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Quit smok­ing

Wakatipu smok­ers are in­vited to take part in the WERO chal­lenge, where teams of 10 smok­ers will com­pete to have the most quit­ters af­ter three months and win $5000 for a char­ity or com­mu­nity group of their choice. A pilot pro­gramme in North­land and Hawkes Bay saw 41.2 per cent of en­trants quit af­ter three months. Peo­ple in­ter­ested should con­tact Tr­ish Fraser at tr­ or on 0274 435 241.

Wakatipu Wild­ing’s $5m

The Wakatipu Wild­ing Conifer Con­trol Group last week an­nounced it had re­ceived $1.7 mil­lion from the Cen­tral Lakes Trust and $900,000 from the National Govern­ment, with an­other $2.3m pledged by the Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil, Con­ser­va­tion Depart­ment, Sky­line En­ter­prises, Land In­for­ma­tion New Zealand, and the Lot­tery Grants Board. The group’s op­er­a­tions man­ager Jamie Cowan said the $5m over five years would al­low the group to ‘‘break the back’’ of the vo­ra­cious ex­otic pine in­fes­ta­tion.

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