Wed­ding whis­pers


First the facts: last week Richie McCaw played with a drone cam­era, went fish­ing and had cof­fee at Fed­eral Diner.

His fi­ancee Gemma Flynn walked up Mt Roy and pic­nicked be­side the Clutha River, prob­a­bly with McCaw.

That’s from pho­tos on the cou­ple’s so­cial me­dia ac­counts.

But did the former All Black cap­tain marry the Black Stick? Who knows?

Ru­mours swirled that a se­cret wed­ding took place.

How­ever, a source in the Wanaka wed­ding in­dus­try told Stuff on Sun­day the wed­ding ‘‘def­i­nitely didn’t hap­pen this week­end’’.

What def­i­nitely hap­pened was that at least 500 peo­ple went to Wanaka’s first big wed­ding fair.

It was hosted on Sun­day by Crif­fel Wool­shed, with more than 30 wed­ding sup­pli­ers ply­ing their wares to peo­ple seek­ing a coun­try day out.

It was so suc­cess­ful an­other wed­ding fair is planned next year.

Crif­fel Sta­tion owner Mandy Bell did not know about the ru­moured wed­ding.

She couldn’t stop laugh­ing when asked if it was pos­si­ble McCaw and Flynn had gone to the fair in­stead.

‘‘I couldn’t pos­si­bly com­ment whether Richie and Gemma were at the Wanaka Wed­ding Fair as there was such a won­der­ful turnout, so many peo­ple who came out,’’ Bell said.


UB40’s Ali Campbell per­forms to a crowd of 2500 at Waitiri Creek in Queen­stown on Thurs­day night.

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