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The man who ran seven Great Walks in
seven consecutive days, culminating in last
year's Nike ACG Kepler challenge, has plans
to make the feat an annual event.
Aucklander Malcolm Law undertook the
mammoth challenge as a fundraiser for
the Leukaemia and Blood Foundation and
in memory of his brother Alan who died of
leukaemia in 1969.
He received a hero's welcome as he
crossed the finish line at the Kepler
Challenge on December 5, having
conquered the equivalent of nine back-
to-back off-road marathons and climbing
Mount Cook twice.
And now he's ready to do it all over again.
"I thought I'd better commit before I got
sane again," he said. "I'm hoping it'll be a
little easier second time."
It's early days yet but Mr Law is in talks
with the Department of Conservation about
permit requirements to involve far more
people in a similar styled challenge -- seven
iconic New Zealand walking tracks (not
the Great Walks tracks covered last year),
finishing again on the Kepler Challenge.
"There's something quite special about
the Kepler -- the way the people and the
community get together," he said.
By involving more people, only a handful
of whom would tackle the full seven-day
challenge, he hopes to boost the profile of
the event and raise even more money for
Mr Law took a sabbatical to train for and
plan last year's challenge. He's about to
return to work part-time and will dedicate
the rest of his time to preparing for this
"I think I've learnt to be a bit more efficient
in the way I do things."
The profile gained last year had also given
the project credibility which made planning,
logistics and publicity a lot easier second
time round, he said.
While he can't reveal too much yet, he
said the first two runs were likely to be the
Auckland area, followed by another in the
North Island, one at the top of the South
Island, two in the Mount Aspiring and/or
Fiordland area and the Kepler track.
During the next month he plans to
revamp his website (www.7in7.org.nz) and
announce details about the challenge and
the various ways people can get involved
Law makes second
attempt on tracks
Malcolm Law, the man who ran seven of New Zealand's Great Walks in seven consecutive days last
year is ready to make the challenge an annual event.
The Southland District Council wants
feedback from users of its water supplies
and sewerage schemes on how they want to
pay for the increasing operational costs of
Council chief executive David Adamson
said the water and sewerage operational
contract had last been let 12 years ago,
and the council was now in the final stages
of accepting the new contract.
"Because of the length of time since the
last contract was let and adding in inflation
and the economic situation, we had feared
a much greater increase in cost. The actual
contract to be let at the end of April shows
a 16 percent increase on the operational
costs of water and sewerage. Council is
aware that this will still be a burden on
ratepayers and we are looking at how we
can lessen the impact," Mr Adamson said.
The council had identified the upcoming
contract in last year's long term plan, which
showed an increase in line with inflation
as it had no better information available.
Community boards, CDAs and water supply
committees were made aware of the likely
increase at local estimate meetings in
"Now that we have a cost to work
with, it was felt appropriate to table a
supplementary report at last week's council
draft annual plan approval meeting to seek
councillor preference on how the cost is to
be met, as the new contract is calculated
on a cost per connection basis, which could
result in a number of rating increases and
decreases," Mr Adamson said.
The two methods to fund the increase
detailed in the report were the two
extremes -- by connection or by an even
percentage increase. The connection
method, which is based on the way all
contractors elected to price the contract,
sees individual connection costs vary
from a $162 reduction to a $215 increase
depending on the scheme. The even
percentage method is based on historical
costs and ranges from an increase of
about $9 through to $59 depending on the
historical cost of the water and sewerage
services within individual townships.
The council decided to consult further with
ratepapers so a flyer is to be created and
will be available online at www.southlanddc.
govt.nz and in area offices.
Those wanting to make comment should
make submissions to the Draft Annual Plan,
by May 19.
Meanwhile, council staff had also been
asked to look into the possibility of a
transition proposal, Mr Adamson said.
"As with any rate allocation model council
recognises there are winners and losers.
Council also recognises that submissions
would probably favour the option that
provides that scheme with the lowest cost,
and wants to emphasise no decision has
been made at this stage," he said.
Water supply users
asked for input
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