SHORT AND SHARP
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.