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No big changes needed for water rules - community board
No big changes needed for water rules - community board

11 July 2024, 5:06 PM

Community board members have encouraged council staff to stick with the status quo for most rules governing the use of local lakes and rivers. Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) staff shared progress on a review of the Navigation Safety Bylaw 2018  - which will go out to the public for feedback once completed - at yesterday’s (Thursday July 11) Wānaka Upper Clutha Community Board (WUCCB) meeting.Potential changes such as reducing the number of ski lanes on Lake Wānaka and adding vessel identification requirements got the thumbs down from the board members.There was mixed support for the possibility of new vessel passage lanes under the Albert Town bridge to reduce the risk of a collision between vessels and bridge jumpers.QLDC staff are revisiting the bylaw because it must be reviewed every five years.“I don’t think there are significant problems with the existing bylaw,” deputy mayor Quentin Smith said. “I don’t think we need to be making big changes.”There was some discussion about amending life jacket rules which Quentin noted could “open a can of worms”.So could removing ski lanes at Roy’s Bay and Eely Point, which councillor Cody Tucker said would get “a lot of pushback”.Cody also opposed the possibility of giving the harbourmaster discretion over approving events on the water.QLDC staff will take the WUCCB’s input into consideration as they continue the bylaw review process.The council intends to present a draft bylaw to councillors in mid-September.PHOTO: James Brewer

Mentoring programme returns
Mentoring programme returns

11 July 2024, 5:04 PM

A mentoring programme designed to strengthen good governance in the community sector is returning for a third year and Upper Clutha organisations are being encouraged to take part.The Leadership in Governance Mentoring Programme matches a mentee with a mentor who has strong not-for-profit governance experience to learn from them for six months.This year all mentees and mentors will be supported by programme coordinator Fiona Reeve from ‘Huddl’, which is an initiative to strengthen community groups.“Volunteer South have done an amazing job of delivering the governance mentoring programme for the last two years and I’m looking forward to continuing to support mentors and mentees in their governance journey with this year’s cohort,” Fiona said.The programme is being offered across Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago, and Wānaka organisations and individuals can again take advantage of the programme as mentors or mentees.“In previous years we have had strong involvement from the Wānaka community with many Wānaka based mentors and mentees,” Fiona told the Wānaka App.“This has included mentors with extensive governance experience from organisations such as WAI Wānaka, Wānaka Water Project, Business Wānaka Ltd, WHIPIT and a board member from the Wānaka Chamber of Commerce. “Last year we had mentees from Cat Rescue Wānaka, Wānaka Search and Rescue, Food for Love Wānaka, WAO, Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust, [and] Generation Zero.”Fiona said the programme, which is being delivered in partnership with the Mentoring Foundation of New Zealand, offers an opportunity for mentees and mentors to access a mentoring model that provides ongoing support and advice to help leaders in their personal development.“It’s also a fantastic way to foster connections with other leaders in the sector,” she said.The programme will start in August and run through until April 2025. Registrations are open until July 24, after which applicants will be shortlisted and interviewed, with the final cohort to be confirmed for an orientation at the end of August.For more information or to register contact Fiona Reeve on [email protected]: Supplied

Rough weather fails to take wind out of hourly catch rates
Rough weather fails to take wind out of hourly catch rates

11 July 2024, 5:00 PM

‘Hurricane Hāwea’ might have sent many anglers scurrying for shore last fishing season but it hardly put a dent in hourly catch rates.Anglers on Lake Hāwea were often beleaguered by strong wind conditions during the 2023-24 fishing season, Otago Fish & Game officer Ben Sowry said.“The high mountains are notorious for tunnelling the wind down this lake, earning it the nickname Hurricane Hāwea,” Ben said.Fish & Game interviewed anglers on the lake for the second season of a three-year survey period.Lake Hāwea anglers caught on average one fish for three hours of angling, an almost identical effort to the previous season’s catch rate.“Usually, the main catches have been from boats trolling lures, but with the rough conditions, more anglers were casting from the shore this season,” Ben said.“It’s interesting to see that the hourly catch rate is almost the same, despite the swing towards land-based fishing.”Spin anglers fishing from shore caught just as many fish by percentage compared with boat trollers.Lake Hāwea, which is open to fishing all year, has the highest catch rate of the three biggest southern lakes in Otago.Rangers encountered no anglers on 16 out of 36 randomised survey days, often due to high winds, Ben said.Spin fishing (38.3 percent) was more popular than the previous season but boat trolling (47.5 percent) still remained the most popular fishing method overall. Fly fishing comprised 14.2 percent of the angling effort.Rainbow trout were the main catch, followed by brown trout and then salmon. Salmon catches were highest during November 2023, compared with December having the highest salmon numbers in 2022.“Hāwea is a great option for those wanting to catch a fish for the table. The brown and rainbow trout, as well as the abundant land-locked chinook salmon, make amazing table fare when caught from this crystal-clear water,” Ben said.The Neck and the western shoreline alongside State Highway 6 were the most popular angling areas where fish were commonly caught. Some angling effort was focussed off the Timaru and Dingle Burn stream mouths when weather conditions allowed.

Wānaka SAR volunteers celebrated
Wānaka SAR volunteers celebrated

10 July 2024, 5:06 PM

The new chair of Wānaka Search and Rescue (SAR) says the outgoing chair has left the organisation well prepared for the future.Raewyn Calhaem has stepped into the chair role this week, replacing Bill Day, who spent around five years as chair, first until the end of 2022, and more recently coming back at short notice after his successor Aaron Nicholson had to leave due to illness.“Bill was a visionary, an ideas man and a safe pair of hands,” Raewyn told the Wānaka App.“He has left the group in an exceptional position.”Raewyn said she was also happy to report that Aaron was now back on board, serving as the incident management team coordinator on the SAR committee. Wānaka SAR members, pictured during a training exercise, are “exceptionally skilled”, Raewyn said. PHOTO: Geoff MarksWānaka SAR is one of the busiest SARs in the country and it is entirely volunteer-run.Its specialist teams - comprising bush, river, marine and alpine - undertake search and rescue operations in Mt Aspiring National Park and the Wānaka Lakes area.There are approximately 90 Wānaka SAR members and 70 active members at any given time.Raewyn has five years experience on the Wānaka SAR committee and she said the members were “exceptionally skilled” at what they do.In the past 12 months search and rescue call-out numbers reached pre-Covid levels again for the first time, she said.Wānaka SAR members’ efforts were highlighted at the annual AGM and awards event on Tuesday night (July 9).Raewyn said SAR members are recognised with awards in five year increments and on Tuesday “there were a number of people who received awards for 20 years of service”.“That shows what a great group it is and how good the culture is.” She also thanked Wānaka Police for the “fantastic teamwork” between the two.Wānaka Police Senior Sergeant Fiona (Fi) Roberts attended the AGM, which celebrated the “great work” Wānaka SAR does in the community.“To all the members who received certificates last night, a big thank you from Police for your efforts and contributions spanning many years,” she said.Fi gave a special mention to Wānaka Police Senior Constable Phil Vink, who was presented with a 10-year appreciation certificate for his services to Wānaka SAR.She also thanked both Bill and Raewyn.“Thank you Bill for all that you do. You are an infectiously positive man who is so well thought of by the group,” she said. “We are very much looking forward to working with the new chair Raewyn Calhaem and continuing our great relationship.”Learn more about Wānaka SAR here.PHOTOS: Supplied

Crimeline: Fatal accident, missing children
Crimeline: Fatal accident, missing children

10 July 2024, 5:04 PM

Wānaka police have had a busy week, which included responding to a fatal accident on Anderson Road on Saturday afternoon (July 6).  Police are still appealing to anyone who might have witnessed the crash, in which a 25-year-old tourist from Japan was killed, or who might have dashcam footage. If you can help, please get in touch on 105 or online and reference file number 240706/6871Read more: ‘Heavy reminder about road safety’: Police respond to fatal accidentTwo children went missing in this first week of school holidays.Police were called to Hāwea on Friday night (July 5) to help locate a young male who ran away from home, Wānaka Police Senior Sergeant Fiona (Fi) Roberts said.“Concerns for his safety were front of mind, freezing temperatures, locating him quickly was a priority for the team,” she said. The Wānaka SAR dog team was deployed to assist in locating him, and Fi thanked search dog Lochy, “who has been a great asset to our local LandSAR team”.“It’s really good to have Lochy and Dave [Krehic] adding capability to our response,” she said.Read more: Wilderness rescue dog Lochy lends a pawOn Monday afternoon police responded to a missing 12-year-old, a visitor to the area, on Mt Iron.Both children were found safe and well.Family harmA Hāwea man was arrested on five breaches of a protection order, and is on bail to appear in the Queenstown District Court in August.Thief detained at Auckland AirportA French tourist who had been visiting Wānaka is being investigated for 14 counts of theft by a person in a special relationship and one count of shoplifting.Thanks to the retail crime intelligence platform Auror, the man was apprehended as he tried to leave the country in Auckland. “He has now settled his debt,” Fi said, adding that the apprehension was thanks to “really good work by the team”.Operation Hannah coming to skifieldsPolice will be at local skifields over the coming months making sure vehicles and drivers are safe to be on the roads.Operation Hannah is a multi-site operation targeting vehicles in and around ski fields including passenger services vehicles, the Impairment Prevention Team, and the Commercial Vehicle Unit. Eleven-year-old Hannah Francis was killed when a bus carrying 31 passengers crashed near Tūroa ski field in 2018. NZ Police were given permission from the Francis and Bruton families to undertake this operation in Hannah’s name.“Our local team will focus on improving both vehicle safety and work-related road safety through road safety prevention, compliance and education,” Fi said.“We want everyone to be able to experience and enjoy New Zealand’s great outdoors, more importantly, we want everyone travelling on our roads to do so safely.”Road policingThere were lots of reports of black ice across the area on Saturday (July 6) which resulted in three vehicle crashes on Maungawera Hill SH6 between Albert Town and Wānaka. “In a separate incident a vehicle rollover was responded to on Kane Road Hāwea,” Fi said.She said there have been many vehicle related incidents over the last week, and advised people to be aware of the extra hazards on the road (including sunstrike, ice, rain, and snow) at this time of year.“Be cautious,” she said.“It is even more important to watch your speed and drive to the conditions. Carry chains all winter and know when and how to fit them. Especially if you’re driving over the Crown Range Road - you will need them.”Call 111 when you need an emergency response from police, fire or ambulance.Call 105 to report things that don’t need urgent police assistance.Call *555 to report road incidents that are urgent but not life-threatening.To make an anonymous crime report contact Crime Stoppers.

Winter ball a first for M!NT
Winter ball a first for M!NT

10 July 2024, 5:00 PM

Forty-five people took part in M!NT Charitable Trust’s first ever winter ball on Saturday (July 6).The long-running local charity supports individuals with intellectual disabilities and the ball was inspired by similar events in other parts of New Zealand, M!NT programme manager Charlotte Jackson said.“The aim of the event was to provide an opportunity for individuals with intellectual disabilities to experience a fun, formal evening, as well as to forge new social connections and strengthen existing ones,” she said.Social events can often be overwhelming for individuals with intellectual disabilities, she said.Emma Pearce and Scott WelchTo manage this, attendees were familiarised with the space in advance, expectations were set, and attendees were provided with noise cancelling headphones and a quiet space if required. “This allowed attendees to feel confident, whether it was through meeting new people, dressing up for the evening or hitting the dance floor,” Charlotte said.Attendees ranged in age from eight to 60, and - as well as 30 M!NT members - attendees came from community groups in Alexandra, Arrowtown and Invercargill.Morgan JamesThe ball featured a local DJ, a photo booth and catering from Edgewater Hotel, which hosted the event, plus a team of 20-or-so local volunteers who supported the attendees throughout the evening. “It was heartwarming to see the support and dedication from the volunteers to make new initiatives like this happen,” Charlotte said. Charlotte said M!NT hopes to make the winter ball an annual event and plans to invite groups from other parts of New Zealand to join in the future.She thanked Edgewater Hotel and Te Hau Toka Connecting Communities for funding support, plus support workers and volunteers “who went above and beyond to make the night unforgettable”.PHOTOS: MINT Charitable Trust

‘Heavy reminder about road safety’: Police respond to fatal accident
‘Heavy reminder about road safety’: Police respond to fatal accident

10 July 2024, 4:50 AM

Wānaka Police Senior Sergeant Fiona (Fi) Roberts has responded to the fatal accident on Anderson Road on Saturday afternoon (July 6).Fi confirmed that the incident involved a car and a cyclist, rather than two vehicles (which police mistakenly reported on Saturday evening).A 25-year-old male tourist from Japan died at the scene.“Police are in the early phases of the investigation and we will be able to release further details when we are in a position to do so,” Fi said.“I’d personally like to acknowledge the civilian first responders who stopped to help and provide assistance and our emergency partners FENZ and St John for their efforts in the response.Senior Sergeant Fiona Roberts: Drivers should expect the unexpected. “Sadly, this is a heavy reminder to us all about road safety.”She said there are many things people can do as drivers and cyclists to keep safe on the roads. “We don’t need a tragic incident like this to underscore road safety. “You can prevent harm and injury by wearing a helmet, wearing protective and/or bright clothing. Use lights so you can be seen, lights improve your ability to see hazards and objects on the road including ice and debris at this time of year.”Fi said she thinks wearing earbuds is “unhelpful and clearly [doesn’t] improve your ability to hear a vehicle”.“Give yourself a chance,” she said.Fi also reminded drivers to “expect the unexpected”. “One of the most important things you can do to be a safer driver is to look well ahead of you when you’re driving, so you can pick up potentially dangerous situations before it’s too late. Never presume you know what a cyclist will do. Read the body language and act accordingly.“Slow down.”Police are appealing to anyone who might have witnessed Saturday’s crash, or who might have dashcam footage. If you can help, please get in touch on 105 or online using reference file number 240706/6871.PHOTOS: Wānaka App

Submissions on Wānaka McDonald’s open this Friday
Submissions on Wānaka McDonald’s open this Friday

09 July 2024, 1:14 AM

Locals will be able to have their say on McDonalds’ controversial bid for a Wānaka restaurant from this Friday (July 12). Plans for a Wānaka McDonald’s restaurant operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, were made public in November last year, to a divided reception from locals.On Friday the McDonald’s resource consent application will be publicly notified, Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) confirmed today (Tuesday July 9).This means members of the public will have the opportunity to share their views on the proposal formally by making a submission with the council.More than 1,500 people signed the ‘Stop Wānaka McDonald’s’ petition within days of the company’s plans becoming public last year, and signatories have now increased to more than 5,500.The company submitted a resource consent application for a 445m2 restaurant and drive-through on Wānaka’s outskirts in November last year.Aspiring Law director Janice Hughes said a petition does not have any impact on a resource consent application, but it “might encourage people to put in a submission”.Petition creator Sarah Morrison told the Wānaka App she planned to make a public submission and encourage other signatories to do the same.She said McDonald’s goes against “all of our core community values”.“Wānaka tends to pride itself on being a health and wellness-centred place… Having fast food restaurants in town directly contradicts that,” she said. In its application McDonald’s Restaurants (NZ) Ltd said the proposed 445m2 restaurant and drive-through, which would be located just off the SH6/SH84 roundabout, would “give rise to significant positive effects”.They included “the development of a high-quality, architecturally-designed commercial building, which will be visually integrated within the environment” and “support for the local economy by enabling employment and increased spending in the area”.The company has volunteered that its application be publicly notified, QLDC said.All applicants will have to meet the information requirements of the Resource Management Act for lodging an application.More information on the application and details on how to make a submission will be available here from Friday.PHOTOS: Supplied

Project aims to find optimal tourism visitor model
Project aims to find optimal tourism visitor model

08 July 2024, 5:06 PM

A project to understand optimal tourism visitation in the Queenstown Lakes region has launched.A team of researchers from Griffith University has been appointed to lead the project, which will seek to create an optimal visitation model to assist scenario planning and decision-making within the district, the Destination Southern Lakes (DSL) board has announced DSL (which is responsible for governance of the district’s destination management plan) has called the project a “world first”.DSL chair Murray Strong said understanding optimal visitation is “ground-breaking work”.“At present, there are no comprehensive models that can guide and establish variables in relation to the social, cultural, environmental and economic limits of visitation levels,” he said.Murray Strong says tourism visitation in the district needs to take into account residential growth, community sentiment, and other factors. PHOTO: Supplied“Queenstown Lakes is a high growth district with an economy that is dominated by tourism. With a small resident population and high visitor numbers, understanding the implications of visitation is essential for making good decisions and achieving positive outcomes to meet the needs of the community.”“Visitation in the district needs to be analysed in conjunction with residential growth, community sentiment, worker experience, visitor experience, seasonal changes, environmental degradation/regeneration and cultural context,” he said.Queenstown Lakes District Council has managed the procurement process on behalf of DSL, and it will be part of the steering group overseeing the project alongside Destination Queenstown and Lake Wānaka Tourism.Work on the project begins this month.While the model is being developed specifically for the Queenstown Lakes district, DSL hopes it will produce a prototype that can be shared with other destinations across New Zealand, and around the world, to support regenerative tourism ambition.Read more: Lessons from Queenstown’s sister city

Representation proposal takes next step
Representation proposal takes next step

08 July 2024, 5:04 PM

Otago Regional Council (ORC) is asking community members to weigh in on a proposal to increase the number of councillors representing the Dunstan constituency to reflect population growth.The Dunstan constituency covers Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago, two of the fastest-growing parts of the region.ORC has 12 councillors, elected from four constituencies: Dunstan, Moeraki, Molyneux and Dunedin.Dunedin currently has the highest number of councillors with six, followed by Dunstan (three), Molyneux (two), and Moeraki (one).Otago Regional Council councillors.After launching an online survey earlier this year, the ORC is set to open submissions on its proposal to reduce Dunedin’s seats to five and boost Dunstan’s to four.Go deeper: Extra councillor proposed for growing districtA statement from the ORC noted the “significant growth” in Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes, which now has a population of close to 79,000 people.The allocation of councillor seats is being considered as part of a representation review, which the council must undertake every six years.In a representation review a council must review how communities are represented, considering the make-up of the council, looking at things like the number of constituencies (electoral areas) and their boundaries and the number of elected members (councillors) representing each constituency.Submissions on the representation proposal will open on July 10, and the public are invited to submit on the proposal and make any other suggestions they have about councillor numbers or ward boundaries.Find more information here.PHOTOS: Supplied

Rams looking to lift for semi-final clash
Rams looking to lift for semi-final clash

08 July 2024, 5:00 PM

The Upper Clutha premier rugby team (the Rams) has finished at the top of the Central Otago Premier Rugby Competition at the end of this season’s round-robin, locking in a semi-final clash with fourth-placed Maniototo this Saturday (July 13) in Wānaka.The Rams head into the semi-final after a less-than-convincing performance against a fired-up Cromwell team, securing a 31-26 victory, and ending any hope Cromwell had of qualifying for the finals. “We knew we’d get a hard game and we didn’t want to finish the season with a bad game,” Rams’ head coach Alex Dickson said.“The boys worked hard and we got there in the end.”There was little riding on the match for the home side after securing a semi-final berth some weeks ago, but Alex said he was looking for a good performance from his charges leading into the semi-final match.“We had a good training week and we wanted to play well,” he said.“We were treating this game like a semi.”Cromwell showed its intent from the opening whistle, turning early pressure into points to lead 7-0 after seven minutes. The team continued to dominate the match until a quick throw-in by Rams’ inside centre Oliver Stirling saw first-five Tomas Jarrold score against the run of play in the thirtieth minute.Tries on either side of halftime saw the Rams skip out to a 19-7 lead early in the second half before a defiant Cromwell side levelled the score with 20 minutes left to play.The Rams sealed the match with two well-taken tries to left-wing Tomas Jarmen and halfback Brady Kingan. Cromwell scored a late consolation try.Rams No.8 Jake Burtenshaw was active with ball in hand and securing vital tackle turnovers. Oliver Stirling was a calming influence in midfield and wing Tomas Jarman made the most of his opportunities.A feature of the match was the performance of the Rams’ scrum which regularly shunted Cromwell backwards and was unlucky not to be rewarded with several penalties.The Rams will need to improve this weekend when the team takes on Maniototo in Wānaka, a side it has had the better of twice this season recording 29-23 and 26-14 wins.The fitness of Rams’ captain Lachie Garrick will be the main concern leading into the semi-final. Lachie left the field early in the match against Cromwell with an extended elbow injury.The Rams play Maniototo at the Upper Clutha Rugby Club this Saturday (July 13), with kick off at 2.30pm.Wakatipu will host Alexandra in Queenstown in the other semi-final match.Rams points:Tries: Tomas Jarman (2), Tomas Jarrold, Fergus Smith, Brady KinganConversions: Brady Kingan (3)PHOTO: Steve McArthur 

Fencing around (Law blog)
Fencing around (Law blog)

07 July 2024, 8:00 PM

Thinking about whacking up a new fence? Hold on a minute, there’s a bit more to it than you might think. Get your hands on a copy of the Act (the Fencing Act 1978), as well as your local district plan and a copy of your title to see if there are any land covenants to abide by. Each district plan zone can have different rules about approved fences and if you get it wrong then the Council can require you to take the fence down, at your expense.Under the Act, the first step is to issue a ‘fencing notice’ to your neighbour with the details of the fence you want to build, dimensions, materials, dates of when the work will start and finish. Oh yes, and the cost. Before you issue your neighbour with a fencing notice, it’s important that the fence you have planned meets any land covenants registered against the title to your property. Some land covenants can be quite prescriptive as to what is and isn’t allowed, so even if your neighbour agreed to your proposed fence, if it doesn’t meet the covenant requirements you might be in breach and other neighbours may have the right to have you remove or change your fence.   If your neighbours are not on board with your proposed fence, they have 21 days to issue a formal counter-proposal outlining the objections and alternatives. Otherwise, you have carte blanche to erect the fence as per your fencing notice, and invoice them their share of the fence. Be warned though of ‘boundary bloopers’. Double check – no triple check – where the actual boundary line lies. Many a Kiwi has come unstuck after accidentally snaffling a few centimetres of their neighbour’s land! Level 1, 62 Ardmore Street, Wanaka,

Health lobby group seeks data from community
Health lobby group seeks data from community

07 July 2024, 5:06 PM

Community-led advocacy group Health Action Wānaka (HAW) is conducting focus groups later this month to learn more about the health needs of the Upper Clutha community.Focus group facilitator and HAW steering committee member Trish Fraser said there was little documented information about the community’s experience of accessing healthcare.“To help us advocate for our community, we need more than just anecdotal evidence,” Trish said.The Upper Clutha community’s situation is unique because unlike other towns in Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago, it does not have easy access to a publicly funded emergency department, she said.It also has limited access to after-hours care. While an interim, nurse-led service is planned to begin in September, it will only be in place - at this stage - for 12 months.“This leaves us very vulnerable and at risk of poor health outcomes due to our inequitable access to healthcare,” Trish said.Focus group facilitator Trish Fraser says HAW needs more than anecdotal evidence for it to advocate for better health services in Wānaka. PHOTO: SuppliedHAW hopes locals will participate in focus groups coming up on July 25 which will help the group build more information.Read more: Clear health goals the target for advocacy group“By conducting focus groups and online surveys with community members and health practitioners, we plan to collect as much data as possible,” Trish said.“We have also sourced data from Health New Zealand and we have a data analyst helping us to analyse the data and see what it tells us.”Trish said anyone who lives in the Upper Clutha and has accessed healthcare services in the past 12 months is welcome to attend a focus group.“This can include people with high-health needs, people over 65 years, people who care for the elderly or someone with a disability, community service card holders, Māori, parents of babies and young children, people living with a disability, migrant members of our community, and people who have experienced a medical emergency while living here,” she said.She said HAW plans to share its findings with the community, as well as the Minister for Health, decision-makers at Health New Zealand, and other health system stakeholders.The focus groups will take place on Thursday July 25, from 11am-1pm or 6.30pm-8.30pm, at Community Link, 34 McDougall Street.Email [email protected] or call 0274 435 241 to register interest in attending.

Ambitious new strategy for the arts in Queenstown Lakes
Ambitious new strategy for the arts in Queenstown Lakes

07 July 2024, 5:04 PM

A new strategy for Queenstown Lakes sets up a shared vision for the future of creativity, culture and heritage in Queenstown Lakes.Created over 17 months, the Creativity, Culture and Heritage Strategy identifies over 40 actions to be delivered over the next ten years, which form a roadmap to “realise the full potential of creativity, culture and heritage in the district”.Actions in the newly adopted strategy include developing a district-wide approach to arts education and events for children and youth; facilitating an annual hui for heritage groups; and supporting further development of district-wide oral histories projects.It also includes developing creative culture residences and exchange programmes; supporting more ‘home grown’ content in the film sector; and further showcasing the creative sector.Three Lakes Cultural Trust (TLCT), Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) and the Lakes District Museum unanimously endorsed the strategy at last month’s full council meeting.“It’s great stuff,” councillor Cody Tucker said. “I get so excited I want to jump ten years.”An image from the Wanaka Festival of Colour community street theatre day. PHOTO: Deanna GerlachCouncillor Lisa Guy was equally enthusiastic.“The bit that really excites me is I believe this district has huge potential for making New Zealand look good. Let’s be daring; let’s get on with it.”Mayor Glyn Lewers said Wellington, which is widely seen as the ‘cultural capital’ of the country, would need to watch out “as number two’s coming after you”.Elected members thanked TLCT and the Lakes District Museum, who led the strategy development along with QLDC.The three organisations will provide leadership and advocacy with the implementation of the plan but “partnerships and collaborations will be critical to achieving the objectives,” according to the strategy implementation plan.The strategy was informed by engagement with 150 organisations and many individuals representing different cross-sections of the community.Read more: Creatives of Wānaka band together with new group Learn more about the Creativity, Culture and Heritage Strategy here.

Creatives of Wānaka band together with new group
Creatives of Wānaka band together with new group

07 July 2024, 5:00 PM

A new group of creatives and organisers within the Upper Clutha region has named themselves Creatives of Wanaka (CoW). The group was formed following a hui led by Three Lakes Cultural Trust and QLDC in May.Read more: Ambitious new strategy for the arts in Queenstown LakesThe group aims to connect local creatives from every culture and arts background within the Wānaka region.“We are lucky to be part of an incredible region which draws in musicians, artists, innovators, writers, producers and performing artists,” CoW director Andrea Beryl said.CoW director Andrea Beryl PHOTO: Supplied“Add in to that the promoters and event managers and it seemed a no-brainer to connect these creatives for the benefit of the community.”Three meetings in, the group has plans in place to deliver a Fringe-style event (TaokaWānaka) to be held in and around the Lake Wānaka Centre next December 2025.“Unifying different representatives from every arts background is a tremendous opportunity,” facilitator Lynne Christie said. “We’d love to welcome any creatives and arts supporters to connect with CoW.”Wānaka Pride’s Ollie Harcus said the planned event was “a chance to link all the arts in a phenomenal place and show the community and the world the talent that is right in their front yard”.The next Creatives of Wānaka meeting will be held at the Wānaka Community Hub Meeting Room on August 7, at 6pm. Anyone wanting to communicate with the new group can do so via email ([email protected]).

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