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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.

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