SHORT AND SHARP
Rippon takes a rest
The successful biennial Rippon Festival is taking a rest for two years, vineyard and event organisers announced this week. Rippon Vineyard’s Nick Mills and Lake Wanaka SouNZ’s Lynne Christie jointly confirmed the next music festival will be in 2018, and not next year as planned. This will give newly planted trees a chance to establish before several thousand people descend on the vineyard for the next festival. Mills said the decision was hard to make but reduces the impact on the biodynamic vineyard and farm. He said he and his family loved hosting the event ‘‘but we now need to address the fact that the land wears many hats: As a function venue, family home, festival venue, and most importantly, a producer of worldclass wines. It’s time to allow it to rest, grow and come back fresher than ever.’’ Christie said the Mills family had been ‘‘outstanding supporters’’ since 1998.
University of Oxford diabetes researcher Professor Frances Ashcroft will talk about the ‘‘electricity’’ that runs human cells at a presentation hosted by the Royal Society of New Zealand in Wanaka next week. She will explain how electrical signals – ‘‘a billion times smaller than that needed to power your electric kettle’’ – in our cells drive everything we think, feel or do, from consciousness to sexual attraction, our ability to see and hear and the beating of our hearts.
Her talk is part of the society’s 2015 Distinguished Speaker programme. Ashcroft’s presentation is at 6pm on Friday, March 20 at the Presbyterian Church Hall in Tenby St.