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bidding had reached $4000 on Monday. Sir Peter has signed the one-off painting by Ford, a Queenstown artist who painted Gen11 for the Warbirds and Wheels visitor attraction during a artist residency in April. Warbirds and Wheels general manager Naomi Lindsay said it is the only painting of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang that Sir Peter has signed and it would be ‘‘a huge collectors’ piece’’. Upper Clutha Children’s Medical Trust chair, Noeline Harridge, said the trust survived purely on the generosity of others. Ford donated his time and Sir Peter Jackson had added to the value of the painting by signing it, she said.
Wanaka show worth $10.9 million to economy
New South Wales boer goat breeders and judges Lynn Wickenden and Marlene Andrew were among the many visitors who attended the Wanaka A&P Show in March. An independent report by Opinions Market Research Ltd reveals this year’s Wanaka A&P Show brought almost $10.9 million worth of direct economic benefits to the area, with non-local attendees contributing an estimated $8.1 million – or 75 per cent. Locals contributed an estimated $2.7 million – or 25 per cent. The average length of stay in Wanaka was 2.6.
NZ Freeski Open date announced
The eleventh New Zealand Freeski Open park and pipe events will be held at Cardrona Alpine Resort from August 6-10. The Remarkables will host the Big Mountain event from September 1-6. The Freeski Open gives competitors the opportunity to obtain AFP and Freeride World Qualifier Tour ranks and points. The park and pipe events offer athletes a good test before the 2015 Winter Games later in August. Top NZ freeskiers Sam Smoothy, Charlie Lyons and Hank Bilous are scheduled to compete.