SHORT AND SHARP
Lime tree for the chop
A protected lime in Wanaka Station park will be felled this week because it has a large cavity in its trunk, making it unsafe. The Queenstown Lakes District Council will plant another tree in its place, council communications manager Michele Poole said.
Liz Breslin wins poetry slam
Wanaka performance poet Liz Breslin won the South Island regional poetry slam at Kai Whakapai on Thursday. Breslin is amember of Poetic Justice and also organises the Outspoken Festival. She will now compete at the national final in Wellington on November 8. About 18 people entered the event, including poets from Dunedin and Bannockburn. Wanaka poet Annabel Wilson was second and Breslin said she would invite Wilson to share the stage with her at next January’s Outspoken Festival. Following poetry slam convention, the five judges were selected from the 60-member audience and the top and bottom points awarded to each poet were deducted from the overall score to eliminate bias.
Sunday morning crime spree
Wanaka police were making inquiries regarding an alleged assault in Totara St at 4.50am on Sunday. Senior Constable Bruce McLean said the male complainant was punched several times to the head.