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Ski field investigation
The Ministry of Business, Innovation
and Employment's labour group
(formerly the Department of Labour)
is investigating an incident involving
a chairlift on Coronet Peak which left
a woman with a broken leg on
August 2. The 61-year-old Auckland
woman and her partner fell from a
chairlift while visiting the ski field as
walkers on a sightseeing trip. Her
partner received a cut to his shin.
Community Health Shuttle
St John is establishing a Community
Health Shuttle service to provide
increased access for people living in
the Queenstown Lakes area to
attend health related appointments,
primarily in the Invercargill area.
Sponsored by Four Square
Supermarkets it is expected the
service will be launched in early
November. Information sessions for
people interested in volunteering to
be drivers on the service will be held
at 10am and 7pm on August 24 at
the Queenstown St John rooms.
Damage to plane
Air NZ is investigating after a
baggage hold was damaged with a
crowbar on August 9 leading to the
cancellation of a flight. The plane
was flown to Christchurch for
repairs under non-pressurised
conditions at below 10,000 feet.
Willow trees gone
Willow trees in Willow Pl have been
removed following complaints by
residents that roots were impeding
the track and sewerage system.
QLDC parks manager Gordon Bailey
said a Kelvin Peninsula Community
Association tree representative was
consulted. The track would be re-
planted with natives. Trees on public
land were managed by the council
and people were not free to remove
them, he said.
Council boundary decision cost $1500
A Queenstown Lakes District
Council decision to retain the
Arrowtown ward boundary cost
Of 240 submissions on the
council proposal to subsume
Arrowtown ward within a
Wakatipu ward, 230 people
opposed the bid.
A council spokeswoman said
there were no significant costs.
The only cost was for adminis-
tration, advertising and print-
ing. The working party was
Aground: The KJet jetboat which ran aground near Tucker Beach on the Shotover River last Saturday. Passengers stand on the northern river bank waiting
for another company boat to arrive so they can finish their trip while company staff deal with the beached boat.
Photo: BLAIR PATTINSON
Boat beaching not unusual
By GRANT BRYANT
The grounding of a KJet jet boat
carrying about 13 passengers on
the Shotover River on Saturday
afternoon was not an uncom-
mon occurrence, company
director Shaun Kelly said.
The incident happened about
4.30pm when the boat, which
had two children aboard, ran
aground near Tuckers Beach.
The constantly changing surface
of the rocky riverbed, which
was affected by currents and a
changeable river flow, meant
that even the most skilled jet
boat drivers, who often operated
in only centimetres of water,
could not always anticipate
where riverbed contours had
changed or risen, Mr Kelly, who
is also a champion jet boat
''In the jetboat industry running
aground is just like getting a flat
tyre in a car,'' he said.
''Sometimes it can happen three
times in a week, then it won't
happen again for six months.''
The Shotover River flows
through wide river flats before
narrowing at Skippers Canyon,
then widening again at Tuckers
Mr Kelly said the riverbed was
ever-changing, and its shifting
contours were not particularly
affected by the time of year or
The passengers' trip continued
after they were transferred to
another KJet boat which was
brought to Tuckers Beach
shortly after the grounding.
Three jetboat operations, Skip-
pers Canyon Jet, Shotover Jet
and KJet, plus two rafting
companies, operate on the
Shotover River downstream
from Skippers Canyon.
Directors of two other jet boat
operators, Thunder Jet and
Skippers Canyon Jet, both
agreed with Mr Kelly that the
occasional incident of a jet boat
running aground should not
reflect badly on the industry.
Queenstown was the birthplace
of the commercial jetboat tour-
ism industry in the 1960s.
The grounding of the KJet boat
happened only a day after
associate transport minister
Simon Bridges handed out
licences to 10 commercial jet-
boat drivers from Queenstown,
Wanaka, Te Anau and
Makarora -- the first commercial
licensing in the world.
The move followed years of
work to regulate the industry by
Maritime New Zealand, the
Tourism Industry Association
and the Commercial Jet Boat
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