Eco-entrepreneurs: Hanna Cerecke, left, and Annabelle Ferguson

Two Wakatipu High students hope their idea for eco-friendly luggage tags will take off.

Year 11’s Hanna Cerecke and Annabelle Ferguson created their product – which they’ll sell from Queenstown Airport this coming Monday – as an economics and business studies class project.

Made from untreated wood, the Queenstown tag’s in the shape of the Remarkables and the Arrowtown one’s in the shape of an autumn leaf.

The product didn’t need to be eco-friendly, however Hanna says: “We felt this would create a better connection to Queenstown, through sustainability, and increase the sales of our product while looking out for the environment.”

The pair acknowledge the support of their teacher, Linda Richards, and their parents for their financial support which they’ll refund from sales.

They also intend to donate at least half their profits to Wakatipu Reforestation Trust.

The tags are $7.99 a pop.

Queenstown Airport’s commercial and customer experience boss, Olivia Pierre, says “we feel strongly about creating opportunities for young people and local businesses to succeed”.

“So when Hanna and Annabelle reached out to present their school project idea, we didn’t hesitate to get behind it.

“We wish them success with their eco-friendly travel tags, which should be a great hit with our travellers.”

Hanna and Annabelle will man Monday’s stall from 2 till 4pm on the forecourt, if it’s fine, or outside international arrivals, if it’s wet.

Art exhibition

Wakatipu High School’s annual art exhibition opens tomorrow night.

‘Showing Off’ features painting, design and photo-graphic work from the most high-achieving visual art students in 2018.

It runs until July 21 at Arrowtown’s Lakes District Museum. The exhibition opens with an awards ceremony at 6.30pm tomorrow.

Three local art industry experts are the judges: photographer Paul Green, graphic designer Che McPherson and painter Marc Blake.

“They will be looking for the criteria of showing technical proficiency of the medium, conveying an original idea and having an ‘X’ factor”, school arts coordinator Monica Parker says.

The top pupils in each discipline will each receive a $250 cash voucher from Trinity Management Group.

Out of the three winners, an overall winner will be chosen and will receive an extra $150 voucher from the Wakatipu High School arts department. Drinks and nibbles will be served. All welcome.

40-hour famine

School kids across the Wakatipu will be going without this weekend to raise money for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda.

Pupils from Wakatipu High, Arrowtown, Queenstown Primary and KingsView schools are taking part in the 40 Hour Famine, which starts tomorrow and finishes on Sunday.

They’re among almost 5000 pupils from 47 schools around Otago who are either taking on a challenge or giving something up, like food, blankets, speaking or technology, for the duration.

Money raised this year will help provide essentials, like food, water and household items, to the 800,000-plus South Sudanese refugees in Uganda from the moment they cross the border.

Foster care’s also provided to the more than 480,000 children who arrived without their parents because they’ve either been lost or killed.