New Con­sta­ble for Wanaka

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

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.

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