Wine awards

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

Two Cen­tral Otago wines were hon­oured at the Bra­gato Wine Awards last week. Ge­off Bews of Woo­ing Tree Vine­yard was awarded Cham­pion Rose´ for the Woo­ing Tree Rose´ 2014 and Blair Hunt of Bald Hills Vine­yard won the Mike Wolter Memo­rial Trophy Win­ner and Cham­pion Pinot Noir for the Bald Hills 3 Acres Pinot Noir 2013.

Bee Aware Month

Septem­ber is Bee Aware Month, to raise pub­lic aware­ness about the im­por­tance of be­ing good to our New Zealand bees. Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Bee­keep­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, over $5 bil­lion of New Zealand’s agri­cul­tural ex­ports de­pended on th­ese air­borne pol­li­na­tors and hon­ey­mak­ers. New Zealan­ders need to play a role in pre­vent­ing bee losses oc­cur­ring, through the use of pes­ti­cides and di­min­ish­ing bee-for­ag­ing ar­eas. More in­for­ma­tion:

Call­ing all boat­ies

Oc­to­ber 17–24 has been de­clared Safer Boat­ing Week this year. In 2013, 19 peo­ple, mainly men, were killed in boat­ing in­ci­dents, and so far this year, 14 boat­ies had al­ready died, Mar­itime New Zealand’s deputy di­rec­tor and fo­rum chair Lind­say Sturt said. He aimed to get three sim­ple mes­sages through to boat own­ers which in­cluded boat prepa­ra­tion, gear check­ing and know­ing the rules. More in­for­ma­tion: safer­boat­

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