A short press release from the board of the Treble Cone
Skifield yesterday afternoon appears to have headed off a
stoush over the distribution of a book on the skifield's
Two thousand three hundred copies of the glossy hardback
coffee-table book Treble Cone are sitting in a garage in
Former chairman of the company Nat Craig told the Otago Daily
Times this week he believed board chairman John Darby had
banned the book from being distributed.
The book was Mr Craig's ''brainchild'' and had taken eight
years to produce at a cost of $80,000.
Mr Craig said he was ''perplexed'' about the reason why it
was not being distributed.
However, yesterday's press release from Mr Darby's office,
attributed to board member David Hogg, said the book would be
released at a special media event this winter ''at a time to
coincide with the ski area opening''.
''Considerable local interest in obtaining copies of the book
suggests that a subsequent print run may be required.''
The book covers the 47-year history of the skifield.
It was written by former journalist Matt Conway and published
by Wanaka photographer Gilbert van Reenen.
Before yesterday's board press release, Mr Craig said Mr
Darby was facing ''shareholder unrest and potential legal
action'' over his ''mysterious decision'' to ban the book.
He described the book as a company asset with ''tremendous
value'' to the skifield which Mr Darby, ''although the
majority shareholder, had no right to simply lock away''.
Mr Craig said legal action was a possibility and the
Financial Markets Authority could be asked to investigate.
Mr Darby, a Queenstown developer, did not respond directly to
ODT inquiries, but denied to Mountain Scene editor Ryan Keen
he was blocking the book.
''We wouldn't spend $80,000 and block it. I find the whole
thing a bit bizarre. It's not the case.
''This is a good example of someone acting on rumour and
Mr Darby said he had not seen the book but ''by all
accounts'' it was ''wonderful''.