Wakatipu Watch


Money in bank

The winners of an annual Wakatipu Abuse Prevention Network tennis fundraiser, from left, Carlotta von Rosenberg, Claudio Heye and Graeme Smith celebrate with organiser Danny Carson.

The mixed doubles tournament, which Carson – the owner of Vknow Restaurant and Wine Bar Carson – co-organises with Queenstown Tennis Club stalwart Karen Mitchell, attracted 11 teams of three and raised $3000.

Carson says despite the lower-than-usual turnout to the event, the amount raised from entries and an auction “never fails to blow me away”.

 Bloomin’ great

The annual Glenorchy Flower Show takes place on Saturday.

As well as an array of spring flowers, there are displays, arts, crafts, stalls and raffles at the Glenorchy Hall.

Doors open at 2pm and the $5 entry includes a traditional afternoon tea.

Last call for ‘Oz’

Tickets are disappearing fast for The Wizard of Oz Show musical at Queenstown’s Memorial Hall tomorrow morning.

Kids going along are encouraged to dress up as their favourite Oz character for what’s described as an “interactive” performance.

Organisers reckon all 425 tickets will sell out in advance and none are expected to be available at the door.

Another classic

Showbiz Queenstown this week announced it will follow its sold-out season of Les Miserables earlier this year with the classic stage musical Oliver!.

The evergreen production – which premiered in London’s West End in 1960 – is slotted for a Queenstown run in May next year, with auditions in mid-February.

“Showbiz Queenstown encourages the wider community to take part in musical theatre,” president Marty Newell says.

“With a gang of young boys plus more senior characters, the Oliver! cast will fulfil this aim.”