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Glider pilot killed near Omarama
Thu, 19 Jan 2012
The Regions: North Otago
Your Town: Omarama

The pilot of a glider was killed late yesterday when his aircraft crashed in rugged terrain near Omarama.
About 25 police, search and rescue and medical personnel were called out along with a rescue helicopter from Wanaka when another pilot in the area radioed in the crash about 6.30pm.

Omarama is staging the national club championships and Omarama Cup this week, but the dead pilot, a man who was the sole occupant of the glider, was not competing in the events, Sergeant Tony Woodbridge, of Oamaru, said last night.

The pilot had taken off from Omarama, but details of where he was from or the type of glider he was flying would not be released until next of kin had been notified, Sgt Woodbridge said.

The crash occurred in the Snowy Tops area on Ribbonwood Station, about 10.5km north- west of Omarama.

Police from Twizel, Kurow and Omarama and members of Omarama search and rescue along with a cliff-face rescue team and trauma doctor were called out to assist with the crash.

About six people, including the doctor, were flown in and arrived at the crash site about 7.30pm, but found the pilot was dead.

His body was flown back to Omarama last night and taken to Oamaru.

The crash has been referred to the Civil Aviation Authority, which will investigate today.

Gliding New Zealand president Nigel Davy confirmed the pilot was not an Omarama resident, but did not say where he was from.

Conditions were good for gliding with light winds and clear skies. There was only minor turbulence.

It was the first major accident for this gliding season in New Zealand.

Omarama is world-renowned as a premier gliding area.

Otago has been the location of several fatal gliding accidents including that of Owen James Truelove (69), of Cornwall, and his son James Christopher Scott Truelove (37), of Queenstown, who crashed near Lake Hawea in 2006; Greg Brosnan (44), of Wanaka, who died near Omarama in 2005; and Norman Howard Gray (53), of Colorado, who died in the Ohau range in 2002.

Police were still investigating the crash last night.


A thank-you to Good Samaritans at Lake Wakatipu

Home » Your Town » Queenstown

By quaverstrike on Tue, 27 Dec 2011
Your Town: Queenstown

 We wish to thank the two men who came to our assistance while we stopped on the side of the road to view lake Wakatipu on December 20.

Stopping for a pie and ginger beer, I got out to stretch my legs and tripped on a hidden wire. I went head-first over a cliff face, going head over heels twice before being caught by vine-type growth.

My passenger, who has vision, mobility and heart problems, was in the car. I called to my passenger to flag down a car. The second car stopped and twomen got me up on to my feet again. One tripped on the same wire on the way to assist me.

One man drove our car to the Kingston tearooms, where were looked after, and an hour later we were on the road again.


Following family's female tradition

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By John Gibb
Thu, 19 Jan 2012
University of Otago
Oxford University doctoral student Melanie Bunce yesterday became the fourth generation of female academics in her family to teach at the University of Otago.
Ms Bunce (28) already has an Otago BA (Hons) degree in politics and English and an MPhil degree from Oxford. She expects to complete a DPhil in politics in June.

A former Otago Daily Times columnist, she is helping teach an Otago paper on "News Media and International Crises", as part of the university's latest annual summer school, yesterday giving the first of two lectures.

"I'm now a fourth generation lecturer," Ms Bunce added, saying she was proud to have become part of a long line of "very strong-minded and self-assured" female academics in her family who had gained degrees from Otago University and also lectured there.

It was "nice being part of a tradition", part of a lineage of women "who are strong-minded and out there saying stuff and doing stuff".

In much earlier times, it had been "hard for women to hold academic posts" at universities and female academics were often required to leave when they married.

Her great-grandmother, Phyllis Calvert (nee Turnbull), was a lecturer in the French department at Otago during World War 1, and Mrs Calvert's sister, Isabel Turnbull, also taught classics at the University of Otago for more than 30 years.

It is understood to be the first family to provide female academic staff at Otago University for four successive generations.

Ms Bunce's grandmother, the late Prof Barbara Calvert, long served as an academic at Otago, becoming in 1976 the trail-blazing first female head of a New Zealand university education department.

After Prof Calvert died in 2008, Ms Bunce described her as "a strong woman who challenged the world with principles, love and gusto and taught her whole family to do the same".

Ms Bunce's mother, Dr Jenny Bunce, was a senior lecturer in the Otago education department at Otago in the 1980s and 1990s.

Dr Bunce's sister, Hilary Calvert, a senior Dunedin lawyer and former MP, also taught law professional courses at Otago beginning in the late 1980s.

Ms Bunce's Otago lectures examine the international news coverage of crises in Africa, analysing some of the main drawbacks and how the coverage influenced foreign policy responses.

Her talks were based on research undertaken for her doctorate in Sudan, Uganda and Kenya, working with foreign correspondents.

She would like to return to New Zealand to do academic work, a view reinforced by her recent experience of a "glorious summer" in Dunedin, contrasting with the UK's cold winters.


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Stadium can't pay rates bill

Home » News » Dunedin

By David Loughrey on Mon, 23 Jan 2012
News: Dunedin | Hot Topics | Stadium

The company that runs the Forsyth Barr Stadium, in Dunedin, is facing an annual rates bill of up to $2 million a year, a figure it has no ability to pay.
The stadium is due to begin paying its rates bill on July 1, and Dunedin Venues Management Ltd (DVML) has a budget of only $200,000 to pay both the city and regional councils. ...

Don't read that, and don't read this either:
even this is enuff to turn yr hair white overnight  

... the council got rid of the board of Dunedin City Holdings Ltd.

DCHL is the holding company for Aurora Energy, City Forests, Dunedin City Treasury, Delta Utility Services, Taieri Gorge Railway and Dunedin International Airport Ltd. ...

(some of those "execs" were dropped ignominiously from their great height, others were moved sideways to begin teetering on the edge of the precipice...)

BTW: Cull - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

to select from a group : choose <culled the best passages from the poet's work>. 2. : to reduce or control the size of (as a herd) by removal (as by hunting) of ...

Mayor Cull ? lol ::)


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