Red Bridge River Park
Donations and pledges made to the Red Bridge River Park are sitting at $147,340, with $25,000 subject to confirmation.
Contact Energy was asking for $300,000 by July 21 for a cottage on a site near the Red Bridge in Luggate, but the trust’s target offer was $250,000.
Wanaka river conservationist Lewis Verduyn-Cassels said that small donations were valuable gestures of support to the project.
‘‘We are unsure how the negotiation will turn out, but we will certainly try to keep this project alive by offering to work toward a mutually beneficial agreement,’’ he said.
Road work delays
Drivers between Wanaka and Makarora should expect minor delays near Davis Bluff until August while the NZ Transport Agency undertakes rock face stabilisation work and rock bolting.
The road was closed for two days last month after a large rockfall.
Wanaka mountain winners
Wanaka entries excelled at this year’s New Zealand Mountain Film Festival.
Best New Zealand Made Film was awarded to Wanaka film-maker Tim Pierce, who takes the award for the second time.
His film featured Queenstown snowboarders Jake Koia and Roland MorleyBrown as they experienced riding the Alaskan backcountry.
The photography competition was won by Ross McKay, of Lake Hawea, and Helena Cook won the youth section. The photo competition required participants to submit five photographs taken within the duration of the festival.
The 2014 International Film Editing Competition was won by Carla Braun-Elwert.