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Fire­fighter to be farewelled

War­ren Bates, a re­spected vol­un­teer Wanaka fire­fighter, died on Satur­day fol­low­ing an ac­ci­dent at home. The 45-yearold stone ma­son will be farewelled at a ser­vice at the Al­bert Town Tav­ern to­mor­row, Thurs­day March 5, at 11am. Wanaka Fire Brigade sec­re­tary Ralph Fe­gan said Bates pass­ing was a shock to the brigade. The fire­fight­ers are plan­ning a guard of hon­our at the fu­neral and St John and po­lice will join the brigade in a pa­rade past the Ard­more St fire sta­tion in Bates’ hon­our. It is un­der­stood Bates fell and suf­fered a head in­jury and died from heart fail­ure while be­ing trans­ported by St John Am­bu­lance from Dun­stan Hos­pi­tal to Dunedin Hos­pi­tal. Bates is sur­vived by his wife, Justine and his teenage sons Nick and Liam, his par­ents Peter and Glenys and ex­tended fam­ily. The fam­ily’s me­mo­rial no­tice re­quests dona­tions to the Wanaka fire brigade in lieu of flow­ers.

Up­per Clutha A and P Show

Watch out for a 20-page sup­ple­ment in next week’s Mir­ror, with all the in­for­ma­tion you will need on the popular Up­per Clutha A and P Show at Wanaka. The show be­gins on Fri­day, March 13.

Ax­e­men, politi­cian, agri­cul­tural co­me­dian share lime­light in Wanaka

The Wanaka A&P Show is host­ing the South­land Otago Ax­e­men, the Speaker of the House, David Carter, and agri­cul­tural co­me­dian Greg Clark next week­end. The ax­e­men have not en­ter­tained at the show be­fore and will com­pete in a wood-chop­ping com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day March 14, in the Pem­broke Ring. Carter, the for­mer Min­is­ter for Pri­mary In­dus­tries, opens the show at 12.45pm, just be­fore the Grand Pa­rade. Clark is bring­ing his com­edy act Sheep-N-Show, which has been en­dorsed by the New Zealand Wool Board.

Queen’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive com­ing to Wanaka

The Gover­nor-Gen­eral, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, will at­tend the of­fi­cial open­ing of LandSar Wanaka’s new build­ing on Bal­lan­tyne Rd on Satur­day from 1.30pm. The $400,000 turf-roofed build­ing was com­pleted last year and has been used for at least six months. LandSar Wanaka is one of New Zealand’s busiest vol­un­teer search and res­cue or­gan­i­sa­tions. It pre­vi­ously op­er­ated from a dou­ble garage be­hind the old po­lice sta­tion in Hel­wick St.

North­lake ap­peal hear­ing be­gins

The En­vi­ron­ment Court is sit­ting at Edge­wa­ter Ho­tel in Wanaka this week to hear an ap­peal by a group of res­i­dents against a zone change for the North­lake sub­di­vi­sion. Judge Jon Jack­son is be­ing as­sisted by com­mis­sion­ers John Mills and Anne Lei­jen.

The group, Ap­peal­ing Wanaka, has op­posed the re­zon­ing of 220 hectare from ru­ral gen­eral and ru­ral res­i­den­tial to a spe­cial zone per­mit­ting res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties. The devel­op­ment com­pany, North­lake In­vest­ments Ltd, is as­so­ci­ated with Syd­ney-based cou­ple Chris and Michaela Mee­han.

Out­spo­ken Fes­ti­val

Kiwi com­edy star Rose Matafeo draws Wanaka’s Out­spo­ken Fes­ti­val to a close this week­end, fol­low­ing a month of magic mo­ments for writ­ers and read­ers. Matafeo is re­garded as a ‘‘rare fe­male voice’’.

As a 15-year-old school­girl, she won a na­tional com­edy gong, the ’Nailed It on the Night’ award, at the 2007 New Zealand Com­edy Fes­ti­val. She won the Billy T Award in 2013, aged 22. She per­forms at the Lake Wanaka Cen­tre from 7.30pm, with sup­port from Hawea Flat spo­ken word per­former Liz Breslin. The fes­ti­val fi­nale on Sun­day night is a happy hour at Gin and Rasp­berry,with Wanaka lo­cals bat­tling Dunedin vis­i­tors in ‘‘The Other Chal­lenge Wanaka’’.

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