Lake Hawea Family Fishing Classic 2014



Click here to view event poster with full details


  • Child (Under 12 years),
  • Junior(12-17 years),
  • Adult,
  • Women Angler,
  • Family


  • Before competition day: At the Lake Hawea Hotel on Friday night 21st Feb.
  • Entry forms available from: Lake Hawea Motors. Lake Hawea Hotel.
  • Hamills Sports Wanaka,
  • On competition day:  At the Lake Hawea Holiday Park Boat Ramp between 7 am and 9 am


between 2 – 4:30pm on competition day –  At marquee near the Lake Hawea     boat ramp.


Prize giving from 6:30pm at the Lake Hawea Hotel



Lake Hawea Netball 2014 Season

Lake Hawea Netball Club is starting to gear up for the 2014 Netball Season

Our 1st committee meeting is on Tuesday the 28th Jan 7pm at Hawea Community Centre (you are most welcome to come along and get involved)

We are interested in hearing from anyone keen on Coaching, Managing a Team or Playing.

Please send an expression of interest to Coach, Manage or Play to

We will send through Trial Dates once we have them

Look forward to hearing from you all and starting the 2014 Season

Public Meeting Report 2014

Hawea Community Association Public Meeting

Saturday 11th January 2014

PRESENT: 52 List appended.

APOLOGIES: Ron & Chris Sasse, John Taylor, Judith & Ian Shawe, Jimmy Cotter, Jane & Ian Forsyth, Ross McCrobie, Marty Black, Jude Battson, G&D Ballantyne, Michael Johnson.

Dennis Hughes moved the apologies be accepted. AGREED

Dennis Hughes (Chair) welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced key people from the wider community (Lyal Cocks, Deputy Mayor QLDC; Craig Blake, Launch Warden for Lakes Hawea & Wanaka; Liz Horrell, Chair of the Hawea Community Centre Committee; Rachel Brown, Chair of the Wanaka Community Board, and Nikki Holmes, Coordinator of Hawea Community Support) and members of the Hawea Community Council (Sue Rutherford, Don Robertson, Doug Brenssell, Errol Carr, Ian Rae, and David Sherwin)

Special thanks given to Errol & Colleen Carr for their work on the ‘What’s on in Hawea’ newsletter, a timely and very useful communication for the Hawea community.

An agenda was presented as follows:

Financial Report – Ian Rae

Night Sky presentation – Richard Prout

Future projects – group work to generate ideas / suggestions

Neighbourhood Support presentation – Nicky Holmes

Defibrillator update – Ian Rae

Gladstone Gap update – Dennis Hughes

Issues & concerns from the floor.


Ian Rae outlined the three main areas of income for HCA funds:

1. Subscriptions – at 31st July 2012 this amount was $1,525.00. To date we have reached $1,700. This reflects efforts by Errol Carr to introduce an invoice system. Donations – $410.00 this year.

2. Green Waste – $7,000 last year. To date $4,000.

3. QLDC Grant – $5,000 subject to application. $1,000 max allocation for administration $4,000 for projects.

Current projects include:

1. Green Waste

2. Foreshore Project – Beautification of the foreshore assisted by the Thursday Group.

Ian Rae highlighted some of the suggestions for future projects which HCA have committed some funds towards, these include:

1. Toilet at John Creek

2. Bike Park on the corner of Noema Tce and Domain Rds

3. Notice board outside Sailz Café and Bar

4. History of the area

5. Beautification & Information Point at The Neck, in conjunction with Ngai Tahu

Questions from the addressed:

1. The financial year closes 31st July annually

2. Subscription forms will include internet details for on-line banking. Names must be included to avoid confusion.

Ian Rae moved that the Treasurers Report be adopted. AGREED



Liz Horrell explained that the Lake Hawea Community Centre is community funded and not in receipt of a QLDC grant; therefore promotion of its availability as a function room is paramount to cover the running costs. The long term plan is to eventually be self funding, but until then fund raising will continue.

A ‘Wedding Venue’ brochure has been produced and publically available.

Pricing for other types of functions is available from Liz Horrell and will be advertised through the ‘Whats On in Hawea’ newsletter and on the community centre website

Future fund raising events include:

• 4WD Trip Sunday 19th January Mt Grand and Lake Hawea Station. Register with Geoff Hewson 443 2262 or $100 per vehicle

• Lake Hawea Duck Race. In conjunction with the 4WD Trip. $10 entry ticket.

• Speaker Night late April early May – Peter Waddell, chief technician for the Winter Games and Richard Sidey Photographer.

• Quiz Nights

• House & Garden Tour November

• Mid Winter Pot Luck Dinner

A sub group of the community centre committee is the ‘Fundraising Committee’. This group is open to new members who want to be involved without having to attend monthly committee meetings. Contact Liz Horrell for more information.


Dennis Hughes presented forward looking suggestions from the executive committee, these include:

Meals on Wheels, curb & channeling, entrance to town, bike park, Hawea history, boat ramp in the upper lake area, notice board at Sailz Café.

NIGHT SKY – video presentation by Richard Prout.

Richard Prout discussed the importance and significance of our magnificnet night sky and then shared information about the pros and cons of street lighting in Hawea as it impacts on our ability to see the night sky. He asked that we be vigilant when new subdivisions are developed and advocate for the use of low energy, white, down-shaded LED street lighting.


At the conclusion of Richard’s presentation Dennis welcomed comment from the meeting. Dennis indicated that the protection of our night sky views is a project that the HCA will likely commit to.


The meeting split into 4 groups and discussion followed around ideas for future projects and any issues / concerns members of the public might have and would like to bring to the attention of HCA for consideration for future action. These collective ideas were recorded and will be reviewed at the next HCA executive meeting.

NEIGHBOURHOOD SUPPORT – Nicky Holmes coordinator of Hawea Neighbourhood Support. Apologies from Mike Johnson, Community Policing

Nikki Holmes, Hawea Neighbourhood Support coordinator spoke to the meeting. She introduced the idea of Neighbourhood Support in our area. This national organisation, along with the police, supports the project and provides resources/information free of charge.

Street contacts have been established for ‘hubs’ on: Sam John Place – Jude Battson, Marg Googer -Noema Tce, part of Lakeview Tce – John Taylor, John Creek Alison & Neil.

Mike Johnson will put up signs in areas where hubs are established.

Four possible scenarios were discussed. The question was asked, ‘How would your Street Contact be able to help you?’ The key point being, know your neighbours.

A support committee has been formed of Nicky, Liz English, Mike Johnson, Judith Shawe.

If you are interested in being a Street Contact for your area, contact Nicky for further information.


Dennis provided a brief update noting that Contact Energy have installed water supply for trickle irrigation to two clusters of shade & shelter trees to be planted in the autumn. The HCA will supply two substantial truck loads of mulch. Contact Energy will provide and install picnic furniture in consultation with HCA. There are no rubbish bins in the plan emphasizing that this is a semi-wilderness area and that users are expected to bring their rubbish out. Dennis concluded by explaining that for the time being this remains an area that people access by foot or by bike.


The new defibrillator will be installed on the outside of the Lake Hawea Community Centre, facing the bowling green. The project was funded by Central Lakes Trust, Lake Hawea Hotel Fishing Competition, Lake Hawea Bowling Club and HCA. Operational costs will be covered by HCA. Funding is available for training two groups of volunteers in the use of the defibrillator. This will involve 1.5hrs course covering CPR. Interested members of the public can contact Ian Rae for a place on this course.


• Dogs on the Foreshore. A high number of dogs, loose, on the foreshore and tracks have been causing a nuisance to other lake and track users. This is a matter of ongoing education.

• In response to a question from the floor about animals grazing along the lake frontage Richard Burdon spoke to the meeting about his responsibilities as a farmer. He explained the new limits to nutrient levels such as nitrates in streams, lakes and aquifers and to his progress fencing off waterways, noting that by far most of his property’s lake frontage is now fenced. Dennis concluded this particular discussion by thanking Richard for his participation in the meeting commenting that the entire community now shares a heightened awarness of the importance of caring for our precious lake and alpine environments. He further commented that the HCA will keep the twin matters of clean air and clean water under the spotlight and will work at establishing supportive relationships with both farmers and recreational users of our hinterlands.

• The boil water restriction has been lifted and Hawea water is considered safe.

• Freedom camping is controlled around QLDC land, but further up the lake, on LINZ land, is still an ongoing problem.

Dennis Hughes thanked all for attendance, meeting closed at 11.35am.




20 campers get notices

More than 20 camper van occupants have been issued with infringement notices for freedom camping in the Lake Hawea township and beach area so far this summer.

For the second year, Lake Hawea volunteer community wardens have been able to issue $200 infringement notices when campers breach Queenstown Lakes District Council freedom camping bylaws.

Volunteer Di Turnbull told the Otago Daily Times yesterday camper vans pulling into Lake Hawea from State Highway 6 passed three signs saying freedom camping was not permitted.

She had found vans or cars parked beneath one of the signs.

Spotlight on night sky light pollution

How to minimise light pollution dominated discussion at a meeting of the Lake Hawea Community Association at the weekend.

President Dennis Hughes said yesterday, while the association had not yet decided on a course of action, the 68 people who attended wanted more information about the impact of public lighting on night-sky views.

”It is really quite fascinating. It really captured the meeting.”

There was a strong feeling the night sky was special and ”we should be doing everything we can to enhance our ability to view the night sky”, Mr Hughes said.

The meeting discussed the impact of street lighting and commercial lighting, and the availability of LED lights with more ”downward shading”.

”There is a whole series of aspects that should be looked at,” Mr Hughes said.

”The initial thing is to become far better informed.”

Interest in light pollution was sparked by Lake Hawea resident Richard Prout, who produced an 11-minute video for the meeting.

Mr Prout told the Otago Daily Times his interest in light pollution arose when a property developer installed a street light outside a house he rented at Lake Hawea and ”wrecked” his view of the night sky.

”It never occurred to me I was going to lose the Milky Way … I was going to lose satellites and meteors.”

After Mr Prout drew the problem to the attention of the developer, she found more suitable, but more expensive, ”low spill” lights for the rest of the subdivision.

Mr Prout then lobbied another developer, who also agreed to install better lighting.

He calculated that if all the country’s 330,000 street lights were replaced, in addition to improving the view of the night sky, the saving in electricity would be equivalent to half the electricity generated from the 8m of storage capacity in Lake Hawea.

He recognised views of the night sky were only one thing lighting engineers had to take into account when choosing street lighting, Mr Prout said.

There were also things such as safety, crime, maintenance and cost.

But he hoped that as existing lights came to the end of their life they would be replaced with more efficient ones.

Queenstown Lakes District Council senior engineer transport infrastructure and assets Richard Hilliard said the council was guided by its lighting strategy document, Southern Lights, adopted in 2006.

Because of technological advances in street lighting, the document was not ”rigidly adhered to” because better solutions had become available ”that still adhere to the philosophy and intent of the document”, Mr Hilliard said.

Queenstown Lakes District Council advises that Hawea residents need no longer boil their drinking water.

Samples of treated water in the reticulated supply have been clear of e-coli for the last three days. Because e-coli is still being detected in the daily samples of untreated lake water, chlorination will continue in the meantime as a precaution. The decision will be reviewed early next week.

The taste of chlorine in tap water can be reduced by filling a glass jug or bowl with water, covering it and refrigerating. Alternatively, boil the water for five minutes, cool and refrigerate. Boiling the water will remove most of the chlorine.

Hawea residents are being told to boil their drinking water for the next three days as run-off into the lake is being blamed for bacteria.

Residents in the Central Otago town are being told to boil their drinking water for the next three days because bacteria has been found in the tap water.

Low levels of e-coli have been found in the town’s reticulated supply, the Queenstown Lakes District Council said on Tuesday.

It would be chlorinating the water as a precaution.

The requirement to boil water for drinking and food preparation will remain until three consecutive days of testing show a nil result.

“The source has not been identified but the most common source of e-coli in lake-sourced water is run-off from surrounding land,” the council said.

Minutes HCA Executive Meeting November 2013

Minutes Nov 2013

Hawea residents advised to boil water

Tuesday, 7 January 2014, 12:30 pm
Press Release: Queenstown Lakes District Council

Hawea residents advised to boil water
Hawea residents are advised to boil their drinking water after routine testing found low levels of e-coli in the town’s reticulated supply.

The requirement to boil water for drinking and food preparation will remain until three consecutive days of testing show a nil result
Please be advised the water will be chlorinated as a precaution.

The source has not been identified but the most common source of e-coli in lake-sourced water is run-off from surrounding land.


The Community Networks School Holiday Program for 2014, will run from Wednesday 8th of January until Tuesday 28th of January.

Bookings are online and open now at community
Surcharges apply for some sessions
Program hours: 9:00 am-4:00 pm Ages: 5-12 years old