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The body of Italian restaurant
worker Luca Ruffato, who died
in Lake Te Anau just before
Christmas, has been returned
to his family thanks to generous
donations made to an appeal set
up by his friends.
Mr Ruffato, who had only arrived
in Te Anau about three weeks
earlier, died of either hypothermia
or drowning after failing to return
from a solo kayaking trip on the
lake on December 22. His body
was found the next morning at
Following his death the local
Italian community rallied to raise
money to assist his family, who
they knew were not well off.
Spokeswoman Pamela Parmigiani
said Te Anau and Manapouri
businesses had willingly displayed
collection tins and the group – 11
Italians and four Kiwis in all –
were overwhelmed to discover the
final tally was $10,200.
“We thought that if we can put
some money together we can help
them (his family),” she said.
had hosted a
also given his
his life, Miss
Of the money raised,
$6828 had been used to
pay the funeral director’s
bill in Invercargill while
the rest has been
forwarded to the Ruffato family.
Mr Ruffato’s body arrived back in
Italy late last week.
• Letter, Page 6
Donations return son home
Italian restaurant worker Luca Ruffato who died on Lake Te
Anau last month.
By Kirsty Macnicol
The Tuatapere Hump Ridge
Track’s third annual Stump the
Hump challenge next month is
gaining momentum, with the local
community getting in on the action
with a fun day to coincide with the
Aimed at endurance sports people
and adventurous trampers, Stump
the Hump challenges participants
to walk the 55km loop in a single
day as a fundraiser for the track.
Neither race nor run, participants
are encouraged to stop and enjoy
the sunrise with a hot porridge
breakfast served up at Okaka
Lodge before continuing their slog.
This year even the not-so-fit can
be part of the atmosphere by
taking part in the associated fun
day, on February 2, which is being
coordinated by Tuatapere District
Promotions in association with the
Hump Ridge Track and Venture
There will be activities for young
people at the Waiau Area School
and the Playcentre. History buffs
can check out the Bushman’s
Museum and Yesteryears Museum
and Café, while those looking for
something a little more active
can visit the Tuatapere Bowling
Club from 2pm, the golf course
from 1pm, or go for a stroll on
one of the local walking tracks.
Shops and cafes will be open
along with more adventurous
attractions such as
helicopter tours or jet boat
rides. There will also be live
music at Last Light Lodge on
Friday and Saturday nights.
The inaugural Waiau Art Trail
offering a unique opportunity
to experience and buy the
work of over 25 artists
from the Waiau area at six
venues around Tuatapere.
Exhibitions will include
oil paintings, ceramics,
jewellery, fabric, garden art
and much more.
co.nz for more information.
No need to be Stumped for fun
The continued risk of rockfall
near the Homer Tunnel has
forced changes to this Saturday’s
Milford Mountain Classic cycling
Instead of starting at Milford,
the race will now start from the
Homer Hut car park, 1km below
the eastern end of the tunnel,
shortening the overall distance
of the race to Te Anau by about
20km to 100km.
Spokesman Don McFarlane said
that while it was a blow for race
organisers in only its second year,
they readily accepted the decision
of the New Zealand Transport
Authority, recognising that the
safety of riders and support crew
“Safety is the number one priority
and if NZTA believe there is a real
risk to participants, then there
is no alternative but to move the
start to avoid this hazard,” he
said. “(We) believe the 100km
route will still provide participants
with a challenging race through
some of the world’s most
spectacular scenery. We are lucky
to be able to use a route such
as this and are looking forward
to providing a positive race
experience on Saturday.”
The start time will also be delayed
to 5.15pm to enable departing
tourist traffic from Milford Sound
to get through well clear of the
race start and also to maintain
separation between Distinction
Hotels Milford Mountain Classic
competitors and those taking part
in the shorter 65km Meridian
Eglinton Challenge which leaves
from Knobs Flat.
Despite the last minute hiccup to
plans, the race is shaping up to
be a good one with nearly double
the number of entries of last year.
Mr McFarlane said locals turned
on a great welcome for the riders
as they arrived into Te Anau last
year and he hoped people would
get out and do the same this year
although he reminded them that
the route into town was different
this year. Riders will follow the
road into Luxmore Drive as they
arrive in Te Anau, turning right
at the Fiordland Hotel and right
again into Lakefront Drive past
the Department of Conservation
visitor centre, to finish outside
the Distinction Te Anau Hotel and
Race’s rocky start
A winner is drawn every week!
Drop in to Te Anau Subway to
register your birthday and be
entered into the draw when
your birthday arrives.
Don’t miss out !
HOW DO I ENTER ??
come and have
lunch on us!!
6” Sub & Drink
& your choice of either
2 cookies, 1 bag of chips or
1 bag of apples
Ph: (03) 249 7999
Travel Broker Chris Elston
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