SHORT AND SHARP
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
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.
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.