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COCKIES & CONTRACTORS
"BIG DAY OUT" AT THE RACES
Great position on the straight
before the Winning Post
Omakau Races -- Friday March 1, 2013
A great opportunity to entertain your clients and/or staff
First race approx 12.30pm
Also available -- Continuous refreshments on demand delivered to your marquee
courtesy of Henry's Alexandra
Variety of gourmet food available for purchase throughout the afternoon from Muddy
Creek Cafe For more information or to secure your place contact:
James Herlihy 021 977 217, Michael White 027 232 5495, Malcolm Little 027 489 6230
SPECIAL CHANCE TO GET YOUR MINI MQ FOR FREE!
Every paid up mini MQ holder on the day will be in a draw, to be on local trainer, Murray
Hamilton's best horse of the day as nominated by him. Should this horse win, your $350 mini MQ
package will be refunded. If it runs second $200 will be refunded, if third $100 will be refunded
and fourth or worse the club will donate you a 24 pack of Speights stubbies.
• Your own private 3x3 marquee (ideal for up to 15 people)
• Large outdoor table and 10 chairs
• 5 race books
• "Starter Pack"- a 24 pack of Speight's stubbies
• Food platter JUST $350!
Strictly turn up and pay up
By BROOKE GARDINER
Pupils and parents at Wakatipu
High School beware -- it's a new
year with a new principal and a
tough new stance.
Wakatipu High School's principal
Steve Hall is taking a hard line on
truancy and school fees.
A five-page school newsletter
outlining the school's expecta-
tions in 2013 was sent home to
parents last week and the
consequences for non-compliance
are clearly outlined.
''We are informing people of our
key priorities so people know
what's important to us as we start
the school year . . . and what they
can do to support us,'' Mr Hall,
who started at the school in
Truancy had become a problem
and staff were united in the desire
to improve student achievement
by introducing new policies
which ensured pupils were at
school when they should be.
''You can't learn if you're not in
class,'' he said.
The new attendance policy would
see pupils disciplined for unex-
plained absences with punish-
ments which include detentions,
exclusion from privileges such as
the formal and even graduation.
''If you go through the escalation
process and you refuse to toe the
line . . . the ultimate disciplinary
action is that you could be stood
down from school.''
Parents, caregivers and pupils
also had a role to play in tackling
the issue and could face criminal
charges, Mr Hall said.
The school is clamping down on
school fees and has asked those
who can afford the fee to pay up.
Wakatipu High School receives
the lowest amount of funding
from the Government because of
its Decile 10 rating. Therefore, the
school heavily relies on parents
paying voluntary donations and
school fees. School donations are
set at $150 per pupil.
While donations were voluntary,
fees were not and the school
planned to be thorough in the
charging of and recovery of fees.
''This is likely to include that
students who have not paid
required fees will be unable to
participate in certain activities
While the school planned to take a
hard line, Mr Hall said there
would always be exceptions and
there were policies in place to
cater to those unable to afford the
''We do have people in the
community who give money
anonymously to support kids and
pay for uniforms etc . . . we need
to grow that spirit here.''
Crying out for ideas
We would love to hear your ideas
for a new character to be the
''town crier'' of Queenstown.
Email us on email@example.com.
Identity: A town crier is good but
maybe a living version of town
founder William Gilbert Rees might
be a better identity for Queenstown,
suggests Craig ''Ferg'' Ferguson.
Queenstown personality Craig
''Ferg'' Ferguson tried his hand at
being the town crier on Saturday
but is thinking William Gilbert
Rees might be better for the role.
The idea of a town crier was the
brainchild of local business-
woman Sunny Sky and Ferg is
one of the blokes she has talked
into having a crack at the role.
The idea is that the town crier is
out and about on a Saturday
morning chatting to people,
announcing upcoming events and
handing out flyers about com-
The Queenstown Lakes District
Council is supporting the plan by
printing the flyers.
Ferg said the first Saturday as the
town crier was good fun and
attracted lots of attention and
''Hats off to Sunny Sky,'' he said.
However, he wonders whether a
more Queenstown identity, such
as long-dead founder William
Gilbert Rees, should be adopted
for the role. ''He could have a dog
at his feet and go around the
markets. A bit like the wizard of
SHORT AND SHARP
Coast to Coast
Wanaka multi-sport athletes
had a double victory during
the weekend, winning the
men s and women s titles in
the gruelling Speight s Coast
to Coast. Men s champion
Braden Currie had to beat his
hero Richard Ussher to
claim the title for the first
time, and Jess Simson
shattered the previous
women s record by 11
minutes. Race organiser
Robin Judkins said: She s a
natural, probably because
she comes from Wanaka!
Hydroslide to reopen
Alpine Aqualand s fast
hydroslide is being modified
after being shut down three
years ago. It is understood a
legal dispute over the safety
of the slide was resolved last
year. The slide is due to
reopen in March.
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