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’’.
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.