Winter Games a big Lakes Trust funding beneficiary
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.