Solo ex­hi­bi­tion

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Wor­ry­ing About the Sheep by Wanaka’s Lizzie Car­ruthers will be on dis­play in her first solo ex­hi­bi­tion, open­ing at Ban­nock­burn’s Stu­dio Red Gallery on Satur­day. Car­ruthers had drawn on her farm­ing back­ground for the works, gallery di­rec­tor Mau­rice Wat­son said. She had been a farmer all her work­ing life and en­joyed work­ing closely with an­i­mals and ad­mired ‘‘the many hu­man char­ac­ter­is­tics an­i­mals por­tray’’.

Free swimming

The Wanaka Com­mu­nity Pool re­opens on Satur­day with free en­try, a pool party and a sausage siz­zle from 11am-4pm. The pool shut two months ago for earth­quake strength­en­ing work, which was done last week. There will be an ex­tra­or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing about plans for a new pool on Oc­to­ber 9, fol­lowed by pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

Fund­ing for Matuk­i­tuki Val­ley pest con­trol project

The Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and Matuk­i­tuki Char­i­ta­ble Trust have re­ceived more than $112,000 in fund­ing from the Com­mu­nity Con­ser­va­tion Part­ner­ship Fund for the Matuk­i­tuki Val­ley Pro­tec­tion Project in the Mt As­pir­ing Na­tional Park. The grant cov­ers the costs of trap­ping, mon­i­tor­ing and re­mov­ing ro­dents, mustelids and pos­sums and will ben­e­fit na­tive wildlife such as birds, bats and lizards and na­tive plants.

Labour Week­end fes­ti­val

Labour Week­end’s an­nual four-day Wanakafest has been short­ened to one day this year, after a storm last year caused prob­lems for or­gan­is­ers. Price hikes in liquor li­cences have also been cited as an is­sue for stall hold­ers. The pared­back fes­ti­val will be on Oc­to­ber 25 and in­cludes a duck race, a street party and the po­lar plunge. How­ever, there will not be a street pa­rade, fash­ion event or a wine and food fes­ti­val this year. Labour Week­end still prom­ises vis­i­tors a busy week­end, with sports events in­clud­ing the Deans Bank 10 Hour; the two-day Red Bull De­fi­ance mul­ti­sport race; and the South Is­land Archery Cham­pi­onships at Lake Hawea. The Wanaka Arts So­ci­ety ex­hi­bi­tion is at the Wanaka Pri­mary School gym­na­sium from Oc­to­ber 24-27 and the an­nual Per­fect Woman com­pe­ti­tion re­turns to the Bul­lock Bar.

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