Buy-in needed


The group pitch­ing a pro­posal for a new wine and food event for Cen­tral Otago has been told to go back and get more in­dus­try buyin.

Cromwell Pro­mo­tions Group pres­i­dent Ja­neen Wood pre­sented a fea­si­bil­ity study in­ves­ti­gat­ing the estab­lish­ment of a ‘‘sig­na­ture’’ event to the Cromwell Com­mu­nity Board last Tues­day.

The board ear­lier com­mit­ted $5000 for the fea­si­bil­ity study to be com­pleted, and were asked to con­trib­ute a fur­ther $8000 to em­ploy an event man­ager to be­gin work on the 2018 Cromwell-based event.

Board mem­ber and coun­cil­lor Nigel McKin­lay said he was con­cerned there had not al­ready been any con­sul­ta­tion and en­gage­ment with the in­dus­try, in­clud­ing the Cen­tral Otago Wine­grow­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

‘‘What re­ally gives me pause is there has been not even in­for­mal con­sul­ta­tion with COWA. Un­less the trade or­gan­i­sa­tion that rep­re­sents the wine in­dus­try is on board, it ain’t go­ing to work.’’

Board mem­ber Robin Dicey said the ini­tial en­gage­ment and dis­cus­sion process did not need to cost $8000

‘‘I don’t be­lieve en­gage­ment and dis­cus­sion with COWA re­quires hav­ing a per­son be­ing paid $8000.’’

He ques­tioned how strongly the group had en­gaged the wine in­dus­try.

‘‘They are piv­otal to the whole thing.’’

Mod­ern Clas­sics: Gar­ments de­signed and made by Pat He­witt on loan from the Eden Hore Mu­seum, Naseby.

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