SHORT AND SHARP
Talent show win
Thea Erichsen, 11, of Wanaka, was the star of the junior section of MoreFM Talent Time show held in Alexandra on Sunday as part of the Thyme Festival Fun in the Park day. Thea won the junior section with a broadway-style song and dance routine.
Ski lane revoked
The water ski land in Lake Wanaka will be withdrawn next week. The Wanaka Community Board and Queenstown Lakes District Council both resolved to revoke the ski lane, next to Edgewater Resort, following community consultation. Harbourmaster Marty Black said that feedback from boaties was that the water ski lane was not usable when lake levels were low. The revocation would take effect on November 29.
Search and rescue
A search and rescue exercise involving 32 personnel from the Wanaka, Mackenzie Lakes and Clyde coastguards, the Hawea Marine Group and Wanaka police was held on Lake Wanaka on Sunday. Coastguard Wanaka Lakes president Jim Talboys said the exercise scenario involved a group of five on a boat which struck trouble during the night. Those on board were severely injured and two ‘‘dummies’’ fell overboard and needed to be found in the water. Mr Talboys said an exercise was held every year to improve training and identify any issues that may arise so they can been addressed.
Cardrona gets Real
South Island tourism firm Real Journeys has bought Cardrona Alpine Resort from its Australian owner for an undisclosed sum. The tourism firm was the preferred ski field bidder back in May. Cardrona has turned a healthy profit, contributing a large chunk to Vealls’ $14.6 million revenue in the last financial year. Real Journeys chief executive Richard Lauder said Cardrona would remain under separate ownership within the Real Journeys’ portfolio but there would be opportunities for staff to shift between operations. ‘‘For the first time in around 60 years Real Journeys is actually looking forward to winter.’’
Gathering of Geezers
The Chemz Gathering of Geezers dinner at the Warbirds and Wheels visitor attraction on November 7 raised a total of $40,000 for the Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust and the Upper Clutha Children’s Medical Trust. Warbirds Over Wanaka General Manager and a co-organiser of the dinner Ed Taylor said they were overwhelmed by the generosity of guests on the night. The Medical Trust received $10,000 from the proceeds.
Beyondsemble will perform tonight at Cinema Paradiso as part of their nationwide tour. The band’s music merges celtic, Latin, jazz and gypsy rhythm. Tickets cost $15 and the show will kick off at 8pm.
Music video launched
Local singer sensation Jody Direen launched the music video for her latest single ‘‘Loud’’ last week. The music video was shot around Auckland and produced by Augusto, the same company which was involved with Bear Grylls when he was filming in New Zealand. Since its launch the video has reached almost 40,000 hits.