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Sculpture park in Queensberry already popular

A new art venue has established itself in Queensberry, with an exhibition of the best of New Zealand sculpture, appropriately entitled ‘Defiance’ – conceived in defiance of 2020 and the year that it was.  The park, with 13 sculptures...... Read More

Plenty of competitors for road race

Around 140 riders turned out for a 96 km road race, the Lake Dunstan Cycle Challenge, last weekend. Cromwell Summer Series Race Director Bill Godsall said the race gave locals and visitors alike the opportunity to challenge themselves with a good long...... Read More

Racing alive and well at Cromwell

If ever proof was needed that grassroots support for horse racing is alive and well, this year’s Cromwell harness racing event was it, said the organisers.  Wyndham Harness Racing Club President Russell Ferguson said the support for Cromwell’s...... Read More

Wānaka art event impresses judges

A cubist rendition of boats in Dunedin’s Deborah Bay was Supreme Winner at the Craigs Investment Partners’ Aspiring Art Prize, crowning another successful fundraising evening for Holy Family Catholic School. ‘Boat Study (View from Deborah...... Read More

Reintroducing: Max De Roy

Local artist Max De Roy is ready to launch the next stage of his creative career with a new exhibition - and a new name.  The ex-MAC student (formerly known as Max Hall), who returned home last year after living overseas in New York and London,...... Read More

Dixieland jazz at its best

Christchurch’s award-winning River City Jazzmen (RCJ) will be returning to deliver ‘authentic’ dixieland jazz at the Lake Wānaka Centre on January 23 in the venue’s first concert of 2021. This highly acclaimed band has appeared...... Read More

Sadowski-Synnott wins gold

Young Wānaka snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott has claimed the gold medal at the FIS Snowboard Big Air World Cup held in Kreischberg, Austria over the weekend. This was the first Snowboard Big Air World Cup of the season and the first opportunity for...... Read More

Basecamp building sells

The three-storey Basecamp building in West Meadows, which includes Ruby’s Cinema, has sold to an undisclosed buyer. However, while he could not say who bought it, former owner Allan Dippie said the cinema and Basecamp Climbing Centre operations...... Read More

Youth reap benefits of cherry picking

It’s been a rough start to the year for Central Otago fruit orchards, as many have suffered at least 40 per cent damage to their cherry crop after the New Year’s heavy rainfall, with apricots and other stone fruits also affected. After initial...... Read More

Busier than ever

Alcohol harm safety response organisation Red Frogs New Zealand were busier than ever over the holiday period as more people took to the Wānaka lakefront between December 29 and 31. Around 40 volunteers from all over the South Island, and as far afield...... Read More