3 August 2013


150th Update

Fantastic News, on the back of a successful Naseby and Surrounding Goldfields 150th Jubilee celebrations, the organising committee have been awarded a highly commended in the recently held Trust Power Community Awards.

“Naseby: A History - To Everything There is a Season”

There are only 50 copies of this book left. To avoid disappointment you can purchase your copy from the Naseby General Store, Naseby Information and Craft, The Museum, T Books’ n Things (Ranfurly) or Paper plus (Otago wide) at a cost of $49.99.

“Maniototo First 1858 to 2012” - Researched and complied by Hazel Harrison

There are only 20 copies of this booklet still available. If you would like a copy of this limited edition publication please contact the Naseby Information and Craft Centre on 03 444 9961, please leave a message with your contact details if no one is around to take your call. The cost of the publication is $10 with all proceeds going to the 150th committee.

150th Jubilee Photograph Publication

Grant Bean’s photographic book of the Naseby and Surrounding Area 150thJubilee is now available.

The Naseby Vision, the Jubilee committee and Positively Maniototo … the cost is $59.00. The book is hard-covered and printed on quality paper.

The book can be viewed on Blurb: http://www.blurb.com/my/book/detail/4182985-naseby-surrounding-goldfields-150th-jubilee#share-pane

A screen will appear showing you the cover of the book. Click on “Preview Book” and scroll through the pages.

Orders for the book should be made through Jan (as secretary of the MESA) at 444 9775 or jan.bean@xtra.co.nz. Please note that the Maniototo Museums will receive a part of your payment as a donation. Please note that the Maniototo Museums will receive a part of your payment as a donation.

Winter is fast Approaching

Just a reminder that it is time to winterise your Cribs! It would also be helpful for out of town visitors if you labelled/marked your water Toby (SP) for your crib. This will hopefully ensure that visitors to our township turn on the correct supply.

Street Numbers on the Naseby houses

The Maniototo St John have asked if home owners in Naseby could put a number on your residence to help emergency services find you or any visitor to the town staying at your place who might not have a clue about the address. It could save lives.

AED Machine

The AED machine is located at the Ancient Briton Hotel. Access to the machine is only available if the Hotel is open. The community has recently purchased a new battery for the AED and new pads. This has been made possible by the Patrons at the Ancient Briton regular contribution to the fund, Mountain Biking Otago (Mainly the riders at the 2012 race) and Larchview Holiday Park who have all donated funds for the upkeep of the AED.

Naseby Recycling Centre-Business Recycling

Central Otago Wastebusters have put in place a recycling service for Naseby businesses. Please take some time to pop down to the local Dairy and pick up an information booklet. Recycling your rubbish is much more cost effective than using the local transfer Station in Ranfurly. Please get behind this project and help to preserve our country for future generations.

Naseby Lamp Light Project

17 heritage lamp posts have been donated as a 150th year commemorative project co-ordinated by Naseby Vision. Ground work is beginning 27 May and will continue during the winter. The wide range of donated time, money, skills and equipment has been fantastic. A switching-on street party is envisaged in the Spring!


The Cemetery is looking very nice, the committee co-ordinated by Kath Thomas have arranged for a quote to conserve the next group of headstones needing attention. Naseby Vision has applied to the Maniototo Community Trust for some funding, but we would like to hear from any descendants of the following past Naseby residents; Albert and Clara Harris, Edward T George, Anthony and Jane Patterson, Jane McNamara, William Renwick, McCosh Smith, John, Robert and Albert Strong, Thomas and Samuel Law, William and Sarah Ball, Malcolm Ries, William and Elena Moore, Richard and Kitty Moore. Hot off the Press: The Maniototo Trust Fund has awarded a grant of $2000 and the Community Trust of Maniototo $1500 towards the restoration of headstones at the Naseby Cemetery which is very much appreciated.

Important Information for Holiday Home Owners

This information was recently sent out by the Holiday Houses web site - we have replicated it here for any crib owner who may need to know a little more about the CODC District Plan’s requirements.

It has come to our attention that the Central Otago District Council (CODC) is contacting holiday house owners in the region and beginning to enforce the District Plan’s rules around what they call "travellers accommodation".

The CODC District Plan has specific provisions around “travellers’ accommodation” which aim to capture businesses that bring people into the area for a single night’s accommodation and seek to get compensation on their temporary use of regional resources and public utilities (car parks, roads, public toilets, etc). To try to seek recompense for this use of resources, the Council require such businesses to apply for Land Use Consent. For holiday home owners who only rent out their houses at times surplus to their requirements, we think this is unfair, but to be clear the District Plan currently in place empowers them to do this. What this means is that, in a worst case scenario, if they put a person on notice about the issue and the person fails to comply, then they could look to bring a prosecution against that person.

The question is what it means for you now? We need to be careful here as we can’t offer you legal advice, however, we would encourage you to read the District Plan and in particular the section around travellers' accommodation and the wording used. Other options available to you include writing to the Mayor or local Councillor.

We have written to the Council and have made a case for changing the Plan and/or its interpretation. We found out that Queenstown Lakes District Council changed their District Plan in 2009 after residents and property owners suggested that the arrangement was unfair and the resultant traveller activity didn’t require any additional resource management. We suggested that CODC does the same by implementing something akin to the QLDC rules.

We hope you will add your voice to the process by writing to councillors so that they better understand the impact of the rules they put in place. To assist you with this we have provided a template below. 

Kind regards,
The Holiday Houses Team


Recently Stewart Francis and Jock Allison presented a Naseby Vision submission to the CODC on the proposed water rates across the District Council. (Copy sent out by email and attached here for postal members only). More research is underway by the NV Water Group, looking at records of Naseby water usage to match against the projections etc. Anyone who would like to be kept informed, or, contribute to the topic of Naseby’s water future in an email discussion group, please connect in with Stewart Francis on stewets@kinect.co.nz or Jock Allison on jock.allison@co.nz


Anyone interested in having a say about the draft CODC Economic and Business Development Strategy 2013 – 2016 – closing 12 July, or the draft CODC Arts Strategy closing 19 July, please contact the NV secretary Hilary Allison on 03 4772903 or nasebyvision@gmail.com

Happy Winter!

Tracy de Woeps