Red Bridge River Park

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

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.

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