SHORT AND SHARP
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.
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’’.