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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.’’

Rip­pon cel­e­brates

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.

Artists win

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.

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