A survey from The Wanaka Public Libraries Association

 (WPLA) has been reformed from the earlier Friends of the Library (established in 1980). One of our goals is to involve the community, from babies to seniors, in activities based at our libraries.

Some ideas have included book groups, musical entertainment, visiting storytellers and authors. We’d like to offer such events free of charge and include as much of the community as possible.

In order to accomplish this, we are asking you to complete a 5-10 minute survey online or on paper, giving us information regarding what would meet your needs. The survey gives you a chance to become a member ($5 individual or $15 family) and/or  to enter a draw for a New World $50 gift card. Please find paper surveys at the library if you are unable to access the internet. The link to the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WPLASurvey

Additionally, we have a logo competition happening this month. Look for details in the media this week. Email wanplassn@gmail.com with any questions.

Thanks for your participation.

Kate Bariletti, secretary WPLA

Wanaka Time Bank

Wanaka Time Bank is a community group that facilitates sharing of our resources, skills and services to create abundance within our community for all.

Have you ever thought you’d love to trade your skills with another person’s skills? Perhaps you’re an IT whiz & you’d like someone to help you prune your fruit trees? Or a gardener that needs their pants hemmed, or a birthday invitation designed? The Wanaka Time Bank is now up and running and we’d love you to join this community led incentive. Instead of dollars, time credits are used as the form of exchange. Join today! You’ll be surprised at what’s on offer … www.wanakatimebank.org … Wanaka TimeBank, creating community one trade at a time.


Rhythm and Alps heads south


Rhythm and Alps has swapped Canterbury for the Cardrona Valley, for its latest two-day music festival in the South Island for the next 15 years.

The Rhythm Group confirmed consent was issued by the Queenstown Lakes District Council for the festival to be based from this December between the Cardrona Ski resort and the Pisa Plateau.

Rhythm and Alps will run at the same time as its elder sibling Rhythm and Vines, in Gisborne.

Rhythm and Alps announced earlier in the year that due to popular demand it would change the festival dates to December 30 and 31, to ensure South Islanders have a festival to see in the new year with music and style.

Hawea Community Association Executive Meeting

The next meeting of the Hawea Community Association Executive is Tuesday 20th August, 7.30pm at the Lake Hawea Community Centre Myra Street. All welcome.

Albert Town hit hardest if dam fails


If the Lake Hawea Control Dam were to fail, up to 420 properties and 2620 people could be affected, a Contact Energy-commissioned report says.

The September 2011 report outlines potential consequences of a dam failure and was required as part of the energy company’s standard practice, not because of any concerns with the dam.

It has been made public now due to its inclusion in the agenda for the Clutha Management Committee meeting on Friday.

Albert Town, situated at the confluence of the Hawea and Clutha Rivers, would be the town most affected, with possibly 158 to 230 properties, two hotels and a campsite flooded.

However, providing a breach of the dam was noticed when it first happened, there would be a three-hour window before the flood waters reached the town, allowing time for evacuation.

Depending on initial water levels in Lake Wanaka, there could also be extensive damage through Wanaka town with 60 buildings, including hotels, cafes and a supermarket, affected.

Because of the large storage capacity of Lake Wanaka, it would be three days before the peak level was reached.

Three bridges across the Hawea and Clutha Rivers would probably be destroyed by the flood but the one on State Highway 8B at Cromwell would not.

The ”flood wave” travel time from Lake Hawea to the upper reaches of Lake Dunstan would be seven hours, allowing plenty of warning time for Contact Energy to increase the flow of water through the Clyde Dam to lower the level of the lake.

The Clyde Dam is 94km downstream of the Hawea dam.

Water would flow over the top of the Clyde Dam (overtopping) for up to 26 hours, but it had been designed to withstand this.

Severe bank and river bed erosion could occur, as could deposits of debris due to the ”heavily wooded banks”.

The report, by AECOM New Zealand Ltd, used two dam-failure scenarios – an earthquake-induced failure and a failure induced by high lake levels following a ”probable maximum flood event”.

It was the latter failure that would cause the most damage.

The Lake Hawea Control Dam is an earth-fill dam. The report says failures of that kind of dam are ”extremely rare but have occurred in the past as the result of internal erosion or overtopping”.