SHORT AND SHARP
Building to start
Work is set to begin on Wanaka’s $400,000 Land Search and Rescue building on Ballantyne Rd this week. The building will provide meeting and storage areas, while operations will continue to be run from the police station. A small ground breaking ceremony will be held on Friday.
College scholars board
Mount Aspiring College students were awarded eight scholarships including one outstanding for 2013. Each of the recipients represented the top 3 per cent of all NCEA L3 students in each subject. The recipients were; Magnus Whyte for Economics and History, Ellie Greenwood for English, Ceilidh Johnston for English, Harriet Benson for Drama, Bailey Masters for History, Emily Moore for History and Marissa Le Lec for Spanish. Miss Le Lec was awarded New Zealand’s top scholar in Spanish.
Sumo fundraiser nets almost $20,000
Former All Blacks Andrew Hore and John Timu wrestled for a good cause on Saturday night to help raise funds for the Upper Clutha Junior under-13 Australia rugby tour. About 170 people turned out at the sumo fundraising event which raised almost $20,000 for the cause. Real estate agents Kelly Gooch and Duncan Good were among others who took to the ring as well as Queenstown Lakes District Councillor Calum Mcleod who went down to Ironman athlete Roger North.
A 35-year-old Luggate man was taken to Dunstan Hospital with head injuries in the early hours of Thursday morning after crashing his car on Shortcut Rd near Luggate. Senior constable Ian Henderson, of Wanaka, said emergency services were called to the scene at 12.40pm after the man failed to take a slight left-hand bend.
Sarah Scott Architects, of Wanaka, has been chosen to begin work on the design of a Community House for Wanaka. Ms Scott and her team are working on concept designs.
About 130 entrants took part in the Lake Hawea family fishing classic on Saturday. Winners were: Best family catch, Wigg family combined condition factor of 84.7; Heaviest overall Rainbow, 2.8kg Blair Mckenzie, Gore; Heaviest Rainbow, 2.6kg Phil Fitzgerald, Temuka; Heaviest Brown, 1.2kg Paul Smith, Gore; Heaviest Salmon .788kg Darrin Rowe, Lake Hawea; Heaviest fish by a Female, 1.5kg Marilyn Oliver, Albert Town; Heaviest fish by a Junior, 1.9kg Sam Poots, Waimate; Heaviest fish by a Child, 2.2kg Jamie Fitzgerald, Temuka; Gus Nesbit trophy: James Docherty, Cardrona.
Acrobat to return
Popular Lithuanian pilot Jurgis Kairys will perform at Warbirds over Wanaka again this year. He plans to perform some of the difficult manoeuvres that have helped retain his long-held position at the top of the international scene. He last visited Warbirds Over Wanaka in 2010.