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Best foot forward
Queenstown-based Scotsman Richy Ainsworth begins his fundraising walk along the length of New Zealand in two weeks. The 25-year-old leaves Queens­town today to travel to Cape Reinga, North Island. “I’m walking Queens­town Hill just now. The new hiking boots I’ve got are destroying my feet, so I’m trying to break them in.” Ainsworth, the Coronet Peak Ski Area lift manager, will spend five months walking to Bluff and has so far raised $1750 for charity KidsCan. 

Guinness pourers chase title
Four Queenstown bars and their staff are vying for regional honours in the Guinness New Zealand Pint Master contest. The bars are Morrisons, Pog Mahones, Pig & Whistle and Chico’s. The contest to decide which bars and staff pour the perfect pint is by popular vote. Queenstown hosts the regional finals on November 21. 

Get composting
Queenstown Lakes District Council’s Gorge Road office is hosting a composting how-to session next Thursday. The Wanaka Wastebusters’ Dr Compost will demonstrate tips for trouble-free and smell-free composting from 12.30-2.30pm. Entry is by a gold coin donation. 

Hall’s fashionable function
Tickets are on sale for the latest Memorial Hall upgrade fundraiser – a fashion show organised by Queenstown’s DT Carter. The clothing boutique owner Tania Carter says she wanted to do something to boost funding for the $3.1 million job which still needs another $266,000. Carter’s show at the Queenstown Motor Group’s Remarkables Park showroom on November 28 will feature brands by Verge Sportwear, David Pond Design, Ricochet, Andrea Moore, Redhead, Scarlett, Loud Mouth Clothing golf-wear plus others. The $45 tickets from DT Carter at Remarkables Park include a glass of Terra Sancta wine, nibbles and entertainment by the Queenstown Ukulele Orchestra.