Meet the meat am­bas­sador

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

Sur­veyor Thomp­son gen­eral man­ager Clau­dio Heye, The Rees ex­ec­u­tive chef and New Zealand Beef and Lamb am­bas­sador chef Ben Bat­ter­bury and New Zealand Beef and Lamb food ser­vice man­ager Lisa Moloney at the Rees’ True South din­ing room on Fri­day night. Bat­ter­bury flew the flag for New Zealand Beef and Lamb in a five course de­gus­ta­tion menu, matched with Cen­tral Otago’s Sur­veyor Thomp­son Wines. Bat­ter­bury is one of five New Zealand Beef and Lamb am­bas­sador chefs picked for their skill, in­ven­tive­ness and pal­lette when it comes to pre­sent­ing the kiwi red meat main­stays.

‘‘This event is a great op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce people to new cuts of beef and lamb and even some­times move them away from their com­fort zone,’’ he said. Thurs­day’s Queen­stown Lakes District Coun­cil meet­ing vote on whether to move for­ward with a pro­posed $60 mil­lion down­town con­ven­tion cen­tre re­ceived a 6/3 vote in favour of pro­ceed­ing. The vote means the coun­cil will move to se­cure cap­i­tal fund­ing over and above the $32.5m pro­posed coun­cil con­tri­bu­tion, amend its long-term plan to with­stand those costs and ap­prove scop­ing work and reporting for a plan change that could ex­pand the bound­aries of Queen­stown’s CBD zone to in­clude the con­ven­tion cen­tre site. Coun­cil­lor Cath Gil­mour said she ob­jected be­cause she did not be­lieve a con­ven­tion cen­tre could sus­tain it­self ‘‘be­yond rea­son­able doubt.’’ Wanaka rep­re­sen­ta­tives Calum Ma­cLeod and Ella Law­ton joined Gil­mour in not sup­port­ing the mo­tion.

Ross ap­peal dis­missed

David Ross, the man be­hind the 700 in­vestors through portfolios in which they thought they had more than $380m. Last month he ap­pealed against the min­i­mum non-pa­role pe­riod of five years and five months, half his full sen­tence, on the grounds it was ‘‘man­i­festly ex­ces­sive’’. The sen­tence was equiv­a­lent to roughly one day for ev­ery $60,000 he stole from in­vestors. But Court of Ap­peal judges Ven­ning, French and Mal­lon dis­missed the ap­peal.

‘‘There was no need to de­ter Mr Ross from fur­ther of­fend­ing or to pro­tect the com­mu­nity any fur­ther,’’ Jus­tice Ven­ning said in the judg­ment.

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