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DNA spe­cial­ist to talk

A spe­cial­ist in us­ing DNA ev­i­dence to un­cover de­tails about the an­i­mals and plants that once in­hab­ited the earth will speak in Queen­stown next week.

Auck­land Uni­ver­sity as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor Dr Craig Mil­lar, a prin­ci­pal in­ves­ti­ga­tor in the Al­lan Wil­son Cen­tre, will dis­cuss how the field has de­vel­oped over the past 30 years and de­scribe some of his re­search.

Stud­ies in­clude an­cient moa and Adelie pen­guins. He will also dis­cuss the new ‘‘mas­sively par­al­lel DNA se­quenc­ing’’.

This method has dramatically re­duced costs and sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased the num­ber se­quences that can be col­lected.

The talk is at the Rees Ho­tel at 5.30pm on Wed­nes­day.

Reg­is­ter to at­tend at connect@cat­a­lystnz.org.

Spe­cial high tea

Warbirds and Wheels is hold­ing a high tea on May 29 to raise money for The New Zealand Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

‘‘If the ladies of Wanaka can do some­thing, no mat­ter how small, I think it’s great that we can come to­gether for an af­ter­noon of fun, so­cial­is­ing all for a great cause. If the least we can do is shine a light once a year on the prob­lem, then I think we’re do­ing our bit,’’ gen­eral manager Naomi Lind­say said.

‘‘We en­cour­age ev­ery­one to dress in pe­riod high tea at­tire or in pink to show your sup­port. Also, through­out the month of May, the or­gan­i­sa­tion will do­nate all pro­ceeds from its home­made rasp­berry and almond tart to the New Zealand Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

Ed­u­ca­tion con­sul­ta­tion un­der way

Con­sul­ta­tion with the Wanaka and Hawea com­mu­ni­ties and par­ents about the fu­ture ed­u­ca­tion pro­vi­sion fin­ishes to­day. An on­line sur­vey will be con­ducted from May 25 to ex­plore and re­fine op­tions. Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ta­tor Gabrielle Wall said some of the emerg­ing themes are the im­por­tance of com­mu­nity, flex­i­bil­ity in pro­vi­sion, and a sense of ur­gency about get­ting un­der way with iden­ti­fy­ing and im­ple­ment­ing op­tions.

Stu­dents have par­tic­i­pated in the con­sul­ta­tion process and shown ma­tu­rity and per­cep­tive­ness in dis­cussing what works for them, Wall said.

Schools, the Wanaka Com­mu­nity Board, Wanaka Cham­ber of Com­merce, and Com­mu­nity Net­works are among or­gan­i­sa­tions in­cluded in the process.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to ed­u­ca­tion.govt.nz/min­istry-ofe­d­u­ca­tion/con­sul­ta­tions-an­dreviews/wanaka-con­sul­ta­tion/

Lotto win for Wanaka

AWanaka Pa­per Plus cus­tomer won $131,978 with Lotto’s Strike Four last week­end.

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