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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 con­cert

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.

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