SHORT AND SHARP

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

Mt As­pir­ing Col­lege stu­dent Free­dom Hol­loway, 18, is a fi­nal­ist in a youth de­signer com­pe­ti­tion run by Brother De­sign Stars. The na­tional sewing and craft com­pe­ti­tion was open to stu­dents in school years 7 to 13. There were 200 en­tries from around the coun­try. Free­dom was picked as a fi­nal­ist for the fash­ion cat­e­gory, with judges com­ment­ing on her ‘‘unique style and use of up­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als’’. Free­dom re­ceives a wide range of prizes in­clud­ing a Brother NS10 Sewing Ma­chine worth $499, a one year Cleo Mag­a­zine sub­scrip­tion and will have her de­sign (pic­tured) fea­tured on The 4.30pm Show on TV2.

Po­etry slam com­pe­ti­tion for Wanaka

Wanaka has been se­lected to host re­gional heats for the 2014 NZ Po­etry Slam next Thurs­day, up­stairs at Kai Whaka­pai from 7pm. The na­tional po­etry cham­pi­onships will be held in Wellington on Novem­ber 8 with per­form­ers to be se­lected from heats in Auck­land, Christchurch, Wellington and, for the first time, Wanaka. Poet Liz Bres­lin said it was a great trib­ute to the power and qual­ity of writ­ers and per­form­ers in the re­gion. A Cre­ative Com­mu­ni­ties Scheme grant has as­sisted the project. The win­ner get a free flight to the Na­tional Fi­nals and will also have a guest per­former spot in Wanaka’s 2015 Out­spo­ken Fes­ti­val.

Youth de­signer fi­nal­ist War­birds and Wheels at­trac­tion boosted

A rare His­pana Suiza J12 car joins the War­birds and Wheels at­trac­tion at Wanaka Air­port from Fri­day. Mar­ket­ing man­ager Ed Tay­lor said the Amer­i­can car would be in the mu­seum for a limited time and would be dis­played along­side another ve­hi­cle from the 1930s, the Due­sen­berg Model J. The His­pano Suiza was first shown to the world at the 1931 Paris Mo­tor­show. It was sub­se­quently owned by the Shah of Per­sia (Iran) and then passed into Amer­i­can own­er­ship be­fore it was brought to New Zealand by Roy South­ward in the late 1980s. The cur­rent own­ers wish to re­main anony­mous.

Jet pi­lot killed

Veteran San Francisco jet pi­lot Lee Be­hel, 62, who was a guest racer at this year’s War­birds Over Wanaka event, was killed last week after the sin­gleengine ex­per­i­men­tal GP5 jet he owned crashed at the Reno Na­tional Cham­pi­onship Air Races in Ne­vada. The CBS 13 news sta­tion in Sacra­mento re­ported the plane fell apart in the air, as it was fly­ing low through an ob­sta­cle course dur­ing the qual­i­fy­ing stage of the cham­pi­onships. War­birds Over Wanaka gen­eral man­ager Ed Tay­lor said Be­hel’s death was a shock. "Lee was a top pi­lot, a great am­bas­sador for his coun­try and a thor­oughly nice guy. He told me that rac­ing at War­birds Over Wanaka was one of the best times he had had dur­ing his long avi­a­tion ca­reer.’’

Happy Nappy Scheme

Happy Nappy Scheme work­shops will be held in Queen­stown and Wanaka this month. The work­shops, which were aimed at ed­u­cat­ing and en­cour­ag­ing par­ents to con­sider the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of us­ing dis­pos­able nap­pies, will be held by ‘‘The Nappy Lady’’ Kate Mead. Those at­tend­ing the work­shops will re­ceive a free starter pack of nap­pies and prod­ucts val­ued at $170. The Queen­stown work­shop will be held at 6.30pm on Septem­ber 29 at the Queen­stown Events Cen­tre and the Wanaka work­shop will be held at the Lake Wanaka Cen­tre on Septem­ber 30 at 6.30pm. The cost is $22, plus book­ing fee, and reg­is­tra­tion is at the thenap­py­lady.co.nz.

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