SHORT AND SHARP
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.