Naseby's curling rink is facing massive preparations for hosting the Winter Games NZ in August. Rink manager Fred Newman said plans were in place to erect a marquee outside and a custom-built grandstand inside the curling rink for spectators. The current viewing gallery seated up to 80 people. For the finals, a grandstand would be put up to seat up to 300 people, Mr Newman said...

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Natural luge has been added as a demonstration sport to the Winter Games New Zealand programme later this year. The Games, effectively a mini Winter Olympics, are being held around Otago from August 22 to 30. Natural luge will be held at the southern hemisphere's only natural luge track, in Naseby, adjacent to the Games curling venue...

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The Chinese national anthem is expected to be heard twice during the victory ceremonies at the New Zealand Winter Games curling at the Maniototo International Curling Rink in August. China has become one of the top curling nations in the world and proved its dominance by winning both the men's and women's titles at the Pacific championships at Naseby in November...

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Winter sports fans should be pencilling in their holidays for August with the announcement yesterday of a confirmed programme of events for New Zealand's first Winter Olympics-style games. Otago venues include Dunedin (figure skating, ice hockey), Queenstown skifields Coronet Peak and the Remarkables (alpine ski racing, freeskiing, snowboarding) and Wanaka's Cardrona Alpine Resort and Snow Farm (cross-country skiing, freeskiing, snowboarding), while Naseby will host a week-long curling tournament...

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