start and
motorway speeds predicted, this is the
sort of race where legends are born.''
Last year's Queenstown Bike Festival
attracted more than 5000 entrants and
spectators, bringing in more than
$2 million to the local economy.
Wastebusters stay on
Council sticks to community-run recycling service
By JESSICA MADDOCK
The Central Otago District Council will
support a community-run recycling ser-
vice, rather than switch to a potentially
less expensive commercial provider.
The not-for-profit Central Otago Waste-
busters has provided kerbside and other
recycling services for more than a de-
cade. The council has underwritten the
organisation since the recession hit four
years ago, at a cost of about $440,000 a
Councillors recently asked staff to inves-
tigate whether any savings could be
made by using a commercial recycling
The council's infrastructure services
manager, Jon Kingsford, said while a
commercial provider of kerbside recyc-
ling services might cost up to $150,000
less a year, the council may end up pay-
ing more for the other services Central
Otago Wastebusters provides.
The organisation also serviced nine
recycling drop-off points, collected from
rural areas and commercial premises
throughout the district, ran classes on
how to be environmentally friendly,
operated a second-hand store of recycled
goods, and provided recycling services at
at least 10 annual events.
It employed 17 fulltime-equivalent staff,
provided opportunities for 25 people each
year to complete their court-imposed
community work, and was supported by
Its capital expenditure was met through
grants from charities, such as the Cen-
tral Lakes Trust.
Mr Kingsford told the Mirror the com-
mittee's decision took into account so-
cial, educational and environmental fac-
tors, as well as economic.
''The decision was more philosophical --
commercial versus community.
''While council is very conscious of the
cost to ratepayers, it also has a respon-
sibility to the community.
''It certainly rings true with council's
charter for resource stewardship and
Council would now have two representa-
tives on Central Otago Wastebusters'
board, with Mr Kingsford and Cr John
Lane proposed. An agreement on service
levels would also be established and the
contract would be reviewed in two years,
to ensure greater efficiency was being
Council would also review the organisa-
tion's recycling operations. As a result,
the move from weekly to fortnightly
wheelie-bin refuse collections has been
delayed a year, until the review is com-
A planned reduction in fees for disposing
of waste at the landfill has also been
delayed, to cover the cost of another year
of weekly kerbside refuse collections.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council
was criticised last year for not renewing
Wanaka Wastebusters' contract to pro-
vide kerbside recycling services, which
threw the organisation's future into
The blow was softened by the council
granting Wanaka Wastebusters a 35-year
lease of its land for $1 a year, enabling the
organisation's retail and education
centre to continue to operate.
Not a happy time' as cherries lost
Not a good season: Central Otago cherries drip with rain.
Photo: CHE BAKER 626026210
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amount of damage. Varieties
of cherries reacted differently
to the downpour. At his
orchard, the ''Stella Compact''
variety was the worst affected,
with 20 to 25 per cent of the
crop wiped out. That equated
to about three tonnes, or 3 per
cent of the orchard's total
The ''Skeena'' variety was also
affected, but to a lesser extent.
''Other varieties we haven't
picked yet. Some are showing
considerable damage. Others
are showing no damage.''
The total cost of the damage
would not be known until the
end of the season, because
some rain-damaged cherries
may be downgraded to ''sec-
ond grade'' meaning they
could not be sold to lucrative
''The local market pays very
little compared to export. We
still get something, but not
what we would expect.''
He said cherry season had been ''ave-
rage'', but it was better than the previous
two, when his orchard lost 80 to 90 per
cent of the entire crop.
''It wasn't pretty. Compared to that, this
year has been better.
''But, put it this way, at best I would
characterise it as an average season. I
would not call it a good season.''
Jackson and Freeway Orchards owner
Mark Jackson said his businesses, both
near Cromwell, were also ''hammered''
by the rain at New Year but, fortunately,
90 per cent of their cherries had already
been picked and he lost only 20 per cent
of what was still on the trees. The loss
equated to about 2 tonnes, or 4 per cent of
the orchards' total crop.
Mr Jackson was now focusing on
apricots, which benefited from the rain.
Summerfruit New Zealand chairman
and Roxburgh fruit grower Gary Ben-
netts said the rain was a blow for cherry
growers, who were already suffering
from a lighter crop this season. He
estimated that 20 to 40 per cent of this
year's harvest would be rain-damaged.
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