Tasman Leader : August 8th 2013
33 THE TASMAN LEADER, AUGUST 8, 2013 NEWS Public day ends week of skydiving A Family Fun Day will be a way for skydivers to thank Motueka after their week of skydive celebration. Saucy skydivers: A lingerie leap above Motueka was a highlight of a previous Good Vibes skydiving boogie. Photo: ALASTAIR PAULIN By ALASTAIR PAULIN You don t have to throw yourself out of a plane in your undies to enjoy Good Vibes. The week-long celebration of skydiving, the largest skydiving event in New Zealand, returns to Motueka next week and organisers are throwing their doors open to the public on Saturday, August 17. The Family Fun Day will feature music and entertain- ment from 2pm and will culminate in a fireworks show at 6.30pm. The Family Fun Day will also feature face painting, bouncy castles and Flossie the Balloon Lady, all free, and there will be food stalls as well. Organiser Christine Gabrielle said the day and the fireworks were a way for Skydive Abel Tasman to say thank you to the neighbourhood for putting up with us for the week . She is expecting about 100 skydivers to congregate for the boogie that will feature wingsuit flying, formation skydives, some record attempts and lots of fun for the skydivers who come from all over the world for the event. The fireworks show is being sponsored by Skydive Abel Tasman along with BNZ and Our Town Motueka. U-Fly Extreme will be running 20-minute $50 scenic flights during the day, as well as during the boogie, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the fireworks fund. Pilot Vincent D Arth said people could choose a route up to Awaroa or over Mt Arthur, and that the 20-minute flight was a special deal, given that scenic flights were usually $135 for 30 minutes. Trees treated, road safe Working to the top: Treescape arborist Nick Scaife roped into the English oak trees at Lower Queen St before he trims some of the trees to reduce branch failure. Photo: MARION VAN DIJK The towering oak trees lining lower Queen St in Richmond have had a high-rise trim. The trees, which are listed as protected, are 150 years old. Known as the Barnicoat Oaks, they were planted in 1863 by John Wallis Barnicoat, a sur- veyor and farmer who took an active part in local politics, was a Member of the Nelson Provincial Government and later the Legis- lative Council. The work is part of the Tas- man District Council s regular maintenance to ensure the trees stay healthy and for public safety as the trees are by the busy road. Treescape Nelson business manager Lian Polak says to reduce the risk of branch failure onto the road they were reducing the end-weight loading from sus- ceptible branches. To reach the top of the lofty limbs arborist Nick Scaife used the Treescape 14.2-metre mobile elevated work platform to trim branches and access remaining branches using his rope and har- ness. Lian says they are special amenity trees and it was good that the council was pro-actively managing them. The council budgets $30,000 a year for maintenance on protec- ted trees.
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