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What a beauty


Queenstown beauty therapy trainee Monique Cooley (right) has been named Central Otago’s top makeup student.

She won the award for her work on model Aha Hirst during the Wendy Hill Cosmetics Student Competition earlier this month.

Cooley, who studies at the Southern Institute of Technology’s new Queenstown campus, was also a finalist for the national student award for Professional Photographic Bridal Makeup.

Of Cooley’s entry, Wendy Hill said: “Monique’s makeup was amongst the best of the finalists: it was fresh and natural and suited her model very well, and she is to be congratulated on her professionalism and her achievement in reaching the national finals.”

The overall winner was Gene Kweon, a beauty therapy student at Aoraki Polytech’s Christchurch Campus.

More than 200 nationwide beauty therapy, cosmetology and beauty assistant students took part.

Cheers, says Gus


Acclaimed Queenstown artist Angus “Gus” Watson (right) offers some extra New Year cheer at his popular annual exhibition, starting on Sunday.

The show takes place at Watson’s home studio in Littles Road from January 3-14 – with free glasses of vino for those attending on the first three days.

“I was asked to produce labels for St Bathans wines so there’ll be a few samples on the go,” Watson says.

For this year’s exhibition, Watson has created a stunning collection of 25 colourful pieces.

He’s also just launched his 2010 calendar.

Jetboat company raises $5000


Two Queenstown causes, the Bruce Grant Youth Trust and Lakeland Christian Camp, are sharing the $5000 proceeds from jetboat company Kawarau Jet’s recent locals’ day.

More than 200 people took advantage of discounted rides.

Six groups in the money


Central Lakes Trust disbursed almost $100,000 to Wakatipu organisations in the last quarter of this year,

St John receiving $35,000 for new medical equipment,

Arrowtown’s Lakes District Museum $20,000 to create a goldmining history display area,

Arrowtown Autumn Festival $15,500 towards next April’s 10-day festival,

Queenstown Lakes District Council $12,000 for its two Events Centre Christmas concerts,

Frankton Playcentre $5975 for playground equipment at its new premises by Remarkables School –

and Harvest Community Gardens Network $5000 to fence its Gorge Rd community garden.