Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

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.

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