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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 email@example.com.
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.