Paragliding Competition: Southern Fun

                                  Southern Fun NZ 2019




Once again Tim Brown, Louis Tapper and friends are presenting a Fun paragliding xc competition for new, novice and experienced pilots. The competition will be based out of Wanaka, Otago as per previous years.

Dates:      27th - 30th December, 2019
Location: Wanaka-Queenstown and environs.

This competition will be a FAI Cat2 sanctioned event ( the application is currently pending).
Over the last two years this has been a most successful event flying from possibly new, or not usually flown sites in the Wanaka -Queenstown region. Traveling each morning may be required. This year we may investigate flying near Omarama or Garston, south of Queenstown.

Registration is open on a 'first-come-first-served' basis and limited to 60 pilots.

For information and registration: Southern Fun NZ 2019

Follow and support our Hang Gliding Team heading to the World Champs.

It's less than a week to go now before the first members of the 7 pilot NZ Hang Gliding Team head off to Italy to begin final preparations for the 22nd World Hang Gliding Championships, 13-26 July 2019.  

The selected New Zealand Team consists of:

Viv Clements - Team Captain
John Smith
Shane McKay
Derek Mckee
Tom Kelner
Piers Throssel
Matt Barlow

We feel incredibly honored to be representing our Country and are looking forward to the challenge of flying with and against the Worlds best. Our goal is to achieve a top 5-10 finish in both the Individual and Team categories.  However to do this will be no small feat given the calibre of the field including four time World champion Manfred Ruhmer, two time World Champion Alex Ploner, and one time World Champions Christian Ciech and Attila Bertok just to name a few! 

If you would like to follow the teams progress you can do this via the following methods:

-Our WHATSAPP supporters group.  Just text 0221537965 and ask to be added to the group. 
-Airtribune - Good for replays of the tasks and display of results https://airtribune.com/22nd-fai-world-hg-championship/info
-Competition Organisers Website http://www.italy2019.com/en/mondiali-2019/
-Live Tracking will be used for the Championships however we do not have a link yet.

Lastly thank you to those of you who have supported the team by making a donation via our teams Give A Little page. If you have not done so yet, but would like help offset the teams considerable expenses please do so here:  https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/nz-hang-gliding-team-fundraising-for-2019-world  No donation is too small :)

At last some clarity about recreational access

Negotiating site access might just have got a little easier thanks to recent clarification of the responsibilities PCBUs have for recreational users on their land. We're overjoyed to see the new guidance from worksafe that makes it clear:
  • PCBUs* don’t have to manage the risks of the recreational activity. That’s the responsibility of the person doing the activity.
  • PCBUs aren’t responsible for naturally occurring features that aren’t part of, or affected by, their work.
  • If someone accesses land for recreation and hurts themselves as a result of the recreation activity, the PCBU who provided access isn’t responsible.
Full details are at https://worksafe.govt.nz/laws-and-regulations/operational-policy-framework/operational-policies/policy-clarification-recreational-access-and-the-health-and-safety-at-work-act-2015/ . There’s a link to a document called Frequently Asked Questions: Recreational access and the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. It might be worth putting a copy with your map or downloading it to your phone, so that you can show a concerned landowner.
*PCBU = Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking. A PCBU is the person is responsible for safety at a workplace.