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Lest we for­get

Wanaka and Lake Hawea will ob­serve Poppy Day on April 17 and An­zac Day on April 25. The lo­cal RSA com­mit­tees are or­gan­is­ing col­lec­tions points out­side the Wanaka Post Of­fice, New World, Pa­per Plus and the Dough­bin on Thurs­day, April 16, and again out­side New World and Pa­per Plus on Satur­day morn­ing April 18. Com­mem­o­ra­tion co­or­di­na­tor, Royal New Zealand Navy com­man­der (re­tired) Lyal Cocks, says he is get­ting good sup­port from vol­un­teers but more help would be ‘‘most ap­pre­ci­ated’’. For the first time, an An­zac Day 7am dawn ser­vice will be held on the lake­front in Wanaka to mark the cen­te­nary of WWI. There will also be a 7am dawn ser­vice at the Lake Hawea Dam. Cel­e­bra­tions con­tinue in both towns with a break­fast at the Hawea Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, a civic ser­vice in the Lake Wanaka Cen­tre at 9.30am, the an­nual pa­rade to the Wanaka ceno­taph and a morn­ing tea pro­vided by Wanaka Li­ons.

Marathon en­tries pil­ing in

At least 500 ath­letes are ex­pected to lineup for the South­ern Lakes Half Marathon down the Cardrona Val­ley to Wanaka on Satur­day. Or­gan­iser Ed Stevens and Terry Davis of High­land Events said en­tries are 120 ahead of the same time last year. The traf­fic man­age­ment plan means num­bers have to be cut off at 500, so the pair are urg­ing com­peti­tors think­ing of en­ter­ing ‘‘to get onto it

to avoid dis­ap­point­ment’’.

Au­tumn ro­gaine date change

High­land Events has changed the date of its au­tumn ro­gaine at the Snow Farm, fol­low­ing feed­back from ath­letes. The event was to have been held on May 9, but this is the date of Twalk. With the Route­burn run set for April 25, and duck shoot­ing start­ing on May 2, the or­gan­is­ers have de­cided to move the ro­gaine to Sun­day, April 26. En­tries open this week.

Moun­tain­bike park reopens

Cardrona Alpine Re­sort reopens its bike park again from April 4-19, fol­low­ing some more trail con­struc­tion and main­te­nance. The re­sort hosts a new down­hill moun­tain bik­ing event, the Cardrona Mega Avalanche, on April 19. The down­hill event is a col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Race to Sky or­gan­is­ers, High­lands Mo­tor­sport Park, which hosts the up­hill mo­tor­sports event on the Snow Farm Rd in Cardrona from April 17-19. The down­hill start will be shown on a big screen to spec­ta­tors in the vil­lage. It starts with a sprint to get to the front of the pack be­fore en­ter­ing the nar­rower sec­tions of the 14 kilo­me­tre course. Bik­ers de­scend 1300 me­tres on open trails, twisty sin­gle tracks, steep de­scents and nar­row tech­ni­cal switch­backs, and fin­ish in the awards arena in the vil­lage. For in­for­ma­tion:

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