Z Queenstown retailer Lynne Burns, site leader Joel
Popplewell and Wakatipu LandSAR committee member Ed Halson
at the Frankton Rd petrol station last week. Z raised just
over $1000 for Wakatipu LandSAR last month through its
''Good in the Hood'' promotion. Photo by Tracey Roxburgh.
New compasses, whistles and other practical items will
probably be bought for Wakatipu LandSAR following a donation of
just over $1000 from Z Queenstown.
For the ''Good in the Hood'' promotion, which ran throughout
March, Z gave away $1 million across the country - $4000 in
In Queenstown, anyone who bought anything at the Frankton Rd
station was given an orange chip to be dropped into one of
four boxes, representing Wakatipu LandSAR, the Arrowtown
Volunteer Fire Brigade, the St John Health Shuttle and Victim
Z retailer Lynne Burns, of Queenstown, said groups were
nominated and the Z head office short-listed nominees.
The key criterion for selection was the group had to be
The short list was then narrowed down to the selected four by
the respective Z stations.
Wakatipu LandSAR committee member Ed Halson said the
much-needed donation would be put to good use.
''We can spend it on anything we can't get funding for.
Believe me, we really appreciate it.''
Mr Halson said one of the main streams of funding had been
the police diversion scheme - first-time offenders accused of
lower-end crimes could be offered diversion if they met
If an offender was offered diversion, Wakatipu LandSAR was
one of the organisations the diverted person could choose to
pay a donation to.
Now, however, the search and rescue group was not part of the
scheme, as police more focused on preventive groups, such as
those dealing with domestic violence, he said.
''Now we're really struggling. It was a huge part of our
The group comprised volunteers who could be called out at any
time, in any conditions, sometimes for days on end, to rescue
those in need.
It also spoke to those who had been lost, so they could
understand what had happened and how it could be prevented.
While LandSAR could apply to major funding agencies, Mr
Halson said donations such as that from Z helped to upgrade
or replace smaller items.
''There are pieces of equipment that are too small to bother
funding agencies with, like really good compasses ... and