New Constable for Wanaka
Suspicious fire sparks warning
A second suspicious grass fire in an industrial area of Wanaka has fire and police officers on alert. The Wanaka Volunteer Fire Brigade extinguished a small blaze in Reece Cres near Edward Gibbons Plumbing Plus just after 1am on Tuesday. Two weeks ago firefighters attended to a similar small blaze near Mitre 10. Fire chief Bruno Galloway noted the very dry conditions. ‘‘We will be checking it out but there is not a lot we can do,’’ he said. Senior Sergeant Allan Grindell is asking people to contact him with any information about people seen or heard around the time of the fire. There could be a simple explanation, such as a discarded cigarette, but that in itself was a concern because small fires could rapidly become big fires ‘‘and then anything could happen’’, Grindell said. Constable Deane Harbison has been appointed to the Wanaka policing team, according to this week’s Wanaka police Crimeline. Harbison has transferred from Greymouth Police Station, where he had been for about four years.
Tri NZ series returns to Wanaka
Triathlon New Zealand returns to Wanaka on Saturday after a year’s absence to host the South Island Standard Distance Championship as part of the new Sovereign Tri series. TriNZ held a sprint distance race in Wanaka for several years until 2013. It attracted an elite field from New Zealand and Halberg Disables Sportsperson of the year award. The three other nominees are Paralympian swimmers Mary Fisher and Sophie Pascoe, and cyclist Emma Foy and her pilot Laura Fairweather. The winner becomes a contender for the overall Halberg Award. Winners will announced on February 11.
Aspiring Art winner announced
Artist and writer Claire Beynon has won the 2015 Craigs Aspiring Art Prize. The $5000 prize was judged by Barbara Garrie and Richard Adams and announced last Friday. Beynon was born in South Africa and lives in Dunedin. Her work was called Light Reading. Runnerup: Paul McLachlan; Best Landscape: Ro Bradshaw; Landscape runner-up: Christine Lang; Best under $1000: Lee Brogan. The exhibition at Wanaka’s Holy Family School closed yesterday.