Cardrona music festival
New Zealand festival favourites Weird Together and Australian reggae-pop band Sticky Fingers have signed for the third Rhythm and Alps New Year’s music festival in the Cardrona Valley.
Weird Together is an eight-person band and plays on December 30. Sticky Fingers, a hit at Dunedin Orientation earlier this year, is scheduled for December 31. The organisers hope to announce more acts by early August. More information at rhythmandalps.co.nz.
Snow Farm mustering athletes for marathon on snow
Calling all long distance bikers, runners and multisporters: Snow Farm general manager Andy Pohl has designed a ski training package with Wanaka multisporter Keith Murray to give give athletes an ‘‘on the hoof’’ workout with instructors. Queenstown multisporter Steve Gurney has given the programme the thumbs up and signed for the Merino Muster marathon race on August 15. The muster is an accredited World Loppet race. Shorter, family-friendly events are also available for people who don’t wish to do a full marathon. More information at merinomuster.com.
Central Otago Winegrowers make grant from 2015 Central Otago Cuve´e
Te Kakano Aoteaora Trust has been granted $25,000 from the proceeds of a Celebration Cuvee auction during January’s Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration. The Wanaka community-based native plant nursery specialises in propagating plants of Upper Clutha origin and uses them for localised native habitat restoration.