SHORT AND SHARP

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Celebrity chef visit

Chef and restau­ra­teur Michael Van de Elzen, best know for pre­sent­ing the tele­vi­sion se­ries The Food Truck, will be vis­it­ing Wanaka this week­end to pro­mote his new cook­book Fast: Good Home Cook­ing. Van de Elzen will be at Edge­wa­ter on Satur­day at 12pm. Tick­ets cost $20 from Pa­per Plus Wanaka, and in­clude lunch, and the event will dou­ble as a fundraiser for St John.

Com­mu­nity house

Con­cept plans of the Wanaka Com­mu­nity House by Sarah Scott Ar­chi­tects have been re­leased for pub­lic com­ment. The build­ing con­cept has been sup­ported by po­ten­tial ten­ants in the so­cial ser­vices and arts sec­tor and the house has been de­signed to fit along­side the Angli­can Church. It in­cludes sev­eral of­fices and meet­ing rooms, a shared re­cep­tion area and an au­di­to­rium space. The next un­der­tak­ing for the Wanaka Com­mu­nity House Trust was to raise the es­ti­mated $2.8 mil­lion for the project. The plans can be viewed at: com­mu­nity net­works.co.nz.

Larger crew

Ad­di­tional St John front­line staff in Alexan­dra and Wanaka would make a huge dif­fer­ence to re­sponse times and pa­tient safety, Waitaki MP Jac­qui Dean says. ‘‘Na­tional’s $9.2 mil­lion in­vest­ment in emer­gency am­bu­lance ser­vice fund­ing, through ACC, would bring about huge ben­e­fits for Cen­tral Otago peo­ple with two ad­di­tional am­bu­lance staff mem­bers em­ployed in Alexan­dra and another in Wanaka.’’

Drink-driver

A 25-year-old Wanaka man was charged with drink-driv­ing after he crashed the BMW car he was driv­ing and was then found to have a breath al­co­hol read­ing of 799mcg on Mon­day night. Wanaka sub-area com­man­der Se­nior Sergeant Al­lan Grindell said the man lost con­trol of the car on a right hand bend near Tim­ber Creek, be­tween Cardrona and Wanaka, and rolled the ve­hi­cle about 6.40pm. The man was un­in­jured in the crash and was ex­pected to ap­pear in the Queen­stown Dis­trict Court.

Bar­rel rac­ing

The first of Cen­tral Bar­rel Rac­ing Se­ries was held at the Isuzu Arena at the Wanaka Rodeo Grounds at the week­end. Rid­ers tacked up their horses to take part in the event which was held in pre­fect con­di­tions. Wanaka rider Vicki Byrne (pic­tured) took part in the ac­tion.

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