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Earnslaw stamp

This stamp com­mem­o­rat­ing the TSS Earnslaw’s 100th birthday, in Oc­to­ber this year, has been pro­duced by New Zealand Post. The stamp is part of an is­sue known as The Great Voy­ages of New Zealand and high­lights the steamship’s role as a pas­sen­ger and freight steamship on Lake Wakatipu. It will be avail­able in early Septem­ber along with a centenary post­card. Spe­cial fa­cil­i­ties would be avail­able on the TSS Earnslaw for pas­sen­gers to send mail di­rectly from the ship around the world. Im­age: Sup­plied

Moped rally

Wanaka’s first moped and 50cc mo­tor­cy­cle rally will be held on Satur­day, Septem­ber 22, to wel­come spring. The 50km event will take in Up­per Clutha scenery and will be run along sim­i­lar lines to Can­ter­bury’s an­nual moped rally, which now at­tracts more than 200 par­tic­i­pants. For more in­for­ma­tion contact Paul van Klink phone 03 443 5178 or 021 056 9146.

Students look­ing for work

Nine will­ing In­ter­na­tional Pa­cific Col­lege tourism diploma students are ready to work free in the community as part of the vol­un­teer com­po­nent of their stud­ies. The third-year students are re­quired to com­plete four hours of vol­un­tary work each as part of their diplo­mas. The students from Ja­pan and Tai­wan are aged about 20 or 21 and are in Queen­stown from the Palmer­ston North cam­pus, hosted at home­s­tays, for one year. Their cour­ses in­cluded English, tourism, hos­pi­tal­ity and work ex­pe­ri­ence. They are keen to work any­where in the community, in­clud­ing rest homes or hos­pi­tals. They would like to com­plete the work by the end of Oc­to­ber.

Gold rush con­fer­ence

The 150 Years of Riches – The Cen­tral Otago Gold Rush, 1862-2012 con­fer­ence started in Cromwell yes­ter­day. The five-day con­fer­ence will in­clude dis­cus­sions from Univer­sity of Can­ter­bury doc­toral can­di­date Lloyd Car­pen­ter, whose PhD the­sis was ex­am­in­ing how the gold rush shaped New Zealand cul­ture, so­ci­ety and lit­er­a­ture, and field trips to gold­field sites.

Geo­caching event

A geo­caching event, where peo­ple try to find hid­den con­tain­ers, called geo­caches, us­ing a smart­phone or GPS, will be held in Cromwell on Oc­to­ber 6. A Cache In Trash Out spring clean of the Cromwell walk­way and a bar­be­cue will be held at S45° 1.995, E169° 9.782, or 112 Rip­pon­vale Rd, Cromwell.

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