Wanaka local Richard Sidey greets Tanzanian locals in his award-winning film The KFC, about five New Zealanders paragliding across Tanzania and over the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. PHOTOS: RICHARD SIDEYOrganisers of this year’s New Zealand Mountain Film Festival in Wanaka are "keeping their fingers and toes crossed" that Ministry of Health Covid-19 guidelines will allow them to fit everyone in to their venues. A film about five New Zealanders paragliding across Tanzania has won the title Best NZ film at the 2020 New Zealand Mountain Film and Book Festival at the end of this month. Yesterday, Mr Sedon announced Richard Sidey, of Wanaka, had won the Hiddleston-MacQueen Award for the best New Zealand film for The KFC. The film follows five New Zealanders on a paragliding adventure in Tanzania with their ultimate aim of flying from the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.
Photo: Getty ImagesTwo weeks after the reopening of schools, some pupils are showing signs of mild trauma from the lockdown. "Some of that might be related to relationship difficulties that occurred during lockdown," she said. "So for some students, it’s been a pretty rugged time in lockdown. Other students have had to take responsibility for younger siblings during the lockdown, and have simply not been able to keep up with their schoolwork. She said not all children engaged in distance learning during lockdown, but many did.
Ms Patterson developed her device, being made in Dunedin, with two of her senior pilots, James Forward and Brad Collier, and helicopter expert Tom McCready. Louisa ‘‘Choppy’’ Patterson, of Queenstown’s Over The Top Helicopters, with her Eye In The Sky device, in the final stages of Civil Aviation Authority certification. Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fenz) and the Department of Conservation (Doc) have mandated the use of a device such as Eye In The Sky in the new interagency standard for use of aircraft. Safety was not inherent in any operation Fenz, in particular, carried out — it had to be created, maintained and constantly improved, he said. The device also had other benefits, including diagnosing intermittent engineering faults quickly and assisting with pilot training.
Dominic Cummings claimed he was the victim of false stories in the media about his actions regarding Covid-19. Wiechers had the wit to do what the Cummings of this world hate above all else: check. A section of the UK Right is desperate to shift blame for this Government’s inability to govern to ‘‘the media’’. Unlike Trump and Johnson, Cummings is not trying to fool the public but fool the fool who employs him — not the hardest of tasks, I grant you. They are not evil geniuses but lazy, dogmatic and incompetent men, whose shabbiness is revealed as much by their little deceits as grand blunders.
Hot Tubs Omarama’s ice sculpture was at its frosty finest yesterday morning, as temperatures plummeted to -8degC in the Waitaki Valley township. PHOTO: REBECCA RYANWinter weather and the start of winter were in sync yesterday as temperatures hovered just above or below freezing across the region. The MetService reported Dunedin city was the warmest place to be on Sunday night with an overnight low of 7.1degC but that was in sharp contrast to Dunedin airport at -6.9degC which was the coldest in Otago and Southland. Many people living in the South woke to heavy frosts yesterday, including those on the Taieri Plain, the Waitaki Valley, and Invercargill. Queenstown plummeted to -3.2degC, Wanaka was slightly warmer at 1.4degC, Invercargill went down to -3degC, Oamaru was just above freezing at 0.6degC, but Omakau recorded -5.2degC and Lumsden had a low of -4degC.
Pennants began last month and club days have come back at some clubs. Otago Golf Club director of golf Shelley Duncan said since the start of lockdown the club had signed 40 new members. "This is very encouraging as they obviously see value in what a membership offers. St Clair Golf Club has attracted 50 new members of all ages. Arrowtown and Queenstown Golf Clubs are enjoying busy times and from 20 to 30 members have joined the clubs, Nationally, membership of clubs has risen from 101,410 to 104,552 in the year to April.
Statistics show the ball is in play for much longer. At the first World Cup in 1987, the ball was in play for about 26 minutes per game. During last year’s tournament, the ball was in play for more than 36 minutes. Teams no longer kick as often as they used to, going from 69 a game in 1991 to 44 in 2019. Breakdown penalties are evenly split among players not releasing the ball, players off their feet and ruck-side entry — in all, 21% of the total penalties.
The Otago Bombers and Island Park remain unbeaten but are split by St Clair after a double round of the metropolitan pennants over the weekend. Conditions were idyllic on the Taieri on Saturday as Island Park looked to end a run of drawn results. On Sunday, both Otago teams hosted St Clair and Island Park in benign conditions. Island Park took on the B52s and Island again ended with a 3-3 result. Next week the Bombers host Island Park, Taieri hosts the B52s and Chisholm Links is at home to St Clair.
Dunedin’s protest was one of a series in New Zealand yesterday that followed last week’s death of African-American man George Floyd in Minneapolis when he was being arrested. A wave of protests and riots erupted in the US after video emerged of police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck. Hundreds of people gathered in Dunedin’s Octagon yesterday to support the ‘‘Black lives matter’’ movement in the United States. Eva-Parani Collins (left), of Dunedin, and Ella Stone-Kerr, of Seattle, support each other at the Dunedin protest. A police spokeswoman said she was not aware of any issues at yesterday's Dunedin protest.
There are some interesting statistics but one shines through — the massive increase in time-off periods when players stand around to get ready to play. At the 1991 World Cup there was just under three minutes of time-off periods in each game. So that is bringing in more stops in play which go away from what rugby is — a continuity game and a contest for possession. Time-off periods have exploded — they rose by more than four minutes per game from 2015 to 2019 and show no sign of easing off. Scrums used to be have to be carried out in a quick, safe and fairly manner.
PHOTO: CHRISTINE O’CONNORSylvia Woodhouse (centre) enjoys a Queen’s Birthday high tea at Olveston, surrounded by (from left) Alice Hope (10), Samantha Lawrence (16), Margaret Lindsay, Carmen Hope, Eddie Woodhouse and Julie Lawrence. The Keep Calm and Carry On event was one of many held around the country yesterday, aimed at bringing support to local tourism operators and cafe owners following the lockdown. The Royal Albatross Centre on Otago Peninsula also held a high tea yesterday. Participants had the option of dressing up and joining in at the royal-themed venues, or connect to the event virtually by watching the Facebook live broadcast as it roved from venue to venue around the country. Following the high tea at Olveston, the guests gathered to lead the nation in singing Happy Birthday to the Queen, while participants at home joined in online.
It is entirely due to Fish & Game that many of our finest rivers are now protected from despoliation. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGESRecent reports of trouble within Fish & Game conform to a standard script which surfaces about once every decade. And it is entirely due to Fish & Game that many of our finest rivers are now protected from despoliation. We do not allow local bodies to select our MPs, so why is this incestuous system tolerated within Fish & Game? - Dave Witherow served on the Otago Fish & Game Council for 39 years (1979-2018), and was the Otago representative on the New Zealand Fish & Game Council for more than 10 years (until 2018).
PHOTO: CHRISTINE O’CONNORDunedin’s community patrol volunteers will hit the streets for the first time in months this weekend. Now Covid-19 restrictions have eased, volunteers in the Dunedin North, Dunedin South, and Mosgiel patrol groups can return to their roles. Dunedin South patrol leader Sheree Mason, pictured with fellow patrol member Gary Broderick, said they served as the ‘‘eyes and ears’’ for the police, whom they would contact if they saw anything suspicious during their rounds. Her patrol had about 20 members, but they were seeking more volunteers, she said. Anyone interested in joining should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the patrol’s Facebook page.
A new Catlins heritage track is set to receive a double boost, after recent strides were made in both its conservation status and funding prospects. Don SinclairThe Truby King Railway Bridge in Tahakopa will officially join the New Zealand Heritage List on June 12, following a three-year campaign by local historian Don Sinclair. Mr Sinclair said final funding for a 500m heritage track to the 97-year-old logging bridge fragment was also in prospect this week, which he hoped would allow the project to proceed almost immediately. Mr Sinclair said a fenced track would be installed alongside the Tahakopa River, where a picnic area would be formed overlooking the bridge, and interpretation panels erected. Heritage NZ described the remaining fragment as a "testament to the tremendous scope" of Sir Truby’s activities in the Catlins.
This is something I made sure to remember when visiting New Zealand’s Zealong Tea Estate late last year. But interestingly, Zealong Estate’s tea camellias are not the first to have been planted in New Zealand. Zealong Tea Estate’s flagship tea is "oolong". Consequently, Zealong Tea Estate’s tea master is sought abroad, which means that, come October, when they will be required, they will need to undertake any Covid-19 quarantine measures that may still be in place. If you plan to be in the Waikato any time soon, Zealong Tea Estate is open to individual visitors Friday to Sunday.