Fernhill shakes off tough year with refreshing slide into 2013

Strong community comes together in sun

BROOKE GARDINER IN QUEENSTOWN
Last updated 05:00 28/01/2013
Marcus Anthony, 6, of Queenstown
COOLING DOWN: Marcus Anthony, 6, of Queenstown, makes the most of the waterslide during a super hot day at the Fernhill/Sunshine Bay Community Association family fun day.

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With the sun beating down on Queenstown, participants at a family fun day at Fernhill had only one option for cooling off yesterday.

A giant water-slide down the bank beside the Tanoa Aspen Hotel proved to be the highlight for many children and a few adults, too, who spent hours running up the steep bank to slide the slippery slope.

The backyard slide, complete with detergent carefully applied at the top by Queenstown Lakes District councillor Mel Gazzard, had residents of the area hurtling down the hill at pace on a day that had many scrambling for shade.

After enduring a tough 2012, which included a starring role at the centre of the New Zealand Post missing mail scandal, the Fernhill/Sunshine Bay Community Association celebrated the arrival of 2013.

Association president Robbie Freer was delighted with the number of people who turned out for the occasion, which included a barbecue, and lollies were dropped from a helicopter.

"Everybody is having a great time. We've got more people here than last year; it's really good to see."

The fun day out was attended by all emergency services, many donating their time so children could climb inside vehicles and try on the various uniforms and apparatus.

"It just goes to show we do have a good, strong community up here."

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