Waitaki Herald : November 12th 2014
36 WAITAKI HERALD, NOVEMBER 12, 2014 Jigger race is fun for all By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD email@example.com A jigger racing trial held in Oamaru recently has been a success. A trio of teams – representing Tourism Waitaki, Scotts Brewing Co and Port FM’s Mo sisters – took part in the trial on a stretch of railway between Steampunk HQ and the Woolstore at the Victorian precinct. The trial, where competitors pushed and pulled the jigger along a 50 metre stretch, was held to determine whether jigger racing would work as an event at next year’s Victorian Heritage Celebrations. According to Tourism Waitaki marketing manager Ian Elliott, the trial was a resounding success and will be incorporated into next year’s programme. One of those manning the jig- ger, Tourism Waitaki’s Chontelle Watson, said it was a lot of fun. ‘‘It was my first time riding a jigger, it was awesome and I NEWS Steaming away: Tourism Waitaki’s Chontelle Watson (second right), Kelly Currie (right) Metka Conlan and rail operator Brian Schou at the recent jigger race in Oamaru. didn’t want it to end really. It was quite hard to steer though. As an event it would be great, it’s really entertaining.’’ The trial took place under the watchful eyes of the Oamaru Steam and Rail Society’s Harry Andrew and approved rail operator Brian Schou, who was on board the jigger manning the brake. Andrew thought the event would make a fine addition to next year’s heritage celebrations. ‘‘I think it’s great and we should go with it. We’ll have to work with the New Zealand Transport Agency in terms of what’s going to Photo: CAROL EDWARDS. be the safest system, but what we set up today looks to be safe and a lot of fun.’’ The Tourism Waitaki team came first with a time of 32 seconds. Unanimous vote winds up club T By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD firstname.lastname@example.org he North Otago Club has voluntarily decided to dissolve and will donate its remaining funds to St John North Otago. Members recently met at their former premises, known as the AMP building, now the site of the Cucina 1871 restaurant and Tees St Cafe, where they voted unanimously to wind up the club. In June 2013 members voted to sell the club’s building, which it had owned since 1975, as it was classed as earthquake prone. At the time it met only 24.3 per cent of the building code. It has since been earthquake strengthened to 85 per cent of the building code, at a cost of around $115,000. The sale of the club building involved the club obtaining vacant possession of the downstairs premises, which was occupied by Annie’s Victorian Teas, with the leasee voluntarily surrendering her lease for an asking price of $100,000. Prior to the sale of the building, Plans under way for a Surf Life Saving Club By NICOLA WOLFE email@example.com running in Kakanui. Nick Guyan, who is based in Kakanui and has experience in life saving, is involved in the Search and Rescue as a ski patroller and says there is a need for a level of surf safety in the area. ‘‘We have the Waitaki A Volunteer Rural Fire Service and Search and Rescue but not a water safety group,’’ he said. He is on the look out for support and expressions of interest from anyone keen on training for the club. ‘‘I foresee it running from Kakanui but we’ll also do training n Oamaru man is making plans to get a Surf Life Saving Club up and at Friendly Bay.’’ The club could potentially work in with groups like Search and Rescue and cover a wider area. ‘‘It might be a mobile club and could be used for river rescues as well,’’ he said. Although life saving would be a big priority for the group, it would not be the only attribute of the club. It would also be used to train young people to be confident sea swimmers, leaders and an active member of the community, while also giving them the opportunity to compete in a range of club competitions including swimming and board racing. ‘‘It’s an excellent thing to do as a way [of learning how] to work with people. Many members end up joining services like the Police or Fire Brigade. ‘‘Members can also complete first aid training up to prehospital emergency care level,’’ he said. Members would learn a variety of skills including first aid and CPR, tube rescue and how to paddle a rescue board. Much of the training would take place during the summer. Winter training would take place at the pool, covering Surf Life Saving related skills but specifically focusing on swimming technique. Anyone who is interested in surf life saving would need to be a strong swimmer, Guyan said. For more information contact Nick Guyan on 03 439 5558. On the Surf: Nick Guyan plans to start a Surf Life Saving Club out of Kakanui. The club will provide young people with a number of life skills including water confidence, leadership, first aid and CPR, and community service, as well as provide a vital service to the community. Photo: NICOLA WOLFE/FAIRFAX NZ the club arranged for the AMP Amicus statue to be protected as part of the heritage register of the Waitaki District Council’s district plan. North Otago Club president Peter Garvan said the amount of money donated to St John would not be huge given the club’s investment of the building, which was constructed in 1871. Garvan said club members are delighted to see the snooker room still included much of the club’s memorabilia and photographs. ‘‘The former club building, known as the AMP building, is now a wonderful asset for former club members to use as well as the wider community,’’ he said. The North Otago Club was established in 1906.
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