SHORT AND SHARP
runs the Canlive Charitable Trust, in memory of his late wife Liz Burt.
Bob Robertson retires
Award-winning Peninsula Bay developer Bob Robertson of Wanaka has retired for health reasons. Infinity Investments Group has appointed Paul Croft to the role of managing director effectively immediately, the company announced in a statement. The group has led developments throughout the South Island, including in Wanaka and Christchurch and a failed attempt to get permission for a monorail linking Queenstown and Milford Sounds Croft paid particular tribute to Robertson. ‘‘Bob has been a visionary force in the local market for over a decade,’’ he said. ‘‘His drive, energy and passion for quality, as well as a constant search for new innovation, have been instrumental to Infinity’s success.’’
The Mills family of Rippon Vineyard celebrated milestones in farming and wine-growing on the weekend. In 1912, Sir Percy Sargood purchased Wanaka Station and in 1982, the Mills family planted the first commercial vines on a portion of that farm, now called Rippon. Nick Mills is the great-greatgrandson of Sargood and describes Rippon as ‘‘an entity in its own right. It has its own identity’’. His parents Rolfe and Lois Mills conceived of the vineyard in 1975. Four descendants of Sir Percy work at Rippon and six grandchildren of Rolfe and Lois Mills are growing up on the vineyard.
Wanaka environmental artist Martin Hill and partner/ collaborator Philippa Jones have been awarded an ‘Excellent Photographer Award’ in the outstanding foreign photographers category at the 14th Pingyao International Photography Festival, in China. Their work portrayed solutions to issues such as climate change, not just problems like many others, they said. A selection of twelve large scale photographs from their Watershed exhibition first shown in Melbourne this year were exhibited at the festival. The photography features their ephemeral sculptures made in the high alpine landscape of Mt Aspiring National Park. In December, the pair will visit Antarctica to complete their global project the Fine Line. Begun in 1995 and nearing completion, it consists of 12 ephemeral sculptures made on high points connected by a line encircling the earth.