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This book will focus on a remarkable Mid-Canterbury community. It will tell the story of how an isolated rural village, on the edge of the Southern Alps and famous for its store, outdoor ice-skating rink and museum, has developed and thrived over the last 160 years.

It will be a heart-warming and uplifting account of how the determined members of the tiny Staveley Hall Society raised well over one million dollars to construct a refrigerated base to the Olympic sized skating rink that opened in June 2023. The generosity of volunteers and local businesses has ensured that Cantabrians can experience the joy of skating on a bush-surrounded rink nestled into the bush on the side of Mt Somers for decades to come.

It will be published in October 2025.