Win­ter Games a big Lakes Trust fund­ing ben­e­fi­ciary

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By BY JESSICA MAD­DOCK

Or­gan­is­ers of the Win­ter Games have re­ceived $60,000 from the Cen­tral Lakes Trust to go to­wards the cost of run­ning free com­mu­nity events. A com­mu­nity fes­ti­val was first run as part of the bi­en­nial games, held at Queen­stown and Wanaka ski ar­eas, in 2011. The in­au­gu­ral fes­ti­val in­cluded the daily awards cer­e­monies and, this year, com­mu­nity hubs would also be set up in the town cen­tres of both re­sorts. The trust gave 12 grants to­talling $373,133 in its lat­est fund­ing round. The five com­mu­nity arts coun­cils in the re­gion re­ceived a to­tal of $95,000, aimed at help­ing arts at a grass­roots level. Called the Cen­tral Lakes Arts Sup­port Scheme, the fund­ing en­abled a wide range of events to be held, with 35 tak­ing place dur­ing the past nine months. St John re­ceived $45,000 to­ward a new am­bu­lance for Glenorchy and Clyde Pri­mary School was given $42,825 to help it up­grade its play­ground and es­tab­lish a school and com­mu­nity gar­den, as part of the en­vi­roschools ini­tia­tive. Sport Otago was granted $30,000 to as­sist with Sport Cen­tral’s op­er­at­ing costs. Wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tions also re­ceived fund­ing, with $42,000 go­ing to Pres­by­te­rian Sup­port Otago for its so­cial work and buddy pro­grammes in Cen­tral Otago. Pres­by­te­rian Sup­port South­land was given $20,000 to­ward sim­i­lar ser­vices in the Wakatipu basin. The Up­per Clutha Women’s Sup­port Group was granted $21,250 to help it main­tain its seven day a week, 24 hour a day sup­port of women through re­fer­rals to coun­sel­lors and prac­ti­cal help. Angli­can Fam­ily Care also re­ceived $15,000 to help its so­cial worker and coun­sel­lor meet the in­creas­ing de­mand for ser­vices in Cen­tral Otago.


Mu­sic in the gorge: Duo Tapas, made up of Welling­ton mu­si­cians, vi­o­lin­ist Rupa Maitra and gui­tarist Owen Mo­ri­arty, will per­form at a Kawa­rau Gorge venue next week. The pair joined forces three years ago, with most of the work they per­form writ­ten by liv­ing com­posers. Maitra also plays in sev­eral Welling­ton cham­ber groups and the Vec­tor Welling­ton Orches­tra. Mo­ri­arty has toured ex­ten­sively, both over­seas and through­out New Zealand. Dur­ing his most re­cent Cen­tral Otago per­for­mance, he led the New Zealand Gui­tar Quar­tet through a sell-out show at Mt Dif­fi­culty Win­ery as part of the South­ern Lakes Fes­ti­val of Colour in April. Peter Mead, from Cromwell Com­mu­nity Arts, said the per­for­mance showed why Mo­ri­arty was ‘‘widely re­garded as be­ing on the cusp of an ex­tra­or­di­nary mu­si­cal ca­reer. His play­ing com­bined all the called-for tech­ni­cal abil­ity in­ter­twined with a youth­ful nerve to be un­fazed by the tests each com­po­si­tion pre­sented.’’ Next week’s per­for­mance will fol­low an op­tional din­ner at Wild Earth at 6pm. Book­ings are es­sen­tial.

What: Per­for­mance by Duo Tapas, a vi­o­lin and gui­tar duo When: Wed­nes­day, July 10, 8pm Where: Wild Earth at the Gold­fields Min­ing Cen­tre Cost: $15 Jamie Dun­net started at Gold­fields Pri­mary School on June 21.

Alia Ryan started at St Ger­ards School on May 27.

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