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The latest news from Pegasus Golf Course

Guest post from Brett James, General Manager at Pegasus Golf & Sports Club

We’ve had some exciting news here at the Pegasus Golf Course this month, with Golf Australia Magazine recently naming its top 25 New Zealand golf courses. We came in at 8th place overall and the number one course in Canterbury.

Here’s the review –
It’s not often you get a touring professional offering unsolicited compliments about golf courses but Australian touring pro Lindsey Wright did just that during an interview recently.
“Pegasus is beautifully presented but it’s the kind of course where you have to really think about your playing options, which I really like,” Wright said of the venue for her 2012 Women’s New Zealand Open victory.
I have to agree with her. Pegasus is an impressive newcomer to the NZ golf scene and after two growing seasons it is offering the kind of playing surfaces you might expect at a course where the green fee is twice the price.

I’m very proud of my team, there is a really good buzz around the place at the moment, and rightly so. It goes to show that hard work really does pay off and not only were we rated 8th but we are also excellent value for money at $50 and everyone is welcome at our course.

In other news, we will be holding the inaugural Pegasus Golf Open on 17th June. We’ll have free use of the driving range prior to the tournament starting at 10am. I am really looking forward to kicking off the event for the first time and hopefully this will become an annual fixture on our club’s competition calendar.

To download the entry form go to our website –


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Pegasus is a busy place to be

Guest post from Jenny Lake, Business Development Manager at Pegasus

We have enjoyed a very busy summer season here at Pegasus this year. We’ve built a really strong reputation as a great venue for loads of different events and I’m excited to see how quickly Pegasus has grown in popularity. It makes my job so rewarding to see such a range of people out enjoying the wonderful facilities we have on offer here.


Triathlons and multisport races are common on the event calendar, with races for all ages and levels. Recent events have varied from primary school children taking part in their first triathlon, through to elite athletes racing in the Contact Tri Series and House of Travel Triathlon races. Pegasus has fast tracks on offer – smooth roads for cycling, hard running trails alongside the lake and the flat waters of Lake Pegasus. I’ve been told on many occasions, competitors love coming here to race.

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Lake Pegasus has hosted a wide range of sporting groups this summer – waterpolo, paddleboarding, surf lifesaving, sailing, open water swimming course, sailing and waka ama to name a few. It really is the perfect location for competitions and fun days for everyone to enjoy.

Back in February we had the More FM Summer Vineyard Tour visit Pegasus, featuring headline acts John Butler Trio and Aloe Blacc, with support from NZ artists Annabel Fay and Tiki Taane. The concert was held on a Friday evening, and despite the wet weather an estimated 3,500 crowd turned out to enjoy the music. This was the first time a large concert had been held at Pegasus – but I hope it’s the first of many.


As well as these large scale events, our team at the Golf Course specialise in all sorts of other events – weddings, conferences, quiz nights, staff parties and family celebrations. We were lucky enough to receive some beautiful photos from Rochelle and Joe’s recent wedding. They tied the knot on one of the sandy beaches of Lake Pegasus. They found plenty of beautiful locations for photos after their ceremony – thank you for sharing them with us and congratulations to the happy couple. Photo: Kim Hamblin Photography

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Oh Richter, you Rotter! An update from Alison Dormaar.

Guest post from Alison Dormaar, Pegasus resident and author

Okay, I believe I can safely speak for everyone here in Canterbury when I say that I am sick to the back teeth of earthquakes. You can tell visitors from the locals by their reactions even to the smallest tremors. Outsiders leap to their feet and wildly look around while locals yawn and go “oh yeah”, as well they might, being veterans of over 10,000 aftershocks and still counting. GeoTech for many of we budding seismologists inCanterburyhas become an old and familiar friend (did anyone send them a Christmas card?)

Mind you, the events of December 23 served as a sharp reminder that however much we all like to forget it in New Zealand, we live on the Ring of Fire and that no matter where you live, there will be some level of risk. A few nights later we were treated to a regular smorgasbord of quakes, starting at 1.30 am and continuing until 5.45 am where we were farewelled with a grand finale measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale – but most people do agree, that swarm of over 19 shocks was out of the ordinary. I do know that come daylight, I for one who had borne the past year with as much stoic passivity as possible, snapped, brewed the most potent cuppa imaginable and committed fearful ravages on a box of scorched almonds (one great thing about the festive time of year, there’s plenty of scope for comfort eating!)

The experts tell us we can expect tremors for the next 30 years. After that comforting statement appeared on the six o’clock news, I heard from a string of panicked people, all convinced that the world was about to end, that Christchurch was cursed, that it was Judgement Day etc etc, and the overall impression they all had from the media was that we would be plagued with continuous swarms of earth shattering tremors 24/7. In this the media could have been a tad more responsible and eliminated the scaremongering hype. I’m not exactly happy with the news myself, but upon a little further thought, remember that the so-called experts said “could” and “might” and that over time the tremors will noticeably become much less and of a far less violent magnitude – and that we will most certainly not have to wait the full 30 years to see much of this happen. In fact, from June 2011 until that fateful day in December, a significant reduction in tremors had already occurred.

Running away does not help anything in the long term. An acquaintance told me the other day she is seriously considering moving to Nelson, whereupon it was pointed out to her that Nelson is virtually on top of the great Alpine fault. Other people have fled to the likes of Wellington and Auckland– two main centres with an even higher risk of catastrophic chaos than Christchurch, and in the case ofAucklandwe have several active volcanoes thrown into the equation. Personally I believe the greatest fear and anxiety begins after the event itself, when the Hydra that is Insurance rears its monstrous and countless heads. I know I for one would find the prospect of dealing with a niggling insurance agent or officious EQC officer the worst horror scenario of all. Heaven knows, far too many of us have had to deal with that nightmare this past year.

So goodbye to 2011, and good riddance. My resolution for 2012 is not to make resolutions but to take life as it comes and to reflect on what truly matters in my life rather than what values others may dictate to me. As a Taurus, I have been emboldened by my horoscope for the coming year which states that I am in for a major career breakthrough and a huge boost for confidence and self esteem – as I am a budding writer, I say bring it on! Perhaps the shake up of 2011 in some ways is what many of us, stuck in our old conventional rut, needed. And on that vein, Christchurch, like the phoenix, will indeed rise from its smouldering Victorian ashes and truly emerge resplendent into the twenty first century a better, brighter, safer world class city we can all be proud of.

Comment from Pegasus:
Despite all the thousands of earthquakes in Christchurch since September 2010, there has been no damage at all at Pegasus.

The views, opinions or positions expressed by the authors and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or position of Pegasus Town Ltd.

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A huge turn out for the first Northern Outlook Pegasus Fun Run

Guest post by Jenny Lake, Pegasus Events and Business Development Manager

We held our first fun run at Pegasus last Sunday – and wow, it was a huge success! The Northern Outlook Pegasus Fun Run was an excellent event to be involved with and it looks as though it is set to become an annual fixture on the North Canterbury sporting calendar. There was a wonderful buzz around the town and I’ve had so much positive feedback from both visitors and residents at Pegasus.

Northern Outlook Pegasus Fun Run


It was an amazing hot day after the heavy rain earlier in the weekend, so we were very fortunate with the weather and people turned out in their droves. The sunny weather saw 800 additional people enter on the day for the 2.5km, 5km and 10km events, bringing the total number of entrants to 2300. We had an array of entertainment for those not taking part in the races, as you’ll see in these fantastic photos. We estimate that there were around 4000 people out at Pegasus on the day.


The music was great, the bungy was a success as was the face painting, the bouncy castle and the skate skool. The DJ did an outstanding job and the photos and video we have captured from throughout the day are sensational. The food and beverage stands were kept busy most of the day and the corporate groups I spoke with were very happy with their sites.


The children loved the dance competition and having two players from the Tactix on stage dancing with a wee girl that had won a prize was a highlight.


The event raised at least $12,000 to go towards the post-quake recovery of sport in Canterbury. Event organiser and Sport Canterbury business manager Jonny Kirkpatrick is thrilled with the funds raised, which will be used broadly, for anything from repairs and equipment to helping with booking facilities and financial assistance.


To view more photos of this event, visit our Flickr page, or view the fantastic video footage on Youtube here.

This was the perfect event to kick off our summer season here at Pegasus, and I look forward to sharing more post-event reports with you in the coming months!


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Indicators of a successful school – thoughts from the Principal of Waikuku/Pegasus School

Guest post by Roger Hornblow, Principal of Waikuku/Pegasus School

I have been at Waikuku School for three years now and getting this job was like winning Lotto. I love rural schools, turning schools around and building community, the challenges of a growing roll, and designing and building a new school. Being principal of Waikuku School and then Pegasus School is all this… and more.

The Ministry of Education approached the Board of Trustees back in 2006 about the new school at Pegasus. Since then we have had recessions, a change in government and the odd earthquake or two. Please check the Waikuku School website for timeline updates for Pegasus School, or I am more than happy to answer any questions about this.

When moving into Pegasus you are zoned for Waikuku School. The school bus leaves the Harcourts’ Pegasus office at 8.45am and drops children back there after school. We currently have 31 Pegasus children on the school bus.

Parents often ask me about the decile rating of the School. We are a 7 and increasing. But the decile rating says nothing at all about the quality of any school. The decile rating is just a socio-economic indicator for the area based on the latest Census using abstract data such as household crowding, occupations and income.

ERO reviews are another indicator parents can use and our review is on the Waikuku School website. ERO reviews are useful and give an independent view. But for me the best indicator is not a review or a number or even a flash website. The best indicator is the people who are living and breathing school life every day. The best indicator is the happy children and the happy parents. Ask our parents about our community feel, our programme for four year olds, our Funday Friday, our welcoming parents into our classrooms, our focus on learning but also on fun, but most of all ask our children if they like our school and their teacher. Happy engaged children, happy inspired staff and happy parents who are always welcome and valued – they are the indicators of a successful school. Visit us and be impressed.

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It’s a dog’s life!

Guest post by Alison Dormaar, Pegasus resident and author

Ever since moving away from the main hustle and bustle of the city, I’ve been noticing the local dogs more. It’s funny how much we take them for granted in our busy city lives, but the other week with several centimetres of snow piled up on the lawn outside, to watch them ecstatically lolloping around in the white stuff with apparent ease was a real pleasure, and it made me sit back and think.

Dogs make me happy. I like to think I could make them happy. There are many life lessons we can learn from dogs, not least of which is the gift of sheer enjoyment of the simple things such as a snowfall while we of the gens humana live in a constant state of self-dissatisfaction. It is said that we have made dogs honorary humans, and I strongly suspect it is because we see many aspects of dogs that we wish were more apparent in our own somewhat flawed character.

Who among us would not want the life of a dog? Seriously? Most pet dogs in our society live in warm, comfortable homes without worrying about footing the mortgage or the power bill. Unlike the forever starved masses in the Third World (sorry folks, Africa is a bottomless pit of often misappropriated aid), dogs are guaranteed at least one square meal a day and they have learned that if you give the right wistful look at their owners at the right time they can capitalize with tasty snacks in between. You have willing servants on hand to plump up your pillows, buff up your beanbags, walk you, bathe you, brush you and rush about the house fulfilling your every whim without you having to raise a paw. Balls, frisbees, sticks and squeaky toys are laid on for your entertainment while your personal chauffeur whisks you away on numerous trips in the country, windows preferably rolled down. No-one is nagging you to tidy the house, mow the lawns, cook the dinner or go to work, and what’s more everyone you know likes you. You don’t have to prove anything to anyone if you’re a dog. You just have to be…well, a dog!

We humans tend to age not very gracefully. After a certain age we become victims of gravity. Everything on our body starts to sag south and we start to shrivel up and stoop, unsightly blotches appear where we never had them before and the key subject of conversation at social functions is the latest round of medical procedures. We slather ourselves with potions and lotions to restore some semblance of health and youthful looks and ingest other substances to improve our memory and keep ourselves regular.

Compare that with your dog. Okay, Blondie may be getting fat with age, but somehow it just makes her all the more lovable. She may have a few gray hairs around the muzzle, but that thick furry coat remains the same and those liver spots are marks of distinction rather than blemishes. When she trots out for her daily walk she is still the subject of smiles and admiration (how many aging people yearn for a return to that kind of attention!) Yup, in old age your dog remains respected and loved. No old age home for Blondie, no being shut up in a pastel painted dormitory with drooling open mouthed zombies staring mindlessly at television sets while their life savings trickle into someone else’s bank account. Unlike many elderly humans, your dog is guaranteed constant support and does not have to wait until weekends for a possible family visit. And at the end of your life, unlike humans who are often forcibly kept alive by all manner of nauseating drugs and machines in the supposed name of humanity (or is it medical research? No, maybe the retirement home is still owed the balance of the remaining quarter), your dog if need be is allowed to slip away peacefully and painlessly to avoid unnecessary suffering.

If only we treated each other the same way that we treat our family dogs…, A J Dormaar – Fan Page

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Who should be your number one fan? You!

Guest post by Alison Dormaar, Pegasus resident and author

I’ve had an epiphany this last week. Perhaps many people may not be exactly sure what an epiphany is, but before you all reach for the dictionary, in a nutshell it means that you suddenly have a flash of inspired realization.

For me this has come in the form of two very different people. In this modern age we are so used to running frantically around after everyone and everything else, we seldom recognize the good in ourselves – or when we do, we are even more seldom willing to acknowledge the fact. I had two acquaintances, one of long standing and the other only a recent one, tell me I have many good qualities, and that the only person who refused to acknowledge them was myself.

As an aspiring writer, it is very easy to fall into the trap of self doubt and negative thought. Creativity, after all, often relies on the power of emotions, and let’s face it, those emotions can at times be very strong; depending on what happens in our lives, they can also be a raging monster that leaves us open to far more negativity that we can well do without. Having two very different people praise me out of the blue made me sit back and reassess the situation, and you know what? My biggest critic in this life was myself! If any of you out there can relate to this, read on!

Other people get their kicks out of your misery. For example, when I thought about moving to Pegasus, I had a regular army of folk gleefully lining up to tell me all the reasons why I shouldn’t and none of the reasons why I should. Well, I refused to listen and I’m happy I didn’t! I came to realize that it was all about making themselves feel better at my expense, and unhappily many of we Kiwis specialize in this so-called “tall poppy syndrome”. And let’s face it, everything around us, especially in the media, is geared up to make us feel even worse. It’s all about advertising of course, in the hope we will buy whatever product or service the corporate cats are pushing, a ploy women’s magazines have used for decades. But when all is done and dusted, no, we can’t all be size six supermodels, master chefs, peerless parents or makeover magicians, and we can’t all have corporate careers in glittering offices on six figure salaries, no more than as individuals we can solve world hunger, reduce the swarming billions of our inherently selfish species on the planet overnight or refloat the sinking ship of global commerce. With spiraling living costs and unemployment an ugly spectre in so many lives nowadays, it is even more depressing when you receive constant knockbacks, and I know from my own experience that after some time it all feels very personal indeed. But this week after those few apt comments I received, I realized that low self worth was the result of soulless NUMBERS – of the sheer volume of outside influences telling you your shortcomings, not helped by your own bad self-affirmations adding to that number.

Change all that right now! Reverse the balance – for each negative thought, train yourself to think a positive one. Okay, you can’t be that “dynamic, passionate, driven” superperson so often required in job ads, and if you were you’d be an obnoxious robot. Unlike robots, you bite if provoked! You have feelings, hopes and dreams, you have family and friends, and I ask every one who reads this article to take a minute to reflect on the quality of those contacts and not the quantity. As they say, anyone who does not genuinely care does not matter, and is not worth your time and energy.

Another saying I have taken to heart is this;

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”. (Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady of the United States)

Amen to that!

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