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• Arrow­town 14-year-old Hamish Bagley comes from nowhere to take silver in the USA Snowboard Association Nationals’ under-14 or “breaker boy” halfpipe. Prior to the event at Colorado’s Copper Mountain he was ranked 47th in a field of 55.

•  Kirsten Anderson, mother of a Queenstown girl blinded after “shameful” local medical treatment, warns other kids are at risk if parents don’t push harder for better services. She says seven-year-old Natalya Skelton lost the use of her left eye in 2006 after eight weeks of alleged misdiag­noses and “inadequate” medical testing. Natalya made national headlines with a ground-breaking operation in Auckland to restore her sight.

• Former senior councillor Rick Pettit threatens to sue Queenstown Lakes District Council over what he calls “semi-blackmail”. QLDC regulatory body Lakes Environmental refuses to release a resource consent decision needed by self-employed builder Pettit till he pays the $2500 balance of a consent hearing bill. “A council-controlled organisation effectively owned by the community is screwing the community,” he says.

• All Black star Dan Carter surprises Arrowtown School kids when he turns up for a lunchtime Rippa rugby training session. The visit was hatched by parent Andy Brinsley. He put the idea to Carter when picking him up as guest of his Kawarau Jet company’s 50th birthday celebration.

• Frankton Road resident Fiona McDonald is riled by fast food giant McDonald’s getting non-notified resource consent for a 24-hour drive-through opposite her home. Having got about 250 signatures to a petition opposing the plans, she’s furious so many people’s concerns – over traffic safety and noise, rubbish, smells and visual pollution on Queenstown’s gateway – have been ignored.

• Rugby-mad Queens­town lawyer Alan Harper says the Events Centre’s corporate hospitality charge is “over the top” for the Highlanders v Western Force Super 14 rugby game. The charge is $2900 plus GST plus beverages for a 20-person marquee. Events Centre event manager Karen Gemmell says the price is unchanged from the last local Super 14 game in 2008 and reflects the price of putting infrastructure in. The Force win 41-27.

• The dad of an 11-year-old girl who was almost snatched outside Wakatipu High is proud of his daughter for fending off the fiend. The unidentified Queenstown Primary student had walked up Fryer St for an after-school music lesson when the stranger – a well-built Maori in his 30s – stepped out of a green car parked outside the gym and tried to force her inside.