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Don’t be an arse: a how to guide

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 31 Dec, 2020 | By Ollie Blyth

Everyone's been an arse at some point in their life, but the plea from the Wānaka community is for you to minimise your inner arse this summer. Follow these steps so that you too can bid a safe and arse-free farewell to this year and say a hearty haere mai to 2021:

1. Don't start a fire:

Since the 18th of this month at 8am the whole of Central Otago has been under a total fire ban. This includes Alexandra, Clyde, Cromwell, Wānaka, Lake Hāwea, Naseby, Ranfurly, Kurow, Otematata, Ōmārama, and Middlemarch. Previously, these areas were under a restricted fire season since October, and any permits that were issued during this season are now no longer valid. Principal rural fire officer Mark Mawhinney said that, “This is a clear sign that any fires or spark generating activities are just too dangerous in the present conditions. Low moisture levels paired with expected high temperatures and high winds means everyone from locals to holidaymakers need to be careful about what they are doing around Central Otago this summer. We are urging everyone to keep their fireworks at home, cancel any bonfire plans and think about how they plan on cooking when outside.”

2. Be wary of alcohol free zones and consume alcohol responsibly:

The areas of Wānaka and Hāwea have a 24 hour ban in place until January 6 2021 at 6:00am. The alcohol free zones in the Wānaka CBD extend across the Roy's Bay lakefront and back to Golf Course Rd. In Hāwea, the zone is inside the area with the perimeter of the lakefront, Muir Rd, Cemetery Rd, and Domain Rd. Detailed maps of the zones are available on the QLDC website. An instant fine of $250 will be issued for those found possessing or consuming alcohol in these zones or within a vehicle in the zones. 

3. Use the lake responsibly:

The Coastguard will be patrolling the lake throughout summer and have noticed many boaters disregarding crucial lake rules. These are: 

  • If passing within 100 metres of another boat, you are not to exceed a speed of 5 knots;

  • Take note of the buoys which indicate the five knot speed limit that is in place along the perimeter of the lake. This speed limit is regularly abused particularly by users of the boat ramp at the marina, and around the Wānaka Yacht Club, where children are often learning to sail;

  • Remember give way rules while on the water;

  • Wear a life jacket. Survival times for people in lake water without a floatation device can end up being only a few minutes because of cold shock. 

  • 4. Drive with caution:

    Similarly, police will be especially vigilant during the summer months on the roads, ensuring that all drivers are adhering to road rules. Police ask that all drivers remember to:

    • Stop for three seconds at stop signs;

    • Leave home earlier instead of recklessly overtaking to reach your destination faster;

    • Use a hands-free phone device if using a phone is necessary;

    • Do not drink and drive. ​​​​​​

    • Read edition 1007 of the Wānaka Sun here. 


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