The February Issue

Competition returns home for 50th

Interest has sparked across the country ahead of a significant anniversary for a popular firefighting competition to be held in Omarama, next month. The Wajax pump competition began in Omarama and, like so many good ideas, was brewed over a beer at the Omarama pub a little over 50 years ago. Since its inception its popularity has gone from strength to strength, so much so that when registrations for Wajax 2020 opened last year volunteer firefighters from throughout the country responded. Unfortunately, because the entries were capped at 25 teams and Otago/Southland teams - teams south of the Waitaki - were given preference, teams from the North Island, like Hawke’s Bay, who were keen to compete, had to be turned down, one of the organisers, Jack Zorab, said. About 200 competitors, supporters judges, officials and VIPs are expected to attend. Waitaki mayor Gary Kircher said he was “very pleased” the Wajax event’s 50th anniversary was being celebrated in Omarama, where it began so many years ago. “And I’m just as pleased to be there to help cheer on our locals as they compete once again for the title. “It’s a chance for us to celebrate our volunteer firefighters who make such a sacrifice for our communities, and to support them as they compete against their southern colleagues. “I’m sure it will be a memorable weekend.” Initially three teams – Stewart Island and Glenorchy rural volunteer brigades plus Omarama – ran in the first unofficial Wajax pump competition, in 1970... >>> continue reading <<<


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Inside February Issue

Competition returns home for 50th
Virus impact: Businesses hit. Emergency plans in place
Fire risk on reserve land to be assessed
'Ambassadors' not authorised to issue fines
In late news - the master does it again three times
Familiar face fronts new business
Antonieta lectures at philosophy conference
New feature: Through Antonieta's eyes

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