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Monique’s big gig
Queenstown’s reigning Miss Otago Monique-Jay Cooley is modelling for a guest international designer at this week’s Dunedin Fashion Show. The 22-year-old – representing local- and Dunedin-based Ican Models and Talent – will model for internationally-renowned Yvonne Bennetti on the Dunedin Railway Station platform tomorrow and Saturday nights, as well as two Dunedin labels. Cooley says she’s excited about the opportunity – “but it’s not nerve-racking as it’s exactly what I want to do”. 

School info nights
Frankton’s KingsView School is inviting parents to presentation sessions on the school next week. The state-integrated primary school also has an early childhood centre. The open evenings at the Yewlett Crescent school are next Wednesday 7pm and on Thursday 5pm. 

Contemporary Kiwi art
Southland painter Nigel Brown’s 2012 Susan Dreaming Tuatapere is on display at Queenstown’s Milford Galleries this month. The oil on acrylic is one of the works in “Invent­ed Lives”. Alongside Brown’s exhibition is the gallery’s “Royal Queens­town Easter Show”, featuring work from 22 prominent contemporary Kiwi artists. Both run until April 3. 

Family Centre help
A fundraising dinner to help the cash-strapped Queenstown Lakes Family Centre has been organised. Stoneridge Estate is hosting a black tie charity dinner and auction on May 25 to raise money for the facility. Tickets, $170 per person, are on sale now. 

Charity, school win big
A Queenstown-founded kids’ charity and a local school have won $15,000 each in national competitions run on Facebook. Christchurch-based company Cookie Time ran the competitions to mark its 30th. Cure Kids won with 1997 votes from more than 3500 cast for charities. Wakatipu High won the most votes cast for any New Zealand school. Wakatipu High principal Steve Hall says the money will go towards something that directly benefits his students.