Centre gets a boost
Film-maker to share stories at Lake Hawea
Lake Hawea’s new community centre is costing more than $25,000 a year to run, and the committee is faced with huge ongoing expenses to keep it open.
So a speaker fundraiser featuring local film-maker and photographer Richard Sidey, along with Sochi Winter Olympics Chef de Mission Peter Wardell, has been organised for Friday night.
Themed ‘The Different Worlds of Snow and Ice’ – Sidey will be sharing stories and photos from his time in the polar regions during the past 10 years.
‘‘It will cover both ends of the world – from Antarctica to the Arctic . . . some of my special moments and insights into how those regions are changing from global warming. I have actually seen it with my own eyes.’’
Peter Wardell is attending to family business in Ireland and won’t be back in the country until tomorrow.
The community centre, which is not a council facility and therefore has no financial support, has been open 14 months but the cost of heating, insurance and compliance checks has the committee struggling to pay its bills.
Committee chairwoman Elizabeth Horrell said the price of installing a commercial kitchen and proper wiring for functions was ‘‘just horrendous’’, and ongoing compliance bills of more than $3000 a year was a cost they couldn’t avoid.
Mrs Horrell accepted the building was underused but said the committee had been working hard to promote the facility better, in the community and online.
Regular quiz nights would be held during winter and more fundraising events were planned for later in the year.
‘‘We just have to work away at it to become self-sufficient,’’ she said.
Reflection: Film-maker and photographer Richard Sidey relaxes in Wanaka before Friday’s speaker fundraiser.