Farewell to Tom Jamieson – Sunday 29th April

Hawea people will remember that we lost one of our district’s ‘characters’ in a disastrous fire at Hawea Flat in January.

There will be a community “send-off” for Tom at the Lake Hawea Hotel (restaurant side) on Sunday 29th April starting at 3.00 pm.

Photo: Angelo Georgalli

Tom Jamieson had lived in our Hawea community for many years, initially in a series of caravans, but in more recent years in a cabin built for him by local friends near the Domain at Hawea Flat.

Tom was a familiar face to many as he cycled twice a week into Wanaka from Hawea Flat for his groceries. He was not a very ‘talkative’ person and seemed gruff and unresponsive to many. However, underneath this exterior he was a likeable character who had lived an adventourous, if lonely, life. 

In a media article in January following the fire that took Tom’s life, neighbouring landowner Peter Ward described him as – “an absolute character – but not keen on talking. If you gave him a wave he would say next time, stop waving to me! He was originally from Scotland and I think he has been around about for 40 years. He was originally in the British Army and served in Northern Ireland and the Emirates. He then moved to New Zealand, working on orchards in Cromwell and retired up to this area. He was a bit of a recluse, but he was kind-hearted.”  (‘Stuff’ 24th January 2018)

Toilet planned for popular walking track


The Hawea Community Association plans to install a portable toilet on the Isthmus Peak walking track soon, as visitor numbers increase.

The track gives walkers and mountain bikers great views of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea and the Southern Alps.

Chairman Paul Cunningham said the association was waiting on costing for the installation and was checking with Land Information New Zealand to make sure it was all legal.

If deemed reasonable, “we’ll put it in there”.

The association would cover the cost of running the facility until the council took over, he said.

Association committee member Doug Brenssell said the track, which is about a six-hour return trip, had rapidly increased in popularity in recent years.

“It’s getting popular. On average, there’s 25 cars a day in the car park, so a toilet’s definitely needed.”

While scouting the area, Mr Brenssell spoke to people on the trail who said their reason for hiking the track was because the Roys Peak track had become “too popular”.

He said the portable toilet would be sited near the start of the track, so plumbers could access it easily.

A permanent toilet further up the track was “definitely” planned for the “very near future”, he said, although he was unsure of the cost or where it would be located.


Council seat wanted for Hawea: survey

It is time the township of Lake Hawea had its own seat on the Queenstown Lakes District Council.That, at least, was the view of 93% of the 101 people who responded to an online survey by a new group in the town called Keep Hawea Beautiful.

The group has been formed in response to a proposal by Wanaka developer Lane Hocking for a Special Housing Area near the town.

Group member Tim Ryan provided the Otago Daily Times with the results of its survey yesterday.

Of those who responded, 89% opposed the proposal for a special housing area, but other questions canvassed views on Lake Hawea’s ability to determine its own future.

Lake Hawea is part of the Wanaka ward and is represented by three councillors: Ross McRobie, Quentin Smith and Deputy Mayor Calum Macleod. None of them are from Lake Hawea.

It is also represented by a seven-member Wanaka Community Board consisting of the three councillors plus Ed Taylor and Ruth Harrison, both from Wanaka, Jude Battson (Lake Hawea) and Rachel Brown (Hawea Flat).

Ms Battson said she backed the idea of Hawea having its own councillor, as Arrowtown did, because she did not believe the three Wanaka councillors had “stood up” for Hawea in the debate over the chlorination of the town’s water supply.

Council statistics show Hawea’s population in 2013 was 2172, just 271 fewer than Arrowtown’s, which has its own ward and own representative, Scott Stevens.

However, Mr Stevens said yesterday Arrowtown’s status as a separate ward was based on more than just population. The town had once been the centre of the Wakatipu region with its own borough council. When it was forced to amalgamate in the 1980s it was guaranteed three councillors but that had been “whittled down” to one, he said.

A six-yearly review of representation in the Queenstown district for the Local Government Commission is about to begin.

Council communications and engagement manager Naell Crosby-Roe said yesterday a report and recommendation was being prepared for the council’s June 14 meeting but creating a Hawea ward was not being closely looked at.

“My current feeling would be, population-wise, they wouldn’t have sufficient population to justify a councillor of their own.”

The report will go out for public consultation for a month from mid-June.

In respect of the special housing area proposal at Hawea, just over 80% of survey respondents believed the township’s boundaries needed to be more clearly defined, in the same way as those in Wanaka and Arrowtown.

The same number believed Cemetery Rd should be one of the boundaries, which would leave the land proposed for the special housing area outside the town.

Asked what their main concerns were about the town’s future, respondents made comments such as “growth”, “overcrowding”, “infrastructure overload”, “pollution”, “decisions made for our community by people not living here”, “rampant ad hoc development sprawl” and “development that encourages people to live in Hawea but not to work in Hawea”.

Several used Wanaka as an example of what they did not want to happen in Hawea, listing their concerns as: “over development that is presently destroying Wanaka”, “that Hawea will become a dumping ground for Wanaka’s housing problem”, and “I fear that [Hawea] will grow as Wanaka is doing now”.


1000-section proposal questioned















Lake Hawea township – showing bare land in the top half of the photograph beyond pine trees, where a special housing area is proposed. Photo: Mark Price

Prominent Upper Clutha developer Allan Dippie has weighed in on the debate over a proposal for a special housing area (SHA) on the outskirts of the Lake Hawea township.

The proposal by developer Lane Hocking, owner of Universal Development, was the subject of a public meeting on Saturday morning attended by 140 residents.

Mr Dippie has been developing sections in the town since 2004 and he questioned the need for the proposal for up to 1000 sections almost directly across Cemetery Rd from his Timsfield subdivision.

Cemetery Rd is considered to be the town’s southern boundary.Mr Dippie said he had been “very careful” to time development with demand.

While Lake Hawea had been growing rapidly, “we can see the demand curve dropping off”.

He expected to have sufficient sections until 2030. “We’re not opposed to, once there is a certain trigger point, and it’s a long, long way away yet, of crossing that boundary. It might not be south. It could be somewhere else. The community has got to decide that.”

He also suggested the proposed development would put a strain on the town’s water and sewerage infrastructure.

Mr Hocking responded by pointing out the Queenstown Lakes District Council’s 10-year plan included $12 million of funding to pipe Lake Hawea sewage to the council’s Project Pure treatment plant next to Wanaka Airport.

The council was also budgeting for improvements to the water supply.

“So we are reasonably confident what we are proposing south of the road will actually be covered, from an infrastructure perspective, from the council, as at today.”

SHAs are intended to speed up house building and encourage affordable housing.

While the council is not required to consult the wider community when considering SHA proposals, councillors and staff attending Saturday’s meeting said the public would be consulted.

The founders of the Keep Hawea Beautiful group opposed to the SHA, Carmen Howell and Tim Ryan, in a joint delivery to the meeting, called for a “2050 plan to guide all future growth for the Hawea region”.

And they called for a moratorium on all large-scale development consents until a plan had been created.

Lesley Burdon was one of those who pointed out previous plans developed between the council and the Lake Hawea community showed Cemetery Rd as the town boundary.

“I think it would be really sad to deviate too far from those plans.”

Lake Hawea Community Association chairman Paul Cunningham said the policy at the moment was that Cemetery Rd was the boundary and “not to go over the road until we are full”.

Other speakers at the meeting gave examples of the need for more affordable housing in Lake Hawea but believed the council should consider means other than giving consent to Mr Hocking’s proposal.

The proposal is due to go to the council within the next month.

Minutes of the HCA Executive Meeting April 2018

HCA Minutes April.2018

HCA District Plan Review 2015 commissioned by HCA

In 2015 the HCA commissioned a report to review the District Plan. If you are new to the area or have never read this report, please take some time

To view this report click this link => HCA District Plan Review Report

Rush continues epic form

Tim Rush is a jack of all trades – and master of most of them.

The versatile Oamaru cyclist was at it again last weekend, winning the Contact Epic mountain biking race around Lake Hawea.

Another Oamaru-based rider, professional ironman athlete Dougal Allan, was second.

It might have sneaked under the radar while everyone had eyes on the Commonwealth Games but the Epic is a big deal.

It attracts more than 700 competitors, and the feature race – a gruelling 125km trek – lives up to the “epic” name.

The race started at 7am on Saturday with the temperature gauge showing a balmy -1degC, and with several riverbed crossings along the way, there was no danger of the riders overheating.

Rush, a former New Zealand champion, was one of many regular road racers converting to the fatter-wheeled bikes for the event.

He and brother Kris joined Allan and former Alexandra professional road rider James Williamson in setting a blistering pace over the first 50km.

Steep hill climbs then took their toll and split the field. Tim Rush capitalised, built a handy lead and poured on the power on the hills to increase the buffer, eventually finishing in 4hr 38min.

Allan was 6min behind with Kris Rush claiming third after a sprint finish with Williamson.

Other North Otago cyclists to feature included Coast to Coast competitor Paul Gow (30th in open men 125km), David Rush (40th in masters men 125km) and Brett Stuart (44th in masters men 95km).

Hawea Flat Domain Food Forest Working Bee

Monthly Hawea Food Forest Working Bee

5th May 10am to 2pm (Postponed to Sunday if raining cats and dogs)
Hi folks.
We’re re-kickstarting this project. We aim to create some continuity with a monthly working bee on the first Saturday of every month.
Come along and get involved. We’d love to see you down here.
Jobs to get done on the day.
-Working on finishing the Plant Nursery.
-Tidying up the edge of the nursery/weedeating and putting carpet down.
-Putting up windbreak around nursery.
-Transporting to the nursery and Weeding some apple rootstock.
-Tidying up around water tank. Carpet down if available.
-General Mowing/weed eating.
-Weeding around fruit trees
To bring along if able to.
Weedeater/Wipper snipper
Ride on mowers/ grunty push mower
Old Carpet
Gardening gloves
Spare Native plants?
Spare edible plants?